Monday, December 7, 2015

BREAKING NEWS


We have an offer on the house!  
For those who may have missed a post, we have put our house in town on the market as we downsize and clean out 16 years of hoarding clutter stuff so that we can move to a high rise apartment in downtown Houston. 

It will be the last stop for a few years before we end up at the farm.

Selling the house gives us the equity that will allow us to do more things at the farm as well, in order to make it more livable/comfortable.  Things like the new roof we've put off for two seasons now, central heat and maybe central a/c, electricity run to the barns, exterior painting and new doors, some fencing, etc. 


So anyway, it's been on the market for more than 60 days, we were a bit nervous but yesterday, we ended up with not just one but TWO offers!  It was a bit of a bidding war (nothing wrong with that!) and we ended up with a great offer (after staying up till about 1am back and forth)!  We're happy and ready to move to the apartment.  What we haven't shared with you is that we had to sign the lease on the apartment!  The building we wanted to be in has a long waiting list for the unit we wanted so when it became available, we either had to go ahead and lease it, or pass and possibly not have the apartment when the house sold.  We have paid rent November and now for December.  It's been tough but looking up now!

We're just grateful we have a good offer and now we can prepare for this next phase of our lives as we journey toward the farm. 

We've already sorted and gotten rid of and/or moved to the farm, most of the stuff in the house so all that is left is what is going to the apartment.  Just have to get through the inspection process and make sure we keep moving toward closing, currently scheduled before 12/31/15. 


50 comments:

kristine barr said...

Great! Congratulations!

Anne in the kitchen said...

Fantastic! One step closer to your end game!

laurie said...

exciting news!!! wonderful!!
Lots of exciting times ahead, planning all you want to do at the farm,,
like snake proofing,, lol, I still can't get past that snake in the house, lol, I cannot begin to tell you what an impact that had on me, lol, ( shudder shudder ), lol

donna baker said...

Congrats! It is never when you think it will happen. Since Sept., I've sold, bought, packed and moved, stored and cleaned out. You can hardly tell a difference. I hadn't moved in more than 30 years and it is still ongoing as we have a city house and the farm. I guess someday, we'll get there, or else the kids will be left to deal with it. They would have a fit.

Delores said...

Congratulations...another step in the journey.

Kate said...

Hooray - that is a wonderful feeling to have the end in sight of the double house payments (or maybe triple if you are paying for the farm too). When we moved to the country, it took another 18 months to sell our house - glad you are getting out by the end of the year!!!

Margaret said...

Congrats! Selling a house is always such a nerve-wracking process with having to keep everything ship shape at all times...one month often seems like one year! Fingers crossed that it's smooth sailing until your closing date.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

congrats!!!! as soon as i saw the post title i knew it would be this. what a relief for you both. what a wonderful new years for you!

beachdaddy said...

Congratulations on the sale!!! It so often happens two or more offers will come in at once ... but it's all to your advantage ... So good luck getting moved to the apartment and the next phase of your lives!!!

Marcia said...

That is great news. I know it must have been dicey paying a mortgage and rent, but relief in sight.

Texas Rose said...

Congratulations! Now y’all can proceed with the next stage! That’s a great list of improvements and wonderful that you can now do them. So happy for y’all!

Elephant's Child said...

Wonderful news.

DFW said...

Great news. Congratulations!

MaryJo said...

Good news! Well done & now more hard work begins, but a new chapter.

FionaG said...

That's brilliant. Right before Christmas too. Oh, by the way, sorry about the bees. I missed the post and was most upset to see those two towers on their sides. What a learning experience for you!

Gail said...

Congratulations!!!

Margaret said...

Oh what good news, fingers crossed it all goes through smoothly, it is such a worry to be paying more than one lot of rent or mortgage.Sigh of relief for you both and so much fun planning some farm things that can now actually happen......happy dance.

anita said...

Happy dance!

anita said...

Happy dance!

Mike Yukon said...

Wow, that takes a load off your backs. Hope the closing goes smooth and you're outa there!

jewlz said...

This is terrific news, congratulations!!

1st Man said...

Thank you!

1st Man said...

Yes ma'am!! Thank you!!

1st Man said...

HA! Snake proofing, need to add that to the list, ha. And you might not want to read an upcoming post about a snake (but at least it wasn't in the house, ha). Thank you!

1st Man said...

I can totally understand. And we had so much after 16 years I can't imagine what we'd have for 30. And no kids to deal with it, ha. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Yep, a big step, in fact we might have skipped a step or two, ha.

1st Man said...

Actually, yes, glad you said that, yep, three payments. That was never the plan but we make do what we can, right? With lower oil prices we were worried about people buy here in Houston, it slowed down but the right person at the right time came along.

1st Man said...

Thanks, yep we want a smooth path for sure. Closing supposedly by 12/31, we'll see! Thanks again.

1st Man said...

Aw, thanks for that!!! We were hopeful, all these weekends of rain and the holiday etc, I think we just needed the right set of circumstances and it came together yesterday.

1st Man said...

Thank you for this, much appreciated!! Two at once was a definite blessing.

1st Man said...

yes, it was getting a bit tight (and still is) but once we close, we'll be good again, ha. Thank you!!

1st Man said...

Yes, we are trying to prioritize, Might not do them all at the same time but we'll see. I vote for roof/gutters first, 2nd Man wants a/c and heat. Of course it will be Spring so we won't NEED either then so we'll see. A new roof before the rainy/monsoon season would be good, ha.

1st Man said...

Thank you much!!!

1st Man said...

Yes, thank you so much!

1st Man said...

Definitely more work, but looking forward to it. A step closer. Thanks!

1st Man said...

Great Christmas present for sure. In fact, we might even be moved in by Christmas, depending on closing. Thanks!!! And yes, thanks for the thoughts on the bees. We are hopeful it will be ok. Definitely a time to learn!

1st Man said...

yay! Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Yes, happy dance for sure. We'll have a good year next year to figure out things to do. Now just need to prioritize. And of course not go crazy either, ha. We can spread it out.

1st Man said...

thank you!!!

1st Man said...

and thank you again, we'll take two happy dances, we don't mind!!

1st Man said...

Thanks for that, it means a lot!!

1st Man said...

Thank you very much!!!

Ellen in Oregon said...

Congrats! Once the deal closes you can breath a big sign of relief. 2 offers & a small bidding war - all good things. I'm not surprised about the required lease on the apt.. Out here, it hard to rent anything without a lease needing to be signed. On the positive side, a lease usually protects the renters from unexpected rent increases. Your life being divided between city high rise living & weekends on the farm remind me of old TV show "Green Acres". You will have the best of both worlds. Wonderful news about the sale. You must be very excited to move into your new apartment.

Sandy said...

1st Man,

I'm so happy for you both, congratulations!!! Now moving on to the next stage of your lives.

Alison said...

I'm very happy you're getting what you want. Congratulations! I will miss the house, it was beautiful.

Joani said...

That's awesome. Congratulations. Am glad it is working out for you.

Joani said...

That's awesome. Congratulations. Am glad it is working out for you.

Practical Parsimony said...

Great news!

Texan said...

I know that must be a load off your minds! Thats great!

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

Congrats!! Such exciting changes coming your way!