The past 24 months have been very busy for us. We had four deals fall through I viewed 146 homes and we had an incredible tough time dealing with my mortgage people.
We finally found the house we wanted. Here is the MLS listing for it. Now most buyers do not have the particular needs that we have, my wife is handicapped due to a few strokes and my wheelchair/dementia bound Mother-In-law lives with us , so we had a longer search to find the perfect house. It was a HUD house and we swooped in when the price was lowered 40,000 in one day!
I have made a huge number of improvements on the house since we closed on May 31st, 25,000 pounds of stone walls, 55 yards of red mulch, 15 yards of top soil, 5 yards of sand, 35 gallons of paint, range,microwave,carpet,wiring etc. All of the work was done by hand by me (with some help for a few days). The house was vacant for two years so we have had a ton of outside work to get done and we are still working to finish the final interior touches but all-in all we are completed.
I learned a lot from this process and the first is that when we recommend a partner make sure they are competent and know what they are doing. Also, make sure they are nice. That may sound inconsequential but I received such an attitude from the processor at my mortgage brokerage and I am the broker of a real estate firm (which is their life blood) I can only imagine what my clients may receive. If I was a client, I wouldn't be for long.