We finally decided to sell our house on Redding Ridge Lane, which was the only house our kids have really ever known. I had such a hard time moving to begin with that it actually took us two years to find another house we thought we could love as much and to gear up the courage to move. The only way we were able to move in fact was to rent the house, so it would still be ours. We had great Japanese tenants for 18 months and then when they were transferred back to Japan, the house sat vacate for two months, which made me sad. No one was there to love it and care for it. The rental market in Katy had become so saturated that it didn’t make sense to hold onto the house any longer because the profit margin was so narrow.
We made the tough decision to sell it. But, before I let the house go, I wanted to make sure it looked absolutely beautiful! And it did! I was over there every day for weeks cleaning, painting, replacing various things, planting flowers, hiring extra help (painters, landscapers, handyman, brick guy, and electrician), and finding the perfect home stager. And we found her! She made our house look beautiful! Plus, we painted every room including the garage. The house truly looked like a model home when we were finished. And it paid off!
When we first sat down with Jeanie at the outset and looked at neighborhood comps, we were fairly confident that we could sell our house for $385k. Over the course of three weeks, we put about $5.5k into the house (including the staging) and ended up listing the house for $415k, which was way higher than we originally thought. But, we took a chance and it paid off! We had three offers within the first week of listing the house. Whoa hoa!! We ended up selling our house for $410k, which was way higher than anything around us and way higher than we originally expected! I attribute the success to one thing – making the house show like a model home!
The funny part of the story is that the buyers originally low balled us with an offer of $370k claiming we listed the house way too high. Thankfully we got an offer later that day for $410k (the only problem being that they were trying to qualify with a 5/1 ARM, which was risky). We told the original offerers that they needed to raise their offer to $410k or they would lose the house. They quickly raised their offer to $410k. The best part was that since they were paying cash, we didn’t need an appraisal (thank goodness) and we could do a quick close. Everything was smooth sailing the whole way!!
We closed right on time. Do I miss the house? Yes, I miss the memories. But, this is was is really interesting to me. In the past two years, every single time we’ve driven down Fry Rd, I will always catch myself looking over at our old house, sometimes longingly. After we closed on the house and it was no longer ours, I notice that I no longer look over at the house. It is as if I am no fine with that house belonging to someone else. And they really are a sweet family. I just hope they love and care for the house as much as we did.