It’s been two years now. I sold my home and moved out two years ago this month. I’m in my second rental home (same landlord) and have been here for 16 months now. The critters are all here with me (minus three hens – old age and attrition and I’m down to 10 from the 13 I started with) and we’re all a little older, but still looking for the perfect place. The real estate market’s been opening up for me in recent months, with more places in my price range that are closer to civilization. They aren’t perfect – there’s a reason they’re in my price range, after all, but up until this summer I couldn’t find these kinds of places unless I drove for an hour first.
I made an offer on a little place on six acres a couple of towns over. I seem to be hopscotching around all these little farm towns, so it would only make sense I’d find a place in one of them. It’s a short sale, and will be several months if it goes through. I made the offer and it was accepted by the homeowner, it just needs to be accepted by the two lienholders…or something like that. Of course I’ve been hearing all kinds of short sale stories about people who wait and wait only to have it refused at the last. Or the bank accepts a higher offer from another buyer and they lose it. I’m not putting a lot of worry into these possible scenarios. And if the house doesn’t work out, well, I’m still looking. That’s the good thing about a short sale – you can pretty much withdraw your offer at any time, so if something better comes along in the meantime, I can switch.
It’s a smallish house, with some nice features, some things that need to be changed. First on the agenda will be a fence (surveyor and fence contractor) and of course the chicken coop. I’ll craigslist that one for help. There’s a little more road noise than I’d like, but the house is set well back from the road (hidden from street view) and will be a good place to sit and gain equity for a few years.
My eastern Washington dream, the Okanogan Highlands and Columbia Highlands, will still be there for me. I’m going to take a trip back over this fall and winter, just to see what the weather is like during the cold months (and if I’m up to it). For now, if this is it, it will work. And my new neighbors are pretty cute, don’t you think? (Mama deer and her half grown fawn.)