May 17, 2023

Why Off-Market "Pocket Listings" Are Bad For Homebuyers and Sellers


It could cost sellers thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars.  Here's why:

Like any market, the real estate market is generally driven by straightforward supply and demand principles.  In over-simplified terms, when supply is high and demand is low, prices tend to drop, and when supply is low and demand is high, prices tend to spike.  It is no secret that the real estate market has been closer to the latter over the past few years.  The coronavirus pandemic fueled what was already a low interest rate, low inflation environment, and even lower interest rates and rising "stay-at-home"-driven demand turned a fairly steady market into a very hot one all across the nation.

But for any market to be efficient, and for sellers in the marketplace to reap the benefits of said efficient (hot) market, ALL market participants must be aware of ALL available inventory.  Historically speaking, REALTORS have used the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to present the entire pool of inventory to buyers.  In hot real estate markets, all buyers being able to see the entire inventory often leads to multiple offers and higher sale prices.  Higher sale prices, of course, means more net proceeds for sellers.



In rare instances, there could be a valid reason to keep a property off the MLS, and to instead opt for a private, limited market.  For instance, maybe a seller has legitimate privacy concerns because they are famous or are a public figure.  Or perhaps elderly or sick persons, or small children reside in the home and a lot of showings would be disruptive to the household.  

Outside of those limited reasons, keeping a property off-market does not benefit home sellers, and it instead serves to line the pockets of their listing brokerage.  When a property is only marketed to the listing brokerage's limited pool of buyers, the market is drastically smaller, and the listing brokerage stands to make the entire commission rather than splitting the commission with a cooperating brokerage that might have a better, more qualified buyer.  Indeed, the general public and cooperating brokerages are not notified of the listed property's existence, and therefore the vast majority of buyers are not aware the listing even exists.

Again, this can dramatically harm sellers to the tune of thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars in the form of lower sale prices and/or months of additional holding costs.  Edge Realty has seen multiple offer situations over the past few years resulting in sale prices as much as $75,000 over list price, which would not have occurred in private, off-market scenarios. 

That is why it is Edge Realty's policy to use off-market listings only in the extremely limited scenarios listed above.  We believe that presenting a home to the entire market, in its best possible light, from the very first impression, is the key to maximizing sale prices for our seller clients. 


Traditionally, the most beneficial listing strategy for sellers is to market the property to the entire market - on the MLS.  The MLS is the most complete collection of homes for sale and it is generally recognized as the most efficient vehicle for selling homes for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.  MLS listings feed to thousands of public-facing websites, which results in increased exposure to buyers and licensed agents who represent active, willing-and-able buyers - not just to the handful of buyers the listing brokerage might be actively working with.

Absent extenuating circumstances, why would a seller not want to reach the entire market?  Sellers should be very cautious of what a listing broker is asking them to do, especially if keeping the property off-market is mentioned.  Sellers should ask themselves if doing so really benefits them, or if it is designed to benefit the listing brokerage.  It is quite possible that what the listing brokerage is doing violates the National Association of REALTOR Code of Ethics, federal and state Fair Housing laws, Missouri real estate regulations, the common law fiduciary duty of loyalty, and MLS rules.  

At Edge Realty, we passionately put our clients - and not our wallets - first.  If you want to maximize your net sale proceeds, don't list with a brokerage that tries to convince you to participate in an off-market transaction.  Instead, call a highly qualified Edge Realty agent who puts your interests first.

July 26, 2022

Edge Realty Invited to Join Leading Real Estate Companies of the World


We’re Local. We’re Global.®

An established leader in the Southeast Missouri market, Edge Realty’s reach now extends far beyond the Southeast Missouri area through its membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest global community of high-quality, independent real estate companies.

Membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, or “LeadingRE”, is awarded only to select, market-leading companies that have demonstrated excellence in service delivery and results. 

“In an industry made up of over 100,000 brokerages characterized by dramatically inconsistent service delivery and customer experience, our members set the standard for quality in the markets they serve,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “We take our commitment to quality very seriously, and, as a result, only 20% of the companies that inquire about membership are extended an invitation to affiliate.”

The value of being aligned with LeadingRE, however, is much more than just a discerning third-party endorsement. LeadingRE members have access to world-class resources for marketing, technology, and professional development.  

Through its membership, Edge Realty has valuable connections to the best real estate professionals in 70 countries around the world. These connections bring global exposure and a broader pool of prospective buyers for the homes Edge Realty represents. And, for those looking for real estate outside of the area, Edge Realty can provide assistance through LeadingRE’s worldwide network of 550 vetted real estate firms.

“Our affiliation with LeadingRE provides us with the same, if not better, national and global network that a member of a national franchise might enjoy, all while allowing us to remain independent, innovative, and nimble in response to market changes or evolving business models,” said Edge Realty owner Bill Cole.

While all LeadingRE companies, brokers, and sales associates have a shared focus on quality and connections, they are also committed to independence, with distinctive cultures and services that align with the unique needs of the areas they serve.

“All of our firms are deeply rooted in their communities – independently owned, with an uncommon local knowledge that allows them to help clients make better-informed real estate decisions,” Boomsma said.

Through LeadingRE, Edge Realty combines the best of an authentic, local brand with the worldwide connections and tools that are so vital in today’s global real estate marketplace.



Edge Realty’s membership in LeadingRE allows its sales executives to assist buyers and sellers anywhere in the world in coordination with Leading RE headquarters located in Chicago, London, and Singapore.  In 2021, Leading RE member companies made introductions in 90 countries.  For corporate clients, RELO Direct® enables Edge Realty to offer a comprehensive approach to address all the moving pieces related to employee relocations. 

Founded in 2003, Edge Realty is the largest real estate brokerage in Southeast Missouri, serving Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger, Stoddard, and Scott counties and surrounding areas.  Edge Realty has been the number one company in the region in closed sales volume for 17 consecutive years, closing more than 18,000 transactions and over $3 billion in sales volume in that time.  Edge Realty, with offices in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Marble Hill, and Sikeston (opening in late August), has nearly 120 agents, 48 of which hold their Missouri broker licenses. 

Visit for more information on Edge Realty.  To learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, visit

Posted in Agents, Ethics, Statistics
March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Notice: COVID-19's Effect on Real Estate Transactions

Friends and clients,
As the local real estate market leader, we would like to update you on our real estate market and changes to our company policies due to COVID-19.  This is a fluid situation, so this update may change at any time.
Thanks to technology, our market remains active.  Much of a real estate transaction can be handled electronically, so we have suggested that our Executives work from home to the extent possible.  They are available by phone call, text, and email at any time. 
As a precaution, our office lobbies are closed to the general public, and our management team and staff are working remotely.  We strongly encourage our seller clients to postpone all open houses until further notice.  We believe opening doors to the public is not worth the risk unless absolutely necessary. 
Of course, certain parts of a real estate transaction are typically conducted in person, so we must take other precautions.  In-person meetings can still occur at our offices, again if absolutely necessary and using proper sanitization practices.  
If you are a seller and are comfortable with your home being showed, we recommend that you have no symptoms and all surface areas of your home should be disinfected.  All interior doors and closets should be open and lights turned on so prospective buyers do not have to touch anything but the front door. 
If you are a buyer interested in viewing a home, we will be asking prequalifying questions regarding recent travel and potential symptoms of illness.  Property showings should be as quick as possible and surfaces should not be touched.  If you have proper gloves and masks, please use them.  If the property is vacant, please disinfect any surfaces that must be touched before and after touching them.
As with all industries, we are necessarily evolving in this unprecedented time.  Our market is alive, and we plan to stay active representing our clients, with some much needed precautionary measures.
Be positive and be safe!  
Edge Realty
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Sept. 12, 2019

Pets For Homeowners With Allergies

As many as three in 10 people in the U.S. have allergies to cats and dogs, and cat allergies are twice as likely as dog allergies. Allergies happen when someone’s immune system is triggered by something, such as pollen from flowers, or dander from pets. These allergies can cause itchy watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing and rashes just to name a few, and it can make owning a pet extremely uncomfortable. 

However there are a number of pets which are suitable for all people, regardless of whether you have allergies or not; fish and reptiles are a couple of examples. You may be happy to hear that there are also a few breeds of cats and dogs which are much less likely to trigger reactions than other breeds and can be kept by people who are usually sensitive to them. 

These animals are known as hypoallergenic breeds. Here are some of the best pets for allergy sufferers. 


Some cats produce less allergens than others which make them a much better match for people who suffer with allergies. It’s the protein in an animal’s dander and saliva which triggers most allergies, so finding a pet which creates less of this protein is the key to living with a pet when you have allergies

Here are a few popular breed choices for hypoallergenic cats:

  • The Oriental Shorthaired cat is one of the most popular hypoallergenic breeds, they shed very little hair. 
  • Cornish Rex cats shed very little hair and only possess the undercoat layer known as the down hair. 
  • The Sphynx cat is hairless and so therefore doesn’t shed at all and has no hair to trap the allergens. 
  • The Russian Blue is a great choice if you want a typical furry cat; he has a shiny blue coat which is short haired. 


If you’re a dog person at heart but can’t stand the sniffles that come along with cuddling a cute pooch, then you might be in luck with a hypoallergenic dog breed.

Similarly to cats, these breeds don’t create as much dander and so they don’t trigger allergies in many people. 

These are the most popular hypoallergenic dog choices:

  • The Bichon Frise is a beautiful cuddly teddy bear dog with fluffy white fur. 
  • Poodles are well known for their hypoallergenic traits. They have tight curly hair which traps shedding hair. 
  • Miniature Schnauzers shed a very little due to their short double coat which has a wiry outer coat.
  • Portuguese Water dogs are playful and laid-back as well as only having a single coat and shedding minimally.  


Rabbits can make great pets; they don’t require as much attention as cats and dogs but can still be cuddled and played with.

Just like cats and dogs, there are some breeds of rabbits which are less likely to cause allergic reactions. Mini Rexes are the best breed choice for people with allergies. They have short velvety hair and they produce less dander than other rabbits. 

If you do experience an allergic reaction around rabbits, make sure it’s not their hay that you’re allergic to because this is also a common trigger for allergies. If it is the hay, there are plenty of other choices available or you can ask someone to help with handling the hay.  


Fish may not be able to interact with you are much as the other animals listed here, and you can’t get them out for a cuddle when you need cheering up, but they are very good for cheering you up in other ways. 

Keeping fish has actually proven benefits in improving mental health and stress. Spending five minutes after a busy day at work, watching your fish swim around will help to calm you down. 

Fish can bring plenty of color and personality to your home. Depending on the space you have, a fish tank can either be a centerpiece in your front room or a small tank in your kitchen. These pets won’t trigger any allergies and they are much easier to care for than other animals. 


Reptiles are normally a great pet choice for people with allergies because they don’t produce the proteins which are found in warm-blooded animals. 

You will need to spend time caring for them and keeping their cage clean. Ideally you’ll wear a mask and gloves when cleaning their home out to avoid any allergies being triggered. 

Some of these animals require humid temperatures which can create a lot of moisture and easily result in mold if you don’t keep on top of their maintenance requirements. 

Concluding Thoughts 

If you have allergies and have put off having a pet because you’re worried how they will affect you, there are plenty of options which are available to you!


Always spend time around the animal you’re considering giving a home, before you bring them into your home permanently. 

Posted in Home
Sept. 3, 2019

How to Get Rid of Large Items in Your Home

Whether you are refurbishing your home or moving to a new house, knowing how to get rid of large items in your house and unwanted furniture is a real challenge. A damaged car, unwanted furniture, and other large items in the house require a good process. In this list, we have indicated some tips that could help you get rid of old items to create space for newer decor in your house.

1. Find out if your waste removal services company would take old large items

Find out if the local trash removal company will take large items. There is a need to do this since most of the time they don’t. You might be lucky and they will pick up all your large items, but you have to let them know ahead of time. You can get this information on their website, but, you may need to call them so that you can make an accurate decision. You don’t want to drag your old couch to the curb only to have it ignored by the trash collectors; hence, forcing you to drag it back to the basement or garage. Your location also plays a major role in determining whether your waste management company will accept your old large items. At some point, you may have to call and organize for the haul, but remember that could cost you a few bucks.

2. If you are replacing, see if the old item could be hauled away

If you ordered new furniture and modern home appliances, the company you bought from might get rid the old items for you at no cost. However, you need to find this out with them in advance. Usually, they do this for large appliances such as laundry machines, refrigerators, and so on. You can get the right information by checking out the website of the company. Better yet, you can call and confirm what they do with the old stuff once they have delivered the newer ones. Though this might not be the case with most furniture delivery companies, you can make an arrangement with them even at a small cost. The only reason they might consider your offer is so that they can create space for the new items, but still, some companies might want you to create space before they deliver so that they can just come and place the items efficiently.

3. List your old item online

You can list your old items on Craigslist or similar platforms to have them taken off your hands. If you want to get rid of them as soon as possible, you can list the price as free so that someone comes for them right away. Most individuals with a scrap yard like to take such items and sell them cheaply, which means you will have created a business for them. However, even if listing items on Craigslist works, you might still find people who show interest but never show up to pick up the items. Therefore, be sure to have a close conversation with the people who show an interest.

4. Place it on the curb with “free” sign

This is the classic move employed by urban dwellers everywhere. If you drag your items to the curb, and you are unsure if the trash collectors will take them, just put a “free” sign on it. When you do this, your item will be gone by the time you are back in the house. Also, you should know that this method can only work in specific scenarios. You can only employ this trick with modern size items which are ready to move. These could be chairs, small tables, small dishwashers, and so on. If you have anything bigger than that, people driving by can not just stop to pick the item and throw it in their vehicle. Also, you may want to put the item in a high traffic area to increase the chances of the item being picked by someone.

5. Donate it so that it’s picked for free

If your items are still in decent condition, you can donate it to companies that sell used products. Before you consider this option, you need to confirm that the products you are pawning off are in working condition and not too worn-out.

Getting rid of old items might seem like a hard thing to do, but with the right information, you can always employ the proper procedure. If you are moving to a new location, you can talk to the moving company so that they can store some items that you will not need in your new home at a fee. You can donate to increase the chances of your items being accepted. Still, you can find scrap yards to drop your items after informing the person in charge. There are plenty of options for homeowners.


Author bio: Riya is an inspired writer, passionate about traveling, lifestyle, and encouraging startups.  As a freelancer, she understands the importance of productivity at work.  She is also part of the content marketing team behind Studyclerk and arhaus Bathroom & Kitchen, a stunning showroom in Brisbane that offers a collection of leading European and Australian brands.  Connect with Riya on twitter, @sanderriya.

Posted in Home
Sept. 3, 2019

What to Consider When Renting out Your Home

So, you own a home that isn’t selling, or something else is keeping you from selling it, but you still want to add some extra money to your budget. Renting out is a reasonable option many homeowners who won’t or can’t sell choose. Although renting out your home or a part of your home is a relatively easy way to earn extra cash, not everyone is capable of doing so. There are several things you should take into consideration before putting your home on the market as a rental property.

Determine whether your home is ready to rent

In order to rent out your home and make money out of it, it needs to be appealing to potential tenants. You need to analyze your area and all the other rentals in it. Is the demand in your location low or high? What are the home features tenants are interested in and does your home meet the common criteria? Find an agent who can offer valuable advice on this subject and help you determine whether your property can become a rental. 

Know the law before renting out your home

Renting out property has to be done in accordance with the law. If terms like real estate law, tenancy agreement to inspections, terminations and rent collection don’t sound familiar enough, do your homework. Furthermore, you need to do research on the relevant tax codes, federal, state, and local housing laws, as well as real estate investors’ rights and obligations. A professional can help you do everything in a legal manner, so don’t be shy to ask for legal advice before renting out your home.

Calculate the costs associated with renting out a home

First of all, you need to know the costs of real estate investing in your local market. Advertizing, maintenance, taxes and insurance are just some of the costs of investing in rental real estate. A real estate market analysis can help you estimate the costs of investing in your market with accuracy. This type of analysis will also help you determine how much rent to charge. To get an idea of how much other landlords charge, check online resources and local newspapers. The most important thing when setting your rent is to be realistic. Once you calculate how much you can lose and gain in the process, you’ll know whether renting out your home pays off. 

How to prepare your home for renting

  • First, you need to inspect your home and detect problems that need fixing. Roof leaks and clogged gutters aren’t something potential tenants will ignore for very long. Take safety risks into consideration as well. In case of an accident, the responsibility may be yours.
  • Eliminate all personal belongings, such as family photos, before showing your property. This way, renters won’t feel like they’re intruding someone else’s home. You can find reusable packing supplies for your move to save some money. 
  • Determine whether you want to rent a furnished home or not. Perhaps you want to remove all or some of your furniture.
  • Eliminate everything that is broken or unnecessary. De-cluttering will make your home look neat and spacious.
  • If you have no other place to put your stuff, use specialized bins for storing your belongings and rent a storage unit nearby. 
  • Clean up the entire home, including the appliances and furnishings.

How to find tenants before renting out your home


Having good, responsible tenants is the most important factor in succeeding as a landlord. Renting to family and friends is not something we would recommend. Local newspapers and websites, especially social media, can help you find your tenants. Moreover, no matter how much you need that rental income, you should be very patient when choosing your tenants. Consider to whom you are renting out your property, not only when they can move in. Talk to your applicants’ previous landlords (even employers) and check things like their criminal history and credit reports.

Posted in Home, Investing, Renting, Sellers
Aug. 26, 2019

How Senior Citizens Are Impacting the Housing Market

In a recent report, Freddie Mac compared the homeownership rates of two groups of seniors: the Good Times Cohort (born from 1931-1941) and the previous generations (born in the 1930s). The data shows an increase in the homeownership rate for the Good Times Cohort because seniors are now aging in place, living longer, and maintaining a high quality of life into their later years.

Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market | MyKCM

This, however, does not mean all seniors are staying in place. Some are actively buying and selling homes. In the 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) showed the percentage of seniors buying and selling:

Highlights from NAR’s report:

  • Buyers ages 54 to 63 had higher median household incomes and were more likely to be married couples.
  • 12% of buyers ages 54 to 63 are first-time homebuyers, 5% (64 to 72), and 4% (73 to 93).
  • Buyers ages 54 to 63 purchased because of an interest in being closer to friends and families, job relocation, and the desire to own a home of their own.
  • Sellers 54 years and older often downsized and purchased a smaller, less expensive home than the one they sold.
  • Sellers ages 64 to 72 lived in their homes for 21 years or more.

Bottom Line

According to NAR’s report, 58% of buyers ages 64 to 72 said they need help from an agent to find the right home. The transition from a current home to a new one is significant to undertake, especially for anyone who has lived in the same house for many years. If you’re a senior thinking about buying or selling a home, call Team Nest Builder’s Lynn Garafola today to help you make the move as smoothly as possible.  

Originally published on by Lynn Garafola.

Posted in Home
Aug. 23, 2019

Front Entryway Designs to Fit Your Home’s Style

A welcoming and well-organized entrance will make your home feel inviting and set the tone for the rest of the home. But with the need for storage, seating and decor, what design concepts best fit your home entryway?

Open Concept

If you open you door to a large and empty space, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the open space but carve some clearly defined zones meant for specific purposes. Adding a large bench or sofa against your sofa can help define the entrance. Another way to make your own entry is to put a piece of furniture used to hold scarves, jackets or other outdoor accessories next to the door. This way your guests and yourself can enter the home and know what that space is intended for.


Maybe you have the opposite problem of an open concept and your home has a very small space for guests to put their belongings. This is when focusing on efficiency is important. With lack of floor space, use the walls to put up some deep shelves and coat hangers. The shoes can be easily put on the shelves and you make the most room for people standing. Another great tip for making any room feel bigger- add a mirror!

Fun and Funky

Having a place where you can sit and take off your shoes is essential in many homes. This seating is a great way to start showing off your unique style that is carried throughout the rest of your home. A patterned bench, a funky shaped chairs or soft sofa cushions are all fun ways to morph personality and functionality.

Hardworking Floors

Large families or homes with young kids may not get the chance to focus on style and instead need a room that is functional and durable. Installing tile, if your home doesn’t have it already, may be a big investment but it is definitely worth the pay off. Busy households are going to want floors and features that are easy to clean and weather resistant. Another design tip would be to put distressed furniture in the room. This way any nicks or scrapes will escape unnoticed by those coming and going.


No matter the purpose or personal style you want to add to your entryway designs, there are different ways to welcome guests and feel at home the moment you get back from a long day.

Posted in Design, Home
Aug. 12, 2019

The Benefits to Adding an Extension to Your Home

You may have considered moving out to find a bigger house due to the limited space in your house. But why go through all this strenuous and expensive activity? Well, If you are looking for a way to create more space without the upheaval of having to move the house or changing your current lifestyle, then your home builders adding an extension to your home is the ideal way. An extension will simply enhance your living space and add some value to your property. So, here are some of the benefits that an extension will bring to your home. 


Create Space

If you are having trouble finding extra space in the house, the addition of a house extension is the best way to get the extra rooms that would save you such inconveniences. Not only does it create extra space, but it also saves you the trouble of going through the exhausting process of locating a house that is big enough, pack and relocate. 

Having an extension will provide you with enough room to accommodate the growing family, a guest or even arrange your personal stuff. Some people can use the space added as an office especially if you are working from home while others will use it as a gym or an entertaining spot. 

You may be a little creative and design the extension on the outside of the house and have it installed with glass windows to emphasize that feeling of having enough space and allow light into the room. This is beneficial to people who are looking for a conservatory, garden rooms or an orangery. 

Adding Value to your Property 

No matter the house extension cost that you may incur, adding any type of extension will definitely increase your property value. Furthermore, as odd as it may seem, some people upon realizing this particular benefit of an extension have contacted the house builders to have an additional room fitted in before they sell their property. 

If you’re planning to rent your house, adding a high-quality extra room in your current property would maximize the value of the house in the market and further help solve the space problem for the occupants.

Better Alternative to Moving

Many people decide to get a house extension as a way to make changes to the current look of their house. Living in the same house for years and having to look at the same house design each day may be boring. To liven up the interior, some people decide it is time for restructuring the whole house interior and in the process figure out that addition of an extra room would be ideal for a studio, guest room or even an office. Thus, before moving to a new house in search of a new design or an extra space, it is advisable to think of adding an extension as an ideal and easier alternative. 

Saves Money

The house extension cost can be much cheaper than moving into a new house  with the price tag of a bigger home often being higher. Also, there are other costs involved including hiring movers to transport your furniture and other house belongings. Home extensions are an economical way to create more space as opposed to moving. So, why save money to move to your dream spacious home whereas you can simply create one in your house? Plus adding to your home could be a great investment to your home value down the line.

Live in the Same Neighborhood

The chances of getting a bigger house near your neighborhood can be very low. Furthermore, moving means changing your neighborhood and having to deal with an entirely new environment, and people. Your children will have to change schools and make new friends. But, why subject them to such inconveniences that you could have avoided?

No Need for Permits 

 If you aren’t aware, extensions are generally permitted developments and thus you don’t need planning permission to start designing one. Most people who don’t know about this information, fear the prospect of securing planning permission for an extension. However, it is important to pay a visit to the nearest local council and check out the rules and regulations on such ventures in your area. 

So, whether you want to extend your house to create extra space for a growing family or convert it to accommodate some of your personal belongings, an extension is the most ideal and cost-effective way to add that space.


Author bio: Riya is an inspired writer, passionate about traveling, lifestyle, and encouraging startups.  As a freelancer, she understands the importance of productivity at work.  She is also part of the content marketing team behind Studyclerk and arhaus Bathroom & Kitchen, a stunning showroom in Brisbane that offers a collection of leading European and Australian brands.  Connect with Riya on twitter, @sanderriya.

Aug. 6, 2019

Tips to Overcome the Emotions of Selling Your Home #Hopeforhomesellers

Your home is full of lingering memories. You can literally feel the moments as you walk through the hallways, and they all speak to you. The cackling laughter of kids at your son’s first birthday bash, your daughter racing in to tell you she got accepted into college, your sister’s wedding preparations, your husband’s first job promotion celebration. This house has become more than a simple living space; it holds your precious memories. And this is why it feels so hard to let go.

This article takes you from the point where you are completely confused about how to emotionally detach from the house you’re putting up for sale to the point where you are simply ready to let go, and move to your new adventure.

Dealing with Intense Emotional Components of a House Sale

Here are a few tips to handle the emotional components of parting with your beloved house:

1. Get Started Early

So much adrenaline rushes through your body whenever you think of having to go through with a house sale. You may feel so scared so you keep putting it off till next week, and then the week after that. Ever heard of the saying: the only way to get over something, is to go through it? Can the process be stressful? Yes. But if you don’t start, you will never get to the other side where you are free of emotional attachment. Starting early gives you time to go through all the moments, enjoy every scent, reminisce and simply come out an emotionally richer person.  

2. Build an Emotional Connection with Your Next Home

Your next home will be the place to forge new memories. It would be nice if you started connecting it with super sweet, inspiring thoughts and memories, even before you move out of your old house. This way, you prepare your mind mentally to let go of the old and allow the new take firm hold on your mind.

3. Make the Old House Look Better Before Leaving

One way to let go is by keeping things tidy, before leaving. You could fix up places in the house where your emotional connection is strongest. Perhaps, take off some things and put in new stuff? A good example could be changing the color of paint used to design your bedroom. As your eyes make contact with ‘unfamiliar’ settings, it forces your mind to let go.

4. Spend More Time Outdoors

Spending more time outside is a therapeutic approach to letting go; more like deleting the number of an old flame when going into a new relationship. Explore areas around the home, and other places far away.  

The act of leaving the house to explore other areas reduces the emotional toll which the house sale places on you.

5. Still Not Ready? Wait for a while

After going through the motions and allowing yourself to get over the house with the above steps, you might still not be ready to make the move.

If you find yourself in this state, you might have to wait till you’re ready.

Eventually, the most important thing is to be in a ripe mental state for a move. If you are trying to deal with your emotional connections to the house, know that you can’t force yourself to be ready. You might have to end up waiting for a couple more months to deal with the emotional implications of your move.  


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Posted in Home, Moving, Sellers