Day 3,492 in the house selling saga… OK, we haven’t been doing this that long but it sure feels like it.
Yesterday, Steve and I made the command decision to take the house off the market. Over the last month, we bought a ranch, lost a ranch, sold our house, didn’t sell our house, found a beach house, got the ranch, lost the ranch, and then lost the beach house. Through it all we have had a beautiful safe and cozy house. This morning, we still have that.
Steve retires in three years. We have three years to sell our house. It is true the market is at a high right now and we may lose money by selling in three years. However, what will it cost us to go through three years of ups and downs and driving back and forth to a property, if we find one in enough time to reinvest our money. We will have half our lives in storage and the other half in a rental. We may have to move more than once or twice. After just the turmoil of the last 40 days we both started thinking we might not want to live with the ups and downs for that long. Personally, I don’t feel like it’s worth it.
Another thing to consider is the fact that doors have been closing on every thing we’ve tried to do. No matter how great they started and seemed to be going, each endeavor just shut down. I really think it’s important to listen to those things. Sure, we may sell our house if we stay on the market but then we will be fluid in our lives for the next three years. After this last month, I’m not sure that sounds as fun as originally thought. So, we decided to stay put, do some stuff in the house here to increase it’s value a bit, and try again when we are closer to our retirement date. We’d love to be able to sell and then move to our retirement location without all the in-between stuff.
We started this process because we had a property that we loved and wanted to buy. That property is gone and we don’t have a specific end goal at this point. It’s time to step back re-group and STAY THE HECK OFF ZILLOW until we are ready to go.
Happy Sunday! Have a fabulous week, and don’t forget to follow your dreams! Remember to use your head too, and not just follow your heart. Now, I have to go unpack my house.