Friday, February 16

house racing

you know that scene in casino royale, when jimmy bond slides over $7,000,000 worth of chips because mr. evil villain's left cheek is twitching, giving away that he's bluffing... but then he's double-bluffing and poor james has lost everything? buying a house in san francisco has more in common with this than enid feels comfortable with.

wind back to wednesday. enid and the man found the house of their dreams. it's a renovated victorian one in the sunny mission district of san francisco. they made an offer that afternoon, at just over the asking price.

on thursday evening, margaret phoned to say that there were nine other offers on the house. four were rejected, but the five others, and theirs, were still in the running. the vendor, ima propertydeveloper, was generously giving those six people until 5 p.m. on friday to make a higher offer. sigh. over dinner and the backs of some envelopes, enid and the man worked out how they could afford to offer more. who needs two kidneys, anyway?

this morning, margaret is putting their counter offer to ima. here is the casino royale part - it expires at 3 p.m. this afternoon, meaning that ima has to decide before all the other counter offers come in. enid just hopes margaret can twitch her left cheek at will.

5 comments:

ChrisB said...

is enid sure this is genuine it would be awful if it was a con just to squeese more money out of her and the man. we'll keep our finger crossed for you.

Beccy said...

Hope you get the house of your dreams Enid, I'm dying to know.

Wendz said...

Oooh tell tell - what's happened?

Sally Lomax said...

Come on Enid. It's WELL past 3 p.m. on Friday now. The suspense is killing us....

enid said...

read on today, all is revealed. sorry for the tenterhooks thing, but it wasn't really final until yesterday morning.

chris, you never really can tell in these situations, but margaret is a realtor with one of the well-known city firms and would presumably lose her job and licence if any skulduggery went on. it's always more difficult doing legal stuff as a foreigner, though, and ten times more scary and stressful than buying a house in the uk.