Friday 10 April 2015
Cloudy 19 degrees
Woke early and rang agency boss to ask her how to play it with the owner of the house where I had received the full price offer but who had transparently cocked up over the detail of what he wanted to be included in the sales contract. She says to keep it light, not talk legal obligations, and see if we can emerge out of this with a deal and smelling of roses rather than crap.
The owner is sitting at his dining table when I arrive and the new girlfriend serves coffee in translucent china cups. I take a lump of brown sugar and stir it slowly and put the offer on the table. We look at one another warily. It does not feel like the OK Corrall but even so, the owner has got out all of the other sales contracts signed with other agencies and none of them have the flats included in the price. He says he did not read the document properly when I sent it to him and he also says he has a written offer dated Wednesday (ie preceding mine) which is 60000 euros higher and he cannot afford to lose that much money. He is also having further revisits later on in the day. He has not signed the Wednesday offer document, but neither does he have any intention of signing mine. He says if my ladies match the Wednesday offer, bearing in mind that the amount they would have to loan is significantly less, he would accept. I get back out to the car and discover someone has smashed the wing mirror to bits by driving too closely and then driving off. Go home slowly, hanging onto the wildly waving mirror part which is now only attached by a thread. OH tapes it back together. I drop a line to the potential buyers and they are, understandably, really hacked off. Feel depressed. Eat pizza.
OH has been busy during my time out and it transpires that he has organised a visit on our house for Sunday. The clients are known to me and have been running around with another agency all week, now are feeling desperate because they have found nothing, and if I had accepted the visit from the agency (refused because house is a hovel), it would have been them who would have come! OH has talked them through various properties and when the lady rings back, I organise to see one other and ours on Sunday. Feel rather horrified. Ms Noddi says to shove things in cupboards. I cant put dust and dog smells in cupboards. OH goes into town to have front tyres changed on car and book car in for new wing mirror. Insurance says there is no excess so that is good news.
Spend afternoon completing and loading up various documents for the offer which was accepted, organise the diagnostic reports and set a date with the notary for next Friday. Ideally, we will get the buyers signed up before they head back to the UK and speed things up by at least a month.
Speak to youngest, WF, and he is going for an interview with a call centre car company. We tend to be of the opinion that if you can do a hard crappy job at the start, it is good experience for the future. He has driving test at the end of the month. Speak to eldest, RJ, who is fed up and looking for another job. OH offers to come over at the end of May and drive him around to interviews. He is very isolated where he works and, at 25, is not having an exciting life. Restauration is so poorly paid too. I think WF is earning more and working significantly fewer hours. RJ needs a woman with a good financial head and a thick skin and they could open up a little resto together.
Catch up with the ladies who made the full price offer. They are in Paris and lounging on a bed under a picture of the phases of construction of the Eiffel Tower. They are significantly less hacked off and philosophical. They love our town and are happy to have found it. They may offer on the other property that we showed them providing I can get an idea of how much the renovation would cost. Otherwise, I am mandated to go out and find them something lovely. They want a Belle Epoque house at a reasonable price. Somewhat of a challenge. The excellent thing is that our relationship is still good and we still have their trust. The best outcome in the situation.
Phone rings towards 9.30 and I dont get to it in time. It is client for Sundays visit and she says that she is going to see all the houses OH suggested with the other agent but would still really LOVE to come and see our house. OH gets extremely wound up at this point and essentially tells her to fuck off. Oh well, at least I dont have all that cleaning to do.