Thursday, April 26, 2012
We found a house!
If you have been reading my blog lately you will have seen that we have been having a few real estate woes with Real Estate Agents, Bullies & Common Courtesy . Well things are looking up and thank goodness for that because I was starting to really get tired of it. Realistically it had only just really begun though but it was so mentally and physically draining that I didn't know how I was going to deal with it week in week out? Luckily for us we found a great new real estate agent who showed us a great house. Our new home is practically brand new, is cheaper in rent than the house we currently rent and also gives us access to resort style facilities while renting the property too which we are within walking distance of. There are lots of parks as well so we have a good variety of new play adventures to have when we move out here in a few weeks time. The only downside to all of this is we will no longer be in walking distance to the kids school which means I will have be more organised in the mornings but I am hoping this is a good thing for all of us. So now the big job begins of packing up this house within 3weeks and trying to move most of the contents within a day while we have help from a couple of awesome friends. We've usually move everything by ourselves but at the moment we just need a bit of a hand and it is nice to know we have people to help us do this. We've lived in Melbourne for 3 years now and I am finally starting to see that my friends can become my surrogate family and that is okay to ask them for help too. I also learnt from this experience that my actual local community in Melbourne is filled with really good and decent people who are only willing to help you out. I asked if anyone had boxes I could have or borrow for the move as it was an expense I didn't want to have because this was so unexpected and I had at least half a dozen people reply and offer me both boxes to keep and some to borrow too. Even though the suburb I live in is with 25km of the city of Melbourne I am feeling really grateful that I have my own little small town community feel going on which is a nice feeling to have in such a big city so far from my home town.
Since all this trouble started I have been amazed at how many people have seemed to have had the same problems as us. I am appalled that people are being treated in this manner and for the remainder of our stay in this property won't stand for it any longer. I would suggest that you check out your state tenant union for more information that is applicable to you. During this time I found that you can actually ask for a rent reduction if the house has been put on the market. I had never heard of this before and for those who are locked into fixed leases and have to go through this week in week out for a long period of time should really look into this. I did not do this as we decided to move, I am not an expert in the filed either, I am just passing on details that I think anyone in this situation should give further thought on.
Earlier this week I received another text message regarding another open house for this weekend. They didn't ask me if we could come to a mutual time, just that this is when it is on and that was it! I haven't bothered replying to it yet either, we will see if the real estate agent bothers calling me before the end of the week? Now I understand that legally if I don't say yes over the phone or in the text message they are going to have to formally write a letter and inform me giving me 24hrs notice, then we will see how long the lack of common courtesy continues. I'm not trying to be hard to deal with but they know I am not impressed with the lack of respect yet they continue to do this? I am also not trying to make real estate agents, property owners and property investors lives harder either by writing my posts about this topic. All I am trying to do is let both real estate agents and tenants know that common courtesy and respect goes a long way in both directions. Playing by the rules is the only way to go in this circumstance, mistreating people is not good enough just because you are too lazy to do your job or because you don't agree with what legally has to happen. There are things I don't agree with when it comes to all of this but I am still doing the right thing because it is the right thing and because I value being a good person. In the past I've owned my own home before and I've had it as an investment property too, the last thing I would ever dream of doing was treating those who are looking after my home in such a way with such little respect.
Have you ever had anything like this happen to you before? How did you handle the situation?