We just met with our realtor to sign the seller's contract. Of course we needed to also decide the price for the house. We didn't expect the house to almost double in value in four years so we're happy with whatever at this point. Its above what we expected and we want it to sell this summer. Apparently the market has really slowed down. Lots of houses are sitting for more than 60 days. NO GOOD for us. I want this done. After examining the comps the realtor suggested a price range. We were comfortable with the low middle of that range.
(Now, she and her husband have become much enjoyed friends of ours and during our meeting blogging came up. I sent her here to show her a sample. She had no idea what blogging was about. Which means she may be reading this. If so, hi, hon! Just trying to process with my 'peeps.)
She said she thought we were being 'aggressively conservative'. Hmph. That feels like a dare. I know she truly has our best interests at heart. Really. Three percent of $5,000 is more than nothing, but not by much. We have to figure out how to gamble. Pick the right price for the market and jump in. What we're realizing though is that we're not financial risk takers. We'd prefer the sure thing with less worry and less hassle. Cause, lets face it 60 DAYS of model home maintainence might just kill us. I mean, you only get an hour warning before someone comes to see the house. It usually takes me 5 hours of hard work before we have guests over. Why mop when you can do something else with your time? That's definitely a place I procrastinate.
Oh, she also pushed back the open houses. Public showing Sunday July 9th, Broker Open House on the 12th. Phew! Now we can get all the tweaky things done as well as the big ones. Her biggest concern was the attic office (or 3rd bedroom): the sacred repository of Jrex's geological organizational methods. He's been making great progress with all the sorting and trashing that needs to happen. He's scaled back his experiments so he can focus on the house. I'm loving the team effort. What a good husband.
(Yesterday was his birthday! I celebrated by going to my small group. Bad wife. But we went out to dinner Sunday and once we get a contract, he's buying a lovely steak and we'll open an aged wine and toast the next phase of the adventure.)
Any opinions from the great home buying/selling public? Any gambling advice? (And yes, scarp, we already prayed and asked for a price. That was the one that got us the 'aggressive conservative' comment. It's likely what we'll go for, but I just like to brainstorm all possibilities before picking one)