I am prepping furiously for my trip next week to England:
What was that last one? Oh, THAT one? Sure, I'll tell you about those rental agents, ...thanks for asking! :) Apparently, according to the tone of some of their voices and impossibly high "disconnect" rate (oh, no, know she di'int! that bitch did NOT just hang up on me!), it turns out that I am a stupid-ass American who doesn't have enough money to be bothered with.
I am talking to YOU, Savills Lettings in Winchester.
I may not be in your top spending bracket with what we want to spend a month, but, seriously: Isn't it your job to rent the properties you have listed on your website? I mean, Savills wasn't too proud to take the listing, but YOU, haughty salesbitch, are too proud to show it to any old plebe that rings you up on the phone?
I can appreciate that I do not know much about the real estate rental market in Southern England and that it might be frustrating to you. But, again, isn't it your job to educate me? Preferably in a way that doesn't reek of condescension and is so belittling of me that I am left spitting nails and glass shards 4000 miles away?
Honestly, I appreciate the real estate lesson. I do! I need to know that our budget will only afford a two-bedroom flat with views of the cathedral or a four bedroom in the suburban monotony of Hedge End or Horton Heath. Maybe a farm-house in a rural area. I just don't like getting that lesson from a woman that is talking to me like I'm an idiot. Sheesh! And, really, there are at least a FEW houses in our price range that are in Winchester. Apparently there is a really big difference between the city center and the outskirts of the city, at least that's how the salesbitch turned it around on me, when I pointed out that they did have houses listed at our price. Gah!
I'm over it. Just a vent to get the poison out. ;-)
Moving on: I am very excited for our trip to the UK next week. I have been hard at work getting everything lined up for our days there, which is why my posting is erratic this week. And non-existent next week. Despite my bad experiences with a couple bitchy letting agents, we do have some appointments set up to see some interesting things. And I have high hopes that once I get there I will fall head over heels with the area, the people, and the idea that we will be embracing this culture and immersing ourselves in it by the end of the summer.
Wish us luck that a property in a great school catchment area will fall into our laps while there! I have suddenly got a good feeling about the whole thing! :)