Would you believe it? We've had a second offer for the full asking price on our house. This caused a certain amount of angst yesterday evening because what do you do? Do you go with first come, first served? Do you get involved in haggling?Do you weigh up the pros and cons of each party, do you go with your gut instinct which, in my case certainly, has let me down in the past? Do you encourage a bidding war?
No, of course not. Others might, I suppose, but we can't because we're not ruthless like that. We are Mr and Mrs Naiively Gullible in situations such as these. Some might say, 'Well, you ought to be ruthless, because this house buying and selling malarkey is a cut-throat business and you have to think of yourselves in these situations,' and yes, I suppose there is some grain of truth in that.
But the family who put in the first offer, well, we can just see them in this house. There are several positive reasons why they should be good, reliable buyers, even though they haven't sold their place - but, like us, they've only just gone on the market, so early days yet. Thusly, we rejected the second equivalent offer and those folk have since withdrawn their interest. Back to one offer. Anyway, it's not like we're in a mad crazy rush to move, is it?
Ha! Today, Andy got himself an interview at one of the PDSA hospitals in the area we are heading to. A part time job has arisen there which would be perfect to support the small mortgage we shall likely need to complete our purchase. (Or to support the chicken/puppy/ furniture/plant buying frenzy we MAY embark on in order to celebrate our new home!)
So, we are now booked in to see two houses to start off our search (more if possible) AND do a job interview. And recce a few areas, visit the the main city (which will become our equivalent to Canterbury for shopping and cultural excursions) and just generally get a feel for the county. AND we have another viewing for our place on Wednesday.
Of course, I feel a bit anxious that we may have made a mistake in rejecting the second offer, especially as they were a couple in a position to move relatively quickly because they are first-timers, BUT that was before we knew Andy had got this interview and done is done. You can't hang about on 'what ifs' though, can you? You've just got to deal with situations as they arise. Everyone in these situations has their own circumstances to manage. Everyone is trying to co-ordinate a series of volatile events to suit their own needs best.
And you can only do what you think is right and best for you at the time. And what is best for the conscience that you have to live with.
(P.S One of the houses we are viewing next week has got its own priest-hole! A priest-hole! Can you imagine!? Andy is already excited about getting a skeleton to set it off to its best advantage!!)