Monday, July 25, 2011

House Woes

We've been busting our butts for the last month to get our house whipped into shape so it would be ready to show to potential buyers.  We got it on the market at the end of June, but haven't had a single showing yet.  In spite of a slow start, we were hopeful that our Open House yesterday would give us the jump start we needed.

Alas, it was not to be.  Despite the fact that I've spent a ridiculous amount of money on my water bill just to make sure that my flowers stay alive through this insane drought that has suddenly hit our small little blip of Wisconsin, the curb appeal was apparently not enough to get a single person in the door.  Yup, that's right.  Not a single person showed up to the Open House.

Focusing on the positives:
  • My house has never looked so good.  I could have a bunch of people over TODAY and not be embarrassed.
  • If we can maintain the condition of the house as it is now, it will be pretty easy to whip things together in 24 hours for showings.
  • The big stuff is done: lawn work, carpets cleaned, flower bed growing, windows washed, etc.
  • Our realtor said the house looked great!

Now for the stuff that's not so great:
  • Yes, it only takes ONE buyer (the right buyer) to see the house to make an offer, but that still means we need to get someone in here to see it!
  • Not a single house has sold in our town in 2011.  Nada.  Zero.  Zilch.
  • If we're unable to sell our house in the time frame allotted by the company, we lose all the incentives included in Evan's promotion offer and he would have a hefty commute until we were finally able to move.
  • We can't drop our price too massively our we will end up going upside down on our loan with the bank. 

So, we're kind of in a holding pattern right now.  Our realtor says she's not quite ready to drop the price just yet and that we need to maybe just give it a couple weeks to see if we get more showings.  Obviously, we have until the end of May in 2012 to really complete this whole process, but it certainly would be nice to start seeing some traffic here so that we can move forward on finding a new home in Waukesha. 

I'm doing my best to be positive.  It would be one thing if I just needed to trust that the right person would come see the house, but at this point I need to just get ANYONE through the front door to look at it.  After all, the house will not sell if nobody sees it.  Bottom line.

So, what else can I do to get some traffic through my front door?  Even in a market as difficult as this one, there has got to be some way for me to encourage people to consider our house.  After all, it is a great house that we have made several improvements to, it's located in a quiet neighborhood with a lot of young families, and it's actually priced lower than comparable properties in the area. 

Check it out, let me know what you think.  If you know of anyone in the area who is looking to purchase a home that's perfect for young families, please send them my way. 

But most importantly, please pray for us.  Pray that we will start seeing some traffic coming through.  Pray that the right buyer will arrive at the right time.  Pray that I won't lose my mind in this process.  Pray that I can trust that God's timing is perfect.  Pray that we continue to be able to keep the flowers alive. 

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