Well, the old homestead (completely refurbished, mind you) had been on the market a whole month now.We've had two realtors with clients come through during that time with not even a nibble.
We've been pushing our realtors, who have suddenly become very defensive lately. They recommended the asking price we set, based on their experience and similar homes that have listed and sold in the area. We're actually quite a bit under those other home's prices.
Now the realtors wants us to drop the price a considerable amount citing the "problems" with our house, meaning we don't have a finished basement. Funny, it wasn't a problem when they originally listed the house. To make us laugh even more, we have the standard 6 foot high plank wood fence on both sides of the house, which meets up with the same type of fence that both neighbors on either side have. The realtors told us to replace our fence (there is nothing wrong with it) and get the neighbors to replace theirs! Huh?
The handwriting on the wall (or in Coast Guard vernacular, the stenciling on the bulkhead) is looking like we're in for a very long haul. That means with my 1 September retirement, my income is reduced by 50% . More than enough to live comfortably on the road, but a wee bit short when there still is a mortgage to pay.
Ergo, I need to get a...job by October. Yesterday I spent most of the day applying for jobs at five different companies, all in the security field. No, I'm not going to be a mall cop (yet).
So we're covering the bases and by October, we'll pull the house off the market and wait until spring. The contract with the realtors runs out the end of December and you can be sure we'll list with someone else.
However, we're in good standing, we have our Journey already and we'll make the most of every weekend we can get away with it. We're also going to do a nice mid September trip to Branson, MO with my dad and Marti's sister.
We're thankful for everything we have, we're looking at the glass as half full and ready to do whatever it takes.
We appreciate all your encouraging comments, emails and suggestions, they help us keep our eyes on the prize.
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