WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
The Deis family has found their own way of achieving the American dream, while maintaining a lighter impact on the planet and their wallets.
As a young married couple educating themselves in college, and raising three children, rent became to high, and the Deis family began to reassess their options. Jessica Deis, a portrait and birth photographer, and Brian Deis, a US Marine Corp veteran, dreamed of owning their own home.
"We had always rented," Jessica Deis said. "In Louisville, this meant living in areas that others may scoff at. Our lease was up and our landlord wasn't fulfilling his end of the deal so we knew it was time to move on. The only problem is we were just barely able to come up with the $725 a month needed to rent our sub-par house."
After some research and a disgruntled renting experience, the Deis family decided to buy a home on foreclosure for $9000.
"We do live below the poverty line," Jessica Deis said. "We live in the West End out of necessity. It's about the environment, but it's also about our wallets."