13 Mar 2009 12:30:
After an exhibition in Belfast I went to Costa del Sol with MRI . We were shown around by a very pleasant guy who was one of the many directors. All was very relaxed & enjoyable and we saw some properties that we would have liked but without exception the push to and past the maximum budget we had indicated.
We finally decided we would love to buy a substantial 3 bedroom apartment on Dona Julia and said we would think about it overnight and do our sums as it was substantially more than we had budgeted.
Morning came and our contact came to collect us and we gave him the bad news that we couldn't afford the property. The relaxed approach suddenly vanished and while not explicitly stated the mood appeared to be one of "why are you paupers wasting my time" interspersed with great ideas such as - you could take a "no proof of income" mortgage & don't worry your only problem will be what to do with all the rental income. I'm sure you have heard it all before. We even had an offer of 15% down and nothing to pay until the property was ready.
His final idea was that if we were to place a reservation deposit to hold the apartment for 5 days he would break convention and have a clause inserted that we could have our deposit back if we withdrew within the 5 day period. At my wife's urging (as an escape) we agreed to do so and he took us to a solicitor.
We duly pulled out after some reflection back home and amusingly when we got the very prompt refund the exchange rate had gone in our favour to the tune of £25. Leaves me wondering am I the only person who has profited from pulling out of a contract with MRI.
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