I’m Back (With a new purchase!)

Wow – it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster these last several months.  I decided not to post monthly updates due to huge fluctuations in my cash amounts, selling the taxable account, and just due to time constraints.  The big deal is: I bought a house!  I am now officially a homeborrower.

I saved hard, worked lots of overtime, sold the taxable account, got a nice tax refund, and added a bit of my girlfriend’s tax refund, to save up for a 5% down payment.  On top of the down payment, we had to reserve three whole months of rent payments due to the rental company not being able to cancel or reduce our rent for the house sitting vacant.  Well, yesterday was that final rent payment and we are back on track!

All-in-all, we had to pay four extra months of utilities, and three extra months of rent (although one was pro-rated) on top of the new mortgage payment.  With my girlfriend’s help, and an unexpectedly low closing cost, we were able to get it done.  Now we’re back on track for a more steady outlook!
Extra rent payments:  $2,365
Extra utility payments:  $590
Total extra payments (I’m crying in pain):  $2,955
Funny how that almost adds up exactly to the surplus shown below!

Here’s a breakdown of what the house transaction looked like:
Selling price:  155,000+3,000 = 158,000 (3,000 was “closing costs”)
Down payment:  $7,900
Total loan:  150,100
Loan Interest Rate:  3.875% – this includes lender paid Mortgage Insurance so I’ll never have to pay PMI!
“Cash to Close”:  $5,035
Surplus saved:  $2,865 (down-payment minus cash to close)

The official appraisal was $160,000, so we are right on track!  The Zillow estimate puts it at $173,000, so we are definitely in a good spot right now!  Depending on the value you use, that puts me at $10,500 to $23,500 in equity.  That’s definitely a good place to start.

House Stats:
Built: 1980
Finished SF:  1,960
Lot:  .45 acres
Style:  Ranch
Bedrooms:  3
Bathrooms:  2
Basement:  Full, part finished
Garage:  Oversized 2-stall (572 SF)
Upgrades/extras:  Roof 2010,  A/C and furnace 2008, stainless appliances, washer/dryer included, standing freezer, extra 2-door fridge.

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