We decided to be proactive about our finances and decided that selling our home was the best solution to our current economic state. My partner David never really felt like our three-year old home was “home.” I did, but I also succumbed to the facts about how much money we were spending versus how much we were earning. In light of the recent real estate downmarket it seemed like in an instant we went from having lots of business to almost no business. I’d been hearing about how bad things were in other places and how little business other Realtors® had but that was not our situation at all until it was our situation. Along with last year’s dramatic stock market losses we suddenly found ourselves in a pickle neither of us planned for.
It was a tough two weeks of physical labor and 15-hour days spent decluttering, moving furniture, cleaning, packing, and even holding a garage sale (which I vow never to do again) to ensure that our home was balanced, beautiful, and shining. As the echo of the mantra I use with clients rang in my ears….you only have ten seconds to create a great first impression, I looked for every detail in my home that I could improve upon. Since my job is selling other people’s homes and staging them using Feng Shui, I wanted to use every staging idea I had and implement every Feng Shui treatment I knew.
That part is done. Our home went on the market four days ago. I expected to have at least one call by now but it’s been very quiet. Looks like we’ll get to experience first-had what other sellers in Austin and lots of places are seeing which is a scarcity of buyers. Hmm… maybe tomorrow? Now my mantra is… it only takes one person to buy your home. I’ll keep you posted.