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10/21/2005

Rent a Townhouse in Huntertown

It's not easy to find a place to live, even just temporarily, without being in the area. Things get even more complicated, when you are 5,000 miles away and in a different time zone, 6 hours ahead. And then the place has to be within a certain school district, it needs to be available for rent, it has to be big enough for four people.

medium_huntertown.jpgThanks to the internet, which helped Tom and me find each other, we were able to locate the perfect townhouse for rent in Huntertown. We wired money from my German bank account to Tom's US bank account, to cover the deposit and the first two months of rent. Then we emailed an application form to the landlord. We were aproved! Starting December 1st 2005 we have an address in the USA, even though we won't be living there until January 10th 2006.

Tom's mom cut a check, Scott took it to the office. We are very lucky to have people in the area, to help us with these details. Otherwise Tom would have had to leave early, to organize the USA part of our move - and I would have to organize all the Germany part of the move alone in Germany.   

10/14/2005

Decided on a Relocator

I had four different relocation companies look at our stuff and make an offer for moving it. They all agreed on the size of container we would need: a big 40-foot overseas shipping container. But their prices varied from €8,500 all the way up to €11,000 for the same job.

Needless to say, we picked the cheapest one - who also seemed to be the most experienced and professional. There's a lot of international customs rules and laws involved, which doesn't make it any easier. And then we will be without our things for up to two months.

What are we taking? We take everything! Except the kitchen, the washer and dryer, the car. Everything else will be shipped to Indiana. About 150 big boxes full of clothes, books, dishes, CDs. And then all our furniture, big closets, chests, couch, tables and chairs, the beds and matresses, our three computers, even TV and VCR and DVD player (so we can watch our German videos). All electric appliances will need a power converter in the USA.

This is our relocator: Herlitz GmbH

10/06/2005

Sold my Home

Our biggest, maybe our only, asset is the place we live in. My 780 squ. ft., two bedroom, split level apartment/condo with a nice finished basement and a tiny piece of backyard, conveniently located close to a subway station on the outer edge of Munich. I wanted to sell that, so that we would have a nice amount of money available to pay off part of our debt, pay for our move, live on until we find jobs - and maybe even have enough for a down payment on our new home in Indiana.

I picked a realtor out of the yellow pages. Very lucky pick! They worked fast and efficiently. We had several people look at our place within two or three weeks, after just one ad on the web and two ads in local papers. A very nice young couple was so enthused with the location, the apartment, the price and everything, that they sounded like they wanted to move in right away.  medium_cj.2.jpg

On October 6th 2005 we had an appointment at the notary's office. Signed the sale contract. I will receive €203,000 for my apartment - which had cost only €160,000 when I bought it in 1987. The bank will take €97,000 out of it, to pay back the remaining mortgage. Which leaves us with €106,000 to start with. And at least €80,000 will be available after I pay back some of my most ugly loans (the ones with 15% interest rate).