Home Free

Our house sold on my 60th birthday in March of this year. I was having lunch with my sister, her partner and Lorraine in Arizona. I told them the news and I said that Lorraine and I were now homeless.

My sister’s partner corrected me. “You are now home free!”.

We approached our real estate agent in September of 2015 about selling our home. At the time I thought that it would take a couple of years for us to sell the house. We lived in the country, the house was expensive for the area and it would have a much smaller pool of interested buyers.

We went ahead and put in our order for the new coach in October of 2015. I thought it would be wise to have the coach for at least a year or two before we went out on the road. There is a fair amount to learn about the RV lifestyle and the coach itself. Looking back, I’m really pleased we got it then.

We listed the house in March of 2016 and we took delivery of the coach in June of 2016.

And we waited for a buyer.

And waited.

Lots of showings during the first year. Not one offer.

We relisted the house in March of 2017. Reduced our price by 5 percent. Two offers within a few days. The second offer came in firm with no conditions which forced the first buyer to clear conditions if they wanted the deal. They wanted the deal. Close date of July 7.

We are in the process of downsizing and it is certainly a big task. We will move into a condo in a beautiful heritage home in the heart of the downtown. For a year. And then we will be off in our coach. Full time for the first year, perhaps longer.

I was out mowing the property last night. And it is a beautiful spot. The house and the property served us well. I will miss it. More than the other houses that we have lived in over the years.

Very mixed emotions as we go through this part of the transition into retirement.

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