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Prospect Estate Agents [Mar. 25th, 2010|04:28 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Week and a half ago...
    Me: "Please come and value my house."
    Prospect: "When would you like?"
    Me: "How about Thursday?"
    Prospect: "Great. Now, are you looking to buy?"
    Me: "No, not at all, nothing like that, I have no intention to buy another property at this time."

Last Thursday...
    Prospect: "Good afternoon, how are things?"
    Me: "Things are great. This is my house -- what do you think?"
    Prospect: "We think it's worth about £X."

Last Friday...
    Prospect: *snail mail* "Further to our visit, we think your house is worth about £X."

    Prospect: *email* "Buy this completely different house here, it's lovely, only three times £X"

Now, see if you can guess which estate agent I won't be instructing when I come to sell.

[User Picture]From: drplokta
2010-03-25 04:40 pm (UTC)
If something like this will stop you from using an estate agent, you're going to have to go for a private sale.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-25 04:45 pm (UTC)
I've talked to three estate agents, and the other two were quite clear about whether or not I was buying.
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[User Picture]From: bopeepsheep
2010-03-25 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, this. I went with the first estate agent who grasped the idea that totally empty property to sell at £x*0.5 [shared ownership] & heavily pregnant vendor obviously commuting from elsewhere = not buying. But it did take three goes to get that one.
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[User Picture]From: drplokta
2010-03-25 05:11 pm (UTC)
They will find other ways to annoy you.
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[User Picture]From: whotheheckami
2010-03-25 06:07 pm (UTC)
You speak wisely
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[User Picture]From: alextiefling
2010-03-26 01:13 am (UTC)
Even so. We ruled out Mann Countrywide for employing racist dicks, and Felicity J Lord for overpricing a wide variety of rabbit-hutch-sized properties.
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[User Picture]From: julia_winolj
2010-03-25 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well, it was the one who spellt everything funny (- spellt, not smelt - I'm not starting any rumours...) that you wanted to go with any way, so no loss really, more a confirmation of impressions (the Tommy Cooper was the best one).
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-03-26 09:23 am (UTC)
Where are you moving to...? :-)
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[User Picture]From: j_lj
2010-03-26 04:53 pm (UTC)
I am so glad I gave up the Estate Agency game. Estate Agents realy know how to wind people up the wrong way. I used to work on the corporate side of things and used to have to speak to Residential Eatate agents all day long acting on behalf of vendors and buyers.

Sometimes it was like banging your head against a brick wall!

Got loads of funny stories out of my time in property, which was worth it.

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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-26 05:09 pm (UTC)
When I sell I'll be moving in with Julia -- but after that, when the dust is settled, we'll be trying to find something a little larger to trade up.
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