Duggar Family News: How Did Jessa Seewald Acquire Her New Home?

Jessa Seewald and Ben Seewald are moving into a larger home as their family grows. While the move seems to have been a long time in the making, Duggar family followers have some questions about their new property. Property records suggest that the duo may not own the home that they have been heavily renovating. What exactly is going on.

Jessa and Ben Seewald are moving into a new house 

Jessa and Ben Seewald marred in 2014 and settled into a small starter home not far from the Sprindale, Arkansas compound made famous by 19 Kids and Counting. The 1,000 square foot property had been in the Duggar family for years and served as a starter home for Josh Duggar and his wife, Anna Duggar, too. Seven years and four children later, the Seewalds had seriously outgrown the home. 

Duggar family followers have even questioned Jessa about why she was still living in the tiny house. Jessa insisted it was by choice, claiming she was “sentimental” about the living space. Now the family is finally moving. Jessa revealed that she was moving into a 3-bedroom abode. In a lengthy YouTube video, Jessa took viewers thorugh the family’s planned renovations. Duggar family critics, however, noticed something strange about the property. 

Property records suggest the house is owned by a church, not by the couple 

Jessa’s YouTube video of the house and her replies to comments about the move have raised a few eyebrows. However, the history of the property that she is calling home might be even more interesting. A Reddit user did some serious sleuthing and found a house that appears to match the description of Jessa’s new residence. According to the user, property records show the home sits on land owned by a local church. 

Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jana Duggar sitting on a couch
Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jana Duggar | Ida Mae Astute/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

While Jessa Seewald and Ben Seewald may have purchased the home from the church and have opted to remodel it, some critics believe the house is a parsonage. A parsonage is a home a church gives a clergyperson to live in. Ben is currently employed by the church that reportedly owns the property. Recent sale records do not show the property as being on the market recently. Jessa and Ben’s starter home also has not been listed for sale in the recent past. Private sales, however, are still a possibility. 

It wouldn’t be the first time Jessa has lived in a church-owned property 

If the property really does belong to the church that employs Ben, it would be nothing new for Jessa. Long before TLC found the Duggar family, they largely subsisted on the kindness of strangers. Over the years, sources who claim to know the Duggar family personally have come forward to reveal how the family lived before the cameras moved in. According to alleged insiders, the family relied heavily on donations. The religious community may have largely subsidized their housing, too.  

When TLC viewers first met the Duggar family, they lived in a small, three-bedroom house that a local church owned. As Jim Bob Duggar told it, the house was rented to the Duggars by the church because construction on their 7,000 square foot home was incomplete. A post on FreeJinger, a forum dedicated to following families like the Duggars, alleges that Jim Bob’s version of events was not entirely true. 

Instead, an anonymous poster claims the Duggars lived in the house, rent-free for years, as a “family in need.” The Duggar family has never confirmed that, although Joseph Duggar’s “courtposal” suggests it is true. After the Duggar family moved out, the church demolished the house to accommodate other projects. 

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