selling a house: then and now

When my first wife and I decided to leave Oklahoma for California in 1985, we called a realtor. The realtor put a sign out front and a lock box for the key on a pipe in the front of the house. That was it. Simple.

When Terry and I decided to sell out house and move to Southern California earlier this month, our realtor brought in a staging firm who told us what could stay and what had to go. I guess I missed that memo. This was new to me. But I mentioned it to my dad and he totally got it. So did my brother. He said, “The house you’re living in isn’t the one you’re trying to sell.” My spiritual director used words to the effect of “transparent and neutral”. Even before you sell your house it’s not your house, at least for the duration.

But we do what we need to do.


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