We lived in an RV for the whole year. The end.
OK, just kidding…well, not the part about living in an RV. That was true. Still is. But there was a lot of stuff going on and it turned out to be a pretty good year.
We started out the year with our house in Orlando rented to a couple who signed a sales contract to purchase it in June. While we waited, we shopped real estate in the Clearwater area. In March we bought a 1 acre gulf front lot from a gentleman in Tarpon Springs whose family had owned the land for generations. Quite an interesting guy – ex-Marine pilot, ex-trial lawyer, currently a gentleman farmer and a triathlete. Oh, yeah, and he’s only 72. Looking forward to having him for a neighbor one day.
The deal on our Orlando house fell through and when the tenants moved out in July, we spent a few weeks in Orlando prepping the house to put on the market again. We got another sales contract on the house in September. The closing was delayed a little – the buyer couldn’t get homeowners insurance because there was a named storm within 800 miles of our house…good grief. Heaven forbid that an insurance company should have to pay a claim – OK, don’t get me started on that. We finally closed near the end of Oct.
We started looking for a house in the Clearwater area. We had thought we would buy a small house and reserve some funds to start building a house on the Gulf. After some looking, 4 offers that weren’t accepted, and meeting with 2 architects, we decided to revamp our strategy. We decided to delay building on our lot and use most of the proceeds from the sale of our Orlando house to buy a house here. We currently have a house under contract, but since it’s a foreclosure, the lien holders have to approve the offer. The listing agent is working on that and we should know something next week.
As a family, we had a good year. K finished up 9th grade and started 10th as a homeschooler, and she’s taking some classes at a local private school. She has a couple of good friends at the campground and also got her driver’s permit – good times.
Jim’s job is good and he’s enjoyed some shore fishing at our Tarpon lot. I keep up with my 2 family members and we made 3 trips up to visit my family in Mississippi and Alabama.
All in all a nice year, and we’re looking forward to new adventures in 2011.