On the other hand, back in the first months of this year, my mom's house sold in a matter of weeks for more than we were asking. So, y'know, it's not like it can't be done.
So now that all of my mom's affairs have been pretty much put into order and we've got mental bandwidth again, Laurie and I are putting our house on the market again. We have lowered the price, made some improvements, and are working with a new agent who specializes in helping people who are under water get out of it.
The listing will go up in two weeks, which means we've got to scramble to get the last of the decluttering/cleanup/disposal of STUFF done. We have taken carloads of stuff to Goodwill, several tubs worth of Star Wars collectibles to an eBay selling agent, and have put more than a few pieces of furniture or other household goods out on the curb with a sign that says "Free, please take!" In the next weekend or two, my beloved massive drafting table will go over to its new home at my sister's house. My large and solid (but large) desk/credenza/bookcase set will also be going... somewhere... TBD (did I mention that it's large), our living room set (couch and recliner) will probably be donated, and so on.
If the house does not sell at our asking price, we then have to start looking at where it becomes more practical to go to a short sale. A short sale would be a hit to our otherwise awesome credit rating, not to mention costing us an arm and a leg, but still comes out in the long run being better over pouring half again what we can afford into this house from now until forever.
As you might guess, we're really hoping it will sell for the asking price.
The second shoe to drop in this process is figuring out where we want (and can afford) to move to. Laurie and I have a fair idea of what we want, but we have no idea where to find it or even if it exists. We will also not know what our options are until we know if we're having a normal sale or a short sale. Normal sale, we can probably buy again immediately; short sale, we're going to have to rent because we won't be able to get a mortgage for a few years.
We know we're not going to be moving out of Virginia in the immediate future, but we don't know how long it will be before the last obstacles to that goal are lifted, and so it's very debatable whether it would be worth buying again anyway-- the northern VA market takes a real long time for you to recoup the investment in a house, which is ironic considering how crazy the real estate market is around here. But the rent is also redonkolously high. So... dunno. It's a mess.
But for the time being we're focusing on the positive. We've purged our home of a lot of extraneous STUFF that was just weighing us down, and we're moving to a new life where we can afford to live comfortably while I continue my writing and art.
Wish us luck! Oh, and if you're local and looking for some furniture, let me know, ASAP.