Remember in October when Barry and I shared with you that we were 100% debt free? I told you that we’d keep you posted on our plans and how things were going. Since then we’ve been saving, still with the same fervency that we used to get out of debt. And now, we’re going to sell our townhouse. On Saturday, we put it on the market and we are so excited! We’re ready to move up to something a bit bigger for our family, with a nice basement, and a yard for Annie to play in.
We decided that at first, we would attempt to sell our house on our own. I know that even Dave Ramsey doesn’t recommend that, but here’s something you might not know about Barry and I…..we’re cheap and hard headed. When we figured out how much money we’d have to spend when using a realtor (fees, etc), that was a big shocker. So, to try to avoid that and keep our hands on more cash, we’re going to try to do it ourselves.
I pared down most of what we own (more on that in an upcoming post) and we staged the house while my awesome Mama kept Annie for four days. We moved furniture, we cleaned, we painted (“we” painted meaning Barry) and now things look ready to go. I don’t even recognize it as my own house….and I like the lack of “stuff” hanging around (again, more on that soon).
We’re advertising everywhere we can think of for free. We might choose a few venues that cost, but we’ll do that sparingly if possible.
*Disclaimer: Barry and I both admit we’re not professionals……we’re just learning as we go. And we humbly admit that we might possibly bomb. If we do, then we’ll get a Realtor. We’ve set a deadline of March and if we’re still not doing well, then we’ll hire a high octane Realtor who kicks tail.
So, here’s a bit about our house: our townhouse was built in 2004. We are the original owners – we bought it before it was built and got to choose the flooring, etc. inside. It is a great, quiet neighborhood and we have the most awesome neighbor of all time – Miss Jane. She keeps my plants alive and gets my packages in out of the rain. She’s a huge reason this house should sell quickly. She rocks – I’m considering taking her with me. The house is only 5 minutes from King College. It would make a great starter home or a great investment for a parent with a child attending King. We have two LARGE bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms. The laundry room is on the main floor. The master bedroom has his/her closets and also its own bathroom. Barry has added floored attic space to our unit, which isn’t available in any other townhouse in this community. In the basement is a space for a woodshop or a crafting area. There is also a drive-in garage for one car. These appliances will stay with the home: microwave, oven, stove, refrigerator, washer, and dryer. We’re asking $79,500.
To anyone who helps us sell our home quickly and lets me know about it, I’ll invite you to dinner in our new home, send you home with two loaves of Honey Oat Bread, and Barry will give you 6 hours of free financial counseling. So…..help us? 😀 We need your help!
And now, what you’ve all be wondering: Are Stacy and Barry going back into debt?????? ABSOLUTELY NOT! And make sure to stay tuned for our journey as well tell you how we buy a home completely debt free.
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*This post is linked at Weekend Whatever on Your Thriving Family and at Finer Things Friday on Amy’s Finer Things.