Friday, 24 January 2014

Changes afoot

No, not in the writing or publishing sense. In the sense of home ownership. My wife and I have just put our house up for sale. The estate agent has taken the photos; we've had the energy certificate thing done; the For Sale sign is up and the house is beyond tidy. Even the cats have had a brush to sort out any loose hair. A shame they'll need doing again by tomorrow.

Never having sold a house before and given the state of the housing market, I have no idea what to expect. A lot of places where I live are rented out rather than bought which might work in our favour - less competition. All we can really do is wait and see. To be honest, our original plan was to wait until later in the year, but after talking to a couple of agents, we figured now was as good a time as ever. We bought the house almost six years ago - right before everything crashed - so it's taken a while to get close to a selling price. The thing is, if we hadn't bought then, we'd still be renting. Like millions of other people, there was just no way we could have got the money together to buy our own place. Now that we own a house, I spend half my time worrying about interest rate rises which is just far too dull. Better for us to sell up, get a smaller mortgage and make a move.

In the meantime, all we have to do is keep the cat hair off the furniture and make sure everything stays as shiny as it was for the pictures.

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