Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Moving and Other Such Nonsense

There's a reason for my absence. We're moving. I'm not happy.

All military wives know that at some point, they will be moving again. I know not to grow roots too deep, because it will be that much harder to rip them up when Scout gets orders. 

However, we came to Hood with the understanding that it was a five to seven year station (and like an ostrich, I buried my head in the sand and believed that to be true). Months after we bought a house, the rumors about moving 4th ID to Fort Carson started circulating. I've been in denial ever since.

But we got orders. It's happening.

Here's the deal. I was convinced up until recently that the economy woes were all imaginary, that it was just another way for people to excuse themselves from their financial obligations. I got hit with the brick of Don't be so Quick to Judge, Erin.

We can't sell our house for anything close to what we owe on it. The only house we can afford to buy in Colorado is a trailer built in 1996 with a bad roof. The bank will finance us for a second house, but only for a ridiculously low amount (just enough to buy a trailer built in 1996 with a bad roof).

We can't rent because we have, ahem, six dogs. We can't live on post because the limit is two dogs. And actually, in the county we will be living in, the limit is four. Finding new homes for the dogs is not an option. Thanks for thinking of it.

We'll be trying to rent out our current home. Fun times. I'll have to find a new job and get re-certified in Colorado as a teacher. Awesome. (I'm not particularly fond of my current job anyway.) And I planted cucumbers that are actually alive and growing. I swear on All Things That Are Holy that I will take those bastards with me if they aren't ready to harvest before June.

So we'll most likely be living in a trailer in Colorado. Maybe I'll start chewing tobacco and driving a Geo Metro (do they even make those anymore?).

Ok, so that's my Woe is Me Story. I'm getting over it.

Hopefully I'll have time after work to post some pictures of The Cutest Boy on the Planet.


dutchgirl said...

Oh Erin :( I'm sorry. I wish I had a brilliant idea to help you out. We were in a situation a few years ago where we owned a rental home and had to buy again, and as long as our rental had a tenant, the bank didn't count it against us (but that was back in the good old days before the economy tanked). I will keep my fingers crossed that you find a renter quickly!

Sis B said...

The market here is rough, for sure. I don't want to discourage you, but the rental market is difficult, too, from what I've heard. You probably aren't a fan of the stimulus bill, but it includes something for military homeowners who have to move. I don't fully understand the program and don't know if you qualify, but you can find more info on it here: http://www.military.com/Finance/content/0,15356,185255,00.html?wh=wh. I have some realtor contacts in the area if you would like some local referrals. My MIL is also near Ft Carson and is a realtor (and at one point was a mortgage broker but I'm not sure if she is anymore) and could possibly help you out there as well. (i swear i'm not trying to advertise and am just trying to help you out). :)

Good luck!

Abbey said...

Moving sucks! I'm sorry to hear you are going through all this, but Colorado is an amazing state!

The Mrs. said...

holy cow I feel for you. We have been told we could homestead here (yah,note the sarcasm) but I still dont feel comfortable enough to buy a house. The second we do we'd get orders I just know it.

But on the plus side, I did (honest to goodness) see a geo metro for sale just yesterday. Let me know if you want the info.

Really, I hope it works out for you guys, surely it will all fall into place. It might just take a stiff drink to take the edge off while your waiting. : ) hang in there.

~ Denise ~ said...

omg..just reading your post makes me want to crawl back in bed and throw the covers over your head...(my typical way of dealing with too much stress) lol Hey, maybe it will work for you...give it a try, girl! ;)

Only $19.95 said...

NOOOOOOO! SHUTTHEFUCKUP. My year is definitely ruined now. You suck! And I love LOVE your house!!! Ugh. I am so sorry. I'm going to call you - probably not tonight, well, then again.....