Monday, April 16, 2012

Sold!

Well, I haven't signed the P&S yet, but, for all intents and purposes, the house is sold!

Yesterday's open house was from 1-3. When we pulled out of the driveway at 12:45, there was a car parked on the street waiting for the open house, and another pulled onto our street as we were chatting with the realtor for a minute before leaving the neighborhood. Both those early birds made offers, along with 2 other couples.

In total, there were about 20 people/families who came by to see the house. A number of them didn't like the layout of the bedrooms for their kids, since there are 2 bedrooms upstairs and 2 downstairs. But the ones who did like it, as the realtors told us, were just in love with the place. With the beautiful wood, the contemporary design, the wonderful natural setting of the lot, the cul de sac street and our McMansion neighbors.

So, I guess I don't have to worry about how we're going to handle viewings, with all the challenges for Skip to get out of the house, because there won't be any. And, I don't have to worry about the process dragging on for months, because it only took 4 days to sell the place. We will have a July closing, so I don't have to worry too much about finding our next home, but it does need to move to the front burner.

Yesterday, Skip and I drove around Worcester, a mid-sized city in central Massachusetts, doing drivebys of about 6 condos we're interested in. I even got to go inside one 55+ condo townhouse because the next door neighbor offered to show us around. Right now, we can't decide if we want a 55+ condo built within the last few years (surrounded by green space, but very "beige"), a loft in a reclaimed mill (truly mid-city, a setting we haven't been in for over 25 years) or a regular condo beside water (will this place really be accessible without major work?). I'm going on a field trip with one of our realtors (they work in a pair) on Wednesday to actually look at some of these places and see if I fall in love with any of them.

13 comments:

Patrick said...

Congratulations! Excellent news, so much for a slow housing market! Was your house wheelchair accessible? And if so, do you or your realtor feel that is a plus in today's market.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

barrie said...

That is awesome! Good for you :-)

SirFWALGMan said...

gratz on the quick sell.. good luck with the new place!

Cranky said...

Thanks all! Pretty excited here.

Patrick - with respect to accessibility - the realtors indicated the house is accessible in the listing, but none of the buyers were interested in those features. For them, it'll be more about repairing the damage to the walls and woodwork from the wheelchair than anything else.

steve said...

What great news! When BR and I left San Francisco, we were worried about having to vacate the apartment during showings. Luckily it rented to the first couple.

Now, if you can become city gals again, I would recommend it. Simply having access to public transportation, and a fleet of accessible taxis, made a huge difference in BR's level of independence. Imagine catching a cab to the P-town ferry for a daytrip where nobody has to drive!

-steve

Muffie said...

Cranky, Hah, told you so!! That's fantastic -- you have to be feeling sooo relieved!!
Good luck finding the perfect place!
Peace,
Muff

kmilyun said...

Oh how wonderful! Hope you have most excellent luck and success in locating your new home.

Cranky said...

Steve - I think becoming city gals is a good probability. All the restaurant options alone is very appealing.

Muff - glad you were right!

Jan - excellent luck and success - amen!

Josie said...

Damn girl, you don't waste time! Congrats on the quick sell. Very exciting!

Cranky said...

Yep - I am one happy, happy camper. Now Skip is spending every minute on the computer looking at MLS Online instead of her old standby of mahjong. :-)

Carmel said...

Congrats!!

lightning36 said...

Wow -- big congrats! My house was on the market for over a year -- a very stressful time in many ways. I am very happy for you!

Cranky said...

Carmel and Light - thanks! We are very lucky to have had such a quick sale.