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Moving on

By Clogsandtulips @clogsandtulips
Moving onAfter roughly three years in the city of Utrecht, it is time to move on.
My husband and I decided back in November that it was time to take the plunge and put our apartment on the market. By early December, we were on the popular real estate website Funda.
After seven months and only two apartment showings, we finally got a bite. And just in the nick of time, that bite turned into a sale!
I never had the 'pleasure' of dealing with the real estate market in the US, so this was a doubly enlightening experience for me. Especially in this market.
We began by finding an estate agent and coming up with a sales price. Then came the waiting. And more waiting. Then the flury of vacuuming, cleaning, dusting and mopping in order to get the apartment in tip top shape for our potential buyers stopping by the see the apartment. Rinse and repeat.
Once a buyer had been found and a price had been negotiated, we headed down to sign the sale agreement and were rewarded with a "Verkocht" (sold) sticker slapped onto the "Te Koop" (for sale) sign outside our apartment.
Then came the think time and the bank check for our buyer. Next comes the noterizing of the contract and the handing over of the keys. And now, we're desperately trying to find a house to move into before we're dumped out on the street on October 1st!
Since putting our house on sale, we've been getting a lot of questions from friends, readers, and acquaintances asking us about the process and pressing us for tips and advice. So I thought, for the interested readers, I would share some of that process here on the blog.
Once a week (until I run out of things to say on the topic) I'll be posting our process for selling our apartment and buying a new home.
Please feel free to send me any specific questions at [email protected].
Getting ready to sell or buy yourself? Please feel free to share your experience in the comments!
Photo: Casey Serin, Flickr

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