After a hiatus on the blog, I have returned! Currently, we are days away from celebrating the 4th of July – usually I am feeling like summer is half over when we reach this holiday, but this year I feel like “OK, summer can start now.” Our spring was much different than anything our family had experienced before. Since being married, spring consisted of baseball games, planting our garden, getting out for evening walks, and the beginning of race season for running. This spring was drastically different, my husband no longer coached the varsity baseball team, I was running a full time real estate business in a very busy and fun season, and in May our family made the decision to list our house and move after my husband accepted a teaching position in Aitkin.
For those who haven’t heard our story on why Aitkin: here it goes. My husband and I were born and raised in Aitkin, and our parents continue to live there. We loved where we were in Pillager- Jake’s job at the school and our neighborhood and friends. But in our hearts, we knew that we wanted to be where our parents are – to live life with them. We wanted our kids to have childhoods with their grandparents woven into it and for our parents to have the opportunities to hang out with these awesome little people while they are still our roommates for another 15 years or so. The doors opened all in the right timing for everything to line up – ask anyone who has talked to us and they’ll share it was a “God thing” for it all to come together for us.
Now selling your house is not a DIY affair and I have to admit after doing it myself as a Realtor, I have a deeper understanding for my value and worth as an agent representing my clients. It is emotional, stressful, energy-depleting, and comprehensive – add in running a business, taking care of 3 children, staging & packing up a house, and looking for a new home into the hours of the day and it just doesn’t pan out perfectly. In retrospect, everything went about as smoothly as possible with the moving pieces of selling a home, but there were still kinks that arose as they do in all transactions (that’s what your agent is for- minimizing and navigating these bumps for you)!
Jake and I had a plan for selling our house: we knew we needed it in contract in a weekend – we needed to move on with our plans and with a high schooler nannying for us a handful of days a week I didn’t feel comfortable having showings during the week with our kids at home. We prepared for selling by removing about 30% of our belongings from inside: minimizing and packing our unneeded belongings into organized boxes into the garage. By cleaning out closets, removing toys, and keeping the interior simple, our house was ready. I photographed, measured, and listed our home to hit the market on Mother’s Day/Fishing Opener Weekend- not particularly because of that holiday, just fell with that timing wise. By Saturday, we were in contract and done with showings. That timeline may not work for all sellers, but for us: it was just as planned. List it at a very fair market value, not overpricing or inflating the price to “test” the market out there and give ourselves room to come down- we didn’t want to go down the route of price reductions and weeks of showings with no offers. We planned to sell, and we sold.
Looking for a home turned out to be more challenging than expected, our move to Aitkin is long term and we have the hopes to find our “forever” home. After previewing most of the listed homes and a few for sale by owners, we met with some builders to discuss new construction. Unlike all the open doors on the decision to move & sell our home, buying or building a home led to closed door after closed door. We almost had something come together to purchase, but felt like we were forcing something that wasn’t meant to be now, so once we let it go and decided to wait: a door opened for us. We graciously accepted the invitation to move into my parents’ home as they moved into a townhome for us- committing to staying there until the spring when we start looking again. I don’t know many people who would give up their home and decide to move in 2 weeks to allow their kids & grandkids to live in their home, but they did and we are grateful.
Our family and friends helped us load up in Pillager (by the way, if you buy/sell with Edina Realty, we have this awesome moving truck to use – just ask me about it) while new colleagues from Aitkin and family waited for us in Aitkin to help us unload. We really felt surrounded by a community of friends both in Pillager and Aitkin in our transition of moving. We’ve been in Aitkin for about a week now- unpacking boxes, organizing, decorating bedrooms, and having some fun along the way too.
Through this whole process of selling, moving, and change – one of the biggest things I have learned is to allow myself to feel without guilt. We had a great experience selling our home, moving, and finding a house for us to settle in (even if it wasn’t what we had planned, it’s a great place to be), but there are still so many emotions leaving the house we got engaged in and brought three babies home to. Allowing myself to be thankful for those memories, saddened about leaving our neighborhood, friends & school, relieved to have the house closed, nervous about the transition, and excited about getting reconnected in Aitkin – so many emotions and they are all normal!
I am continuing to work out of the Baxter Edina office and serve my wonderful clients all around the Brainerd Lakes area – that is what is so awesome about my career! I get to work with the best people in the best place (I know that is subjective, but I believe it is true). I love what I do and where I get to do it. See you around!