The closing was on October 4th and of course we had a few bumps in the road right at the end, but we survived it. Just made it where neither of us really want to get bogged down with another house again. Now we have 2 storage units full of furniture and stuff that we have to figure out what to do with it. When we went full-time the first time back in 2014, we sold all of our furniture so when we bought the new house, we had to buy everything again and at the time we thought we would end up selling the RV and stay in a site built house, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I want to sell it all, but husband says he wants to hold onto it for a while in case we change our minds again and want to get another house. After he pays storage fees for a year, maybe he will change his mind. Its better to get some money out of it all than get nothing and pay storage fees for the rest of our lives.
Renovations have been very slow as it is harder to do things when you live in the house. Hopefully we will have it all completed by the end of the year.
Right before we moved back into the RV, I was having some health issues which has taken away from me being able to do much painting. It’s hard to paint above your head or bend over when it makes you dizzy every time you do so. I woke up a couple days in September feeling like the room was spinning. This went on for several days and then were times when my chest hurt as well. Sometimes I would have these spells when I was sitting at my desk at work. I would be in the middle of something and the room would spin, I’d feel like I was going to pass out. I was nauseated sometimes and feel like I was in another world. It was crazy.
Well it happened again over the last weekend of September and I ended up in the emergency room on the 30th after I went to work, and they wouldn’t let me stay. They all freaked out knowing I drove while dizzy and feeling as crappy as I was. We had been working on the renovations over the previous weeks working late nights and Saturday and Sunday, so I really thought I was just tired and the stress of selling the house, moving and all that was just getting the best of me.
The visit to the ER didn’t provide any answers. Their first reaction was an EKG because they thought it was my heart. I kept telling them I’m dizzy, nauseated, spacey, but no matter what I said they wanted to test everything to do with a potential heart attack, so after a CT Scan, x-rays and blood work they said it’s not a heart attack. Well duh I told you that. They give me IV fluids and said I was probably just severally dehydrated, which I might have been due to all the work I was doing and because I hate water I don’t drink enough, and it was during some hot days and we were back and forth in and out of the house.
We officially listed our house for sale on the 4th. We had two showings by the end of the day, which led to our first offer, but on day 2 we received a cash offer from an agent who hadn’t even shown the house. The buyer saw the listing online, liked what they saw and wanted another investment property. We accepted their offer because it would give us the quickest closing and less headaches. The first offer we had received wanted us to pay over $10k in closing cost for the buyer alone, not including our closing costs. There was no way we would accept that.
We didn’t expect to sale as fast as we did and had started renovating the RV in hopes of having it all done before we found a buyer. However, when everything happened so fast, we ended up having to find a place to move the RV almost overnight as it had been in storage for nine months. Renovations were put on hold and off we went.
By the 16th we had moved 60 miles away so I could be closer to my job, which was the main reason for us moving in the first place.
In the beginning August we decided we were going to sale our sticks and bricks house and move back into the RV. It has been less than a year since we bought this house and were afraid, we would never get what we needed out of it. In the last couple weeks, a realtor came by asking if we would consider selling and my husband was like no we could never get enough money out of it to make a deal. He happened to have some comps for the area and said that the market was really booming in our community. I started looking into it and sure enough several houses were being sold for $10k more than what we had paid for our house less than a year before.
We didn’t really care if we made any money off the sale, but we had to get what we owed on it. I kept researching and because I have a background in real estate, I decided I would list the house myself as a For Sale by Owner. After more research I decided to go with an MLS Listing Broker who would list our house on the MLS to get us a better opportunity to get showings and get us listed in all the major publications. In addition, we wouldn’t have to pay a commission to a listing broker. Instead we just paid the MLS Listing broker a flat fee, which was only $499. Way cheaper than paying 3% commission.
Since the house was brand new when we moved in, there was nothing that had to be done except find a listing broker, do some staging, take pics and get it listed.
Time Flies When Your Having Fun!!!
I can’t believe it’s already August of 2019. It’s been several months since I’ve written anything and didn’t share much about 2018. I definitely had a lot more to say and share when we were living in the RV full-time and driving around seeing the countryside. I miss our travel days and long for the day when we can get back out on the road. 2018 was filled with change. I went back to work in February and the drive was roughly an hour plus in one direction so come March 1st we moved our RV into Safe Harbor RV Park right on Percy Priest Lake. The views of the lake were awesome. Unfortunately they only allow people to stay 9 months out of the year, March to November, so we knew going in that come November 30th we would have to find a place to stay. The location was perfect as it was only 15 minutes to my job. I didn’t have to get in any traffic at all. As we mulled over our choices for the next location we actually decided to buy a site built house. It would give the dogs more room to roam and give us the chance to develop some stability. In October we signed the papers after finding a house in Clarksville. The good news is we could buy new construction and have a nice house for less money, but the bad news was my commute would now be over an hour in one direction. I was determined I would make it work because we both wanted a site built house. Looking back now we ask ourselves why did we do that? We had things in mind as to what we wanted in our house and the only two things we got that we wanted was a garage and a backyard for the dogs. No front porch, an HOA that we hate and neighbors that drive us crazy is what we are now putting up with. The first few months were good though. I especially liked Christmas time when I could hang lights up outside and put a big tree up, but then again I could have put lights on the RV (I’ve done that before) and we always had a tree, it was just smaller. Once the new year started, we started asking ourselves more and more why we bought this house as we were just as happy in the RV as we are in the house and it’s a lot less to clean. In addition, the RV just sits in a storage lot getting dusty and seems pointless to own when we never use it. We tried selling it, but no one wanted it, which I took as a sign that we are supposed to keep it, live in it and see the world in it. The first six months of 2019 have been spent working mostly. I did take a few weekends to paint the house as it seems I have to put my stamp on every house I live in. The wall color is pretty much the same gray tone that the builder used, but I used a different sheen that would be easier to clean. I also done a red accent wall that I think turned out really good and with our entertainment center sitting in front of that wall it really looks good. In March I went to Florida to see my parents. I hadn’t been there in quiet some time, so the visit was long overdue. We had a great weekend. In June we traveled to Florida where I was able to see 4 of my grandkids and my daughters. It was a great trip and I look forward to many more. In July I started a new job at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Vanderbilt was where I got my first job at when I moved to Nashville back in 2009. I’m in a different department and job and love it. Now if I could just get us moved back closer to my work, life would be grand. Speaking of getting closer, we are in the process of making that happen. Just this weekend we started doing renovations on the RV so we can move back in. Although the RV is a 2017 model, I want to make it look more homey so I am painting it. Remember me saying I have to put my stamp on every house we live in, well that includes the RV. When we bought this one, my husband said I couldn’t paint it, but has now changed his mind. Not only will I be painting the walls though. I will also be painting the cabinets and putting down new floors and changing out the window blinds. I will document everything has we go and will post accordingly. Hopefully it won’t take 9 months after the fact for me to post. Once the renovations are done, which I hope to have finished by November, then we will be putting the house on the market and moving back into the RV.
We closed today on our sticks and bricks house, which meant having to put our beautiful fifth wheel in storage. We have enjoyed all of our travels and have loved living in a tiny space. Ever since I went back to work, we kept talking about going into a house so we could have more room and give the dogs a yard to play in. After lots and going back and forth and trying to figure out what to do, we decided this was the right thing to do at the time.
We found a house in Clarksville close to the army base about an hour and a half north of Nashville. Depending on traffic it will take me anywhere from an hour to two hours to get to work each way, but I will just have to get use to the drive. Seems like everywhere I ever lived i always had to drive a great distance as I’m not a city girl. I like living in the country so I can enjoy the peace and quiet, have animals and not so many neighbors. They only thing wrong with that statement is we have neighbors, a little too close for my comfort.
Because we have been living in the RV for 3 years and sold all of our furniture when we went full-time we have to buy all new furniture. Not looking forward to that task, but we’ll see how things pan out as we go along. Wish us luck as we take on this new adventure. Our plan is to live here for 2-3 years and then maybe rent while we go back on the road.