Tom Petty sang it best. I think he was singing about waiting to see his lover again, but his observation also aptly applies to real estate.
The waiting is not only the hardest part of selling a house, it’s pretty much the ONLY part. You stick a sign in the yard and wait for a potential buyer. When a buyer looks, you wait for feedback. When the feedback is good, you wait for the offer. In my case, for two years I waited for one potential buyer after another, and even waited for an offer a couple times, but no such luck. Just more waiting. Month after month. Waiting. Season after season. Waiting.
Finally this week … WOO-HOO! The offer came! Hallelujah!!
The waiting is over, right?!?
I have been waiting all day for someone to give me a quote on a termite bond so I can submit an informed counteroffer.
Tomorrow I’ll wait for a response to my counteroffer.
Even if all goes well and they accept, I still won’t be done waiting. I’ll wait a couple weeks for the buyers’ bank approval. Then I’ll wait some more for the inspection. I’ll wait for the report. I’ll wait for FHA inspection. I’ll wait for FHA approval. Then I’ll wait for a closing time.
When the day of closing finally arrives, I’m sure we’ll do some last-minute waiting in the lobby and probably a little more in the boardroom while the final Ts get crossed and Is get dotted.
The tentative closing date is set for May 9. That’s 50 more days of intense waiting.
It has been brought to my attention that for some, waiting is not a big deal. Some speak of a mystical, Zen-like state they refer to as “patience.” After two years of waiting, with this patience, I’m told, 50 days should be easy.
Unfortunately you cannot run out and buy patience at Target, and there is no pill to achieve instant patience — at least not without also achieving semi-unconsciousness. I’m sure there are self-help books on the subject, but who can wait to wade through all that? I need patience NOW!
I’m sure many of you reading this could just calmly wait out the 50 days, doing whatever it is that you calm people do. But we’re talking about a gal whose favorite phrase is: I can’t wait!
I can’t wait for the weekend. I can’t wait to have a glass of wine. I can’t wait to see a show. I can’t wait to go out of town. I can’t wait for pretty weather. I can’t wait for dinner. I can’t wait to see my family. I can’t wait to visit with friends.
50 days of waiting. Yes, Mr. Petty, I concur. The waiting IS the hardest part!!
Date: March 20, 2012