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Disappointed [Mar. 9th, 2018|09:43 am]
Tony Grist
The neighbour who was thinking of buying the farm sent his builder round to price up the jobs he'd need to do to bring it up to his standards. Ooh, I thought, this shows he's serious. Then he sent back word that the improvements/adaptions/remedial work would cost him a quarter of a million and so he couldn't possibly offer us the kind of money we were hoping for...

I felt like I'd just stood on a rake

Ailz did her own assessment of what it would cost to get the place decent and came up with £40,000. Tops. But then she wasn't factoring in an infinity pool and gold-plated taps...

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-03-09 11:53 am (UTC)

I'm sorry. I know how that feels having had a similar experience when we were trying to sell a much less valuable property than your farm. It sounds like your neighbour had gold-plated yacht aspirations.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-09 12:15 pm (UTC)
Or it might be that his builder is over-pricing. Could be either or a bit of both. We'll see what happens next- if anything.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-03-09 12:16 pm (UTC)
A quarter of a million!

*spluttering noises*

I'm sorry it's fallen through, though. I hope there are other potential buyers out there.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-09 12:46 pm (UTC)
The original offer- from a developer who is buying up lots of land locally to build a "new town"- as mandated by government- is still being negotiated. The neighbour stuck his oar in because- he said- he wanted to buy our property as a barrier between his property and the new houses. At that stage it seemed like it is was mainly the land he was interested in- and the house was just something that happened to be sitting on the land. Now it seems that the house is what he's mainly concerned with- and he's been drawing up plans to turn it into something extraordinary.

It could be he's playing games, hoping we're so desperate to move we'll accept a pittance, or it could be his builder is over-pricing the work, or it could be he doesn't really know his own mind...
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