So. Six months on the market, and it's still here. I'd feel more foolish about that if not for the fact that we DID have a contract on it after only about a week on the market, and we SHOULD have closed on it in November, before the first payment on the new house was due, with the effect that we'd never have a month of double mortgages.
BUT we lost that buyer, six days before closing, three days before our move, because she bought a car. In her defense, she bought it in August, before receiving her pre-approval in September, so she put in the contract on our house in good faith. Thing is, that August purchase didn't hit her credit report until after September, and by November, with the economy in tatters, her bank said NO GO to more debt, and she had to walk.
I really, really, really hope that she desperately needed that car, because if it was a *want* instead of a *need*, I gotta whole lotta bones to pick with her. Not that I'll ever get to do it. 'Cause here we sit, having paid to keep the heat on in that place for months, having paid double mortgages for the last four months (not sustainable, putting us in debt, yay), getting few to no nibbles. And now we're going to have to pay to have it painted, and staged, and to replace flooring to make it more competitive. and mowed, 'cause you've got to maintain the place. Let me tell you how fun it is to spend a Sunday afternoon on your knees, weeding the yard of a house you don't live in, in a neighborhood you don't like, when you'd much rather be spending that time in the beautiful back yard of the house you love, planting a spring garden with your dirt-happy kids.
So, in the hopes that the investment will pay off with a SALE SALE SALE, we're paying for the improvements, and having open houses on the weekends, and crossing our fingers. It needs to sell NOW. Oh, I can't wait to be free of this thing hanging around my neck!
(All grousing aside, it's actually a very nice home in very good condition. If you know somebody who wants a suburban lifestyle and loves "transitional" homes, especially one with beautiful big windows and lots of light and a super open first floor that's great for hosting gatherings, and big bedrooms, and walk in closets and 2nd floor laundry and all that good stuff...please send them this way!)