Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Biggest Detail Resolution Process

Sooo...a lot of work, keeping the house cleaner than I know was really possible in my own strength, and trusting God for the process...  The house went on the market on Tuesday (in MLS), one showing on Wednesday, one showing on Thursday, three showings (one a repeat) on Friday, two showings scheduled for Saturday.  The first showing on Friday(our third showing) results in a full-price offer on the house by Friday afternoon.  I'm still a little stunned, honestly!  

When I asked Steve how much he hoped to get for the house, he gave me a price that he'd be happy with.  When we sat down with the realtor just a couple days later, she started out by telling us that based on comps for our neighborhood, we should expect to get about $25,000 less than the price Steve told me he'd be content with.  To say that Steve was shocked would be an understatement.  We discovered that part of the reason for the discrepancy was an inaccurate record of the square footage of the house; the tax records our Realtor had said the house was 23-something, & we thought the house was 24-something.  A call to the mortgage company resulted in an appraisal that was 2540 square feet (insert happy dance), so we were able to ask close to what we were hoping for originally.  Still...we didn't know what to expect, and I kept praying that there wouldn't be too many showings, just the right ones, and asking that God would bring the right buyer at the right time.

So, here what is so uncanny about it all.  Clearly, not too many showings, as the offer came in on the fourth day the house was on the market.  The offer on our house was the exact amount that Steve had told me he would be happy with, and did I mention it was a full price offer???  Unheard of, really, especially in this housing market!  And the requested closing date...April 28th.  Guess how far we we're paid through for RV storage...April 27th!  Wow is all I can say.  We're still in the mode of not counting our chickens before they hatch, but the details on this are looking very good and like something only God can orchestrate.  I've felt like we've had lots of confirmation in this journey, but for sure, the sale of our house in a timely fashion is our biggest confirmation.  It feels good is priceless to have favor in this journey.

Oh, and speaking of confirmation & fortune cookies, we went out for dinner at Pei Wei on Friday night, after accepting the offer.  After dinner, the girls distributed fortune cookies for all of us.  Guess what mine said..."you don't have to know where you're going to be headed in the right direction."  Now this one wasn't one of those "sock you in the gut/know that was just for you" ones, but nonetheless, it was somewhat ironic.  We don't truly know where we're going, but all of those little details, & big ones too, have us very much at peace that we're headed in the right direction. :) Again, priceless!

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