Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Enduring the Trials and Tribulations of Selling One's Home

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Enduring the Trials and Tribulations of Selling One's Home

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It is hard to pinpoint which aspect of a real estate transaction is the most irritating, as there are so many contenders worthy of the title.

Some people will swear that buying a house is more annoying than selling a house, but an equal number of people will say the opposite, so it's probably best to avoid the question altogether.

Some people will say that moving out of the old house is more traumatic than moving into the new house, while others will argue that it's the other way around. I, personally, have trouble distinguishing between moving out and moving in and find that the whole process sort of blends together into a twilight zone of cardboard boxes, wilted houseplants and herniated disks. The whole experience has taught me some valuable lessons, however, which I would be happy to share: 1. Buy the first house you look at. Every house you look at after the first one will simply add to your depression and confusion. Chances are the first house you look at is going to be in no better or worse shape than the 30th one, and you will have saved yourself a lot of time and aggravation. 2. Don't ask a lot of nosy questions. No homeowner likes to stand there and be peppered with a bunch of dangfool questions such as, "Does the roof leak?" "Is it true that this house is built on top of an abandoned landfill?" or "Does the Harley-Davidson parked in the living room stay or go?" Every time you ask a question, you're inviting the homeowner to lie, which, over time, can make the homeowner nervous and suspicious and even more of a pain in the behind than he was likely to be otherwise. 3. Don't worry about how much the house costs. It doesn't make any difference because you can't afford it anyway. Become comfortable with the fact that your new home will be a financial anvil hanging from your neck for the next 30 years and that you won't be able to afford new underwear, much less a vacation, ever again. …

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