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Well after riding the emotional roller coaster they call real estate, it seems that our ride has come to a stop and despite a few (OK, OK, a lot of) queasy stomachs along the way, we survived, in tact, and are now preparing to move to our new house! Yes, our place is SOLD: courtesy of our real estate prowess (we sold privately), and we have bought our new home and move in in about two weeks!!! A few weeks ago, I described what we wanted in a new home, and for the most part we got it. After looking at many, many places, I realized and had to accept that we couldn’t get everything we wanted (in our price range); but what we did end up buying we are very happy with! Actually it has everything on my wish list except for a fenced yard, and it’s pretty much move-in ready except for some tightening up here and there and a roof that needs to be replaced.  There are even a few bonuses to the place: hello (two-piece) en suite and hello walk-in closet!

Overall, it’s been such a fast process, although at times it felt agonizingly slow. We’ve definitely learned a lot about real estate, all the while testing our nerves, which my sister Carolyn has now aptly classified mine as made of steel (and in the real estate business I think that’s a good thing). However, even though she says they’re made of steel, that was really just a facade and mostly I felt like a jellyfish the whole time. But alas, all is done, and we are on the move and so looking forward to moving in to our new place with the Little N Man and Frasier!

Note: I have set a goal for myself to pack a few boxes a day until we actually move. These pics show my attempt to start on the boxes and my two little helpers, which needless to say are also keeping me busy!

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Some people would think I’m crazy, but rewind about two hours ago and you will find Niko and me strolling down the sidewalk with me singing Que Sera Sera. And why have I adopted this mantra? This house sale is causing a lot of stress, and I’m trying to internalize the meaning of the lyrics. I guess that comes with selling your house privately: we’re our own rookie agents, and dealing with all the loose ends that come along with selling on our own. It’s just so hard to know what to say and what to do, and so much of it is a waiting game while all the conditions are being met. So far we’ve got two out of three of them signed off for our place and it’ll be another week (max.) until the last one has been met.

This last week has been a whirlwind, but at the same time gone by so slowly! It was just a week ago that we conditionally sold our place and then soonish after found one that we’re interested in. But we don’t want to finalize anything on the new place, until the sale of our condo. is complete. Neither Borys nor I want to be in the position of owning two homes at the same time! Although, that might push us to rent our place, which would ultimately be a good investment. But really, for now we just want to sell it. I just hope the buyer follows through with her original zeal for the place. I know it’s a lot for her to think about, seeing as it’s her first home purchase, but it’s a nice place, in a quiet location, close to all amenities including down town and we’ve been very happy here for the last five years. Ugh. I wish I could use a time machine to fast forward a week to see the (happy?!) outcome of all this waiting and worrying. And now that I’ve vented, and in order to maintain my sanity, it’s back to Que Sera Sera, whatever will be, will be…


Let me preface this entry with an ode to my blog. Oh how I’ve missed you… (OK, that’s it, now on with the post…)

In my last post I mentioned that I had little time because the real estate wheels were turning. And wow, they sure do turn quickly here in Ottawa. After only one day on the market, our place has (conditionally) sold, and Borys and I are very happy with the outcome!

I guess now is a good time to start really looking for our new place of residence, otherwise we could be camping out in Dziadzio’s living room until we find our next abode. And while that’s a generous offer from Dziadzio, I do foresee some challenges with our whole entourage (Borys, Niko, Frasier and I) moving in on Dziadzio, Wasabi (the cat), and Roman (Dziadzio’s roomate). Anyway, our closing date is flexible, which is great. We don’t want to settle for just any house (hence the appeal of living room conditions). We want something that we really like and can see ourselves living in for quite some time. So that said, let the hunt begin.

I’m curious to know where this hunt will take us? Hopefully somewhere in Ottawa as opposed to the outskirts. Hopefully somewhere with a yard for Niko to play in and of course Frasier too! Already we’ve packed some stuff into a storage unit and as I was shipping those item off I couldn’t help but wonder: where will these boxes be, the next time they’re opened?!

Anyway, we’re pumped (and blossoming real estate agents to boot)!


We’re moving! Well, at least we’ve got the process started. We’re going to look at our first place tomorrow night and we’ve even got a real estate agent to help us along the way. Now we just need to decide what we want. Ideally: four bedrooms, a fenced yard, a garage, a finished basement, a relatively quiet street, preferably in Ottawa (as opposed to suburbia hell). Oh, and move in ready, it has to be move in ready. We are not signing on for a remodeling gig here.

So, it’s exciting. We’re excited. But, we also have to think about what else we will consider if we can’t get everything on our ideal list. So I guess…three bedrooms, no garage, a partially finished basement? Hmm… Ideally, I just want the ideal. But three bedrooms wouldn’t be so bad, especially if the basement was finished because then we could get a pull-out for guests. It would be nice if this finished basement was finished with a full bathroom.

And we want a place that will be good for Niko. Most likely we’ll be living in this house for a while – so basically it has to suit the needs of everyone in our family. Poodle included. Time will tell on where this adventure takes us. But like I said, we’re looking at our first place tomorrow! And judging from the pictures it’s beautiful inside! But, it’s only got three bedrooms, it’s on a busy street and it’s a semi-detached. I don’t recall have busy or semi on either my ideal or somewhat ideal list – so I don’t know. But it is in my absolute FAVOURITE neighbourhood in Ottawa, so that goes a long way. But I just don’t think we can settle for a busy street – too much exhaust might be exhausting after a while.

Of course when I saw this place online, I wanted to buy it right away. But then my father-in-law came over and in his words of wisdom and with a sparkle in his eye, said very slowly “Dont rush. Don’t rush.” Yes I know this is wise. And I don’t want to settle for anything that I’m not happy with. But you know I’ve got this instant gratification personality trait, that does sort of force me to do things quickly at times. I just have to remmeber that this is major purchase. The biggest one I’ve ever made. So I will keep those words in mind. Besides, with Borys as my buying partner, there’s no way we’ll be rushing into anything. It’s sort of like a ying and yang combo really.


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