For some of you buying and selling a house maybe "old hat", but since we traveled many years this was only the second house (condo) we bought, and the first house we sold.
We always had heard that buying a house is a roller coaster, but for us it was kind of exciting, because we were putting an offer at 2 condo's at the same time, and a bidding war going on. So, we upped the price a bit, and we choose the one we wanted, and bought it.
Sounds like a "done" deal, right? NOT. Things that were so innocuous at first, bother us now enough that I feel we have no choice but to correct them.
Sometimes feeling guilty and sad for the previous owners when we bought this foreclosure (a house owned by the bank, because the owner was not able to pay the mortgage), but other times mad. Because they didn't shorten the bank, but the next owners (mostly!).
Aren't there supposed to be knobs on doors? They were taken off, as well as shower head, towel- and toilet paper bars, paint scraped off the toilet seat.
Every cabinet in the bathroom (looking at all the wholes in the wall) had been taken out. The sinks in two bathrooms are loose (every time I closed the faucet, the sink would visibly move, LOL) and mirrors are on the floor! From that we gather that the bank put them in.
The only light fixtures, and the deck (that no one else has) is a tell-tale of a person with an upscale taste.
The pillar sinks are nice but super unpractical, hardly even room for tooth brushes. So, we are still camping at our new house, but hubby promised me a cabinet where I can put ""my stuff" on!
Selling a house is an interesting roller coaster too, and I wonder if some of our experiences are common or not? It is not about the people who came by to look at the house, but their real estate agents. Our realtor gave us the rule to only let people in who have called them beforehand, and who give you a card.
Pretty clear and simple, you would say.
What do you think of 3 real estate agents who SAID they had called, but are coming in with their client, in the middle of carpet laying? (with a BIG note on the front door, saying "No showing until further notice")
Or, real estate agent(s) who take other agents' cards(6 of them!) away, while you're not at the house?
Or, when hubby said to an agent showing our house to her client that we had an offer in, the agent retorts with "No, you're not"!
If she thought that hubby was lying (which he was not), she could have said it in a different way! I admit that I smiled when hubby who is mostly kind and more patient with people's idiosyncrasies than I, told me about "a little bully."
Really relieved that after been visited by at at least 50 agents with clients, we now come to the place that we have some official offers in from people who want to buy. The good news is that there are also truthful and nice realtors, like the one we have and one who sent us a personal letter for her clients.
It starts off with "...thank you for taking the time to consider my clients...", continues to tell a little about their personal background, and ends with" ...they love your home, especially the large great room and would like it to make their home and raise their family there."
Ending on a pleasant note is that I bought 2 small baskets of strawberries this week at the farmers market, because they were on sale. Tonight I baked pound cake (the recipe has cream cheese in it) to go with the strawberries and whipped cream. That is my favorite way to eat strawberries. What is yours?