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Back in the heady days of 2006, I yearned for my own house. The news was bleak – rising interest rates, rising house prices, nothing was going the first-time buyers’ way. And then, in the autumn, a shining website showed us a lovely little number in North Guildford – we moved in that Christmas and set about feathering the nest and worrying about the shiny new mortgage.
Fast forward a year, and mortgages and home-owning have slowly become taken for granted. The new location, garden and furniture have become – well, part of the furniture. And so the second phase of home-owning is gradually taking hold – the house, much like Big Bird, needs better feathering. Out have gone the old TV unit, and in have come a funky low-rise unit with matching coffee table. A new rug surrounds the new coffee table. A new flower bed covers one side of the garden. TVs are going up on walls all over the house. We’re planning wooden flooring. It’s a mini-evolution of sorts, forever bettering the nest and investing in our surroundings.
There’s no doubt that we know we’re lucky – house prices in the guildford area are just getting stupid – and there are plenty of people who can’t possibly afford a house. But we may as well make the most of it. Big Bird would, wouldn’t he? Then after 2008, the nightmare of wall street made our worries go from old Tv’s to the overview, testimonials and review of lexington law for credit repair.