Tuesday, October 23, 2012

three times, still no charm

The owners of that first mobile home were eager to be rid of it.

They'd installed a rough but large sign on the fence that marked the line between the end of their property and the busy highway. They'd also advertised, as I mentioned, on Infomall.

The mobile sat, abandoned and ugly, next to a charming and brand-spanking-new home. Several stories high and even more respectable in contrast, it was probably the raison-d'ĂȘtre for the trailer in the first place: many families in this area have parked a trailer on their acreage while they built the house of their dreams. Now that this family had moved in, they seemingly wanted to negate the past. They wanted the mobile home gone by winter.

We visited it a second time before the South African Hottie felt right about making his bid. After factoring in the probable cost - $3,000 - of moving the trailer five-or-so kilometres to its new base, he was determined to get the trailer for $2,000 or less. In fact, based on how flexible the home-owner sounded when we called for permission to have that second viewing, we suspected we could get the trailer for nothing at all.

When we got back to the house we shared with the fighting newlyweds, the SAH made the call. He began the negotiations by asking again how much the owner wanted. But this time, instead of talking about how keen she was to have it gone, she told the SAH she had spoken to someone else who promised to come by with $7,000. He said goodbye and hung up, knowing she wanted a higher price now, not a lower one.

Even the SAH agreed the trailer wasn't worth $7,000 (and I was very grateful for that), and so we weren't surprised to note that the trailer still sat in their unfinished yard in the days, weeks, and even months that followed. In fact, at the end of the summer we visited it a third time, despite having moved into the home we have now, because the South African Hottie has always intended to join two trailers into one huge living area. Maybe, he thought, the owners would be more willing to come down in price now that fall approached and their prospects looked grimmer. But no, the owner still seemed to want that $7,000. Either she got it or she surrendered, because the trailer was gone a few weeks after that last visit.

For us, however, before we found the trailer we ultimately brought home, we considered the firetrap and the gutless wonder.

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