S/O First home, from the HH thread
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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:32:14 AM
Reading Gina's post about her first home made me think of DH and my first house. We bought a 1920 Tract house that was 1200 Sq feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, with a huge falling down garage. All for the whopping sum of $38,000 in 1996. You've got to like cheap prices in small towns. We were 25 and 28.

The whole house had paneling that was either painted or papered over, the back bedroom had green shag carpet from 1969, and red velvet flocked wallpaper covered the kitchen. You could make a loop from the front door, through the kitchen, around the corner through the hall that had the bedrooms and bathroom, and end up at the front door. I could vacuum the whole house from the same outlet if I walked around and brought the cord through. Lol

We were so proud of that little house. We painted, put up new wall paper, had the sewer line replaced, replaced fixtures, made curtains, put on a new roof, and brought home our second child to it.

We had fun making it our home and did a lot of the work ourselves, with some help from friends. We sold it after a few years.

Tell me about your first home.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:39:03 AM
it was in clarksville tennessee

i was pregnant and he was stationed at ft campbell

it was maybe 700 sq ft

on a sloped lot....heavy rains made it look like the greatflood at our front door

it was pathetic

we were so excited we didn't even realize we should have been embarrassed!

i wouldn't trade that itty bitty house for anything



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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:44:56 AM
We assumed the loan on a house that a friend owned and wanted to downsize from. It had green curtains in the LR, goldenrod wallpaper (with wheat stalks that were textured!) in the kitchen, and horrible linoleum in the kitchen, DR and laundry room. We painted and fixed up and installed blinds, etc. We did so much work on that house. I even remember being 4 months PG with our first when we installed tile in the family room. I sat on the floor and laid tile that other people brought to me so I didn't have to get up.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:49:08 AM
"we were so excited we didn't even realize we should have been embarrassed! "

Exactly! I love the excitement of young people with a first home. Neither of our parents had owned a home, so we were so proud of ourselves.

Proud Wife and Mom to four big goons!
I cannot be old enough to have three teens and a tween.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:55:31 AM
When I was 18, I lived with a friend for a year or so. We rented the second floor of a house built in 1915 that had been converted to 2 studio apartments but we rented both. That gave us 2 kitchens. We used the 2nd one as our living room and decorated it with Pier One stuff back when Pier One stuff was super cheap and not really trendy. We put our stereo on the top of the stove. My poor mom must have been horrified but she never let on!

DH and I lived on base many times when he was in the AF. Our first house was about 800 sq feet and made of cinderblock. It had a carport and a yard with rose bushes and hollyhocks and I just thought we were in heaven!

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:56:57 AM
I'm still in mine. It is a 1400 foot multi-level house. When we moved in every wall was painted white and it had the builder grade appliances, linoleum, and carpet. We've lived here for 9 years and have decorated and painted every room and put new flooring in most of the house. When we moved in we had such grand plans for renovations. We were pretty naive when it came to the costs of everything. I do love my little house, but I hope to be able to afford a nicer, larger house someday.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:59:25 AM
We're still in our first house. It was 1400 square feet with one bathroom and an unfinished basement. It had it's original 1950 kitchen which means I had counters on one wall and the stove was just free standing in the room. It also had a huge pit in the backyard where the excavator had over dug for the addition and didn't back fill. Speaking of additions, it was done on a shoestring and apparently without a lot of oversight because there was no direct heat to that end of the house. Just passive from the original home.

We have done so much work on this place. We filled in the pit, of course, first. We've finished the basement giving us a family room, a real laundry room, and a second bathroom. We remodeled the kitchen. That took me from having about 6 feet of counter space to now having 50'. I love my kitchen. We tore down a wall. We moved all the utilities. We moved a staircase (three whole feet to the north. It seems weird to do that much work for such a simple move, but it made a huge difference in the basement.)


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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:14:15 PM
We bought our first house when we were married in 1978- the house had been my grandparent's home for over 40 years, my Grandpa had recently passed away. We got a great deal from the family, otherwise there was no way we were in any financial position to buy a home as newlyweds. The house was a 1912 bungalow in Hollywood, CA, right next to a TV studio (and the former Vitagraph Studios). It was 2 tiny bedrooms, livingroom/dining room, kitchen and tiny bathroom with clawfoot tub. My grandparents had remodeled the kitchen in 1958, adding all metal cabinets. (which were all rusted out by the time we moved in). We LOVED the house. I loved the craftsman porch with the cute light with the stained glass shade. Loved the little cellar where we later found all sorts of my grandma's treasures, including petrified canned peaches, and an adorable little shelf, which I still have) My grandpa planted 2 redwood trees in the backyard, which today are two of the tallest trees in Hollywood.
We had to sell the place in 1986, when we were bursting out of the seams of the house with 3 kids. The people who bought it absolutely destroyed its charm- stucco'ed up the front porch, put up a horrible wrought iron fence, planted car bodies in the front yard. The only thing that's still wonderful is that those redwood trees are still there, watching over the neighborhood.

We were so lucky to have our own little house during the first years of our marriage, and I cherish every memory!


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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:16:02 PM
We're still in our first home - it's been 11 years now. We bought a run down 1972 split level home that had horrid gold/brown peed on carpet, gold linoleum floors, green/gold flecked counter top (still have that)... oh it was awful. We've painted and replaced all the flooring, have fixed up two bathrooms, remodeled the downstairs family room (added real lights, yay!)... It's nearly 2000sf, so we didn't buy that tiniest thing we could find, but I do think we bought well for what we needed and what we needed in the years to come. My mom did make some snarky remark about us buying such a big house - as if it were a palace. When in reality a newer smaller home would have cost more and had a much smaller yard.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:19:04 PM
We purchased our first house in 1993. It was a brand new tract home. We picked out our lot, made our paint and finish choices from a list the development had, and upgraded some options. I took pictures of the building process from the clearing of the lot to the finished house. The house was only 1100 sf and $65,000 and we loved it. I brought home my first child to that house and will always have fond memories. When we go back home to visit every few years we'll drive by to see the house and the neighborhood and what new changes have occurred.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:27:36 PM
My first house was in Mankato, MN. It was. 1968 split foyer, about 1000 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, original owner, original decor. The owners were kind enough to leave behind the rake for the shag carpeting. It was lovely - variegated green and property of a long time smoker. The lower level was all paneling on the walls. The big wall in the foyer had a huge wallpaper mural. It was 8' tall and 4.5' wide and trimmed out by stained 1"x4"s. There was hideous wall paper in the kitchen, upstairs bath and one wall of the master bedroom. The kitchen had the old laminate countertops with metal trim around the edges that drove me batty -- that metal strip was a gunk collector.

It was so fun to work on that house. We found gorgeous hardwood floors under that nasty rug. We found old treasures in the attic. I got tons of use out of the toolbox my dad put together for me as he taught me how to fix things growing up.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:41:35 PM
When I was little, I watched the coolest home being built. It was a contemporary house & I thought it was my dream home

When dh and I were buying our first home, he had an appointment set up to go look at a house...when we pulled into the driveway, it was the house I wanted when I was little. I could not believe it, because I had never told him, although it was in the neighborhood we were looking in.

We bought that little 1400 sq ft contemporary house, with the two story ceilings, open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, greatroom & dining room...oh and it's teeny little galley kitchen. It worked & it was my love. We gutted that entire house inside and out and raised our kids in it for over 15 years. We outgrew it long before we moved, but I really did love that thing.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:43:03 PM
we are still in our first house...bought it in 83, just as interest rates had lowered to 12.5 %. we have redone the front yard, the back yard, removed 50 trees, redone the front stairs, the kitchen, the bedrooms (split one into two), the foundation, the drain system in the basement, restuccoed the front of the house, reroofed several times...and now we are arguing about a small remodel of the upstairs bathroom. replaced all but 6 windows.

we still have 1600 square ft and a view. we started with a 2 bedroom one bath house, and now have a three bedroom, 1 and 3/4 baths. it is a 1927 house with diamond parquet floors, and lots of mahogany trim. we hope to pay it off when dh retires..with his stock options.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 1:06:05 PM
We didn't buy our first house until we were in our 30s. It was a 3400 square foot three-story house in a southern city. Ten years later, I am living in a larger city in a smaller house .


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Posted: 2/9/2013 3:08:54 PM
I LOVED reading all of your responses! It's funny b/c DH and I were just talking about our first house last night.

Anyway, ours was an adorable little 60's bungalow. It was sold to us from the estate of the original owner. Her sons and their families were so cute at closing because we were SO EXCITED. I think it made them happy to see us so thrilled about getting the house.

It was in great condition, but seriously hadn't been updated decorating-wise since it was built in the early 60s. It had brown wallpaper in the kitchen with mushrooms on it complete with a coordinating brown/gold patterned CARPET in the kitchen! EWW!!! Like a tealish blue/green carpet in the whole house, covering gorgeous hardwood floors that had been covered up the whole time. Both bathrooms had wallpaper. One had little lambs on it and the other was an interesting brown/gold flower combination.

The kicker... it had red shag carpeting and paneling down in the basement. That had been finished off in the 70s

We worked our butts off in that house and it was super cute when we sold it a few years later (for a nice little profit). If we hadn't had to relocate for DH's job, I think we'd still be living there! It was in a great neighborhood and was a really nice house when we were finished making it over.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 3:40:28 PM
Didn't get our first house till 2001, (could not afford or were not going to be somewhere long enough)House in California, (when we were selling it) . This house in Maryland is our second house.

Now there were a mix of rentals (over 10 for the both of us) some better than others. My personal favorite was a house in Tucson, off of Sunrise, up near Sabino Canyon, that had parkland on the other side of the fence.

It also had scorpions and I am highly allergic to them, as I found out.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 3:41:25 PM
My dh & I were older than the average newlyweds, so we had worked several years in our chosen professions & each had substantial savings. We purchased new construction, ~3,200 heated sq. ft, 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3-car garage home in a country club neighborhood that we lived in for 7 years before moving to our current home. All the features we originally loved about the home (e.g. open concept; soaring 2-story entry & family rooms; dramatic entry stairway; back staircase) became reasons we decided to move after having our child. Although there were too many stairs, noise in one room traveled throughout the home, etc., we made wonderful memories in that home...

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Posted: 2/9/2013 3:53:36 PM
Mine was in a not so nice suburb in south west Sydney. It was $68,000 and interest rates were at 14%! It was a brand new 3 bedroom brick veneer house with a postage stamp sized back yard. It was a pretty small house - I don't know how many squares it was - but it was just my new husband and I living in it, so there was plenty of room for us. We bought it when I was 18, but we didn't move in until after we were married, and I was 19 by then. I loved the house, but hated the suburb.

We sold it for $94,000 18 months later and moved closer to our families.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 4:20:02 PM
I bought a condo in a far outlying suburb when I was 30. My family and friends are Polish so paying rent is very much frowned upon. They all settle down and get married and buy homes and have kids pretty young.

I bought a condo bc it was just me and I have no idea how to do yard work or fix a roof or anything.

I moved in Aug and discovered the central air was broken. It was incredibly hot in there. And I'd had 2 inspections. When I replaced the AC I was told the furnace was 30 yrs old and the floor under it was rotting out. Sigh.

I liked having my own place and it was a lovely area. But it was also a wasteland for a single woman and I got really stir crazy. My whole social life was in the city. I never painted or renovated really. I am just not into working on a home. I'd rather be out there doing stuff.

I'm glad I had the experience but I'm fine with renting in the city now.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 4:36:19 PM
ours was a new home - zero lot line in a new neighborhood - less than 1000 sq feet, two bedrooms, washer and dryer was in the garage.

when we bought it the interest rate on our loan was 12%!!! we refi'd down to 10% before we sold it.

it was the perfect size for 2, got crowded with a kid, and no way had room for kid#2. we sold, got a 4 bedroom, that could hold both kids and we are still there.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 4:46:21 PM
I posted a little bit about it on one of the other threads but we loved our first house.

It was a 1400 sq ft townhome on a small cul-de-sac. We were one of the first ones to move in, but when the neighborhood was done, it was all young families and couples just starting out. We had block parties, pig roasts, beer tasting parties, holiday open houses, etc. We car-pooled to sports, VBS, and school events. We threw baby showers and birthday parties for each other. Our children truly had a village helping to raise them.

The house itself had 3 small bedrooms and 2.5 baths. There was a living room, kitchen, and dining room. We eventually finished the basement. We lived thre for 11 years and had totally decorated and upgraded the house before we moved. We were very young and naive when we bought the house, but we adapted well and figured out home ownership easily.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 4:49:55 PM
Still live in our first home. A 1999 Tri-level, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1500 sq feet finished, 500 unfinished. A cookie cutter home in a cookie cutter neighborhood. Oak kitchen and bathroom cabinets and brass fixtures. We've replaced some light fixtures and tiled the bathrooms. Hope to make a fourth bedroom. Ours is a bit different with 2 bathrooms upstairs and a half unfinished basement (as opposed to most that have crawl spaces).

I don't mind the house but would LOVE to move once our second child graduates. Hopefully, there will be some appreciation. If not, I'm happy to break even.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 4:56:38 PM
My first home was DH's second. I was 27 for my "first" and he was 20 for his and 28 when we bought our first together.

3 story craftsman/Victorian/farmhouse with 10,000 sf block barn on 12 acres in an excellent school district for $89,500 in 1996. Gotta love Ohio.

The house was habitable but needed lots of work. I love it but old house living isn't for everyone.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:28:59 PM
My first house was a 700 sq ft story and a half. There was nice 70's carpet in the kitchen. The only bathroom had a toilet, sink an tub. No shower. That was in the basement in a corner. It wasn't enclosed in anything. Just a shower in the corner. It went with the toilet that was tucked in another corner by the stairs. It was 130 yrs old at that time. Solid poured foundation, original windows with wavy glass. Really neat house that needed a lot of work. Ripped out the carpet and refinished the hardwood floors everywhere. Added a shower to the bathroom during a full gut of that room. Also gutted the kitchen to the studs. Lived there for four years until I had DS and then it was really small. Been in my current house for over eight years now and it is way too big since the ex and I are no longer together, but it is the only house that DS knows and it has grown on me over the years.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 6:36:28 PM
I guess I'm one of the few, but my first home was not a starter home. It was 3400 SF colonial with finished basement. It had 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, formal living and dining room, family room and sunroom. It was new construction and we picked out everything. It sat on 2.5 acres in a very nice MD suburb of DC, within a 5 minute drive to Metro. We lived there until 4 years ago when we moved to the desert.

We recently built our second home and it is our "dream home"/forever home; the next move is to the cemetery!

ETA: I was 30 and hubby was 40 when we moved in to our first home.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 6:51:11 PM
We built our first home in a small, older neighborhood. The acre lot we built on was pie shaped and had a natural woods along the back of the property. Our house was 1100 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, one full bath, one half bath, full unfinished basement. Cost $78,000, this was in 1997.

We would visit our 'dirt' quite often. It was really exciting to see the house progress. We enjoyed picking out all of our colors, cabinets, surfaces, light fixtures, and flooring. We had them paint the walls basic off white. Of course we ended up repainting every room in the house once we decided on furniture and colors. lol

7 years later, 2 little girls, and lots of great memories we decided we had outgrown our 1100 sq ft home and the neighborhood. We moved in with my inlaws and started building our current home. We had such a good building experience the first time we wanted to do it again. It's larger, and in the school district we wanted to be in. It's a good thing we decided to build a larger home because we were surprised with another little girl.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:48:57 PM
Ours was:

two story
4 bedroom
billiard room
Big Library/exercise room
eat in kitchen
formal dining room
living room
family room
indoor laundry room
two and a half bathrooms
Attached two car garage
Front porch
Decent sized backyard with a deck

In a quiet neighborhood across the street from a beautiful park.
Near excellent schools and shopping.
Three miles from my family

We were 20 and 26. We bought it at a foreclosure auction.
It was bought without seeing the inside. We could only see the house from the street.
Of heeded a ton of work before I would move in. A ton.
When it was done we had the most beautiful home in the neighborhood

I loved that house.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:14:04 PM
Ours was a tiny little farmhouse in the boonies. It was built by my great-aunt and uncle in the 1960s, and it hadn't been updated ever. It had ORANGE counters in the kitchen. Every single wall was dark, cheap paneling. But it was $80,000 with acreage and was right on the same road as most of my family. Perfect location, but it was a crappy and creepy house. It was also a money pit.



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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:52:49 AM
Our first home is also our retirement house We didn't buy a houce until after dh retired from the Navy. Our marriage is a second marriage for both of us but our house is a first for both of us.

It's a 1400 sq ft single story and we are only the second owners. It is what most people would consider a starter home, and that is fine with us. We have a galley kitchen, a stackable washer and dryer and only one bathroom. But it's what we can afford and what we can take care of now and when we are older.

We love our smaller house and love that we are done moving

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:19:00 AM
Our first home was lovely, but outdated. We made some major changes to it. Our second son was born while we lived in that home.

It was a 2 story cedar clad home that was DARK brown. Espresso dark. With horrendous minty shutters and trim, including the wrought iron railings on the porch. Beautiful, flat lot with amazing, mature plantings. The hydrangeas reached to the edge of the second floor! The interior was all carpeted except for the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room in a chocolate color deep pile. There was no dishwasher and laminate countertops and an electric range. We saw past all that, we were thrilled to see all the potential and how we could change it to be exactly what we wanted! We closed in October and by Christmas had a gas range, dishwasher and white tile countertops. Oh how I loved those tile countertops. At first! Now I would not have them for all the money in the world, lol! I had a painted tile backsplash-it was a big white iron bowl with fruit and ivy leaves. I thought it was AWESOME but it would make me cringe to see it now! Times change!

We painted the exterior of the house a silvery grey and had the wrought iron stripped of all the paint and put on a charcoal architectural roof. Neighbors would actually stop and tell us how amazing it looked and we beamed with pride!

We had huge floor to ceiling fireplaces, one in the family room and one in the master bedroom. The downstairs, EVERY SINGLE ROOM, had that luan wood paneling on the walls. We spent every night after dinner and every weekend for over a month pulling it down, pulling those tiny nails, putting up drywall, taping, mudding, sanding and painting. Man, were we ever PROUD of that! Oh--and there was NO insulation, so we insulated on our own, too!

The gardens took a LOT of work. I was not up to having a full acre to care for, but we figured it out and had a huge play structure installed the summer our second son was born. Our first born just LOVED having that to play with. I cannot count the number of times I sat in the heat nursing the baby and watching his big brother play for hours on that!

We had a small guest cottage that at one point my mom lived in and that was such a blessing to us! I feel like my boys know my mom best of all the grandkids because of that.

I remember the day we were able to go and buy all new carpeting. We did a color flecked berber and I was literally giddy when it was installed!

One day I was in a home improvement store buying filters and WD-40, that is all I was going in for, and on my way out I saw a Kohler bath sample set on clearance. I got the huge whirlpool tub, toilet, sink, and heated toilet seat (lovely!) for 800!! It was 60 or 70% off, IIRC. I bought it and we spent the next weekend ripping out the downstairs master (we had two master bedrooms in that house, which was very cool!) bath and prepping it for the new fixtures. Had to hire a carpenter and plumber to install the new pieces, but otherwise, we did the demo and finishing ourselves. It was a dark green, Tropic Green, I think? And it was IMPOSSIBLE to keep looking clean, but it made me swoon. Again, I would gag to see that in my bathroom today.

We lived there 7 years and spent much of our weekend (and even a 2 week vacation once!) working on it and making it our own and creating a home from a house.

In a way it makes me sad when I hear about people wanting it all right from the get go in their first home. There was a lot of joy in what we did over the years to make it ours and how we wanted it!

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:48:49 AM
I bought my first home in 1988, in southern California, where prices were crazy. $242,000 for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1930's house with detached garage. I had to redo the floors and paint the entire interior before moving in (lucky it was small!). The kitchen and bath were original, but DH (who I hadn't yet met at the time I bought the house) eventually updated them. I also had to install forced air heat and AC and replace the knob and tube electric and a good bit of the clogged plumbing. During the Northridge earthquake, when lots of houses in the neighborhood came off their foundations or lost their chimneys or worse, my little house was standing proud.

I loved that house. I met and married DH when I lived there and D1 was born there. The house we live in today is many times the size of that first house (and far from California), but that little house is still my favorite, and boy do I miss that southern California weather.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:54:20 AM
850 sq. ft. bungalow in Westchester County, NY.

3 teeny bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 bath - and that 1/2 bath was so small, my dh used to have to sit sideways on the toilet, lol.

Kitchen, dining room, living room, 1/2 bath on 1st floor, 4 rooms on the second floor - 3 we used as bedrooms, one as a computer room.

Full basement, full attic, 2 car garage - so lots of storage, just not lots of living space.

But I loved it. It was a nice neighborhood with sidewalks and everyone walked to school. We just outgrew the house.


PeaNut 181,484
December 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:07:50 AM
We built our first home in 1980, when interest rates were just starting to go up. We purchased a "kit" home from a local building company that was just beginning to sell this type of package home. You contracted with them to build the house so that it looked finished from the outside, but inside was just studs. We contracted some of the work but did a LOT ourselves. It took us almost 6 months to build the house so we could move in. It was a 1,350 square foot, three bedroom, one bath rambler and it cost $66,000 all in with the lot and everything.

By the time we got done building, we could not find conventional financing because we no longer qualified for a mortgage with rates up at 18%. The construction company carried us for nearly two years until we were able to get conventional financing and pay them off. Our construction loan was at 13% for all that time.

It was a great family neighborhood and we lived there for 13 years. We sold the house for $99,000 and built our dream house.

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PeaNut 43,536
July 2002
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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:17:04 AM
Our first house was a little over $100,000

We bought it because we wanted a dog.

5 yrs old.

1,800 sq. feet

3 bedrooms

tile and carpet

laminate counter tops

It was in great shape and was the perfect starter house. We lived in it for 5 yrs before moving to our current location an hour away. The only difference in our second house is that we built it and it's 2,000 sq ft. Same flooring and counter tops, but it has 3 bedrooms, an office and an electric fireplace.

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PeaNut 511,446
June 2011
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Posted: 2/10/2013 11:07:06 AM
Unless we win the lottery, our first home is our retirement home.

We don't have children and over 1400 sq ft is plenty of room for two adults and two cats.


PeaNut 382,038
July 2008
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Posted: 2/10/2013 11:17:25 AM
1994 - i was 23, DH was 28. it was a semi-detached 3 storey with a cute little postage stamp front lawn and a cute little postage stamp backyard.

we bought it from the bank for $141,000. and put in the deal they had to replace the leaky roof. it had 3 bedrooms on the 2nd and a finished 3rd floor. we had so many rooms, most had nothing in them. a mattress on the floor, with a milk crate as a bedside table and a lamp - that was our guest room!

we only moved because the other side of our semi sold and new neighbours SUCKED. we bought fully detached down the street. i drive by often and think "wow, my mortgage would be paid off if we stayed in that house ".

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PeaNut 35,457
April 2002
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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:16:56 PM
Our first home was 1470 square feet.

It cost $60,000.

It was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage with a great backyard.

It had full brick, solid wood cabinets, carpet in all rooms but the kitchen and bathrooms. We replaced the builder carpet after about 2 years because it was so crappy.

It was in a nice neighborhood when we built it. It slowly went down overtime but not to bad currently.

We loved our home! We picked white washed cabinets, mauve countertops and border in several rooms. We built it while we were expecting our first son in 1992. We had 2 babies there, he left in 1998 and the boys and I stayed in it. I stayed there while I was a single mom for 7 years and the first 2.5 years of my 2nd marriage and than we sold it and moved. Didn't ever imagine we would stay in our starter home for 15 years but it was a good home for a long time. After we left it had 3 owners in like 4 years and 2 foreclosures. We sold it and made a nice profit in 2008 before the market took a turn.


PeaNut 300,909
March 2007
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Loc: Waikato

Posted: 2/10/2013 12:25:06 PM
It was a wedding present for a wedding which would never happen. Faux stucco. It was built new. The house leaked the electrics were dangerous. The roof had a hole in it.

Some moron put little girl bows on the master bedroom walls toddler curtains in the windows.

And after I had sold it and signed the papers somebody stripped it so the builders wouldn't face charges for gross stupidity.

I think they were still fined.

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PeaNut 74,479
March 2003
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:19:03 PM
Ours was a 1600 sq ft home with 2 beds and 2 baths. It cost $30,000 and we sold it exactly one year
later for 32,000.



PeaNut 348,818
November 2007
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Loc: Cowtown

Posted: 2/10/2013 1:57:09 PM
We were 26 and had both been working as professionals for 4 years. We also knew that we would be starting a family soon and knew space was going to be a must. Much easier to save for a down payment with no kids!

We built a 4 bedroom home...almost 2100 square ft. It was a bare bones builder and on the lower end of houses in the area.

It cost 112,000 to build. 10 years and 3 kids later, it was the perfect choice. It isn't fancy, but we have made it a home.

Now the rent house we lived in BEFORE here...scary!

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PeaNut 114,629
November 2003
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Loc: Somewhere over the rainbow

Posted: 2/10/2013 2:10:47 PM
I miss the apartment we lived in - we built our house and I guess I just didn't know any better. I hate it. You had four models to choose from with little or no customization and it's just not practical the way things are laid out. We've tried some DIY modifications, but I swear we had more room to just "be" when we were in the apartment. I hope repainting this whole place will help ... I just want to bulldoze it and start over...

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PeaNut 562,204
July 2012
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Posted: 2/10/2013 4:33:39 PM
My first home was a cape cod. My ex and I purchased it for 41,500 in 1987--we were 23 years old. It was a little over 1000 square feet and had three bedrooms and one bath. It was a very cute house, but very small rooms. The high points were that it had a nice big deck out back, it was in a very cute starter neighborhood withe lots of other young couples like us (even though the marriage went sour quick, I loved my neighbors and had some wonderful times with them), and most importantly for my mechanic exdh, an oversized garage with a house furnace in it. He spent a lot of time out in that garage.

Current dh and I bought a house not much bigger than that first house (although it felt bigger) as our starter home (it was his first home) for 54,500. I loved that little house. Again, we had great neighbors, close to parks, walking distance to the elementary and middle schools, etc. Plus, it was an old house with beautiful woodwork throughout. When we moved ten years later, the neighborhood was starting to go a little bad. We are now in what I hope will be our last home. It's modest my many people's standards--a three level split with four bedrooms, two baths and about 1800 square feet--but it gives us what we need. Plus, we have the largest yard we've ever had at half an acre and we have four car garage. Plus, we are in a school system that's one of the best in the country. If I could bump up all the room sizes to make it about 2,400 square feet, plus add a fireplace, I would have everything I need. But I'm satisfied.
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