Stop the world, I wanna get off!
A couple days ago, Kurt called a real estate agent regarding selling our house. We were interested in her because she was the selling agent when we bought the house. Back then she was with ReMax, but now she has her own agency. We set up an appointment, and she came over this morning to investigate.
From the moment she showed up, it’s been a whirlwind!
The agent took a look around our house and was pleased with the layout and all the amenities we have. Yes, we have a tiny house, but we have not one bit of wasted space! It’s all open; each room leads into the next in a logical way.
She sat us down and explained everything to us, commissions and selling and listings and comparable prices and all that good junk. She felt that $200K was a reasonable price. She showed us listings of houses for sale, houses that are pending, and houses that have been sold — and most of the ones in our size category have sold for $180-190K. There is a house up the street from us that is listed at $217K, which is the same layout and size as ours (but not nearly as cute), but it’s also been on the market for almost a month and a half.
We don’t have that kind of time.
On her way out of our driveway, the agent called this other agent that’s been bugging her all morning for this house. Not an hour later, a family interested in buying the house showed up on our doorstep!! At the same time, one of the agent’s employees was wandering around the house taking photos for the flyer that goes on the signpost. She’d already managed to run to the hardware store and make keys for the realtor’s lockbox.
Our sign showed up about thirty minutes ago. It’s been such a whirlwind that I just don’t know what end is up now!!
I really hope the people who looked at our house today want to buy it. I hope they can afford $200K, which I don’t know how they can. The husband is lower-ranking than Kurt (which makes no difference, except Kurt gets paid more than this guy does) , and they have a huge, brand-new SUV that’s got to be running them at least $400 a month. Knowing what Kurt makes on his paycheck, I’m not sure how anyone making less than him could afford the asking price.
Will we go down in price? Only if we really need to off-load the house. If it’s getting to be the middle of July and we still have no serious takers, and someone offers, say, $175K, we’d at least consider it! But I don’t think that will happen. Houses here are so very expensive (I know they’re cheaper than California, but then everything is more expensive in California!) that there aren’t many affordable houses for working people.
Hopefully, our house will sell like hotcakes.
While chatting with my mail lady today, the landlord to the house next door approached us. Apparently he works for a mortgage lender. I told him we were about to list our house, and he told me that we were asking for too low of a price, and that I really didn’t have to go with our agent. There are other agents we can go with. He said it all conspiratorial-like too.
I didn’t like how he was approaching me. Even my mail lady thought this guy was weird. Then he goes and calls realtor friends of his to try to drum up our business! We’ve already gotten calls from a lady wanting to be our agent, and she told Kurt that she was recommended by the guy next door.
Dude, we can find our own agents, thankyewverymuch.
But yeah. We have a sign, we have a listing agent, we have buyers already…. SHEESH!
Pardon me whilst I go throw up.
Actually I don’t have time to do that! I have to go get ready! Kurt and I are going on a date tonight. Without Grace!!! AS has to work tonight, watching the little girl she watches, and she figured it’d be easier to watch both her little girl and Grace at the same time. We’re not sure quite what we’re doing, other than going to dinner at this place that has lobster ravioli to die for.
Maybe the casino.
Then again, maybe not.