Real Estate is a roller coaster ride…
Recently I decided to list my house for sale, because, lets face it… right now Northern Michigan Real Estate Inventory is low, sales prices are high, and it may just be the time to sell, and move onto bigger and better things. Mainly, having that perfect dream home built on that beautiful piece of property somewhere yet to be found. So, I contacted my old college buddy Pat to list. Pat’s been around the real estate racket for years!
Boom-shakalaka, we have a listing! My adorable house in the woods is on the market. As each prospective owner walks through my home, I find myself facing the emotional bonds that I’ve built with this house in the past seven years, everything from the dog monument out front that holds the memories of two of my beloved late pooches, along with a pooch from the previous owner, to the back patio area that I had poured as soon as I moved into the house. Each closet that I clean out to make a move more simplified brings about thoughts of “why am I selling the place I call home?”
The bottom line is that its just time. Even with each showing pointing out things that other people find to be faults with the home, I know in my heart, this house has great bones… I know this, because that quote comes directly from the previous owner. The cathedral ceilings, the beautiful brick fireplace, along with the country kitchen and hickory hardwood floors are all things that make this place a home. So its hard not to feel a bit insulted when a low bid comes in.
“Don’t panic!”, says that little voice in my head… just counter offer. Keep your eye on the prize. Every homeowner has a threshold price in their head, the lowest they will go. When a prospective buyer walks from that price, its tempting to go lower. But what will I end up living in? Bottom line is that I have a budget for my next place, and anything less is simply unacceptable. I think that’s true of any home seller.
… and the next showing is lined up. The house is spiffy cleaned, and ready to show its best features off. Seller’s market? Lets hope so… buckle up for a ride!