While visiting our hometown over the weekend, we happened to see a yard sign advertising an upcoming house auction. Although we weren't expecting a great house to be up for auction, we thought it couldn't hurt to drive by and look. We were pleasantly surprised - brick home, good neighborhood, large fenced in back yard - and rushed home to see what we could find out about this house online. We could see pictures, and we weren't totally turned off from what we saw. Only one bathroom, but it was large. Main floor laundry, large master bedroom (could be two rooms) and an open living, dining and kitchen space. The home had an unfinished basement, but there were possibilities for extra bedrooms, bathroom(s) and family room. It needed some work, but yet again, lots of potential.
We slept on the thought of bidding on this home for a few nights, and in the end decided to go to the auction and bid on what might be our first home. One problem. M was going to be out of state for work on the day of the auction. GREAT. This left J to
suffer bid on the house by herself. Luckily, her dad was willing to come to the auction and work through it with her. M & J thought through all the possibilities so (hopefully) J wouldn't have to do much deciding on her own the day of the auction - it's hard to think of all possibilities that could come up during an auction! You've been to 'em - people start throwing up their arms or just stick up one finger (not that one) to bid and you're left guessing "Was that me? Did someone behind me bid? I don't want to turn around and look to see who did it - you don't do that during auctions! No, I didn't want to bid that much!"
After talking through tons of situations that might arise, and finally determining a price we were willing to bid up to, M left on his trip and J headed back to Central KS to bid on what might be their first place. Long story short, after J thinking she might be buying their first place, she was outbid (by much more than M & J were willing to pay knowing the amount of money it was going to take to fix it up). J was by far the youngest bidder there, and thought was hoping that the others would give up in and let her buy it, seeing as they knew it would be their first place. But, wasn't going to happen. She sucked it up and held in her tears and then called M to tell him that yet again, someone else won what was supposed to be their house. Hopefully the third time would be the charm...