In November of 2016 we found ourselves in an all too familiar place, packing, staging, and preparing to list our home. Now, as I mentioned before our property and home was well off of the beaten path and we were not sure how long it would take to find a willing buyer. (We were trying to mentally be prepared for six months to one year of waiting for a buyer.) Thus, even though I wanted to sell and be done with it now, we were wisely advised to wait just a bit and list it for sale in the spring so that it would not sit on the market all through the holidays when folks are busy celebrating. ( Sidenote: I am strange. It took me a full week to really realize that finances made selling this place a necessity. However, once the decision was made I was ready to see my home with a SOLD sign in the rearview mirror NOW!)
So, the holidays passed uneventfully with a tiny Christmas tree, toned down decorations and the conflicting emotions that come with the urge to purge (“I am not moving that AGAIN!”) and a gift giving season.
Nonetheless, we made it through. Spring came bright and clear! My father-in-law and my husbands step uncle came and took amazing aerial footage of our property and at the beginning of March we were officially on the market.
Which meant…. the search was on!!
We did not want to move back into a proper neighborhood again. So, armed with a new reduced price range we began looking for around twenty acres. Reality check! Nothing of that size was available in our price range. So, we began looking for land with or without a house on around ten acres. We just weren’t finding anything! To our dismay, we were finding out what it feels like to desire to move during a seller’s market. We scoured the internet (multiple times per day) searching for an opportunity. Sometimes we would see a brand new listing, request a showing, and be on the way to the appointment and find out that the property was placed under contract by the showing before ours! Grrr!
As this frustration continued, we were also very pleasantly surprised to be having a good deal of interest in the home we were selling! We were getting lots of online views and fairly regular showings with comments showing positive interest! Whew! What an encouragement!
I am sure that you can see where this is headed!! As our property search became more and more varied, (Zillow filters:
raw land +- 10 acres, 5 acres or less with or without a home, an acre or less no HOA) our current property continued to receive views and in June we received and accepted an offer. Yep, we were under contract, with a closing set for August! That’s right, we had a contract in four months!!!
Yay!!!!…….wait where are we going to live!!!