Old Stone House

Selling a bit of your soul…

June 22, 2008

Filed under: Day to Day @ 9:28 am

pleasebuyme.jpgThe sign has been up about 5 days, and within 24 hours of listing we had a showing. Since then, nothing. Although we have a clear game plan for this house – a bottom-line price, end-date for listing, rational motives etc., it’s still very hard to sell something that you’ve invested so much time/money/sweat into. Every time a car drives by the sign on the lawn and doesn’t slow down, we take it as a snub! The last time we sold our house (a new cookie-cutter semi) we did so in about 18 hours! The sign wasn’t up before the house was gone! However, that was 4+ years ago and the market was very different. That being said, it’s still easy to ask yourself “why hasn’t this house sold?” – even when it’s been listed less then a week – wondering if there is something wrong with it, or if you have bad taste…

For some reason we’re also feeling a little bit desperate to sell because of the national economic situation. Canada is in good shape right now, however the high gas prices are causing inflation, which should trigger interest rates to rise. If interest rates go up, we feel that a good potion of the house-buying market will disappear. As such, we feel like now is the time to get out…

So, combine the worry that nobody likes your house, with an impending fear that an economic downturn is on the horizon and you wind up with a highly-stressful, depressing situation. The reality is that if this entire deal falls though we get to live in the house we love without any penalty – a win/win situation.

Doesn’t seem to make such difference…


  1. Hang in there! The housing market is tough in the U.S., too, though it seems to differ in severity region by region. (Prices still at top-dollar in my neck of the woods … and selling!)

    Besides, even though you are ready to move on to your next place, you don’t really want to turn this one over to just anyone, do you? 🙂

    Hi Nicole – Houses are still selling here too!  It’s a buyer’s market so competition is fierce! And no, we wouldn’t want to turn this house over to ‘anybody’. I would die to see somebody stick a deck and carport on the side of ‘our house’. Precisely why we applied for heritage status! 

    Comment by Nicole — June 22, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

  2. Oh, I would snap that house up in an instant! The right person will come along! It’s a tough market, but you have a quality, one of a kind house and there will always be a market for that.

    Thanks Jennifer! In truth, we’re pretty confident the house will sell, it’s just tough… Two little girls aren’t making it easy – especially when it comes to keeping the place tidy! 

    Comment by Jennifer — June 23, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

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