Our house has been on the market for 12 days and we've had 8 showings. I'm hopeful but not unrealistic. This is not a good real estate market and it may take awhile to sell. We know that the first 5 showings will probably not yield an offer but we haven't heard back anything about the last 3 showings. We just hope that the showings don't stop - you need showings to find a buyer, after all.
In the meantime, I've gone to look at some houses for us to buy. We still love the farmhouse in Michigan and it's very, very affordable (and still on the market) but since we have the luxury of time, we want to look around to see if there's anything else we might like better. I'm trying to crunch numbers again and again and come up with a realistic idea of what we can afford. Now that I've seen some houses in a couple of different price ranges, I have a pretty good idea of what's available.
And, of all things, what is attracting me is a good basement. I guess I never truly appreciated our basement but when you look at homes without a basement or without a finished basement, you realize the value and the space it adds.
Here's our current basement.
This is the view as you come down the stairs. All of my scrapping stuff is on the left in the white modular units, with more tools, books, and albums behind the desk. We just moved this stuff down to the basement from our den/living room. The entire basement used to be the kids' playroom. With the exception of the laundry room/storage area that is unfinished and off to the far right in this photo, the kids have always had this entire space to themselves. We refinished it about 6 years ago and painted the old paneling a light yellow and Tom installed the laminate floors himself.
Honestly, there are a ton of toys down here that they don't play with anymore but as long as it's neat and tidy, I don't really care. Emily has started having sleepovers with her friends down here so we put an old mini-fridge and TV/VCR down here so that they can have snacks and watch movies during sleepovers. The TV doesn't work but the VCR does and the girls watch old movies sometimes.
This little alcove was my original scrapbooking room when we first moved in. Emily has taken it over as a writing desk - using an old typewriter to compose the next great american novel. :)
So, I've decided that our next house just simply has to have a finished basement. This space is valuable to us and, as the kids get older, I think it will be even more valuable.
The only other thing that I absolutely have to have in a new house is a fireplace.
What about you? If you were buying a new house right now, what do you want? It might give me some ideas. More closet space? Walk-in closets? A porch? What does your next house look like?