Category Archives: Downscaling

Deja vu (101)

The past week I had an eerie feeling of deja vu. My daughter Sarah was soon to return home for the summer, just as she had last year about this time, and she was returning to a unknown house and a … Continue reading

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Let the next chapter begin! (86)

The next chapter – selling my house and buying a new one – may be stressful, but it is my choice, unlike the previous chapter of my life – dealing with a house fire – which is a stress I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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How much house do I really need? (63)

“Buy the biggest house you can!” That was the advice friends gave me when I was about to move to Austin from California 7 ½ years ago. Back then, California real estate was going through a record-breaking soar in prices; Austin was … Continue reading

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Looking ahead (44)

I may be living in a rental house and rebuilding my own house, but I’m already looking ahead to the day I find a house to start fresh. Once or twice a week I receive “Property Matches” to view from my … Continue reading

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Silver Linings (30)

“At least you’ll get some new furniture.” “Your house will be more marketable after renovating it.” “How lucky you have insurance to pay for a fresh start.” These are some of the reactions I got when people heard about my house … Continue reading

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First, you must get rid of everything (22)

There is a giant dumpster sitting in my driveway. It was a shock to see it even though I knew it was coming. I’ve seen these dumpsters before in other people’s driveways and wondered how it must feel to see … Continue reading

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