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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…


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