Two weeks into having our house on the market and I’m ready to throw in the towel. I’m simply exhausted from the whole experience. Not only did I underestimate how much work selling a house would be in terms of keeping it in perfect showing condition daily; but I had no idea what a ridiculous emotional rollercoaster it would be. Up, down, happy, sad, excited, defeated – what’s next?
Although our house has been listed for two weeks, this process doesn’t just start with a for sale sign. It begins weeks in advance when you obsess over the decision to move, call the realtor, sign the papers, hire a professional stager, clean up your house, de-clutter and hide, hide, hide all your things. You have your first open house, a brokers’ tour, and then it’s just being prepared for daily last minute showings. It’s all about keeping your house in an unrealistic fantasy land condition where toothbrushes, hand soap, and paper towels do not exist. And toddlers and dogs just add to your daily workload of keeping up perfection. Like I said; it’s exhausting.
Thankfully, our realtor assured us that the market was on an upswing in the San Francisco Bay Area so we could expect to get this wrapped up pretty quickly and at a nice price. So our expectations were set high and we already had one foot out the door. In less than a week, as promised, we got a full price offer on our home. Halleluiah! We celebrated over Mexican food and Jeff congratulated me on making the house so nice that it sold right away at top dollar. And then later that night we got a phone call from our realtor saying the buyer had rescinded her offer. Say what?? We about flipped our lids when we found out our realtor made a huge blunder in writing the full price offer ten grand less than our actual asking price!! So when he fixes his error it must’ve given the buyer cold feet for the higher price so she backed out. We went from being elated to so let down in less than 4 hours.
Then we had another buyer that put in like 16 different offers that we ignored, countered, etc., until we finally came to an agreement. Yay, we had a signed offer in less than two weeks and our realtor assured us this was a solid buyer and all should go smoothly through closing. With 45 days until close we quickly made plans to visit Indianapolis and do a turbo style home tour. We already had 7 houses picked out! I sent invitations for a going away party, and Jeff got all excited about this damn swim spa (SPOOL) that he wants to put into our new house. Annnnnnd then the rug got pulled out from under us when 24 hours after the official offer was signed the buyer abruptly pulls out. W.T.F., again! What is happening here with these FLAKY ASS BUYERS?? Is it just California, or are these flakes everywhere? I can’t deal…
So now we’re back to square one. We feel defeated and emotionally drained by this whole experience. We had already done so much future planning in just those few days since we agreed on the offer. And now it feels like it was taken away. Hence why we just feel like throwing in the towel. But we’ve decided to give it until the end of May to see if we get any more offers and if not we’ll take it off the market. I’m just going to get more and more pregnant and I don’t want to be moving into a new home when I’m 9 months along and about to blow. I want to relax at the end of my pregnancy, not be a worker bee packing up my old house and unpacking a new one. We can always stay put and try this again next year and hopefully the market will continue to rise giving us an even better price in the future. We’ll see.
So as you can see, this is one giant emotional rollercoaster that I wasn’t expecting to get on. Our hope is that an even better buyer that’s not an effing flake is just around the corner. Fingers crossed. Until then, it’s back to hiding the toothbrushes… *rolls eyes*
I can’t believe what you have been through! I can honestly say trying to sell a home is not easy. We have bought and sold many homes and stress does not even cover the half of it. I’m so sorry to hear about this and hope that your realtor gets their head out of there you know what. Good luck and I will be thinking of you both.
Thanks, Stacy! Hopefully we get through this quickly and sell the house so we can move on with the rest of our lives!