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For Sale

May 9, 2007

for-sale.jpg Do you ever notice how the eye and the brain just recognize a familiar thing and you know what it is without really paying attention to the details?   Consider the ubiquitous “For Sale” signs that appear in car windows, on piles of cast off household goods in people’s front yards,  or in front of the home or property itself.    Stare at those two words for a bit.  Both are proper words in the English language, but if you look at them for a while, “For” starts to become an odd abstract, almost nonsensical.   Try it.

This never really occurred to me until we tacked up one of these signs in the front yard of Leslie’s house over the weekend.   I carefully affixed the phone number, spelled out in black vinyl letters in that white box below that all too familiar phrase.   Almost like magic, the phone has started ringing and several perspective buyers have scheduled times to see the house.  

We thought we’d try an experiment to see if we could just tack up a sign and sell the house ourselves – no realtor, no MLS listing, not even an internet ad or listing by FSBO.   We’ll give it a couple weeks and go from there.   We have a lawyer that will prepare a contract for a flat fee, and will handle the closing if the buyer wants to make use of their services.   If it works, we’ll net up to another 6%, and frankly that’s a fair chunk of change.     It’s a chance for us to make a bit more,  while reserving more room to negotiate so that some lucky buyer can get a fine home for less than they would otherwise have to spend.

I hope it works out that way.   

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2007 3:50 pm

    Sounds like a good plan Mark. Good luck!

  2. May 10, 2007 2:16 pm

    While I attended engineering school in Boston there was one professor that had an odd quirk. He was compelled to end every phrase with the word “for”. At least I think it was “for”. It could have been “four” or “fore”. You couldn’t be certain.

    He would be going over a concept of thermodynamics and his audience would be waiting for the inevitable “for” to punctuate his point. We would wait for it. The phrase would end. Then a slight pause, and Mr. Kennedy would utter “For.”

    We got so used to it being interspaced in his lectures that we almost didn’t notice it. Almost. Of course it was most disconcerting when Mr. Kennedy was giving us a formula. Then you were not quite sure if it was a part of the formula in terms of four or if it was his typical punctuation of “for”.

    Naturally he was know amongst us students as Mr. Kennedy-fore.


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