Long-ish post. No exciting project pictures. Sorry :)
Life has been eventful lately, to say the least. Remember way back when when I said that the hubs and I had made a decision to put our house on the market by January 1, 2012? Well, that was all well and good and exciting, but after talking to lots and lots of people about selling a house, we decided that we should wait until spring. With a tentative "deadline" of sorts, we were motivated enough to finish a few projects around the house, especially installing tile in the master bathroom and replacing the hall bathroom vanity and mirror. Here's a little before and after action on the master bathroom, which may or may not have involved a spontaneous road trip to Murphy, NC to buy tile:
Before, with icky linoleum floor
After- pretty tile!
Fast forward to the weekend following Thanksgiving. We were visiting Adam's dad and step mom at their new flip house, a foreclosure that they're sprucing up. While we wouldn't rule out a move-in ready place for our next home (with the right price), our plan has always been to buy a foreclosure to renovate for ourselves. While walking through his dad's new "project" I realized that if we were going to buy a foreclosure, we might need to consider buying before selling, because most likely anything we bought would need a lot of work before we could move in. I contacted a realtor on a Tuesday afternoon and we made plans for her to come visit us at our house and decide on a game plan for selling our house and buying our next home.
Two days later, the realtor calls. "I have something I wanted to run by you..." Long story short, she has been working with a guy who was looking to buy and she felt like our home might just be the perfect fit. Our house. The one that's not even listed. The one she hasn't even seen. She wanted to show it to him the following Monday. Panic ensues, but we know it could be a really great lead so we go into ultra-productive mode for the next three days.
(Any of my facebook friends catching on to why I was requesting your prayers last week?) I wish I had a super happy ending to the story, but I don't. But I do have an encouraging end to the story. Our realtor said that he liked the house, and at one point even asked to see info on comps (recently sold houses that are similar to ours so he could see what a fair price would be for ours). He just didn't like how our house is directly behind another house. He saw it as a "challenge".
Moving forward, our realtor suggested that we plant a couple bushes at the front of our property line to obstruct the view a little. I also asked her when she thought we should list our house. She said she wanted it listed by mid-January.
Not so far off from our original goal, huh?
The encouraging news is that she says the size of our living area and bedrooms are really good compared to a lot of houses on the market in this area AND all three of the comps she showed him sold within three months of being on the market. I guess that's why she wants to go ahead and list the house. Apparently homes in Soddy Daisy, the city we live in, are selling pretty well. People are moving here because of access to a large-ish lake and the good school district.
So basically I have a running to-do list in my head 24/7. We don't have any MAJOR projects that need to be accomplished, but we definitely have some things I want to get done before the house is listed. Please pray for us as we attempt to get a million things done over the next month (somewhere between all the holiday happenings!) and pray that God will lead a buyer to our home who will instantly fall in love with the place! I am going to stay positive because at the end of the day, we don't have to move right this instant, so we can wait until that perfect buyer comes along.
Until then, I'll still call this place HOME and wait in great anticipation to see where God will have us settle next!