I bought a condo in Orange County over 3 years ago.
O'bama's first time homebuyer tax break got me. That and I was spending $1600 a month on rent and realized I could spend less than that on a mortgage.
I looked and looked and researched and researched and asked my poor real estate agent a bajillion questions, and eventually ended purchasing on February 13th. I remember this because I closed on Friday the 13th, and that tickled me.
Since then, being the neurotic person I am, I have been looking on realty websites to see other houses to ensure I still got a good deal. And in fact, I did.
I'm now on the other side of the process. A photographer came yesterday and took pictures of my house, and now my house is on the internet, officially listed. It's my house. On the internet. It is a little bit weird....anybody can see inside my house!
But this is it! This is the major source of financing for my adventure. I secretly hope some stupid rich person decides to come buy it for a ridiculous amount of money. Considering where I currently live, that's enormously possible, I suppose.