Friday, October 23, 2015

And We're Off...

Yessiree, blogging pals, our house is finally on the market! Our real estate agent came by yesterday morning to get some paperwork done and take photos. Weeks of hard work have come to an end and we're ready to rock and roll.
We're also actively searching for another home, but much smaller than the one we're presently in. Last weekend we visited three places; two were not bad but the third was downright scary. A fixer-upper from top to bottom and inside out. By the time we left that house, I was in desperate need of a nap; that's how exhausted I felt just thinking about how much work was required to get it in reasonable shape. That run-down space is a perfect candidate for the reality TV show 'Property Brothers'. Do you know it? It's about two (identical twin) brothers, one a real estate agent and the other a contractor, who help home buyers purchase and renovate fixer-uppers.


This afternoon we're going to see two homes that have caught our interest and this weekend we'll attend a couple of open houses. Sooner or later one of these places will become ours.


Anyhow, we've got our fingers and toes and eyeballs crossed that our place will sell quickly and we can be out of here and into a new home before Christmas. That would be amazing. Just a-ma-zing.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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  1. That is so exciting! I know you feel so accomplished. Those twin brothers on that show are so cute!

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    1. They are adorable. And very likeable. That certainly helps them to be so popular.

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  2. I am happily on the other side of my house-moving... Moving house is such a HUGE endeavor, but you will get through it! Just keep napping when you can and breathing. Open houses are fun. Yucky houses are not fun. I remember looking at one house and afterwards my agent passed me hand sanitizer.

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    1. Hahaha! I had a good laugh about the hand sanitizer. I've had moments like that. It amazes me how some people live!

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  3. Yea!!!! What a great feeling of accomplishment for the two of you! I hope it sells quickly too! Curious what the real estate market is like up there; is this the season for selling? In San Diego, its spring; now that we are looking in Phoenix, the realtor said this is the busy time for another couple weeks then slows down around the holidays and picks back up after the new year. Some houses literally sell the same day there, especially if priced right.

    Fun to look at houses out there to buy. I agree, some really scary ones in what needs to be done or even sometimes in the layout of the house. I've looked at so many houses online that I actually didn't realize that one I was looking at was one we had actually seen in person :)

    Have fun looking!!!!

    betty

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    1. I think spring is a better time for selling a home here. We have a military base and in May there is a turnover. Military families come and go and houses a lot of houses are sold and bought quickly. This time of year is not too bad but only until early December. It's usually quite quiet then and picks up after the New Year. We will see what happens!

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  4. I like the first joke that's funny , so can they ? lol ! Hope all goes well and smoothly for you ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  5. ZBSZfxaf b v by Baby Bananaface says congrats! Thanks for the giggles!

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    1. Aw, that is cute. Baby Bananaface reads my blog, too :)

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  6. It's an interesting dilemma, do you sell first then buy or buy then sell, or maybe at the same time as you seem to be doing. Good luck, can't wait to hear how this unfolds.

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    1. We're planning to sell and buy at the same time. Hopefully when we get an offer, we'll have taken an interest in a house we'd like to make an offer on.

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  7. Yes, I watch the twins on streaming in the Lemon Tart Room.

    Wishing you the best. Super exciting. And nearly time to move that little xmas tree to a new home.

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    1. Yes! It's nearly time to move that little xmas tree to a new home. Poor thing is packed in a box right now :(

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    2. Oh, that's right. You would have had to pack him up. I didn't even think of that. Do you miss seeing him in the mornings?

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    3. I do! And George had another little one in his office that he had to pack up. It's not as cheery without these little trees but we'll find a new place for them when we move!

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  8. I hope you find something that is really suitable.

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  9. Daisy and I are currently looking for houses. I had fun looking at this one house for looking like it was going to tip over and fall apart if a strong breeze passed by. For a place that screams "demolition" they sure took a lot of photos nobody wanted to see.

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    1. There are some rather 'interesting' homes out there. Some of them are scary! Hope you two find something you really like.

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  10. Congratulations on your listing and may the perfect new home find you.

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    1. Thanks, Gail. We're hoping everything goes smoothly.

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  11. You'll find it, Martha! Wishing you luck at selling and buying quickly. I saw Property Brothers while I was in Victoria. I'll have to check and see if it is here.

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    1. Thanks, Louise. We're hoping the buying and selling works out for us. It's quite a balancing act!

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  12. Martha - I do wish you luck, and good fortune in selling and buying - I know it can be very stressful ... but loads of good wishes are coming your way.

    Isn't it great that so many blogging friends have been with you during this journey, and we look forward to opening that bottle of bubbly to toast you in your new home.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Blogging friends are the best, Jan. It's wonderful meeting people from all over the world and following them on their journey the way they follow me on mine. Pretty amazing. This is a very tiring period for us and I hope it doesn't take too long to get into another home.

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  13. Congrats on getting your house on the market, Martha! Happy house-hunting! I definitely understand your dislike of fix-'er-uppers especially after you've done so much work to get your own house on the market. When I was 8 we sold our house (after fixing it up) and went house-hunting through the Midwest. We saw a lot of nice houses, but one of the houses I distinctly remember had nice out-buildings, but was falling apart. The elderly man showing it to us said, "Don't step here, the floor's not good." There were mothballs and everything. Walking down the stairs as we left, I told my parents "I am not impressed." Thankfully they weren't either, and we ended up buying a much nicer house.

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    1. Sounds like a nightmare. And since you didn't end up in that house, you can look back and laugh about it. The fixer-upper I'm writing about above may not have been in that much bad shape, but it had its fair share of problems. We nicknamed it "the disaster house" and I'm curious to see how long it will stay on the market and how far the price will drop before someone picks it up. Just too much work!

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  14. I like all the little memes on your blog post. It's different and fun to read. Buying a house can be quite an undertaking. That's why I made sure that I bought a newer home. It doesn't need all the repairs that an older home needs. Plus, all the headache and time invested in it. Forget about all that stuff.

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    1. Some older homes do indeed have a lot of repairs if the owners haven't done any renovations or kept up with things. But newer homes have their own set of problems, too, if they haven't been built well.

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