10.06.2009

Little house on the market

As much as I don't want to write about what's going on with our house (putting it in writing means it's true and I have to admit it)...here goes.

Our house has been on the market for about 3-4 weeks. We have had not one single showing or visitor and that crushes my soul. Our house is one of the best in the neighborhood compared to the other pre-lived-in-homes-for-sale. We have interesting competition right now. We live on the main road in our subdivision and there are 3 homes in a row right at the entrance that are all for sale. The annoying thing is that 2 of them are for sale by the builder, but this doesn't mean they haven't been lived in. The builder chose to RENT these homes to people rather than continue to try to sell them in a bad housing market. That's fine and well for them, but now it looks like everyone in the neighborhood just wants to move out. Including our home, there are 4 others for sale within ear shot of our house.

In addition to the pre-loved homes, we're up against new construction in the back part of the neighborhood. Our 6 month analysis shows that the only homes to sell during that time period have been new construction homes. I'm hoping that before long they'll be out of new homes to sell and won't have any others on their way to completion. We'll see.

This past Saturday we had a 3 hour open house held by our realtor. She said that not one person came through our house. Even worse is that the Parade home down the street (which folks have to get to by passing our house) had plenty of traffic! That house is priced $40k more than our house. That's depressing. We don't know why no one stopped in. In these tough times would you pick the house that was only 1 year lived in that came with a fridge, washer, dryer, and all those blinds ALREADY IN IT? or would you pick the brand new house where you had to shell out nearly $4,000 to equip your home with all those things? We're also offering $2k in closing costs. We're so nice. Apparently not nice enough.

To make matters worse, my FIL informed me on Sunday that another couple in our church is looking at the house in Apex I sort of had my heart set on. It's the reason we even put our house on the market. They sold their house last week and are ready to buy something. I'm hoping they don't buy it - they have 3 kids and the house is 1600 square feet. I can't imagine. I was sort of crushed. It was bad timing to receive such news. Having not yet heard the results of our open house, I was fretting over whether anyone had come or not and then to hear the house I really wanted was within arms reach of a couple who HAD sold their home. It made me really sad and I felt like if I even said words I might cry.

The only bright spot is that I've now found another house that could be grand. It's not in Apex, but is in a cute part of Cary. It's a big bigger at nearly 1900 square feet, and is the same story - 1950's home that someone bought and completely renovated to today's updated standards. It's adorable and has the most cozy, private backyard and patio. I'm hoping to go see it this week. We were able to see a lot of it by peeking in the windows, but couldn't see all the bedrooms and baths. I'm not kidding myself, I think this house will sell based on it's great location and beautiful updates, but I'm a dreamer so I will hang on to both dreams until they are squashed by others who were fortunate enough to actually SELL their homes.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! I hope that the house selling gets a little better. We had an amazing realtor - she is the reason our house sold and it sold within 20 days on the market. We had at least 2-3 showings a day. I would be more than happy to refer you..but I am sure you have a contract. It WILL sell, people are buying, stay positive!!

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