Wednesday 25 March 2015
Cold and showery 8 degrees
Had some trouble getting started today. Looked through very long list of things to do and did not feel motivated at all. Rain. Looked through the window and told the weather to buck up or no one was going to buy holiday homes. Put the calor gas fire on and the dog promptly came and blocked the heat. Moved the dog. Drank tea. OH went down to the rental unit.
The phone rang three times. People were responding to the advert I had put out last night, asking for beautiful homes with gites and lots of land. The budget was the honey. The first respondent lived down in the mountains but it sounded promising, large land, lovely house (he sent pictures) and outbuildings and not too expensive. He told me the name of the agency he was with and it turned out that they don't actually have any ads on their site. They must pass them on the various property portals. I couldn't find his house on there either. Not much competition for me then! Arranged to see him Friday.
The second caller had what he described as a remarkable house in a remarkable position. The price he wanted was also remarkable and his house would have to have its feet in the ocean to realise such a sum. I said I would keep it on file. May pass it onto my colleague and see if she can beat a more reasonable price out of him.
The third caller lived in a place so remote that his phone signal kept on cutting out and when I finally did manage to find the ad he had put out, it transpired that it was at least an hour from the nearest shops and my client's llamas would feel they were back in Peru, the mountains were so huge. My clients live in the South East of the UK. There is changing landscape and there is changing landscape, but this place would have been a change too far.
I ring some places we found on the Internet yesterday and book in a fabulous one for Sunday. I am under the cosh to find something as the client arrives on Wednesday and the house he was going to buy is the one taken by my lovely Russian clients.
Towards midday I head down town and meet up with a colleague who shows me a house in centre of town. It is very ugly from the outside but a complete delight once you are over the front door, with clean modern interior, double garage and enclosed garden. I recognise the owner as she works on the tills in a local supermarket. Her husband comes in during the visit and he is extraordinarily beautiful in a Michelangelo way. He is followed by his two little angels. They smile shyly and twirl their hair. I say I will be back tomorrow. Unfortunately I may have OH in tow (;)
I then take my colleague to a house which is up there with the most visited on my list. Constructed in the 1950's, it is of unlovely appearance and is over 250m2. It is also divided into two separate apartments and has the most villainous wallpaper I have ever seen. Dark in colour and wildly beflowered. Heavy, head cracking, wooden light fittings complete the look. We go around and my colleague is very enthusiastic and much better at re-imagining the interior than either myself or my many clients. Make mental notes.
Back home and take the dog for a walk. The rain has eased up and we are at the head of a very muddy lane, when the dog shoots off down it. I tear after him and he completely ignores me for at least half a kilometre. I am too breathless to shout at him and wave my brolly within an inch of his head in such a way that he realises that he has been very bad. He does it again within 15 minutes. Get back home in very bad mood and tell OH I am not walking that stupid dog any more.
The owner of the house which my Russians are buying rings and says that there is only one house that is suitable for them and if they can't move quickly, they will lose it and then they may have to think twice about selling. Following the on going nightmare that is the would be buyers and the house down town, I now know that she can't change her mind but I say nothing. Promise to kick the notaries into shape with great rapidity. Ring notary who says it is the other notary who is preparing the initial reservation contract. Ask her to kick the other notaries butt. The diagnostics guy rings and says the house may be in a flood zone. (it wasn't) and the owner prepares a long list of things to include in sale. Either the Russians need to come back next week to sign, or they need to sign remotely. The heat is on. My neck starts to itch and I realise the eczema is back. Oh the joys of estate agency.
I have another message on the phone relating to a house but the caller hasn't left their number so I have to ring through all the incoming numbers on the phone before I finally get to him. It takes some time as some of them are pleased to hear from me and some have an axe to grind. It turns out to be happenstance. Yesterday, when I went to see the vast property with all the rooms, the owner had said that his neighbour was also selling, and had given me the name and the town. I had then rang all four people of this name and found the seller who said she had it on exclusive contract with a friend and wasn't interested in selling with me. The person who rang me today is an uncle and he is also thinking of selling his house in my nearby town. Booked him in for Monday. Must change answerphone message to insist people leave their telephone numbers. I am not psychic.
Make chili and sort out the running order for tomorrow's visits. Talk to two people who want to rent our little rental unit over the summer and get them booked in. Feel very tired and hit the hay early.