Our lives have been pretty crazy lately.
With the explosive housing market and the tenants moving out of our rental, Mindy and I thought it was a good idea to put the home on the market. We did that in January and had multiple offers within 48 hours. At the end of this week, we close on the deal, but in the meantime, there are a lot of loose ends to tie up. Busy, busy, busy!
Selling this home makes me a little sad. It was the last project I worked on with my dad before he died. I had hoped we’d be able to work on one more, but that’s how life rolls you sometimes. I also poured lots of love (and blood) into this home. It turned out pretty great. But it was time to move on.
At the same time, we’ve been wrapping up projects in our current place. We recently completed a load of work on the basement and installed about 1,500 square feet of luxury vinyl plank flooring:
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but at the same time, the work has consumed my life. I vowed to never do the Live-In-Flip Death March again, but lately, I feel like I’ve arrived there again. So, I’m going to stop most work.
We had originally planned to have the home ready to sell by April of 2022. At that time, we would have lived there for 30 months, long enough to avoid all capital gains. We probably wouldn’t have sold at that time, but I like to have my options.
But, trying to get the work done in a pandemic has proved too difficult. Construction is hard when Mindy is podcasting or the girls are attending a class online. A house full of people which is also a construction site is tedious for everyone.
I’m unsure if we would have bought this home if we knew how COVID would disrupt our lives. Living in a construction zone is trying, but knowing that its temporary helps you look past the dust and debris. Now, it’s not so temporary, so we’ll tie everything up and make the best of it.
I hope I don’t sound like too much of a Mr. Complainy Pants. Life is mostly good. Even great. However, chaotic environments have a way of messing with my mental state that is probably mostly unique to me.
I hope to get back to publishing more articles and also producing more videos. Regarding the latter, I have a ton of footage that I just need to sit down and edit.
In the meantime, I’ll mention a couple of random appearances on the internet and some other things I’ve been reading lately.
Earn & Invest Podcast: I first met Doc G at Camp FI Midwest and liked him from the start. He’s a wise human and a gifted speaker who I’m thrilled to call my friend. Mindy and I recently appeared on his podcast to talk about home flipping. Listen here.
Doug Show: Doug is a Longmont local and whenever I see him, we have great conversations. I always come away having learned something. Listen to my chat with Doug where among other things, you’ll learn why there are dinosaur bones on the moon (it’s crazy, but true!).
MMM/Interactive Brokers: I first learned about InteractiveBrokers (IB) ridiculously amazing loan rates through a friend. MMM knows the same guy and used an IB loan to help another friend. His write-up on IB convinced me to move my post-tax holdings over. I haven’t borrowed any money yet and have no plans to do so, but it’s nice to know the powder keg is there. Again, options.
TicTocLife: Sometime in 2020, a new blogger started commenting on 1500 Days. I initially dismissed this person/blog because I thought it had something to do with the TikTok social network, something I have zero interest in. When I finally clicked over, I was surprised to find that TicTocLife had nothing to do with TikTok. Even better, the writing and quality of their posts is amazing. If you haven’t yet, go say “Hi!” to Jenni and Chris.
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