Sunday, October 30, 2005

Something To Consider

Today Mr. Chick and I received an offer on our house. The nice lesbian couple accepted an offer on their house and wanted to formalize their interest in ours with an offer. A very flexible offer. The price they offered is more than we thought it would be. It's right around what we would have asked for the house, had we ever stated a price. It's a fair offer in this ridiculous market.

They want the hottub and we can keep the refridgerator. I wish it were the other way around.

They want to close on or by January 3rd. That's plenty of time. Except we still don't know when Mr. Chick will be getting a job offer and when it will start. They told us they would be willing to entertain the idea of us renting the house back from them after closing until we knew when and where we'll be moving. A very enticing option. One that may seal the deal. My gut reaction is to accept the offer and negotiate a rental agreement. How often do buyers land in your lap like this without you ever having to do ANY sort of marketing of the house? That's a big savings right there. Unless you try to put a value on my time for all the hours spent cleaning getting the house ready for them to see it. Three times now. I'd call that "priceless". Because it just ain't easy cleaning up even the smallest of houses when you have two young kids. You end up being in minimum standard maintenance mode, and then BAM! Someone wants to look at your house and you have to go into high gear, addressing all the dirt, muck, grime and filth that has accumlated since the last time they came over.

Mr. Chick and I will probably discuss what to do over the kids Halloween candy tomorrow night. I do my best decision making when chocolate is involved.

On a completely unrelated subject other than it also falls under the "something to consider" bucket, I received the following in an email today. I've seen it before, but it's worth repeating:

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it . live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally.

I hope you all have a blessed day.

Wow, the offer on the house DOES make sense - and weird to have to rent your own house, but if they are willing..... It might be the perfect solution for your family.

Best wishes, MP. I hope you have a blessed week and the kiddos are safe this halloween.
What a perfect opportunity and solution! I personally think it would be insane to pass up the offer, even if you can't rent the house if needed. You can always check out the short term rentals in your area. Or, worst case scenario, if you had to sign a lease and moved sooner and lost the deposit it would still be worth it considering how long you could possibly wait for another buyer and the very real possibility that you would lose money on the deal compared to what you are getting now. Definitely factor in the price of an agent (even if you aren't using one, the buyers might be and you have to pay for that), advertising, cleaning, etc. You can start packing now and store the boxes of things that are not needed until next summer, etc. I know of several people who have sold their house and rented it back. It has been a wonderful solution to moving to a temporary place and then moving again, which I have done and hated lol.

Good luck on your decision making. Anything is easier done over chocolate!
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