Why are you Selling your House? – Our Story

So many of our friends have asked, “Why are you selling your house?”.

As some of you many know, I share everything in my life on social media – the good, the not-so-good, and everything in between.  Some of it isn’t always easy to share, but I know those are the exact things I NEED to share to let people who are struggling know they are not alone, and there’s always a way to overcome.

Our Story:
When we first bought our home in October of 2015, my husband and I were both working from home as Beachbody coaches.  We were making great income, and our goal was to buy our dream home on a golf course and live a lavish life simply because “we could”… 

Our Beachbody income was trending upward, and we found a home that could be our dream home.  Since we already owned another house back in our hometown, we knew we’d have to use the money we had in savings and pay off one of our vehicles (to lower debt to income ratio) to purchase this home, but as I said…our income was trending upward each year, so this was completely doable.  Looking back, this wasn’t the smartest decision.  It was a decision made from emotion and WANT.  Never count your chickens before they hatch.

After we purchased our house, we updated, redecorated, and made our house a home.  Soon after, we saw our Beachbody income start to decline in the beginning of 2016, and I started to panic.  Beachbody was our only source of income.  Nick and I started discussing a Plan B – Real Estate, which is something Nick always wanted to pursue.   In April of 2016, and we both got licensed and built a very successful real estate business within the past year and 1/2.  Within that time frame, I quit Beachbody AND started a new home based business.  So many changes!!!

Check out my whole story here:  Why I Quit Beachbody after 5 Years – My Story and why I joined a new company that ties in so well with our real estate business.

Amidst all of these changes, Nick and I started feeling our goals and what we wanted in life start to shift as well.  This house is way more house than we felt we needed.  We started feeling like more STUFF meant more stress.  The more you have, the harder you have to work to keep up with your lifestyle, and that meant less time spent with family.  And, now that I’m in my thirties, I feel like material things mean less to me, and experiences with the people I love the most mean more.  I’d rather live a less lavish life and save more money rather than spend more and have more.

Your life is only as rich as the loving relationships you have and the time you spend actually experiencing what life has to offer…

The Final Straw:
Hurricane Irma hit.  Real estate took a HUGE hit since our city was labeled a “disaster area”, and it took a couple of months to recover (whole story and what we went through HERE).  The residual $2,000-2,300 per month my 7-month-young brand new business was generating was literally the only thing keeping us afloat, and that didn’t even cover the mortgage of this huge house.  That’s when we realized this home was more stress than it was worth.

So, our New Goals: 
Sell both of the homes we own, use the equity from both to purchase a new home – still a nice home, but with a lower mortgage.  After these past few months, I feel a sense of relief just thinking about a lower mortgage! 😉   We want to be mortgage free ASAP.  We want to save more, invest in real estate, accumulate less material THINGS, experience life, and be the best parents we can be.

I feel like everything we’ve gone through is just the journey of LIFE and self-discovery.  You live, you make mistakes, and you learn from them.  You learn what is important.  I hope sharing our journey inspires you to take a look at your life and what is truly important to you.  

xo – Lindsey

 

Disclaimer:  Since our home based business income results are not typical since we treat our business like a REAL business, and many who join simply do not –   “There are no guarantees for success in our business. As with all business endeavors, success requires good market conditions plus a lot of hard work. The average participants in our business earns between $500 and $2,000 per year. These estimates do not include the costs incurred in building a DC business.”  Success is based on the efforts YOU put in to build your business.

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6 comments on “Why are you Selling your House? – Our Story

  1. I watched in Beachbody where some of the main leaders showed their success with their mansions, picking the color of their Tesla’s, their additional ocean view Beach house and insanely expensive clothing and shoes. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but I had to keep thinking, I hope you’re prepared when that income is ripped out from underneath you and it’s all shut down. (We know that is going to happen 😉 )
    The home I’m building is modest, but it will be my home. No fancy mansion, just a warm, inviting, comfy home.
    You and your hubby sound like two smart cookies and see the priorities. I admire you for you honestly and openness!

    1. Thanks Carolynn!! I agree…it’s easy to get “caught up” in the lifestyle. I wish I would have known THEN what I know now. Living debt-free is so much “fancier” and fulfilling than all of the glam! <3 I'm actually clear-headed and excited about the next chapter and the FUTURE!!! Sounds like YOU are too! Happy for you!!!

  2. Carolynn Reynolds I’m sure I know which Beachbody coach you’re talking about ( the additional beach house gave it away lol) and she is actually debt free. She actually doesn’t have a mortgage on that “mansion” you talk about and has invested in real estate to have more streams of income in case anything were to happen with Beachbody. Which I’m sure, will most likely happen. These top coaches are actually pretty smart believe it or not! I admire Lindsey for wanting to downsize and get debt free as soon as possible as I’m on a similar journey as her. I’ve followed many top coaches including Lindsey and I think you all have something special to offer! Keep doing what you’re doing!

    1. Yes, I believe she is actually debt-free…and, good for them! I sincerely mean that. I wish we would have looked more into real estate back then! Now, being realtors for the last year and 1/2, it’s opened our eyes to the opportunity of investing. Especially with the amount of equity we’ve gained on the two homes we own!! It’s onward and upward from here! 🙂 I know I’ll be looking back on these blog posts a year from now SO PROUD of how far we’ve come <3

  3. I’m very happy for you ! Abd hope you sell quickly ! Your kind people ! Bring morgage free was our goal after doing the property game of buying and selling ! And now we are ! Hurricane Irma was not nice ! But , you deserve the best ! With you both the best of luck ! Danielle

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