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For the 22 years that I have been on this earth there is one thing that I have definitely learned so far Just when things finally seem to be going your way life slaps you in the face with a sock full of quarters What makes me say such a dreadful thing What happened to my family and me last year is the greatest testament to this opinion I guess I should start from the beginning of our dilemma It all began in February of 1999 My father-in-law had passed away almost 2 years before and took with him his income After giving our financial situation much consideration my mother-in-law husband and I came to the decision that our two family house in Belleville NJ must be sold We spent most of that month preparing the old house for sale by dry walling painting and lots of cleaning in an attempt to hide the many imperfections that the house contained By the time March arrived the house which we not so lovingly referred to as the money pit was ready and so were we We put the house up for sale with Century 21 and hoped we could at least sell it for 115000 This way we would be able to pay off the mortgage and still have enough for some kind of a down payment toward a new home Our real estate agent told us not to be so optimistic since the house was old and needed a lot of repairs but we held out hop e anyway Much to our surprise however two separate families became interested in purchasing our disheveled home Before we knew what hit us a bidding war ensued After two weeks of battling it out a young couple won the war by bidding 131000 We immediately accepted their offer and set the closing date for June 4th In the meantime we had already decided that we would
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