As of March 2001, the gal and I had been married all of eight months. We were living in the Brooklyn Park condo she bought 3 ½ years earlier. Since it was just the two of us (and a couple of felines) the 950-square foot home was just enough space. Of course it didn’t hurt that we were still newly married, otherwise the bathroom the size of a phone booth may have been a source of tension.
It was at this point in our new life together when we received a letter in the mail from Bill the real estate agent. Bill was telling us that the current market was quite advantageous to sellers. In fact, he sent us an analysis of our area indicating what similar properties were selling for. Some were literally going for double what Jen initially paid for her place in August 1997. It was at that point where we got stars in our eyes! We could make a lot of money off this place, pay down a mountain of debt and upgrade our residence. Long story short, Bill already had some pre-approved buyers ready to move in if we were willing to sell. We jumped at the deal! As a result, we did indeed pay down our debts and upgraded to a brand new townhome in Coon Rapids. We could hardly believe that something so nice was available to us at that point in our lives.
So tonight we will be spending our last evening in the home we were blessed with 7 ½ years ago. It hardly seems possible we’ve been there that long while at the same time it feels like we’ve never been anywhere else. But as is the motto for our family, ”The Best is Yet to Come!”
We will be moving to a temporary residence (my Mom’s place in St Paul) for the next six weeks until our next (and probably final) house is fully constructed.