Talk about feeling exposed.
In the world of real estate it’s not a seller’s market, but we’re starting the process of doing just that. My in-laws have offered to sell us their home that is 1.5 miles from our house for a steal. We’re extremely grateful for their generosity. Our kids won’t have to change schools and the home has much more living space, which fits well with our plans to start a missional community in the fall.
A realtor came to our home yesterday for the first time to give Vanda and me tips on the process. We had worked hard over the weekend to clear away a bunch of the clutter. I have also been working on repairs like replacing ancient ceiling fans and the clay underground tubes that direct the rainwater away from the house and out to the street. But, we know there are things that still need work and the realtor let us know.
It’s tough having someone walk through your house and tell you what needs to be done. Caryn, our realtor, looked at the place from the perspective of a buyer. The old wall paper and our decrepit dishwasher would be a turnoff for potential buyers. So we made a list of things and are working hard to get them done. It’s not easy to hear but we needed to.
Our objective is to sell the house and it’s Caryn’s job to help make it happen. If she has to worry about offending us then our house will not be as appealing to potential buyers. It’s not like she got all up in our grills and disrespected us in some way. Rather, she pointed out what should be addressed for our benefit.
Actually, we had a good idea what things she would recommend before she said them. There’s something about hearing it from someone you trust that compels a person to action.
However, not only did she let us know about what needed to be fixed, she offered to help us any way she could. I got a text from her last night about the dishwasher that we’ll need to replace. She had already found one for us that she could get for pretty cheap!
And her perspective wasn’t all bad. The market value of our home is higher than we were expecting. After paying into a mortgage and putting on new windows and siding over our seven plus years here, we may actually end up with a few dollars in our pockets for a down payment on the new home. As important as it is to acknowledge the stuff that needs to be changed, having an accurate assessment of what is going well is just as vital. We wouldn’t have confidence in that without Caryn’s professional perspective.
Hmmmm. Maybe a realtor-type person – one we are willing to be vulnerable with because they are out for our best interests – would be a great idea for our spiritual journeys?