Just last Wednesday, after much discussion with real estate attorneys and respected friends, Tripp decided that we'd payed our last mortgage payment on the condo. Our property was 1/3 it's value and abandoned by management for the foreseeable future. We could not continue to 'stick it out' with our family's safety and financials at risk. Foreclosure, here we come.
Immediately, I spotted a 3 bedroom apartment 2 miles south of our hood and made an appointment. It's a vintage 3 flat and the entire 2nd floor would be ours. We'd be saying goodbye to in unit washer/dryer and dishwasher, but the neighborhood is safe, strollable and more near to friends and church. In truth, this move would give us a fresh new start in many ways.
So begins the series of fortunate events...
Monday, 5/16 - 9am
I received a call from the landlord that we could sign a lease that evening.
Monday, 5/16 - 11:30am
Tripp received a call from Stericycle that he would be starting his new job as 'strategic sourcing analyst' on June 6th.
Monday, 5/16 - 12:00pm
I received a call from my boss that she had spoken to our landlord to verify employment. She was confused because she knew we owned a condo and was calling to see if I was okay (I had taken a personal day that day). She graciously talked with me and we agreed I would freelance from here.
Closing on our condo - 11/2008
Looking back, we absolutely regret the decision to purchase our condo. Looking forward, we could not be more hopeful. This is our series of fortunate events.