The thing that has had me so jumpy and preoccupied the last few weeks has been selling my parents' house. I've been through hell for the last year and a half with this whole thing. I've had to pay the bills, meet with contractors, decide how to upgrade and how much I could stand to spend (they left us money, too). My brother lives in Morgantown and declined to serve and apparently also declined to help, as well.
Well, I did it and I did most of it with a newborn. When I ran out of money from the accounts my parents' left, I took out a home equity loan on my own home to cover the costs.
We closed the transaction this evening, but I won't get my check until tomorrow. The buyer's wife wasn't in town and her signature was needed since her name is on the deed. She's coming in tomorrow morning to sign her part and then the checks will be released.
I'm a bit nervous because while it is not an enormous sum of cash, it is a chunk of change. What do I do with it? Invest? Money Market? We do plan on paying off credit card debt and putting some aside to help cover the kids' private school tuitions for a while. And, we have some plans to upgrade the house a bit.
It's kind of bittersweet - saying goodbye to that house. I loved it. The only reason we didn't buy out my brother's half and move in ourselves is that we love where we live now. Our current location is just so much more convenient for the things we do. Plus, I didn't know if I could live there and have a normal life, knowing that that house was the last house my parents' were ALIVE in.
The one thing I know for sure: I would gladly give that check back to have my mom and dad back with us for a long time.