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So back in March we moved to a cheaper apartment so that we could start saving up some money to eventually buy a house. But not even 2 weeks after that my husband lost his job, so that put off the home buying and burnt off all the money we had started to save. He has been working a temp contract at this distribution center that is closing down and moving to Nashville. A couple of weeks ago the facility manager pulled him aside and suggested that he apply for a management position in the new warehouse. So of course he did, and they told him tonight that he got the job!!! It is a very good opportunity for him, and since we really don't have any firm roots set here, it was an easy choice to move. The only thing is that it is the 4th time I will have moved in 1.5yrs!!!

Back in Sept he had applied for a VA home loan (in hopes of us buying a home this past spring) and we just got a letter in the mail that we were approved for that. So I am hoping that we will be able to actually buy a home there. When he was first told to apply I started looking at some homes, and you can get a pretty decently priced new homes there. After reading all the issues Kimbear is having, I think we will try to stick to new construction :lol:

We were starting to think of moving back to Canada, but I think that will be put on the back burner for now.

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Just a heads up about new construction they can be just as bad as older ones.

Iv seen homes that were brand new with bad issues.

A friend of ours bought a brand new home that wasn't quite finished so they could pick their carpets and such that were getting put in. All was great till the company came and had to redo the drive way twice, as well as fix the electrical and then brand new windows were leaking!

No home is "perfect" make sure you get a very good home inspection, make sure to be there for the home inspection and ask lots of questions! My friends were lucky that they got it all repaired by the company.

HGTV also has shown some " first time buyer " shows where the people bought new homes and had horrendous problems with the new homes!


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Just a heads up about new construction they can be just as bad as older ones.

Iv seen homes that were brand new with bad issues.

A friend of ours bought a brand new home that wasn't quite finished so they could pick their carpets and such that were getting put in. All was great till the company came and had to redo the drive way twice, as well as fix the electrical and then brand new windows were leaking!

No home is "perfect" make sure you get a very good home inspection, make sure to be there for the home inspection and ask lots of questions! My friends were lucky that they got it all repaired by the company.

HGTV also has shown some " first time buyer " shows where the people bought new homes and had horrendous problems with the new homes!

Oh I know...they build houses so fast these days there is lots of stuff that is sub-standard and they try to build them so cheap so in order to make some more profit they cut a lot of corners. I was more referring to all the issues with the liens and such.

I am actually an architectural technologist, so I am pretty knowledgeable on all the building standards and stuff, and with the VA they do very thorough inspection as well. And with a new home you get some warranty so if there is anything wrong at least you have something to fall back on.

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Congrats. In Kimbears situation its the type of deal--short sales (and foreclosures) that are causing the nightmare--not the age of the house. I bet my house bult back in Victoria in 1939 is a lot more constructionaly sound then new homes,lol Congrats and good luck


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Wow, that is great news!!! Seems like everything is working out in the end! Congrats!!! :thumbs:

Make sure when you're looking for a house that you buy a house that feels like 'home', not just a house that's new, and might not have any issues... I'd rather buy a house with things to work on where I can see myself living than a house that is perfect but just doesn't feel right... But that's quite obvious I guess :lol:

Hope you guys find the perfect place for your family! Great news again!


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So back in March we moved to a cheaper apartment so that we could start saving up some money to eventually buy a house. But not even 2 weeks after that my husband lost his job, so that put off the home buying and burnt off all the money we had started to save. He has been working a temp contract at this distribution center that is closing down and moving to Nashville. A couple of weeks ago the facility manager pulled him aside and suggested that he apply for a management position in the new warehouse. So of course he did, and they told him tonight that he got the job!!! It is a very good opportunity for him, and since we really don't have any firm roots set here, it was an easy choice to move. The only thing is that it is the 4th time I will have moved in 1.5yrs!!!

Back in Sept he had applied for a VA home loan (in hopes of us buying a home this past spring) and we just got a letter in the mail that we were approved for that. So I am hoping that we will be able to actually buy a home there. When he was first told to apply I started looking at some homes, and you can get a pretty decently priced new homes there. After reading all the issues Kimbear is having, I think we will try to stick to new construction :lol:

We were starting to think of moving back to Canada, but I think that will be put on the back burner for now.

lol Congrats...and my issues were mostly cuz it was Chicago. Also beware of new contrustions, alot of them are being sued for being subpar and not up to standards...also i think its like a new car you have to pay tax on it..ugh lol.

But glad things are looking up for ya!

Congrats. In Kimbears situation its the type of deal--short sales (and foreclosures) that are causing the nightmare--not the age of the house. I bet my house bult back in Victoria in 1939 is a lot more constructionaly sound then new homes,lol Congrats and good luck

Actually my house isn't that old. It was build in 1985 only.


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congratulations - very exciting to buy new and so much fun to pick everything (channel your inner Candice Olson girl!). No one has ever lived there...it's all yours!


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Congratulations! What great news all around :dance: .

Our home was bought new by my husband shortly before we 'met' (also with a VA loan). While all homes have problems, new or old, it has actually been a delight. He definitely checked out the reputation of the builder before he bought and so far there really have been no unpleasant surprises. Since you are moving into the South home construction is distinctly different than in Canada or the north so expect some interesting surprises. With your background, though, I am sure you will be able to separate the good deals from the poor.

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PS - don;t forget to tell USCIS :D Not that you could forget that awesome, friendly bunch!


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PS - don;t forget to tell USCIS :D Not that you could forget that awesome, friendly bunch!

How could I possibly forget those lovely people!! On the bright side, their office will only be about 20mins from where we will be living so I won't have to travel so far if I need something...lol

We are really hoping to get something new or 10yrs old at the very least. A lot of the things we really want in a home, you generally don't find in an older home. And as much as I would love to get something older and cheaper, then renovate to our liking, but with a 6 month old it makes it a bit difficult, and we also want to have a 2nd child pretty soon, so it will just be far to difficult.

I can't wait until we get all the details...we still don't know when he will be starting,so it is hard to start planning anything :(

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Congratulations Colleens. :)


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