*reduced* price). As well as serving as a fresh start for the property, this should hopefully also prevent all those folk who have `Property Bee' at their fingertips from finding out that the flat has been on the market now for over a year (which we'll just keep to ourselves).
`Property Bee', for anyone interested, is a nifty piece of software which when used in conjunction with a property listing website will allow you to peek in to the property's marketing history (at least, for as long as they have been with that firm of agents) and most of the time give you a better insight (than those who dont have the software) as to whether to come in strong with any offers or play it safe.
Or, so the theory goes. Have yet to try it. What, with being stuck in the position of `seller' for the last 365 days (or, at least, the Chuppies has).
Still, you know what they say. It `only takes one' ('n all that).
And, after being with our new agents for a fortnight, we (blow me down) had a viewing yesterday. It was all very sudden. We got a call from the agents at 10.30am and, just under an hour later, had a chap (with his dad) mooching about the Chuppies' flat and asking all sorts of analytical questions varying from the level of service charge (expected) to what direction the sun rose and set in the sky (unexpected).
These questions, along with the chap and his father (after the viewing) general hanging around outside the apartment block, having a mooch about the garden at the back and strolling round the street outside, has kind of made me think that we ....
... might ...
hear something back from the chap.
Additionally the father was deaf (with his son - the viewer - niftily interpreting mine and the Chuppies' responses back to his dad using sign language) and, just as they were leaving and almost out of my view (although I do tend to catch everything - in a past life I suspect I was either a bat or an owl, or just a nosey old crone) I saw the son give the `thumbs up' gesture to his dad. On researching BSL, the `thumbs up' appears to either mean `OK' or `good' - but whether this meant that they were done viewing and were ready to go, or whether this meant that they'd viewed the flat, they loved it, and were going to put in a (generous) offer sometime this week, who knows.
Furthermore, the chap on leaving the flat with his dad did thank us for showing him around at the last minute adding that he'd `be in touch' (whilst winking) but does that mean the same as when a chap finishes a date with an `I'll give you a call sometime' (whilst having no intention of doing so), or does it actually mean that the chap's gonna be ringing the agents this week to put in a firm offer on the Chuppies' apartment and we can finally start house-hunting on the coast?
Trying to speak logically (and without all the hysterical emotion building up inside me) if I were to look back at yesterday's viewing, recall their questions and all the `hanging around' outside after their visit, I'd say the signs are good, money's in the bank and job's a good'un.
However, given we've been in this boat before where people have viewed and seemed interested but then sodded off it might not be enough to go by the signs. For, although the chap (and his dad) seemed genuinely delighted by the floor space available in addition to the amount required annually for maintenance and service charge, there is still a good chance that he will just disappear (like all the rest) and I'll still be checking Rightmove listings in my 60s.
Drat it all.
I think it's time for some chocolate.