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Peace, quiet and good news from Zillow!

June 13th, 2013 at 04:25 am

After the craziness of the past couple of weeks, it is blissfully quiet in the little house tonight. I can hear birds, crickets, a few dogs barking in the far off distance, but other than that, it is peaceful.

R really wants to keep his deposits coming to the joint account and asked me to keep taking care of finances jointly. Since he makes much more than the bills, this isnít an issue. Everything is set up to auto pay anyway. I will continue to track everything so that it can be easily divided- and put all extra towards the last of the unsecured debt. Any big house repairs are on hold for now.

I am looking forward to life in the little house for the next month. I have my black lab and my cat to keep me company. They love country living. My cat, who was Mr. GQ in the city house, always groomed and proper, has comfortably and happily slipped into the role of redneck kitty. He is now a dirty little guy who looks like pigpen from Charlie Brown when he lies down, with a big puff of dust settling around him- but he clearly enjoys the new life style. Both he and the dog love going for walks with me when I get home from work.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the value of my home went up significantly on Zillow this week. If the zestimate is anywhere near accurate, I am now just about back to what I owe on it. A nice feeling, after watching it nosedive about $40k into the red the past two years and then climb painfully slow back up to black. I will take whatever good financial news I can get.

Tonight I definitely feel like coming back to the little house was the right decision. I love knowing the grandkids have plenty of room to play here- (I plan to resume date nights next week!) plus I am going to save about $1500-1800 month on rent and utilities- and I have my pets.

For tonight, life is good!

7 Responses to “Peace, quiet and good news from Zillow!”

  1. snafu Says:

    Thank you for the update. We're all very concerned about you. I hope it's ok to suggest you squirrel away as much cash as possible for future decisions. It's not smart to make big decision just now. It's a wonderful time to re establish play dates with your grandchildren.

    Isn't it wonderful that home values are growing again. If you know any Realtors, ask they keep you upraised of house sales in your specific community - list price, sale price and total square footage.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Just a thought...move your extra money out of the joint account. Leave his there. You can open another account to keep your money 'safe'.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Glad you are in a better place. I know there are wild emotional swings, so I hope you soak up the good as much as you can.
    The country house is "yours" isn't it?

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ray, know you and your family are in my prayers.

  5. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thanks for the continued thoughts. Yes LF, both houses are 'ours', but if we divi things up he would take country and I would take the city house. Two acres is too much for me alone.

  6. scottish girl Says:

    Glad to read an update from you. I agree with CCF and snafu.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Yes, I'd think of cash squirreled away as your personal emergency fund. Just yours. I trusted my now-ex when we were separated. Then one day I had NO money except the cash I had set aside as he drained our joint account and left the state. It cost me hundreds in legal fees to get it back.

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