Well we had our first garage sale about 3-4 weeks ago and now that we have to list the house we had another one this past weekend. Between the two of the them we netted about a grand and got rid of an awful lot of stuff. The stuff left over from this one was sorted into three piles – stuff to go to the curb for freecycle; stuff to go to the mission; and stuff to be retained for the last of our garage sales that will be held just after we have a signed and agreed upon house contract. Then we will have a final living estate sale to get rid of all the larger items in the home that we don’t give away to our kids or sell with the house.
So once again we will try to sell the house and we have decided to list it with a flat fee real estate listing firm here in Texas called the Listing Firm. For a nominal fee they will list our property on the MLS listings and we will offer a three percent “buyers finders” fee to any real estate agents who find us an appropriate buyer. We will then turn over the paperwork to our lawyer to close the deal. This will save us at least $4,000 in saved listing commissions that agents normally charge. So today it is clean up the garage and get the house to a “ready stage” for showing… then it is pictures taken for the web… and finally pay for the listing and we are ready for the next round in the saga of “Can we sell our home!”… wish us luck!