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Old 09-17-2011, 05:04 PM
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We'd like to downside from a 2 story, 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms (<<--- all 3 recently updated and beautiful) to something that is one floor. WHY, you ask?? Okay now don't roll your eyes, because I'm sharing my heart ..
We have a small dog who is still alert and awake, but the stairs are becoming a challenge for his little legs. He's a good man, and has been loyal and the pleasure of our home buffering us a little from empty nesting.
We do not need all this room any longer, and can see a happy family enjoying the freedom of space to stretch your legs, hang clothes, have a HUGE garden, play hide and go seek in the woods OR paint ball wars, feed the deer that visit the wild blackberry bushes, play football in the lower quadrant or have cocktails on the second floor mint julep porch that faces sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains.. whaaaa, whaaaa its not going to be easy to say goodbye. We have fixed and flipped many houses, but this one we took under our wing and gave it our all. We haven't been on vaca for 8 years as the house took in our love and care and money. She's a beauty, and we settled in for 7 years longer than we thought we would and believe you me.. she is a woman with great dignity now.. You'd be proud.
Did I mention she got a brick tin Lizzy garage, a small barn and on one side there's a chicken house with fenced in safety area outside?
You know what.. I would do it all over again, probably will since we got this one down so good.
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:16 PM
Location: Nebraska
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I bought 60 acres and a 100-year-old, 2,000 sq foot farmhouse on the northern edge of a REALLY tiny town (145 pop) 3 years ago. We have chickens, cows, a horse, and altho' we have neighbors, we can go across the first hill and not hear or see them. We are 150 miles from an interstate or a town bigger than 2,500. It took me 3 years to find what we wanted, scouring every day on landsofamerica in 6 states.

Don't underestimate what you have, don't 'sell' to a particular demographic (we're retired), and don't be fooled by the market quotes in your area. We sold our 1,000 sq foot home on 1/3 acre for only $10,000 less than we paid for this place. People want what they want. Advertise where you can find someone who will pay what you're asking.

PS - we built ramps for our dog... he's still around and very loyal, too...
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:44 AM
Location: Petticoat Junction
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Originally Posted by SCGranny View Post
People want what they want.
^ This.

I wanted a house/land but specifically undeveloped land with the house in the middle, for isolation. Can't tell you how many properties I looked at that were all pasture/fields (why is everyone so compelled to 'clear' everything??), or were 50 acres, say, but the house was on one edge, right next to the road

So, when I found a place with 50 acres of woods, with the house in the center (driveway is almost 1/2 mile long), I knew that was the one, even though the house had some issues. I can fix a house with time/$$$, but I can't replicate land, or create a forest where there isn't any (not in the time I have left, anyway!)

I knew, for age, health, and financial reasons, that this was my last throw of the dice - so it had to be right.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:28 PM
Location: Connecticut is my adopted home.
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I second the notion that people want what they want. Just make sure that you are ready to leave your "swan song" home and if you are, spin that wheel and see what happens.

Against conventional real estate wisdom we put our house that is 80% though a major gut remodel (we've done all of the heavy lifting) for many of the same reasons that you are thinking of selling your polished property. We had a couple of area RE specialists take a pass thinking that it would be a hard sell. So we called the positive and energetic old time Alaskan agent that we bought another near wrecking ball fixer with and he was able to see past some raw drywall and and a few plywood sub floors and saw what was finished and the overall trend of the house.

We priced it appropriately for the very sought after neighborhood and the amount of work left to finish and had two offers (one cash) in less than 48 hours after listing. It sold for over $200 per sft, very similar to finished houses in this neighborhood. I couldn't be more pleased. The near bidding war is a testament to the beautiful bones of this old house and the quality of finish that has been done.

No more stairs for old dog. DH doesn't have to find more "gas" to finish the work. We have been traveling but we are finally free to really enjoy it without spending every waking moment of the summer months at home busting our humps on projects. A nice younger couple bought the house and are interested in the gardens and compost system etc. and wanted to hear what we had in mind for the finishing of the rooms.

DH realized last night that this house was the longest that either of us had lived anywhere. He was right for me by a mile, for him by a close shave with his childhood home. That little piece of intel gave me a moment's pause and the understanding why this move seems harder, more stuff, more ties, more memories. The sale also loosens our bonds to Alaska and that will be another hard separation should we choose to make it.

Like AJ Barney, we want to get this next purchase right because it will likely be our last home before we need something for "old folks". Ironically we are seeking pretty much what you are selling but on the west coast and if two story, with a BR on the main floor.

Good luck to you. I really get the heart rending process that you are going through.
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