Selling house absentee-style...need reassurance
February 1, 2014 7:11 PM Subscribe
I got a new job in a new town that required me to relocate from central New Jersey to Northeast PA. I moved and my husband stayed in the house. Now we're living separately and we can't carry a mortgage and rent for long. How best to sell our house when we're three hours away?
posted by Otter_Handler to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So after a miserable month apart my husband wants to join me in our rental house ASAP. Does anyone out in MetaFilter-land have experience selling a house long-distance? Added level of difficulty: we plan to move the remaining house contents when he joins me, which means the house will be listed and shown empty. The house is a good one (nice layout, restored wood floors and woodwork, spacious kitchen), but old (built 1910), and while not a total "fixer," will need work (needs exterior paint/siding, probably a new deck). We plan to hire a landscaper to do a thorough yard cleanup (snow permitting) and get the interior professionally cleaned after it's empty. We need to get a certain price to break even on the sale, which right now is all I care about.
I've read all I can on Ask and haven't seen anything very recent about selling. The market here in the Northeast US seems to be picking up, but I wouldn't count on it. Has anyone recently had success selling a house that you didn't live in? Bonus points if you sold long-distance or with the house empty.