After 18 months, I am THRILLED to announce....

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

our house in PA is officially UNDER CONTRACT!

 

Now, granted, we paid $587,000 for it 4 years ago....

 

and then dumped another $40K into it replacing all 24 windows, adding a new energy-efficient front door, and installing an energy-efficient gas fireplace,

 

and who EVER thought we would be THRILLED to go under contract for $485,000 for the same house??

 

Okay, so my husband's not thrilled.  In fact, he's sort of hyperventilating.

 

But I AM thrilled....because, God willing and the creek don't rise, we'll be closing the beginning of December and then we'll go into major rebuilding mode....we DO have 2 kids to get through college....and thankfully that's a few years off still as we have a MOUNTAIN of credit card debt to get rid of first....

 

And people want to know why I'm such a kick-butt realtor.

 

Nothing like fear of starvation and homelessness to kick my butt into high gear!

 

Anyway....

 

Inspections are scheduled for Saturday....

 

Please keep us in your thoughts as we negotiate that hair-raiser (everything should be fine as we were, and still are, zealous about keeping up the house).

 

Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time....you guys ROCK!!

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Coleen DeGroff, MBA - REALTOR

eXp Realty


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Comments (17)

Chad Elliot
Keller Williams Integrity Northwest - The Hennepin Group - Elk River, MN
ElkRiverHomes.com

Congrats!!!!

Nov 02, 2009 12:46 PM
Syreeta Saunders
Keller Williams Realty Centre - Randallstown, MD
Keys, MBA - The Keys2Day Team

Coleen - glad to hear you finally are making progress - I wish you continued success in wrapping things up.

Nov 02, 2009 12:47 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Chad - thanks! :)

Nov 02, 2009 12:49 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Syreeta - thanks for the good wishes!  And thanks for stopping by! :)

Nov 02, 2009 12:49 PM
Kaye Brock
Crye-Leike - Nashville, TN

Its been a time.  Hope all goes well.

Nov 02, 2009 12:51 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Kaye - You said a mouthful there, sister....it sure HAS been a time!  Thanks for your good wishes. :)

Nov 02, 2009 12:54 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Hi Coleen and you can use this story to get price reduction or homes priced right at the start. Good luck I have not had that pain yet but I can somewhat feel it.

Nov 02, 2009 12:54 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Charles - I tell my sellers that when it comes to pricing their homes they need to pretend they've gone to Vegas and lost their shorts.  I'm pretty sure on this deal we gave away our entire wardrobe. 

 

You're right....this experience sure makes me a hard-nosed realist when deaing w/sellers.....it is what it is, and things will get better.....but in the meantime we need to put our big boy boxers and big girl panties on and just DEAL with it. :)

Nov 02, 2009 12:57 PM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Coleen - That is a long road.  I'm happy to hear that you are nearing the end.

Nov 02, 2009 01:02 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Jason - Thanks.  I tell you what, an experience like this REALLY brings home what matters in life.....and it's not money.

What matters the most in all of this is that our family is still together and moving forward....and I try to remember to count my blessings every day.

Nov 02, 2009 01:06 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Coleen ~ That is EXCELLENT news! Just wonderful to hear. I'm sure a huge weight has been lifted.  Onward and upward!

Liz

Nov 02, 2009 01:11 PM
Kathryn Gorham
Green Key Realty - Emerald Isle, NC
Emerald Isle NC Crystal Coast

Coleen - when I saw your post I was hoping that is what you were going to tell us. Congratulations. YES!

Nov 02, 2009 02:33 PM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

I will keep a good thought for you.  We sold our house last year, lost all our equity and had to take $3000 cash to closing.  But I feel like we were fortunate to get it sold when we did! Good luck to you!

Nov 02, 2009 03:30 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Elizabeth - Thanks for the warm wishes. :)

 

Kathryn - Thanks so much.  I can't even tell you how touched I am by the outpouring of support here in the Rain. :)  A blessing indeed.

 

Janna - Glad to hear you guys got your house sold too! I know what you mean about bringing money to the table....we've got to bring $15K. Fun.  But hey, at least we're moving ON!!

 

Dedra - Thanks so much.  :)  If we were on credit card restrictions this past 18 months, we wouldn't have been able to 1) eat, 2) have clothes to wear, or 3) have a place to sleep.  When we get these suckers paid down, though, you can BET we won't be so reliant on them going forward...but it's a true blessing we had them to fall back on, even with those loan-shark rates. :)

Nov 03, 2009 12:45 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hey Coleen - I"m holding the vision that all goes smoothly for you and you close with very little stress.  Does that work for you?  ha ha.  It's been a long haul for you.   I understand.  We opened our new office just when the market tanked.  But somehow we all make it through these challenging times and come out stronger.

And the trick is to have lots of fun no matter what's going on...........:)

Nov 03, 2009 10:52 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Banana!!  Thanks fo your good wishes and your awesome visioning powers! :)  Your story gives me lots of hope!

 

xox

Coleen

Nov 03, 2009 11:24 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Dedra!  Thanks so much for keeping us in your prayers. That really means a lot.  Inspection (round 1) is set for Saturday.  Since the water needs to be turned back on for inspection, that will happen on Monday (for round 2 I suppose).  I'll be living in a coma until then because I just cannot bear to think too much about it....please check in w/me Tuesday! :)

Nov 05, 2009 01:53 PM