I'm new to this site but I'm wondering if anyone else with CFS has gotten caught in the economy nightmare concerning real estate? After living in a home for 30 yrs and slowly and painfully paying it off, I knew my health was deteriorating and needed a one floor, quiet place that is close to conveniences but has nature views out the bedroom window. After years of looking I found a nice place at a good price and made the excruciating move. It's a 55 + and I was told I was too young to be here but I fit in, actually much older people do much more than I can ever hope to do. I drive a "96 car with 41,000 miles on it, so you get the picture of being homebound and bed ridden and being seen only when I can move. The problem is I can't sell my old home in an area hit especially hard by dwindling house values and haven't for at least 2 yrs even though I'm giving it away at a short sale. (I took an equity loan on the old house as down payment at an incredible interest rate but the appraisal value has dropped $40,000). I did everything right, researched and plotted for years and still I'm in trouble financially. This of course has hurt my health and what little self-esteem I've had and I'm in pain constantly. I've done what my lawyer has advised, had 4 different realtors, lowered the price $20,000 below the loan amount, showed it over 60 times and still three prospective buyers walked. How bad can the house be if I lived there 30yrs and my occupation before becoming ill was an interior designer? I feel like going to a meeting, saying "Hi, I'm Nancy and I can't sell my house"----"Hello Nancy" The bank is taking it's time to start foreclosure proceedings because I'm still paying the utilities, to save my meager investment (no frozen pipes) and still showing the house as late as 2 days ago. I've been disabled with CFS since 89, had a high FICA score and everything is in a downward spiral. My psychiatrist (I needed one after all this) says don't worry let the bank take it. I'm trying to carry on but this is dragging on and dragging me down. Has anyone experienced this? What is your coping secret? Help!