Spot the Bassamation decided to protest her master's attempt to sell the family homestead. Fearing the couple coming this past Wednesday for a viewing might be serious, she used her famous dog powers to try and stop the potential sale! You see, when her master arrived home to prepare the house for the viewing, he discovered Spot had been happily chewing up the Northstar Nerd's sweat socks. Unfortunately, yours truly could only find one sock. Where could our family dog have placed the other sock in an attempt to gross out the potential buyers? The sock could not be found; had it been eaten?
Well ... the house did sell. Thus we end our foray into the world of real estate. It took four months. If you expand the Edina Realty stats given below, you'll understand a bit of the process. I still wish that Edina could have given us some benchmarks to compare our stats against. In this slow real estate market, it seems like we did well, but we don't really know. Activity (i.e. viewings) was always pretty good, and we even had people look at our home during one of the worst snow storms in years; and we also had activity over both Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks which totally surprised me.
It would have helped us (i.e. the sellers) if we could have known if our activity level was good, bad or ugly. I like data, but in the end we had nothing to compare our stats against (i.e. averages of similar priced homes in the western suburbs).
Here is a recap. Our home was on the market for four months. We received two offers, but turned down the first offer which came only weeks into the process. The price offered was too low. In the end the final offer we accepted was fair. Our original asking price was $249,900, and in the end after two price drops ($10k early on, $5k after New Years) we came to terms ($230k plus our help with some of the buyers closing costs).
Now time to find a new place to live! (i.e. our permanent home is now Duluth, but we want a small place down here in the Twin Cities).
And the promised photos ... first the famous sock, and Spot discussing how to stop the sale with my grandson ... followed by our stats. (the missing sock was eventually found ... equally chewed)
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Our stats ...