It was just a little over a month ago that we talked about looking for other homes and then made the decision to stop and stay put. I guess a lot of things can change in a month. Whiplash! Let me explain…
Our house is for sale. Here is the listing. We are very close to closing on a new home. Here’s how it all happened. This explanation is as much for you as it is for me. Everything has been happening so fast!
After I published that post last month, I (we) kept looking for homes. Dare I say I even began looking with a renewed sense of energy. Strange, right? Writing that post revealed something to me that I wasn’t quite ready to accept at the time: we are ready to move on. And for a long time, delaying and ignoring that feeling was the best choice for a lot of reasons. But it never changed the fact that it was a delay. Our current home wasn’t our permanent solution. A move to a new place seemed almost inevitable. So if it’s gonna happen, why not make it happen right now?
The timing seemed right and once we had decided, it was go, go, go from there. I’d be fooling you if I didn’t say that these big life changes are 50% a symptom of my infamous/fatal flaw GET.IT.DONE.RIGHT.NOW. philosophy. For example, for the past few weeks, we have been waffling over whether to sell or rent our current home. We decided on Tuesday to sell and by Wednesday our home was up on MLS. (Luckily, having a blog about your house makes it very easy to come by interior photos and more importantly, we have a kick ass listing agent).
We are going to sell this home by owner. We used our trick of using a flat-flee listing agent (happy to pass along his name to any NKY people) who can get our home up on the MLS, but it’s us doing the legwork on showings, marketing, etc. so that we can save some money on agent commission and ultimately, offer a competitive listing price. This is the same way we sold Aaron’s home a year and a half ago and it worked really well. For you realtors out there, we are of course still going to pay 3% to the buyer’s agent.
Here’s the listing flyer Aaron made last night. I feel so goofy about putting the house’s press on the back page (see the second pic) but hey… whatever helps.
I’ve yet to put a For Sale sign out front because I don’t want the neighbors to go berzerk. They’ve been so good to us for a long time. I will miss having my yard mowed by the neighbor (and no, that is not a euphemism… ).
About the new home… I won’t be spilling very many details on the new home yet because it’s not officially ours. We are under contract but we’re in the inspection/discovery period and I’m trying to keep it cool. Here’s what I can tell you. It’s an American Four Square in the Wallace Woods area of Covington, about a mile from our current house. It’s 100 years old but has been a completely renovated. We’re supposed to close November 14 but I’m hoping I can share details much sooner. I’ll feel better when the inspection and loan process are done, which should be in the next two weeks.
Stay tuned. Life is so exciting right now.