Since my last post, things have not been going well.
I would like to say we have found a property, but this is not the case.
We have mastered piggy backing on free wifi, yet despite exploring areas where the internet states there are hundreds of properties available in our price range, once again it is a bunch of lies, and the only details we have been given are for properties that have been on the market for months (if not years) which no-one else wants and are falling down/in such a bad state of repair, we could not afford the refurbishment. It is a bit disconcerting when you walk through the front door and the floor moves away from you, or you can see daylight through the settlement crack running down one wall, not forgetting properties in need of the basics like a new roof or chimney.
One agent gave us details of a rather nice looking property but failed to mention the league football stadium at the bottom of the garden. Another had the chinese/chippy extractor fan vents overhanging the drive access, and a third had a permanent stench no matter which way the wind was blowing which, on enquiry at the local supermarket, was something to do with a manufacturing by- product, and that day was a ‘good day’.
I am tired of being cheerful as I step through yet another estate agent’s door only to be told they have nothing in our price range, or find the properties they do have are totally unsuitable. Again I don’t want to have to pay the council to park my car in a car park 400-600 yards away, neither do I want a garden that is separated from the house by a block of flats or another row of houses. As for everyone’s raw sewage being visible passing through the collapsed drain in the back garden as the rats are teaching their young to swim, I think I’ll pass.
We have viewed properties where the electric wiring has singed the walls, there is evidence of serious flooding, and decorating has failed to conceal subsidence. There also seems to be a lot of Grade II listed buildings on the market, and having just sold a property that was 167 years old and NOT listed, we don’t want another old one.
Another con is local taxes (council tax) which is being reassessed on property sales into the higher brackets.
Having read an article in the paper today, the over 40s are being penalised when applying for mortgages, and people like us with dosh in the bank just don’t have enough to meet the asking price of the greedy vendors trying to take advantage of a rising market. Also, we cannot compete when first time buyers are getting mortgages for £150k – £200k under the government’s help to buy schemes for new builds.
I saw red at another article about the King and Queen of Buy to Let who own 0ver 900 properties having snapped up entire streets in the last recession. They have been evicting their tenants when they have complained about faulty boilers or property maintenance, and due to government cutbacks, have had reductions in their benefits and thus fallen into arrears. It is no wonder that young people are finding it impossible to get on the property ladder, and quite honestly, it’s looking pretty bleak for us too.
We have been victims of the neighbours from hell on two camp sites, which resulted in us packing up early to escape the language, noise and screaming adult threats to kids in the early hours, blaring music, rowdy barbecues and believe it or not, what looked like a tupperware party on speed. Judging by the bottles in the recycle bin when we arrived, it wasn’t just the one night.
Three times now we have stopped in lay-bys and slept in the car thanks to not being able to find a suitable site to take us and the dog, or the price for a single night’s stay is totally ridiculous. Major towns shut public conveniences at 6pm, not to be reopened until 9am the following day. We have spent a fortune on local street maps of specific towns for drive bys as all the estate agents assume everyone has Sat Nav or apps on their mobile phones. We don’t, and since Hubby’s mobile died, our walkie talkies have been the source of much amusement (and confusion for department store security) .
I am seriously wondering what the hell we have done to deserve such bad luck when all our research suggested buying another property would be more or less straightforward.
Areas we can afford to buy in either have no work, are run down with no possibility of improvement, or are full of such horrible people, we simply do not want to know.
Once again, our friend is turning up trumps for us with his support.
A radical change of thinking is called for. Watch this space!!!!!