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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Big 'Ole House News

Yea, so-big news, eh? Last week we put our house on the market. And maybe, just maybe this is one of the reasons I've been stressing out like whoa. But all is well now.

I'm kind of just resting in some kind of peace that whatever will happen will happen. If my house is supposed to sell, it will sell. If it isn't the time? We will wait.

You all should know how I feel about this subject by now. When and if we move, we aren't trying to move to something much bigger, or grander, or anything like that. It's kind of more about location and where we feel God leading our family.

One of the first questions everyone asks me when they find out our house is on the market? Oh you bought a new house? Where are you moving? Um, no. Unfortunately it's not that easy when you own one. Well, I guess I'm just not rich enough to afford two mortgages (ha. ha. ha.), but we will get serious about house hunting when things seem more serious on our end. It's this weird balance of not putting the cart before the horse, but also not being clueless about what potentials are out there. Basically? I need to not fall in love with something, because nothing, I repeat, nothing is sure until the fat lady sings. AKA: Someone signs on the dotted line.

So this house stuff is FUN! BUSINESS! (and we're barely even started). Not.

Yesterday I had my first call for a showing. It was in exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes from the time they called and I kind of had a mini panic attack. I mean, of course you want your house to look awesome so someone will wanna buy it. We've already de-cluttered, and made it pretty show-ready. So basically it just requires the whole run-from-room-to-room and clean-ish-up thing. Except that is SO MUCH HARDER when a little toddler is running around and undo'ing everything you're trying to do.

Then, I come to find it out it was just a realtor who went in on an agent preview. Fine. Maybe they will go back and find some amazing client of theirs who will love my house. But maybe not. It would have been nice to know that some potential buyers were actually walking through my house, but nooooo. I guess, if anything? I can say thank you. Thank you for the practice it gave me to do the 1.5 hour quick-clean-dance and prove to me that my pregnant butt can move faster than I EVER IMAGINED. Oh and for exhausting me for the rest of the day.

Anyway. Wanna move to Pennsylvania and buy my house? It's purdy.






We don't have any clue what will happen, obviously. But how do you know if you don't try?

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Happy Thursday!

ps: I know a lot of local people read here...if for any reason anyone IS serious about taking a look at our house, then by all means, get in touch with me. thanks ;)

44 comments:

  1. Good luck with the sale! I will think good sale vibes for you!!

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  2. This is big news! Your house is beautiful from the pictures you posted here-I love it! Good luck with a quick sale!

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  3. I haven't been reading that long, but wanted to wish you luck. We currently have our house on the market after taking it off for 8 months. Like you, it is about location. If we could pick up our house and move it, I would. Also, I totally understand where you are coming from about not putting the cart before the horse. I don't want to fall in love with something, only to have our hearts broken. Good luck with the showings; I feel your pain with trying to get the house ready and get my two kids out the door.

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  4. Be prepared for anything. Ours randomly sold in six days. I was pregnant with a toddler running around, too. We ended up leasing a house for a year because our buyer wanted a quick closing date. It was a blessing because we thought this was the are we wanted to lay down roots, but after being here for 6 months, we are looking at other places.

    Good luck!! Hopefully you won't have to do too many of those quick sweeps!

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  5. Congrats on putting the house on the market! It's definitely stressful, but I'm bummed I'm not in PA because your house is gorgeous!

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  6. Beautiful home! Good luck with everything! Looking forward to reading more update posts about this big move! :)

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  7. I wish I could buy your house.. love it!

    Could you please tell me the paint color of your living room? I love it!

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  8. I will be praying for you guys! it is so awesome how He has lead your hearts.

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  9. Your house is really pretty. How did yall declutter, like what did you put up? And did you put away family pictures? Just wondering cause we are thinking about moving to a bigger house but the market blows, so any ideas help!

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  10. Good luck!!!! p.s. I fall in love with your nursery every time I see it!

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  11. your house is so pretty! i wish you nothing but good luck in this new adventure!

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  12. You kitchen is beautiful... if we were in the market for a house in PA, we'd certainly take a look! But I think the commute from PA to DC would be a little much on a daily basis :-) Someone will bite, though, because it's beautiful!

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  13. Good luck!! We just sold our house in FL after 3 months

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  14. Lovely home! I"m sure it will sell in no time!!!! And that nursery....it's what magazines are made of! PERFECTION!!!!!

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  15. Good luck, girlie!! I had mine on the market for a while, but then took it off because it just made more sense to keep it. When it was listed, I had a few people call, but most laughed when I told them the (reasonably low) price. Our neighbors just put their house on the market, so I called on the price just for kicks & giggles, and found out they were asking a full $100k more than I was. I couldn't help but laugh out loud on the phone. Oops - that was probably rude, but it's funny how much some people think their house is worth in this market when they don't have a realtor's expertise.

    (Now that I told you that story, I *fingers crossed* hope you don't take it in a discouraging way! Your house is a lot more beautiful (& newer) than the houses in my normally overpriced neighborhood. Good luck with the process - I know it can be crazy at times!)

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  16. Your house is beautiful!! Good luck and I hope you find a buyer quickly.

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  17. I know moving/selling/buying can be quite the waiting game...at least your house looks amazing!

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  18. congrats and good luck! ur house looks model ready....

    love the tree on the nursery wall

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  19. Oh the cleaning and running is hard. I was newly pregnant with Kirsten when we sold our first house, so I didn't get to experience the toddler fiasco, I can only imagine though! I liked Holly's comment (above) about how really anything could happen! Prayers for you guys!

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  20. good luck! We recently sold our house in 1 month!! We had to live with the in-laws for 3 months till we found something. Showing a house is never fun espically with a tiny tot running around.

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  21. Good luck! I can't imagine what moving with kids would be like. I also can't imagine what having a house on the market would be like because clutter is a MAJOR issue for us in every aspect!

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  22. I love your house and the way it decorated. Good luck in the whole process.

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  23. Your house is lovely! We're not to the point of even buying our first home, but I don't look forward to the stress. Good luck and I hope it's a quick sell. Trust in God like you are and everything will work out!

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  24. I just recently moved, I have a 1 yr old and a 2 yr old. What helped me was to keep an empty laundry basket around, if you get a call for a showing, put the out of place toys, mails and anything else accumulating around in the basket and then pack the basket in the car when you leave the house for the showing. You can unload the basket at your leisure after the showing:) God bless you, I feel your pain!

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  25. We are listing our house for sale next week. We have to move because of my hubby's job, and we want to move before my due date in June. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old and my house NEVER feels clean. I want to be sick right now just thinking of all the stress to come.

    And it doesn't help me seeing the immaculate photos of your house. I bet you'll get a quick sale. Good Luck!

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  26. Good luck Katie and Oh my gosh....your home pix are Gorrrrgeous!!! I would buy your house in a second = )

    Irish

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  27. Your house looks great! :) I'm sure you will have no problems if you can just get people in the door to look! We just found out today that someone accepted a counteroffer on our house so we are in that wait-and-see if everything works out period. So nerve wracking, but hopefully worth it!

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  28. I totally feel your pain! We put our house on the market 2 weeks before our second baby was born. Talk about stress. And realtors seem to be super-ununderstanding (haha, not a word) when it comes to showing a house while taking care of a toddler and newborn or being hugely pregnant. Not fun! I will be praying for you!

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  29. Good luck :) I am sure it will all work out perfectly!

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  30. Good luck! Your home is really cute!

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  31. Best of luck to you guys! Your house looks adorable. I'm sure it will get picked up quickly. :)

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  32. Good luck finding someone to buy your house! It looks great, it's just a matter of the right people getting to see it! :)

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  33. So I realize this is NOT the point of the post, but where did you get your big ottoman/coffee table? I need a big one for my living room. The standard ones you find at Target and such aren't big enough to fit the scale of my room and I really like that one. :) Does the top come off and make it storage or is it just an ottoman?

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  34. Love your house! Pregnant with a toddler and putting your house on the market?! Are you insane?! Are you going to wait to do Eme's big room?

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  35. Your house is beauuutiful :) Praying it sells fast and you get your city home soon!

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  36. Good luck! Your house is so pretty, I bet it sells right away!

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  37. Your house is gorgeous!
    If we had the money and it was more in our location, I would def. be hopping on it.

    Good luck girl!

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  38. You know, we have some very similar color schemes going on, lol. I have a feeling you'd like my house just as much as I like yours!

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  39. Good luck with things! The house looks great!

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  40. Hey, what is the colour in your living room? I've had swatches painted up on our walls for months now and haven't decided on one. I think it's because I've been a little too safe with my picks, instead of following my craving to surround myself with colour.

    Anyways, thank you!

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