In 1996 my husband and I became first-time homebuyers. I still remember the feelings of excitement and accomplishment as we walked through the door of our first home! We spent the next 14 years raising our 2 children and making a life here in our little piece of the American Dream.
In 2007, my husband’s very secure position in management of a construction supply company came to an abrupt end. He was laid off due to what we all know now as The Great Recession. I was a newly licensed real estate agent with no experience, but with no construction jobs in site, we set about to find a way to reinvent ourselves and survive.
Even though we quickly became “successful” as real estate agents, the declining market and reduced income did not support our outflow. Eventually, there came a time when we had to come to terms with the facts and make tough choices. Survival was NOT going to include our home….