Thursday, December 13, 2007

Not homeless

We found an apartment. It's about $30 a week more than we were hoping to pay, but on the upside, it appears to be waterproof. Also quiet, and sunny, and a five minute walk from Borders, which are all the important things.

Given that all the other places at this end of the price-and-niceness scale rejected us, we suspect our application for this one was aided by the fact that the real estate company's fax number was wrong on their website, which may have delayed or doomed anyone not willing to wait around for half an hour to see if their fax really did go through.

I have to say, though, I'm not looking forward to dealing with a real estate company with this level of competence:

"Hi, I'm calling because I'm trying to fax you an application, and it isn't going through."
"Yes, our fax number on those forms is wrong."
"But we checked on your website, and the same number is there too."
"Yes, that's also wrong."
"???"
"We are planning to get someone in to update it at some point. But for now, let me give you the correct number."

17 Comments:

TheScientist said...

perhaps that's the first stage of screening applicants?

"intelligence test 101: a.k.a. are you smart enough to operate a fax machine correctly, or capable of actual human conversation"

Ianqui said...

Although, at least they know about the problem. It could have been worse if they insisted it was correct.

Congrats!

crip said...

Actually I've got some mates who're trying to get out of there simply due to the ineptitude of the agency...largely due to billing them for six months rent for another apartment on the other side of the complex. Keep a wary eye.

StyleyGeek said...

Well, the apartments are all managed by different agencies, so hopefully we didn't end up with the same people as your friends. Although I realise ours are not about to win an award for competence any time soon either.

kb said...

so is this apartment #1, 2 or 3 from your previous list? the one you really liked?
anyway, congrats and good luck!

JustMe said...

glad you are no longer homeless, and the place looks nice!

StyleyGeek said...

None of the above, kb. We didn't get any of those. Then we viewed two more that I didn't get around to posting about, and this was one of these.

grace said...

Yay! Well done!

Geeka said...

I also think that this was the first stage of screening.

Are you going to teach the birds where your new home is?

EA said...

So glad you are no longer potentially homeless! The place looks great!

Arbitrista said...

Glad you found a place!

wecamethirdandweonlyhad16peopleonourteam said...

HOUSEWARMING!! Do you need my truck?

StyleyGeek said...

That would be awesome. (I don't remember how big your truck is, but it would fit a couch in it, right?)

We are tentatively thinking about hiring removalists (mostly because we don't like the idea of trying to get our furniture down our current stairwell by ourselves), but if we don't end up doing that, we would love to use your truck.

Moving on the 5th of January.

Do you think if we offer everyone pizza and beer as a reward, we could get enough strong boys to help us move the furniture? Do you know lots of strong boys? Tim? James?

liina said...

Great to hear you found a place. And that Borders you're talking about - it's the bookshop kind of Borders?? Like, it's finally arrived in that cute little town of yours (mine, sort of)?? If it's true, it's too awesome - Borders holds a special place in my heart (long story...).

Badaunt said...

Congratulations!

Moving isn't much fun, but having moved is, especially when it's a nice place.

liz said...

Hooray! Keep an eye on the agency and they'll probably be fine too.

lasttriviaoftheyeartomorrow said...

I'm sure I can round up strong boys, and the truck is definitely big enough for all your stuff. The 5th should be OK--let us know what you decide to do!