On May 4th, the holiday had already passed halfway.
Jiang Chen promised to accompany Shen Xu for three days, and at this time he had no choice but to make good on his promise.
Early in the morning, Shen Xu arrived at the Jiang’s house, ate the breakfast made by Yang Si with Jiang Chen, praised her cooking so sweetly that Yang Si went to the hospital with a smile on her face, and immediately took Jiang Chen to accompany him to his house to play video games.
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“Come on, come on!”
As soon as he took off his shoes, Shen Xu couldn’t wait to run to sit in front of the TV, pick up the game control and turn on the TV.
Jiang Chen passed him, walked straight to the study, and said as he walked, “I have some things to deal with, I’m gonna use your computer, by the way, accompany me to go out later in the afternoon.”
“Ah?” Shen Xu put down the controller, and followed Jiang Chen with a bitter face: “Where are you going? Ice rink? Play ball? Don’t tell me it’s the library!”
Jiang Chen thought for a moment, and replied, “Go shopping, buy something.”
Shen Xu relaxed, as long as it was not the library.
After lunch, the two went out together.
“Where shall we go first? Why take 812? I have never taken this bus before.” On the bus, Shen Xu leaned on the railing and asked curiously as he looked out of the window.
The familiar yet unfamiliar street scene passed by, and Jiang Chen looked away: “The northern suburbs.”
“Mountain climbing?” Shen Xu raised his head and drooped instantly, his whole body was like a cabbage beaten by the frost: “There are a lot of people in Kong Mt. on holidays, aren’t we just asking to be crowded to death by people?”
“Don’t worry.” The corner of Jiang Chen’s mouth had a slight curve, and when he turned his head to look at Shen Xu, the curve deepened, and the dimple next to the corner of his left lip was faintly visible: “It absolutely won’t be crowded.”
Last night, he made a plan for the money in his hands, and after finding the information he wanted on Shen Xu’s home computer, he already made a preliminary decision in his mind.
It was now 2004, and his memory of the first life in 2004 was somewhat blurred. Most of his memories were concentrated on family and school, and he had almost no impression of economic development and investing in stocks. Fortunately, he still remembered the basic development process and general direction of future years.
This year was no longer the best year to invest in real estate, but compared to later years, it was still considered a golden time, especially since the demolition boom that started in the past two years had made many people worth millions overnight.
Among them, the one that impressed Jiang Chen the most was a small village close to the scenic area outside the fifth ring road in the northern suburbs. It was just an ordinary small village, and thus remote and lacking in people.
But at the end of this year, it would welcome development because of the live hot springs, retaining the original forest vegetation and original scenery of the village, and building a national 5A scenic spot. While attracting countless tourists, it would also usher in a period of rapid development for that small village. So no need to say more about its investment prospects. Countless people would flock over there for the hot springs and the benefits that the fresh and clean air brings to the body.
It was just because of the government’s protection policy, after the development, except for the original residents before the development, only a very small group of people could own their own houses there. It would be more than half a year before the news of development came out and this was Jiang Chen’s opportunity. Whether it was waiting for the demolition money or living there in the future, it was a sure profit deal.
The car wobbled towards the north, from the bustling urban area to the crowded scenic spots, passed the scenic spots, and drove to the outermost suburbs of Yan City, where the population gradually became less and less dense.
Shen Xu woke up after a nap, saw that the bus had yet to stop, and yawned: “How long has it been?”
“It’s almost two hours, and the next stop is ours.”
“Kong Mt. is that far away?” Shen Xu yawned, looked out the window in a daze for a while, and then came back to his senses: “Wait, where is this?”
At the same time as he finished speaking, the station announcement sounded: “The Wugu Village stop is here, passengers getting off…..”
“Wugu Village?” Shen Xu looked blank: “Where is Wugu Village? Is it still in Yan City?”
Jiang Chen got up: “Come on.”
Standing on the asphalt road with a few other people, an old man carrying a burden passed by them. Shen Xu belatedly said: “Wugu Village, isn’t it the countryside? Jiangzi, you aren’t here for shopping, are you? And shopping…..what is there to buy here? Vegetables?”
Jiang Chen threw an arm over his neck, smiling brightly: “You will know later.”
The two walked along the asphalt road, and a man in a suit was waiting not far away. When he saw them coming, he was a little surprised and hesitant. After the two stood still, he tentatively asked, “Mr. Jiang?”
“Hello, I’m Jiang Chen.” Jiang Chen stretched out his hand, smiled and nodded.
“Hello.” The man glanced at Jiang Chen and Shen Xu behind him, and his smile became a little forced in an instant: “You are Mr. Jiang who wants to buy a house in Wugu Village? Excuse me, but are you a legal adult yet?”
Jiang Chen took out his ID card: “This is my ID card. Don’t worry, I’m buying the house this time for the sake of the elders in my family. There will be no problems whether it’s signing a contract or payment.”
The man relaxed a lot after hearing the words, but he still doubted: “Can such a big matter really be left to you to decide?”
“Mr. Chen, although we are here just to see the house first to confirm our intention, we can pay the money and sign the contract immediately if we are sure, but no matter what, I will not let you make this trip in vain.” Jiang Chen took out a paper envelope and handed it to the man, saying, “This is the hard work fee for this trip. If the contract is signed, in addition to your commission, I will give you another part of the hard work fee.”
Chen Fang looked at Jiang Chen whose expression remained calm and steady, and moved his eyes down to the paper envelope in his hand. He hesitated for a moment, took it, opened it and looked at the amount inside, and his expression improved a lot in an instant: “Mr. Jiang Chen, sir, you are too polite. I have already made an appointment with the seller. I will take you there now. Besides that one, there is another owner in Wugu Village that is going to sell their house. If you want to see it, I can also take you there for a look….”
Chen Fang led the way, while Jiang Chen and Shen Xu walked behind, listening to his eloquent introduction of the scenery and future development of Wugu Village.
Shen Xu’s eyes were full of confusion. He wanted to ask but didn’t know how to ask. Even if he was beaten to death, he would never have thought that Jiang Chen came here to look at housing. It was even an exaggeration to say that this was even the city outskirts as it looked more like the countryside instead. It didn’t make any sense at all why he would buy a house here.
Could it be that in order to treat Uncle Jiang’s legs, the Jiang family had no money and could only sell their house in the city center and come to the countryside to buy a house?
Shen Xu’s face was full of hesitation, but he couldn’t hold back in the end. He leaned into Jiang Chen’s ear and said, “Jiangzi, you really came here to buy a house? No way, right?”
Jiang Chen looked at the woods on the hillside not far away, pointed to the creek and wild flowers at his feet, and asked with a smile, “Don’t you think the air here is good? My dad needs to recover for a while after the operation, and if he lives at home he will have to keep going up and down the stairs. It’s inconvenient, and the city center is also noisy, and it’s not suitable for recuperation, so buying a house here, once he is discharged from the hospital and moved here, he can have a good rest.”
“Mr. Jiang is right.” Hearing the conversation between Jiang Chen and Shen Xu, Chen Fang was more relieved, and he said with a smile: “Wugu Village may not be as good as the city center in regards to other factors, but the scenery is really worth mentioning. Moreover, there are many live hot springs in the mountains, the only disadvantage here is the remoteness, otherwise, if it was developed, there will definitely be more tourists than over at Kong Mt., but if it is for health care and retirement, the tranquility and scenic atmosphere here are definitely the most suitable.”
“And this is not really considered a rural area. Real rural houses are not allowed to be listed for sale. Wugu Village is divided into the Wugu District. It is considered a town and has a real estate certificate. It’s just that most of the people living here are villagers and few will sell their house.”
The three of them talked and walked to a bungalow. A middle-aged man was standing by the wall. When he saw them coming, he rubbed his hands and smiled honestly: “Mr. Chen, you are here, these two are looking at the house, right? I’ll take you inside to have a look.”
Chen Fang greeted the man, and then introduced him to Jiang Chen: “This is the owner who plans to sell the house. Their family will move to the south. This house was built by himself when he got married, and it is only three years old. It’s very new, and there’s a big yard at the back, the whole house including the yard is nearly 500 square meters, and most importantly, the backyard of his house is connected to a hot spring, you can go and see it.”
Under Chen Fang’s lead, Jiang Chen looked over the house, and after seeing the hot spring in the backyard, he immediately made a decision in his heart.
However, during this period, except for asking some small questions, he did not show the slightest intention to buy it. It was not until he returned to the main room and sat down face to face that he asked unhurriedly: “Uncle Yang, your house is really good. The area of the house along with the yard is not small, but the property area does not include this yard, right?”
“This…..” The man was not good at fooling people, he nodded honestly and said, “That’s true, but even though there is no real estate certificate, every household circles the yard like this, and everyone acknowledges it.”
Jiang Chen said: “Your house has two floors, with a total area of 168 square meters. The price you gave is 1,800 yuan per square meter, plus the packing price of the backyard, and the total price is 334,800 yuan. If you can go to the neighborhood committee now, and then sign the contract with me under the witness of the town’s residents, I can pay 350,000 yuan.”
“This…..” The man was a little puzzled, and looked at Chen Fang who was on the side.
Chen Fang understood the meaning of Jiang Chen’s actions in the blink of an eye.
If Jiang Chen bought this place for recuperation, there was a high probability that he would not move here immediately, and he might not live here long term in the future.
When a house was left empty, it was easy to attract troubles, such as a small but very likely issue to happen here: the neighbor next door repaired their walls and moved a few meters towards your area. Once you move over they have already finished building. The house lease stated that land belonged to you, but you couldn’t use the law to argue with them, and it was not like you could forcibly tear down the other person’s walls, right?
Although it was classified as an urban area here, the folks in the village recognized favors and relationships more than contracts. In such a small circle that was xenophobic and had been neighbors for decades, even if you had reason on your side, the possibility of others helping you was not too big.
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Now Jiang Chen intended to pay more money, and sign the contract under the noses of the neighborhood committee staff who have some weight in the hearts of these residents, not only to guarantee he had witnesses, but also to use the owner of this house to bring him into the circle of these people, so that the people here were more likely to accept him.
Looking at Jiang Chen who showed almost no emotion during the whole process, yet hit every nail on the head directly when he opened his mouth, Chen Fang couldn’t help being impressed. Was this meticulous attitude really that of an eighteen year old boy? When he was eighteen years old he ran away from home and was foolishly cheated out of two hundred yuan.
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