I don't know whether it's pathetic to feel like live blogging our negotiations, but here it is: the house lists at 329,900. We offered 315,000 earlier today, and the seller has responded with 325,900 and the news that she's replacing a shower head (whee!). We're countering at 320,000, and will get the disclosure info on the property tomorrow. I wish the seller had come down a little more (can't we get a break in this overall crappy housing market, which is clearly crappier here than in Germany?), but still, a promising enough beginning.
And on the "it can't possibly hurt, can it?" front, when people in my knitting group told me that I should bury a St. Joseph statue in the back yard because it would speed my house sale, I laughed, and then said, "well, why not?" One of my knitting friends brought me by a statue. Curious Girl looked at it and said, "please help our house sell, thank you" and put him upside down facing out in the rear vegetable garden. My mother is praying to St. Jude on our behalf.