Country Living Series

Monday, July 1, 2019

Ready ... set ....

We've decided to officially list our homestead for sale on July 15. We've had a huge -- tremendously huge -- response of interested people after the initial announcement of our plans to move, so we hope our little farm is going to sell quickly. To this end, if you're serious about making our home yours, you may want to get your financial ducks in line before July 15. A friend who used to work in real estate says this means interested parties should go beyond getting pre-approval by a bank; it means they should get a loan package filled in.


The one mystery question most people have is our asking price. We're still deciding that. All I can say is this: A large house (3600 sq. feet), two barns, huge garden, 20 acres, and every other amenity, improvement, and bits of infrastructure we've built up over the last 16 years will cost less than the average suburban house on a tenth-acre lot in California.

We're still remodeling and making home improvements, and that process will continue even after we list the house (so if you're an early viewer, please keep that in mind). The house itself is ... well, yowza, it's looking gorgeous. New flooring, new paint, oak trim details, handcrafted wainscoting (woodworking husband!), new outside paint job, productive garden and orchard ... why do we always fix up a place this nice only to sell it? That's just one of life's mysteries, I guess.


At any rate, let this post be an advanced warning about our homestead's availability. Keep your eyes on the blog for the Big Reveal on July 15, at which time we'll have a dedicated website with loads of photos showing what buyers can expect.

11 comments:

  1. Best of luck, I hope it sells for over the listing price.

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  2. Perhaps you should put it up at auction.

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  3. There are two website that you may consider for showing your home.
    https://www.landwatch.com/

    https://www.landandfarm.com/

    Best of luck!
    andy

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  4. Your hard work will be a blessing to the new owners. Good luck with the sale and the move!

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  5. We have grudgingly accepted the fact that you guys are moving. But you have to take us with you. Please, please please....
    Montana Guy

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    1. Of course! It wouldn't be any fun without you...

      - Patrice

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  6. So have you found a new place to settle down?

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    1. Nope, not yet. We can't look seriously until this place sells. We don't want to be tied up with any "contingent" situations.

      - Patrice

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  7. yes..please borrow from the fractional reserve bank system that prints up on average 38 debt dollars for every dollar borrowed that compete equally with every dollar of savings and bid against them and destroy their value..constitional conservative..ha ha ha ha. bs

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  8. Where are you going to stay until you can purchase you next home

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  9. Post Alley CrackpotJuly 4, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Have you considered offering your livestock as part of the sale?

    While it sounds like a great idea to "move" your livestock already packed out in "freezer-sized quantities", have you actually done the maths to see how much space that's going to take up?

    This to me at least sounds very much like just as much a "contingent" situation as the other ones you're trying to avoid.

    It might also be an attractant for a sale to have some of the work in establishing a farm already done by you for this as well.

    Besides, given your new line of writing work, why not take a few months to live in the Lancaster/Reading area in Pennsylvania to experience more first-hand what you're writing about?

    And then of course there's the area near Lehman's which if memory serves is in a similar kind of community in Ohio ...

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