It happened somewhat by chance. M's mom decided she no longer wanted to deal with renting out a house while living in another state. We let her know we'd take it, dealt with the bank a bit to keep it from foreclosure, and bam, there it was. I'd only seen it once before when I went by with M to check on some things between renters. We weren't planning on buying a house right away, since we really couldn't afford one until this house happened along.
Last weekend was only the second time I've seen the place. We spent two days raking, cutting fire wood, loading the truck with stuff for the dumpster and stuff for the green dump. We me neighbors and fixed fences. M mowed the lawn.