Home tomorrow, empty handed

We made our phone calls this morning withdrawing our offer and interest, and let us just say the Estate Agent was not too happy.
It would appear he was counting his commission, totally convinced we were going to buy it.  He had not bothered to ring us to advise that our initial offer had been declined, nor that a second party had offered more, and we only found out because the vendor did, having said they had another viewing the following morning and would let us know how it went.

I rang the vendor first thing and spoke to him directly. He was disappointed, but understood, asking if there was anything they could do for us to proceed.  I had to come clean and say that I had overstretched with our first offer too, getting carried away with the moment and the fact that Hubby and I had finally found a property we both liked on first viewing.
I wished them luck with their second viewer, whose brother actually lives opposite them.
From there, we went into other agents we had dealt with during our minibreak, and one later rang me to say she had mentioned our case to their mortgage advisor, and if we wished he would happily talk to us to see if we could raise extra funds by taking out a small mortgage even though we are on a low income.
Hubby and my proud boast is that we don’t owe a penny to a soul, and whilst this was a lovely thought (albeit to attract a sale and more commission for services provided), even if we did qualify, I doubt if we could find the extra outgoings on a regular basis for 10 years or so.
We have viewed three properties today.
One I have already commented on, and the other two were given to us this afternoon and we were lucky in that viewings could be arranged immediately.
The first was in one of the exterior roads of a holiday resort (absolutely teeming with people and today was market day so the roads were closed). A tidy detached bungalow built in the late 1930s with off road parking (just) at the front and a nice big garden and GRASS for Maggie at the back.
Inside were two bedrooms, lounge, bathroom and kitchen. It needed work, a new kitchen, bathroom, windows, boiler and central heating etc, but the decor was good and it had new carpets throughout. Hubby detected some damp, but it didn’t look to be a major issue.
Sleepily, excitement began to stir.

Cue thunder, and the skies opened.
Within minutes, the front was under three inches of water, and there was a huge puddle in the road directly outside as there is no drainage there.
SPLASH: massive screen of displaced water dumped on the front.
SPLOOSH: second wall of liquid drowned the car (we’d left a window open for Maggie!).
SPLATTER: Hubby opened the front door and we all got soaked in the lobby.
No good to us as we’re not trying to grow a rolls royce from a hyundai, and both car and house would be forever drenched in similar conditions. We couldn’t safeguard against it as the off road parking is just long/wide enough to clear the car off the pavement.
Our final property of this trip was a novelty.
Tucked away in a back lane, again in a holiday resort, it had a lovely large garden, and off road parking which was good as the lane was narrow and we had to reverse out.
Inside, it had three bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom.
The lady who showed us round was a rough diamond of the best calibre, she was all personality and her dog, a boxer cross, a right softie.
It needed work, but would make a lovely holiday retreat. We felt it was perfect for a getaway, or single person dwelling, but as a permanent residence for the two of us and her ladyship, we would’ve found it too small after a while.
So, after five days, we are returning home with no new house pending.
There are properties here, we are just not quick enough for the good stuff. One came on yesterday, we got the email, responded immediately for a viewing today, but by 9.10 this morning an offer had been accepted for the full asking price. We can’t compete with that.

Never mind.
We saw 2 properties that were worthy of offers, one of which was toothbrush perfect, ie, we would not have had to do a thing, but it was on the VERY main road (been there done that) and car parking was behind it in a back lane, so no parking for friends or visitors.

More importantly, we have learnt something this week, got our priorities sorted with some realistic figures, and next week will be checking Wales again to see if there is anything new or something has dropped in price.
Both of us are itching to start on the project which will be our new home.
Finding it is just eluding us at the moment.

PJ Proby anyone?


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to Home tomorrow, empty handed

  1. Your blog brought back memories for me of when we were looking for a house. It took us a few years to find the one we are in now, happily. Hang in there, you will find your ideal home. It may take a while but you’ll find it! A home is a constant project of doing up and keeping in shape so you will have lots of work to keep you busy 🙂 Good luck! Keep us updated. xx

    • Thank you. I hope it doesn’t take us much longer as although MSM is being an absolute brick in letting us stay with her, it was only meant to be for a few months until we got sorted. We’re hoping to be in our new home for Christmas.

  2. Ritu says:

    Hope something comes up soon!!!

  3. Victo Dolore says:

    What a drag! Something has GOT to work out soon.

  4. It sounds almost like a sign on the one house that you got the rain – and saw what a potential problem you had on your hands!

  5. joyroses13 says:

    I am sorry, I am sure it gets discouraging! Hoping.that soon it won’t elude you!!
    Sounds like you are being wise with the house hunting and thats what is inportant.

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