Fans of Counting On know that the women of the Duggar family do not work. So, you would think that when the Duggar kids get married, having only one income would prevent them from owning a decent house. But, that’s just not the case because Duggar patriarch Jim Bob tends to reward newlyweds in his family with starter homes. Could this be his way of making sure his kids don’t stray too far from home?
As In Touch Weekly points out, when Josh and Anna Duggar got married they originally moved into a Fayetteville house that Grandma Mary owned. It’s just a 15-minute drive from the Duggar compound, and the oldest Duggar son and his wife lived in the home until they moved to Maryland when he accepted a job with the Family Research Council in Washington D.C.
But, after his 2015 molestation and cheating scandals, Josh lost his job, and he took his family back to Arkansas, where they now live in Siloam Springs, just 20 minutes from his parents.
The next Duggar kid to marry was Jill, and when she wed Derick Dillard in 2014, Jim Bob gave them permission to live in one of his most expensive properties – a 4,000 square foot, 4-bedroom $1.5 million mini-mansion.
But then, the couple gave it all up and decided to move to Central America and work for Dillard Family Ministries. When they came back a couple of years later, they moved to a different house closer to where he attended college.
When a fan asked about the move on Twitter, Dillard said that the rent was cheaper in the new house, so it made more sense. But, that had fans scratching their heads and asking why Jim Bob would gift his children a home and then have them pay rent.
When Jessa married Ben Seewald, they moved into Josh and Anna’s old house, and they have remained there for the past three-and-a-half years. The family surprised the couple with a renovation when they returned home from their honeymoon, and they ended up paying Grandma Mary just one dollar for the property.
Joy-Anna and her husband Austin Forsyth lived in an RV while they renovated their new home next door that Forsyth owns. Once they welcomed their first son, Gideon, the couple moved into their new digs even though they still had work to do.
Both 28-year-old John David and 18-year-old Jason also own homes, but their parents do not allow them to live outside of the Duggar compound until they get married. The same thing goes for 28-year-old Jana. She still lives at home and will continue to do so until the family marries her off.
The eighth season of Counting On will premiere in July on TLC.