Friday, 26 June 2009

dreams...

Our dream barn in the country has turned into just that, a dream. We are competing with people who can offer cash or who have already exchanged on the sale of their homes, to put it bluntly {and the estate agent did}, we don't really stand a chance. With the amount of interest and the number of offers including our own, it is likely to go to sealed bids! I nevertheless told the agent, how much we wanted the property, how we would renovate it sympathetically and that bearing in mind that it is the neighbouring farmer selling the barn, what great neighbours we would make! I don't think the agent was interested, we don't offer the same bargaining potential of the cash buyers. 

We would love that barn, we wouldn't be doing it up to make a profit, we would be living in it, joining a new community, converting it in an environmentally friendly way and having chickens {the boys request}. For a couple of days and nights, I really believed we would be the only people viewing and therefore the only people bidding. I had moved us in and decided where everything would go, I could imagine great family parties on the large lawns and children making dens and climbing trees. We will endeavour to put our house on the market and see if we attract a seller, but time and finance are not on our side, so I am not very hopeful. It's a strange feeling to have held that dream for such short period of time, to really believe it was possible, if only for a few days.  

5 comments:

  1. What a shame.. Here's to hoping that a new barn and a new dream will come along!

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  2. I'm so sorry your dream couldn't be your reality. you have already made your family such a lovely home and life, which I hope you know. xox

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  3. That is a shame, but I am sure that more places will be out there, keep an ear to the ground. We recently found a beautiful place on the Kennet & Avon canal where we wanted to set up a camp-site, unfortunately it has transpired that there is a strict caveat our financial side of things that means we have to purchase a house and not a business. It's been such a blow to us, so the search starts again (I'm hoping for a house with a field now!). I hope you find somewhere beautiful, and when I do find my place I'll have to host the first AGM of the Bell Tent Appreciation Society.

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  4. what a shame. Can empathise a bit as I've been looking at a house for ages (pre-christmas) on rightmove, which was at the upper end of our financial grasp, but just about do-able. Finally decided to go into the agents today, and it's sale agreed since the weekend. Grrr. Hopefully our dream homes are out there somewhere waiting for us, and these ones just weren't meant to be. Here's to hoping and dreaming though!

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  5. i have known sellers who have sold to lower bidders simply because they trusted the hearts of those buyers with their beloved properties...a church, a farm (yes, actually two farms! all here on the cape, unimaginable, but true!), so please don't be discouraged...believe, hope...if you build it, they will come (from field of dreams)...

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