We pull up to the gate and there's a different lock on the gate! Our lock is gone. No signs, no notes, nada. There's a lockbox also. A call to our Realtor confirms he didn't do it, he gives us a code to try on the lockbox, and tells us that it's our house-if someone has changed the lock they are in the wrong and we have every right to break the lock off. Off we go to get tools. Tony hammered open the lockbox which we assumed contained the key to the lock-we were right.
Can you imagine the thoughts going through our heads during this time?
- Did we just get scammed? Our we out $30K now?
- Are we dealing with an upset previous homeowner who will make our lives miserable?
Tony called the other Realtor who had put the lockboxes on. He'd been contacted that morning by FreddieMac to secure the property and prepare it for sale. Needless to say he was a bit put out by the lack of communication between the bank/trustee/FreddieMac. He asked if we got a good deal. Tony simply answered yes, and this other guy says, "So you paid what, about $75,000?" I think he almost creid when Tony told him what we actually paid. I feel pretty good about the price, knowing a Realtor felt two and a half times what we paid would still be a good deal!
I had the power turned on last Friday and we went over to check a few things, but haven't been back since. Tony's eager to test the well and the pipes in place to irrigate the pastures. He took pictures that day and I'll post those soon.
The books we ordered to learn more about meat preserving have arrived and Tony's thinking it's pig butchering time sooner than he thought. Our goat buck is in the same pen as the does and our cow. All 3 are pregnant and need extra food, but Boots (the buck) shoos them away, so he needs his own pen-hence the earlier than expected pig butchering time. She's over 250 though, so she's plenty big enough.