My Mazamet

Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho



We went to see this building today. It faces two streets, which is good because that means a reasonable amount of light in every room. It’s got a business on the ground floor and then three flats, one per floor. My favourite was the attic flat which could be made into a fantastic loft. Each floor is 60m2, so not too big, not too small. No elevator, though. Tomorrow we’re seeing another one with three apartments, then friday we’re going back to visit this one and then see another one with five apartments.

It’s all a bit daunting. These are such big decisions, and somewhat life-defining/life-changing. This first year, while we do the house we’re going to leave administration in the hands of an agency, but later on I think I can probably handle it myself. I’m not sure though; it can’t be amusing to have people calling in the middle of the night to complain the loo is overflowing. Our aim is to buy something between 10 and 15 flats in the next few months (minus the three we already bought.) That’s a whole lot of paperwork and checking to make sure what’s paid and/or not paid. And a whole lot of loos to overflow.

Oh well, as usual I take on overwhelming projects and learn as I go, generally bumbling all the way through. Mike is being much more involved with the practical side of life these days, which is nice. When we first arrived he tried on his, but you’re more fluent trick that he used to use in Spain- but I said, oh no you don’t. A couple of months later and it turns out he speaks perfect french; so it’s my turn to send him off to be the fixer.


7 comments on “Promising

  1. makagutu
    April 29, 2015

    you will have a lot in your hands soon to deal with, it seems. all the best with all of it.

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  2. foolsmusings
    April 29, 2015

    I hope it all goes well for you, I own one and it has cost me all my hair. :p

    Liked by 1 person

  3. acflory
    April 30, 2015

    My parents self administered a couple of flats, and it’s fine if you’re a DIY kind of person [Dad was, especially after he retired], but I have mixed memories of washing down walls and windows after tenants moved out, and before Dad got in there to make repairs. That said, they were a fantastic income stream – steady rather than spectacular, but then spectacular can back fire too. Best of luck. 🙂


    • Mr. Merveilleux
      April 30, 2015

      That’s all we want, steady, secure and peaceful within reason 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • acflory
        April 30, 2015

        I’m sure there’ll be ups and downs but good people attract other good people so you’ll be fine. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  4. roughseasinthemed
    May 10, 2015

    I like that second pic. Any questions about block management, you have my email, ask me. I run my block, 15 flats plus an Anne Frank flat 😀

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