And … scene.

The sellers aren’t interested in accepting our offer unless they see that we’re aggressively marketing our house, and that we price our house competitively based on (their research on) the comps in our neighborhood. Basically, they want to approve of our list price and evaluate whether we’re making a good-faith effort to sell our house. You know, because we really WANT to pay two mortgages. Idiots.

Their realtor closed her email with this gem: “I think you’ll see that these are necessary steps to making good decisions in today’s market.”


Did I mention that our realtor has been in the business for more than 20 years? And that the sellers’ realtor has had her license for exactly 6 months? Who in this picture doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing?

I want to call their realtor, who is a friend of a friend, and explain that we haven’t listed and shown our house because we can’t get a fucking handyman on the horn (well, couldn’t — we finally got one hired for Monday, although we’re still waiting on his estimate) and that we figured we’d have a better chance of selling the house if it actually looked presentable. But, you know, we’re idiots and stuff who just go around, willy nilly, making offers to buy houses without any intention of selling our own.

And now that we’ve done a lot of decluttering and cool interior design stuff, I realize that our house is actually pretty cool, and once we’re finished decluttering, etc., I think it’ll actually be a space we can be proud of, if a little bit on the small side.

That said, we’ve got our eye on a couple of houses in the ‘hood, and are still hoping that something will come up in our most favorite neighborhood in town.

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  1. lisa

     /  July 24, 2008

    I had that exact same thing happen to me when selling a house. After we got our shit out I fell in love with the house all over again. Only in my case we had already purchased another home so there was no turning back. Just remember that when you get to the new place and don’t clutter it up. Live like you are showing it to sell. I know. Easier said then done.

  2. Yvonne

     /  July 25, 2008

    If they are having a hard time selling their house, I’m sure they’re wondering what kind of luck you will have in selling yours in this market …


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