By the day the house went on the market, it was fluffed and de-personalized to the point it felt like a hotel. We happily settled into the next stage where you can't mess up anything because strangers come into your home constantly. We preferred that stage. We went to movies and ate simply and avoided activities that would require cleaning. That part was OK!
|One day we went to the storage unit and retrieved a table and chair. This settled my nerves like magic.|
But that didn't happen for us. The house went on the market, and a couple dozen potential buyers came to the first open house and nobody bit! We had researched the comps and prepped the house and priced the house for a fast sale and ... crickets chirped.
The first offer was not good, in terms of how likely it would go through. The second offer was very low. We went into that negotiation game where we just went back and forth and made tiny progress. Almost two weeks into the process, I was thinking, "well this commute isn't that bad". I was ready to set a time limit - like 6 weeks - and then take the house off the market. I told our agent to hold off as long as possible before counter-offering again to the buyers, in the hope that more offers would come in. But - there was no indication that any offers were in the pipeline. BAM! Six hours later, an offer came in and they quickly agreed to our asking price! Wow. This is why they call it a roller coaster; we went from dejected to elated within hours. But that is just the beginning of this tale.
Because this offer was ALL CASH, it meant we could settle as quickly as we wanted, and that meant, QUICK FIND A PLACE TO MOVE!! We made an offer on a new home and I looked into apartments and I fast-tracked the paperwork for mortgage application.
During the time it took me to drive home after work, TWO MORE POTENTIAL BUYERS APPEARED OUT OF THIN AIR. Yes, I am using a lot of capital letters because THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SENSITIVE SELF; I GOT ALL WORKED UP.
We then waited for these new offers to come in and ... the roller coaster ride went from relief at a full price contract, to .... dangling.
It is very hard to go to sleep when you are left dangling. I did it, though and when I woke up the next morning, I couldn't open my email fast enough. We had gotten the offer of my dreams; we got exactly what we paid in 2004. We survived the real estate crash intact. Wow. No we are not going to think about all the money we put into repairs, and upgrades. One works with the perspective that yields greatest satisfaction. We sold our house.
Funny little tidbit: all of my fabric is packed at the back of the storage unit, so I did the unthinkable and I ordered pre-cut fabric online (from Pink Chalk Studio - I love that shop!). I think that's what sold the house if I am going to be superstitious about it.
And of course, that fabric purchase will probably get moved to the new place before I can really sew it, right? LOL, THAT.IS.OK. I sold my house.
So! If you are local and you like any of my furniture, I am Craigslisting a lot of it. You can see it in the realtor's photos here. The prices I listed are on the high side, and I am accepting lowball offers on the furniture. That's what downsizing does to a gal!
Maybe I will post again here about sewing soon? I sure hope so!!