Friday, 20 February 2009

I have a home!!!

Of my very own! For the first time ever!

It all happened so fast I haven't quite realised it yet, and in a daze I've now spent the best part of 4 hours (!!!) surfing the internet and redesigning my blog instead of studying. I am really happy with it (the blog) though, so it wasn't a complete waste.

My new flat-to-be is not a dream property, I had visions of period details and high ceilings, but I think it will be very cosy once both J and I are in place. It has one bedroom and a separate kitchen, and even a little balcony which catches the morning sun and boasts a sliver of a sea view. Not bad for a first time buyer!

J spotted an ad for this apartment on an online property site about a week ago when he came to visit me. I was not completely hot on it, but agreed to go along to look at it, despite the fact that it's very near the red light district in town, to the extent that a town this small can have one.

Flat buying is not like in the UK where you get personal treatment by the agent. Oh no. Everyone is invited to a communal viewing at a set time, and the buyers get to eye each other up and aggressively knock on walls and squint at windowstills, usually attempting to expert each other out.

Then you will put in your bid, and if there are several interested people, there is always a bidding war.

So I went to see the flat in question yesterday. It was in the evening and quite dark, but near the building I spotted a viewing sign, of the kind that is put outside for viewers to guide them in.

I ran into another guy who asked me if I was there for the viewing too, and when I said yes we got the lift togehter. There were several other people in the flat we came into, but strangely I could see no agent. Sometimes, however, the seller will do the viewing themselves to save money.

I did think it was a bit strange that the flat looked so different than in the photos, but I've looked at a lot of flats lately and assumed I got two mixed up.

It was only when I realised that the girl who greeted me was actually the tenant, that it dawned on me that I was in the wrong flat! This was a neighbouring viewing for a flat which was for rent, not for sale! D'oh...

By the time I got to the flat which was actually for sale, the viewing was over.

Feeling quite bad about this, especially since J liked the looks of this flat so much, I rang the agent first time this morning. She told me someone had already bid about 90 per cent of the asking price the evening before, but agreed to show me around this evening.

When you put in a bid it is good for 24 hrs. In other words, if I wanted to bid, I had to do it straight away, before the other person's bid expired.

And when I came into the flat, it grew on me. Spacious bedroom with built-in wardrobes, lots of light in the living room, spanking new bathroom... I decided to go for it. A third person joined in the bidding last minute (people have learned from their eBay experience, you can tell), but in the end I prevailed and got the flat below the asking price with fridge and cooker thrown in.

I feel almost deflated. I've really just had so much stress with this house buying thing, from my parents, J and the bank, that I am mostly just relieved that it's over.

I haven't quite started fantasizing about what I can do with the flat, but I can feel a ridiculous IKEA trip coming on... My parents have promised to drive over, bringing my stuff and any old furniture from their house that I might want.

And of course, I can't wait to tell Mr Vain that I'm leaving him behind. Moving in looks to be at the end of March, just when J gets here.

So I am finally growing up. Just hold on a minute while I get a paper bag to hyperventilate in.

10 comments:

  1. Congrats on the flat. Great post and great blog. I am now a follower!

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  2. And thanks for not ridiculing me for going to the wrong viewing and not realising for like 15 minutes..

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  3. Congratulations, the flat sounds great, especially the little balcony. Exciting times coming up for you.

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  4. Congrats of getting the flat. Lol@ bag to hyperventilate in!
    Ha

    Yes you should participate again!

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  5. I love the new look of the blog and absolutely love your new home. I'm envious. It looks like it might be close to downtowm. If it is, that makes the location even more enviable. Congrats on the new pad and losing Mr. Vain. Everything seems to be falling into place for you.

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  6. I love the new look for your blog! And congrats on the new flat..you and J must be excited!

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  7. OK, I realise I should have put "for illustration purposes only" on that photo.. I'm afraid I won't live anywhere that glamorous, although it is on the top floor of a flat which is on a hill vaguely similar to that in the picture. But thanks anyway, I think! Want to click on that link but I am in school so I don't think it would go down so well with the powers that be...

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  8. Thanks! He is excited, but in that very British way which seems way too restrained for me. I know he'll love it once he is there, though, he is a much better home maker than me and obsessed with lighting things well and things being cosy.

    Let me know if you want the template for the blog to tweak for yourself! I based it on Minima Stretch, added a column and redid the fonts and colours, and voila..

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  9. Yahoo!! Well done & congratualtions!

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