It is an addiction, this business of gambling on real estate. Always searching for the next thrill, desperate for the rush you get when you bet the right amount, and the roulette ball lands on your number – euphoric. The anxiety that accompanies the decision to stay in the game, hold, or cash in your chips. The fear that the chips your cashing in won’t cover the bets you’ve made. It’s a risk, and the timing, the timing is everything.
I’m not much for sitting around and waiting things out. I came home yesterday to find that my next door neighbor (whose building is part of my condo association) has a For Sale sign out. I don’t actually see the property listed, a tactic that the broker uses to drive a single source sale – a questionable practice at best…. nonetheless, those are all two beds, as is mine, now that I converted it from one to two, and I felt jealousy when I saw the sigh. It’s true, I had a visceral reaction to that proud sign, swinging in the breeze, strapped to the wrought iron fence, determined to attract a buyer. I want to put mine on the market, but I have to wait. I am tenacious, but not patient.
Waiting patiently for fabrication…..
There are things to do yet, curtains to be hung, hardware to be installed, doors to be built for the millwork cabinet in the living room, the perfect chair to be hunted down, a sparkling gold bar cart to be bought, brass wire covers to locate, my front door hardware to be installed by someone that actually knows how to install door hardware. You see, I am actually not ready to leave yet, but like a girl that can’t commit, I’m ready to dash from the alter before me and my intended can tie the knot, and become comfortably numb.
Not that I believe all long term relationships are a recipe for conformity or boredom, there are many that I admire, it’s just that while I like No. 4, I can’t see myself settling down…forever… not yet. So the search continues, and in the interim, I will give my all to this commitment. It deserves the best from me, and I just know that the next lucky person that gets it will wonder why I ever wanted to leave it. At least I hope they will.