I spoke to Lucy last night and she asked whether or not I was headed to Houston and then got a message from Karen asking also, so, I decided to let everyone know that I am not planning to make the trip. There are many reasons/excuses including the three dogs (one of which I cannot board because I don't have any records for her) and all the stuff going on with the house, plus the fact that I doubt that Sandy will have much time to dedicate to house issues with all the other activities they are going down for, I can't justify the trip in my feeble little mind. The note below is what I sent to Karen and Sandy a few minutes ago, the decided that I should send to all involved, rather than just a couple. While Dan and Katrina were in town, they discussed the house situation with Sandy. Dan's proposal was for Sandy to be in the "in" group because (from what I understand) Dan cannot qualify for a mortgage for over $80,000. WIth the current value on the house of $167,000 (not absolutely certain of the number), the amount divided by 6 would be $27,833.33. I think what he is hoping is that Sandy will stay "in" and he could take out a loan for $80,000 and pay off Diana and I and have some money left over for improvements. He told Sandy that if he paid all three of us (Diana, Sandy and me) off, he would be short by about $3500.00 or $1166.66 each. After thinking about this for a while, I feel that the distribution should be split equally among the ones getting "out" and we sacrifice that $1166 for getting out rather than staying in. The $167,000 figure may or may not be accurate and those who might feel that 1/3 of 80,000 isn't enough, certainly have the option of staying "in" and not cashing out their portion. Either way, I personally am anxious to have him go ahead and buy the house through whatever agreement he can work out with Karen and Mike on joint ownership or liens or whatever and buy out me, and whoever else doesn't want to stay "in" - which appears to me to be Diana and Sandy. Then I think that they discussed the contents in the house. I had suggested to Sandy that there are companies that you can contact that will come out and appraise the contents of the "estate" and either make an offer outright for the contents or they work on a commission of the estate sale. This seems to me to be the easiest way to split that stuff up and it would be just about the most equal way possible. Sandy had mentioned a few items that she wanted and that Dan had suggested a couple of things that I would like. So, if you guys go through and pick stuff that you want, great. Perhaps this is hateful, but I am me after all, but I think that the process of cleaning that stuff out could equate to "rent" that Dan and Katrina haven't had to pay for the last two months and who knows how long it will be before the "sale" is finalized. My ultimate wish would be to sell the house now and split the proceeds 6 ways and all move on. Since Dan does want to buy the house, he should. The sooner it is Dan's house, the better all will be. It can't be easy with all the reminders everywhere and they should feel comfortable modifying whatever they want to make the house theirs, as soon as it is theirs. At the same time, everyone else needs to voice their opinions on how they feel and what makes them comfortable. That is probably way more information than you wanted to hear but is was much easier than driving a thousand miles! Sorry if I have ruffled any feathers. When Chris returns in mid-July, I will be better able to come down there and help out with stuff then.l I just can't get away right now.