We had plans that we thought were solid. It came to our attention that those plans were never in place in the beginning, let alone now.
In short, we thought that the house we are renting right now and have been renting for the past 5.75 years, was going to be sold and we were going to buy it. The landlord kept stalling on selling and each time I asked about it, they gave a very short answer of no. I had to finally ask if they were ever going to sell it and if so, if we can get some terms on paper. She replied with the fact that she had no plans of selling and couldn't commit to selling.
BOOM!! That was the sound of my heart plummeting to the bottom of my gut. For almost six years, we have been paying a large amount of money to live here which we were sort of fine with because we had the intention of buying this house and living here for years to come. We had a list of upgrades we were going to make, what we wanted so desperately to get started doing, as soon as we knew that it would eventually be ours. Our hopes, plans and optimism were crushed. I didn't really know whether I wanted to scream, cry or throw things.
The disappointment is paramount. It may seem really silly to some who are thinking so why not just pack up and buy a different house?! Oh how I wish it were that easy. Due to so many things that are totally our own fault, we are not in a position to buy a house. We were really thinking that the rent to own option was our only option and that a portion of the money that we've been paying would help us to buy. That is out so now we are changing our game plan and hoping for a solution that is feasible and won't cause us too much heartache.
We really do love where we live. We are close to everything, yet we have the privacy and space to do whatever we want. It's not the fanciest house but we have made it our home and we will be sad to leave.
I'm still not sure what we will do. Ideally, we would like to find a lease to own contract but that isn't very common in this area and we want to stay in the same school district and area. That is the hard part. We've talked about moving to a different area or even a different state but we do still want to stay in the area.
My point in all of this is.......we can no longer rely on others when we want to make plans. We have to put our own plans together and go from there. I am hoping that we are able to buy a house within the next year and look back on all of this as a lesson learned.