You may not have thought about it, but you can buy a holiday house for a few hundred bucks and then move in and live in it.
That’s exactly what happened to Heather and Mark B. in the early 2000s.
Heather and her husband, Mark, had purchased a small house in nearby Tustin, Calif., for $1.2 million.
The B’s spent several years remodeling it, and in 2009, Heather and the Bs moved in with their daughter, Leah.
The couple has been renting it out ever since.
“We were really excited to be able to bring our family to this wonderful place and have them live here, and now that we’ve moved in, we’re able to do everything we want to do,” says Heather.
“It was just such a great time.
We just loved being a part of it.”
Heather says the B’s aren’t the only ones who’ve had a special bond to the house.
“They’re kind of a family.
It’s just like being a family in real life,” she says.
And if you’re willing to make a few sacrifices, Heather says she can afford to pay the B and Leah $200,000 each for the house’s renovation.
And she’ll take advantage of a little extra for the B family’s “expenses” as well.
“The B’s have always made us feel like we’re doing the right thing.
I’m sure they are just grateful for the opportunity and happy for us to have a home here,” says the 39-year-old house painter.
Heather’s advice for anyone looking to buy or rent a custom home is to do it “as cheaply as possible,” as they will not receive any money for their efforts.
If the B are happy to make some sacrifices to make it happen, she says, it will be worth it.
“I just love doing the work.
I love getting up in the morning and doing my craft.
I’ve got to have my hands dirty and just be myself and make this thing come to life,” says B. “As a family, I feel like if we all do our part, we can do anything.”
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