My posts have been quite photo-heavy lately, but I just couldn't resist sharing a few pictures from the Virginia Wine Showcase last weekend before I get on with my post.
We were joined by our wonderful friends Allison and Ryan and Adam and Adrienne. Adrienne used to be Jon's roommate when he lived in Atlanta and she and her husband live just a few miles from us now! I don't think I've ever shared the story of how Allison and I met, but it is truly such an interesting and fateful one. I know I already owe you all our engagement story, but I'll share my Allison story someday too.
The rest of our weekend, and subsequently, this week, has been spent preparing our condo to be listed on the market. Ready or not, it's going to be listed next Wednesday! Well, I lie, we're actually super ready. We ended up going with the first realtor we met with, the one with the blog and the one whom we've known from his open houses in our community for the past few years. We really trust him and know that he has a good handle on selling condos in our area and we feel that he has our best interests at heart and is not just out to make a buck on our listing.
We've had just about a month now to accept our fate and to formulate a plan and now we just want to get this over and done with as quickly and painlessly as possible. I met with our realtor-provided stager on Tuesday night and really had such a fun time seeing our home through the eyes of a potential buyer. The stager said that we have a lovely home and though she usually gives her clients a Top Ten list of areas to improve and focus on, she could only come up with eight minor things that even she confessed was a stretch!
In fact, we've only heard positive things from everyone we've worked with so far. My favorite comment was from a realtor who said that you could tell the instant you walk into someone's home if it's just a house to them or a place they're really proud of and enjoy living in and she said we were obviously part of the latter. I love hearing stuff like that because Jon and I are so proud of the way we made our little condo our home and it's nice to have others recognize that. Once our place sells, we will be moving in with my parents for at least 3-6 months or so to rebuild our losses and then we'll resume our search for a new home. Despite everything, we're optimistic and happy and are really looking forward to the next chapter in our lives.