Monthly Archives: July 2012

Happy Birthday to Me

Last Thursday I celebrated my 28th birthday in Prague (the middle stop on our European travels). The day started with sleeping in, breakfast, and returning to bed to nap and watch the news. The afternoon included our first ever Segway adventure, which was not only amazing but also the perfect way to see such a […]

Why San Diego?

This is (understandably) the most frequently asked question we’ve gotten since deciding to move to San Diego 3 weeks ago. It has, thankfully, replaced the previous popular queries of: Permanently? Are you keeping your flat? How does Mark feel about it? How do Mark’s parents feel about it? Are your parents excited? So far I’ve […]

I never want to sell property in England again (Part 4: Last Minute Stress)

Background can be found in: Introduction, Part 1: Finding a Buyer, Part 2: Formalities of Selling  and Part 3: The Waiting Game We got an email Thursday afternoon from our estate agent. The buyer just found out she was going to have to pay 1,150 for some cladding work being done on our building. She was upset we’d not […]

I never want to sell property in England again (Part 3: The Waiting Game)

Background can be found in: Introduction, Part 1: Finding a Buyer and Part 2: Formalities of Selling By mid-June, we hadn’t heard much more. The buyer’s mortgage lender had the property appraised, and was getting her final mortgage offer documents sent out. Searches should have been back. We all wanted to complete (close) by mid-July and all was well. […]

I never want to sell property in England again (Part 2: Formalities of Selling)

Background can be found in: Introduction and Part 1: Finding a Buyer Once an offer is made and accepted, the respective parties nominate their solicitors. The solicitors handle all the legal stuff, including the buyer’s solicitor doing a ‘search’ with the local council. This search should tell the buyer if there are any planned works in the […]

I never want to sell property in England again (Part 1: Finding a Buyer)

Background can be found in: Introduction One Tuesday back in April, once Mark’s visa interview was scheduled, we contacted some local estate agents. They each valued the flat, told us their fees and gave their pitch. Based on our initial meetings, we confidently chose an agent, who had a better marketing strategy and seemed like he’d […]

I never want to sell property in England again

Finally! We’ve exchanged contracts on the flat! For anyone who hasn’t bought or sold a house in England, it is possibly the most maddening high-price transaction you can ever do. Our flat ‘sold’ very quickly, but actually getting through the rest of the sales process has been a nearly 3-month ulcer-inducing experience. There is no […]