Act Fast: Sometimes It’s Important to Make Quick Decisions

If selling my house has taught me one thing, it’s that sometimes we have to act fast. When the offers started coming in, I had to quickly review and decide if it was something I wanted to consider. Fortunately, in the current sellers market, the second offer was a winner.

But now I need to be ready to move. The potential closing date for my current home is July 15. That’s only about 5 weeks away, and the rental market is tight around here, too. But as long as everything goes smoothly, I think I’ve got things covered, including our dog, Shep.

Act Fast for the Right Rental

Just days before I accepted the offer on my house, a great downtown apartment came up for rent in July. It’s a little bigger than I need. It’s a couple hundred dollars more per month than I planned on spending. But it’s a cool place.

It’s a two-bedroom, two bath, upstairs unit, over a business, just west of downtown. It’s about three blocks away from the high school where Annie will attend next year. It’s about two blocks away from the karate school Annie and I attend. And it’s about two blocks away from the church we’ve been attending lately. My work is about a mile away, and it’s a nice flat bike ride.

To top things off, the unit is 2000 square feet with a big open living area, a deck, a one-car garage, and a washer and dryer hookup. And here’s the great news. Dogs are allowed, so Shep can come with us.

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

In the words of the late, great Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part. Sure, moving sucks, but not knowing whether everything is going to go smoothly can create some anxiety.

There is a home inspection set up for early next week. Hopefully that will go fairly well without any big surprises. No hold ups in loans, titles, paperwork, etc., would be nice, too. If all goes well, I might make my last house payment next week.

Making Quick Decisions

Today, I put the deposit down on the apartment. Sometimes it’s important that we make quick decisions. I knew I had to act fast if I wanted the downtown apartment. In fact, if I don’t act fast on a rental in general, I could get stuck with no place to go. That wouldn’t be good.

Whether it’s accepting an offer on real estate, securing a rental, or standing up for a loved one, there are many times in life when we need to be prepared to act fast. Are you ready to act?

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James Ewen
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