house soldThis is actually rather amazing news... After only about 5 weeks on the market, our house sold this week (pending the closing which is slated for Friday, 25 Jan.). In the currently bad sellers' market and in the middle of winter, this was huge news for us this week. We did take a little hit on the price but felt that after several rounds of counter offers we got the best that we'd be able to fetch either now or in the coming weeks and months (the economic outlook here remains rather negative). Our departure for Australia was not contingent on the sale of our house, but to have this business done before leaving is a big relief.