We are officially done with our house in the "big city!" We closed last night and are for the time being debt-free (until we purchase our new home). The general timeline break down goes like this:
Late March - We contacted a realtor, just to meet with them and see if we liked them and what they had to say about our house.
Late April - We were ready for the market. We finished projects, removed clutter and personal belongings, and staged the house.
Late April/Early May - We were on the market, lots of showings, and we had an offer 2 weeks later!! Negotiations - happened, apparently I had a head for our house in negotiating! WooHoo!
May - Inspections, testing, fixing issues, etc., etc..General freak out on both buyers and sellers sides after inspections.... Realtor's did a great job calming us all down.
Late May/Early June - Move into new house and clear out of the old one.
June 9, 2014 - Closing! We signed on the line and handed the keys over to the new owners. A young couple, that had just got married that weekend! Breathed a sigh of relief!
We were extremely blessed going through this process. We were literally only on the market 2 weeks; we had expected to be on the market for months given the current movement in our neighborhood. Lots of houses that have sat for months and a lot more houses popping up for sale at the same time as us. We decided to not say anything until after the closing to ensure that we didn't jinx ourselves in case the buyers backed out. Or something came up that prevented everything from going through.
Now we are in the process of unpacking and as my brother said when helping us move, "fitting 10 lbs of sausage into a 2 lb casing" at the new, smaller house.