Sold! In ten days!!

The sign is up; it's official.

Sign should now read "Sale Pending".

I am stunned and tremendously relieved. Yes, it’s a wonderful feel-good home. Yes, I feng shui’d the heck out of it. Yes, I think we priced it right. Still, in this funky down market, to get two basically full-price offers almost immediately is miraculous.

The average time on the market in my town was 158 days in August. I told my realtor that if the house didn’t sell by Halloween (75 days from listing) I would take it off the market because living in a house that’s on the market is like living in a museum. That’s about 60 days over my good behavior limit as Miss Super-Anal-Tidybutt.

When you live in a house that’s on the market  you can’t touch anything because at any moment the realtor could call with a client. You must make your bed the moment you climb out of it, clear the sink of dirty dishes the instant you finish eating, mow the lawn obsessively. You can’t cook odiferous foods. I loaned out my dog because she tracks in dirt and turns her corner of the carpet gray overnight.

One of the two offers wanted to move in in just five weeks. EEEK. (Also Repubicans – which doesn’t really fit the vibe of the house).

The other offer came from the Democratic State Rep in whose district I live – and for whom I hosted a fund-raising coffee here last fall because he’s a great guy. He has two little girls, 5 & 8, who think that there may be fairies in the yard.  My kind of family.

They wanted a closing date of December 15, which suits me fine, because I’ve got to unload a LOT of STUFF.

But that’s a topic for the next chapter in this down-sizing epic.



Filed under Downsizing, Selling stuff

6 responses to “Sold! In ten days!!

  1. Congratulations Joy! I’ve been keeping an eye on your journey and have been sending you positive thoughts.

    It may be a surprise to you that your wonderful house sold so quickly, but not to me – whoever lives there will be extremely lucky as it’s obvious that you worked so hard to make this house and garden into the ideal home. They can’t fail to be happy there – and I’m sure you will make your next home into a wonderful place as well, whatever it’s like to begin with.

    Hah! Trust you to make sure you sold it to a Democrat 😆 Wonder why I’m not surprised?

    Hope you won’t stop this blog before you let us take a peek into your next challenge.

  2. Susan

    OK, you knew he was a Dem because you worked for him: but how did you know the Repubs were Repubs?
    But seriously: what a happy/sad day. And more important, where do you go from here? have you found your next perfect house yet?

  3. Oh so happy to be back here, connecting with my blogbuddies! It’s been a kee-RAZy time.

    I didn’t know for sure the Rs were Rs, but their realtor said (to impress me with how wonderful her clients were) “they’re a Good Christian Family. She’s home-schooling the kids so they’re brought up with the right values…”

    Does that sound like a Dem family?

    Now if this realtor had opened her eyes looking around my house she’d have realized she was dealing with a wacko lefty liberal commie atheist Buddhist feng shui vegetarian socialist pig.

    • Susan

      Nope, you’re right: those are the usual code words for the ‘right’ kind of people.
      I love the idea of children playing with the fairies in your yard. Though I wonder what kind of fairies they imagine: Disney or Shakespeare?
      The witch thing should come in handy during house hunting, right? You just need to find a proper ‘house dowsing rod’.

  4. Oh. I forgot to add: pagan witch.

  5. carl

    Great news! Congrats!!!!!

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