A New Home

We have been looking at real estate in the Kingston area for a couple of months. Last week my family came down and visited about 20 properties in two days.

They were very diligent in terms of their review of the properties. They made notes. They took pictures. And they took videos.

At the end of each day, they reviewed all of the properties with me. After some good discussion, we were able to shortlist 5 properties. We also thought about a build over buy option.

Until we found that property. You know the one. Priced a bit higher than planned but still within reach. A property that captures your emotion. And not just the first time you visit the property. The property that says welcome home.

My wife and I spent the last two nights visiting the properties that had made the shortlist. We narrowed our choices down to two properties. We went back to those properties last night. And that one property still stood out. A beautiful custom home built on 6 acres of heavily treed land.

When we returned to the hotel last night, we asked our agent to put an offer forward. This was about 8pm. The house was on a 30-day listing agreement that had just expired and it was not clear who would present the offer.

Our agent called the listing agent. She was off having dinner. At 9pm she called our agent back. We wanted to present the offer that night. But the listing agent refused. Unreasonable request. She would present it tomorrow afternoon.


We told our agent that we were not being unreasonable. We are from out of town. I work during the day and we would be making our way back home that afternoon. Moreover, it really should be up to the seller to decide when they want to entertain an offer.

Our agent called the listing agent to verify whether the seller would like to receive an offer that evening. No surprise there. The seller was quite excited to receive an offer.

After a very long day and evening, we have a new home. Mind you, it is conditional on the sale of our current house. And to any potential buyers, do not worry about when you present the offer. We will take an offer anytime.

4 replies
  1. Rob
    Rob says:

    Good work, Richard – 6 acres of land – terrific! I do trust we will be seeing some pictures of the new palace?

    This is Sue and my dream one day – to get out of the ‘burbs, and acquire a house with a large parcel of land surrounding it. Only a few more years and we are empty nesters which will allow us to fulfill our dream.

    Good luck with the sale of yours – It shows beautifully and I am sure it will go to ensure the completion of your new home.

    Have a good weekend. Rob

  2. Richard Cleaver
    Richard Cleaver says:

    Hi Shekar,

    The lot is 300 feet wide by 968 feet deep. The parcel of land is heavily treed on a modest hillside and the house is located at the rear of the parcel near the crest of the hill. It is nestled amongst the trees with some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

    And the manicured lawn is quite contained. My worry is focused more on clearing the snow during the winter. It has a rather long stretch of drive 🙂


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