Six months ago my wife and I were driving east on Newtown Road. Most of our married life we’ve taken the road less traveled and this particular day was no exception.
After crossing Weber Creek at the junction of Fort Jim, we slowed to a crawl. A “for sale” sign stood in front of an old boarded up settler’ s house. Then came the stone house; by this time our vehicle had stopped itself in the middle of the road. No words needed be said; a quick glance at each other, then smiles and nods. Instantly we knew we had found our dream home.
The problem was we weren’t looking for a new house and we lived 190 miles away. Without one word being spoken we had decided to buy our first house and move to Placerville. It was easier said then done. Since we hadn’t been planning on purchasing a home, we were unprepared for what came next.
We had no down payment, our credit scores were embarrassing and we are self employed — three strikes before we even got started. Then the sun came out. We met Cheryl Webb from Century 21. Over the next six months, Cheryl would test everything she knew about real estate. There were times when it looked like we were done. Too many obstacles, way too many. But with an experienced agent, no hurdle is to high. She encouraged us not to give up, to work together and get this done. I also need to add that we would not have successfully completed the transaction with out the help and guidance from our mortgage broker Dennis Amaral of Davis and Amaral.
This, our first experience in purchasing a home, was truly a nightmare, but we learned a great deal. There were many people in and around Placerville that made our dream come true; good people, honest and reliable people. We have found a new home in Placerville and I hope that we will live up to the quality standards of the friends and neighbors we have already met.
By the way, the stone house on our property was built in 1852 and served as a store for many years. Our plans are to continue the restoration and preservation of this beautiful and historical property.
ROBERT AND SHERRY MARSDEN