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February 22, 2013


Agh - brought back horrid memories of my selling mine - and our trial went on for months.
We "staged" and staged again, and ( I swear ) watched "Sell This House" religiously.

I finally penned this after one "Clear out and go stand in the park" encounter too many:


Tanya: “Well, on this episode of Sell This House, we’re looking at Tommy’s duplex. It’s been on the market for 8 months, and there are only 12 other comparable properties on his block, so why won’t it smell…err, sell?. Let’s look at the videotape, Tommy!

Voice on videotape: “Christ! Did a cow shit in here??”

Tanya: “Ok, with two big dogs and three cats in a 1,190 square foot ½ duplex, I can understand how carpet cleaning and deodorization isn’t going to make a fart in a whirlwind’s worth of difference (sorry, Tommy), so let’s turn to Roger for some ideas. Roger?”

Roger: “Well, we can eliminate some of the pet odor by eliminating some of the pets. BJ, your Bulldog is a cute boy, but he’s gotta go. (Roger produces a large handgun and fires two shots into BJ, looks closely and then fires one more. He looks satisfied) All right! (claps hands together) now while you guys start digging a hole in the backyard, I’ll run to the supply store for some quicklime. Nothing puts off potential buyers like a charnel pit smell in the backyard.

Morrie seems to have made quick work of that bowl of antifreeze I set out, and I’ve already strangled Sunny and Kingsford with the strength in my amazingly-muscled forearms! Precious might be a bit of a problem, as she seems to have disappeared after watching me dispatch Sunny and Kingsford, but moving the furniture in the spare bedroom should take care of that.

Tanya: “See why we call him the miracle worker? You’re amazing, Roger! What a MAN!!” (starts to remove clothes)


If I can, I'll share my house-selling karma with you. I have only owned one house. I was the first one to look at it and I made an immediate offer and bought it. When I sold it, nineteen years later, it went to the first person who saw it. Built in bookcases full of books in a house near a university did the trick for me and for our buyers. But I was also very careful about pricing it. Rather than fixing it up, I kept the price down for a quick sale. I might have held out for a better price but hey, no open house, and I was moving overseas. It was listed on Wednesday night and I had a contract by Saturday morning. I also think it helped to have a European buyer - not so fussy about the lack of perfection.

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