Later July 2009
Right, back to work. Where was I? Oh yes.
Get some money. Check
Find an area to live in. Check
Visit said area. Check
Locate a property. Check
Make an offer. Check
Run into unforeseen difficulties. Check
Pull out of purchase. Ah well not quite. As little as 3 days ago (as at time of writing) and having heard nothing for over a week, I received an email from a completely unknown and unheard of lawyer informing me that he had made an appointment for me to see him, at his office 350 km away, on Monday morning at 10:30 to discuss the sale. I shall leave it to your imagination what the contents of my reply to that was. Copied, by the way to the agent, from whom I have still received none of the requested paperwork, nor indeed contact of any sort despite repeated phone calls. I shall wait with bated breath to see what transpires.
Anyway, having encountered aforementioned setbacks, the best laid plans etc. etc., it was back to the internet.
Found 4 or 5 properties which might suit, so fired off emails requesting more information. The theory being that I would check out each and every one before making the trek back again.
What did I get back?
In all but one case, exact copies of the information posted on the internet. Nothing more, nothing less. The one case which did include additional information was nothing like as detailed as I wanted. So off went the replies suggesting the kind of ´more´ information that I had had in mind (decreto 218 once again).
And what has been forthcoming? Nada, nothing, zilch, not a sausage. Now why might that be do you think?
Actually when I say nothing, what I actually mean is excuses, you know the ones. The owner is away, in the UK, dead and buried in a field somewhere. Anything other than what I need or what they are, by law, required to have and supply, even the simple request to send me a Google Earth/Maps location has been met by a wall of silence.
All that is except one.
Believe me when I tell you that this one deserves a post, nay a blog, of its own but more of that in Getting Here. Early August.