Why does this keep happening to us?
We still have another year left on our lease; in CA I'm pretty sure that whoever buys the house buys the lease with it, but in the meantime our lives get turned upside down by people traipsing through the house, upsetting the kitties. The Realtor is not going to like the Spouse Thingy's schedule, which effectively wipes out any chance of holding an open house. We're not going to allow a lockbox to be put on the door, nor allow the house to be shown without at least one of us here...
This has the potential to be a miserable, miserable year...possibly capped off by getting the landlord from hell, should Mephistopheles be the one who buys it.
Why can't I win the lottery?
Oh yeah...you kinda have to buy a ticket for that, don'tcha?