24 Jul 2013


Our House is Sold!

Phew...I can finally spill the beans.  I've been pretty mum on what's been happening with the sale of our house and I am so happy that I have good news.  I didn't want to jinx anything by putting it out there into the universe before things were solidified, plus I wanted to respect the privacy of the buyers until everything was official. 

I can definitely say that I am SO happy that the house is sold and that we don't have to go through anymore showings!!  I have all the respect in the world for those poor families that have to have 20+ showings.

Our house went on the market on a Friday morning, right around 10am.  That day we had 2 showings, and then we had another 5 showings on the Saturday.  It was busy!  By Saturday night we had an offer, which surprised both us and our Realtor.  We thought that it would go fast, but weren't quite expecting it to go in less than 48 hours.

We waited (quite impatiently) all of last week for conditions to be removed.  We actually had so much interest that we had more showings mid-week from interested buyers even after it was pending.  We finally heard back late Sunday night that everything was good to go and conditions were lifted.  Thank the Lord!

We priced our house quite aggressively and are glad that we took that risk.  We didn't have to move right away, so we wanted to try a bit of a higher price for our neighbourhood and see how it went.   We felt that we had done upgrades to our house that made us stand out around our neighbours, which helped us justify the higher price.  Also, we were lucky that when we listed there wasn't anything else in our small neighbourhood that was for sale at the same time.  What we did learn fairly quickly is that our neighbourhood could support the higher price, especially given the number of showing requests that we received.  

Why Using A Realtor is Worth It

Given that we DIY'd pretty much everything in our house, the one question I am sure some people might have is why we chose to go with Real Estate.  Believe me....we weighed every. single. option. a million times before we made the decision.  We explored listing completely on our own, going through a discount brokerage (such as ComFree where you sell yourself but can list on MLS), or going the traditional route.  

After crunching the numbers we finally decided that spending the extra money on a Realtor was worth it for us.  First, we were buying and selling in the same market.  We felt that it was worth it for us to work with one consistent person who would be able to help us sell and buy.  We really didn't want to end up without a place to live for a while, so it was important for us to have someone help us make all of the timelines work.  Second, we have a 2 year old and a Great Dane.  'Nuf said?  Getting those 2 out of the house (and cleaning it behind them) is no easy task.  If we had listed ourselves, it would mean that one person would have to take the 'kids' and the other person would have to show the house.  For safety reasons, Mr. Swell and I both weren't comfortable with me showing the house alone, so that meant that he'd always have to do it, which pretty much meant that we could never have a showing on a weekday during the day.  We simply felt that we could only handle so much stress at one time (or I'd end up more insane that I already am!), so a Realtor was the way to go.  Plus, because we were selling and buying, we were able to get a lower commission which didn't end up being that much more than listing on MLS through a discount brokerage.

So where does this leave us?  Well, thankfully, the possession date isn't until mid-September, so we have a couple of months to pack and get out of here.  We've been looking, and looking, and looking at houses to buy.  Again, I don't want to jinx anything until it's all done, but I will say that we did put an offer in on a house and it has been accepted, so now we just have to work our way through all of the conditions.  We were quite specific as to what we were looking for and I think with this particular house we have found it all....but it is definitely a fixer-upper! Hopefully, if all goes well, I will have more to share in the next couple of weeks (that, or I will share that we'll be moving in with family because we have no house!! Cross your fingers that's not the case!).

Stay tuned....


  1. Congratulations (and finger crossed for the new home too)!

  2. Congratulations and good luck!!!

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  3. I am so excited and happy to hear good news, I was just thinking about you yesterday!

    Praying for smooth transitions from the old place to the new place. And looking forward to seeing your new home come to life. I just know that yall can handle any plans that you make.

    It will be wonderful.


    1. So nice! Thanks Erica. Its going to be a daunting task, but I think we are up for it....slowly...very slowly....

  4. Wow, thats fast and congratulations! Im totally keeping my fingers crossed that you get the house you want and dont have to move in with family!

  5. YAY!!! Congratulations and holy smokes that was fast, girl! Cannot wait to hear more about this new place!!! ;) Let the packing begin! :D

    1. No kidding! So. Much. Packing. At least we are just moving 5 minutes away, so hopefully we can just do it in car loads instead of a giant moving truck.

  6. Kelly, CONGRATS!! and thanks for sharing about your experience. My husband and I are just entering the beginnings of buying and selling, and initially, I was stubbornly against employing a realtor. The "I want to do it ALL by myself," argument was all to prevalent for me. I have since softened to the idea, and I am grateful to read about your own decision. Its encouraging for me.

    1. Thank you! Its such a tough decision to go with a Realtor or not. I think a lot of it depends on your situation at the time. 3 or 4 years ago I probably would have tried it on our own first just to see how it went. Good luck with your buying/selling - its such a roller coaster, but is always good in the end!

  7. Hi Kelly! Congratulations on the quick sale of your home. Wishing your family lots of sweet memories in your new home.

  8. Congrats, Kelly!! I bet your awesome styling and décor had something to do with it! :) So exciting, cant wait to follow along on your new adventure!

  9. I am so happy for you!!! Such good news. Congratulations!! I also cant wait to follow along on your next adventure. Also, Im finally catching up on my favorite blogs post vacation, so please forgive me for spamming you tonight! xoxo, Stacey


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