Next move

I didn’t hear from the real estate agent about my offer on the apartment until lunchtime yesterday.

I thought it was a bit weird considering how eager he had been to get the place sold by the weekend.

He finally called and said he’d missed my email in his inbox.

He also politely implied he wouldn’t be giving my lowball offer to his client.

Then he asked if I could up it.

I said I would have to think about it.

I called my real estate agent, who said he thought the property was pretty good value and worth putting in a higher offer. He also told me to send the strata report over so he could check it for any bad stuff.

I feel fortunate in my choice of real estate agent. Nice bloke. Very helpful. Let me know if you want his number.

There was no bad stuff in the strata report so I upped my offer by $25,000.

The real estate agent was still pretty underwhelmed and asked if I had any more fuel in my tank. I said I was running on empty. He said he would get back to me.

Radio silence.

I am feeling pretty zen about it – if it is meant to be, it will happen.

Otherwise, I’ve seen a funny place in an awesome location that I am keen to check out tomorrow.

I say funny because it has one of those bathrooms that used to be all the rage in fancy holiday accommodation, with concertina shutters that open between the ensuite and the master bedroom.

You know, so you can lie in the bath and gaze at the view.

Except in this case there isn’t a view.

The youngest will be deeply unimpressed by how small the bedrooms are … but she will have to suck it up. I made the mistake of letting my little princess inspect the big, awesome place I’ve made an offer on and she dissed it.

I’ve told her she will get a rude shock when she sees the size of the second and third bedrooms in any other apartments I happen to make offers on.

Have a fab weekend.

Fingers crossed I have good news for you on Monday.

PS Oh my goodness I just saw that the Queen has passed away. God rest her soul. A sad day.

The notice came in the traditional form of a formal message placed on an easel on the railings outside Buckingham Palace.

It read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

The King. That is going to take a bit of getting used to.

Song of the day: Jackson Browne “Running on empty”

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