Sunday, February 21, 2016


Feedback: information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement.
See that part, used as a basis for improvement?  Yes. That is what I need, REAL feedback.  Not, statements like not in the top 3, or interested let us know if other offers come in.  Also not the exact same statement you made the previous time you looked at the house.

We are having a problem with feedback on our house showings. They are either completely non existent or not helpful.  The latest causing irritation is an exact replica of the "feedback" they gave us on the first showing.  Very glad to have a second showing for this individual, but not very glad that it isn't going anywhere.

They are also saying the price is too high.  First, we just dropped it $3300 after three weeks of $500/week drops.  Second, we are on par with other houses our size and we have more upgrades than almost all the houses in our competitive range.  You may find one house with hardwood/laminate, or beautiful hardwood stairs with decorative iron spindles. You may find one with granite counter tops in the kitchen, tile floors and stainless appliances.  You may find another with tile floors in the bathroom, possibly even tile shower with glass shower closet.  You will most likely find another with a fenced back yard.  However, I doubt you will find one in our price range and size with all of that. So dear potential buyer, take your "price too high" and choke.  Furthermore, if it is too high then make a freakin' offer!  That's how this game is played. I know what I have to get for the house and you know what you can pay, let's talk.  This is not CarMax. The sticker price is not the price.  Make. An. Offer.

We have only had three potential buyers say the price was too high. We have had an equal or greater number say the price was right, but the house was just not right for them.  I think this pb is using "too high" as a strategy.

Here's the deal, I want to sale this house and I am willing to negotiate.  Are they waiting for us to offer a lower price???  Not the way this works. Buyer makes the first offer, not seller.  Lastly, I hate using sale and sell...never know if I'm using the right one no matter how many times I look it up.  Grammar police please let me off with a warning.

Ugh...just ready for this to be done. I'm ready to move. I'm ready for summer and opening the pool for long hours of floating with a happy drink.

I need a happy drink.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Back to the teaching board...

And glad to be there!  It has been a crazy week. We're still trying to sale the house. My FIL still has Parkinson's. The kid and skids still have activities to get to and from and the dogs still want to be fed.  No matter how crazy life gets, it still continues.

I'm hoping the law of averages will kick in and we will get an offer on the house soon.  We've had five showings in the last weekend.  Two Saturday, one Sunday and two today.

As for the FIL, there are good days and bad days. He is contrary and set in his ways. MIL is no better.

The above was written yesterday.  Continuing thoughts for today...
It is frustrating. It is nerve racking. It is life. We have to live it.  Dealing with aging parents is a responsibility. It is also difficult. You don't want to treat them like children, but they are acting like rebellious children. They are adults and you want to treat them like adults, but they won't listen and they don't see the dangers in their decisions.  The life cycle is at times cruel.  My FIL's body is betraying him. His medicines and age are changing him, corrupting his mind.  My MIL has always been taken care of so having to be the strong one is not natural to her.  I know she is frustrated. I know she is unsure of the future. I know that things are difficult.But sometimes we have to put on our big girl undies and deal!

Mr. MckTchr is pushing forward. He is being strong and trying to deal as best he can. Each day brings new frustrations on top of the old.  It is a struggle. What do you do when your parents can no longer care for themselves, won't listen to you, and you can't give up everything to care for them 24/7.  No one wants to say permanent residential facility, but that may be the way to go.

We would like to move them in with us, but if they still won't listen and still won't do what is needed it won't do any good.  The only benefit is having them close by so we can more quickly respond to falls.  VA assistance is a long list, we must wait and push to move up.  Home health is expensive and their insurance won't cover all that is needed.  A facility is also expensive.

Answers we seek...and miles to go before we sleep. *sigh.