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Well, here it is folks, the post that says it has finally happened.  A wonderful couple has decided to purchase our house.  Yesterday the papers were signed and the offers all accepted.  The second week of March we’re moving back to Florida.  Pray for us.

Why Florida?  Well, the answer is simple, it’s a known quantity.  We have loved our time in Michigan, well, three seasons out of the year, but we’ve truly never stopped being Floridians.  Our vehicle license plates can attest to that.  Between work options, weather preference (no snow!), and property values allowing us to get a decent place with a few acres we just can’t think of a better place to go.  Trust me… we’ve tried.

This time, though, we’re giving the north a shot.  Probably the Panhandle area or north of Gainesville is where we’ll end up.  Some might call it “Southern Alabama”, but it’s still Florida to us.

So.. to all our Florida friends, fair warning is given… we’re coming back.  Just a bit over two years to the day we’ll see you all on the beach… somewhere.

On a side note.. well, I’m not the most active or responsible blogger.  I think we can all agree on that.  However, it’ll probably get worse over the next few weeks.  Between courses, packing, moving, hotels, and all the mess associated with this I don’t know how frequently I’ll be able to update.  There will be a big post talking all about the new place and our third adventures in remodelling when we get that far.  Don’t worry.

Wish us luck…

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Well, as teased in my last post, the house is up for sale.  It has been a bitter sweet day around here.  It feels good to begin the process, but we are sorely going to miss this house and the beautiful views.  We are looking forward to getting back to Florida, reacquainting with old friends, getting away from the snow, and taking the next steps in our adventure.  We know, though, that unless we happen to stumble in to the Mega-millions or Powerball, we’ll probably never have another house like this one.

We just hope that the next people love this house as much as we do.  It was made for a family to fill all this space.  It would be a great place to grow up.

So, if you or someone you know may be interested you can find some photos and details on the Realtor’s website here: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/771-Busha-Rd_Owosso_MI_48867_M46140-21144

On Zillow here: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/771-Busha-Rd-Owosso-MI-48867/75754835_zpid/

To all you Florida people reading this… See, I told you we’d figure it out.  It just took us a little longer than we thought to come to the decision.  We look forward to seeing you all in person again soon.  Save some of the warmth for us.

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So, just a quick update..  Today, the house finally got its new roof.  After nearly a week (with a few rain days and a skipped weekend) the contractors finally finished putting the new roof on.  For those of you who know our journey with this place, you know this was the last great repair we have on our list.  The rest is all little stuff.. thankfully.

Although most of you are not from the central Michigan area, I do want to give a little review and say that Hankins Homescapes did a fantastic job.  The owner, Roger Hankins, spent extra time to make sure that we got exactly what we wanted – a roof that doesn’t leak.  But seriously, he helped create a plan to deal with some severe ventilation issues (there wasn’t any!) and to clean up some poor decisions by the previous owner.  He was more than reasonable with the price, too.  Could we have gotten a roof put on a little cheaper.. sure.  Would it be as nice, unlikely.   So if you’re in the area and need anything his company does, I’d recommend giving him a call.  I linked his website above, and their number is: (517) 482-1020.

See, Roger… all tens of the people who read my ramblings now know to call you (maybe it’ll get Google indexed).  How about a discount on the next job?

… So.. who wants to buy a beautiful lake (stocked!) home in Shiawassee County, Michigan.  It has a new roof.. new wood burning furnace.. new electric.. new well.. new septic.. fresh neutral paint.. finished walk out basement.. over 4000 climate controlled feet of living space.. great neighbours.. over 3 acres.. mature berry plants.. immature fruit trees….. and terrible cell phone service.

But, hey, you can get DSL.  All 6 mb/s of it.  You can party like it’s 2002.  Or, just fish… whatever.

There’s a picture of the house with the new roof.  Enjoy.

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