Arran update

Monday’s the big day: deadline time. All the bullshit we’ve had to go through to get to the stage where we could put in an offer was pissing the vendor off and so finally she put a deadline on getting our offer in. It was mainly down to the bank manager dragging his feet and being incompetent. But finally he called on Friday night at 8 pm to give us the valuation that his mate, the surveyor, had come up with.

The asking price is offers over £90k and the surveyor valued it at £85k. So we have to decide what to offer by Monday and then get onto our solicitor first thing. We’ve got until noon.

I suppose in the grand scheme of things, 5 grand is not a big premium to get the change of lifestyle that we so desperately want, but we’ll be stretching ourselves rather thinly and every little helps.

We’ll ask the solicitor for advice. It could be that we’ll have time to offer 85 and up it to 90 if it gets rejected.

It’s a scary time in our lives and I really could do with a big drink right about now. <sigh>

Wish us luck.


  1. Steve Betz says:

    I’m pretty new to your neighborhood — is this a new home you guys are looking for?  We just threaded the needle of buying a place while selling two.  It was crazy.

    Best of luck!

  2. Hey Steve

    Click on my Arran tag and you’ll see the other posts in the series. They are ‘hood only as nobody in Lux knows that we’re trying to get out of here. This is the first post in the series:

    Chance of a Dream Come True

    The offer I mentioned above is to buy the lease to the main Post Office on the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland. There is no property attached so, if it goes through, we will then have to find accommodation for a family of four. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it though.

    As I write this reply, there are four hours left until the deadline. We’ve e-mailed our solicitor with our intentions and asked that he call us if he gets the mail before 10, which is when we intend to call him (that will be 9 in the UK where he is based).