ANDERSON, Ind. — While couples often fall in love with a home and pursue ownership (even when the treasure is not on the market), not many people become laser-focused on an abandoned, overgrown mess. But when Dave and Tamara Price saw the empty, foreclosed and vandalized home near Pendleton, they knew they were home.
“We knew from the first time we drove past,” said Tamara, who works in a doctor’s office. “We didn’t want a big house or a lot of ground – and there was only a three-mile radius of Pendleton that we wanted to live in. Dave and I could see past the damage and overgrown lawn and we knew we could make it what we were looking for.”
Since the couple had renovated other homes, they were confident in their abilities and could factor necessary costs. They watched the empty home for seven months before it was placed on the sheriff’s sale. Hoping to snatch it up, they were disappointed to find the bidding began at a “ridiculous” price.
Securing the attention of realtor Dan Bragg after the sale, the Prices learned about the process and that an agent would later be randomly selected to sell the property. Months later, he happened to get the listing and the couple bought it in a matter of days.
In the meantime, the Prices had sold their condo and were living in a small apartment, hoping to land the home of their dreams.
“If we didn’t get this house, we didn’t have a back-up plan,” she said. “We didn’t know where we would go. We really had all our eggs in one basket. This just seemed like the place we were supposed to be. We prayed about it and it all worked out.”
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