What a week! After we got our apartment contract notarized and returned to the realty office, we got a horrible call. Our realtor told us that the woman who owns the property rented ‘our’ apartment to someone else. We bought furniture for this place. It is a very open house that is not typical in Latin/South America. We were devastated and panicked. With only 2 more weeks in Colombia, we had no where to live.
Our realtor, Edgar, listened to me yell (not at him) about “How could this happen?” Since the owner hadn’t signed anything, she used us as her back-up contract in case something better didn’t show up. Her problem was that she wanted us to rent beginning in December although we didn’t plan on moving until February. We thought we compromised by renting in January.
As it turned out, the renters for our Panama house sold their house in the States and wanted to move sooner So we changed our move date to mid January. But now, no place to live.
Edgar took us to several places that paled in comparison. Small places, noisy places, no amenity places – we were pretty grim. I kept telling myself that something similar happened to me in 1979. We were selling our house and buying another. As our closing date arrived, our buyers (from another state) needed 2 additional days before closing. But OUR realtor had written a back-up contract on the house she sold us (unethical but not illegal). One week to go and no place to live. Then we met Hap. He found us a similar house on a better street with an extra bedroom. Sweet! Then about 6 months later, the house we almost bought caught on fire. Things turned out for the best.
So I kept reminding myself that things are suppose to happen. And did they ever. Edgar brought us to a new building in an awesome neighborhood. It is so much better than the original place I can’t believe it. Today the contract was completed and rent was paid.
Olga, our drapery maker, is meeting us tomorrow to measure the windows. Hopefully our friends, M & T, will arrive in time to see the place. But it’s officially ours, for at least 13.5 months!
Pictures tomorrow. I was so excited about this place, I forgot to take pictures. The one above is the model but same floor plan.