House Hunting Episode 445

Categories: BlogBy Published On: February 22, 202233.6 min read740 words13 Comments on House Hunting Episode 445

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would check in …I am going to share some details from my trip to MSQC this week as well. But I am being all consumed by the house hunting saga.

While I was gone, I was feeling a little hopeful because several houses popped up on the market. Rob went and looked at one while I was gone because it was in an area that we like. The pictures weren’t great but the description sounded like it could work.

He gets there and what they describe as a “shop” is a dog house with a dog run. Not a shop. It also described a seasonal pond. It was marsh land and there was no where to even build a shop because of this land. Then the inside was just as bad. Probably why the pictures weren’t great.


I also found another scam house from the same company we delt with a few weeks ago. I could tell by the weird staging photos. I looked up who is selling and it was the same company.

I also found out some more stories about them. I kind of feel like there needs to be some kind of site that people should be able to go to and show pictures and comment about the real circumstances of these terrible listings with false info.

We keep racing to all of these locations to look at houses and we could save ourselves a whole lot of gas, time and hope if agent were just honest in the listings.

So while going through this. Thinking about the economy, politics, and inflation, I am completely scattered and unsure of any decision in the process. I have worked so hard to get ahead and make good financial decisions and I feel like we are going backwards 10 fold. It’s insane. My husband is just so happy to escape his circumstances that he doesn’t care what it will cost us. I don’t feel that way…and now that we are even struggling to find something. Are the doors shutting for a reason? Am I not trusting?

Well when I got home Saturday I sent our agent a list of 6 houses to look at ….they were all gone by Sunday night. Now we are not even able to look at houses. the doors are shut -shut —no looking back shut.

I honestly thought the hard part was finding a buyer for our house. I was so WRONG!

We are both so beyond frustrated. We are fighting with each other. Having my house situation be in limbo and fighting with my husband over all of this has pretty much shaken my foundation. I am beyond vulnerable. I am frustrated and I am ready to be done with all of it. How can this be so difficult?

Neither of us ever want to go through this again. The bad part is that if the market doesn’t drop. Which I am sure it will …probably 2 months after we move (this is my life).  We are going to be buying a house that we have to settle for…I am pretty sure whatever I get it won’t be anything that I am in love with because now we are making a choice out of desperation and not because we really fall in love with a house. I am completely distraught over this. I am spending my life savings and everything that I have worked for my whole life at something I am not going to love. I have to settle, and this is not the dream.

We tried to put an offer in on a house in ID. It went well over 100K above asking. Cash, no inspection…ect and they put down 10K in non refundable earnest money. In ID asking prices are just basically the starting bids. Everything in the house had to be updated and there were CCR’s in a 40 year old house.

What is happening? I feel like I am in some alternate reality. I hate gambling. I hate this whole process. I thought selling and buying a house and relocating was going to be difficult for WAY different reasons. I was not prepared for any of this. I just want to stay in my safe space and stop this whole process. If I had known that this is what I was facing I would have never done this.

The saga continues……




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  1. Catherine February 22, 2022 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    So sorry you are having troubles. The economy is just going crazy. Everything cost more and more. Hope you find something that you like.

  2. Sally February 22, 2022 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Non-refundable earnest money? How is that even legal??? And yes there are agencies you can report shady realtors to. Let’s talk. This is just crazy and so hurting you guys.

  3. Caroline rohrer February 22, 2022 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    report the shady realator to the stat dept of real estate also the county board. Do a yelp- review. Sometimes things in life get worse before they get better. Hang in there.

    • Brenda Holcman Johnsen February 23, 2022 at 3:47 am - Reply

      So very sorry you’re going through this!

      The phrase I hated when we were looking:
      “Picture depicts possible scenes ”. Or something like that!

      Pray. Pray. Pray. He will not let you down!

      We move into our new home on Friday. We paid $5,000 over asking price.

      It will be your turn soon!

    • Pam February 23, 2022 at 4:01 am - Reply

      Caroline is right to report to these agencies. Also, report to the Better Business Bureau.
      Prayers for you to find a home timely and be at peace. Quilted hugs.

  4. Patricia Arbuckel February 23, 2022 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Prayers that you find a new home soon , one that you really like. I kinda know how you want your safe quiet space. Hugs and love Darling Dear

  5. Susan Baker February 23, 2022 at 5:35 am - Reply

    So sorry for your stress. Maybe you could pack up your house in a Pod and put it in storage in ID. Then you can rent a long term hotel room like Homewood Suites to give yourself some extra time to look around and save your sanity. Good luck.

  6. Sherri Huff February 23, 2022 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Oh what a drag, can you rent for 6 months until things settle down? This way you won’t be buying something you might regret later. Remember that When a Door closes a Window Opens. Let go and let God bring you the right house. Reach out to the quilting community and maybe this is the path to your home.

  7. Leslie February 23, 2022 at 8:22 am - Reply

    your accounts are so depressing to read. must be devastating. please look for one bright spot each day (hard to do-I know) it WILL help your heart. Best to you.

  8. Alissa February 23, 2022 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Praying God’s peace will fill your heart and that He will give you His wisdom as you continue through this crazy stressful house-hunt.

  9. Lou Denny February 28, 2022 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Good morning!!
    I just watched your episode with Misty and was so excited when I heard you were from Washington state! that’s where I live and a lot of my friends live in central and eastern Washington I’m sure you’ve heard of Ephrata, LaCross, CleElm, Dusty and so on!! I live in Sw Washington, We have experienced the same housing crisis where the starting price is the base and usually have to go at least 20 to 30 K more than that just to start!! So crazy!! My neighbor is moving to Idaho and she’s going near Sandpoint and is actually using a realtor to build a new home or manufactured home. She’s had the same problem (and she has to have an office in her house ) so if you’re interested I could send you her real estate information. ,
    Your story is so inspiring and your designs are incredible thank you so much for sharing and I’m so glad I found you today on YouTube with Misty!!
    I’ll be praying for your house hunting!!

  10. Elizabeth February 28, 2022 at 8:17 am - Reply

    We moved from Spokane to rathdrum Idaho a year ago this week. The market is insane here.
    We had to do something I never wanted to do. We built in a pre-planned developer community because we needed to live closer to my parents and the houses were getting offers before they were even listed. When my parents sold their house, it sold at 150 Grand over asking price and it hadn’t even been listed yet. I know we didn’t have the resources to deal with that type of situation and we had to go way over my comfort zone for the price of the house. I know it’s hard to pray and have faith that things will work out especially when you’re down to the time crunch of not knowing if you’ll have a place to live. Let me add my prayers to all of the other people praying for you that you find a place you can call home and you don’t have to settle.

    I know my husband and I are going to wait a few years and probably just get a piece of property and build small eventually

  11. Lorri Brager March 3, 2022 at 12:44 am - Reply

    I am so sorry this is such a crazy market to be a buyer. Any possibility you could rent and just build or get in on a new development? I’ve have a few times when my husband was still active duty military, that he had orders to report & we had no where to live. It is very unsettling indeed.
    Sending hugs, prayers & good karma that you find something soon. Hang in there!

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