I know I have talked about it on here for years. At one time we were soooo super close to buying. We had a home, an old home, that was on over an acre. We lived there for several years.
At first, she said she would eventually sell it to us with the option to add on another house and 5 more acres. It would have been perfect. Then she flipped a switch and ditched us on the entire thing.
I’m still dumbfounded. We were great tenants, we even helped her make repairs and also helped her with her farm animals. I seriously thought that would be the first land we would buy.
So here we are, starting over once again. We had to move into a different home, one without land and in a neighborhood. Totally not my happy place.
Figuring it all out
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We’ve also been checking the current rural land prices for Texas. It’s going to take some time and a lot of planning and saving. But I have no doubt, that eventually, one day… we will be where we want and need to be.
I’ve also been working on our credit scores. After getting buried in so much medical debt, I feel like we’ve almost dug our way out. Reading Bloomberg has helped me learn a lot as well.