I haven’t said anything about this on here till now. There’s been a sale agreed with a buyer for TT since JULY.
We’ve bent over backwards, been messed about left right and centre, and they’d even paid for an out of water survey, which took place in August while we were in Spain! We were also asked if we’d take TT off the market because the sale was “truly agreed” after the survey came up trumps, so we did. Furthermore they had a widebeam mooring secured, and put down a deposit on our boat.
We were 90% sure that after they’d paid for a survey with nothing needing doing, and were paying for a mooring already. Hey, we were heading in the right direction…
Also, after being originally told that their house sale was going through nicely, it didn’t matter if it wasn’t sold, investments would cover the price agreed anyway. It was almost a sure bet to us (or anyone).
The outcome? Their house sale has fallen through, but, but, we were told about investments? It’s obvious now that everything depended on the sale of the house. It was a gamble that didn’t pay off for any of us and we were lied to.
Previous to taking the advert for TT down on their behalf, we’d been bombarded with emails and phone calls from other interested parties, but stayed true to our word for the potential buyer’s sake…
Handover was supposed to be this Friday, and today we find out the buyers house sale has gone tits up. Consequently “fundaments” to fall back on were either a fallacy or invested with Tesco.
So the good ship is back on Apollo Duck, ID number: 374449. We both feel like a couple of fools who’ve been taken for a ride. Well and truly driven under the water. We had so many plans with the move to our house in Spain for good…
I must be turning into an estate agent, after yesterday’s advice about NOT buying a plot of land to build on in Spain, it being a crazy idea and why. Today it’s all about trying to legitimately sell a boat in Britland and getting kicked in the teeth.
Sometimes a buyer’s enthusiasm can over-ride the practicalities of their own personal finance, and being in the right position to buy. (Literally).
We had the good ship up for sale last year for a short time before we went to Spain. A potential buyer came along then. But after a few weeks it became obvious they hadn’t thought through where they lived, and the fact that there are no canals anywhere nearby. So the boat would have to be moored miles away… (Duh) We as sellers didn’t care if it had to be moored in a field.
My message to anyone wanting to sell a boat is basically this: MAKE SURE IN ADVANCE A POTENTIAL BUYER ISN’T CURRENTLY RESIDING IN CLOUD CUCKOO LAND. Oh and don’t hang around for anything that arouses even a smidge of suspicion, such as playing for time or not answering phone calls.
After the devastating news, we contacted five of the people who’d sent enthusiastic enquiries. Since then four of them have bought a boat. One guy was quite upset, he’d given up on TT because we’d told him there was a sale in progress. Then gone and bought a boat last week, he mentioned there was a lot of work to do on it and wished he’d known about TT’s “fallout” before then. Just think, if we’d been aware of this just 10 days ago…
We’ve still to hear back from one guy who was very interested, but after all this time I bet he’s already bought one too.
To say we’re pissed off doesn’t cover it. We both feel like we’re well and truly cursed…
This won’t happen again, we’ll make sure of it.
“Back out before being sold out…”