Tuesday, September 21, 2021 — Happy Summer Solstice! It’s been a very productive day with the house cleaners (two of them) arriving on time and working for the next three hours. They did a fantastic job! I did make a mistake when I paid them and looked at the wrong clock so they got paid for 4 hours instead of 3. I wrote a message to the owner and said I would consider the first hour of next week’s cleaning as paid in advance.
I received a call from our realtor yesterday. He said that the owner of #123 had called him and said I had visited. I told him yes I had and we had a nice discussion about the situation. He went on to discuss when we would be ready to list our house, saying that if it was in escrow, the potential seller of a home we were ready to purchase would be assured that we would be in a position to cover the cost of the purchase. I felt like we were playing a game of chicken — who lists first, us or the potential seller? He said there would be a contingency statement that escrow couldn’t close until we had found a home to purchase, and escrow could be extended as long as necessary. I haven’t ever heard of escrows being open-ended, but rather always in terms of 30 days, give or take. I might go to our attorney to see what his take is on the situation. We also discussed (again) whether we shouldn’t just wait until a home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a garage comes on the market. I really think this is what we need to do. Robert needs a garage and we need the room that a 3 bedroom would give us. I figure that it took us a while to find this property, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it will take a certain amount of time to find the right house to replace it.
The sky has been clear all day today, which is nice. I sincerely hope it stays that way. Be safe, take care of yourself and remember to tell those you love that you love them.