Property result

I am growing extremely tired of estate agents not listening to us after a day of viewing mostly unsuitable properties.

The first was very nicely presented, having had a makeover and general tidy up.
The settlement cracks still showed though, running parallel inside and out, but the kicker was a broken fascia board where the roof had dipped. This could have meant a broken rafter and possible strip and retile. Megga bucks we haven’t got.

The second we wouldn’t touch with someone else’s barge pole. We took one look, walked inside, and walked out again.

The third was elevated and access gained by a set of steps, which were also shared with the next door property. There was off road parking somewhere, but we couldn’t find it.

The fourth held promise….. on paper only.
Cue busy railway (which stupid us, we’d missed in our initial investigation), severe settlement, flooding and backed up sewage problems. Wonderful what you can learn talking to local people  (currently living in a camper van in his own drive whilst his footings are being redug and his home is drying out for the third time in two years).

The fifth: design fault on all the properties in that road sporting identical cracks. Two were actually having walls rebuilt.

Sixth: A new detached bungalow. Beyond us really, but being new, no problems we thought.
Very nice, except the damn thing had already been sold, there were no other detached going up on the site, and the bungalows available in six weeks (and more as they haven’t got the inner shells in yet) are a pair of semis that are £5000 more.

Seventh:
A possible contender if the lady is flexible by at least 10%, but still some settlement issues. Fantastic kitchen diner though, 2 big bedrooms, a third would suit as a study, lovely lounge and bathroom. All up together and outside a garage, good garden and off road parking.

Number 8 was immaculate.
And beyond us by £20K. However, we hadn’t actually arranged a viewing as the details were given to us when we nipped into one of the agents in Haverfordwest to sign on.
We asked the question if she would consider dropping her price. She would, but not by as much as we needed. So I have sent an email to the agent explaining our situation, and asking if she might consider meeting us half way if the place was totally perfect for us after a viewing. Worth a shot I suppose.

Another 15 hours in the car on a 400 mile round trip, over a tank of fuel this time, got soaked in torrential rain twice, blinded by idiots not slowing down and covering our car completely with the subsequent splashback, and have hearts full of despair and despondency.

I’m off to bed.
Tomorrow is another day and maybe things will look brighter.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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10 Responses to Property result

  1. So much depends on the work-ethic and genuine interest level of those real estate agents. We’ve moved often, across country. Some have been excellent and understood what we were looking for…some did not. Hoping your search effort improves, and that your agent does more screening for you ! All that travel without results…exhausting.

  2. Ugh. Not the results I was hoping to hear for you.

    • Nor me.
      I could cry this morning. I sent out my email feedbacks yesterday, and hoping to hear a response from the agent of the last one who may reconsider and drop further. If we don’t have to do anything like fit out a kitchen, I can claw back some money from that budget. It’s not just buying the property and covering our legal fees, but we have nothing apart from our little coffee table and personal bits and bobs. I already plan to buy most things we need second hand, but they will still cost us money from our pot which is not growing at all thanks to the pathetic interest rates (£1 per thousand per year if we’re lucky)

      • I just can’t believe how little there seems to be for you. I don’t think you’re asking for anything outrageous (or even out of the ordinary), and you’re very flexible. And yet all you seem to find is nothing (or potential trouble).

      • There are plenty of properties in our price range, but when we add detached only it narrows the field. Price is the problem, yet judging by yesterday’s little outing, even a higher price is still bringing up rubbish. We don’t mind a bit of DIY but new roofing or propping up crumbling walls or rebuilding them is a bit much for us.

      • We are actually beginning to doubt our sanity and expectstions, but having spoken to Bro in NZ yesterday about cracks in walls, roofing and concrete slabs, then seeing a TV programme this morning about dodgy electrical wiring and the signs to look for, we’re being sensibly cautious!

  3. They always say the agent or realtor represents/looks out for you – but in our experience it seems most look out for themselves. UGH
    All the driving around, using gas and braving the weather is bad enough. You are certainly due some sunshine and a rare perfect find (or atleast one with solid roof, walls, and steady level floor)
    Fingers crossed. (and encouragement sent)

    • Thanks. We would so like a bt of positive luck and are pushing two agents at the moment, one for the ‘perfect’ and expensive bungalow, and the other for the property where the vendor is holding out for the full asking price on a property that needs £30,000 spent on it.

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