Sunday, 24 April 2011
This is where the story begins
We put in an offer on this the day after its first home open. The offer was accepted without argument. We suspect the agent put in a herculean effort convincing the three daughters of the man who'd owned this house to accept our offer. It's a deceased estate and has been empty for something like three years, the old man had been in a nursing home for two years before he died.
Apparently it's traditional for Italian families to wait a year after the owner has died before selling the house. Not surprisingly, the house is musty and dusty and most of the garden is dead.
We're going through the mortgage process, and it's tedious. We should hear soon whether the house is ours. Our mortgage broker is confident. We're trying not to think about it.