This week’s receipt is an earnest payment for a new home from Marketplace producer Candace Manriquez-Wrenn. If you have a receipt you want to share, let us know.
The first home I ever owned was a cute, 1920s Spanish-style house that I shared with my kids and their dad, my ex-husband. Considering all of the stars that had to align to get it, including an $8,000 tax credit that was part of the 2009 economic stimulus package, it looked like it would be the last house I’d ever buy. But it went on the market once we filed for divorce and I set off for grad school at the University of Arizona, little ones in tow.
When I met my now-husband, I was living in a two-bedroom duplex with my 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son in Tucson. It cost a mere $500/month. As we dated and got engaged over the next year, we always talked about having our own home together. I decided that it was time to move back to L.A., closer to the kids’ dad, so I started to look for jobs, accepted a position at Marketplace and had to find a new place quickly. It was only one week before I was scheduled to start work that I found an apartment and rented it sight unseen.
Luckily, the apartment was great … but I wouldn’t be able to share a home with my new husband. It would be another four months before he was able to move to California. Now, for the first time, we’re buying a house together. This is the earnest money we sent to let the seller know we were serious. Our new house is just a few minutes from my ex-husband’s, in a city I swore I would never live in — and we couldn’t be happier.