After we lost the seventh house, my husband and I prayerfully changed our direction. Instead of trying to find a run-down house, we decided to focus on land. If we could get a beautiful spot of land with a mobile home within our price range, then what we really have is a beautiful spot of land with gas, electric, water and septic already on the property--not to mention a place to stay until we can build a house.
I found about six plots that met our criteria and we went looking. One fit the bill perfectly. The trailer was built in 1971 and is nothing to look at, but it has been owned by the same sweet old lady for forty years. She didn't want to leave, but the winters have gotten to be too much for her. This is the first house in our search that is immaculate and doesn't need to be gutted and re-built before we can move in. And, we can pretty much guarantee that it has never been a meth house. Next year, when Justin has an actual paying job, we can begin the process of acquiring a few more bedrooms. As it is, though, we'll have three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms.
And this: 1.4 acres of pine and mountain meadow.
That will work for me!