Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New year, new house?


Well, not quite!

On the 17th of December, we had to accept that things weren’t going to happen before Christmas. We weren’t really sure what was going on, but were sure our buyers weren’t being entirely honest with us, we were getting very frustrated.

I put up our Christmas tree and knowing the solicitors and estate agents were closing for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year and prepared to enjoy Christmas in limbo.

Then on the 2nd January we received a phone call, I knew in my gut it was coming, but I prayed that I was wrong, that the mortgage company really were being difficult and it wasn’t our buyers fault at all. But no, the call that we had been fearing and dreading came.

Our buyers had decided to pull out. We don’t know why, they didn’t have the courtesy to ring our estate agent and tell them themselves, they got another family member to do it instead.

We were suddenly back at the beginning, re putting our house on the market, preparing for more house viewings and devastated at the prospect of losing the house we were in the process of buying.

Then came a call we weren’t expecting. The other couple, the couple who had been 'out bid' were still interested and still wanted to buy! They offered a lot less money than they did the first time around and financially it wasn’t going to put us in a great position. They were taking advantage of the situation, we couldn’t afford to lose the house in Weston and we couldn’t afford to play the waiting game to see if anyone else was interested.

We ended up accepting their offer and are looking to exchange at the beginning of February. It’s not worked out how we would have liked, but the important thing is that it’s worked out.

We pray that nothing else goes wrong and it all goes to plan, but only time will tell, I'm terrified that at the last minute this couple will pull out too. This selling and buying thing really is an emotional roller coaster.

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