In 2004, we were young and risky. Buying our first
home in a flush-filled, pre-bubble market we paid like 99 cents
down and had the keys to our shiny new home in Skokie, Illinois.
Our three bedroom slice of heaven was perfect for us.
Until, suddenly, it wasn't.
Overwrought with a multitude of "stuff" accumulated
over nearly 10 years and now four kids later, we've known for a
while that we've literally outgrown our home.
When piles of old clothing bins took over what once
was our laundry space, when we began timing everyone in the
bathroom in the mornings (We're all freaked out by the basement
bathroom) and when I may have had a meltdown about fitting a
sleepover bed in my daughter's overly stuffed bedroom - we finally
gave in and started our search, nearly one year ago.
To say that the market is frustrating right now is
an understatement. Either there is a plethora of houses just like
ours (great news for selling - not) or there are million dollar
homes that are "well-priced" at only in
the 800K's or 900K's. There's not much in between, at least in our
neighborhood. Throw in some lovely foreclosures that are lowering
our sell-ability and wow, what a fun game.
As soon as something exciting pops on the market,
the race begins. 16 people rush to get an appointment, 10
make offers, three enter a bidding war over it and you end up
crying over a cup of tea at the end of the night in the
Wash, rinse and repeat.
As the holiday season ends and we get back into the
looking phase, my heart and stomach don't know how much longer they
can take this. I want to provide more for my family - more space,
more storage and maybe even a heavenly master bath for us - but my
kids often ask why we need to move. Creatures of habit and owners
of 'less is more' attitudes, I am proud that my kids don't care
that we're on top of each other and that we can't save a thing
because there's just no place else to put it!
But, I still want more - I pine for kitchen
cabinets that don't explode when I open them, a bedroom that
doesn't allow me to hear my son's phone conversations through the
wall and oh, what I wouldn't do for a garage?!
So, onward we go on this family journey. Looking
for love in all the wrong places, hoping to find a suitable mate
for our family. Follow us on our journey as we play
The Real Estate Game along with so many other
people around the country trying to pick up the mess.
Anyone else out there playing?? What's your
experience been like?
Sara Kutliroff is a freelance writer and blogger trying not to forget the "me” in mommy.
See more of Sara's stories here.
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