My husband pointed out that I haven't posted in here since October about our progress toward selling our home and moving. It's been a busy stretch. A buyer made an offer after one visit—she loved the house. We had an inspection and smooth renegotiation, entered contract phase. My husband and I were reviewing the language for a rider the buyer's attorney wanted to add when we received a call saying she'd faxed her attorney to pull out. There wasn't going to be a contract.
Apparently she'd been ambivalent all along, even though she'd made an offer before Thanksgiving and proposed a closing date of December 23rd. Naturally, we had gone into high gear looking for a house to buy, then to rent after feeling rushed about buying. Found a rental several blocks from our house we had to un-rent once the deal fell through.
There were boxes everywhere; we had begun packing. Most inconvenient. From what I hear, the rate of houses falling through at contract has gone up. One house we looked at was going into contract for the third time.
So what did we do? We unpacked a few boxes. Carried a whole lot more up to the attic. Got the (thankfully few) belongings out of the rental house and returned the keys. And decided to spend a lot of time with friends over the holidays. After all, the whole point of buying a beautiful home to begin with was to share it with friends, not spending all our time fixing, painting, and cleaning for prospective buyers, most of whom seem not to be looking for a historic home, not to be looking for a large home, not to be looking for what is, in essence, a lifelong art project. It was great to be here for one last solstice season. Friends came up from the city for the weekend, we hosted a New Year's Day breakfast, we reconnected with the social side of having a hospitable house. We decided to get a tree this year, a real beauty, and the aroma is still filling the room it's in.
But holidays are over, back to showing. We got a boost yesterday from Barbara Corcoran on NBC's Today Show. She listed Kingston, NY as one of the Top 10 Best Cities to buy a home in, citing good prices, good schools, and job growth.