Name: Jena and Mark Boomhower, both 36
City: Battle Ground, Wash.
Year of Home Purchase: 2018
Sale Price: $412,000
Home style: 2014 modern Craftsman single-family home
Profession: Jena is a medical technician; Mark is a supervisor for TSA
Mark and Jena Boomhower’s 1,400-square-foot starter home was just right when their daughters, Tanahleigh and Adalyn, were tots. But as the girls got older, Mark and Jena realized they needed a bigger house and yard. They wanted a two-story farther from the city, but there were a few challenges.
First, they had to figure out how to buy a house before selling their current house. Second challenge: Buying a house with a VA loan. VA loans offer competitive interest rates and don’t always require a down payment or private mortgage insurance. But VA loans limit what buyers are allowed to pay in closing costs, and sellers don’t necessarily have to pay them, either. Closing costs become a big part of the negotiation. Here’s their story.Read More