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Relocating With Burden Of Selling HomeRelocating With Burden Of Selling Home

In 2000, we finally got a position that brought us closer to family. In a way, it was weird getting to go back to Southern California. One of my goals of having children was to make sure that they got to know and had good relationships with their grandparents. I was okay going back. I knew I had to learn another new position but that comes with the territory.

So the journey home begins. We were in Indiana at the time. We had very little equity in the home that we owned. It was going to be a tough sell. I had to be in California about a month after the offer was accepted. We got a realtor working on it while we coordinated where we were going to stay in SoCal.

We found us a place to stay with family. Since the kids were small, we did not take up much room. It is still interesting staying with someone else when you don't know how long it will be. When we left Indiana, we had to pay several services to take care of the house including cutting our big lawn at $35 a week. Our realtor reminding us that we wanted to have great upkeep so the house would show well.

It was difficult in the winter time as the house was not used to no activity at all. This affected the floors and the overall condition of the house. After about a year and a half of having the home for sell, we got an offer. We were pretty thankful. It is tough working in another state while still being responsible for a home somewhere else. Most of finances went to support a home that we did not live in. It can take a toll on the spirit of anyone.

One request for the folks that made the offer was to replace the hardwood floors in the kitchen. Because there was no traffic over the winter, they were warped. We did not have any extra money. However, we found a way to replace the floors. There was something else that needed to be done on the house. Now I remember. I had burnt and warped a part of the house with a hot grill in the summer. It was a small piece but anyone would want the house to look like it was built three years ago.

Once this was done, we were 30 days from close. I was fortunate. The company supported our closing costs which lifted a pretty large financial burden. The close occurred on an April 1st. It was a very happy April fools day. After the close occurred, we qualified for a new loan right away and started looking for something new.

It was a sellers market in SoCal at the time. If you liked a home, ten other buyers liked it too. Almost every home received an offer that was higher than the offering price.

It was tough for us. We did not get any home that we bid on. We were oh for all bids. On a particular day, we were driving in a neighborhood that was pretty nice and stumbled on a new neighborhood. When you build, there just needs to be a lot available to build on. This is what we did.We started a new chapter.

by Geo Clark
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