A New Home

When we realized we needed to move out of state for Benjer's new job, we also realized the process of selling our condo in Denver and buying something else might be very difficult and costly at this time; however, as we continued to see so many ways God has called us to be here in Ogden we knew the Lord would help us find a way to make the move possible financially and otherwise. It seems like each step of the way has had us waiting to the last minute or the last day to have things work out in our favor, stretching our trust in Him and teaching us patience (really fun lessons to learn, too :). 

Here's how it went/is going [if you want the short story, skip this paragraph :)]: This past Friday was the last day that we could get an offer on our condo in Denver without having to rent for the month of July (and past, since most places require a minimum of a 6 month lease) in Ogden. We got an offer on Friday and then we countered it and they accepted it! We got in touch with our mortgage broker to get a pre-qual letter so we could put in an offer in Ogden this week, but as of Wednesday we were still waiting to here about it. I found out at 3 p.m. that the entire mortgage department at the bank we were trying to go through will shut down on June 30th, so we weren't able to secure a letter through them. I started praying that the Lord would step in and help us work this out. So, I called our real estate agent out here, got a recommendation and called the mortgage broker here. Thankfully he was willing to work late Wed night to approve us, which he was able to do! :) Yesterday we had planned on looking at houses in Ogden and at first it seemed as if things weren't going to work out very well here, either. The first two houses we went to look at we couldn't get into (problems with the locks) and then it started pouring on us. I prayed again that the Lord would help us work this out. Pretty soon afterwards we drove down a street that had a house for sale on it that was not on our list of houses to look at originally, but our real estate agent stopped and said we should take a look. It was a house that another agent, who works in her office, had bought and updated to re-sell, so she personally knew the agent/owner. This house is perfect for us! She was able to call the agent and see if he would be willing to accept our offer and after a little finagling today we have settled, and it's a great deal for us :). The last big issue for us was that we were going to have a period of time between having to move our stuff out of the condo in Denver before we could move into the new house in Ogden. He is even letting us store our stuff in the new home before we occupy it so we don't have to figure out storage (for two weeks) and renting a truck to move it twice!! 

So, for those of you who are interested in the details of the house...
It is in the heart of Ogden, near 29th and Monroe, but a safe neighborhood :). It has 1900 sq ft with 2 small bedrooms upstairs and 4 small bedrooms in the basement. The downstairs has a separate entrance, full bath and a living area as well, so we think it will be pretty easy to rent the bottom floor out to 1-2 college students. We can also choose to use it ourselves later if we need to. The upstairs has a nice kitchen, two bedrooms, a big mud room, full bathroom, and a great room. The great room is about 25 x 12 and has hardwood floors, which Benjer loves. It has a garage that is painted like an old fashioned barn (red with white trim) and the yard is pretty big (the lot is .17 acres). The yard needs a lot of work, but rest of the house has very little work needed, so I think it's a pretty good deal. We basically need to buy some appliances. The man who updated it updated all the plumbing and electricity, put in new cabinets, counter tops, paint, carpet, finished the basement, etc. So we are getting a great deal! It's a cute bungalow type house, with a porch, too :)

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