Well I am not sure we will ever sell

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If I hear the word VIABLE one more time I will scream.

I tell folks this is a "lifestyle B&B" not a term I coined, btw. This is not a retire and rake in the dough B&B.  I think they are confusing us with the $1.5-2.5 mil range...our price is with business, conveyances and home (and worth every penny).

We have done so many updates and reno's to this inn, and will probably never see anything out of it. It is disheartening, really.

This weekend the phrase came to mind "Do you run your business or does your business run you?" It actually made me really mad, must have been a subliminal message.

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St. Joseph is the patron saint of carpenters and family.  So he's a good patron for home sellers too.

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YoooooooooooooooHooooooooooooooooo.....JaaaaaaaaaaBeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Heading out the door to run errands, one of which includes stopping at a Catholic church bookstore to get  a St Joseph statue to bury in the yard.  Shall I get you one? Smiling

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BananaE29 wrote:

YoooooooooooooooHooooooooooooooooo.....JaaaaaaaaaaBeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Heading out the door to run errands, one of which includes stopping at a Catholic church bookstore to get  a St Joseph statue to bury in the yard.  Shall I get you one? Smiling

 

I buried St. Joseph upside down facing my house when we were on the market.  We got a full price offer.   Not saying the plastic statue made the difference.  Just sayin'.

We forgot to unbury him. 

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The bookstore was closed until Sunday.  I've heard of this ritual so many times that I have to believe it works.  Can't wait to get mine!

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JB, your place is viable as a business or even as a house.  Don't ever question that....

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JB - all kidding aside. I truly believe that when the time is tight for YOU (issues resolved or needs attended to) whatever will BE the right time for your family, the right buyer will appear. Either the time for you or perhaps for the people buying your inn, things will happen. WE do not control The Plan - and i truly DO believe it.

The timing was tight for us to find our house and to open the B & B. A year or 2 earlier or later, everything would have been different. I cannot tell you how wonderful it has been for us because we came to this small City that does not even make most maps. Please just believe. And if you want to help things along, my neighbor buried St Joseph in her back yard facing the house and after it sold (fairly quickly after that) she dug him up and took him to her new house. Just sayin'

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gillumhouse wrote:

my neighbor buried St Joseph in her back yard facing the house and after it sold (fairly quickly after that) she dug him up and took him to her new house. Just sayin'

 

JB, I have heard this many, many times.  Let's both go do it this week!  I've been wanting to, and I will if you will! heart

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BananaE29 wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

my neighbor buried St Joseph in her back yard facing the house and after it sold (fairly quickly after that) she dug him up and took him to her new house. Just sayin'

 

JB, I have heard this many, many times.  Let's both go do it this week!  I've been wanting to, and I will if you will! heart

I have never heard of this..... I have been praying for us all to sell. 

 

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They offer these as home seller kits  on Amazon below is just one of many on the site; Here's what it says:

The tradition of burying a statue of Saint Joseph finds its roots in the ancient Catholic custom of burying blessed medals in the ground, invoking God's blessing on the area. It is not the medal, but the blessing which brings God's power.

Today homeowners of all denominations ask for St. Joseph's help in selling and buying their homes. There are many documented cases of his powerful intercession

While there is no guarantee that this practice will result in the sale or purchase of property, it couldn't hurt to try it in today's tough real estate market.

 

They actually have them here for sale!

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not St Jude then? patron saint of causes long since lost!

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I would not confuse the issue. Battling Saints would not be a pretty sight!

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Joey Camb wrote:

not St Jude then? patron saint of causes long since lost!

 

No reason you can't have more than one saint on your side!

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Upside down

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You're doing a great job with your marketing and I hope you keep your spirits up as the right person is out there for your inn.

My wife and I looked at the info you have available online. We both said we wished the inns we were looking at did what you were doing. You are answering questions before they have to be asked and you aren't starving the inn by holding off maintenance. Your part of the country is unfortunately not where we are looking, but there are those of us out there who are self-financing and interested in an inn your size.

IMHO I think you have an advantage over inns a little bit larger because there's more of a chance of a sale without having to have a bank value the business. We've looked at the $1M plus property financing and you have a huge advantage. It comes down to the right person seeing you, and that will happen.

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 xoxox hearthugs! 

I totally understand sweet friend. I'm praying for you too.

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As we keep telling our daughter who is trying to find the right job for HER.

It is a numbers game many will say no, many will not call you back BUT that doesn't mean anything!  It is a numbers game.  The right match will come along! 

It is frustrating but it will happen.  Your place is remarkable and you have done more than most with your marketing.  It will happen!

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Don't give up hope. You only need one good one. I'm sorry it is taking a while for them to find you. They may be just as frustrated. When they find you, may they feel as much joy and relief as you will.

 

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After it sells and you can look back at this whole process, I suspect you'll know why it took so long.  Your place is ideal for so many kinds of potential innkeepers.  The people who need to be there just haven't realized it yet. (I hope)

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Thanks everyone! heart

 

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It will happen when you least expect it. You have done wonders with your place and the right person just has to find it. heart

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Reality Check - IF I am planning to HIRE:

Housekeeper

Maintenance man

Marketing person

PR person

bookeeper

Web designer/support

Then YES, your B & B is not viable. If someone has the work ethic (as you do by the way) to actually work and DYI, your B & B IS very viable.

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I know how frustrated you must be, and I've only been in limbo about 45 days.  It's exhausting, this hanging on, constantly being in the "ready" stage, all while continuing to run the business and trying to keep a good attitude.  Keep your chin up - I firmly believe that things happen for a reason, and everything is just as it should be.  This doesn't help when things are not going the way we want them to, but better things are coming your way. 

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I so feel for you. There are so many reasons that aspiring innkeepers choose or don't choose to buy. More often than not, their expectations are a lot higher than their pocket book. The town, the style of house and the community all play such big factors. One wonders if these lookie-loos EVER end up with a b&b. I would guess not.

I'm scared to death to list because the folks that will appreciate who and what we are in our location are so limited. To have people viewing and not buying just must be demoralizing.

I'm so sorry you've been in limbo for so long broken heart

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Not to delve too deeply into our situation, but, we could never afford to live off of what our new inn makes.  We can afford to have a nicer house and a thriving business, but we need my job to make it a lifestyle that sustains US.  

There are others like us.

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Viable:

capable of working successfully; feasible.
"the proposed investment was economically viable"
synonyms: feasible, workable, practicable, practical, usable, possible, realistic, achievable, attainable, realizable;

Of course you have a viable business AND home!  In fact, all you are missing is the right person to pass it on to!  You have built a name, reputation and provided a turn-key, workable business and life for the right some one to just walk right in and take over.  

Don't give up....the right buyer is just around the corner. heart

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I hate to be the happy bird in your picture, but you ARE viable. How did you come to the conclusion that what you have been doing all these years is not viable. Maybe somebody wants to paint you into their picture of what that means, but I think you should paint your own and put THAT out there. You can omit the happy bird from your picture if you wish. indecision

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I hate to be the happy bird in your picture, but you ARE viable. How did you come to the conclusion that what you have been doing all these years is not viable. Maybe somebody wants to paint you into their picture of what that means, but I think you should paint your own and put THAT out there. You can omit the happy bird from your picture if you wish. indecision

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happykeeper wrote:

I hate to be the happy bird in your picture, but you ARE viable. How did you come to the conclusion that what you have been doing all these years is not viable. Maybe somebody wants to paint you into their picture of what that means, but I think you should paint your own and put THAT out there. You can omit the happy bird from your picture if you wish. indecision

You almost made me cry with this Haps. Thank you so much.

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Sorry to hear that.   Buying and selling any real estate, much less a business is v e r y tedious.  Hang in there.

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