Saturday, April 11, 2009

I had to ask.

The realtor (Bev) and her husband (they're business partners) came by this past Thursday afternoon. They've seen most of the condos in our complex and they said they really liked how I had my furniture set up. Bonus points for creativity...yay! They said it was super clean and looked great but that it wouldn't sell quickly for the price I was asking because there is so much available on the market right now for a lower price. Unfortunately, if my asking price went any lower, I'd be in a short sale situation. My bank said they would only consider a short sale if my home was on the market for 4-6 months without an offer.

As the realtors and I were sitting down going over options, they commented again how nice the place looked. I said that I really tried to make it look good for any buyers that may come through and that I took down a lot of my decorations that most people wouldn't like. Bev asked what I meant and I said that I had a different decorating style. Like there was a big spiderweb on the wall in the living room and a headstone by the door. She about died laughing and said, "I had to ask." I didn't tell them what else I took down. Didn't want them to laugh too hard, ya' know. So needless to say, it would be pointless to list my home right now because even at the lowest price, there's still too much competition and I can't afford to pay a realtor unless it will sell.

I'll continue my job hunt this week and hopefully something will work. From what the realtor said, it looks like it will be 3 years before home values will start going up again.


Diane said...

omigosh i never did get back to you on the GA thing. i've had a killer migraine for like 4 days now. i'll sit down tomorrow and give ya the lowdown.

uummmm i really hate when people laugh at stuff i like. it makes me wanna punch 'em.

Eve Noir said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. That's funny that you said you had a DIFFERENT decorating style. I would've said the same thing about my home too...between Hello Kitty, Goth/Halloween stuff, and autographs on the wall, yikes!

3 years before home values go up? OMG! That's terrible. Best of luck to you with your job hunt. I hope it all works out in the end.
(blows fairy dust on Dracenea...silver & purple!)

Dracenea said...

Diane - I hope you feel better soon. : (

I had to laugh with them. I didn't want to sit there stark faced and make them feel bad. I debated keeping the decorations up until it was for sure that I would sell but decided to take them down. Good thing I did!

Eve - When you say autographs on the you mean literal signatures on your wall? How fun!

I get silver and purple? That should definitely help! Thanks, friend!

Riverwolf, said...

Funny about the decorating...

I'm confused--so are you listing the house or not? I say try it and see. You don't have anything to lose by putting a sign out front and getting something online. And you don't have to pay anything until it does sell. If nothing happens for a while, then take it off the market and wait a bit before trying again.

Dracenea said...

Riverwolf - I didn't know how that worked if I listed it with a realtor and it didn't sell and then I took it off the market. Thanks for the info! I guess I don't want to waste their time. There's a condo in here that's priced $10,000 under what mine would be and it's not getting any bites. Now, it doesn't have the upgrades that mine does but from what I was told, people aren't really interested in condos right now because they can get a house for the same price. It's frustrating but it looks like I'll be here for awhile. : (