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Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

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Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

Post Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:06 pm

Hello to you all...here is a plea for any words of wisdom on this topic which has engulfed our front room for the last three evenings... We search and now put the queries out there for those who have already done it and ask for their advice.

Ok...this is the story...Im always looking for 'special family place' where you can just get up and go to...and like others, this is my drive for going to work everyday! Saying that...we by no means flush or loaded but share the dream of having another pad where as a small family we can just run and chill in!! So....as i was surfin the other night I found a house somewhere!! Needs kitchen , bathroom and probably the general stuff or electric or whatever ( you can tell im a girl and a bit oblivious to all that stuff!!) The house is 7,000 pounds... I have not stopped talking about it!!! And i am sure i even had a dream about it last nite!!!

Ok...so thats the story...urm oh...and we have never been to Bulgaria! I have no idea if the house is situated in a place that would be safe for our three year old, no idea how much builders are or if I can purchase Kitch, baths, etc easily!, we speak no language but i still think we should buy this place...!!

Obviously my fella is the stable and sensible one in the family and is still managing to hold some ground despite my frequent reminders...

Are we falling into something that ius 'too good to be true'...Is there some big black hole that I will fall into by letting my heart rule the roost here!! Or...do you say 'go for it'...we can't lose??'...

Your thoughts, advice and signposting for further advice would be hugely appreciated...I wait with anticipation that responses are in my favour and I don't hear those words ' I told you so!!'

Kind Regards Clare

 

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Re: Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:17 am

Hi to you 3

Well everyone is going to tell you, you really need to go to Bulgaria, I went and fell in love with the country and the people. Others go and hate it.
Bulgaria is a country of many different faces, and you do not say where the property is located, there maybe someone on the forum who lives or owns nearby
Building work is pretty cheap, and almost anything can be bought, from hand built to modern
Please write again and tell the basic location, then the best people for the job can help.


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well I can say I found my place "nirvarna" (near Varna)

 

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Re: Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:22 am

hi clare ,please do not buy on the internet,alot depends on the region depending on price,i think you can buy at this type of price but it all depends what you want and where and the airports.
where we are 25 mins from airport and can see the sea from the top terrace in a village above varna you will not buy anything much below 50,000 euros and still needs some work.
we saw over a hundred properties some 40 years old some 2,most wanted knocking down and so wher basically buying a building plot,please do lots of research then get on a plane,and see lots of proper estate agents and a indepentant solicitor.
the first property we where going to buy the paper work was not right but somebody has bought it...
alan

 

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Re: Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:44 am

Hi There Clare. By all mean use the many website to see a get a feel of the type of properties on offer over here. BUT i strongly suggest that you plant your feet back on the ground. Then plan atrip over here to view some properties, At the price you are looking for Approx £7000 you will be extremely lucky to find a property that would be structually sound and require little modernising,hence the price. So HAve a family meeting and agree a budget. Try to choose a location Coastal, rural far inland etc.Then contact an agent and arrange a viewing trip. A Good point to remeber is, if its too good to be true, it's probably not true. And would you buy a car 'say' on the web without looking it over first.

 

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Re: Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:05 pm

Hi Clare have also sent you a PM. too.

 

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Re: Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:46 pm

Hi Clare

Sloooooooow down. You sound exactly like me, but please sit back a little and look at the bigger picture. I was glad I had my othеr half to calm me down, I can run away with myself!

I know a few people that have bought property in BG without visiting and they have beautiful homes, BUT I also know people that are far far far from happy with their purchases. Thought they were buying a house, it was actually a pile of bricks, they thought they were buying 5 minutes from ton, it was actually 30 minutes from town, check it all out.

Saskia is so very right, decide on what you want (don't just stop at this house you've found Smile ) Where do you want the house, near town, near city, near the sea, near the mountains, near airport??? How much do you want to spend?? What sort of work do you want to have to do to the house?? There are so many questions to ak yourselves.

You can still get houses for as cheap as your saying (I used to get so excited about a house I'd found for 2,000 pounds ............ then I saw what I was buying!!!!!!) Please please please don't go buying without at least visiting the country first.

Oh, my opinion is like yours, .......'go for it', just try and take it a step at a time. Life's too short, so come for a visit (you actually might not like it here), check out the life, the food, the people, the prices, Bulgaria in general, throw in a few properties to view and then decide if it's for you.

Good luck with everything, let us know how you get on

Charlie


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Re: Pls Offer advice...end this dilemma!!

Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:34 pm

Hey...

Thank you so much to all of you taking the time to advise us....I am still going on and on and on about this blummin house!! You have all given sound advice and unfortunately I have been known to buy 2 cars without seeing them...and YES ... it was a slight error...although only one was a total regret !! lol...

We are looking for a nice, quiet, scenic property, ideally detached, near mountains or in the countryside...not a million miles from local shop for pint of milk though! We would possibly go to £10,000 for somewhere..(my partner is slightly onboard saying we should buy somewhere but he is skeptical about the house i have fallen for !!! )

I suppose the issues are :-
setting up a company in order to buy a property...which is the cheapest, safest way?
Are there any places/towns/areas in which we should avoid for whatever reasons?
Are the average prices of builders similar to here?
What danger signs to look out for in dealing with estate agents and what scams could possibly be pulled on us?
What are the main known areas of concerns with properties less than £10,000 amongst those that have already done what we are hoping to do?
Is the language difficult to learn? Do many people speak english and or patient helpful with the willing learner?
Is there anyone out there who has bought a similar property and has a good/positive story to tell ( need the ammunition of positivity so I can discuss around our dinner table tonite ..again!!! The three year old in the house agrees with me that we should just buy it!! lol

If this was down to me i would just phone agent and buy it!! I am trying hard to be sensible! But I am itching!!!

Again, your thoughts and views would be greatly appreciated...

Kind regards
Clare

 

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