So This Is Happening

Future location of the Housman household.

This photo was taken a few weeks ago, a couple of days after we signed papers.

As to what it will look like? Neither of the following two photos are of our house, or our exact house's future look OR the colors we picked, but it should give you a general idea. The first photo shows the garage configuration, with the doors facing the road. The problems with this photo is that is lacks the rock base around the home and porch, and the garage has a side extension, which we aren't getting. This second photo gives you an example of the rock base around the home & porch, but keep in mind it has the dormers on the roof and the garage is facing the wrong way - both of which we aren't getting.

Rick Santorum's Housing Hypocracy

Andy Kroll & Tim Murphy, writing for Mother Jones:

Rick Santorum wants the government out of every aspect of Americans' lives—especially the housing market. He pledges to eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the twin government housing giants that help guarantee 90 percent of all new mortgages in America. He wants to "let capitalism work" and allow the housing market to "find its bottom." Only then, he says, will the recovery begin. It's a plan that would make Adam Smith proud. Yet Santorum wasn't always so opposed to government intervention in housing. In a deal that's gone unreported during his presidential run, Santorum bought his first house in 1983 with a cut-rate government-backed mortgage, according to records compiled by the campaign of Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Penn.), who Santorum defeated in 1994. He received his loan through a state program to boost homeownership among low- and middle-income families. Santorum, in other words, benefited from a program whose mission mirrored that of Fannie and Freddie, the companies he now rails against and wants to dissolve. (Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley did not respond to a request for comment.) I'm pleased that Rick Santorum was able to take advantage of the benefits that so many other families have been able to take advantage of as well to help in home ownership. Advantages that he wants to strip away now that he no longer needs them himself.