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Day 102 - Adjusting Priorities

Thursday, March 12, 2015

First off - thanks to everyone who commented on my post from yesterday with my latest photos. I am really pleased with my results, and the pictures tell the whole story. Now if I can just figure out how to take the photos without squinting and frowning! I just need to wear my reading glasses!!!! LOL

We left for the lake just after lunch today. Steve got off work early so that we could get up here before dark. It was great to be up here and enjoy the tranquility and escape from the stress of home selling. We continue to have some hiccups in the sale of our house in Sacramento. We took advantage of some special state-sponsored financing to do some improvements on the house - new air conditioning, water heater, insulation, and ductwork. I wrote about it back when we first had the work done. Well, it turns out that this financing - which attaches to the property taxes on the home - isn't all that appealing to potential buyers. We have had a number of showings on the house, but when the buyers find out about this program and that they will have to pay for it over a 20-year period, they don't even bother making an offer. Or they make an offer and ask us to pay off the financing before closing.

This is not how the program was presented to us, and it has been a challenge to get beyond our initial expectations and look at the alternatives. I had a rather angry phone call with the guy who sold us on the program originally (who also happens to be the husband of our real estate agent - AWKWARD!) yesterday, and the whole situation has caused quite a bit of tension in our household. I just have to hope that everything will work out the way it's supposed to, and I need to stay positive. That's the only way I can get through this.

There is some exciting stuff happening in the next couple days, and so I am focused on the future. Thank you to all my great SparkFriends for keeping my eyes on the prize!

Don't let the curveballs of life catch you off-guard! Anticipate the worst, and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised that reality isn't all that bad!!!

Spark on, friends!
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Enjoy your time at the lake and hopefully when you go back to Sacramento you'll be recharged.
    2185 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13918443
    I'm sorry, Steve. What a pain. It's small comfort, but time will come when the challenges of today will be a distant memory.

    Hope you two are enjoying your day away.
    2185 days ago
    Wow, Steve. Good luck with the sale of the Sacramento house. Yes, keep your eyes focused on your goals.
    2185 days ago
    Here is an article explaining it!
    2185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/12/2015 1:40:59 AM

    St Joseph can sell your Home

    St Joseph is known to the world as best real estate agent ever - since hundreds of years
    he has been helping people to sell their homes.

    Will burying a statue of St Joseph in your yard really help you sell your home?

    There is a long standing legend in the real estate world that says if you really want to sell your home you should bury a statue of St Joseph upside down in your yard and pray to St. Joseph and your house will sell quickly. Does burying a statue of St. Joseph in your yard really make your house sell more quickly? Well, thousands of realtors believe it does and bury statues of St. Joseph in the yards of the houses that they are trying to sell. At one point so many realtors believed this legend to be true that it was hard to find statues of St. Joseph because realtors were buying the statues by the case so that they could sell homes faster. It’s not just realtors that swear by the legend. Plenty of ordinary homeowners insist that their houses sold much faster after they buried a statue of St. Joseph in their yards.

    Why bury St Joseph?
    So where does this tradition come from? There are several different sources for this legend. One of the most well known stories of the beginning of this tradition is that German builders would place blessed medals and statues of St. Joseph in the walls and in the foundations of the home that they would build and as then they would pray that St. Joseph would bless the home and the people that lived there and keep them safe. In many old houses in Germany homeowners have found old medals and statues of St. Joseph when they renovate or add onto their homes. Over the years it became a tradition to bury a statue of St. Joseph in the yard of the house that you want to sell so that St. Joseph will guide a new owner to the home that will take care of the home and be happy in the home.

    Another version of the story says that St. Teresa of Avila, a famous Catholic nun and mystic, was desperately trying to find land so that she could build a convent where an order of nuns could live. She couldn’t find the right piece of land for the convent so she told her nuns to bury blessed medals of St. Joseph, who is the patron saint of the home, and to pray that St. Joseph would help her find the right piece of land. Their prayers and the medals worked and very quickly St. Teresa found the land that she needed for her convent. Over time the tradition changed and it become more common for sellers to bury statues of St. Joseph to try and sell a home which is the tradition that exists today.

    Once you have sold the home, according to the tradition, you should dig up the statue of St. Joseph and take it with you to your new home.  Place the statue in a place of honor in your new home to give thanks to St. Joseph for his help in selling your home.  Some people say that you should leave the statue of St. Joseph buried in the ground to protect the property and the new owners of the home but other people say that if you leave the statue there then the home will keep being sold over and over so it’s better if you take the statue with you. Make sure to place a marker of some kind at the site where you bury the statue so that you will know where you need to dig in order to dig the statue back up.

    Even though there’s no scientific evidence that burying a statue of St. Joseph will help you sell your home faster there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that if you want to make a quick sale on your home burying a statue of St. Joseph and praying to him for help selling your home will result in a quick sale of the house. If your house has been sitting on the market for a long time and you can’t seem to find a buyer bury a small plastic statue of St. Joseph in your yard and pray to St. Joseph for help and see for yourself what happens. Chances are good your house will sell quickly.

    Sam Pondel 



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    2185 days ago
    How great to get away and unstress and recharge!
    I wish you luck with selling the house! So sorry you were mislead on your improvements! You are right , though, stay positive and it will work out!
    Who is the Saint that people bury his statue upside down in the yard and
    It helps sell your house? I will ask and let you know...I have heard many times
    It worked...hey, can't hurt!!!
    2185 days ago
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