So, since January 2012 our next worth has been above, and more importantly stayed above the $1 million mark. Why? I would say its a combination of factors. First, the stock market has generally been up (although not the last 4 weeks) so our retirement monies are up. Second, our real estate holdings have generally stabilized, three are not worth what we paid for them, but the bleeding has stopped. In my county, prices have been trending up over the past six months and the available inventory has shrunk and sales are way up. Third, we keep saving quite a bit of money and chipping away at debt each month.
All of this may change, as Mr. Sam's job may go away between September and December. So, we'll enjoy it why we can and we'll keep saving assuming that he will be unemployed by the end of the year.