When I got divorced, people told me to quit my job, sell the house, and use the money to go to college and maybe I'd get a better job with a degree. I'm so glad I didn't listen to them. I knew the worth of this house was far greater than a college degree in my 40s.
Then there was a time when taxes were going up so fast I doubted I could hold on much longer. But there was a fellow named Howard Jarvis who led a taxpayer revolt, and Prop 13 got on the ballot and passed, and taxes didn't go up much after that. Bless you, Howard Jarvis. There's always someone talking about getting rid of Prop 13, I pray it never happens. I don't think I could pay the taxes that people not under the umbrella of Prop 13 pay.
Then there was the time my ex took me to court to make me sell the house. He wanted his half-interest. I had four minor children living here, but the commisioner ruled against me! I was ordered to put the house up for sale. The next day interest rates rose, and rose, and rose until they were the highest anyone had ever seen, like 20%. Nobody could sell a house, people couldn't buy. My husband had to back off, and we remained here.
Then Bob paid off my ex, and gave the house to me. I'm really thankful to be here.
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