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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

When it Rains...

Silicon Valley is a tough place. People's expectations are high and nowhere is this more apparent than real estate. Especially because a crappy townhouse will set you back about $700k. So selling our house, with four kids after having it "staged" was hysterical. For one thing, they put out this box of popcorn and case of root beer, to make it look homey. Like, here, watch a movie. Well, these things tormented my children, especially when we'd run out of popcorn.

They did a fabulous job on the house, and we had two offers within ten days, so I'm grateful for that. But yesterday (inspections are tomorrow), a pipe broke under the driveway. Apparently, it's an old, unused sprinkler line that needs to be capped off, but first they need to find the hole. I'm glad it happened now, so it didn't look like we'd sold a heap of trouble. I fixed the heaps of trouble. But I find it's so hard to move onto the next thing, when the current thing continues to run amuck. Anyone else?

So pray that all goes well, will you? I'm ready to move on and the new owners are too. Here's the finished product after staging. No, I don't really live this way:
posted at 11:14 AM  
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At 11:38 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Ooooh, look at those clean countertops! I could so live there.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Do you want me to give you the "after" version Denise? LOL

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

Kristin, we've been waiting for another update, so thanks! What's your current status? Do you have any idea where you're going?

(I can so relate to your home-selling drama. Moving was the last thing we wanted to do too. We'd decided that if the home didn't sell after 30 days, we'd take it off the market and stay and that's what we were hoping for. Well, on Day 30, guess what...sob.)

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh Valerie, you put out the God test and He answered, that's a bummer. LOL

We do know where we're going. We were hoping to rent locally, but DH isn't working yet, so we're still going locally, but into a small townhouse we own. And so we had to displace renters, which makes me feel like I'm passing on the garbage, and I hated to do that!

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

No, thanks. I see the after version in my own kitchen.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I took the "tour." Wow! I can see why you don't want to leave. I knew real estate was very pricey in CA, but now know I didn't know quite how pricey.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I know, huh Barb? You really should get a mansion for that price. And it was a mansion to me. Sniff, sniff.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh and I have to say I love the accompanying music in the tour, as if it's every that relaxing around here with all my kids. ROFLOL It is during school hours I suppose.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Allie said...

Your house is gorgeous! No wonder you didn't want to sell it!

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Thanks Allie, but just imagine every possible flat spot covered with legos, and that's really closer to the truth. LOL

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Wow! What a beautiful home! Now I know and understand why you are so sad in leaving. I would probably have to dragged away kicking and screaming.

God may even have something even more beautiful, you never know...*smile*

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I'm glad that you received an offer so quickly! Your home is absolutely beautiful! No wonder you had two offers so fast!

At 10:55 AM, Blogger OK Chick said...

You have a great house. I love the colors and the patio is GREAT! I would kill for a patio like yours.
You know, if you moved to OKC, you could buy a mansion for the same cost of your house!

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

There are probably places here I could get a mansion too, but the schools wouldn't be usable. That's the bad thing about California. It's so have/have not. God is telling us to move closer to the have-nots, but we'll be in a good school district, so yay!

And yes, I get that we're all haves here in America. No lectures please. ; )

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Carmen7351 said...

What color is the fridge? Looks coppery color. We just have the stainless steel here.
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At 12:31 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

It's just stainless, it's the copper tiles reflecting I think. Have you seen that coppery color? it's really cool, but I am too worried it would look avocado in the future. LOL

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

A beautiful house. I took the tour. I have to admit, though, the music made me laugh--just like the whole idea of "staging" the house. It's all about "image," isn't it?

I'm praying that the inspections go well and that one of the offers comes through as THE buyer. :)

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I know, isn't the music hysterical?? And I fell for it, and this house didn't even have a kitchen when I bought it. But it did have music on the pictures. LOL

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Beautiful home. Hope you have a smooth closing and move to your townhouse.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

I like the bowl of fruit. What is it with stagers always having a bowl of apples, esp. green ones?? I've seen those turn up in living rooms, too.

And I was sighing about not being able to buy the 150K condo we want at the beach as an investment/occasional getaway--shoot, we've been going there for 10 years, might as well buy one, right? But I'm counting my blessings too. :)


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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