Are you interested in buying?
God no! I just want to have a look. I go to all the open-houses …
Dialogue from the movie “Ruth and Alex” starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman”
As mentioned in my previous post, we’ve finally sold our house and in the two years that we’ve put our house up on sale, we had more viewings than I could even remember. My husband and I have come across three types of people who have viewed our house.
1. The Curious Ones
As most of you know, we live in a beautiful part of England. Just like any other tourist spot here in Cornwall, a lot of the houses are bought as second homes for those who can afford it (Yes, I know. It’s a big issue here, those second-home owners). The house we’ve sold was also in fact my parents-in-law’s second home. They then passed it on to my husband and his sister, until my husband bought his sister out many years ago.
You’ll see the curious ones walk up the hill in our little village, with their necks craning in to look at any window or door left open. You can almost hear their thoughts in their heads as they walk up the hill “I wonder who lives there? I wonder what it’s like to live in this pretty Cornish village?”
Some of them will do more than just wonder, they’ll phone up the local estate agent, choose a house and request for a viewing. But you’ll know as soon as they walk in, that they are really just looking and not seriously buying. They’ll say “We live in ____ (fill in the blanks, it could be London, somewhere in the Home Counties or say the Midlands “And we’ve always wanted to move down here. Maybe when we retire … “
I must admit when on holiday, I also turn into the curious one. Those were exactly my thoughts as we meandered around a quaint village in the French countryside. “I wonder what its like to live here?” But I’ve never phoned up the local estate agent to ask for an appointment. Instead I go online and have a little look of what’s out there and if we could afford it. Perhaps if my French was better…
2. The Dreamers
To be fair, most of the dreamers we’ve come across with were really serious about wanting to buy our house. In fact they’ve made all the right noises and asked all the right questions and you just know that they really want to move down here.
But when the reality sets in, and they realise that they can’t have a second mortgage, or can’t even apply for a mortgage big enough to buy our home, or the water bill is way more expensive down here in Cornwall compared to wherever they are from. Reality slaps them on the face. Goodness know we’ve all experienced this ourselves, haven’t we, our bubbles bursting? Life isn’t fair, a lesson, I keep repeating my daughter at her young age, again and again.
I feel for the dreamers, at one point in our lives, we were also dreamers too and probably are still dreamers, dreaming of owning that dream property, second home somewhere isolated, or moving to another country.
3. The Serious Buyers
And lastly, we all want the serious buyers, don’t we? Within this category though, we’ve found that there are also three types of people:
- The “Big Person”: “Your house has been up for sale so long and you must be desperate to sell, so be thankful I’m making an offer more than 50 grand off your asking price. Take it or leave it!” And of course, they are surprised when you say “No thank you”.
- The Impossible Ones: Like the “Big Person”, they think that since they are making a “serious offer” you should be thankful! And then they have a list of demands as long as your arm, oh and top top it off, you have to move out ASAP. Finding a house to live isn’t obviously their problem.
- The Just About Right Kind of Buyer: Who are realistic, accommodating and polite, and will wait till you’ve got everything sorted out, they are the dream buyers. In the end we got one.
Have you met or know any of the people mentioned above?