Is This Really Going To Happen? Tales from an innkeepers crypt: Fourth in a series about Kari, my assistant

I'm nervous as hell
I'm nervous as hell

This article is the fourth in a series about my housekeeper/assistant Kari, who has worked for me for a year and a half now. You can find the first article at: House for sale, the second at Keeping it All Together and the third at Broken Dishes

You remember Kari, my housekeeper/assistant at the Bed and Breakfast? Well Kari and her husband, Marti, want to buy my bed and breakfast. but first they need to sell their own house. They tried to sell it themselves...spruced it up with new paint, new stove and had the washer that Kari broke repaired.

They decided to put it up on Craigs List and put a sign out in front. Good start, I thought. But, unfortunately, that's all they did...... except for talking to Marti's 78 year old ex-realtor grandmother, who told them not to advertise in the paper because ads were too expensive nowadays. So they waited for two months, while I pleaded with them to get a realtor. "Are you getting any bites?" I kept asking. "Well, three people walked by today and slowed down to read the sign." was Kari's response.

It took them two or three weeks to get four pictures up on Craigs List and all they put up was a picture of the living room (good), the dining room (good) of one small bed room,with a dilapidated twin bed covered in a faded satin comforter (bad) and one of the sink in the bath room ??? ( very bad). Kari told me they were going to link to a page with more pictures of the kitchen, garden, master bed room and master bath, but it never happened. Well, actually Marti, the procrastinator, finally did put up a link, but it didn't work.

Needless to say, I was pulling my hair out with frustration. I didn't want to move forward with selling them my house until I was sure they would sell theirs. They had been dragging their feet since last summer when they first showed an interest in becoming innkeepers. I had doubted it would happen then and I was doubting that it would happen now. Every time Kari came to work I asked her how the house sale was going. "No action yet" she'd reply with a smile. She didn't seem the least bit concerned that only three people had inquired in almost two months.

Finally, after weeks of absolutely nothing happening, I suggested again that they get a realtor. "Oh no" Kari protested, "we can't afford a realtor" They had priced their house rather low but needed to come out with enough cash to purchase my Bed and Breakfast outright; that was the deal. After that, they could move into my Victorian home and have three years to buy it on a land contract. In the meantime I planned on moving to Austin, TX near my daughter.

I really thought they could get more for their house than they were asking, since it was in great condition. It's a small, charmer with 3 bedrooms in a cul de sac situated in an excellent neighborhood.

Finally, they saw the light! After wasting two months waiting alone every week-end for no one to come and buy their house, they got a realtor. The house sold to the very first person he showed it to. The buyer made a low-ball offer, Kari and Marti actually countered with only $500 lower than the asking price and the buyer, knowing what a good deal it was, accepted the counter-offer. Done!

Their realtor had signed them up, put a ton of pictures on the internet, and made sure the deal was done before the April 30th first time buyer incentive cut-off. It sold within a week. What a professional! Who knew? ....certainly not Kari and Marti. Their newly found realtor even agreed to raise the asking price so they would have the money to buy my bed and breakfast. Although somewhat worried about the ability of these two thirty year olds to run a bed and breakfast, I am still willing to go along with it.

Next thing is to work out separate contracts with my real estate lawyer for selling both the business and my house. We started mapping the property contract out quite a while ago and have changed it many times. It started out as a "Lease to Rent" and has ended up as a "Bond For Purchase", Kentucky legalese for Land Contract.

And so you'ld think that was the end of the story.....not so fast......there's still another installment: "The contracts: An unbelieveable meeting""

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

This was entertaining to read, a respite from work around here at home. :) I was chuckling at Kari's response that three people slowed down to look at the for sale sign,and procrastinator Marty finally putting a link to the online photos, that does not work. LOL. Wonderful they sold the house! This indeed good news for all of you.

My s/o and I are also selling property and hired a realtor, and dealing with rentals and cleaning, and its a lot of work as we do the cleaning ourselves, can't really afford to hire anyone to help.

Looking forward to the next installment!

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

"...its a lot of work as we do the cleaning ourselves, can't really afford to hire anyone to help."

It sure is! Pretty similar to having a bed and breakfast, only we're cleaning every single day; that is, when were busy...and we've been very busy this year. I'll tell you honestly, I don't think I'll miss that part. I will miss the great people that have been coming to stay here for the past 16 years. We have a lot of repeat customers who have become friends.

Thanks for the comment VS. Glad you saw the humor in it. That's what I was going for. Humor, irony and sarcasm....that's my thing!

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robie2 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

Why do people always think they can sell their homes without a realtor? That commission is the best money any seller ever spsends-- thanks for pointing that out and I'm looking forward to the next installment

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Hope I can get that next installment out faster than this one. I'm having trouble finding time to write with all this moving stuff going on. I also got a little sidetracked with the "Dark and Stormy Night" contest...a lot of fun. Guess I'm looking for a little fun lately! :=)

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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Okay, I'm ready for the next instalment. What a story. I'm hoping for all the best. Glad they took your advice... finally!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Humor, irony, sarcasm - therefore I breathe! Great synopsis of the ongoing do folks like this actually make it in the world is what I want to know? Probably without all the stress that we other folks have I suppose! Great job bringing us your 'pain' - and hope it all works out great! It has to, right?

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

A very funny/sad read! I enjoyed it and sympathise with your problems here. Hope all gets properly sorted in time! Looking forward to the next installment!

Love and peace


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, FB, I need all the hope I can get. And thanks for the best wishes. Forgot what a hassle moving can be....haven't done it in 16 years. Haven't even found a house yet in Austin. Just hope I find one with a pool, so I can drown myself in comfort......just kidding:=)

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@aK: A little something to add to the saga: Kari almost fell out of the window today....from the second floor. She decided that the Ivy on the outside of my building needed trimming from around the windows but she would trim it from the inside of the building, cause climbing up on a ladder or scaffolding would be too dangerous. Trusting soul that I am, I thought that if I kept an eye on her it would be okay.

Anyhow, she was in my bedroom. I watched her as she pulled up the windows, then the screens to get to the ivy. With garden shears in hand she started snipping all around the edges of the window. At one point, she stopped snipping, stuck her head out the window, and started yanking on vines that hung down from above. When she couldn't reach the vines any more, she went to the closet to get a coat hanger. I was writing at the time and not watching her every move, like I usually do when she's doing something potentially dangerous.

Next thing I knew, I looked up and her rear end was up in the air. She was scrambling to grab onto either side of the window frame. Oh my God, I screamed, as I dashed across the room, computer crashing to the floor. I got there just in time and sit on her derierre, while she gradually stabilized her knees and lifted her torso back to safety.

As I said, the saga continues.....

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Tony. All I have to say at this point is good thing I'm a "cock-eyed optimist" A day never goes by that something doesn't occur. It's uncanny. Can't wait to go to Austin

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Good GRIEF! It sounds like my kinda techniques in doing something stupid....good lord - but how is the computer? Only kidding - hopefully she will not do that again but it sounds like kinda sorta she may need a net - or a keeper!

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

My computer is fine...small laptop that fell on a thick carpet. You're probably right about her needing a net or keeper LOL.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I sometimes think in these situations there but for the grace of God go I but sometimes it is pretty hard to just maintain your composure faced with these situations, eh? You must be a very, very patient person!

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Not always so patient. Sometimes, little things bother me, but I great in a crisis. Weird huh?

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Enjoyed your hub and some great stories of your experiences here and the other hubs :)

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, billy. Glad you enjoyed the hubs

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