- something safe and livable
- easy to heat (cosy)
- just enough space inside
- generous block
- preferably a view but a feeling of privacy being most important, or the ability to create privacy
- happy to change decor
- happy to do reasonable updates
- light and airy - sunlight
The above is still my list. One of the most important for me is to be near a shop or two and preferably a pharmacy. Well, I was physically looking the other day and then more online and completely fell for the trap so many do, I freaked out and quickly concluded that I would never find a place on the edge of civilization in my budget. Then, in a fit of panic, I booked myself in to see a place in the wilderness. The one thing I want, I was willing to sacrifice for an hour or two. I even told The Head Gardener I was calm while my blood pressure was ratcheting up nicely.
I could feel the blood pulsing through my system so I did the only thing that's worth doing under those circumstances and made myself a cup of tea and had a chat with myself. I've decided that it's all too easy to believe that I will not get what I want. While I am willing to comprimise on nearly everything, I really do feel that if I am going to put my hard won money into something then I think I should be happy with it.
I am going to stay calm and find something I like. There are new properties on the market all time and despite the speculating by invested parties it seems some have gone bankrupt. One of the properties I looked at has been repossessed by the bank. Another was desperate to sell. I am in it for the long haul and I will not panic buy property. I also note that land releases are happening all the time and many properties are being offered to the market at a loss. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some properties will not sell unless newly built properties are sold at a loss. I will not panic. I will stay calm and limit my exposure to speculative analysis.