We had our realtor visit.
I knew things were bad, but I didn't realize just how bad. There is a glut of foreclosures on the market which is driving house prices into the gutter. Add to that the fact that no one is buying (only one-third of the average number of houses sold in our town last year) and you have a bad situation for
All told, we will make no money on our property. After you include all of the work we have done on the place, and not including my labor, the increase in value pretty much just covers expenses.
I am so disappointed. I know I should look at the bright side of the situation. We had a lovely home in which to live, we saved at least $30,000 in monthly rent (had we rented), I learned valuable skills, and we made something beautiful out of something rough and tumble.
But, I worked hard, dangit! For five years, through one pregnancy and two newborns, with five children and one mostly-gone husband. I have painted every single inch of this house. We've changed every light fixture, sanded, tiled or carpeted every floor. We have replaced all of the faucets and sinks, taken down some walls and put up others. And that's just inside. Outside, we have repaired garage shelving, scraped paint, and patched the foundation. We have shoveled dirt, built a fence and planted grass, trees and flowers. All the while, I reassured myself that I would be paid for my labor when we sold the house.
And now I'm getting jilted by my employer.
I know that every homeowner has to expect to do upkeep as a part of the bargain. I know that I should be thankful that we don't have to take a loss on the house. And I am.
But I'm also really ticked.