Back in April I announced that we had put our house up for sale and were indeed very excited at the prospect of moving back to Bellville. Six months later, cap in hand, I’m back to announce that in the end, the house failed to sell (in fact, interest was very, very low), and given our current poor financial state of affairs, we’ve had to contact Len and instruct him to withdraw the house from the market completely.
It’s maddening and saddening at the same time – I thought the house would sell pretty quickly, but at the same time, perhaps it was just as well that it didn’t, because quite frankly Chantelle’s little business isn’t doing nearly as well as what we had hoped it would (more on that later).
Still, it’s not to say that we won’t try again, once our position has stabilized and we have a little more money in the bank we will definitely restart the process – but for now we’re back to being full time Gordon’s Bay residents.
Ending off on a positive spin, at least now Emily will be getting plenty of glorious beach time this coming Summer season then!
So with our Homelink Estates agent Len Wilmot’s week long vacation now over and done with, pleasingly he kicked off the week by getting straight back into the saddle and putting our house officially up for sale.
We’ve listed the house at what I think is a very fair price (R835,000), and so now it is a simple matter to sit back and wait to see if there are any interested buyers lurking out here in the always beautiful Gordon’s Bay.
Of course, when I say sit back and wait, I do mean paint all the interior walls, keep the place spic-and-span, and of course whip the garden into the shape of its life – after all, we are now on show! ;)
Although I’m sure the listing appears in more than just a few places, here are the links to both the Property24 as well as the Homelink Estates web listings:
Believe it or not, Yesterday marked the end of the sixth year that I’ve lived in the wonderful little coastal town of Gordon’s Bay. Six years of living close to the sea, but miles away from friends, family and work.
First Nagua Bay, and then Country Mews, Gordon’s Bay has certainly been a pleasure to live in, and certainly I enjoyed the friendships made during my training period with the Funakoshi Karate guys and girls, as well as the various people I came into contact with through Chantelle’s guest house work, not to mention the people living in the Country Mews complex itself.
However, the time has now finally come where I need to fix at least two of the three long distance aspects of our life, and that means it is time to sell up here in Gordon’s Bay and move back to Bellville in order to be closer to our friends and family, a point that has become increasingly important to us and our young little family as we get older with each passing year.
So what does that mean?
Well, we’ve approached Len Wilmot of Homelink Estates to start the process of selling our home for us (we did in fact buy this house from him, which means he should be able to sell it again!), and once we get some movement on that front (it could take a couple of months of course), we’ll start packing up our belongings, store the baking equipment with Cheryl and Monty (who have a little more space now that Rob has moved out of the home), and then go on the property hunt to find something that we can either rent or buy, and will hopefully be big enough to accommodate the four of us!
So right now I am in the stage of getting the house all nice and shiny for potential buyers – which roughly translates to me having to remove all those shelves I’ve lovingly put up over the years for Chantelle’s Cupcakery business! :)
The journey of moving back to our home town of Bellville has now started, and although it won’t be quick, Chantelle and I are VERY excited (and a
little lot nervous because we’re moving from a cheaper area to a more expensive area and am not entirely sure as to how exactly we’re going to afford this, though of course we’ll make a plan), and SERIOUSLY can’t wait to have little Jess and Emily be close to Ouma and Oupa, and Granny and Grandpa, and of course Chantelle and I to be closer to our longtime circle of friends.
And who knows, I might even be persuaded pick up the badminton racquet once I’m back in my old stomping grounds? ;)
Exciting times indeed!
So by now many of you might have heard through the grapevine (in other words Chantelle’s FaceBook profile) that we have purchased our very first house.
And you would be correct.
We have indeed bought a fantastic starter home in the heart of Gordon’s Bay, in a security complex named Country Mews. Our offer was accepted, the deposit paid, the bond was approved, the various requirements are being met as we speak, and the champagne has already been cracked open! ;)
Our house hunt began a few weeks earlier when something just clicked inside me and I answered Chantelle after one of her standard, “Ooh, look at this place” comments that she makes on a weekly basis after browsing the local newspaper too much (she has way too much time on her hands at work! :P), that she should set up a viewing appointment.
So she did. And on that first Saturday we viewed about six or seven places. But it didn’t stop there. The next week Chantelle viewed seven more places in one day and by the end of the week, we had already found a house we both liked enough to put an offer in on – which was subsequently rejected.
Having realised now that our original limit that we wanted to spend on a house was going to get us either a) nothing or b) something we would have to spend both a lot of money and time on in order to get it up to scratch, we pushed up our limit and started the search anew – though the re-energised search didn’t last all that long!
A chance call to the second estate agent we had originally dealt with all the way back on that first day of house hunting revealed that the one house that Chantelle and I had both liked initially, had in fact got an offer in on it in the meantime, and to be honest, hearing this forced us into action as we scrambled in a last minute viewing and placed in a bid of our own, going high enough as to hopefully beat the other buyer but low enough that we were still comfortable with it!
And it worked.
A short tense wait over the weekend (we submitted the offer to purchase late Saturday evening!), and come the next week the good news rolled in – the people currently living there (a quadriplegic man and his partner) had accepted our offer and as such, the ball was back in our court. The next step was the submission of all the necessary documentation so that the bond originator (in our case Mortgage Explorer) could get to work on finding a bank that might like us, and come Monday we got the news that ABSA weighed in with the best interest rate offer and so we’ve taken our bond out with them.
Now just the long wait while the lawyers (Strauss Daly in case you are wondering) sort everything out, but if everything goes according to plan then on the 30th of September 2010, Chantelle and I will step into our very first home, fulfilling my long time dream of owning my own property at last! :)
Of course, at this point I really must thank Len Wilmot from Homelink for his professionalism and mannerism as an estate agent – too many estate agents that we dealt with tried so hard to be our friends that they forgot they are also trying to deliver a service to us, a service for which we eventually pay a lot of money for in the form of the commission! Len was fantastic and in the end we gave him our business, and so far haven’t looked back – so we’ll certainly recommend him to anyone else looking for property here in Gordon’s Bay!
So what did our R770,000 (about R25,000 less than what the sellers originally wanted for their property) get us in the end then?
Well for starters, I’ll go on record and say it is a rather small property in terms of plot size. Only 250 square meters or so, and as such we don’t really have much of a garden. However, it is situated in a nice security complex, one of the better ones in Gordon’s Bay. Our free-standing house is completely open plan, featuring three bedrooms, one full bathroom (and one en-suite to the main bedroom), all looking out on a nice-sized living room with a functional kitchen dividing itself from the room by means of a nice, broader than usual counter.
Finally, because the previous owner didn’t need the garage, that too has been converted into a spacious dining room/braai area, featuring a great indoor braai and a beautiful frosted glass sliding door that opens up to the outside car port. Note, one of the bedrooms is currently fully furnished as an office space, with gorgeous wall to wall cupboards and desk space, all of which stays put for when we take over!
As I mentioned already, there is a small carport outside, and access to the property is through a electronic sliding gate. Oh, and there is a nice fountain ball thingie in the front as well.
The house is therefore perfect for our growing needs, perfect as a starting home for my family and the perfect way to get my foot into the property market as far as I’m concerned! According the to paperwork, transfer should happen on the 30th of September, meaning that after I convince my friends to help us move, one heck of a house-warming party will be in order! :)
Now for the pictures, probably what you have been waiting for all this time. We snapped these quick pics when we were conducting our final inspection before putting our offer to purchase in. Unfortunately, as with all indoor photos, the lack of context makes the house seem much smaller than what it is, and so probably aren’t the best representation of the house after all – however, I am pretty excited, so thought I would share these with you guy after all!
As for the rest of the bunch, you can view them all in the gallery over at: http://photos.codeunit.co.za/v/20100724-Buying-Our-First-House/