St. Jude Dream Home winners ponder their next move



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 5:05 PM

Guzmans haven't moved in yet

BOISE -- Nearly a month after winning the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway, the Guzman family faces a dilemma over what to do with the house.

Susan and Ramiro Guzman never thought they'd have to take into account winning a brand new home. But now that they have, they're faced with several big decisions.

They say it's been nothing but excitement since they found out they had the winning ticket.

Since that day both Susan and Ramiro, along with their four kids, have been weighing their options about what they want to do with the house.

"It's brand new, it's got a beautiful gas stove that we don't have here, it's got a nice bonus room that we don't have here," said Susan Guzman.

The family says there are things to consider, like what Susan would do with her home salon business, or moving their kids from Meridian schools to those in Eagle.

"I like my school because it has all my friends from kindergarten," said Josiah Guzman, age 7.

As it stands right now, the Guzmans would have to pay almost $110,000 worth of state and federal income taxes up front for the house.

But Susan says she's not sure the market is good enough right now to sell their home in Meridian and move the family to the Dream Home in Star.

"What I could get for this house, it would be better if we could wait until the market bounces back a little bit," said Susan.

But whatever the Guzmans decide, they say it's a win-win situation.

"Even if it's a third of the money that you win, or even if it's half of the money you win, it's still half of money you never had," said Susan.

"It is a blessing. I start to look at it. It's more than a gift. Because the blessing is with the people, because they come up to you and say congratulations. That's a good feeling right there," said Ramiro.

The Guzmans say they do not have a timeline for making a decision, they just plan to continue to weigh their options and take things one day at a time.

According to Dream Home organizers, the Guzmans cannot take possession of the Dream Home until they pay the income tax.

Once that happens, they will be given the title to the house.