One month later and we're one house lighter

    Father forgive me, it's been 53 days since my last blog post. How many Hail Mary's is that? Oh wait, I'm not Catholic, and it's JUST a blog. Anyway... in the last month and a half, we've managed to finally move (sorry for the split infinitive!) AND sell our house!  I thought that once we got a contract on the house, our work would be done. We'd just sit back, wait for the closing date, and take that check to the bank. Really, where do I come up with these lies? I truly am delusional sometimes. I spent nearly every weekend from our moving date to our closing date in Greenville doing all the things that needed to be done to close the sale. I'd gone from being a guest in my own home to living between two!  And I can't even complain because our selling process went about as smoothly as it can go. As soon as we hit the buying season, we had a serious offer, then a little back and forth and suddenly we're under contract. Then the back and forth on the phone, signing and faxing papers, making repairs, getting a closing date, said date being delayed, cleaning out the house, then finally closing. All of that...and then it's over. You just sign your name about 10 times and that's it. That invisible weight that had been pressing down on us shifted to the shoulders of the woman sitting across the table. I swear I could see her shoulders slump a little even as we sat up a little straighter. I literally felt lighter! It was a great feeling!
     So now I am a huge advocate of renting. Unless you KNOW you're going to be somewhere for a long time... and when I say a long time, I don't mean 5-7 years. I mean like 20-30 years or until you DIE, then just rent. Yes, I know what you're thinking. "But what a waste of money! I could be investing in my property!"  I won't go into the details because I'm no financial expert, but I've read many that say the same thing, and I've lived the process so that's where my very unprofessional opinion is derived. People don't stay in one place anymore. We move all over the country or the world for a job and move again a few years later for another job.  Whatever money you think you're making, you're probably not after you count all the costs. And there are so many hidden costs in owning a home, both financial and time spent. I don't know exactly when a person's value became entangled in owning property, but you're not more of an adult because you own a house. However, you DO have more stress!
   And now I'm done. I just had to get that off my chest. All the ups and downs, stresses, impositions on friends, and transitions were exhausting. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. But it's over, and I did get an awesome "Look how God timed everything PERFECTLY" story to tell people! So it was worth it. :)

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  1. Great post and whether I want to or not, we will be renting! We have started the search over. God must know that I don't need any extra stress like you've described in the home owning category.

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