Hopeful Thoughts

Making a Home out of a Rental?

Ever since we moved into our little rental house, we tossed around the question of “What if the landlord were to sell this place?  We’d dream about whether or not we could afford it, and what we would change if the place were actually ours.  We knew they were just dreams, but we talked about it a lot.

Well, back in January, while we were hanging out with our neighbors from the adjoining apartment, stuck inside due to a giant snow storm, the landlord called.  Much to our surprise, he announced that he wanted to sell the house.

Seems great, huh?  But we felt we were in NO position to buy.  Since Ryan was laid off back in June and I quit my job, we’d only just gotten back to the point where our savings was building up instead of depleting.  Where would we get a down payment from?  Not to mention, how could we afford such a place?

After going around and around with a new series of “what ifs”, Ryan started to do some research.  We contacted a mortgage broker just to see if we could even qualify for a loan.  Turned out that, due to amazing credit, we did qualify for enough to buy a house.  We decided to pursue the possibility.  It turns out that our next door neighbors are realtors.  We hooked up with them and went looking to see what else was on the market in our price range.

After looking at houses all weekend, it became more and more clear that the rental house would be a great deal.  It costs a bit more than we’re comfortable paying on our own, but we’d ben getting the rent from the apartment, which makes it more affordable on a monthly basis than a lot of cheaper houses.  In fact, since nearly half the mortgage would be paid by the rental unit, we would save nearly $100 a month compared to what we are renting for!  Not to mention the location is great.  We are close to the university, which means any improvements we make will only add to the value over time.

So, the decision was made, we just had to figure out what we were going to do about a down payment.  Sometimes all you have to do is ask, and Ryan’s Dad came through for us.  He has provided the entire down payment.  Praise God!

At present, we are under contract for the house, just in time to qualify for the $8000 tax credit.  Inspection happened over the weekend, and we’re in the process of final negotiations.  We’re hoping to see several professionals in the next day or so to assess some of the problems found on the inspection.  There wasn’t anything unusual, but we do want to make sure we can come up with the time and the resources to make some needed repairs.

Hopefully, if all goes well, we will be home owners by the end of the month.  And we don’t even have to move!!!

Posted May 3rd, 2010 in Baby Inselmann, House.

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