It's a wonder how I honestly survived it all... but I have to admit, all the crazy I went through really allowed me to grow up, get fiance savvy and really work for the things I and now my family have.
It took No Spend Months, Recycling, opening many online savings accounts to give "every dollar a name" and working lots of overtime when my job allowed it... but I finally did it.
I wrote the biggest check of my life (at the time) and actually closed on a cute little one bedroom condo back in 2008 as a single young twenty something. My goal was to own property by the time I turned 25, and I did it when I was 23. It all started back in 2007 with $4.03 I had leftover at the end of the month and by 2009 I had $14,118.52. With the housing crash and the ability to take advantage of an FHA loan requiring only 3% down, I went hunting in one of the highest cost of living areas on the planet... Orange County.
Original House Down payment schedule
After writing 26+ offers, dealing with foreclosures, short sales, and horrible people who never give you straight information, I finally closed on a place I felt I could afford and make my home. After I got the keys, I had to make the place livable. It was a rental long before it was my home and at one point dogs, cats, 5 kids, and some adults were all crammed into my little place... everything needed to go... especially the dead bugs behind the counters in the kitchen...
A lot of wonderful people helped me, and it was their hard work & hours that allowed me to really make most of the projects DIY. The before pictures, can be viewed here: 1 bedroom before pictures
In short, to move in and get keys, I spent $7,057.08... and $17,672.29 remodeling and fixing the place.... but I broke even.
You can view the post about the sale of our one bedroom here: 1 bedroom condo sale specs... but we walked away with a profit of $181,691.35.
We took those funds and rolled them over to the purchase of our 2 bedroom condo. We're in the middle of setting in (July 2017) and will update this page with the sale and remodel specs once more as we turn another long term rental unit into our next home.