This has been a week – and it’s only half over!
The start of this week meant our home has been on the market for sale for a full week. It was only yesterday though that we had our first showing. Who knows what, if anything, will come from that. Tomorrow is already scheduled for a second showing. Of course, we want to show it once, receive an offer, accept that offer, and then sell our home. Just like that and every bit that fast – and if good ole Saint Joseph knows what’s good for him, he’ll help us out a little. But that’s more than a little unrealistic. And yes, I did just threaten a saint. That’s how I roll.
Even before our home was on the market we found another to purchase. I think there can be value in in checking out a number of options before settling on the one you want, but I also think that when the right one comes to you, then you can know it and looking into others just wastes time. That’s what happened in our case with viewing homes. We’d done more than a little online shopping, and there were a number we thought we might consider – with one in the obvious lead for first place. One house we tried to schedule a showing for, but the sellers apparently needed more notice than we were able to provide so that wasn’t shown to us. We viewed the one that was in “first place” mostly to confirm that it was as wonderful in person as it looked online – and it was. The Beloved and I are handy in very selective ways, so we have to be careful about what we get ourselves into because it could easily be over our heads. We made an offer that night and after some pretty frustrating interactions with the seller, a little over 24hrs later a deal was reached. We’re now in the process of ironing out the details of the mortgage, getting an appraisal and an inspection scheduled, closing, etc… I believe we’re set to take possession of the new property “on or before” November 21st… So, Happy Thanksgiving to us, right?
Everyone says that our current home will sell super fast. I can tell you it won’t sell fast enough for us, but I’m hopeful. This has, however, brought some interesting ideas and options to the table that I don’t think we knew we might be able to consider. For example, if we sell our current home we’ll not have to be concerned with paying on two mortgages AND we’ll walk away from that responsibility with $$$$ in the bank. But we’re also entertaining the idea of keeping it and turning it into an investment property, which would change how it sits on our credit reports (in a good way), would mean a few extra dollars in the bank on a monthly basis, and then years down the road as we enter retirement age it’ll be paid off and if we sell it then it would be a huge chunk of change for the retirement process (like, well over 130K, before taxes). If we went that route, we’d hire a property management company to do all the “landlording” and finding renters, etc… We’re still sifting through those ideas. I can tell you it’s interesting being the first same-gendered couple to buy a home, jointly, with all the same components that any other hetero and legally married couple would have. My ex and I built a house together but this was something like 16 years ago and long before marriage equality in Indiana and it was a different experience than I’m having now.
In other non-housing related news, last night the Beloved and I went to see Fleetwood Mac in concert. We had floor seats, for which we paid handsomely. It was pretty fantastic. Christine is now back with the group which apparently is remarkable. She’s pretty old now, and in fact they are all getting up in years. And Christine sounds more like a man when she sings than I do. Mr.Fleetwood is absolutely guano loco. GUANO LOCO. Lindsey is a trip. Very “new agey” and I really wish he wouldn’t make some of the faces he makes while playing, but whatever. And, of course, Stevie. I have no words to express how I feel about her. Her upper lip seems a little big or heavy or something but she’s the white witch and I will always love her.
In other worldly news, this Saturday marks our fourth (I think?) annual Pumpkin Carving Party. Last year held the record attendance but this year is already looking to blow that record out of the water. It was almost too much last year, so it should be interesting to see how this year’s gathering works out with even more people present.
And, of course, tonight is the next and newest episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show – an episode I’m particularly looking forward to on account of a new character being introduced. A man with a 13-inch cock! Lordy! Makes me want to find a circus or freak show and join up PRONTO. And on that note I’ll end this post. Lots to be done today.
Aum Shri Mahaganeshaya Namaha