BRAINTREE — When we learned we needed to sell our house, I was overwhelmed. I knew how difficult it would be, how it would take months and be an enormously tedious process. Not to mention the financial hit. After all, while I’d heard (and written about) the market picking up a bit, prices hadn’t seemed to be following along. I envisioned our house sitting on the market for months and finally taking whatever offer came along just to get out from under the mortgage. Cut and run.
But I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout at our first open house. The listing went public on several Internet realty sites on a Tuesday night in early March, and it seemed we had immediate interest. Even before we spit-and-polished the house — pretending as best we could that it didn’t hold two boys under 5 years old and two fat and inordinately furry orange cats — we had people stalking our house late at night. They’d drive by, slowly, several times, casing the place in a way that made the neighbors take notice and perhaps double-check that their cars were locked.