Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Back home

We're back from our trip. It was a good, but very long trip! We started in Seneca Rocks, WV. Mark went rock climbing for a day while Logan and I road a steam train up the mountain and did a tour of The Greenbank Observatory. It was a wonderful day. I feel in love with WV. It is so beautiful! I'd love to live there.

We then headed to GA, which was a long drive. We spent 2 days looking at houses. We found 2 we liked and are trying to decide between the 2. I have to say I found it annoying looking at houses there because almost none of them had painted before putting their house on the market. Even worse, almost none of them had even bothered to clean before our showing. They had 2 days notice we were coming but I think only 2 houses out of 20 had actually cleaned! It made me mad because our house is spotless when we have a showing. We even stage it before we leave, we put on music, we light candles, all that stuff. To go into houses that didn't pick up the toys, or make the beds or even sweep was so frustrating! We're going to end up buying a house that did nothing before putting it on the market, but our perfect house sits here month after month not selling.

Anyway, we did find 2 that are what we are looking for. Both need repainting top to bottom and new carpet, but they will work for what we want. I may end up posting pictures of both if we can't come to a decision soon.

We then headed to the mountains of NC for our family reunion. It was so much fun and so relaxing! I laughed a lot, something I honestly haven't done in months. I took Logan to a square dance and we had a blast. Then we all stayed up until 3 am drinking and playing charades with a bunch of the relatives. I laughed so much, we all did. It was the 50 and older people against the 40 and unders. It was nice that I knew what the 40 and unders were talking about more than the 50 and overs since I was the oldest in my group. They came up with a bunch of stuff the older crowd had never heard of, but I had! Yeah, I'm not that old!

As for this house, we had 2 second showings while we were out of town. One of them decided to go with another house in the neighborhood that is 200 square feet bigger and $15,000 more. The other is trying to decide between our house and 2 others that are bigger, with bigger lots and $50-60,000 more. Obviously our price isn't a problem! Our house is 2200 square feet, I can't see how it is too small, but that is the most common comment we get as to why people don't want the house. If neither of these 2 people buy the house we are back to square one with no prospects on the horizon.

It's a bit depressing being back here with no end in sight, but I'm trying really hard to hold onto the good feelings of the trip.


Farmgirl_dk: said...

Glad you made it home safely and it was a great trip. Your house WILL sell. Stay positive! :-)

MeadowLark said...

Hang onto those good feelings! The right people are trying to find you as we speak. If you were to sell it to someone else before they arrived, imagine how heartbroken they'd be.

Nancy M. said...

I can't see how your house would be too small. Sounds big to me. I'm glad you had a good trip. Good luck on finding your home!

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear you had a good time!! Yay! I wish I could say something to make you feel better about the house situation, but I know I cannot. You're not going to feel better until it's all settled....I know, I've been there and we seem to have a similar personality type soooo..... Hang in there my friend! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear you had a good time!! Yay! I wish I could say something to make you feel better about the house situation, but I know I cannot. You're not going to feel better until it's all settled....I know, I've been there and we seem to have a similar personality type soooo..... Hang in there my friend! :)

Stacey said...

your trip sounds wonderful, try to stay with the good vibes. Can't wait to see the houses, what sort of properties do they have?

Howling Hill said...

When Wolf and I were looking at houses the first time around we were shown a house which was completely debilitated. The outside had shutters and shingles falling off, the porch drooped, the yard was a nightmare. But what I remember most was the deplorable condition the interior was. It seemed the house had never been cleaned, ever. The worst part was there was a baby in a playpen hollering its head off and the mother just kept turning the volume of the TV up to cover the baby's screams.

We walked out and told the real estate agent to call child services.

Christy said...

Thanks for the comments, I hate being so negative here, it seems I get up and then something happens to get me down. Our realtor sold a house last week that was on the market for less than a week! It never even got the for sale sign up before it sold. The people who bought it were one of our second showings from last week. It just doesn't seem fair that we've been sitting here for almost 3 months and they sell in less than a week. And we are really struggling to find a house we like in GA.

Meadowlark - Thanks for your visual, I love it! I don't want those poor people to be heartbroken, so we'll hang there in.

Nancy - I agree, this house is more than enough room unless you have 4 or more kids, then it may be small.

Farm mom - Yes, our personalities seem very similar so you understand. I hate not having any control and I really hate things that aren't fair. I was fine with waiting our turn to sell, but now people are cutting in front of us in line and I don't like that LOL.

Howling Hill - I feel grateful now we haven't seen anything that bad! I was shocked by some of what we saw but it was nothing like that.

Ron said...

That sounds like a great trip, just what everyone needed. :)

I'm sure it is mighty frustrating to have done what you can, and still people are not buying it for whatever reason. We, too, ran into some scary places when looking for houses. Hopefully, you can find something that has potential... just think of all those buyers those GA houses are repelling! If the location and floor plan is right, you may get a good deal and be able to use the savings to fix it up exactly the way you wish.


frugalmom said...

Hang in there. Keep those positive thoughts going. I know it seems like there is no end in sight at times...but just wait..when you least expect will get an offer.

Twinville said...

Oh Christy. I still feel that frustration in your voice. Ironically there was only joy and happiness when you spoke of your time in WVA and NC. I bet it was such a relief to have time away from the stresses and worries of selling your home, at least for a little while.

Try to hold onto those joyful moments whenever things get heavy around there...sort of like "Calgon, take me away"
Just click your heels together and say, "There's no place like home...wherever that may be"

Hang in there, sweetie!

Christy said...

I'm trying really hard to hold onto the good feelings. I'm trying to come to peace with the process and let it go. I've been doing better the last 5 days or so. If I think about it too much it really gets to me, so I'm staying busy doing other things. Our realtor has had 2 other houses sell in less than 2 weeks recently. I just wish I understood why ours is taking so long!