(Just correcting the more obvious typos)
Disaster has struck! Steve and I have found our dream home. It is on a lake, about 35 minutes north of the Cities, has 4 bedrooms, and 3800 sq feet.
Our challenges are:
a) we can’t make an offer contingent on the sale of our existing home;
b) its in a limbo status / short sale with the bank, so the listing agent is having to jump through hoops to figure out who to work with at the bank and what to recommend to buyers re offers;
c) we don’t actually know the short sale price. We know what it will be less than, but if we make an offer before knowing the short sale price (in order to avoid multiple bids), we might be paying more than we have to;
d) Steve’s agent license is on ice right now, so he is having to cram to get his continuing ed credits completed and a broker found for his license so he can represent us;
e) we don’t know for sure yet that we could qualify for a second mortgage. We think so, and have a great mortgage broker to work with, but nothing is firm yet;
e)what a horrible market and time of year to list our house for sale! (and with two little ones – shades of Callie a few years ago).
Our advantages are:
a) we probably will quality for a second mortgage, and
b) all we truly need to get out of our existing home is the amount we owe, which would be a VERY competitive price, so theoretically if any comparable house was going to sell in our suburb, ours should be it; and
c) the new house is empty, so we could take our time moving in. Probably important with two little ones during winter.
The house has a true master suite – with a full/dedicated bathroom and sitting room! It has 4 decks.
It even has a 4th unfinished bathroom on the lower floor – a perfect setup for guests and my home office.
This is the listing – it doesn’t do the property nearly enough justice, but here it is:
I had a jealous reaction to something the other day that ended up being a good experience for me, oddly enough. The event occurred, I felt my jealously. About 3 second later, I consciously realized what a base reaction it was, and sort of mentally shook myself, re-set my thinking about 10,000 feet higher on the charitability/good will scale. Then I started berating myself for having the jealous reaction in the first place. About 3 second after THAT, I mentally shook myself, and reset my self-talk about 10,000 higher on the charitabilty/good will scale.
When and if I have feelings of jealousy, it’s almost always a direct result of personal insecurities. And I figure, I’ll be insecure whether or not I dwell on the jealousy, so I might as well NOT dwell on the jealousy, hit the restart button, and proceed.
One of my very favorite things about Steve, as human being, is his lack of jealousy. He has a lot of genuine good will towards other people’s successes/good fortunes – I really admire that trait in him.
I’m really looking forward to seeing my folks at Thanksgiving. Nervous about flying with Will and Ellen, but more excited than nervous.
A friend just agreed to do our Christmas pictures this year – I’m looking forward to that since they will be taken at home. No carting the kids (or Steve) to the mall for what is often a stressful event. Just being at home, in our comfort zone, with our house as a backdrop. Yea!
Had a friend ask me last night if I’d started my Christmas letter yet – she said, “I always look forward to your Christmas letter, Lynn.” It made me feel really good.
We finally got a real crib for Ellen from craigslist.org this weekend – its very nice, sturdy, and has a great mattress. It makes me feel good to recycle kids’ things, in general. Some things you want new, of course, for safety reasons, but there’s a lot that you can get secondhand. And to have Ellen out of the bassinette was very necessary. She was going to launch herself out of there any day. Will calls her “Amazing Girl” because I call her that sometimes – I mostly mean she is large and in charge and would take us all down if she could just get the right grip.
If it doesn’t infringe on your personal system of faith, please make sacrifices to the real estate gods for us so that we can get this house.