A property called Deja Vu

I’d like to take you back three years to our nightmare house sale prior to us buying the boat.
These posts will probably cover the final gist of our tale:
Full circle , C Day and Adrenalin rush or what.

In short, we were messed about by our buyers who gave us no indication of a timeframe to work with, then dropped us in the sh1t expecting us to move out in 5 days.

When we had accepted their offer, we had a property in mind that needed work doing on it, but was structurally sound. We could move in and ‘rough it’ whilst we gutted the place, putting in oil central heating, a new kitchen and bathroom, and decorating throughout.
We couldn’t do ANYTHING though until we had a date as we had to have the money in the bank first, or at least a date for completion to proceed.

We were somewhat prematurely joyous when we were able to put in an offer, even if it was turned down, as were our subsequent increased ones.
We ended up walking away as the property simply was not worth what was expected.
This probably sounds familiar as we have the exact same scenario now.

Next week, we are taking a break of sorts and checking out Lincolnshire.
Yes, I know, we’ve both said before you can never go back, but we are looking in different areas to where we lived before as equivalent property there is on a par to those in Wales.
We have 6 viewings booked for Tuesday, and one so far for late Wednesday afternoon as we plan to hound the estate agents the day before for that area.
Today, I have spoken to TWO of the estate agent representatives we met three years ago.
Surprisingly, they remembered us (and Maggie) either that or they’d got our details up as we were still on their database.

Hubby found a lovely property today and drew it to my attention.
He didn’t recognise it, but I did.
It was our Project House, completely refurbished, though they had opted for electric heating whereas we had intended to install oil.
Out of interest, Hubby looked up how much it had been sold for three years ago.
Bear in mind we were cash buyers, and were intending to complete in June.
The property was sold for two thousand pounds less than our final offer, in November 2014. It is on the market now at the top end of our budget, but once again (in our opinion) not worth the money, especially bearing in mind what we know of its history.

It is frightening what data is available on the internet in respect of particular property sales and we have found an intriguing site that estimates how much properties are worth in the current market today. According to it, this one is overvalued by some £30,000.
Curious, we have made an appointment to view, and already I have a price in mind taking everything into account, including replacing the heating for oil.

However, there are two others that day in roads we had also viewed property before and both have oil central heating, are neat and tidy (picture views of course) for less. We have compared those asking prices with our new discovery, and they are pretty much spot on actually.

Something tells me it could be a very interesting few days!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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7 Responses to A property called Deja Vu

  1. foguth says:

    Good luck in your continuing search.

  2. Oh, maybe the sun’s finally coming out for you! Sounds encouraging.

  3. It sounds intriguing – I’m already looking forward to hearing how it goes.

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