Should you quit your job, sell your house and then find someplace to live? I don’t know if that works for everyone but eventually it worked for us. I did learn a few things along the way.
When Mike and I chose to leave our established jobs and sell our house, I couldn’t have imagined the frustration and stress we would endure before we found our new home.
Our house was in decent shape before we exhausted ourselves with a huge purge and cleaned and painted every corner and cubby before putting it on the market. We anticipated we would have a series of showings and time to explore new housing options.
Except that didn’t happen. We had no idea our home would sell so fast.
Good news/bad news.
We looked at neighborhoods and narrowed down potential houses while we temporarily lived with Mike’s sister. There was a problem however.
The housing market was HOT.
It was one of the most stressful seasons in my life and looking back, I cannot imagine doing it without a real-estate professional.
We became so desperate to get a house that we just wanted to give up. Forget looking for our dream home—we just wanted a house, any house.
But thankfully our amazing real-estate professional convinced us not to “settle”. He advised us about what would make a great investment and what neighbourhoods made sense for our family.
Now that we’re settled—in our wonderful new neighbourhood in a home that is just perfect for us—I am so grateful for his experience and expertise.
Trust me. It’s more of a challenge to make rational decisions when you’re tired.
Our real-estate professional encouraged us in practical ways and helped me keep my sanity in a frustrating situation. My take-away from our experience:
- Choose a real estate representative that understands where you’re coming from.
- When you’re looking at a house, leave your emotions at the door and remember the practicalities that matter to you.
- Don’t take risks that you’re not comfortable with.
- Read everything before you sign—ask questions if you’re not clear.
- Be flexible in your expectations; have a backup plan.
- Stay cool. Try not to eat too much chocolate.
Now that we are settled in our new perfect-for-us house, it was all worth it. I don’t wear red slippers or click my heels together but with my whole heart I can say, “There’s no place like home.”
If you’re considering a move, check out real estate tips from the professionals. Visit the RECO website.
This post has been generously sponsored by the Real Estate Council of Ontario, the opinions and language are my own.