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23 and mortgage-free!

Just a quick note to say thank you for your magazine and all the great advice in it. The greatest advice and encouragement I've gotten from you is the idea of building a home mortgage-free.

I am 23 years old and built my own home, mortgage-free. I started construction at the age of 19 on a 900-square-foot, story-and-a-half home. I spent almost five years on the construction, just weekends and evenings. I had some help from friends but did more than 75 percent of the work myself. Some work I hired subcontractors for, such as plumbing, insulation, taping and carpeting. I built the cabinets and installed the septic system myself. Almost every job I have had has been construction related, and that experience helped tremendously.

The construction of my house took longer than I had planned, but the reward of having no mortgage was well worth the time invested.

Abraham Vogt

Warrenton, Missouri

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Title Annotation:DEAR MOTHER
Author:Vogt, Abraham
Publication:Mother Earth News
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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