Real estate update

stjosephkitWe are closing on the new house today, and I’m feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Things would be much less stressful if we didn’t still own our current home – which we finally got around to listing on the market last week. I’ve lived here for just over 11 years (five years for Honey), so even typing that feels really strange.

This is the first time I have ever tried to sell a home, and I’m expecting the unexpected. I really, really hope that it is a fast and painless experience, but given the current market, I am worried that we might have to sit on it a while. Making the payments on both homes shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but our plan is to use the equity that we have built up in the current home to make improvements to the new one. Things like a new roof, new appliances, and new central HVAC unit. At least paint is inexpensive.

My friend, Ruth, suggested that I purchase a St. Joseph Real Estate kit. She swears by them, so I hurried out and bought one at our local Christian bookstore. The kit includes a small statue of St. Joseph that one buries in the yard of a home they are trying to sell. After St. Joseph helps sell the home, he is dug up and placed in a new home for good luck.

I know it sounds wildly superstitious, but it can’t hurt to try.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

7 thoughts on “Real estate update”

  1. Brian,
    I will tell you something I learned when I was trying to sell my house… you want it to feel “homey” and what better way than to have the smell of something good cooking; when I knew that my house was going to be showed I would bake a pan of muffins (quick from a mix) that morning before I left for work and it smelled wonderful! I hope you sell it quick.

  2. @ Robin: I remember you telling me about that, and I think it’s a wonderful idea! The problem is going to be having enough advance warning to do it. I got a call the other day just before lunch asking if the house could be shown that afternoon. I rushed home to get things in order, only to be called 30 minutes later with the news that the appointment had been canceled. Ugh.

  3. “I’m not super-stitious… just a little stitious.” (Michael Scott, from “The Office”)

    Good luck on the sale… and congratulations on the closing… so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Good luck with the home sale! Dealing with people and the process can be very irritating. Hopefully, your experience won’t be. When do you move into the new home?

  5. @ JimT: I love that quote!!

    @ Alyson: I hadn’t heard of it until recently, but I liked it, too!

    @ Emily: The card that came with it listed several variations, but said there is no certain way that he has to be buried. We just wrapped him in a paper towel and faced him toward the house.

    @ Chris: I hope so! We haven’t decided on a moving date. It’s kind of nice not having to move in 30 days or whatever, because it gives us time to do all the things to the new place that we need to do – like painting and cleaning.

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