A Look Inside Our New Home

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Some of you might have missed my Facebook post on Wednesday – but Barry and I closed on a house! Below, we’ve given you a video tour but I’ll give you some details up here in case video isn’t your thang. We wanted to show you inside…and then again when we finish (which will likely be over a year), we’ll do an “after” video.

We were able to finally purchase a house – a foreclosure from Wells Fargo bank. The house was a reverse mortgage and ownership had been granted back to the bank after the man passed away. The house has been vacant for two years as the bank went through all the legal processes.

When we first saw this house, we loved it. The neighborhood is great – very well established, quiet, close to the interstate, but still in the country…and everyone knows EVERYONE on the street. The bank was asking $115,000 which was out of our budget. Still, we went to see it.

We thought it would be silly NOT to put in an offer on it, so we did. But to be honest, we didn’t think Wells Fargo would accept our offer of $93,500. A previous offer of $114,000 had been turned down. Still, we made the offer.

At church one Sunday night, my dad asked the pastor to pray that the bank would show us favor on our offer…and the pastor did. He specifically asked that God would show us favor in three days. On the third day, we got the call from a Realtor – Wells Fargo accepted our offer. There is NO DOUBT that we’re in the house that God wants us to be in.

We purchased the house with 100% cash. We’re debt free homeowners!  I have plans to write more on that later.

The house needs a good bit of work – plumbing, electrical work, elbow grease, etc. So, we’re working a little bit at a time. Since we’ll be paying cash for repairs, we’ll be making them as we go along…but now it’s our goal to be in the house by June 18th. As we live there, I imagine there will always be a work in progress…but that’s how we roll.  ;-)

Welcome to our home! Come on in!


*This post is linked at Frugal Tuesday Tip on Learning The Frugal Life, at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, at Proverbs 31 Thursday on Raising Mighty Arrows, at Frugal Friday on Life as Mom, at Finer Things Friday on Amy’s Finer Things, and at Works For Me Wednesday on We Are That Family.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more to keep up with her daily antics.

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  1. How exciting!! I love the kitchen!!

  2. Wow, LOVE THE MASON JARS! Lucky you! Totally worth the icky toilets :D

  3. What a wonderful house with so much potential. The kitchen is my favorite part!

  4. Katjo Daniels :

    Congratulations Stacy and family!

    I teared up just watching the video as with so many features just fit your family and new lifestyle!

    Our heavenly Father is SO AWESOME!

    May all that you need to fulfill the potential of that home rain down on you!

  5. hmmm – separate bedrooms for the kids?
    House looks great, love the jar storage. And the pencil sharpener. Congrats!

    • Separate rooms because we didn’t know we’d have a house with three bedrooms. ;-) Quit your guessing. LOL

  6. Wow. What a neat house!! Congratulations. :) And I loved the video.. especially Barry’s hand gestures and him playing with the pencil sharpener! :)

  7. Very nice house, you’re lucky it doesn’t appear that it needs a lot of work before you can move into it.
    Your master bedroom looks a lot like mine, two closets and only a half bath. We took out one closet and extended the bathroom to add a shower to it, we only lost a few feet of space in our bedroom. With one teenager and two preteens we really needed another shower more than we needed two closets in our bedroom.
    Congrats on buying such a great house and not going into debt to do it.

    • The longer we’re there working, the more we find to do. LOL :-) It was SO dirty from lack of use…but we’re really going to enjoy it I think. :-) Thanks Shelly!

  8. Beccy Glass :

    Congrats on your new paid for home! So many folks wait 30 years for that paid off house! My favorite part of the video was feeling like we have now met and are already friends. You are welcome in my home anytime!

    God is good all the time!


  9. JUST FANTASTIC to hear about this new house!!!! So excited for your family – I will be watching for those updates. Barry with the pencil sharpener – he cracks me up *squeak squeak squeeeeeeeak*. Wallpaper can be a hassle to take down but hopefully it was a good quality paper that was put up properly – that always makes it easier to remove (I will keep positive thoughts on that part for you).
    Ohhhh a new kitchen to break in! Just lovely news…

  10. Congratulations!!!! We too bought a foreclosure with cash but as a rental. Ours also did not look as nice as yours (first thing we did was side it, since it had peeling paint) Yours looks like a good and solid home.

  11. Congratulations to you!!!! I’m still waiting for the video to load but hopefully it will before the night’s over. I love looking at houses. :) Thank you for linking up with us.

  12. Yay im very excited for u all,we have been looking to buy a home as well but we are haven trouble finding a home in the area and price range we need….congrates.i kno u will have wonderful memeries in ur new home.

    • I’ll tell you what everyone told me when I thought we’d never find one…be patient. The right one will come along in the right price range. And it DID. Pray as hard as you can and God will send the right one. :-)
      And if you’re like me, you hate hearing that as much as I did. lol I’m always in a hurry.

      • Yes ,i was kinda in a hurry wanting right now lol but ive been thinking of how to cut back on how much we spend in hopes to put more and more money back and hopen we have enough saved up in 5 years that we can pay cash like u guys did.But i believe my brain is goen to fall out trying to go through and get the budget right lol so if u find a brain laying around its mine ha ha

  13. Wow! I’m impressed, not only with the fact you paid 100% down but also that you were even able to find a house that cheap! You can’t get a condo for that price around here!

  14. Wow, good job on the house and being debt free. Im envious of the area you live in for such a beautiful large piece of land for such a great price. We just bought our 2nd home home near Vancouver,BC and it was $640,000 and needs huge renovations. Our lot is only 6600 sq ft. I want to be your neighbor! We are debt free other than our mortgage.

  15. Mrs. Jamie Garcia :

    Gorgeous! We’re headed your way financially and physically (God willing)!

    Just think if you could open that living room up to the kitchen, wow-wee!

    have fun!

    • Ha! I asked. :-) It’s a load bearing wall. Bummer.

      • Mrs. Jamie Garcia :

        Check into load bearing beams that will span the entire distance. My husband once did a job opening an outside wall into a breezeway to increase living space and used an engineered or steel beam to span a large distance in an outside load bearing wall. At the very least you can open a hole into it and put a counter with stools right ;)
        Congrats on being a debt free home owner!

        • :-) I’ll just leave this wall as is – I’ve given him too many other projects. LOL Poor man. I’ll have my HUGE kitchen/Family Room when we build. :-)