(the man, not the plant)
He said he likes us. I told him we like him, too, and that he and his house are equally wonderful.
I told him that we like the house and would be willing to put down the deposit now but couldn't pay any rent until January, and that if he finds someone else in the meantime, we would certainly understand. He said he likes us and is working on a plan. I'm not sure what that means. But. The orange house isn't definitely lost.