Sorry I've been MIA for a while, I was blogging a bit in E's page but realized that I would actually like to give her a choice to be anonymous online or not, so then I stopped altogether.
Lots of things have happened in this last year, and I thought it would be a great time to start blogging again.
In the past few months, we had been praying and mulling over whether or not to stay in our place or sell. The market is so hot right now that while it would be good to sell, it would be insane to buy. In the end, we decided that it was time and signed the dotted line with our realtor in early May. Our realtor, Derek Thornton, happens to be a very good friend and we felt lucky knowing that we could trust him to have our best interests in mind. He didn't seem to mind when we asked him a million questions at odd hours of the day (and night).
Well, last week, our neighbours across the lane sold without getting to an open house so Derek had contacted their realtor, who was kind enough to pass on other interested clients to him. He followed up with them and showed our place the next day (our open house was not slated for another week) and we received an offer! After 5 grueling, patience-testing days with a lot of that time spent praying, our buyer's subjects were removed and our townhouse is now sold! Hallelujah, praise the Lord! Now we don't have to worry about holding an open house and can just focus on finding our next (and hopefully) forever home.
We had been initially looked in South Surrey. We spend a lot of time there as our church and friends are out that way but we quickly realized that we couldn't afford a house so we started looking at the new developments that were being offered. OH MY GOODNESS, what a crazy, crazy market it is. People are waiting in line just to put offers in. The whole process seems so cold and cut-throat; all about buying and selling at a profit and not about looking for a good home. It made me sad to think about people like us, who just want to find a house to grow our family having to compete against people with cash on hand, wanting to flip it in a few months.
The used market for townhouses is slightly better, but my personal preference is not to get out of a townhouse only to go back into another one, albeit bigger. V disagrees; he doesn’t mind townhouse living and actually prefers not being on the hook to do lawncare or having to pay for a new roof, but we know that we are at the whim of the used market.
Although not his first choice (more mine), we are also looking further east (Cloverdale/Clayton Heights) where the houses are SLIGHTLY more reasonable (not by a large margin, mind you); roughly the same price as a new townhouse in South Surrey. This past Wednesday, V and Derek went and blitzed through 8 houses and V fell in love with two that were also on our top two MLS listings. We continue to rely on the Lord’s good and perfect plan for us and our future and praying for more of God’s patience (because I am NOT good with patience).
Hoping to update you more with some good news soon!