Misery Loves Company

By in Real Estate | 14 comments

Actually, I am not miserable, nor do I have “real” problems, but only minor stresses and inconveniences accompanying our cross country move.

We are officially “on the road” with no address and no final date of arrival in our new land.


We just sold our current home-today. Packed the cars. Packed the cats and began our journey.


At the settlement on our current home, there were unexpected problems inconveniences today. Good bye to several hundred dollars and hello to a gigantic dose of stress. Although the realtor said it is not unusual for these last minute issues to occur at real estate closings, it’s a first for us.

The first problem was MY FAULT. For whatever reason, I thought the buyers didn’t want the refrigerator, so I sold it for a pittance on Craig’s list. Turns out that on the contract, the buyers stated they wanted it. So we had to pay up at closing for them to get a new refrigerator. I’m trying hard not to relive my error over and over again.

Mistakes happen.

The second was a complete misunderstanding. We left some stuff we thought the buyers would want. Turns out, they didn’t want it. After a stressful negotiation at the closing table, more money out the door.


Expect that things won’t go as planned. They never do.

As they say in sports, “Have a short memory”. I’m working on this all the time!


Thank you so much for visiting. I have a bunch of wonderful guest articles lined up for the upcoming month and I am so grateful to the bloggers who have pitched in to help me. Please continue to visit and support these generous folks.

Tomorrow, we travel to our next temporary stop with my parents. They have no internet!

The folks have been generous enough to let us crash there until we know when our new (short sale purchase) home will be available.

I’ll keep you posted as our journey evolves. I really appreciate your continuing support and readership.

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Are you just a little bit happy when others have troubles?

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  1. Well Barb, such an adventure has to come with its ups and downs… and its quote of surprises, by the way! I’m sure you’ll end up this experience with many stories to tell and lots of new knowledge!!! And whenever you are already settled, you’ll look back at this days as a time worth remembering!
    Have a very safe trip and keep us posted on how it goes.

    Finanzas Personales

    June 28, 2011

  2. There are always last minute surprises no matter how well you plan. Take your time going cross country, you may never do it again. Drive safely.


    June 28, 2011

  3. Have a fantastic journey Barb! Life always brings unexpected expenses, my monthly credit card statement is proof of that! 🙂

    Your blog will be in good hands while you are in an Internet free world. Enjoy the start of this new chapter in your life, it truly sounds exciting.

    Everyday Tips

    June 29, 2011

  4. @Finanzas, Krantcents, & Everyday-thanks for your ongoing support and comments-I’m smiling with gratitude. Off for day 2 of our journey… bye for now 🙂 to my folks home WITH NO INTERNET!


    June 29, 2011

  5. Best of luck with the move. They do say that moving is one of the most stressful things you do in your lifetime. There are always going to be some nasty little surprises here and there. Keep calm and put it all down to experience. If you’re still struggling to see the bright side, remember that blips at the very very least make for great blog post material!

    Harri @ TotallyMoney

    June 29, 2011

  6. Sorry to hear about your troubles. Good luck with the move and be safe!


    June 29, 2011

  7. Barb, very sorry to hear your farewell was so miserable. Hopefully you will find better luck in your new home.


    June 29, 2011

  8. Have a great trip, Barb!

    As for the fridge, asi es la vida. Whaddaya gonna do?

    101 Centavos

    June 30, 2011

  9. Thanks to all for your support. I am now at my mom and dad’s with no internet….. so I really appreciate your comments and visits. I’ll keep in touch as I can 🙂


    June 30, 2011

  10. Buying my house was stressful enough. I can’t imagine trying to sell it. I think I’m going to be here for a long time.

    Bret @ Hope to Prosper

    July 3, 2011

  11. Bret, Great decision-stay put-moving is enough to send one over the edge!!!


    July 3, 2011

  12. Sorry to hear that.. But to look at the positive side, as you have no major problem, that will be enough to be thankful..

    Leslie Mist

    July 7, 2011

  13. Leslie, You are absolutely correct…. I work very hard at maintaining an upbeat attitude. Thanks for the visit.


    July 7, 2011


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