We get a lot of phone calls for “that house” from companies wanting us to renovate or do something new. Our usual response being “Well, we hate the house, we’d like it to burn, but we like our renters and don’t want them dead, so… no, we don’t want (insert their product), thanks!” Their usual reply is a laugh, “Gotcha – thanks!” and that’s the end of it.
The last company that called, all I heard back was “You don’t want your renters dead?”
That’s all she got out of that? I guess we won’t be using that one again. I’m on some watch list now I’m sure.
I have great news… sort of?
We’ve been told “that house” has finally broken even, which means we could, possibly, maybe, sort of, *shrugs* sell it?
It’s weird though. For ten years, this has literally been on my mind almost constantly. Sad, I know. But when you’re losing more than the house itself costs, and you *cannot* afford to just walk away (plus, we don’t think that’s ok unless you **really**, really can’t keep it any longer), and your previous renters have been dirt bags to the extreme (they left people poop in buckets ya’ll) it becomes this looming beast over your head.
We got in touch with our favorite realtor man who gave us our most recent, most epic renters; I mean, they pay on time, don’t do drugs, don’t bug the neighbors and, as far as I know, haven’t stolen anything from the house – I mean c’mon – can you get better than that? He says the market is slightly turning in our favor, even though the house is built 5 feet below sea level two blocks from the ocean (seriously, what THE heck!) and may be a tough sell. Ya think!?
While I hate to do this to our amazing renters, we need this. We need this so bad.
Here is my bigger problem.
I am developing a relationship with this house like an abused spouse. Not making light of those situations, but honest-to-goodness it is the best comparison I can make. Realizing we could actually be done finally. I started panicking. The thoughts of what could go wrong, how much will *this* cost us, OMG’sh I think I may actually be too beaten down to go through this! (If you’ve ever bought/sold a house on the east coast… you feel my pain – it’s crazy!!)
What do you do when you’re so tired of something slowly killing you, that you’re too tired to even stop it?
The realtor has been amazing so far. He lets me freak out. He makes sure the paperwork is done. He talks me down out of my panic. He may not fully understand, but he does a great job of faking it. And right now, that’s what I need – just little nudges, or maybe a giant push, off the cliff to get things going.
Now to hopefully get our ending started…