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Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase Part 15 - Just call me Peggy

I am tempted to offer up my buy to let purchase story to the Eastenders script writers. All I am missing for this tale is the Queen Vic and a dog named Wellard. So here is how it went...

I threw a super strop last week and retracted my offer. The selling agent immediately leapt into action, chased up the vendor’s solicitors and guess what? The outstanding information arrived at my solicitors that very afternoon.

Why, oh why did it have to take me being a super-cow to get things done?!?!?!

Anyway, I digress.

This then set into action a chain of things which needed to happen from my side, which saw me running around North West Kent in the style of Challenge Anneka. All I needed was a jumpsuit, a chopper and Graham the cameraman.

In summary, I transferred my exchange monies, went down to the solicitor’s to get my Independent Legal Advice - (this took five minutes - £500 later – I can’t talk about it – it’s still too raw) signed all the documents, drove home and then drove back again as they forgot to get me to sign an important form…

I have set up a tenant deposit account and I have met the tenant – nice chap – Italian. The solicitor was able to get the Report on Title to Paragon in time to beat their funds cut off deadline and, AND we have now EXCHANGED CONTRACTS and COMPLETED today!!!!!!

So I am now officially a landlord, which sounds far too grown up for my liking and frankly, worries me a bit. But we shall gloss over that for now, as I am just so bloody glad to have the whole saga over and done with!!!! 

So there it is. A 15-blog run down of one of the slowest buy to let purchases in history! Thanks so much to all who sent such lovely emails saying that they were enjoying reading my little updates and for sharing (enduring) my incessant whinging….

Jeni Browne
(Landlady – not the Peggy Mitchell type, mores the pity, although one could say our MD bears a striking resemblance to Phil ;) – “Oh saucy!”) 


Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase

Follow Jeni as she recounts her experiences of becoming a buy to let investor for the first time.

Part 1 - It was that or a Range Rover

Part 2 - I've made £800 already and I haven't got the mortgage yet

Part 3 - The demise of Nathaniel Pig

Part 4 - Call off the dogs...

Part 5 - @***** bank account

Part 6 - Business bank account interview or Center Parcs?

Part 7 - Reality bites...

Part 8 - The method behind the madness

Part 9 - Join me in a buy to let fist pump?!

Part 10 - The silence is deafening  

Part 11 - Throwing toys out of prams

Part 12 - Stuck with the Mini... for now

Part 13 - Time is running out

Part 14 - The end of my sad little tale...

Part 16 - A year on my buy to let portfolio grows by default

Part 17 - If Carlsberg made tenants - shame the same can't be said for the tax man

Part 18 - Always open the envelope

Part 19 - OMG EPC FFS

Part 20 - Buy to let mortgages and tenants are like buses



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