We did it. After selling the house we are debt free.
I thought about calling the Dave Ramsey show and asking to do one of those debt free scream things. I could imagine how that call would go…
Dave: Now on the line we have Scott who is with us to do a debt free scream, that’s so great! Scott, what’s your story?
Me: We owed a lot of money and in just over 5 weeks we got rid of it all.
Dave: Wow! How did you pay off all that debt so fast?
Me: Oh, we didn’t pay it off. We sold our house. But we’re debt free!
Dave: Did my people even screen this call?
Yeah, probably not going to call him. I’m sure he’s busy, anyway.
It is a weird feeling though. Maybe because where we live is so tied to our identity in Western Culture. If you live in an apartment or house, own or rent, alone or with roommates or with family or with your parents, these are all a part of our American identity.
We’ve bought and sold a ton of houses. I’ve paid my fair share of fees. It would be OK with me to never own again. Of course renting in Central Florida is as or more expensive than buying.
Right now we are focused on find out the next thing is. And without a mortgage hanging over us, we are freer. Someone calls tomorrow, we can move immediately. We can save. We can prepare.
For the next step.