Two and a half months is not such a long duration for a house sale. I’ve heard stories of people having their house on the market for 6-9 months.
When Lee and I listed our house on March 14, we had high expectations it would both sell quickly and also at the original asking price. Getting slapped in the face with reality is never fun, but the good news is our house is officially sold. We closed on the paperwork this morning.
The last 79 days have been rather hectic and frustrating and riddled with pockets of anxiety, but today we completed a step that further solidifies God’s plan for us. Being house-less makes our move to the Dominican Republic that much more real.
Today was a heck of a day. We had to get what was left of our personal items out of the garage before we close on the sale of our house tomorrow morning.
When Lee and I arrived last night from Georgia, the task seemed very doable. After all, we had all day to do it. When we woke up this morning, it felt quite overwhelming.
But God delivered. After posting on a neighborhood website that everything must go, we had several people from in and around the community show up and help. One woman took a literal truck load of items, and it was such a blessing to give all these items away.
I think the microcosm of the lesson God had me learn through all this was evident with the collection of Coca Cola commemorative 6-packs I had, some for decades. When we first started the downsizing process, I thought I’d make a pretty penny off that collection. As time passed and no offers came in, I figured I’d try selling them at a later date. Today, I just had to laugh as I saw a complete stranger walk off with all of them for free. The thing is, he was doing me a favor. Also, He was doing me a favor by reminding me to stop focusing on stuff and keep focusing on Him.
We were in need and the Lord delivered a solution. We marched all night, and the Lord delivered victory. And you just can’t put a pricetag on that.
So Joshua came upon them suddenly by marching all night from Gilgal. Joshua 10:9 NASB
As of 8:00 this morning, our house is officially on the market.
At 2:00 PM, we had our first showing.
It’s crazy how quickly we went from not visible in MLS to receiving a text from the automated showing service requesting permission to show the house.
We had our inaugural showing and, much to the credit of our realtor, we received some very good feedback about the house. I think it’s a good baseline of what to expect going forward, and it gave Lee and me the ability to discuss the types of items that will drive us to want to work with a buyer and the types of items we’ll simply refer to as ‘GPS Points’.
I’m busy doing some final project work and packing tomorrow, so we know we’re not going to approve any showings, but we expect Friday to be quite busy. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue through this process, and specifically pray for the right buyer, my patience through all of this, and no GPS Points.