Last week, I was all excited as it seemed we were finally going to move into the house we put an offer in for back in September. On Monday, my solicitor phoned and confirmed that we were all set to exchange and complete (i.e. move) on Friday. We got all excited, started packing, booked time off work and got ready to transfer our deposit, only to be phoned on Tuesday and told that the owner had change her mind and didn't want to move after all. After six months and numerous opportunities to reconsider, she decided to wait until three days before moving day to just pull out of the sale with no explanation or apology.
Aside from the massive disappointment (we're first time buyers and had been saving for years for this), the worst part is that we still have to pay solicitor fees and mortgage application fees that come to thousands of pounds. The owner has to pay hardly anything at all.
So we both spent most of the week angry and disappointed. I just can't comprehend how she didn't have the decency to tell us earlier if she didn't want to move. We jumped through every single hoop necessary and did everything we needed to but there's nothing to stop her from doing what she did. It's frustrating because we did nothing wrong, yet we are still the ones losing all of the money.
Anyway, by the weekend we decided to pick ourselves up and look at some other houses. Our rental contract expires in April, so we need to find somewhere quickly. Yesterday, we looked at eight houses (that must be some kind of record!) and found one that we like. It's bigger than the one we were going to buy (three bedrooms rather than two), there's no chain (so hopefully no disasters like last time) and whilst it needs some serious modernising, it's structurally sound and in a good location. If we are able to secure it, we'll end up with a better house than we were initially going to have, so I'll be able to look back in the future and think it was for the best after all. Tomorrow I'm going to ring and put in what we think is a very fair offer, hopefully it will be accepted as we need our luck to change!
I've got quite a lot of reading done this week as it's been an escape. I've read:
I am now three reviews behind, which is unheard of for me. I've not been a very involved blogger this week but I'm hoping to spend more time blogging and visiting blogs this week.