In a dilemmna
I purchased this home almost 5 years ago after my husband passed away. It's a lovely ranch home and I've dedicated many an hour to fixing it up. However my property taxes have increased beyond my means no matter how many times I go head to head with the Assessors Office. So it's been in the back of my mind to try and put this one on the market. I've looked at downsized houses being offered for sale in my area and there sure isn't much. Until the neighbors across the street happened to mention that they were putting their little house on the market. I've been in that house many times and while it's smaller than what I'm used to, it's very nice. They've updated every room, put in all new carpet and completely remodeled the kitchen area. I could be pretty happy there. I'd be going from a 1900 sf house with a full basement to a 1412 sf house on a crawl space. At my age (55) I'm beginning to think of my older years coming up and my determination to keep some money in my pocket so I'm comfortable.
I had been looking at another house nearby with a real estate agent yesterday and he asked to see my house. So he came by and saw just the outside and the yard and was highly impressed. Said he had a lady desperate for a house in our school district who would love this house. And he mentioned a price that I would only dream of getting! He said he could do a 24hr listing and then he would only require a 3% commission for that. I had to say at that point that I was in the first stages of revamping my kitchen somewhat and there was no way I could show the house right now.
Plus my oldest son had a fit when I said it was maybe time to find smaller. He loves this house too, but I don't believe he's helping with the bills? : ) He's trying to talk me into using a reverse mortgage with my equity to help pay my taxes or if something major comes up. Boy there's alot wrong with that idea!
Guess I'm asking what you would do? I may miss on this particular house because of the suddeness of the listing but I would like the kids to at least see what I am looking FOR. Sometimes things just come at you pretty fast. Thanks for any advice.