First off, still no news from Natalie about whether or not the Seller's agent has spoken to them about the VA Appraisal.
We are really having a problem with the Seller's agent. I have never seen anything like this. When we sent him the original offer he blew off telling the seller's he had even received it until the next evening because he was too busy showing the house to other people. Why would he do that? He had an offer on the table, if the sellers accepted it (which they did, other than a minor counter offer) wasn't he just wasting his time?
Mat called him on Tuesday to let him know that the VA Appraisal results were in and to discuss them with him. He ended up having to explain what a VA Appraisal is! Then when Natalie called him back the next day to find out what the sellers had to say he informed her that he was too busy to get with them about this and he would "try" to get to it tomorrow.
She has been trying really hard to give him the benefit of a doubt and not bad mouth him but I can tell it's getting harder for her to keep her personal thoughts of him to herself. She thought that maybe he just didn't want to take bad news to the sellers until he had all of the information in front of him (i.e. the VA Appraisal report, the new more realistic cost estimate, and the permission paper from the VA showing that it was ok to switch to a tankless (not flameless as I thought LOL) hot water heater vs enclosing the current one, and the new raised offer to help cover the costs with the codicil that we will cover any closing costs at closing that they have to dip into to cover the repairs). However, she sent him that information Friday afternoon and still no word.
I just don't understand why a realtor would behave this way. If anyone out there reading this has any ideas please feel free to post or email me with your thoughts because J. and I are really confused by this.
On a lighter note, another item I didn't get to discuss due to the extreme length of my first 2 posts is the fact that I got a job last Wednesday. My Step-dad went in to pay his insurance and his insurance agent/nephews father-in-law was telling him how much he needed to hire someone to help out around there. I was mentioned and before I knew it I had an interview with him Wed. morning and a job by noon.
Tim (my new boss) seems like a wonderful man to work for. At first anyway, the hours are perfect. I will be working Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 - 5:30, starts out at $8 an hour. I know it probably doesn't sound so great but right now while I have to take care of so much for the house and later getting the house ready to move into, then moving 2 days a week is perfect. The pay, well I would have been overjoyed with it 3 weeks ago as I have been having a terrible time even getting an interview with anyplace other than minimum wage because I have been out of the job market for so long and have little experience and no higher education to draw on. I have to be honest though, after talking to my friend about the income potential from doing daycare again, $400 a month is a little difficult to swallow.
I know, I know I feel horrible because on the one hand I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to FINALLY be getting out of the house again after 12 years of being housebound with the kids but I guess what really bothers me is that I feel so strongly that I do have talents that are not being realized by taking this job and J. is perfectly happy to let me settle for a job that may or may not ever increase in hours or pay with no benefits, when I could be contributing so much more to our family.
I think I am also really scared. I haven't been outside the home to work in so long, what if I screw it up? What if I really am unmarketable? What if I can't ever make a job in the real world work again because I have been out of the loop so long? Tim seems like an awesome guy and he is willing to give me a shot that no one else has. What if I let him down?
Wow I just went back and reread that, I don't want to end the post on such a downer so here is a joke to lighten things up that my realtor told me to end our call yesterday on a high note:
Three women were sitting in a hot tub naked, two in their mid twenties and one in her late forties. One of the young women started ringing so she lifted her hand to her ear and started talking into it. When she finished she looked at the other two women and said, "microchip cell phone, had it implanted last week." A few minutes later the other young woman tapped her ear and they started hearing music, at the other women's blank looks she said, "Ipod microchip, I got it just yesterday." Finally feeling left out the older woman excused herself to the restroom and came back a few minutes later with a piece of toilet paper hanging down. The two young ladies brought it too her attention and she said, "would you look at that I am getting a fax!"
Ok bad joke but it did make me feel better after Natalie told it to me so maybe it will make you feel better too.
Have a good one guys!