This is how I spent my Sunday night. It was bliss!
Now it's text time. I apologise in advance for the big rant here, but I've been keeping the whole house-buying process under wraps from most people until I actually become a home-owner so I need to tell someone! And you, my dear readers, are the lucky winners.
You might remember that in this post, I told you that we'd fallen in love with a property. Then in this post I shared the news that we had decided to put in an offer. Then there was this post where I had to admit that our offer had been rejected but we were considering a second property.
Well, now I present to you this post where I divulge to all that we have indeed put in an offer on the second property. HOWEVER, this is where it gets complicated.
Upon leaving the second property after our inspection I notice a missed call on my mobile. We call back, and it's the real estate agent from the first house (we will call this House A) enquiring whether we are still in the market for a house, and if so are we still interested in the place? We confirm on both accounts, however stress that there is no way we are going to pay the price that they're asking. He says he will talk to the vendors and come back to us. In the mean time, after seeing the other property (we will call this House B) for the second time we decide that although it's not the love like we'd had for House A, it is definitely a much more practical house and will suit our needs much better in the long-term, not to mention it is a significant amount cheaper. So yes, we went straight to the real estate agent and put in an offer.
Upon further investigation, we decide that given the interest during inspections (we had to line up to get in!) and the fact that we've been told there are already two other offers on the table, we decide that we should probably increase our initial offer to be competitive.
This morning though, before we are able to action this, we get a phone call from the real estate agent of House A. He tells us that the vendors are willing to take our last offer+ an additional $2,500 to which we say no way. We inform him that we've put an offer in on House B, but will be in touch should that fall through. Not long after that, we receive a text message stating that the vendors of House A are willing to take our last offer on the condition that we withdraw our offer on House B today and sign the contracts. Again, this is a no way. We text back stating that if they agree to drop our last offer by $5,000 we will consider it, but no promises.
At this stage. I have no idea what the hell to do! I still adore House A. It is a perfect right-now house for us, and it would suit our current lifestyle perfectly! But House B will be a much better choice in the future, and it has a double garage rather than the one car+street parking that House A offers. House A does not have a bath tub (although it has 3 ensuite bathrooms, but no room for a bath!) which will make things difficult in the future should we decide to have kids. But House A is much more stunning upon entering, and will surely impress my guests as well as provide a perfect place to entertain in the open space lounge room which opens up onto the balcony. House B however has more room outside for the crazy dogs.
Why does this house-buying business have to be so damn complicated?!?!?!?!