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!
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