…for a flat.
This is one of those things I never thought I would do. But a little bit of pressure (in a good way) from my gay husband* in Paris, and here I am, arranging viewings with agents and even getting up early to see properties before I go to work.
It has been a challenge. There are plenty of properties available in the neighbourhood where we want to purchase, but the real estate agents don’t seem that keen to make sales. I have been looking every day at the flats that are advertised on seznam. When I respond to ads, leaving my email and mobile number, sometimes someone gets back to me, and sometimes I hear nothing at all.
I had one email exchange that went something like this.
Hello, I can show you the flat. When is convenient for you?
I try to accommodate to you.
Thanks for your email. I am available in the mornings at 8, or in the evenings from 18.30. I am free this week on Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and evening, and Friday morning. I am also available at weekends.
8 and 18.30 are not convenient for me. I can maybe show you the flat on Saturday at 9. I have some serious clients, perhaps flat will be sold.
I am also a serious client. Anytime on Saturday will be fine. Please let me know.
As an American, I obviously wonder why they don’t try a bit harder. But there are exceptions, because I am being shown flats outside normal working hours, and a few agents have even been proactive, calling me about other listings.
The next problem I have is falling in love with flats that are too big. Jono and I are buying together, but he won’t be around much, and 165 m2 is a bit over the top for just me. And one of the over-sized flats I liked had a 25 m2 roof-top terrace with a panoramic view, which pains me to deny myself.
I am also getting a lot of unsolicited opinions from friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Now is a great time to buy. You shouldn’t buy now, the market will be better in 18 months. You shouldn’t be looking in Vinohrady and Žižkov, properties in Prague 1 will appreciate faster… Thanks for all the advice, everyone. Please allow me to ask for it next time.
The thing is, though, that I am now totally calm about the prospect of purchasing property (contrast earlier post), and I am actually enjoying the search. Having said that, I hope I manage to find the perfect place before I get bored and pissed off with the whole process.
* really gay, not really my husband