Home Seller's Fatigue Syndrome
Her house sat on the market for one year and one week before selling for 33 percent less than she paid for it in 2005. Not in a short sale or foreclosure, but still. Those of us who have had homes sit and sit and sit on this godforsaken market can relate to Nancy and the phenomenon of HFS as she calls it.
Seriously, reading this took me right back to my mad cleaning frenzies having to get the house ready for prospective buyers and the moment when an agent barged into our house with her clients in tow without an appointment... and I had JUST gotten dressed after a shower. Oh, the stress. The prolonged stress. The constant cleaning and de-cluttering. The strangers in our house. The agents who don't call first... No, I don't really miss it.
How do you know if you're suffering from HFS? Well, Nancy cleverly and refreshingly details the symptoms. Here are a just a couple:
-You have a constant unsettled feeling reinforced daily by the sight of the sign in your front yard, swinging in the wind and, you would swear some days, laughing.
-You have developed paranoia because during various open houses people swiped your prescription drugs and went through your drawers. Not only do you no longer have open houses, but you jump whenever your husband touches you.
For the rest of the symptoms as well as the cure, you'll have to read the entire Tribune article.
You'll be glad you did.
Here it is:
Stressing the Positive in Selling a Home, or Just Plain Stressing - Chicago Tribune
By the way, I came across this article thanks to Dennis Rodkin of Chicago Magazine's Deal Estate blog. Check it out. And follow Dennis on Twitter: @DealEstate.
And lastly... just wondering. Ever have prospective buyers barge in on you unexpectedly? And what is the thing you'll miss the LEAST about having your house on the market?
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