It’s no secret that the pandemic caused many city dwellers to relocate for more space. Such was the story for Joshua and Melony Menard (and their two pups, Roxy and Lucy), who were living and working in tech in Seattle, Washington when COVID-19 shut the world down. Overnight, their 600-square foot apartment just couldn’t accommodate their indefinite WFH needs. So, they changed course: Letting go of their lease and relocating to a temporary spot in Southern California near Joshua’s family. Their new rent was upwards of $4,000 a month, spurring them to decide to buy. They were looking for a smaller condo in and around Orange County, and they knew they needed it to be big enough to comfortably WFH without getting in each other’s way.
The couple turned to Opendoor, an online-only company designed to streamline the buying (and selling) process and make a cash-backed offer. Here, we chatted with Joshua to learn how they found and paid for their dream home.