The Tyranny of Lowered Expectations

I’m thoroughly jaded after a few months spent in the trenches of the Wellington property market, viewing houses that are variously mouldy, smelly, damp, dark, perched on the side of a cliff, about two-feet square, or all of the above. Forget views, space, nice kitchens and bathrooms, and flat, useable backyards. My requirements have shrunk to, “must have three bedrooms,” and most importantly of all, “must not smell.” So far only one house we’ve viewed meets the must not smell requirement. And we’re going to put in a tender bid for it this Thursday. Should we be the lucky ones, we’ll own a squat, square, ex-state house clad in bright red brick.

And I will be pretty damn pleased about it. Clean and dry trump glamour any day.

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2 Responses to The Tyranny of Lowered Expectations

  1. iamroewan says:

    It’s heart breaking…I know what it’s like to have to ease up on (well, brutally extinguish!) expectations before deciding: ok, this is good enough. But we ended up with something that we could live with and now, after four years, we are very happy with. I hope the same for you.

    Spring is coming. If you get the house make it a priority to get some cheery flowers too!

    • Janettes says:

      Yes, I remember your house hunt – all those beautiful homes that just didn’t work out. Your house looks pretty nice in the photos I’ve seen though. And your garden is lovely, despite the odd rampaging bear! I’m planning to plant bulbs everywhere when we get our own place, as well as put in lots of raised beds for vegetables and berries.
      Just talked to the real estate agent though. There’s lots of interest in the house and I’m not sure that we can put in a bid that’s high enough. We can but try…

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