april 1st, no fooling (9)

…. Everyone had until April 1st, (which was one and a half months away) to secure $8,500 in earnest money to qualify for a  Landbank  dollar home property. It was their way of making sure any home that was released would be owned by someone who had the resources to begin work on the property. My proof of resources along with the…

whose reality (8)

…. My gas tank is more than half full and there’s enough cash budgeted to buy breakfast at a local coffee shop. These minor comforts bring a cushion to my mindset while reviewing the Landbank dollar home application. There is a page requesting me to provide estimated costs of home renovation, a section giving Landbank permission to investigate the applicant’s background, a section of…

walking the perimeter (7)

…. The roof is collapsed on the right side with a small elm growing in the wall behind the gutter. I can see a damaged carport, but can’t discern where the driveway starts. A broken cement walkway leads to the front porch which is still intact. The original limestone foundation extends beneath the porch. I see windows under the porch indicating the presence of…

streets with numbers for names (6)

…. The first house to visit on my list was built in 1954. 750 square feet, unfinished basement, one story. Walking around to the back, I see the white siding is intact. The roof is drooping over the front porch. The back yard slopes into a ravine and the add-on room in the rear is falling off. I…

Primrose Avenue (5)

…. The temperature is 51F, a little windy and overcast. A  gentle February compared to where I’d come from. I don’t miss the snow at all. I lock my car doors before looking at the Landbank dollar home list.  One of the three circled addresses is on the street with a quaint old-fashioned sounding name, the other…

the looking glass (4)

…. My eyes look wildly alert under the wide-brimmed hat I use to hide my disfigured face.  I whisper in the mirror, “I am professional, clean, and polite, I have healed a lot, my looks will not alarm them.” Fixing my misaligned shirt buttons, I am glad I checked the mirror. The man in the wheelchair I had met downstairs is…

landbank doors open at 8am (3)

…. The Landbank  parking lot is still fairly empty on February 15, 2016 at 7:55 am. I am surprised, it is the morning after the dollar home newspress was released. Two men are waiting by the locked doors. The older guy is savvy-looking and in a wheel chair, the other dressed in work clothes with…

the first step is in the mind (2)

…. February 14th, Landbank of Kansas City, Missouri, releases a newspress that  hits  my Facebook news feed 10 minutes after my Godfamily tells me about it. My wake-up time is 6:30am. I am up ’til 2am navigating Landbank’s website. Game plan? Be the first in line to request information when the doors to Landbank’s office…

late breaking news (1)

It has been 3 and a half months since Landbank of Kansas City released the dollar home deals. I wanted to start blogging about it immediately. I knew I would be owning one of these places, I just knew it. …. To be continued….