Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The House in Virginia...

So, we have this house in Virginia. It used to be our dream house. It was on the golf course, had great views, a big basement. When Ray first became a real estate agent, he stumbled across this house, and took me to see it. Not only was it a great house, but it was in the same neighborhood as our good friends.

We sold the house we owned at the time in a matter of minutes, and got this one.

It turns out it wasn't our dream home, it wasn't in our dream location. Soon after living there, we realized living in Virginia wasn't where we wanted to raise kids. So we up and moved to North Carolina.

But we decided this a little too late. The real estate market had already taken a turn for the worse. We had our house on the market, and I think we had all of three people look at it in three months. It got down to the wire, so we listed it for rent, and had a renter in it in no time.

And that's where it has been for almost two years. A renter who took good care of the place, paid rent on time, and even installed a hot tub on our old patio.

And now that her lease is up in April, she's moving out.

Ray is going up there this weekend to look at the house and check things out. Obviously we are going to list it for sale and rent, and take the best thing that comes across. I just hope and pray we don't have to make two mortgage payments for too long...

20 comments:

Happy Working Mom said...

Oooohhh, I really feel for you. Hopefully someone else will come along to rent it, or you'll get super lucky and find someone to buy it!

Dem Mom said...

Ew, hope it works out. I've lived in VA all my life, NOVA and Cville, Richmond. We'd love to sell our suburban house in Richmond and move closer to the city, but I'm terrified about how long it would take to sell this one!

Julie said...

ACK! I hope it moves quickly!

That Chick Over There said...

Oh, I feel for you. I had a house in NC and so did Jason. We got married and he sold his. It took a year to sell mine. GAH.

I really, really, REALLY hope it sells in no time!

Misty said...

that stinks... but hopefully it will all work out. We know so many people stuck in this same predicament...

ChrisB said...

Hope things work out for you this time around.

Kellie said...

Huh. I need a place to move to given I HATE where I am. Virgina sounds nice. I bet it's a lot warmer than where I am right now.

Seriously, though...here's to hoping it sells in no time (or, that another good renter moves in). I'm sure the stress of thinking of paying two mortgages is awful!

frannie said...

oh, what a bad time for this to happen. I hope that you have a great lucky streak and someone snatches it up!

Rachel said...

Good luck!! I hope whatever happens, happens quickly!

Pam said...

Good luck with selling the house!

Laura said...

The housing market is such a gamble. Good luck!

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BoufMom9 said...

Good luck! I have been in that horrible boat once before with a rental and mortgage.
Hope you find someone really soon!

Kelly M said...

OH wow...I so hope it works out for you guys.

SJ said...

I really hope that you have awesome luck with the house when your renter moves out!

Crossing my fingers for you....

my4kids said...

That would be hard thing! Hope it gets sold or rented at least soon!

Steph said...

Yikes. I hope it all works out well for you guys, and quickly!

Beccy said...

Good luck, the housing market stinks here at the moment so I know how worrying this can be.

3XMom said...

good luck!

Edie said...

Bummer.... Wouldn't it be nice if you could sell it and not have to worry about it anymore.

Daisy said...

I feel for you. It sounds like a wonderful home; let's hope someone else will see the value of it and buy it quickly.