Fixer-Upper Relationships – What You Need to Know!

What area do you want to live? How much do you want to spend? And how much work are you willing to do? Those are usually the first three questions a real estate agent asks a person in the market for a new house. And perhaps the response to the last is the most telling.Continue reading “Fixer-Upper Relationships – What You Need to Know!”

7 Areas to Downsize During Divorce

One of the most gut-wrenching sensations during divorce is to be by yourself in what was the marital home. It’s a different type of alone than the kind that comes when your spouse is away on a business trip. It’s a hollowing. A fragile glass sphere rattling around in a sharp-edged box with no paddingContinue reading “7 Areas to Downsize During Divorce”

Out With the Old; In With the New

When my parents divorced, my mom elected to stay in the house so that I could continue to live in the same neighborhood and attend the same school. It may have been the same house, but it sure experienced a transformation after my dad moved out. The dark wood was painted white. Old wallpaper wasContinue reading “Out With the Old; In With the New”

Directions: First Close, Then Open

Those are the directions on the housewarming gift I’m leaving for Brock this morning. In a few hours we close on the new house. Needless to say, there hasn’t been much sleeping ’round these parts the last few nights. I’m excited. So damn excited. I’m starting to let myself believe that this is actually going toContinue reading “Directions: First Close, Then Open”