1. In 2008, my husband and I lost our house in the recession. We had owned it for 10 years but didn't have much of a savings account.
  2. I lost my job and we knew we were screwed. We basically called the bank and said "here's your house, we're moving out".
  3. It ruined our credit. But it was also so freeing to get rid of almost everything we owned.
  4. We moved into a friend's spare bedroom for a couple years until we could afford our own place again.
  5. The new place was nice at first. A historic ginormous house with an apartment on the third floor that we rented.
  6. But the historic charm just became "things that don't work" and my knees hated climbing the stairs every day.
  7. Our town announced in early 2014 that they were renovating an old furniture factory into apartments.
  8. This was one of the first in Indiana because it was going to be affordable and only for artists and entrepreneurs.
  9. The application process was wildly long. We waited in lines and filled out 24 pages of application. (Others had to do more!) we even had an interview with a panel of important people in town.
  10. But it was all worth it because we got in!
  11. We moved in April 1st, 2015. And I've loved every minute of it.
  12. Oh I forgot to mention that the building is on a mill race and 5 miles of bike and walking trails. This is the view outside of my bedroom window. (In summer, right now it's dark and snowy. 👎)
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