We were sooooooooo close.
We were so close to listing the house.
We’d decided against a realtor and for a listing service, which would give us a realtor-quality listing that would stay up until we sold the house.
We’d started packing and put items in storage to make the rooms feel bigger.
We’d taken the photos of clean and de-cluttered rooms.
We’d snuck onto realtor.com looking at houses in Georgia.
We’ve even come up with a list of Twenty Things to Do Before We Buy a House.
We were one day away from listing the house when the floor – a.k.a. the economy, fell out from under us.
Banks aren’t lending money. Credit card companies are reducing credit limits, affecting credit scores for even those with excellent credit histories.
Car dealerships are closing because no one is spending money to buy cars, and banks won’t give car loans to those few who do.
Now we’re unsure what to do. If we find someone willing to buy our house they probably won’t be able to get a loan, at least until banks start lending money again.
And if we do sell the house Husband has to find a job in Georgia before we buy a new place. After all, no lender is going to give us a mortgage with no income. And in this economy advertising agencies are laying people off, not doing much in the way of hiring…
On the other hand, no one’s going to even want to buy our house if they don’t know it’s for sale. I’m also thinking that sitting on the market for awhile will not have the same stigma it has had in the past. Almost all houses are languishing, aren’t they?
So, what’s the smart decision? Do we list the house and take those risks? Do we put it on the market even though no one is buying and we’re uncertain about the future of everything?
Or do we wait, for our home value to decrease more, staying in a place we don’t want to be, and wait for things to get better while we sit here uncertain about the future of everything?