Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A win-win for Matt and Jenn

After languishing unwanted on the market for more than a year, our house is suddenly a hot commodity. Over the weekend another family made a very good offer, so after another round of Saturday-night negotiations, we have a backup contract in place.

Then, yesterday, yet another agent called saying her buyers wanted to make an offer. Rather than being third in line for our house, they decided to move forward with their second choice. Sometimes all you can do is shake your head at the real estate game.

Our backup contract is void if our primary contract closes, as we expect it to, but it immediately goes into effect if our primary contract is terminated for some reason. The backup would close on July 1, so either way, the dates are perfect for moving into our rental house. It's a nice dose of extra security for us. Best of all, it looks like the backup buyers might want us to build them this house on another lot if they don't move into primary position.

When we move, we're going to experiment with canceling cable. We talk about this all the time but there always seems to be some (usually sports-related) reason not to bite the bullet quite yet. I think it's going to be easy. Matt isn't so sure.

He watches DVR'd TV while he runs, and he definitely gets our money's worth out of ESPN. But the number of shows I watch has dwindled to four, all on network TV: "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation," "30 Rock" and "The Office." I literally never turn the TV on during the day and I don't like reruns. I really don't think I'll miss it.

Wireless Internet is another story. That, we're keeping (so I can blog while Matt watches TV, apparently).

Book club meets again tomorrow night -- yay! This month's book is "The Help," which coincidentally I had read right before the last meeting. I liked it a lot but I bet it would have been better if it were 100 pages shorter. Parts of it definitely felt a little debut-novelish. Although, let's be honest, if I wrote a debut novel and it turned out half as good, I'd be overjoyed.

Choppy post, sorry. Can I blame it on being distracted by the TV?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Woohoo! And your backup buyers might want you to build them an identical house? Amazing! :)