Mike and Mikayla have gone to see the movie “Prince Caspian” to celebrate Father’s Day. They’ve escaped the house and the numbing boredom of an open house. I’m left to the temptation of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen.
Our only visitor has been another real estate agent who was too busy or too careless to leave behind a business card as I had requested. Is that too much to ask? Perhaps it’s the market. People are leaving the business in droves, driven out by lower home sales and sinking expectations. Many potential buyers also have left the market due to a high number of foreclosures and an economy choking on the rising cost of gasoline and groceries.
Our house has been on the market for a month. We’ve priced it at half a million dollars. Dad must be turning over in his grave. At that price, our house could sell for 167 times what he earned in a good year on the farm.
The price tag is nearly seven times what Dad and Mom’s farm sold for back in 1994. The property in Clay County, Missouri, covered about 125 acres. It had a barn and a few other outbuildings, a house built around 1968, and a good-sized pond with some of the best eating bass and bluegill to hit a frying pan.
If we can sell our house for $500,000, we should be able to buy all the fish we want and a sailboat to boot.