We sold the house! We sold our house in Washington! Hooray! After 10 months!
Things I have learned:
- Patience is a virtue, and I am impatient with the amount of patience I have.
- If a home buyer can't get the financing because he isn't a U.S. citizen, he can't get the financing the second try, either.
- Co-signers to a non-U.S citizen's loan can suddenly decide they want to buy a "vacation home" in Portland, OR, and not be co-signers anymore.
- Always ask if the homebuyer is a U.S. citizen with traceable income.
- Always ask for daily rent money up front, not at closing. It may not come to closing.
- Hire a realtor who knows Real Estate legalities, not simply because he/she is a people-person.
- Referring to your 2nd mortgage as your "vacation home" will get a chuckle or two.
- "Timing is in the hands of Higher Authority", I thought, as the bank called to remind us the bridge loan is due in 2 days.
- A weight carried for so long is not easily forgotten, even after it is gone, which may be a good thing.
- Jumping up and down and giving group hugs after losing a hard-fought volleyball game because you announced you closed on the house today creates fast friends.
- More people are pulling for you than you realize.