Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hair and money.

Another busy day...the paperwork for all of this is horrific.

But, we have a mortgage again now....mixed blessing that one, but definitely better than NOT having one.

Went out for lunch with the girls!

Went to the hair dresser for the first time in about a decade.  The man has been cutting my hair for ages...disappointingly most people haven't noticed I got my hair cut, so I'm not sure it was worth the effort. Whatever.  It was pretty cheap.

Eldest is now the proud possessor of coloured hair.  She has green, blue and purple, streaks in her hair.  Looks pretty cool. She wants more and Youngest wants any.  We'll see.

I was a wee bit cheeky at the bank today.   The Spanish are, shall we say, commission happy.  There is a commission on our mortgage, just for getting it, of over a thousand Euros.  I was, um, *cough* clear in my comment that I thought this was outrageous.  Pointed out, in this many words, that considering the amount of money they are going to make off of us with this mortgage, they had some cheek asking us to pay this sort of commission to get it.  Everything also has to go through an official notary - there's a license to print money- he got paid a couple of hundred Euros (or more) for reading a document, watching us sign it and then signing it himself.

They mentioned that part of the commission was notary fees.  I pointed out that we don't have that either in Canada.


Maybe it isn't such a good idea to alienate the manager and notary before you sign...but what the heck, no?

Nothing like getting mugged in the cold light of day.  Legally too.


Anonymous said...

I think I already wrote about how I decided *not* to try and get a mortgage... 'nuff said ;).
See ya in 20 years to see if my calculations were correct :D

Hula Girl at Heart said...

Congratulations on the mortgage...I think. :) Exciting, no?

I hate bank fees. Such a rip-off sometimes.

oreneta said...

ElP, know what you mean...but still.....

Hula, thanks, I fees are such robbery, honestly. Our bank in Canada was pretty reasonable. When we transferred the money for the house, the fee to the Canadian bank was 30 bucks, OK The fee here? 400 Euros, that's around 600 bucks, and our bank is WAY better than most of the others. Astonishing isn't it.

Katrina said...

I'd love to see hair pictures (of both of you). I remember when your parents took Shayle to Stratford when she was 8 and had green hair...

It was 18C today, middle of March break so everyone was out on the street biking, inline skating and playing catch. Miss you guys.

oreneta said...

ElP...I should have re-read your post. They're still gouging chunks out of us like we're the sadly weedy second-coming of Prometheus.
Ooops, I already answered, what the heck, I'll do it again,

Katrina. You're making me ache. I miss you guys so much. *sigh* So much. Youngest has decided on green for part of her hair too, and eldest is going to get more blue put in I think.

Summer's coming.

Beth said...

Maybe folks would have noticed your hair if you'd gotten some rainbow streaks, too!

And ITA that euro-banks just plain SUCK? They are, as you say, thinly disguised robbers....

oreneta said...

Beth, so...the French are the same, huh? Robbers in suits down to the bone. Blech.