The shoe drops

by Jennifer on July 10, 2008

Lovely, perfect Stupid house. I didn’t want it anyway.

Hey, guy at the bank! Yeah, you. You know how you screwed up and didn’t include our final offer on the house along with all the others when you and your little committee were making your decision? And then you told the other people that they had made the best offer and that–Congratulations!– the house was theirs? But then you realized you messed up by leaving out our offer (the highest offer, as you admitted), so you told us for days that you were reconsidering, even though it was really already too late? You’re listening, right? That was so. not. cool.*

(Tears? What tears? There’s no crying in real estate…)

So Boy and I spent an hour yesterday putting this together:

Then, the three of us spent a couple of hours playing this:

I was the banker, because I’m the mom and that’s the best job (Clearly. See paragraph 2). I looovvve being the banker in Payday and Monopoly. Who doesn’t, right? Something about all that colorful fake money tucked in neat little stacks under the edge of the game board like it’s a cash drawer and god forbid anyone move the board and mess it all up…What? All right, I promise to let my children have a shot at the job. Eventually. My sister and I used to play Payday, and I’m so excited that both Boy and Girl thought it was fun. (We may play again today.)

The whoIe time, I tried not to think about that lovely, perfect stupid house.


*We found a house here in the area that was perfect for us. But it was such a good deal that even in this market there were five other offers. So now we’re mourning bitching whining regrouping, and trying to remind ourselves that there are worse problems to have. Yeah, I’ll let you know when we make any progress on that.
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Treasia July 10, 2008 at 9:58 am

That’s just not right for him to have done this. Hopefully something better and nicer will be coming along for you. It just wasn’t in god’s plans and he has something else in mind.

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suburbancorrespondent July 10, 2008 at 10:13 am

Great way to spend a summer’s day! I remember one whole summer spent playing Careers with a friend.

Yeah, we weren’t very hip. But it was fun.

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Madge July 10, 2008 at 10:22 am

but i gave you an award today! so everything is ok now.

Louise July 10, 2008 at 10:46 am

I never played Payday.

I’ve already told you what I think about the banker. (The one at the bank, not the one in control of the neat stacks of fake money.)

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Tina July 10, 2008 at 11:33 am

Oh, no! That sucks…I’m so sorry. Wanna buy my house?

We had an interested buyer last week who “thought about it over the weekend” an is now “moving in a different direction”, whatever the heck that means. I TOLD the realtor to duct-tape the guy to the house until he signed an agreement but she was like, all worried about jail and stuff. You CANNOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE TIME TO THINK.

On the other hand, I think your banker guy should be horse whipped. If I were the seller, I’d sue his butt. If I were you, I’d talk to a lawyer.

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ByJane July 10, 2008 at 11:42 am

Have I got a house for you?! Of course you want to move to the suburbs of Sacramento!

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Jennifer Harvey July 10, 2008 at 11:43 am

Tina, the bank owns the property, so they’re the seller. Which means there’s not really anything we can do. Which doesn’t mean the bank guy shouldn’t be horse-whipped.

flutter July 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

well frig.

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Emily R July 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Now, that’s just shitty of them.

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Daryl July 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Oh you SO deserve the Award for brilliance in dealing with stupid people .. I am emailing it to ASAP

He’ll get his .. karma has a nasty bite

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Gwen July 10, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Wah! That sucks!

I like the boat, though (and also playing with the colored money!).

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Dharmamama July 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm

When something so… odd… happens, I can’t help but think there’s a larger hand in it than mine, and something much better is coming.

I’ll believe that for you, if you can’t quite get there yourself!

Did you see Monopoly’s gone to debit cards? It makes me sad… no more impatiently waiting while the little ones count out Park Place in 5s.

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JCK July 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Oh, Jennifer…I am SO sorry. The process of buying a house is so stressful and has so many ups and downs. I know this is not comforting at the moment, but your house is out there. And it will find you.

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leendaluu July 10, 2008 at 6:03 pm

we went through this lovely, perfect stupid house crap two years ago (before the real estate bubble burst)…lovely houses fell out of our hands multiple times for multiple reasons. Each time I was devastated….until THIS house (the one we live in) came onto the market. It was better than lovely, better than perfect and we got it. I wish the same for you.

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Kellie Clem July 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm

I want to say, sorry about the house, that is super Ugly! But, does that mean we get to keep you a neighbors? If so good! I will see you going back and forth to school, because it is too hot to actually go outside and talk to anyone!

Mrs. Schmitty July 10, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Oh no, I’m so sorry…that totally sucks!

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Milena July 10, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Ok, now I most DEFINITELY know that I’m not as smart as I look because I have that same boat in all its little pieces AND, contrary to you and boy, I was unable to put it together.

So sorry about the loss of the house. But I imagine that it was bound to have some horrible defect and that is why the one you will find soon will be EVER so much better than this one. Trust me.

P.S. Ditch the incompetent nincompoop.

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San Diego Momma July 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm


I’m sending my patented “new and better more perfect house will come along for even less money” vibe your way…

It always works.

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The End of Motherhood? July 10, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Oh, that just sucks. Seriously.

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Tricia July 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Ouch. Ughh. Oh that’s just wrong!

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Lisa July 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

sadly your story is the norm (husband is in real estate) 🙁

We have the dame pirate boat kit. My kids never got that far even with my help.

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Kate July 11, 2008 at 5:17 am

I’m sorry you lost the house you wanted.
That totally sucks – and isn’t there some sort of law that says the guy who screwed up should be punished? Just sayin…..

Actually I’m not big on revenge or making others pay – but I do feel your pain.. and I hope you were able to regroup.. or at least buy lots of pretty things with that fake but colorful payday money.

And I hope you have a nice weekend.

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melissa July 11, 2008 at 7:47 am

You are busy people! Great ship!
That happened to us once, we didn’t get our “perfect house.” But then I learned that no one does and the next one you find is really the right one. And? It was true.

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Kate July 11, 2008 at 10:12 am

Oh – something similar happened to us a couple of years ago. I honestly think that finding a house you love is even harder than finding a husband. But it’s true that things usually work out so that you’re happier in the end (or you just block out the memory of the “better” house so that you can finally sleep at night). At least you have a place to vent (apparently with a lot of people to listen – what am I? #30?) and a great sense of humor about it.

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we_be_toys July 11, 2008 at 11:30 am

Ughh! I can’t believe that putz at the bank left out your offer – any chance of getting his ass fired, if you call his boss? I mean think about it – he lost money for both the bank and the owners by not including the highest offer, and it’s not really legal to leave an offer out, now is it? It isn’t going to get you your house, but what if this is how this yo-yo works all the time? How many others have been just left out because he can’t do his job?

Whew! Sorry, I think I’m PMSing (ya think?)

Glad you and the kids had fun doing that awesome ship puzzle and playing Payday – I’m a huge Nople-no fan myself (Monopoly, to the outside world – ah toddler speak!). My kids are always so impressed I know the cost and rent of each property from memory, which really isn’t that impressive, if you consider I could have used those memory cells to graduate magna cum laude instead.

Crossing my fingers for you on the house hunting – maybe the other offer on YOUR dream house will fall through – maybe that putz at the bank will get fired for sheer stupidity – MAYBE you’ll find an even better house, without him – so nyahhh to you, Mr. Bank Butt!

(Okay, so maybe maturity isn’t my strong suit – what ev.)

Denise @ EatPlayLove July 11, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I am glad you wrote about this, because soon enough (I hope super duper soon) you will find a better house. You can look back on this moment and laugh. As they say, everything happens for a reason!

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Rhea July 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm

I’ve never played Pay Day.

I’m so sorry about your house woes. :o(

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Minnesota Matron July 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Ouch! I am so sorry! To miss your dream home, at the right price. Shame on that banker. May your game revise everything as perfect. It’s a weak trade off, but still. . . .

Sandy (Momisodes) July 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm

I’d be livid and heartbroken at the same time. I’m so sorry that happened to you. I hope you find a place that you love even more without a bidding war.
Playing with fake money is great therapy 🙂

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Suzanne July 11, 2008 at 6:37 pm

The guy is definitely a jerk and should face some consequences. That said….I’m with the others, you will find a house that you like even better, or if maybe the buyers of this house fall out for some reason (there are always myriad) and you will have your opportunity again.

As to the idea of finding something even better….yes, it does happen. As you know I’ve been looking at houses in a certain neighborhood for a long time. I thought I’d found the house I loved, but it just wasn’t right. Now, some months later, 3 other houses that are even better have come on the market.

Hang in there, the best is yet to come.

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Asianmommy July 11, 2008 at 6:57 pm

My sister & I played Payday all the time when we were kids. Being the banker is the best!

Mitch McDad July 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm

That sucks. Though we were just recently on the other end of that equation. We were only casually looking to buy a new house, so we didn’t have an agent yet. The listing agent on the house we ended up buying really liked us and really liked the double dip he was going to get, so he pushed us through and ended up ignoring higher offers saying it was too late.

That could have happened to you, you never know. The bad news: we had to move which really sucked. Still unpacking boxes.

And I hate being the banker, takes my focus away from game domination–though i always have to keep my eyes open for unscrupulous bankers.

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Crazycath July 12, 2008 at 10:55 am

That sucks. Sorry, but I’m also LMAO. You are funny. You write great. You make tragedy funny. That is talent!

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rimarama July 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Oh, I’m so sorry! That is infuriating and I would be devastated, too. I hope there is a very, very good cosmic reason for why that happened, and that the really and truly perfect house is still out there for you . . .

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Shauna July 12, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Ooooh, we have sooo been there. But we found a great one shortly after! So – there is hope……..

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Ann July 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry Jennifer! How terrible to get so excited and have your hopes dashed in such a terrible way. I only hope this means there is an even better one around the corner for you, but that doesn’t lessen the sting now.

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Grandy July 14, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Oh, I’m sorry about that. I was there 8 years ago when looking for my first home. The next one will be even better!

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Bruce July 15, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I have never encountered such idiocy as when dealing with people in Real Estate. There are so many rules and so many deadlines that even a super intelligent person would have trouble figuring out everything in order to secure a sale. Sadly, most are not intelligent, or even close to being average. You would think with people’s savings on the line and thier future at risk, they would have a little bit more ‘focus’ and follow through….but noooo. It is a joke.

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lartbrowl August 2, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Very nice!!

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