[Image credits: Elle Decoration, April 2010]
However much I try, I can never bring myself to tear pages from magazines. In the past I've photocopied pages and stuck them into various scrapbooks, but it's time consuming and looks messy so I've never kept it up. From now on, I vow to scan in my favourite images each month as I'm much more likely to refer back to them in electronic format than rifling through a giant stack of magazines!
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Thanks so much for the comments on my last post; I was truly touched by each one, and found comfort in reading about your personal experiences.
Our buying/selling situation hasn't changed much over the last few days. Our estate agent is trying to get us another buyer quickly so we can keep the next property, but so far it's not going well. Over the weekend we discovered that they've been saying different things potential buyers regarding the price we're looking for, and we just don't trust the agent anymore.
In the UK, estate agents have a bad reputation. I'd always kept an open mind as I hadn't had many dealings with them, but I'm saddened to say that they have lived up to this terrible reputation. We asked them why they didn't get proof that our buyer could actually pay for the property before taking it off the market, and they just ignored us and answered a totally different question.
If they don't find us a buyer over the next day or two and we lose the next property, then we will simply change to a more professional agent. After thinking about it over the weekend, I have a feeling that it might be for the best. The flat we have fallen in love with needs a lot of work: new boiler, central heating, double glazing, new kitchen. Even though we are prepared to do these things over a number of years, and it is a really lovely flat, maybe there is something else wrong with it that we can't see right now that would cost us a lot of money. Maybe someone is trying to protect us, and things will ultimately work out for the best...