Selling and buying in this crazy time

I never had a home of my own, my little cocoon. When I moved with my partner four years ago, I saw what it was like to have a home. It was my haven of peace, when I entered this space, it became my landmark, my calm, my memory box. I saw my daughters grow up, I saw my relationship evolved, I celebrated, I laughed and cried in this house. There came a time when we made the decision to sell since each of our daughters needed a room, which we couldn’t afford. We sold with ease, it’s no secret at the moment the market is very seller friendly. There were several offers, several prices that were crazy enough to have our location.

When we sold, the market was not yet completely inaccessible. We searched slowly, but nothing was right. We also changed salespeople, because you can shop that too. Funny to say, but choosing a new home is a big decision, it’s stressful and demanding. You have to be able to trust 100% and also have a good relationship with the seller, in my opinion. Some are unrelated to their broker, but for me it was unthinkable.

We found a calm, confident broker who was able to listen to us, but really listen to our requests. He wasn’t trying to show us anything else, or put us in awkward situations or even make us go over budget. When I had moments of panic, he was there to answer our questions. During the visits, he knew how to ask the right questions and give us his opinion on the cost and sometimes showed us elements that we had not seen. It must be said that at a certain point, we considered taking anything that could at least give us a roof over our heads. With kids shopping around for a house and finding nothing maybe really, but really anxiety-provoking. We wanted them to be good and not to be badly taken by our fault. We also took into consideration the neighborhood, parks, schools and the surroundings of the house. We made several offers, about 11. You would not have believed the outrageous price that sometimes came out. There were sometimes about twenty of us making an offer to purchase and it became obvious that we had to put the maximum of our budget, to have a chance to be in the race. Sometimes it was really frustrating because it was houses that a few years ago weren’t worth that value. Even the municipal assessment is no longer valid. It was really the bidding war. For real I lost count of the number of nights spent standing, my cheeks eaten whole, stomach aches, tears shed. We made several offers, about 11. You would not have believed the outrageous price that sometimes came out. There were sometimes about twenty of us making an offer to purchase and it became obvious that we had to put the maximum out of our budget, in order to have a chance to be in the race. Sometimes it was really frustrating because it was houses that a few years ago weren’t worth that value. Even the municipal assessment is no longer valid. It really was a bidding war. For real I lost count of the number of nights spent standing, my cheeks eaten whole, stomach aches, tears shed. We made several offers, about 11. You would not have believed the outrageous price that sometimes came out. There were sometimes about twenty of us making an offer to purchase and it became obvious that we had to put the maximum of our budget, to have a chance to be in the race. Sometimes it was really frustrating because it was houses that a few years ago weren’t worth that value. Even the municipal assessment is no longer valid. It was really the bidding war. For real I lost count of the number of nights spent standing, my cheeks eaten whole, stomach aches, tears shed. There were sometimes about twenty of us making an offer to purchase and it became obvious that we had to put the maximum of our budget, to have a chance to be in the race. Sometimes it was really frustrating because it was houses that a few years ago weren’t worth that value. Even the municipal assessment is no longer valid. It really was a bidding war. For real I lost count of the number of nights spent standing, my cheeks eaten whole, stomach aches, tears shed. There were sometimes about twenty of us making an offer to purchase and it became obvious that we had to put the maximum of our budget, to have a chance to be in the race. Sometimes it was really frustrating because it was houses that a few years ago weren’t worth that value. Even the municipal assessment is no longer valid. It really was a bidding war. For real I lost count of the number of nights spent standing, my cheeks eaten whole, stomach aches, tears shed. 

Right now we are waiting for official papers for a house and once again, it looks like as long as it’s not concrete, it’s hard to be happy. It is a beautiful moment for us, a chapter which ends to open another, and I am convinced that it will be filled with adventure and joy. It is important in these intense times to make the best decision for our family, not to win a race. Besides, sometimes you have to act as if you were alone to make an offer and have your head to look at the small details, because it is a big decision. My advice is to listen to yourself and at the limit wait another year before buying, because it is difficult and not everyone goes through these stages with courage. Surround yourself too, do activities to clear your mind and above all, take the time to choose your broker and talk to them about your concerns, what you don’t like and if this continues, you also have the right to choose someone who matches more to your needs. Good luck!

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