It’s happening. We have sold our two properties in Cyprus.
The sale of the house is going through ok after the many meetings and phone calls to get the house deeds amended. The one missing piece of paper actually arrived and has been approved, stamped and lodged with the correct department. That left us with the apartment still on the market. Until, on the day I was flying out to Spain to view other cave properties, I received a phone call to say an offer had been made on the the apartment. This offer was raised slightly and duly accepted by us both. Wonderful. My trip to Spain was starting off well.
In my last blog you may remember that we discussed whether to rent for 12 months in Spain whilst our own cave was reformed or whether to buy a second cave which was ready to move into immediately. The later would give us somewhere to live for the 12 months and, when we moved out, would provide us with a rental property which would give us a little income. Win, win.
Well, during my visit to Spain last week (with our great friend Dave Nelson), I found the perfect 3 bed cave for us to move into immediately and…..it has another 3 bed cave next door which just needs finishing off! Two large caves, 6 beds, 2 lounges, 2 kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a large expanse of outdoor space all for a great price of €83,000. The second cave even has stone steps that lead nowhere!!
The properties had been on the market for €135,000 but they had been reduced a matter of days before we arrived. A great deal of interest had already been received by the estate agents in the area and I was not to sure whether we would be the successful purchasers but…. we were. The phone call came from Sean at Spainish-Inland-Properties to confirm we were the proud owners, as I arrived back at Birmingham airport.
What a week that was. Thank you Dave Nelson for going through it all with me, sharing the ups and downs and wearing out shoe leather. I hope all the great tapas we endured went a little way towards compensation.
In less than 12 months we will have not one but two great and unusual rental properties. I am over the moon.
There may be a little work to do and a certain amount of planning of the outdoor spaces but that is going to be fun especially when we will be living there. Inside needs a coat of paint in certain areas and each room needs a good clean . The outside area of the new caves is quite extensive. Part of the area has trees which will need to be cut back and hedges that need to be taken out. We will need patio areas, stone tables and benches, hammocks, four poster sun beds….. and maybe a pool? We are undecided about that, (sorry Dave), as a pool is quite work intensive, expensive to run and maintain and is it really necessary? Jury is still out. We do have a few volunteers keen to help us get settled. Chris, Dave, Tracy… fancy putting your rubber gloves on?? Block you diaries for the second half of October!
But for now we have the hard work that only John and I can do. The planning, arranging, dealing with solicitors, packing and moving contents of a large house and 2 wonderful dogs to Spain. I will admit that it is all rather scary as we do not have a sales agreement for the house signed as yet – apparently that happens on the day of exchange which is to be 10 October. This all happens a few days before we are due to fly out of Cyprus on the 15 October.
As I write this update we have had a couple arrived to look at our two cars. Within 5 minutes they were sold and all within an hour of advertising them on Facebook. One has been taken away and the other we can keep until the 13 October! How good is that? Only John’s bike to go now. Help! So far everything has had perfect timing ….long may that continue.
Thank you for following our exciting journey and I hope you will continue with us all the way. x