Thursday, July 2, 2009

House update, again

For once I finally have an update! Our house finally got an offer! We managed to talk them up to the lowest possible amount we could afford to accept. Are we awesome negotiators or what?

Today is the home inspection. Wish us luck! I'm a little worried that there'll be something that ruins the deal. It could all still fall apart!

Though we found out yesterday that ANOTHER couple wants to put in an offer on our house. Our agent had warned their agent that she thought an offer would be coming in, and they were just too late and we'd already signed the offer agreement with the first couple. But if this current offer falls apart for some reason, the other couple will probably put in an offer (of course, who knows if it'll be a good offer or not, but after so long of nothing it's kind of amazing!)

The only bad part of the current offer is that this couple wants to close while I'm scheduled to be in the hospital delivering baby boy #3. Really? That's crazy! Our agent said not to worry about it, that she'd talk to them today at the home inspection. But the reality is that we'll probably be closing and the new baby will be born right about at the same time. I'm just desperately trying to make sure it's not on the same day, though I guess what will be will be. There's only so much I can control! I was hoping we could wait until after the baby arrives to close, but this couple really wants to close before the end of August, so now we're trying to push up the closing so we can be moved before the baby comes. Who knows, though. I do have a scheduled delivery date, but I think we all know that just means I know the last possible day the baby will come...he could decide to make an early entrance, though! Once more, proof that I can't control everything. Not for lack of trying, though.

So that's it. My kind of update. We'll see if anything actually happens...

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As a related question, has anyone ever had a lag between selling a house and buying a new house? Because in theory, we could close on our current house before the baby arrives, then close on the new house after the baby arrives. We'd have two options: move all our stuff out at closing, and have the moving company store it in their van while we live in an extended stay hotel*. Or, alternately, we could sell the house, then "rent" it back from the new owners for a week or two until we close on the new house.

*Actually, this would probably be if things really overlapped with us being in the hospital. In that case, my parents are already planning to be here, so we'd probably send them and the kids down to my grandparents' house about an hour away, and then TK and I would stay at the hospital the majority of the time, with a hotel for any time that didn't overlap with our hospital stay.

I'm hoping it won't come to this, but just wondering if anyone has ever done something like this where they couldn't get closing dates perfectly aligned. It's amazing house buy/sell transactions ever work out!

8 comments:

rich said...

I hesitate to offer advice, having only bought one house ever! I had to live in an apartment for a couple of months before we closed here in Buffalo and Alyssa was 8 months pregnant, sleeping with me on a SINGLE mattress in this crappy apartment for the last few weeks before close (she left Hawaii a couple of months after me)...it was a mess. Most moving companies have warehouses they can put your things in for a month or so if you have to crash someplace till closing on your new place...like, I don't know - IN BUFFALO???

LauraC said...

YAY for selling the house! That is huge!

Ronnica said...

Yay! Crazy timing, though!

chachlilmum said...

Yay--fingers crossed for you, neighbor! Sorry no wisdom on storage or timing. Last time we moved the house we were buying was vacant, so they didn't care when they closed...

Snickollet said...

Yay!!! YAY!!! Super yay for you! I'm so excited and I've got everything crossed for a great inspection and smooth sale. Plus some good karma that you find a place you love and don't close on delivery day :).

So happy for you.

Kyle said...

The people that we purchased our house here in Florida from had closing date issues and opted to rent the house from us for two weeks after closing. It worked fine.

jongirl said...

I'm with Rich! Come and be spoiled ... just like you were for those 19 months when you were an only child.

Wolf said...

glad to hear the good news. i bet this is a load off your mind. great news.

read the above post too. i almost always use spf 70. even when i have a tan. my sister has gotten burned wearing spf 50. its crazy.