Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Selling a house, Mexican style, Part 3

Subtitle: The best-laid plans of mice and men...

Here we are, two weeks from the scheduled closing, and I got a call from the buyer yesterday afternoon. It seems that the buyer of the property that they are selling in Guanajuato has not yet come up with the money for their closing, so, of course, that means that my buyers also can’t come up with the total for our closing. My first reaction is panic, but no one is backing out of anything. It is just going to take a bit longer. The notario will draw up a contract to extend the deal until February and we will use the appointment scheduled for the closing to sign the extension. All will be well.

So now I have to figure out what I’m going to do in the meantime. When I thought I would be homeless two weeks from now, I planned to take a long, slow trip around the Yucatán peninsula until I could rent an apartment in Puerto Vallarta after the snowbirds leave in April. Then I found my condo, but it looked like it wouldn’t be ready for a few months, so I could still take my trip. But my landlord has been hustling to get it done. He’ll be in Mexico City for Christmas but plans to leave the keys with my friend so I can get into my new home right away, even if it’s not yet totally furnished. And now I have no reason to leave on the 16th.

So I’m sitting here trying to figure out what my options are.

Should I go on down to Puerto Vallarta anyway? Should I take my previously-planned trip to Yucatán until the condo is completely done? Shall I just stay in Chapala until February? Are there other options that I haven’t even seen yet?

I’ll let you know as soon as I figure it out myself.

But first, I’m leaving in less than an hour for a long-ago scheduled trip to Chiapas. Im determined to enjoy myself.

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