Monday, 8 May 2006

and so

Morris Traveller!Item. We have a mortgage approval in principle.

Item. We have a loan approved to cover the ten percent deposit we need to put down at the time of purchase.

Item. We have a picture of Buff Orpingtons and a Morris Traveller taped to the side of my laptop to remind me to send out positive vibes.

Item. I have spoken to the auctioneer, who was very discouraging about putting an offer in; apparently there are two or three other people who have asked to be kept informed if an offer is made, so that they can do the same thing.

I didn't want to get in to a bidding war over the phone - I think it's much less messy to do it in an auction situation. We got involved in that kind of thing with this house - we had an offer accepted and then someone else came along and kept offering more in increments and the vendors were unprincipled enough to use it against us and pushed us up by NINE THOUSAND POUNDS. Which was about twenty percent of the original offer we'd had accepted. Bastards.

So I have withdrawn, in a ladylike fashion. The auctioneer sounded like one of the old school; apparently he is also the local auctioneer for livestock, which in my humble opinion makes him less likely to be crooked as an extra-bendy snake.

Item. We are the only people to have had a survey or valuation done, so that's good news. It doesn't rule out cash buyers, but it does rule out people who are looking to buy on a mortgage; unless they are very naive and are leaving it until they see whether or not they are successful at the auction.

I feel ever so slightly sick and am going to be on edge for the next seven days.

In other news, I have done the Payroll End of Year. However, the PAYE software dies screaming with a fatal error when I try to file the figures online and once again, the software people's phonelines are jammed and they are not responding to my emails.

I am going to have a big fat drink and see if there are any other nice farms for sale anywhere in the universe.



15 comments:

  1. It does seem to be a good idea to hold off until the auction. Very encouraging that no one else has had the property valued.

    And thank you for the chick advice over at my place. I can feel positive chickeny thoughts all the way over here!

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  2. It does seem to be a good idea to hold off until the auction. Very encouraging that no one else has had the property valued.

    And thank you for the chick advice over at my place. I can feel positive chickeny thoughts all the way over here!

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  3. Oh wow! That's about as exciting and nerve wracking as it gets. Good luck.

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  4. Oh wow! That's about as exciting and nerve wracking as it gets. Good luck.

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  5. Crikey. And there I was feeling a bit nervy because I am worried I may have bid slightly too much for a wireless network card I don't really want on ebay.

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  6. Crikey. And there I was feeling a bit nervy because I am worried I may have bid slightly too much for a wireless network card I don't really want on ebay.

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  7. It'll be a long week. We're all rooting for you (if you know what I mean)!
    Good luck with the rest of the universe - maybe you could find a nice little planet somewhere with just room for you and yours (and maybe a few friends...?)

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  8. It'll be a long week. We're all rooting for you (if you know what I mean)!
    Good luck with the rest of the universe - maybe you could find a nice little planet somewhere with just room for you and yours (and maybe a few friends...?)

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  9. I will keep my fingers crossed. Anyone who is looking for a farm where they can home some happy hens always gets good vibes from me!

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  10. All sounds pretty positive at the moment, then. I agree completely - don't get the bidding war started any earlier than you have to. I hate houses at auction, but that said, it sounds like you're the only ones to have done definite things...

    *sending the best of all possible luck*

    Love the car/chickens choice, btw.

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  11. All sounds pretty positive at the moment, then. I agree completely - don't get the bidding war started any earlier than you have to. I hate houses at auction, but that said, it sounds like you're the only ones to have done definite things...

    *sending the best of all possible luck*

    Love the car/chickens choice, btw.

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  12. Good luck at the auction. God news that so far nobody else has had a survey etc done. Plenty of small farms for sale over here. Starting at about 150,000 euros (110,000 sterling ish).

    I can see the chickens already....

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  13. Good luck at the auction. God news that so far nobody else has had a survey etc done. Plenty of small farms for sale over here. Starting at about 150,000 euros (110,000 sterling ish).

    I can see the chickens already....

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  14. Sending reallygoodvibes your way!!

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