working. thinking. pondering.

 well the short story is that the realtor assessed our home at a pretty good price (which we like) but then he recommended that we sell it at a significantly less price (which we are not a fan of).  
so we are trying to decide what to do from here...do we scrap the idea and just resolve to live here for another six months, year, two years? and do all the projects that we would love to do here.  do we list it for sale at the price we would want to get for it?

it seems like an enormous decision...that i don't feel at all qualified to make.  but the good news is, that either way, i feel ok about it.  whichever decision we make will be a good one.  but as i have told my husband, moving, at this point, would be a lot less work, and maybe cheaper too...because i have big plans for making this house work its hardest for us.  

so we shall see...
in the mean time, i am working away on some new things for the shop...a couple of wreaths, a cute canvas and some red fur valentine hoho's.  :)

we are just praying for God's will to become apparent to us...and we are asking a lot of questions to everyone we know...like, do you owe a realtor money if your house doesn't sell?  how hard is it to install a new backyard fence? (eric you want to come down for a weekend to help with that one? :) how hard is tile to lay?  etc...

more waiting and pondering...but this time with a lot less emotion attached. :)
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11 comments:

melismama said...

Crystal, we were in that same situation a year ago with our home.Our realtor wanted us to sell at a much lower price than we were willing to sell it at, so we stayed put, Pray about it...an answer will come to you! Happy New Year.

Biz said...

5 years ago, Bud & I felt that God was asking us to move. We knew the value of our house as did our realtor, but she didn't want to list it that high...she didn't think it would sell. We listed it at the higher price anyways and sold it for just under that amount. My suggestion would be to list the house at what you want. If it sells you will know. If not you will know. I'm praying for discernment for you and your family! Love reading your blog!
Have a blessed Monday!
Biz
http://busybizblogs.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

I can answer the fence question :)....

we had some major neighbor issues, and decided a 8 ft fence was necessary. my husband pretty much installed the entire thing himself. it was labor, but easy; and it didn't take too long. just price out the panels you like (at Lowes maybe) and you're good to go. (aside from the 4x4s.)

whatever you decide, many blessings! :)

angela said...

I know about tile!

So, I did it myself - and realized why it costs double the material cost just for the labor. It is a TON of hard labor. And you need a bit of practice to make it look professional. If you're going to sell, you should keep that in mind. There isn't much worse then a bad tile job, because it's so hard to rip out.

Petra, John and Skylar said...

We are going through a similar situation as yours (wanting to be in another town closer to friends/family, but stuck here due to lack of jobs and the crappy housing market).

We put our house on the market and are still trying to sell it... Long story short, you really don't lose much by just TRYING to sell it. You don't owe your realtor anything if you decide not to proceed or it's not working. The only real downside is the showings and keeping things "presentable" which is hard with kids. I say "Go For It!!"... At least if you get an offer, it will give you some kind of idea what people are able to pay for it. If you start out at a higher price with no bites, you can always lower it!!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

tile would be a breeze for you. we tiled our kitchen after a similar situation a few years back and it was easy peasy (in terms of home improvement diy) i'm happy to hear you feel peaceful about life right now. that's a good way to start the new year!!
xoxo

Karen said...

I don't have personal experience on this, but from what I've heard the difficulty of laying tile can depend on what kind of tile (or tile substitute) you are using.

As for paying your realtor - you don't owe them anything unless you sell your house (and their payment comes out of the money that the buyer pays to you).

Tricia said...

Oh! Will this real estate market ever turn around? I know how hard it is to live in a place that doesn't feel like home. I'm struggling with the same thing, but like you, I'm trying really hard to trust in God and to know that--whatever happens--all will be well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences!

Tricia

Cherry Tree Lane said...

thinking of you, friend. <3

Megan said...

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JoDee said...

Have you thought about selling your house yourself. We just did last summer. We knew what our house was worth, and paying the realtor took money from the sale we couldn't afford, as we knew our profit margin was low.

I created a flickr album of house pics, and put up an ad on craigslist. I also went to Menards and bought a For Sale sign w/a box attatched. I made up flyers, with links to the flickr album, and included some pics, and important details about the house. We were praying it would work. A week later, we got a call. Showed the house, and got an offer a couple days later. We ened up with an acceptable offer only a couple thousand less than our asking price! And no realtor fees! It can be done, and really is an easy process. God indeed had a plan for us, b/c everything worked out perfectly.

As for your other questions. Laying tile--is work, but not HARD work. My husband tiled my countertop and our bathroom floor in our new house. And the results are amazing beautiful. He also layed VCT tile in my kitchen, which was even easier.

No idea on fences...We live on 3 acres, lol. So the kids run wild and not much for neighbors to worry about!

Good luck and I'll be praying for you. The lord always has a plan, sometimes it just takes awhile for it to become apparent. :)

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