“Oh, mom, I’m so sorry. Do you want to get another opinion?” Older daughter asked.
The good news is that the second opinion of which she spoke would not have been from a medical professional. By the way – did you know that now you can get same-day results from a mammogram? Sorry for the digression, but it was SO worth making the hour appointment to hear “come back next year” at the end. And I got some serious reading in while I waited (Caught by Harlen Cobin – awesome!).
Anyway; the “I’m so sorry” was the result of my conversation with a real estate professional, who, with numbers in a pretty binder at hand, gave me the bad news.
He might as well have said, “Ms. Coffee; you are the only person who gets a house in a divorce and gets screwed.”
The house I “got” is nothing but a big ole’ worthless lump of debt, at the moment. And, if it’s not “underwater,” it sure as hell is treading it.
My first inclination was so say I would suck it up, take the lumps and sell it, even at a loss.
But that’s dumb.
I mean, I’m fortunate that I don’t have to sell it; I just had a lot of great work done on it, and there’s no reason I can’t stay.
Except that I don’t wanna.
All year I focused on “moving out and moving on,” and now that doesn’t seem possible. Or even remotely intelligent.
So, it looks as if selling the house is not going to be in my immediate future.
Now – to figure out what to do to the house to continue to put my stamp on it, and hopefully, make it really outstanding, so that, when I do put it on the market, it wows any potential buyer.
Once again, a bump in the road.