Buying your first home can bring a lot of stress. Purchasing a foreclosure as your first home can set you down the path to insanity.
At least that’s what we found when we purchased our first home, a bank foreclosed property we purchased in the summer of 2007.
We were fresh out of school, starting brand new careers, getting married, and full of a unique mix of optimism and naiveté.
We didn’t own much more than a hammer.
Our first home renovation was what lit our passion for old homes, renovations and blogging. (We started this blog to chronicle the progress of this home.) Our first home taught us many things – how to thrive as a couple during home projects, how to save money on home renovations, and how to do projects that seemed far over our heads.
This home led us down a path to financial security (no mortgage). It led us to three rental properties, two more homes, a barn-turned-apartment, and even building our very own home.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Because when we purchased this home, we didn’t know any of this. We didn’t know if we’d ever want to move at all. Maybe this would be our forever home. (Snort! You can laugh at this idea now.)
It took almost a year to completely renovate our first home – see below for more before and after photos and links to further details about the projects we completed.
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