Finally we have a buyer and a house to move to in as much as they’ve accepted our offer now it’s all subject to contract ie surveys and long chains not breaking. Fingers tightly crossed everyone!

I was thinking back to how many  moves I have accomplished in my almost 44 years and I was shocked!

Born in London and bred in Brixton, we moved out to Dartford when I was a toddler and then onto Gravesend when I was in 1st year juniors (old timers will know what year that is) I stayed there until I had finished school at 17.

I then moved to Broadstairs to go to the college and after back up to London where I bumped into this awful man. I also bumped into this man who changed my life completely and off I went to Italia!

Even there, we moved from pillar to post, renting places whilst ours was being renovated. I totalled up 8 properties in 18 years. Throw in the odd separation/argument and add on another 5 dwellings.

Then as of  2004 when I returned to the UK I have totalled up another 4 homes including our current home.

22 different houses to call home in 44 years. That’s not a good statistic and I have everything crossed that our next nest will be for a long while, at least while the girls are at school but then I could win the lottery and if so, I’d move to my dream mansion and make it 23. Plus a home in Folgaria, plus a holiday home and a flat in London overlooking the Thames obviously depending how many millions I win :)

That’s an average of 1 house per two years!

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Here’s a photo of the house we have bought, every single room in it needs working on as not to our taste or dated but I’m looking forward to the project and the fact of having a 100ft garden to play with. I want to create an allotment at the bottom to grow my own.

Fabulous news for us and now praying that all goes well with the contracts and solicitors.

Do you remember me mentioning Mr Elliot the other day? Pondering on how he too had been stung in a love story gone wrong? Well he has put an offer in on our place which we’ve accepted, albeit not quite what we were hoping for but it’ll have to do as I can’t wait a minute longer.

Tomorrow, 9.30am, we’ll be viewing a property which we have already looked at time and time again on internet with the intention of buying it too!

Actually we already viewed it last October. It’s owned by a Chinese family who run a local take away and although they asked us to view at 10.30, the bedrooms still had sleeping teenagers in them which didn’t make for the best viewing – in fact we opted for another place back then which we lost shortly after to people in a position to move.

Now they have moved out which is marvellous as it allows us to see the place properly, opening cupboards, checking the windows and looking at the flat roof too. All things you can’t do while the owners are still there.

I am so excited I can’t concentrate today, on anything. I am already mentally decorating the place up, smashing down the odd unnecessary wall and ripping up old fashioned carpets to lay down wooden floors. Oh the fun!

As for the 100 foot garden, I have already constructed a small allotment  down the bottom close to the shed with loads of goodies. The patio needs a good scrub and I can ‘see’ the future flower beds gloriously lining the garden fences full of colour, texture and height.

So after a week of relax chez mum’s and all this excitement happening, I am bubbling over with energy and the will to get on and take on this first major challenge of the year, ticking off one of my ‘must’ do’s’ for 2010 as written on my lifeplan.

We’re into the fourth month of 2010, how are you getting on with accomplishing anything you set yourself on Jan 1st?

Yes, maybe this is the way forward in today’s slack property market.

Mum sent me an article from the Daily Telegraph on Sarah Beeny’s website Tepilo.com and as I normally do I shoved it on my To Do pile and promptly forgot about it but with nothing happening for the sale of our house (currently on the market with TWO agents) I decided to investigate Sarah’s option and after weighing up the ins and outs, I realised I had nothing to lose.

Tepilo.com is free to use, you upload your photos and descriptions make sure you have a valid HIP – we have – and voila’ all done. So I have now uploaded our details and will wait to see if anything comes of it.

You see I find it impossible to do nothing and wait for a buyer to turn up. I always feel that I have to try to do everything in my power to make it work. I have also got into the habit of consulting Mystic Meg to see if she foresees I’ll be moving in the near future! So far she hasn’t said so…but once those planets shift around a bit well then the ‘Time will be right’

Do you think it’s a case of ‘Che sara sara’ or would you also be proactive?

If we hadn’t sold a property only 2 years ago I wouldn’t have any comparison to make but with a sale in a month and a move completed in 3 months I was under the illusion that it would be a walk in the park again this time round. After all, I keep seeing on the BBC news and reading in the national papers that property markets are starting to take off again.

Well, they’re not.

The area we live in is a desirable one. It’s on the commuter link to London, the estate is a quiet, well looked after area with amenities such as shops, local library, doctors surgery and Neighbourhood watch. The houses are all well-kept and the neighbours are friendly. Property here is usually snapped up in a click of the fingers. Five weeks it took my in-laws to sell their property last summer. So I cannot understand the delay this time round.

Admittedly we put our house up for sale in mid October and by the end of November, we knew it would quiten down whilst everyone prepared for Christmas. But we were told by the estate agents that January is one of the best months of the year for selling. So we too got on with organising our Christmas.

And since the beginning of the year it has been so very, very slow. The viewings in dribs and drabs, the offer – only one so far, way to low to be considered.

When I question the agents, they are hasty to reply they’re very busy at the moment. So either my property is awful (and they have assured me plenty of times that it is not the case) or they’re quieter but don’t want to let on.

We also went to have a look at another house over the weekend just in case we lose out on our first choice.

Every single room needs working on and the only thing I did like was the big kitchen with diner attached but you can’t buy a house on that just alone. The 3rd bedroom was off the 2nd, the bathroom suite was avocado (shudder) and there were cheap built wardrobes made out of chipboard in every room, painted to match the walls. A nightmare.

Robinson Michael Jackson, one of our agents, called and on their suggestion our property is now being sold with a price guide, they hope it will attract more buyers and therefore more offers with hopefully a bidding war.

I see there’s a new moon this week and I hope that will change the current sorry state of affairs. I have more faith in the moon right now.

Our house went on the market back in Oct – the 16th to be precise, so after three months and only a handful of viewings it’s time to review the situation.

Andy, the manager at RMJ has advised lowering the price by £10.000. We said originally that we’d hold out till the end of Jan hoping that the market would pick up in our favour but now we see other properties on the market for a similar price in a better location and with larger gardens too so time to make that difficult decision.

Other Half wants to lower as of Monday to £2,500 but I think that’s not going to gain anything. In order to attract a new audience we need to lower by £5k to be in a lower search bracket. I can’t convince him otherwise so this is going to be our plan of action for a while.

As for the house we originally put an offer on we are ever more inclined to withdraw it and search for a house about £20k less, allowing us to not be so crippled by a steep mortgage for the next 15 years.

Will keep you posted, I just wish we could lower and get it sold, I’m tired now of hanging around and drained by the emotion and ‘fingers crossed’ that goes with every viewing only to be followed by such disappointment.