You are right, you need a way better house than those. (smile)
just wait it out. In the next few months the ground will shake a little and many of those houses will be scooped up more affordably at the bottom of the hill. :-) :-(
Yeah, but even the lot they're on is a bit rich for this shoe salesman!
It'll be at the bottom of the hill too!
Interest rates are low, go for it... just sit Mari down and explain to her that you need her to co-sign on this "new 75 year mortgage" that she has to assume when Mommy and Daddy die... she'll totally understand.