Wednesday, October 04, 2006

And Then

The mobile rang at about 5.30 on Monday afternoon. I was waiting at a pedestrian crossing on a main road with a steady stream of traffic just a few yards away, and could barely make out the estate agent's voice telling me I had an offer on the flat. Yesterday I accepted it.

Things can go wrong. Sales do fall through, purchasers do withdraw. There are no certainties here (there never are any of course) but there are strong possibilities.

The priority now is to find a new home. Starting this weekend I will be spending a good deal of time out of London doing just that.

I'm overwhelmed by the speed of events and have a gnawing anxiety about the magnitude of what still remains to be done. But there are also transient, evanescent glimmerings of excitement and anticipation, and these are almost more alarming than the worries ....

Thank you so very much to all of you who left comments and good wishes on the post below. And for some light relief for any other potential house buyers I found this.

Click to enlarge photo.


Blogger Mad Kane said...

Thanks for mentioning my house buying humor.
Mad Kane

11:01 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Madeleine -a pleasure!

11:03 am  
Blogger Stray said...

OMG! That's so scarily quick. We moved house a lot when I was a kid, and I remember the times when houses took years to sell. You must have done a fab job with those flowers.

You must be quite shocked. Deep breaths!

Here's hoping the right thing happens and you find a path through it with few obstacles and only a slight slope :)


11:41 am  
Blogger Jean said...

This is so great! I have everything crossed for you. But if this one falls through you will obviously have no trouble at all getting another offer.

I saw, and blogged, that rainbow too!!!

11:49 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Mary! Brilliant news, and good luck with the next stage. Keep us posted.


12:34 pm  
Blogger rdl said...

Oh good for you! The market is terrible over here, my poor friend has had her's on for 6 months and has had to drop the price 100K. When do they sign the papers? Wish I could pop a cork for you. Love the rainbow.

12:47 pm  
Blogger Jessie said...

Awesome photo, Mary. This is exciting news! Yes, I know, sometimes deals fall through, but other times they move right along without a hitch. You're right about the magnitude of all that remains to do, but you'll ride it like a wave and then it'll be over and you'll arrive somewhere else. It makes me smile to think of you having "glimmerings of excitement and anticipation." I envy you that. Good luck with the sale, and with the hunting!

Thanks for sharing the Mad Kane link--too funny!

3:02 pm  
Blogger MB said...

Lovely rainbow! And, "duped by the aroma of apple pie" just says it all, doesn't it? Oh, Mary, good luck, good luck!!

3:55 pm  
Blogger starnitesky said...

Mary - wonderful news I am so pleased, not too many viewings! I hope all will go smoothly for you. Thanks also for the link.

5:49 pm  
Blogger Brenda said...

Mary, this is the best possible scenario for selling, instant, for an acceptable price, and hopefully, though you don't say, to people you're happy to pass on your home to. That's what happened to me when I sold my beloved house - though we had to go through anxious weeks of showings because the agent wanted all offers presented on one night only, resulting in a bidding war, and my getting more than the listing price. I couldn't have been happier about the couple who bought it - they were perfect in every way.

So I am especially happy to hear things moved quickly for you, and hope there are no snags. Finding a new home - ah, listen to the trees that are singing to you...

Love the rainbow, and that it was the same rainbow Jean photographed!

Synchronicites, connections, networks, it's all beautiful.

8:14 pm  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Buddha on the windowsill helped cast his spell, then?
Fingers are crossed.
Happy hunting.

11:02 pm  
Blogger Dale said...

Oh, the glimmerings are much, much more alarming, I know!

:-) Wayfarers all.

11:28 pm  
Blogger Pauline said...

Oh, Mary, good luck! Where outside of London will you look? Are you moving to the countryside? I spent some time across the pond (not nearly long enough) and am still homesick for Cotswold Stone, Cornish Pasties, and hedgerows.

1:48 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Thank you everyone very much ... actually we've hit a snag or two in the selling process already so I think I may be in for a long haul. Which is pretty much par for the course in these parts.

We'll see ....

Pauline: I'm going to the Marches, the England/Wales borders. :-)

7:09 pm  
Anonymous Becca said...

Congratulations!What an exciting time! May you find a wonderful new place to hang your hat ... and may all the arrangements with the buyers work out for the best ... and I hope very much that you can find peace in the midst of all of it.

1:53 am  
Blogger chuck said...

ya look a bit young m'dear to be dealing with realtors, but ya look gritty enuf to handle it...

12:58 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Becca and Chuck. Thanks. Chuck - I'm much older than I look. :-)

9:25 am  
Anonymous kate said...

. . . . awesome! the adventure continues . . . :)

3:15 pm  
Blogger leslee said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you (hard to type, though - hey, that'll be my excuse for the paucity of posts at my blog!). Best of luck.

9:01 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Kate/Leslee: thanks!

9:30 pm  

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