Seeing the orange cat’s ingratiating behavior, Su Tang laughed and tugged his ear.
Meanwhile, the Zhou Farm wasn’t too far from the Yang Farm, so the carriages arrived there in less than half an hour.
Looking around, the Zhang family were indeed worthy of being called former big landowners. The farm here had obviously been cultivated for many years, and the nearly 200 mu of farmland were all confirmed by the orange cat to be fertile and able to grow crops, There was one less family of farmers at the Yang Farm compared to the Zhou Farm, but the overall number was about the same and most of them were usable according to the orange cat.
By the time Su Tang finished looking around the Yang Farm it was already getting late, so the whole group headed back to the Qingyuan County Seat. Of course, it was an hour’s drive from the Yang Farm to Qingyuan County Seat, so by the time they entered the city gates, it was already dark.
These ancient carriages had no concept of shock absorption, and after a short while of riding around in one Su Tang really couldn’t hold up anymore and retreated into her space. Thus, when they reached the city and she slipped out of her space again she was still in very high spirits.
Hu Sande talked to Butler Zhang for a few moments and sent him away, and then he headed over to the inn to find Su Tang. “So Miss Su, I wonder how you feel after your inspection today?”
“After looking around today, I feel that the two farms do meet my requirements, so I’ll take both. I can also buy the farmers together with the land, but in terms of price, I’ll only pay 3000 for both of them.”
Su Tang didn’t bother talking any nonsense. Since she felt the farms were appropriate for her needs, she directly said she would buy them. Hearing Su Tang say she was willing to buy, Hu Sande was so happy he couldn’t close his mouth from all the smiling, but when he heard her offer of 3000 taels, he fell silent for a moment. Eventually, he responded: “3000 should be acceptable to the Zhang family.”
For the two farms, Butler Zhang had set the price for the larger one at 1900 and the smaller one at 1300.
However, that was just their opening price, how could the buyer not come up with a counter-offer? On top of that, if they really sold both at once, then they would directly receive 3000 taels, which was a large amount even for a family like theirs. Thus, although it was 200 taels less than what the Zhang’s set at first, Hu Sande felt they would probably be open to negotiation.
Su Tang nodded and said, “Well, that’s the maximum amount I’m willing to pay, but if you can talk them down even lower that would also be good and there will be rewards. For instance, if you can talk them down to 2900, I’ll give you 20% of the 100 taels you saved me on top of your normal fee.”
“That is to say, on top of the normal fee of 29 taels for a 2900 taels transaction, I will also give you 20% of the money you saved me, or another 20 taels. Of course, if you manage to push it down to 2800, I’ll give you the 28 taels for your usual fee, and then another 40 taels for pushing down the price, and so on and so forth.”
Su Tang had no idea about the internal situation of the Zhang family, so she didn’t know how flexible they would be regarding the final price. However, there was someone right here in front of her who definitely knew about the Zhang family’s situation, and she was confident that with enough benefits he would definitely be willing to contribute his expertise.
Hu Sande’s eyes widened, and he looked up at Su Tang in shock, “Miss Su, are you serious?”
Su Tang nodded, “Naturally.”
No one would complain about a chance to earn more money! Even after working as a broker for many years, Hu Sande knew that such opportunities were very rare. Plus, he knew it would be a long time before such a big business fell into his lap again, so if he missed out now he would only regret it all the more.
After all, he would be in his mourning period for some time to come, and it would only be more and more difficult to find clients. But by doing this business, he would be able to earn enough to feed himself for many years all in one shot, so how could he not be tempted? Moreover, he was definitely familiar with the family situations of the people trying to sell land though him, so he knew there was definitely some room to do some things in the middle this time.
“Alright then miss, just wait for my good news.” Hu Sande’s mind had already done the math and he knew there was no way he could lose any money on this business. In the absolute worst case he would be able to collect his usual fee for a 3000 tael transaction, but if he performed well he might be able to earn even more!
“Good.” Su Tang wasn’t at all surprised that Hu Sande would be tempted and agree. After all, this was the kind of place the world was. Everyone moved for benefits, and enough interests could always drive the hearts of men.
Hu Sande finished talking to Su Tang and eagerly rushed out of the inn. He was very eager to go talk to the Zhang family and he even took two steps toward their residence, but then he cooled down a little. He stopped himself, turned around, and headed home.
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