The asking price was $55,000. Of course one has to haggle, so I put in an offer of $45,000. After some haggling …
BRIAN: How much? Quick!
BRIAN: It’s for the wife.
HARRY: Oh. Twenty shekels.
BRIAN: (as he puts down 20 shekels) There you are.
HARRY: Wait a moment.
HARRY: We’re supposed to haggle.
BRIAN: No, no, I’ve got to …
HARRY: What do you mean, no?
BRIAN: I haven’t time, I’ve got to get …
HARRY: Give it back then.
BRIAN: No, no, I paid you.
HARRY: Burt! (BURT appears. He is very big.)
HARRY: This bloke won’t haggle.
(Monty Python – Life of Brian)
… we arrived at $50,000.
I now have to get inspections and estimates to see how much all of this is really going to cost! I also have to figure out when these inspections have to be done by. According to the contracts, although the bank has agreed on a price of $50,000, they have up to 10 days to confirm this in writing. However, it appears that my time for inspections starts now, not when the contract is actually signed. From the best I can tell, I have 15 days from now to figure out whether the structure is sound, and how much all of the potential repairs will actually cost (windows, siding, plumbing and heating, electrical, mold remediation, etc). The banks don’t make it easy!