Shopping Around The Real Estate Market
Life has a funny way of getting in the way of things doesn’t it? The last article we have posted came over a month ago on January 9th regarding the winter blues. The article title is funny in and of itself, because as Winters go in the North East, this one has been pretty tame. With that, I am sure whoever is reading that is wondering why there has been such a lapse in posts. A lot of that has to do with time.
Jess loves looking at houses that are currently available for sale on Zillow, Redfin and other similar listing sites. I, on the other hand, do not, but I respect that everyone has their hobbies. One of the downsides to constantly seeing what’s out there is that you run the risk that you find the home you think could be your forever home and have to drop everything to try and make that dream a reality. That is basically what happened in the middle of January. We found a house we saw a potential future in and jumped at it.
What they don’t tell you about home buying is that the first time buying a home is very easy. You have your down payment money, your preapproval, and a gleam in your eye of a naïve child staring at ice cream. The next home buying process is much more of an adventure. You have that same gleam from potentially buying a new home with the added wrinkle of having to sell your current home… YAY! Having to sell your home handicaps, somewhat, your bargaining ability when making an offer on your new home. Firstly, you have to make your offer contingent on selling your home. For some sellers (and for our sellers) this is a no go. They either have to move fast and can’t afford to wait on a buyer to sell their home first, or they are limited by the sellers of the home they are buying and unable to accept the contingency. Furthermore, depending on the home you are submitting an offer on, you may not be able to submit at the price point you want to be at in addition to a contingency or else you run the risk of not getting your offer accepted and angering the potential sellers. Oh, real estate, you fickle beast.
There is a second piece to this that you don’t expect either when deciding to potentially move: your current home. You can’t just wake up and say, “I am doing an open house today”, and expect your house to be ready and people to show up. To me, this is the worst part of selling your house and can only get worse over time. The longer you have been in a home, the more stuff you have crammed into it, and the more cleanup you have to do to get your home show ready. They say the less you have when showing your home, the more the person viewing it can visualize themselves in it, with their furniture, and their style. To get to that point you have to do one thing: purge and purge again. In just putting our home on the market we had 4 separate trips to savers with donations. We got rid of so much stuff that by the time we were done, it felt like a totally different house.
Ultimately our home buying journey began and ended with the house that catapulted us into putting our house on the market. That house fell through and then became available again, but ultimately, we decided now is not the right time to move. 2019 has already been a whirlwind and we both didn’t need the added stress of moving put on top of it. That being said, we have a ton of new-found space in our current house, have upgraded the kitchen with a beautiful new island, and are completely content where we are at.
If you have any crazy home buying or selling stories, please let me know on Twitter or Facebook. I will be looking to update this blog more frequently now that things are dying down a bit and we have a new PODCAST with our first episode releasing this Thursday. We are so excited. The podcast will be available in Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and wherever else podcasts are played. You can subscribe by searching RadioBYT! Thank you all for sticking with us.