It was a 60 degree day in January, we were playing at the park with our kiddos and struck up a conversation with neighbors we'd never spoken to before (they're not outside much:). We noticed their house was for sale and just asked how things were going. They said they were having showings just about every day and told us the realtor they were working with had just sold a home in our neighborhood in less than 30 days, and they were really excited about working with her. Well, long story short..she ended up selling their house in less than 30 days too. And then we called her...on a whim...not even planning on listing...but couldn't help ourselves. We wanted in on some sweet 30 day action. Have I mentioned we've listed three times already? Starting back in 2010...then in 2011...then in 2012. We never left it on the market for more than our 6 month contract. It was discouraging...we didn't get much interest, we didn't get many showings, and the feedback was always...blah. But here we were...February 2013...meeting a new realtor. It was way spontaneous. I loved her instantly...of course. The next week...staging. The next week...photography...a professional real estate photographer. This was all new to us...so serious. The next week we were listed. In those three weeks, we had this overwhelming feeling that it was going to be different this time...we were so filled with hope. And we did something we had never done before. We started looking at houses.
Okay...back to the listing...the very day we went on the market, we had a showing scheduled. What?! Scheduled for the next day at 7:00 pm. However...that showing never happened. We had a call from our realtor around 3:00 that day and we had an offer...an OFFER. No one had even seen our house...aside from online. Okay back to the offer...the OFFER. It was a full price cash offer. Yes, you read that right. Our realtor has been in the business for 15 years and she said she has never seen a full price cash offer made within 24 hours of listing a house. We were freaking out...trying to believe this was real...but it was really so unbelievable. We couldn't wrap our minds around it. It seemed too good to be true. But in my conversation with God following my conversation with our realtor, I felt guilty for feeling doubt. I felt like I was shortchanging an amazing God who can do amazing things. So I recanted the doubt and let the joy take over. I sang and danced and sang and danced. I was in the middle of preschool with my four year old when our realtor called so he was the first to hear the news. I said "Someone is buying our house! We're going to move!" And he said "but it's too heavy mama." Love. That. Child. The next to hear was the hubbers...and although he was excited, he too was tempted to be a doubting devin. After trying for so long...this really was unbelievable...unbelievably COOL!
So in his offer, our buyer gave us 30 days and then he would get the keys at closing. 30 days is not very much time when you have no idea where you are going to live. So our realtor talked to him and he also said he would rent our home back to us if needed. Seriously. Thank you Jesus! Cause although we had the option of splitting our family up between various member of our life group...this was great news:)
To sum up the awesomeness of this situation...our house sold within 24 hours of listing...crazy. We had a full price cash offer which eliminates a lot of financing fees...super rad. We didn't have to have a single showing...YAY! With three small children and a house that is impossible to keep clean, showings were a huge source of anxiety for me. Our buyer is going to let us rent from him while we search for our new home...SO helpful! Oh...AND this move is coming at the perfect time. In hindsight, we are so glad it didn't come in 2010, or 11, or 12:) Our oldest will be going to kindergarten in the fall and now we're going to move in the direction of the school we want our children in...a great time to transition.
This is really happening. We're really going to leave this teeny little love filled house that has held so many of our beautiful memories. God has really blessed this crazy family...and I can't wait to bless Him back with the perfect home I know He has planned for us. My God is good people!
In His amazing love,
Crazy Mama Crook