Progress?

So, in this sideways two-step, backwards cha-cha, there might actually be progress on the house project. The two recours against the project were rolled into one, and then adjudicated. The Tribunal de Premier Instance rejected all the concerns of the plaintiffs. That was November. In January, in a 14 degree (celsius) living room, I started… Continue reading Progress?

Latest news on the house

Happily, in April, on the recommendation of the excellent environmental engineer I was working with, I started working with an architect. It has been a very happy relationship so far. The dossier to ask for construction permits and authorization was submitted yesterday. Now we wait. It will take about 60 days for the dossier to… Continue reading Latest news on the house

Zooplus or how I afford my cats

I have two cats. Beautiful British Blue Shorthairs. I acquired them from Sue Smith at the BeauxChats Cattery in the UK. I love them to bits (they even have their own twitter feed: CosySmooch). They're five years old now and are true to their breed. Smooch is almost 9kgs, and Cosy is a bit smaller… Continue reading Zooplus or how I afford my cats

Non-traditional house purchases

A suspensive sale is not uncommon, but nor is it the most straightforward. The family did find the one niece that the notaire couldn't. But, there was supposed to be a ninety day window in which the five nieces and nephews could contest the sale, but because math is hard, there was only a sixty… Continue reading Non-traditional house purchases

The bank

I was approved by the fellow on vacation, but it was a fairly tense few weeks waiting. I went in, signed some documents, and everything seemed to be going swimmingly. Then with less than two weeks to go, my banker sprung on me the cedule hypothecaire (which translates roughly to mortgage codicil). Real estate transactions… Continue reading The bank

Cautionary tales thus far

So far into my journey, there have been any number of moments that would have given a more critically oriented thinker pause. A more reflective person might have taken a beat and said, hmm, I need some help. Or maybe I need to stop this process. To avoid becoming your own cautionary tale, here are… Continue reading Cautionary tales thus far

I was buying a house

I committed to purchasing the house at the end of June. I really wanted to be out of my apartment. I wanted to stop paying rent. I wanted a shorter commute. My life was going to change radically with this house! And I was excited! Buuut, the owner didn't want the sale to go through… Continue reading I was buying a house

A word about my house purchase process

I'll step out of the linear story for a moment to explain a little more about my own process of buying a house, which I believe is by no means typical. But here's hoping I'm only doing it once... I found the properties I wanted to look at by sifting through dozens of websites where… Continue reading A word about my house purchase process