A thousand here, a thousand there – pretty soon you’re talking about real money.
(A tip of the hat to the late Senator Everett Dirksen, who, contrary to popular opinion and according to the Dirksen Congressional Center, never said that, or anything like it.)
Back to the thousands: That’s the nature of renting apartments around the world. Strike a deal, send a deposit, and hope that no one runs off with the money. We’ve done that without contracts or other legal instruments ever since we began to travel, and so far we’ve basked in a glow of mutual trust and respect.
But Mexico – where we planned to spend six months, where we were headed in just a few weeks, where we hoped to spend enough time to meet some people and learn the language – yes, that Mexico…
…well, we have a problem.
We emailed our agent Lupita (I’ve changed her name because none of this is her fault) a while back: “Are we set?” we asked, our enthusiasm unrestrained. “We’ll be there in a few weeks.”
There was a pause. A long, email pause.
Finally: “I can’t find the owner of the condo!”
That’s Lupita, the consummate real-estate professional. Lupita, the unflappable. Lupita, the woman with our money. Lupita, who is now in tears.
The owner is not returning Lupita’s calls. Perhaps he has changed his mind. Perhaps he’s in another country. Perhaps he’s under witness protection. Perhaps he’s incarcerated. Maybe he’s dead.
Lupita is frantic, but not as frantic as we are. There’s a considerable deposit in limbo, six months on the line, and – starting September 28th – no place to live!
You can always stay with me …
Thanks, Mapi. If your cooking is included in the offer, we’ll be there tomorrow!
Jacquie Moon said:
Oh my God is right! We’ve also had good luck – – no hitches – – renting apartments without contracts. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Well, the last chapter isn’t written. Things *have* to sort themselves out soon!
I know a cosy little trailer not far from Eugene that’s vacant . . . .
Good luck — time to be unflappable?
There ya go — the perfect home away from home. Thanks, Linda, and congratulations on your purchase!
Deborah Voves said:
My brother in law has a condo at the Bay View Grand in the Marina district. 11th floor, 3 bedroom, 3 baths, 2000 sq. ft. on Banderas bay. I am sure it may still be available September, October, November and possibly 1/2 of December.
We have stayed here so many times and it is a beautiful condo. He may have a rate for a month or more and you can bring people along and they can all chip in. Deborah
That is so considerate! We know the Bay View Grand, having stayed in the marina district a couple of times. Two thousand square feet! We’ve been living in 25% of that for so long…
I’ll contact you off the blog if we continue to have the need. Thank you!
Kay soasey lives there. Have phone number Was in real estate. Maybe she could be helpful. Let me lnow
Wow!! Look at all these solutions! Thank you Mapi, Linda, Deborah, and Bettie. I am humbled by your response to our little housing problem. I’ve responded to some of you off the blog, so watch your email inboxes.
This really sucks Tom, and I can feel your pain, because I’ve been there brother. Some years ago we were planning a safari trip to Kenya, and had been dealing with a pleasant, well-spoken chap who came highly recommended. All the plans were finalized, and we wired over our $2500, and we were golden. I called to confirm that the money arrived and all was well. The next day, and I mean literally the next day, the swine and his company declared bankruptcy. Luckily, that has been the only major ripoff for us, but you never know. Bottom line, you can do all the due diligence in the world, and if you’re dealing with dishonest people, you’ll get screwed every time. Sad but true. Anyway, best of luck in getting back your money, and finding a new place. I’m sure you guys will land on your feet. ~James
Barbara Thompson said:
My sympathies to you both. I’ll wait to hear more in person.
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Julia Lundy said:
Dear Tom and Louise – Bummer! HOWEVER, Sometimes wonderful opportunities present themselves in the “face of diversity”. Think, “butter side up!” Julia
Julia, have you been reading ahead?