p3Possum’s face pretty much sums up how I feel.

It’s not that I truly expected anyone to walk through the house today and immediately gush, “Yes – I must have it; let’s write a contract now!”

But I was hoping someone would.

“Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.” — Francis Bacon


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8 Responses to Pfffffttttt

  1. Our house has been on the market for 4 months, and we moved out over a month ago. We’re about to make our first mortgage payment on an empty house, so I completely understand that feeling of hope! But, our house is in the middle of nowhere, yours is beautiful and shows great, keep up the hope, ’cause I’m sure it will sell fast. 🙂

    • fitz says:

      Four months – ugh. What a drag. Unfortunately, I can’t afford two mortgage payments, so if I can’t get this one sold, quickly, well, I’ll simply have to say goodbye to the other one (which isn’t the end of the world. I can continue commuting between shops, of course).

  2. johnhippe says:

    Hang in there Megan. We have been in the same boat. We put in an offer on a house we fell in love with and then feverishly went to work fixing up our original house. Took us several months of hard work and we are finally near the end of our move. The showings are frustrating. We had lots of showings just like you seem to have. We sold in a little over three weeks once we got it on the market but it was annoying having to keep the house clean and ready to show…

  3. Mark says:

    Be glad you’re not around when the house is being shown. When I last went through it, my wife and I were both there as we worked out of a home office. Making ourselves scarce while the reators did their thing was not an option. All too many of those who came were rude and obnoxious, making derisive comments as they went thorugh and picked at things they felt were below their expectations, this despite a newly remodeled home. One person felt put out that the house didn’t have a build-in spa. (Just how does one fit a built-in spa into a 5 x 8 bathroom?) Too many times, I wanted to speak up and say ‘Hey asshole, we’re right here and can hear you’ but held my tongue. The house ultimately sold within a month and at near the price we were asking (far more than it was worth, in my opinion), but then, wow, what we had to do to satisfy the buyer. Next time, I’m selling ‘as is’. The one consolation I can offer you is that your house will most certainly sell and you’ll be able to move on, perhaps with some memories you’d rather forget but at least they fade in time.

    • fitz says:

      I did actually walk in while one late couple was wrapping up their tour yesterday. I heard them talking about the original pine floors I’d refinished (they liked them), but casting disparagement on my second-floor hardwood floors. “I can’t believe they didn’t refinish the original floors up here. How stupid. There’s always a way to rescue them.”

      I so very much wanted to tell them about the 3/4″ gaps between almost every remaining floorboard and the almost full-sheet-of-plywood patches in one room…but I restrained myself. Sure, I could have bought reclaimed heart pine from 1895 (still not a “rescue” of the originals, mind you) – but that would have been an idiotic expenditure in my ‘hood.

      A month…ugh. But hey – yours sold!

      • Mark says:

        Well, they are right of course. Spend enough time and/or money and sure, you can do pretty much anything, but then you’d have to sell in the 180000 to 200000 range to recoup your expenses. I doubt they commented that they’d have been willing to pay that much if only you’d taken the trouble to finish those floors. That’s what you get for leaving work early 🙂

  4. joemcglynn says:

    Years ago a metalworker friend was stuck in a house in San Diego that he’d bought right before a market dive. He’d been flipping houses for a few years and got burned. He’d also been using the proceeds to buy up a lot of large stationary metalworking tools (lathe, mill, power hammer, sheet metal brake and shear, etc) from the declining defense industry vendors.

    Since he was stuck in the house he had hatched a plan to turn the two guest bedrooms into a machine shop, and was in the process of setting anchors into the front hall to use to drag the giant Yoder power hammer into the living room. In the end he met a married a woman who convinced him to move to the high desert and build a giant outbuilding.

  5. BoredCutter says:


    Our previous home languished on the market for 9 months before it sold. Didn’t know why. Our real estate agent, who thought it was the epitome of professionalism to put pictures of her (and spouse) on their business cards while wearing nautical garb, told us the kitchen was ‘all wrong’.

    Apparently, “all wrong” referred to our solid cherry cabinets with a dark granite countertop. (I’m thinking she would’ve preferred we’d added a few brass bells and life preservers?)

    We almost fell for it and, despite having meticulously done the kitchen renovation all ourselves, came perilously close to spending thousands we hadn’t budgeted to tear it all out in favor of cheaper, ‘less threatening’ (again, her words) color combinations which were supposed to make ‘Jane Q. House-buyer feel more able to picture herself using it’ (once again, her words).

    My wife (thank goodness) took umbrage when one of her friends posed as a prospective buyer and recorded our real estate agent saying, “….and aren’t these cherry cabinets just out of place with this dark granite? Well, it’s an easy fix at this price…”

    I fired her the next day. My wife wanted to set her adrift bound and gagged, (with her little hat) but I prevailed.

    Our next agent was enthusiastic professional (no nautical attire in any pictures taken of her after the second grade) and our home sold for more money in under 5 weeks.

    The main selling point, according to the buyers? The kitchen.

    We think it’s interesting these days that cherry cabinets are often paired with beautifully dramatic dark granites in many high-end cook’s kitchens.

    Hang in there, the real estate market will pay off for you.

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