The Short Version...We should be officially under contract today on our Indiana house - they offered us full price (yay!) and the only thing we countered on was closing/possession dates!
The Whole Story...These buyers were our showing last Friday evening. They spent quite a bit of time at the house, so we were hopeful that they were interested. (We found out later that they almost didn't come to the showing because they had seen 10 houses already that day - Praise God that they came!) On Saturday - we went to the zoo with friends (shout out to Josh & Katie, and Jay & Em!) - and had planned to prepare the house inside and out for the Open House on Sunday when we got back. Change of plans...it was hailing and pouring rain as we got home - there were leaves and branches everywhere, cherries from our cherry tree smashed all over the driveway, the flowers were bashed into the ground, and the yard was flooded in spots. We were a little defeated, but kept telling each other that God wouldn't have let it storm like this if it weren't for a purpose. Enter that purpose... We decided not to go to church on Sunday so that we could clean up the yard and house and make sure it was ready for the Open House. So after spending the whole morning cleaning, yard-working, and even spraying what looked to be dog poo off the roof (see picture below!), we called it quits at 1pm to get showered and out of the house by 2. At about 1:37, Dan realized he had a message on his phone - it was FC Tucker (our real estate agency) saying there would be a showing on the house at 1:30...uh, 7 minutes ago. So we look outside and see people milling around as we are trying to get dressed and out of the house! Their agent was late (thank you Lord!), which is why they were roaming around outside instead of inside the house. When our agent arrived at 1:45, she brought them inside. They had a ton of questions to ask about the house (it was the same couple that looked on Friday) - that our agent probably couldn't have answered - but because Dan was there, they got all of their questions answered. It was just all God that we were there at that time. If it didn't storm so bad on Saturday, we would have gone to church and probably been out of the house by 1:30 that day. So...it was this couple who put in an offer! They offered us our full asking price (another huge praise!) and the only thing we are negotiating on is the dates for closing. On the contract they had us closing on July 22, but we will not leave until July 27. It sounds like they have verbally accepted our counter - and that we will be closing in the next few weeks - with them taking possession on July 28. We are just so thankful that God worked out all of the smallest details and orchestrated all of this!!
The Bottom Line...PRAISE GOD for His goodness and provision! We are so thrilled with Him right now - He just keeps pulling everything with this move together in His perfect timing!
The Prayer Requests...
- Dan's job search - he has some very promising leads, two at TAMUK where I will be working! One of these is in the athletic department, and looks to be a good fit for him. We are waiting for the position to officially post, but my (Stacey) department chair has put him in contact with the Athletic Director pre-posting. Universities are often good about hiring spouses when they can, so we are hopeful that this will work out! He also has applied for positions at TAMU-Corpus Christi (ah - the rival school!) in their athletic department, and at various philanthropic agencies in the Corpus Christi area (American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, etc.). Pray that the details of his job will be revealed to us soon! We know that God has it all worked out, and are eager to see what His plan is! :-)
- Texas house - we had most of our inspections done last week, and will finish up today with the plumbing. Everything looks to be in really good shape, so we are thankful that the house is "healthy"! The only thing remaining at this point is the appraisal for our lender - this should be happening in the next week or so. Pray that it goes well!
- Indiana house - the buyers will likely be doing their inspections this week or next. Pray that these inspections go well, and that there will be no major defects on the house! Pray also that everything will progress smoothly with their financing. This house will also be appraised shortly, please pray that it will appraise for the price the buyers have offered us! We have made many updates to the house, and are fairly confident it will be fine!
Again - thanks so much for your prayers and support!!
We are so thankful that we serve a MIGHTY GOD!!