In total I think it was only about a week before we made the final decision, but once made, then there was no reason to hang about.
The next stage was to tell the agent and negotiate a final deal. One should always make an offer, but we knew the plot was already at a good price. We emailed Maria and Paulo and we did negotiate a small improvement.
The final deal we felt was fair and was what we were prepared to pay. Both Teresa and I are great believers in as long as both you and the seller are happy with what you paid then it’s a good deal.