It’s Barkbox day!

My dog is so spoiled… Is $21.00 per month worth it? Let’s see…

She is so happy to get a new box of goodies to destroy each month!

All of of this good stuff… It’s like Christmas once a month!

… And we have a new favorite!

Yes… I give Barkbox five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So does Daisy!

Happy Independence Day!

The 4th of July has always been a favorite of mine…  Wonderful fireworks all around Northern Michigan!  But there’s more reasons that its a favorite.

Happy Boat Dogs

img_6635My favorite wine and a sunset on the water!img_6637Boat time with friends and familyimg_6644Dinner served boatside

img_6656Beautiful sunsetimg_6659My happy place… the captains chair on my pontooon!img_6662Patriotic Boaters

Beautiful skylines and warm nights!

img_6673Beautiful clean clear watersimg_6674Splashing through THE Sandbar… yes…  It’s the world famous Torch Lake Sand Bar.  This is where I grew up… and where I celebrate the freedom of our country every year.   img_6676

Enjoy every minute, and appreciate whats around!  Never take these things for granted.  It’s all great!

Happy Birthday America!

Life in Limbo… waiting to close!

So… this selling my house thing is a bit frustrating right now.  Closing was supposed to be last Friday.  But, Wednesday I was told that a domino effect was taking effect.  The people buying my home are in limbo as well.  Their buyers are causing the delay in closing with their finance underwriting.  All of this means…  everyone is packed and ready to move…

Three families, six frustrated real estate agents, and me… especially frustrated, because I had to cancel my movers, and delay all of my utility changeovers.  So I had to pull a rabbit out of my magic hat.  My driveway now has two enclosed trailers parked in it, that I have nearly single handedly packed (last night I broke down and borrowed muscle from a couple of great guys I know…).  All that is left in my house is my dog, and my mattress that I sleep on.   AND we all wait for the clear to close… again.

The home I am buying… the sellers have already moved out.  I’m sure they are frustrated as well.  But, I’m told things like this do happen.  It’s a little difficult to keep my eyes on the prize at this point… but I’m still holding firm.  Today just may be the day I go home after work to pick up and dog, and run away to my camper until it all goes down.

In the meantime, Daisy Mae needs a home…  lets get this show on the road!  🙂

Eye on the prize… selling a home, through the eyes of a homeowner.

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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!