For Sale – With Vacant Possession!

12 Jan

Well, we can now see light at the end of the long tunnel! Although, we are far from naive, we know that selling our ‘pile’ could take years and it’s a buyers’ market, with a deep recession to boot. But, here’s how the latest event came to pass.

I sincerely apologise for the delay in publishing this post, I wanted to be able to offer a link to our house sale website.Β Paul, thank you very much, I am so very lucky to have such a wonderfully gifted techie wizard son. Bless you.

After offering Monsieur C first refusal, we received a steady stream of letters from him. Always polite, always positive, he was adamant that his interest in buying the property was sincere and he had waited since 2007 for the opportunity to have his ‘rights’ recognised. Oh, wow! We had no idea that Monsieur C was in the same boat as us as we fought for justice through the French Courts, how blindly self-centred we have been. Sigh!

At the beginning of December, we received a rather disgruntled letter from Monsieur C. In his ramblings, he claimed that he had twice contacted the notaire we had named, in order to get the buying processes under way, but she had blatantly ignored him! We knew that would not have happened, we had hand-picked the notaire following several recommendations from British folks who had moved into the area after our house Case started.

The menfolk and I sat down for a pow-wow and I suggested that Monsieur C was just having a laugh at our expense and we should call his bluff. I’m usually the one who urges caution! But, I could foresee, without a crystal ball, that Monsieur C would lead us up the garden path for at least a couple of years!

However, the menfolk said we should wait a little longer, we couldn’t afford for Monsieur C to throw one of his infamous wobblies and withdraw from the purchase proceedings for several weeks, or even months!

They had a very valid point. But, I was certain that Monsieur C had absolutely no intention of buying ‘the pile’! So, the reply that I sent to him dripped with empathy, although, it was laced with iron filings!

I was very apologetic about our notaire’s alleged tardiness and I told Monsieur C we would not tolerate it, he had obviously suffered greatly (yuk!) during the years since Tom and I had purchased the property (heave!). I confirmed to him that we would collect him from the house on Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 2:15pm, so that we could all attend a 2:45pm meeting, together, with the notaire. I reminded Monsieur C that he had received all the necessary property Reports, also, that he had expressed his satisfaction and readiness, formally in writing, with regard to proceeding to signing the compromis de vente and paying the deposit.

Bearing in mind, I went on to say, that the notaire did not appear to view his offer as sincere, Tom and I would accept a very low deposit of just 2000€ as a measure of our faith in him. I asked Monsieur C to confirm with us by return of post that the appointment time and date were convenient to him and I posted the letter with just a tiny flutter of a qualm. I was determined that Monsieur C would not add more misery to the lives of my family.

But, I am not a naturally dishonest person, I swear. Throughout December, all through the festive season and into 2014, I waited and suffered! My blood-pressure rocketed, my beta-blocker medication needed to be doubled and my menfolk thought I had turned into a mad, maudlin banshee! What if……?

On Wednesday 8th January, the lovely La Poste lady delivered Monsieur C’s latest missive to us….oh boy, I was shaking when I recognised his beautiful, copperplate hand-writing and opened the envelope. What if……?

The first sentence hit me straight between the eyes, quick translation – ‘It is done!! I moved out of the Champagnac rental property on the 31st December 2013.’ Monsieur C went on to offer his unconditional support and said, ‘In my humble opinion, you need to pursue the notaire (who administrated our purchase of the pile), concentrate your efforts on that quest….I will give evidence in support of you.’

Hmmmmmmm, right then!

Needless to say, we took steps to confirm there was no doubt that Monsieur C was not bluffing again – confirmed, he has gone, he is now living in Mussidan, in the Dordogne.

So, here we go, this is just the start, all contributed suggestions will be gratefully received and acknowledged. Tomorrow, we will be heading to the pile to batten down any open hatches and to take a lot of photographs!



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12 responses to “For Sale – With Vacant Possession!

  1. Pip

    January 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Well I suppose in view of the number of days you have been waiting to be able to say those words then me waiting for three days to read the full story is as nothing.
    Mind you I couldn’t have held my breath much longer!!!!!
    With the arrival of my third grandchild just 10 days before Christmas, 2013 ended beautifully for me and now you have made 2014 continue in that happy vein.
    I shall go into work in half an hour with a large smile on my face even though it is Sunday and I’d rather be here in the warm.
    May 2014 be a year of joy and good health.
    Now there’s just the corruption bit to sort out!!!

    • hobosinfrance

      January 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      ROFL! πŸ˜€ Yes, Pip, if we can get a reasonable result where the dodgy avocat, notaire and Immo are concerned, we will consider that triple whammy to be a war won by us! We know there’s nothing further we can do about our fraudulent sellers – one has departed this world, the other has got away with the fraud because the Appeal Court aided and abetted her. That sounds harsh, but I’m not dressing it up!

      The menfolk and I are absolutely delighted for you and yours, Pip, you had one heck of a struggle to remain positive throughout the pregnancy that produced your third grandchild, I know that. Bless you all, you got there and No 3 is so very handsome – and so very healthy. πŸ™‚

      C & menfolk xxxx

      • Pip

        January 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        I’m so looking forward to seeing pics!

      • hobosinfrance

        January 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        πŸ™‚ Haven’t I put them on HIFF yet, Pip? I’ll rectify that first thing tomorrow morning – well, Paul will! You know me, the techie-phobo of the universe! Waaaah! πŸ˜€ xxxx

  2. merewoman

    January 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Chrissie, your new motto: Veni, vidi, vici! So pleased that you have reached this point at long last. Chapeau to your determination and persistence! Good luck with the sale. Love to all, Susie

    • hobosinfrance

      January 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      πŸ˜€ That will do very nicely, Susie – the villagers where our ‘pile’ is situated call us, “the Eeeenglish RΓ©sistance”, Bless them all, it fits well with “Veni, vidi, vici”! Although, you won’t believe what we found when we got to the house on Sunday evening! Or, maybe you will believe it – a continuation of the story of our hobo lives! Drat and blast! C, T, P & Z xxxx

  3. Perpetua

    January 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Chrissie, I’m so very pleased you can now move forward and put the house on the market. It’s a lot of house for a small price and being the nosy type, I’ve just found it on Google Earth and can confirm the position is wonderful. Wishing you all the very best in selling it.

    • hobosinfrance

      January 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Hiya, Perpetua. πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased that folks can now see how we were ‘ambushed’ by the Cantal environment in 2007 when we were actually heading south to the Midi-Pyrenees until we entered the Auvergne Puys! I’m also delighted to say, the lads and I still want to live in France, but, most of all, we love the Auvergne and we want to go home asap. However, home will have to wait a little longer, until we do sell the house that can never, now, be our home. We will get there one day. Carry on being nosy! πŸ˜€ C & menfolk xxxx

  4. Susan Oakes

    January 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Chrissie! I don’t believe it! Brilliant news. Keep us up to date. Sue xx

    • hobosinfrance

      January 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Hiya, Sue. πŸ™‚ I have also just picked up an email from you – goodness knows how I missed it, it was showing as an unopened mail but several pages back! Lol, much water has flowed under the bridge since you vacated this part of the world for a new life, the menfolk and I are delighted that you’re still there and happy, Sue – that shows it was the right route to take and you deserve, so very much, that happiness. Hugs and xxxx from us to you and yours, I will reply to your email after dinner this evening. πŸ™‚

  5. Kathy

    January 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Oh wow, what a clever bluff, well done and I hope your blood pressure is beginning to understand that the stress is subsiding now.
    I do hope you get a buyer soon and have shared the link to the “Pile” on Facebook. I shall Tweet too shortly.
    Poor Mr C, what a bad time he has had too, how kind of you to be so compassionate πŸ™‚

    Congratulations Pip on grandfatherhood.

    Bon whatever fete day today Γ  tous πŸ˜€

    • Pip

      January 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Many thanks Kathy.
      It was a very special Christmas this year with a little belter of 10 days of age with us all.
      Actually I’ve only really thought that my wonderful wife and me, the old codger, spent it with 2 sons, 2 daughter-in-laws, 2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 1 step granddaughter.
      It doesn’t get better than that and that’s coming from someone who normally doesn’t like Christmas!!!


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