On November 20, 2010 I became a proud homeowner. I purchased my house through a Good Neighbor Next Door program, which helps government employees such as teachers, police officers, and firefighters purchase their home for 50% off the retail price. There are a few stipulations such as you have to purchase in the district you work for, live there for three years, and not rent the property out. This is also like a lottery drawing where you enter your name and if it is picked you get a house for a great deal. I looked at several houses that weren’t in the greatest condition and this was the second house I entered and won. Because the retail price of the home was so low I took out a loan to finance the remodeling project. This house project is still in progress and hopefully the end is near. I will be posting about the journey I’ve had throughout the year.