Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Do you have home seller's fatigue syndrome?

Chicago Tribune reporter Nancy Watkins has coined my new favorite phrase:

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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Baby By The Sea said...

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Love in the Time of Foreclosure said...

I'm so glad you like it. I love it. I'll be doing a post about the new design giving props to Ms. Sara. I was inspired by your new design!

Joan Gale Frank said...

I found this Chicago Tribune article the other day and was surprised and delighted that Nancy wrote about my book, Home Seller's Blues. I am the author of that book and would like to add that the original term of the malady that Nancy Watkins used, HSF, seemed to come from my term, HSB, which stands for Home Seller's Blues - which is the title, and also used throughout the book to describe the difficult emotions that home seller's are currently experiencing. If you'd like to read a detailed account of that experience, which Nancy mentions in her article, along with solutions that I used to overcome my own case of Home Seller's Blues, please reference the book.

Love in the Time of Foreclosure said...

Hi Joan,
Thanks for the comment. And glad to hear you overcame the Home Seller's Blues. I just looked up your website and will definitely check it out. Seems like a great resource. And I'll have to look for your book as well. I love the positive spin. It's so needed. As you can see, I'm of like mind that way.
All best,

Joan Gale Frank said...

Thank you Stephanie, I truly appreciate your response and your blog. It seems we are both on a quest to turn the challenges we are all facing today into a more palatable form of lemonade.

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