Friday, January 27, 2017

This Week

I’ve shared with all of you the news that we sold our home right before Christmas and that we’ll be moving to another small city next month. So you’re pretty much up to date with all the house stuff, right?

Wrong!

Tee hee hee...

Okay, enough of teasing you. I’ll get to the point.

Remember when I wrote about us being homeless in this post about a couple of weeks ago? Of course you don’t.

Well...

That afternoon we drove to Cornwall to see a house. We liked the house. We wanted the house. And we only had one condition: that we get the house before the sale of our own home finalized. In less than six weeks. We told their agent that we were willing to make an offer right then and there if the owners would accommodate that request. But if we had to go through the trouble of renting a place when we moved, we wouldn’t make an offer. We’d leave our options open and watch the market. And who knows? Maybe something even better would come along once we settled there. We left that with their agent and drove home.

We found out later that day that the owner wasn’t willing to accommodate our preferred date. Or rather, her kids weren’t. She is an elderly lady who went into a retirement home in the fall and her children and grandchildren would have to empty out the place for her. They couldn’t. Or wouldn’t. They wanted to wait till the spring. So we sighed, shrugged and moved on.

Then...

The next day their agent called again and said that if we were willing to tack on just a little extra to our offer so they can pay to have the place emptied out, we could make a deal. We told the agent we’d call him back. We thought about it, talked about it and came to the conclusion that it was a fair deal.

So...

To make a long story short, we made an offer, hammered out the paperwork, drove down a second time to thoroughly inspect the house and signed off this week on Tuesday! We take possession of our new home on February 21 and I’ll be writing more about that adventure over the next few weeks. Even months.

We are no longer homeless. HOLYMOLY! It’s been a great week. And I hope it's been for you, too.

Happy weekend to all!

56 comments:

  1. That is so quick! Yay for you and George.

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  2. This is great news! Homeless is not good.

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  3. I'll bet that's a big relief for you!

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  4. Lots of stress in your life, but it sounds mostly like the positive kind.

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    1. It is! We're just very busy these days but a good kind of busy.

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  5. I'm so happy for you, Martha! That's such a fast turnaround. So much better than having to rent in the interim. -Jenn

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    1. It is a huge relief, Jenn. We were prepared for the possibility of renting but we hoped to find a house instead. Thank goodness we did!

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  6. That is awesome! Congrats on your new home!!!

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  7. How exciting!! It must be a good feeling knowing where you will be going and being able to plan where to put your furniture, etc. Having just bought the house last year, it is amazing sometimes the hoops you have to go through to get the deal/house you want especially if it is a seller's market. I continue to look forward to your sharing of adventures in the days ahead!

    betty

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    1. It is a great feeling, Betty. What a relief it is knowing that we have a home to settle into rather than having to be in an in-between stage. We got really lucky!

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  8. Hi Martha, I am so glad that it worked out and you were able to get the house you wanted. --Larry Boyer

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    1. Larry, thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you continue to visit. Either way, we are now friends on Facebook and that's really cool.

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  9. That is wonderful news Martha... congratulations!!!
    It must be fate! You were just meant to have your new home~

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  10. Lovely that it all worked out and what a relief for you!

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  11. Humming a little 'Celebration' by kool and the gang for you! So happy for you two.

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  12. YES! Good for you guys!! What a journey that was, Martha. You both learned a lot through the process and so did I....thank you. We will use your experience when the day comes that we move. Thanks.
    Looking forward to your next adventure....a new city to photograph!!

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    1. That's the best part, Jim... a new city to photograph! And a whole bunch of neighbouring towns and cities, too. One of the places I'm excited about is Old Montreal! I can't wait to visit and photograph that. And eventually we'll make our way to Quebec City, which will be lots of fun. So many adventures up ahead :)

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  13. YAY! Everything has all come together! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! We got lucky. Phew...what a relief...

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  14. Congrats on getting the house. I really respect your level-headedness about the additional costs but I will tell you as a Realtor, I hate when sellers pull that kind of thing. If they have the house on the market she should be willing to do whatever it takes to get it sold. Still...if you end up with the house you want...all is good.

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    1. I totally agree, Cheryl. This initially upset me. But I don't believe it was the seller's idea. I think this was the agent's doing. When we visited again, he was the one cleaning up the place. So we suspect that he thought of this and is making a few bucks for himself while he's at it. He mentioned that he had been 'working on' trying to convince them and I think he brought this up. The main reason is that he likes us and wants us to move in because he lives right across the street (same type of house) and is happy with the 'new neighbours'. In any case, we're smart enough to put two and two together but since it wasn't an astronomical amount, we decided it was a decent deal. It's a house that works for us and the price was very fair.

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  15. Rarely does a real estate deal work out as well as yours. Congrats to you both ... and on both the deals!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! We are so happy that we have a home to move into!

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  16. Feb 21 does seem kind of far away

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  17. Your excitement came right through the screen and made me feel excited for you. And ...you have to show pics. Can't wait to see it.

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    1. I'll be sharing news about this move and things roll along. Right now we're in the packing stage! So much packing...

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  18. That worked out well for everyone! Nice going :)

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  19. Super
    Fantastic
    Wonderful

    Just brilliant news, I am so, so pleased for you.

    Have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan! I hope you had a beautiful weekend. I can't believe it's already over.

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  20. Fantastic, you can sleep better knowing you aren't homeless, but I bet you can't sleep because of all the things your mind is processing that have to be done in a few short weeks.

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    1. You are so right, Linda! My mind is working overtime with all the stuff I have to take care of.

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  21. Congratulations!! I am glad you got the house you wanted.

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  22. WOW!! That was quite a rollercoaster ride for you guys!
    How nice for them to accomodate your dates...
    Have a great move Martha...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks, Linda! We are so relieved that we have a home to go to. Things turned out fine.

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  23. I am so happy for you Girl, I'll catch up later, promise

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    1. So nice to see you here, Lorraine! I hope you are doing well my sweet friend. And I bet your darling granddaughter has grown quite a lot by now!

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  24. Wow, well done, I hope the move itself goes smoothly too!

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  25. Whoa! Congrats! And for whatever reason-HOT DOG! Just felt like throwing that out there :o) Happy Homing!

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  26. Excellent news. That must be a huge relief on your part. Now to move forward! Congratulations.

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  27. Wonderful news, Martha! I'm glad that you found your new home and that you don't have to rent an apartment in between! This is certainly an exciting time for you. Don't work too hard.

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    1. We're so happy about that, Louise. We have a lot of work to do in our new home but at least we'll only move once!

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