Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Who'll Buy Our House?

 
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OK, the honeymoon period is now over - five weeks and not a dicky-bird, despite being assured by many that our house would be snapped up in a week.  Apparently, there is a 'critical shortage of stock' in our area and houses only come on the market if there is death or divorce, or more rarely, retirement as our case.  Of course, it is possible that we started off over-priced. We have now changed agents, dropped our price to a more market-related value and viewings are beginning to flow.  The first person was  British woman with two teenagers (and a 3-year-old). They all loved the house and would be the ideal owners regarding walking distance to good schools, a bedroom each and our swimming pool. However, money would have to come from the UK and was it seemed a 'complicated' matter - although they would have been laughing all the way to the bank considering the favourable exchange rate.  Next has been a black couple:  he, an up-and-coming lawyer with a big firm (six foot in an expensive suit, looking like a handsome escapee from LALaw or more recently, Suits). Fascinatingly, his tiny wife was wearing a traditional blanket around her body, pinned under the arms and a headscarf.  Forgive me, but this is the way domestics dress around here.  I was pretty sure our humble street would not be yuppy enough for him and she might not have liked our neighbors. It turns out they both like the house but not the area. Tomorrow we have a local cash buyer. That is always interesting. On Thursday, all 100 agents for this area belonging to our chosen agency are coming to see the property.  Things should accelerate after that, what with the Internet advertising sites, 'virtual tour' and lovely pics.  Watch this space.  Meanwhile, hubby is determinedly cleaning out his garage and moving his precious things to our retirement house (header pic on blog).  Luckily, it won't be a huge wrench for us to move there (as is the plan), as we've been building it for 7 years now and have already spent many happy times there with our family so it also feels like home.

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  1. Good luck with the sale. I am sure there comes a point when you just want it to happen...now.

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    1. You are right about the 'now', especially as the effort involved in keeping everything clean and tidy is quite wearing, when I would much rather be making my patchwork quilt (puffed squares, clearing out my cupboard of bits I've kept for years).

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  2. Wow! This will be my 3rd attempt to leave a message! Maybe I ought to be brief and say how wonderful it is that your new house feels like home already! I hope you sell your old one soon and that everything falls neatly into place for you! We went through the process 4 years ago and it can be stressful!

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    1. Yes! - your message arrived. Thanks for the good wishes. Wonder what was wrong with your computer (or maybe mine was having a bad day?)

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  3. I do not envy you going through the misery of selling a house, equalled only by the misery of buying a house. Good luck, I hope it sells quickly.

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  4. Someone will buy it.

    It's interesting to wonder about the lives of those who may live there, isn't it? I've been through it twice, but once I settled in my new home, amazingly, I almost erased the old one.

    Good that you can move before you sell.

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    1. It's an amazing thing: once you have relinquished your house to someone else, it is no longer yours. It belongs heart and soul to the new people. It remains to make the next one your home.

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