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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Houston, We Have A...

 Signed Contract!!! 

It's been an interesting ride.  We learned a few things through all this.  To start, when our realtor tracked down the realtor for couple B this morning, he found out that they already had a contract on another house but wanted to look at ours "just in case" their contract fell through.  Nice.

We learned that we chose a great realtor, Mike.  When we interviewed the four candidate realtors to pick one to list with, we were impressed with Mike.  He was aggressive, innovative and willing to use technology to drive potential buyers to view our house.  The biggest thing that we are very happy with is that Mike is very in tuned to our local real estate market, and the upcoming trends.  He has researched the market and showed us a list of 110 bank owned and short sale properties in our area that are going to come on the market starting in January 2012.  These homes will basically kill the real estate market and drive down the sale prices far below what they are now.

The other three realtors we interviewed all recommended we take our house off the market until next spring.  If we had listened to their advice, we would have ended up right in the middle of the bad market and would have had to lower the price significantly if we hoped to sell our house.

We had to eat a little more off our selling price to close the deal, but we got it done.  We have a closing date of 28 November, so we have some hustling to do.  We have some items to send up to our son Corey's house in NJ and our daughter Heather's house in SC.  We have to now get a date set to have our estate sale.

I have to make a list to ensure I've got everything accounted for and not miss any details.  Good thing I'm retired and have some time on my hands.  I think we'll be ready, but I might miss bringing Marti lunch every once in a while.

I hope this is the start of the trend for house sales for our RV buddies Bill and Nancy, and Gin and Syl that are also waiting on their houses to sell.  Things come in threes, so they're due for some good news, too! 

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


27 comments:

  1. YEA! Hope all goes well and the closing i clean and on time. Lots of work in the next month, but you can do it!

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  2. Good for you! We hope the closing goes quickly.

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  3. Fantastic! I can't believe the realtors advised you to take it off the market. You'd still be sitting there doing this same thing next year!! I guess this means you'll be on the road soon! Congratulations!

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  4. YES!!!! I knew it!! All it took was one offer! Whoopee!!!
    When's Marti's retirement date??

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  5. I think I just heard Gail & Rick open a bottle of that wine they've been saving. Let's hope the other two are soon! We are so happy for you. Now get busy.
    Syl

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  6. WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!

    Congratulations!!! Can't wait to meet up with you out on the road!!!

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  7. Celebrating for you!!! Sure hope we meet up somewhere on the road.

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  8. Congrats! Now you can start planning where you are going to spend the winter:)

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  9. Congratulations...a celebration is in order.

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  10. Congratulations! I know you're exhausted and happy and many other emotions all rolled into one.
    But, it's over. That's the important thing. We'll save the wine and really toast on Nov 28th! You will truly have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  11. YAYAYAYAY! We're so happy for you! I had to catch up and read from the last few posts (we've been a little busy!). I bet you can't wait!!

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  12. congratulations!..that is fabulous news!!..so happy for you!!..let the packing/purging begin!!!

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  13. wpjoiner@comcast.netOctober 26, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Congratulations!
    We have been rooting for ya'll through the whole process. Your perserverance is an encouragment to everyone looking to join you as full timers.
    Goodluck with the Closing,

    Wayne & Renea

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  14. Fantastic news...will see you on the road soon!

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  15. WOW!!!! Can't wait to see you guys down the road! Big Congrats!

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  16. Great to hear. Owning a house, is a great roadblock to hitting the road. Hoping the closing goes as planned. Getting ready to leave will go by fast.
    We have followed your saga with interest, as we live in the RV, but not really on the road yet, just living in the local area.
    We moved from the condo to the RV last year, it was hectic. But still had a roadblock, the wife is tied to a State job and having trouble letting go. But she is now saying retirement date, end of November, so we can really hit the road. (I continue to work, but on the internet) So, hopefully in December, there will be two more Journey's out on the road.
    Journey39n

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    We are thrilled for you and so glad you can get on with your plans!!

    Has Marti retired yet? ;o))

    While we hope to be right behind you, we can't wait to follow your journey while we wait!!

    If that journey/Journey gets anywhere near Murrells Inlet, please give us a shout:o))

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  18. congrats are in order... may the sell go smoothly and quickly..

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  19. Woohoo!! Congratulations!! :) The next month will be so exciting as you prepare to HIT the road for good!! I hope everything goes really smoothly for your sale - I found the closing process when we were selling our condo to be as stressful as finding the buyer in the first place.

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  20. Sooo happy for you. You did the right thing just get it sold. There are so many short sales out there that it is going to take some time.
    Let the fun begin.....

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  21. Congratulations on signing the contract. I've been following your blog for awhile and find it full of information for becoming full time RVers. We're thinking of you and hoping all goes smoothly.

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  22. Wah Hoo! I'll be saving some of those shrimp Po'boys for you for sure!! :) :)

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  23. All right!!! Congratulations ... now roll up your sleeves to get ready to get on the road.

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  24. Congratulations you two! Positive thinking and getting the right agent appear to have turned the trick. And you don't have long to wait for closing... sounds like the perfect deal. Looking forward to running into you two along the way.

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  25. A big congratulations!!!! Excellent. It couldn't have happened for two better people! You're almost there!

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  26. Such good news!! Congratulations!!

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  27. Hey, great news! Now you can stop raking the leaves!

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