Control – or Lack Thereof


Nathan and I listed our condo last month.  Since then we’ve had a grand total of two showings.

It’s discouraging.

We’re not in a position where we have to sell – but two kids and a dog in a two bedroom condo is getting tight.  We have enough money for a down payment on a house in the neighbourhood we want to be in, the only problem is selling our condo.

We bought in 2008, three months before the “crash”.  After eight years of living here, if we sell it at the price it’s currently listed at, we’ll still be losing money.

Like I said, it’s discouraging.

I like to be in control.  Before we listed, Nathan and I spent a month and a half renovating.  Painting, cutting and installing new baseboards, replacing taps and molding.  We were motivated, certain that we were going to sell our place within the first week!

Unfortunately when it comes to selling houses, you can only control so much.  We made the place look as amazing as we could, we keep it spotless in case of an unexpected showing – but we can’t control what potential buyers will think.

I want to do everything in my power to help it sell quickly and for a good price, but I need to keep reminding myself that I’m not in control.

It’s scary.

It’s unsettling.

It’s stressful.

But I suppose it’s character building, isn’t it?

That darned old refining process …


  1. says

    My boss at work just sold her house and it was a long process. But she did wind up selling it for what she wanted, it just took some time. I definitely do not envy you the house selling process!

    • says

      Patience has never been one of my strong points, lol. Once this place sells we’re going to move into a house and never go through the house selling process again! At least that’s the plan ;)

  2. says

    It’s amazing how much the housing market differs from place to place. Just look at Vancouver – your place would probably be sold before it even hit MLS if it were there.

    But I feel yah – Buying and selling real estate is one of the most stressful things I’ve dealt with in my life. Sometimes I’d rather give birth again than have to deal with it, really! If anything, it’s taught me patience. Our place has been on the market for 1 day and I’m already stressed out. I feel yah!

    • says

      Patience has never been one of my strong points. I would much rather give birth again than go through the stress ;) Good luck selling your place ~ I hope it sells quickly!

  3. says

    Ugh that’s so tough! We are house hunting right now but don’t plan to sell our rental property in Kamloops to buy. Also we don’t plan to buy until October or November but we like to start our house hunting early so we get a really good feel for the market. It is definitely a buyers market in Northern BC and Alberta right now with the economic downturn. My fingers are crossed you get more showings too! Could you guys rent it out instead? Or is that not an option?

    • says

      We’ve been debating whether or not to rent it out but we’ve heard so many horror stories from friends who’ve rented their homes and ended up with horrible renters that we’re not sure that’s the route we want to go. Nathan would rather stay put and try listing again next year but I really don’t want to go through the stress again. So much of our stuff is in storage, I really don’t want to bring it all home, then go through another big purge in another 8-12 months, lol. We have 30 more days left on our listing. If it doesn’t sell by then maybe we’ll take another look at renting :)

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