You Will NOT Believe This!

After our offer was presented to the owners, they decided they do not want to sell!

Can you believe another one falls through? At this point, I don’t know whether to pack my stuff and leave this town and be happy to be gone or keep trying to find a house.  Frustration does not even being to describe how I feel right now!


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    I just cannot believe that people list their property with a realtor, get an offer and then decide they don’t want to sell. What is wrong with this place?

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    You’ve got to be kidding me!!

    Why go through all the trouble of sitting with you & Vince; going over the amount of land to include, etc. Do these people have no one else to talk to so they decided to have you “spin your wheels” so they could have some conversation?

    Maybe it’s a good thing you & Vince aren’t drinking the water. . . .Brownwood people sound really crazy.

    Cyber hugs. . . . .and wishes that things get better really, really quick.

    Sherry V.

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    Linda in NE says

    Unbelievable!!! “House Hunters” should do an episode on this…a couple who looks at house after house, tries to buy house after house and…..nothing! What is wrong with people there? Maybe Pat C. has the right idea about the water. I’m so sorry this didn’t work out for you.

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    Do people down there not realize that when you list with a realtor, have people walk through their houses and draw up contracts, that it means they are selling their house? Do they just suddenly realize, once they have the contract in their hands, what it means? Good grief!!!!!!!!

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    Cindy m says

    Oh my. I know this is always an option for a seller, but having sold several houses in our lifetime, it would take something pretty catastrophic for me to do this.

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    Robin Crittenden says

    I am beginning to think you are not supposed to live there. Can Vince go to another job in another state?

    Or, can you go to another town in the opposite direction of Brownwood, those people are nuts.

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    dang it…i sure wish i had a house to sell in Brownwood… we can’t get anyone to even LOOK at our house..much less buy it..we are now interviewing management companies to rent it for us…

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    Laurel from Iowa says

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers and hugs to you, Vince and Speck. I’ve been meaning to ask: what is Vince’s job and could he be relocated? I know that’s usually not an option, but I’m just wondering . . .

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    I think you shouldn’t share on your blog anymore the houses you make offers on – maybe you are jinxing yourself! I just can’t believe the amount of offers you have made only to have them change their minds! Maybe everyone in Brownwood has ADD?

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    Sharon Spingler says

    Keep your chin up girl. If you didn’t get it, it wasn’t meant to be. Keep looking, the perfect place will come in time.

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    I know how frustrated you must be feeling. But for some reason, you just weren’t supposed to have that house. As tough at it is, you must just continue your search. Some people are just not flexible and some are well, just not sure they really want to sell I suppose.
    You will find a great house, but it’s obviously going to take more work.

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    Good grief! Perhaps there is something wrong with the water. This is one painfully frustrating process. Maybe all these people are high on mesquite wood.

    My heart goes out to you and Vince.

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    bcinindy says

    I am so sorry to hear that.
    Sounds like real estate in your area is different from other areas. As you have said – they set prices beyond what would be considered reasonable elsewhere. Next – they do not consider the sale of real estate serious business; when most people deal with selling real estate they have made up their minds to sell ahead of time and they try to get what they want out of the deal.
    In your new location they seem to put real estate up for sale for some other reason. I cannot imagine what that reason would be. Maybe it is a local quirk and you need to get to know the community better before you can find out what that quirk is. Tight knit communities can be that way.
    Perhaps it is time for more research into that aspect of living in Texas.
    Sorry things are getting so frustrating.

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    Marla says

    I think I would pack up and move to your folks and let poor Vince come home to you on weekends. That is what my husband did for several years. It isn’t easy to do but at least you can find a HOME there! You are a better woman than me, that is for dang sure.

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    Mary Jo says

    Just for curiosity I went on line and looked at property in your area. There are a lot of places I would NOT want to live! I’m not sure what your budget is (and don’t expect you to share), but I did find a couple of places that looked nice. Just don’t know if they are close enough to where Vince works.

    Good luck, friend! I know this is hard.

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      Judy Laquidara says

      I can tell you that if it’s online and you found it, if it’s anywhere near what we want, we’ve looked at it (probably multiple times) just hoping we can make it work. If anyone finds a link to something they think might work . . even on a very slim chance, send it to me and I’ll be more than happy to take a look.

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    Perry says

    I don’t blame you for wanting to “get out of Dodge”. This must be incredibly difficult to take. I cannot imagine all of the problems you have encountered. It is just surreal.

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    Sounds like everyone there has a bad case of “if someone else wants it it must be good enough for us to keep”. I know so many people that hate their house and fix it up to sell then discover they love their house again. Sorry you both have to go through this!

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    Diann Smith says

    I so feel sorry for you and Vince but I also believe in “vibes”. I don’t think that place is a good place to live. There’s something wrong there. Go somewhere else and QUICKLY. Too much wrong stuff is happening. LEAVE and quickly.

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    I guess the real estate industry is fickle…..have you thought about offering more $$$, around here when an offer is rejected another is made for more $$ and then they accept!!! I’m sorry this happened again and hopefully soon another property will come along!!!

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    Michelle F. says

    Uggh. What the heck? What have other people done that got transferred there? Do they never move out? Is this the kind of place where people go to retire and never leave? You and Vince are in my thoughts… the frustration level of this would have put me in the funny farm already.

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    Sandra Neel Hutchins says

    Toledo Bend! Then find the best commute route from Brownwood for Vince to follow on weekends!

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    LadyBaltimore says

    I feel real bad for you, Judy.
    For myself, I cannot imagine getting a house ready for sale, cleaning it for showings, etc. and then deciding not to sell when a contract is presented.
    If I were you, I’m sure I’d be thinking Toledo Bend sounds real good right now.

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    Karen says

    Judy, I’m practically speechless on reading this! After all you and Vince have been through with the move, looking for a rental and now trying to purchase a home, this is simply AWFUL!

    I feel SO badly for you! Honestly, I think that you’re not supposed to be settling there. Hopefully, something GOOD will happen to you guys for a change.

    Sending hugs, Karen

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    Cindy in NC says

    Huh? The Professor has talked occasionally about moving or retiring to Texas, mostly because of low taxes. After your experiences I wouldn’t even consider it!

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    Judy and Vince, I am blown away at how frustrating this entire move has been for you…from no fault of your own other than you are just trying to do what you have to do in order to have a job and a home, preferably in the same state! I have never heard of anything like this in my life and I can’t even imagine how horrible it is for you. Be extra good to each other right now because you sure are having more than your share of trials. Bless your hearts, and Speck too. And as a mom, adding having to move away from your son on top of that and I just don’t know how you do it. I often tell my kids you never know what is just right around the corner, and it isn’t always bad! It certainly is time for a whole string of wonderful things to happen to you and Vince! We all wish we could give you a hug AND come help you move into your dream home or something at least close.

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    pdudgeon says

    what i’m wondering is how the realtors stay in business down there if people don’t want to sell. Are there any REMAX agencies down there in Brownwood? if not, that should tell you something about the area.

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    Patty says

    Did they decide not to sell or not to sell the acres you were looking to buy? Maybe they got overwhelmed by the change in the amount of acres and the area that you were looking to buy?


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    Cindy from California says

    I can’t believe it!!! People don’t even MAKE UP stories like this!! Meanwhile the clock is ticking on the rental!!! I would be a nervous wreck!!! And if Mama ain’t happy, nobody is happy!!!
    Does Vince have a contract that requires him to stay for two years (only 18 months left!)?? Can he get out of the contract if there is NO housing available?? Seems to me that you have PLENTY of evidence (all those rejected offers!!!).

    I think that Toledo Bend would be looking better and better!!!

    I agree with you on your basic requirements. Nothing unreasonable there! When we bought our 1 1/2 acre suburban home 25 years ago, the first thing we did was put in a well!!! Didn’t want to think about watering the gardens with “city” water!! Too expensive!! And when a drought comes along (which we have in this area of California about every 10 to 15 years), we would have to let everything die (or almost) and then buy and plant it all over again!!! And I have chickens too!! So I know how important they are!

    Good Luck!!

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    Carolyn says

    This happened to my husband and I back in 2000 when houses for sale were scarce in Saratoga Springs NY. I believe if you didn’t get the house it is because the one you are supposed to get is still out there. Keep your chin up.

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    Darlene S says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your plight too. I think it is time to look farther away from Vince’s work and just find the right house. He will not have to work forever and if you were planning to retire with this last move, then long-term location is more important than short term convenience. I hope and pray that things improve quickly for you two.

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    Laceflower says

    How is the level on the Burbon bottle these days! What an emotional stress.
    We are in the same situation; deciding where to retire to. So many choices, guess I’ll cross Brownwood off the list.
    I’ve been reading all your trials and I really feel for you and Vince. Hope things turn around really soon for you both.

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    VERY DIS-A-POINT-ING!!!!!!!!! I really believe that all of this will eventually have a silver lining but right now, even just watching it is truly frustrating!!!

    You and Vince keep your hopes up, something must come through for you. The universe owes you at this point, big time!

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    You can come to Minnesota. It is NOT 113 degrees, we have LOTS of water, and prices are dropping on housing. Of course, it is far from family, but you never know….during the summer, they might want to come spend the summer with YOU! Then you would be closer to do retreats and seminars in our neck of the woods!