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I'm not a pea, I'm a cherry

PeaNut 26,297
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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:37:00 PM
Our first house will be finished in a few weeks. I am 39.

In my 20's fertility treatments were our priority.

In my 30's medical bills for medically fragile children sucked up all our funds.

Now the boys are in Jr. high, healthy, and their medical bills are all paid.

I never thought this day would come, but there is a beautiful house three miles to the north with my name on it! It's supposed to be finished on the 18th

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January 2005
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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:41:54 PM
I was 19. I ended up buying three at once (during the bighousingboom) and sold one, bought another and then sold the other two.

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September 2002
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PeaNut 305,186
March 2007
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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:51:46 PM
I was 26 and DH was 29. We still live here 11 years later....I just love our home.

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October 2003
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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:52:22 PM
I was 30 and DH was 27. We never could have afforded it even then, except it had been my grandma's house. She had left specific instructions that if we wanted to buy it from her estate when she died we would get it for 100,000...which was WAY under market value. Of course we bought it. It was a little 2 bedroom cape cod...cozy which means small. Nothing fancy, a true starter home. Then after we had our son, and had to think about schools, we bought a house in the town we are in now (different state from the first one). We were able to make a profit on grandma's house and so that set us up for a really low mortgage on the 2nd house. We stayed there about 4 years until we moved into our current home a half mile away from the last one. It's 20 years old vs 50 and a colonial vs ranch, but basically same square footage. The next time we move will be the last time ... for retirement. We hope to downsize in house size significantly but upsize in lifestyle by moving to Hawaii. It's still years away, but we have a dream.


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April 2012
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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:53:33 PM

I never thought this day would come, but there is a beautiful house three miles to the north with my name on it! It's supposed to be finished on the 18th

So happy for you! Your excitement is just bursting out of your post

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PeaNut 26,297
December 2001
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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:04:45 PM

So happy for you! Your excitement is just bursting out of your post

Thank you it really is a dream come true!

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PeaNut 223,117
September 2005
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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:29:34 PM
We bought our first home at 28.

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PeaNut 19,817
August 2001
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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:32:21 PM
50. Had to wait until I retired and moved out of CA to afford one. It's not a first home though; for me it's a forever home.

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December 2003
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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:46:35 PM
Thirty. A little rancher. It was one of two houses in town that were within our budget. Meaning it was one of the two cheapest homes for sale in the area at the time. We were thrilled that it had a 'master bath'. It was a dumpy cramped 3/4 bath, and we were soooo excited.

It was $65,000 (1992) and there is no way we could have done it if my dad hadn't given us his real estate commission to use for a down payment.

After ten years there we had a home custom-built. I never dreamed we would be able to do that!

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December 2000
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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:54:16 PM

Still in it.



PeaNut 33,625
March 2002
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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:59:06 AM
I was 44 and dh was 46 when we bought our first home.

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It only took 11 years

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March 2002
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:34:27 AM
28 - about 2.5 years after my first husband and I were married.


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April 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:03:46 AM
Was engaged. He moved in and I joined him after the wedding 2 months later. Just a 900 sq ft 3BR ranch.
Brought our first son home there 2 yrs later. Then built a home about an hour away.

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September 2005
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Posted: 2/10/2013 6:50:31 AM
Early 20s.

We kept it as a rental for a long time after we had moved on, I wish I had just kept it and not sold it sometimes. I had a 15 year mortgage on it and it would have just been a cash cow after the mortgage was paid off. But oh well! I happen to know the people who bought it were first time buyers and there was something sweet in knowning that they were going to get such a great first home, too.

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April 2002
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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:19:53 AM
We built our first home when I was 21. It was a starter home but little did I know I would love there 15 years.

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February 2007
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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:28:16 AM
30. We got a great deal on a short sale and bought it a little over a year before we got married.


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January 2009
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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:20:00 AM
We were 24, after law school. It was a tiny rancher with mauve carpet, but we were SO excited! Good memories!

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July 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:46:52 AM
I was 29, my husband was 34. It was a tiny starter home we could afford in 1985. We're still here, but did a major renovation four years ago by putting a second floor on. Now it is my dream home. I think being 20-something and wanting to immediately move into your "dream home" is unrealistic for most people.

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PeaNut 121,622
January 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:50:40 AM
I just bought my first house this year with my husband...I am 35 and he's 36. He owned a house previously for a short time in his hometown. We own an end unit condo in my hometown. My zip code was listed as the most expensive in the country around 5 yrs ago because of all the big houses people built along the ocean. It is overpriced but I've lived here my whole life and so has my father when it wasn't so expensive. Many of my friends have struggled with the fact that many of us can't afford homes here and most of our parents couldn't afford the homes they live in now if they bought them today. The inflated costs are ridiculous.


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PeaNut 138,098
March 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:46:56 AM
32 years old.


PeaNut 51,842
October 2002
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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:51:58 AM
I was 24 and proud too...and I did it on my own!


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June 2003
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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:08:01 AM
I was 24. The house was in a fairly exclusive area in So Ca. I can assure you I wasn't one of the nightmares you see on TV tho. I was grateful for every sq foot.

The woman we bought from was immaculate. You could have eaten off the floors. I've been lucky in that way. Every house I've ever purchased has been in that condition.

I moved from that first house into an apartment because of divorce. That was fine with me though. Where I live doesn't define me. I live in a large house now that I would love to trade in for something small and cozy.

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PeaNut 179,066
November 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:12:26 AM
I bought a mobile home at 24 and at 28, used the money from the tornado insurance payout to buy the one I have now. We've been here 19 years.

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April 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:16:47 AM
I was 29 and about to be married when I bought my first house. My husband to be was living in a house he had purchased before we met, so it was his second home.



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October 2007
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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:44:25 PM
22, almost 23. Three mos before our wedding. It was a cheap 3 BR 2 bath house with a one car garage. We brought our first baby home there and I bawled when we moved

It's on the market now. We have accepted an offer after 10 months!

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November 2006
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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:58:48 PM
I was 23 and dh was 27. It was an 80 yo house 2 flat.we rented it out for 2 years the upper floor. Once D's arrived we converted the house Back 2 a single family house.

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August 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:06:55 PM
I think I was 36. It was my h's 2nd home bought but my first.




PeaNut 162,111
August 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:23:46 PM
I was 18, dh was 20. It was a tiny one-bedroom. Cute, but BOY was it tiny. Of course we thought it was a mansion.

When I happen to go past it now I wonder how we ever crammed into the thing. LOL



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October 2007
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:27:55 PM
We were 28/26 yo when we bought our first home. It was after dh graduated from grad school. It was a 2 bedroom starter home. It wasn't fancy but it did have beautiful red rock/Sedona views.


PeaNut 30,457
February 2002
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:35:29 PM
22. It was a cute little ranch with a full basement. We bought it more for the neighborhood than the actual house. We (xdh & I) wanted our dd, who was just born, to go to school there.

We lived there for 2 years.

~~ Marianne ~~


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December 2011
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:51:28 PM
I was 23 and my dh was 24. We built it on the farmland we had bought the year before. All these years later, still here!
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August 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:56:23 PM
24. ExDH and I were married for a year and our apartment was going co-op, so we went house-hunting. Got a cute little house on 1/2 acre in a really good area. We added onto it over the years. The ex is still living there. He had a few heart attacks so I didn't want to kick him out, even though our divorce agreement states that it could be sold any time now (it's in my name). I'm just waiting for the right time to have him move out!

ETA: Where I live now (FL), most young people say that they're "buying" a house. I truly think they mean that they're RENTING. The words here seem to be interchangable!! The norm here is for people in their 20's to have kids (or even sooner!) and live in their own house. Everything here is transcient though, and no one stays in one place for more than a year!!


PeaNut 541,069
January 2012
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:24:03 PM
I was 20 and dh was 23. The payment (including taxes and insurance) on our first house was a whopping $20 more than our landlords wanted if we resigned our lease, so we went the home ownership route.


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January 2013
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Posted: 2/10/2013 4:14:41 PM
24 & pregnant
DH owned a home when we met so I became a homeowner when we married at age 22.
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PeaNut 284,458
November 2006
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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:14:32 PM
I was 20 and DH has 24. It was a new construction twin home in the city and we lived there for 7 years until we bought our single family home in the country.

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November 2008
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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:15:33 PM
I was 25. Buying a home on my own (without a partner or parent) is still one of the accomplishments I am most proud of.


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August 2006
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Posted: 2/12/2013 3:08:32 AM
I was 23, and I want to go back to renting. I feel like it was a lot easier!

I'm still here

PeaNut 29,051
February 2002
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Posted: 2/12/2013 6:11:40 AM
20, brand new house. My father talked me into it. Best advice he ever gave me.



PeaNut 101,638
August 2003
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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:13:58 AM
My DH and I were both 28. We are in the same house and will both be 40 this year ~ time flies!

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PeaNut 39,183
May 2002
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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:20:29 AM
I was 27 and my husband was 31.

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April 2004
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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:51:07 AM
23 - brand new house got to pick everything (including granite countertops)

My parents are big believers in investing in real estate as soon as you can. And it's served me really well over the past 9 years. I've owned 4 homes since then, made a profit on all of them and am currently designing my custom dream home that we are getting ready to build.

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June 2002
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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:13:47 AM
24 almost 25. 1997 and we moved in two days after I graduated from college. We still live in the same house.

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February 2005
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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:38:11 AM
28. We actually moved in a month before I turned 29. And yes, it was supposed to be just a "starter" home. 1700 sq ft, 3 beds, 2 baths. Well, here we are, 14 years later....

It was the right time for us. We had both been working for a while, I had paid down just about most of my debt, and we were secure.

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August 2002
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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:03:35 AM
We bought our first home in 1999. It was nightmare home and kept me from wanting to buy again. I swore it would never happen. We bought a cute but tiny 667 square foot, 2 bedroom home in August 2012. It will be completely paid off in 2014 and the house payment is under $350. It is tiny but really cute and in great shape. Everyone keeps telling me that we will want to upgrade and move. I don't want a house payment EVER again. I keep telling people it is my forever home. We will see.

Happy Scrapping

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September 2004
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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:03:56 AM
I was 21 hubby was 26. We had only been married about a year but also didn't want to waste money on rent. We had both rented apartments before getting married for a few years. It was far from our dream home. It was a small starter home that needed tons of work. We practically gutted the thing. We sold it for years ago and made a great profit which allowed us to buy the brand new home we live in now. We did every spec of work ourselves on that starter home so it taught us a lot about working together and we made some great memories there.


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April 2001
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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:12:57 AM
We were both 24.

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January 2005
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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:32:30 AM
24; DH was 23. Our wedding was a few months later. We bought the cheapest house in town. It was going for about the price of an empty lot in the newer areas of town and the town was (and still is) going through a crazy real estate boom and prices just keep going up, up, up. But this house sat empty for over a year while other houses were snatched up in days. That should give you an idea of how desirable it was and how much work was needed! We fixed up things that needed to be fixed and left it pretty much as-is in terms of cosmetics because the plan was to tear it down in about a year. This is our fourth winter in here. LOL. We still plan to tear it down eventually, but it's proven to be nice and cozy (it's 650 sq ft, so not surprising) and we're not in a huge hurry. We definitely don't have granite countertops. We don't even have a bathtub! lol.

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