“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mortgages Multiplying

We've been paying the mortgage on the house on 12th St. in KCK for over a year. The things I've done to market it have not been very effective. I decided to use a FSBO listing service that will list it on the internet as well as magazines found in grocery store racks. I hope this will get us an offer on it.
Our other house in KCK developed a mold problem. With no central air, the humidity in the basement rose and provided a perfect climate for mildew. The tenants had adverse reactions to the mold. They moved out the first of the month, and I'm getting ready to tackle the water and mold problems so we can get it rented again.
Today I also discovered that our tenants moved out of the house in Merriam. I stopped by and the neighbor said they had been in a rush to get out before the first of the month. We went to inspect the house this evening & it isn't in as bad a shape as I had imagined. We still have a lot of work to do, but it could have been much worse. We're going to start by ripping out the smelly carpet on Saturday. We're going to put it on the market for sale or rent-to-own, whichever comes first.
The end result is that now we have 3 mortgage payments besides the mortgage on our own home. Also, after being booked 6 weeks ahead for work all this summer, we've seen a slowdown. Our prayers have become increasingly fervent as the summer progressed. I believe we have been complacent in the past few years and taken God's blessings somewhat for granted. We haven't had the times, as in the past, of having to ask God to send us work for the next month. Perhaps we should have kept that intensity even when His blessings were rolling in.


Dana said...

Jake and I still pray nightly for your business to grow and be blessed. We have done that for a long time. We now pray for the sale of the houses you own, so that you can be blessed. We pray that your business would be blessed as well. Love you.

Florence and Gary Deeter said...

Eric, we pray for you and Brenda every morning, often with generic prayers, since we don't know enough specifics for that particular day to pray with focused intelligence. However, for the past month or so we've been praying more specifically for the houses (and the mortgages). We will continue to do so. Love you. Dad

Elan said...

We are praying for your business, and praying more specifically that your rental properties will sell or be rented. God is in control and he is working on your behalf. He just asks us to trust him.

In my business, I have found that when I'm seeking God and not seeking sales, somehow I get sales. The verse about seeking God first and everything else will be added comes to my mind. I hope this is encouraging for you.

Michael said...

Ditto, Ditto, and Ditto.