In Case Anyone Was Wondering…An Update on Our House Sale & An Unsympathetic Warning to Sellers


So let’s review.

We moved to Gainesville FL a year ago. My husband is a physician who works with heart kids. He had been working at a hospital that practiced “pinhead medicine.” What do I mean by pinhead medicine?  When administrative concerns trump patient care, that is pinhead medicine. 

Insurance pinhead

When physicians, who spend more years that you can shake a stick at in training, have to spend their time in meetings or on phone calls begging hospital insurance types to approve needed medical expenses…even down to something as minor as the acquisition of bandaids for heart leads that won’t hurt children’s sensitive skin….something is BEYOND out of whack.

When the job came up in Gainesville, we jumped.


Coming as a surprise to absolutely nobody, they LOVE him here!!!  And he gets to spend time making patients the focus of his attention – which is how it should be! Which is SO worth the financial beating we have taken over the past 18 months. After all, what kind of model are you for your kids when you go to a job every day that you HATE, knowing you would have to battle with insurance companies regularly just to take care of patients?

I truly believe we are here on this earth to serve others, and by others, I mean MOST people — not the Big Dudes and Dudettes at the top of the American medical insurance chain making it rough for everyone else.

But I digress.

If you’ve been following past posts of mine, you will know that our home where we used to live has been on the market for 18..that’s right, count ’em….EIGHTEEN… FRICKING MONTHS.

We could have gone the short sale route. To say we are in financial distress would be a complete understatement.  BUT, as a Realtor who has a front row seat to the F*Ked-up-ness that is Short Sale Land and seeing how many houses end up going into foreclosure because of short sales getting bungled by the banks, I told my hubby it would probably be better for us in the long run to try and hang on tight, run up the credit cards, and pray for our house to sell before we ended up in debtor’s prison.

So that’s what we did.

And, although we have amassed an eye-boggling amount of credit card debt, I am THRILLED to announce (again) that we have an OFFER on our house!!!

Tomorrow is the end of the inspection period.  And this 18 month nightmare is nearly behind us!

But no nightmare would be complete without another unexpected bump in the road.

Which in our case was when the buyers’ home inspectors found a gas leak in the main line to the house.

When we moved into the house 3+ years ago, we found out AFTER closing that the house had been red-tagged because of some unidentified gas leak somewhere.  At which point we had the gas company come out to find the leak so we could fix it. Some dude showed up with a handheld measure thing that had some sort of hose dealio attached to the end of it. He went all around the house and said there was no natural gas leak.

He told us everything was fine, and assured us that his visit removed the red tag from the property.

We figured that was the end of it. Didn’t hear anything else about it until THIS inspection, when buyers’ inspector said that yes, there was a gas leak.  We tried to reassure the buyers everything was fine. We called the gas company to verify that the red tag had been removed, and the gas company said they had no record of ever sending anyone out, so the property was still red-tagged.

Hmm.  So who the H*LL was the guy who came by with the handheld thingamabob with a hose type dealio hanging off the front who went allll around the house looking for a gas leak???  Guess Mr. Jumpsuit was a figment of my imagination.

Anyway.  Long story short, we’re beyond giving a crap and we’re willing to pay anybody ANYTHING just to FINALLY get this issue resolved.


So sometime this week some manly earth-moving equipment, powered by manly earth-movers, I’m guessing, will be tearing up the front lawn and installing new gas piping to the tune of a couple thousand dollars.

There were some other little things on the inspection report. We took care of them all. So, as far as I know right this moment, we are scheduled to close on December 4.

We won’t be there.  No plane fare.


Continued prayers would be appreciated.



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