Wednesday, October 17, 2007

We have a house!

We had quite a day yesterday (Tuesday). We drove down to Okotoks to meet with our realtor. The plan was to go along and visit one or two new home builders to discuss plots they had available, models they could build and prices. However, when we arrived, our realtor let us know that a house had come on the market that morning that we might be interested in. A viewing was arranged immediately and in we went...and within the shortest of timeframes (this being the umpteenth house we've viewed since July when we were here for 5 weeks) we knew this was "the one". We both loved it. We put in an offer and after a few hours of to-ing and fro-ing, we agreed a purchase price of $737.5k (divide that in half for £s) and a possession date of circa 4 weeks (14th November) - like that would happen in the UK! There are still some hurdles to jump...we need to get financing in place and we have a detailed house inspection tomorrow (you get to go on the house inspection in Canada and the surveyor points out all the faults to you and shows you how to extend the life of your home through simple maintenance activities). But all being well, the deal will stick (there isn't really gazumping here in Canada due to the way the sale process works). Anyways, here's a few shots of the house and we'll publish more later.