Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pat, I'd like to buy a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath traditional with equity.

We could be the next Reality Show. Combine Designed to Sell, Buy Me, and Wheel of Fortune. Add a dash of Roseanne and Claire Huxtable and you've got yourself a hit.

We may even make into syndication, people.

Y'all know we have been house hunting. We've also been trying to sell a home. We have found a house we adore and are in the process of dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's and making sure the dollar signs have two slashes instead of just one and that termites aren't overtaking the subflooring. Meanwhile, we are in the middle of negotiations with a potential buyer and playing the "I'll counter that offer Game." You know, it's been like a trip to the spa. Only the lady doing the pedicure? It's her first day. And she has big sheep shears for nail clippers, she's nearsighted and in a VERY BAD MOOD.

I'm just sayin'. Buying a home while selling a home? It's a blast.

I am not much for bartering and negotiation. I always hate that part. I don't see why they just can't sell homes the same way they sell shoes. I mean, can you picture me going in Belk and saying, "Excuse me, M'am. I see these sandals are marked for $49.99. Could you sell them to me for only $24.99 and throw in a matching bag?"

They'd think I was nuts.

Most of the time, I feel like I'm on a game show and I just keep spinning the wheel, crossing my unmanicured fingers (since the nail lady scared me from the pedicure), watching the wheel slowly, slowly come to a stop and praying, just praying that little clippy thing doesn't pop over to "Bankrupt" or "Lose A Turn."

I would love a Free Spin at this point.

I know that God is in control and we do pray that we make decisions that will honor Him. It is His money after all. I just hope I don't end up having to pick some cheesy prizes, like a tacky dog statue or a velvet dolphin painting for my new family room.

Or solve a puzzle like this one-

Hey, Vanna, give me a nerve pill.


Tammy said...

Oh Melanie. You have me laughing here...but at the same time, I feel your pain.
We did the very same thing about five years ago...and I was pregnant with my youngest at the time, to boot. Buying and Selling at the same time is about as fun as a bad manicure, for sure!
And I have seen those shows house buying shows on TV...that Buy Me is especially tense sometimes! I'm sure if Claire Huxtable and Vanna made appearances, though, it might lighten up a bit.

Hang in there! God has a way of working it all out in amazing ways!

{Karla} said...

we are in a situation sort of similar, but it definitely requires waiting on the Lord right now... not always easy stuff... praying for you.


~~ Lily ~~ said...

We are in the process of shopping around for our first home... and the best part? Haven't found one yet and we have to be IN the house by June 10th!!!!!!!!!!! And did I mention, the place we need to move to is in one state, I'm in a different state, and hubby is in... yet another state? ARGH!!!

Ahem. Sorry.

Susanne said...

Wow, exciting times. It'll be nice when it's all over and done with.

Nancy said...

I'm so excited that things are in motion on both of the housing fronts. I know what a pain the house stuff can be.

If you win the dog statue, you know that you could always regift it to me at Christmas. I'd probably like it. If the velvet painting is glittery, I think one of our daughters might put it in their rooms.

Grafted Branch said...

I think we've always gone through a few contracts when buying, and a few hoops when selling. It's the sport of it. Keeps the blood pumping. Makes a person feel ah-liiiiive!

lol. HA!

And it's a pain. Hang in there. :)

Linda said...

You know, everywhere else but the good ol US of A, you do barter like that over shoes. I hate bickering and dickering or whatever they call it. Good luck on the house torture.