05 August 2009

LiveBlogging the PCS: Part Holyeffinghellwhyisitsostressful, or 7.

Offer. Counteroffer. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Only with less shine and bounce.

We got another offer today. Good news? He doesn't have to move in until November 4th. Bad news? He low-balled us by $6,000 AND wants us to pay closing. So that actually leaves us with an offer that is somewhere around $10,000 less than our asking price. Again. GAH! Why can't someone just make a reasonable freaking offer and we accept it? I don't need full price, just something damn reasonable.

I totally feel like I have something nice and everyone is trying to get it for nothing. 15 Realtors said it was a very fair price to list at. It has only been on the market 3-ish weeks. Lowball by $10,000? It feels insulting. It is annoying. I HATE THAT I OWN A HOUSE. I know dude is just trying to get the best deal possible. I can't say I blame him. But also? BE REASONABLE DUDE. Is that too much to ask? Apparently, yes.

I can, however, blame my father for being not only unhelpful, but insulting, agitating and demeaning. Awesome, right? I will be the first to admit that I have asked my parents for help, sort of as consultants, to make sure that my approaches are reasonable and to act as bouncing boards for ideas and offers. Mostly because I can't call up Swiss to ask the same things. And because I have never sold a house before.

But getting talked down to by the person you are seeking help and advice from is only infuriating and doubt inducing. And then when they tell you "Well, you haven't done anything stupid yet." you ponder all the way home exactly what the eff that is supposed to mean. And then you vow not to talk to your father about this at all any more ever. Never. Because that is totally what I needed and very helpful in this already stressful situation.

Anyway, my realtor is coming over tonight to discuss counteroffers and the like. Swiss says SELL, SELL, SELL! Even at a loss. I'm not too sure about the "at a loss" part, but a large portion of my brain is telling me to get this over with, take the first decent offer we get (even if it is at a tiny loss), and be DONE with this process. Because the cessation of stress and worry and maintaining a not-a-thing-out-of-place house has a heck of a lot of value in my book.

Sorry to bitch. Thanks for letting me vent. And cross your fingers for a good counteroffer. Or at least more interested buyers.


Jenny said...

I'm with Swiss -- sell to the first buyer who gives you a decent offer, even if you take a small loss. In this market, the buyers know that they have the upper hand, since most people selling are DESPERATE to sell.

And hopefully this makes you laugh: your word verification for this comment was "scroms" which I totally thought said "scrotums." I know, dirty mind.

Bette said...

Maybe that was just a hopeful shot in the dark on the part of the bidder, and now he's willing to negotiate reasonably?

Personally, I don't like to immediately insult someone I'm doing business with, but others think it's better to start by lowballing and then come around in the end. Let's hope he comes around.

It's not time to panic yet. Right now, time is on your side (although I know keeping a showplace-clean house sucks with pets!). Hang in there!

LopsidedMom said...

Big breath..it's been on the market a short time and you've had offers. You will get others, perhaps from the same person, perhaps no. You have a nice product and it sounds like you have a good agent, this is what they do for a living, they've seen this before. You don't have to do anything immediately, especially if this dude doesn't need the house until November.

And believe me, soooo sorry about your Dad. Ironclad boundaries go a long way, girl.

Post Tenebras Lux said...

Bummer =(. I'm sorry.