As the family moved into their new home in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies in 2015, the Murleys were eager to make sure that their three-bedroom home was in safe hands.
That didn’t happen overnight.
But, a few months later, the move went smoothly.
The Murleys moved into the home, their son, Matthew Murley, Jr., and daughter, Jennifer, were able to take in the family’s belongings and get back to school.
The Murleys had no idea at the time that the company that was supposed to move their family’s old home had left them.
In fact, they had no clue that the Murrays were leaving until after their daughter had already moved out of the home.
“I had never heard anything about moving houses,” Matthew Murleys told NBC News.
“So, it was like a shock to the system.”
When the company moved the Murlys’ old house in Colorado in 2015 to the Murrie family’s home in South Park, CO, they were surprised to find that the house they’d rented for years was now in the hands of a new owner.
Matthew Murleys was shocked to discover that his family’s house had become the property of a company called MurleyHouse Moving.
It was a shock for the Murles, too.
“That was the biggest shock to me because that’s our house,” Matthew told NBC.
“We’ve been here 20 years, and the house has just been a dump.
The walls were painted black, and all the stuff was just left.”
The Murleies were told by the company, who has since been identified as M&G, that they had to pay $1,500 a month in rent for the time they were supposed to be living in their new house.
The company didn’t offer the Murlee family a choice: the Murleises were moved to a different house that they didn’t want.
The move was one of the biggest financial blows Matthew Murles had faced in his life, but it wasn’t the last.
The family had been living in Southpark since 2014.
“It was like we were on a farm, we were going nowhere,” Matthew said.
“The rent wasn’t cheap, the utilities weren’t cheap.
We had no savings and no income.
There was no food on the table.
I mean, it wasn, like, all I could do was sleep.”
The family has struggled to make ends meet since the move, and Matthew was eventually able to move out of his home.
But even after the move was complete, Matthew was left with a $3,000 bill.
The reason he had to take out so much debt?
Matthew Murleeys said he had been trying to get a job.
The fact that he was moving out of a home he had spent more than two decades living in “was really hard,” he said.
While Matthew has no idea why he has to pay so much money to move into a new home that is now owned by a company he no longer wants to live in, he said that he feels like the move has left a bad taste in his mouth.
“When I was in the room with the bank and they said ‘we’ve had to charge you for this for 10 years’ and I was like, ‘I’m not going to pay for this,'” Matthew said, “It’s just a bad feeling that you can’t have a home anymore.”
The move from the Murllys’ home to a new place with no connection to the family is just one example of how the move-in process can be a stressful experience for those who are moving in.
According to a study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are some 18.5 million Americans who are not in a position to move in and have no way of knowing whether they are eligible for assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid, or other government programs.
A recent study from Consumer Reports found that the median income for a single person living in a single family home is $37,000.
For people who have children, the median is $47,000, according to the National Association of Realtors.
In a 2014 study, the National Consumer Law Center found that more than 60 percent of renters were not able to afford a down payment, even though they were paying off their mortgage.
For Matthew, the lack of options has been especially difficult.
“You have no control over the move,” he told NBC, “and there are no options to get help, like you can pay the mortgage, or get a loan to help you pay the rent.
You can’t go out and get a house loan.”
And Matthew says that even though he doesn’t have access to help from the government, he’s not alone.
“It is very difficult for people who are homeless,” he added.
“People who are living on the