Found the perfect house - want, want, want!

(35 Posts)
woozlebear Tue 02-Apr-13 12:05:36

We weren't even looking really, but found a house for sale totally by chance over the weekend, put a note through the door and got a viewing yesterday rather than wait til the agents opened again. They'd already had an open house day Saturday, and had 3 offers. One offer is asking price from buyers with no chain. We offered over the asking price, but would have a chain, and are still waiting to hear. They said they'd speak to the agent this morning.

So on edge I can barely breathe! This house is PERFECT. We didn't even know it was there. Would give us almost everything we've always wanted in a house, and we would stay in the same area and not have a big relocation. Never thought on our budget, in the location we really need to be in for family/work/practicalities, we'd ever ever get a house that I actually LOVE.

Want it want it want it want it want it soooooooooo much.

Just needed to let of steam smile

MrsGrumps Tue 02-Apr-13 13:36:54

Fingers crossed for you WB

WeAreEternal Tue 02-Apr-13 13:46:25

I was like that when I found my house.

It needed a hell of a lot of work doing so was on the marked for peanuts.
(Less than 40% the value of the cheapest house on the street)

I desperately wanted the house, I could see what it would be like with all of the work done and I was in love.
Unfortunately a few other people could also see the potential.

I was determined that I would have it, and told the owners that I was serious, I also made it clear that I was willing to up my offer (although I didn't actually say it.)

As a note, something I always found more appealing in a buyer is someone that clearly loves the house and shows it.
Everyone loves their homes and you want to sell to someone who will also love it and take care of it. So making it clear to them that you are that kind of buyer may give you an advantage.

Good luck. Wooz I really hope you get your dream house.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 02-Apr-13 13:50:54

Really hope you get it but the chain thing might swing it. Fingers crossed. I love to hear people so excited about things.

woozlebear Tue 02-Apr-13 15:07:11

I'd love to show photos but I'm honestly too scared to in case another person sees it and wants it!!!

It's gone to best and final offers by the end of the day. I HATE that - the vendors get loadsa money and the buyers pay more than they'd otherwise need to.

Thanks for the advice eternal, we did try all that yesterday but it seems the chain thing is such a big deal we need to come up with a seriously amazing offer to compensate. sad

johnnycomelurky Tue 02-Apr-13 22:09:19

What happened?

johnnycomelurky Tue 02-Apr-13 22:13:10

I'm hoping it was good news so I can experience some vicarious house-joy as we were outbid on our (almost) perfect house on Saturday sad

woozlebear Wed 03-Apr-13 10:15:55

They insisted on best and final by close of business yesterday and 7 (!!!) offers came in. We were only aware of 4 interested people before that sad. Cue mental day with DH and I both at work but trying to put together all our finances / arguments etc.

The sellers have been told what the offers are but aren't going to sit down and make a decision until tonight, and we'll be told in the morning. We put in what we thought was such a crazy high bid they'd fall over and accept straight away. Doesn't look like it's so clear cut though, which I'm taking to mean there's a high chance we'll lose sad sad sad

The wait is awful!!!!

woozlebear Wed 03-Apr-13 10:18:15

So sorry about your house lurky. It must be awful. Do you have anything else in your sights?

johnnycomelurky Wed 03-Apr-13 13:02:56

Woozle- what a pain! Hope it works out for you. Well we thought we were completely out of running for the house we loved but got call from EA today to see if we can go up but we really can't go up to what they want so we'll see. A similar but slightly smaller house has just come on the market so will have a look at that, also I'm starting to really like one that we've already seen but had ruled out as it wasn't as good as one we offered on but I think it might work better long-term as can add value to it and the garden has a better aspect. Sorry for essay but easy to get obsessive about it all! Fingers crossed for you-can't believe they've had 7 offers shock

MrsGrumps Wed 03-Apr-13 18:14:05

Any news yet???

Keeping everything crossed for you.

Jaynebxl Thu 04-Apr-13 08:26:37

Ugh how awful. Don't give up though... Our offer was originally turned down in favour of someone not in a chain ... Twice! And both times the sale fell through so eventually the owners just offered it to us at the asking price despite the fact we hadn't even out our house on the market yet! So you never know, and even if they accept someone else's offer it doesn't mean that will all go through.

woozlebear Thu 04-Apr-13 12:46:28

smile smile smile smile smile smile

The most boooooooooooootifullest house in the world is MINE!!! (Well, the boootifullest house in London on our budget, anyway, which is a very different thing!).

Apparently it was swung by the fact we were the only viewers the sellers met, and the fact that I accompanied our offer (it was bids by phone) with two follow up emails saying how much we adored the house and listing everything we'd done in the 24 hours since the viewing to show how committed we were (our house ready to go on market at a moment's notice, quotes from agents to say how sellable it was, solicitor instructed, appointments with bank etc etc etc)

Now I'm just living in terror that one of the rejected bidders is going to come back and gazump.....

littlecrystal Thu 04-Apr-13 13:12:33

Oh, wow, well done!!! I am so happy for you! And your house is not even on the market and the vendor accepted your offer? Double-well done. That is a bit unheard of, but great!
I am personally waiting until I received even a cheeky offer for me to be able to go back for the 2nd viewing and make an offer myself.

woozlebear Thu 04-Apr-13 13:20:20

We're lucky where we are because it's fairly common knowledge that unless you've done something stupid with your house, they can sell within hours, literally. We instructed the agent to go ahead with ours as soon as our offer got accepted this morning, and he's got us 3 viewings lined up on Saturday already!

It's great as a seller but on the flip side absolute torment trying to buy one!!!

MrsGrumps Thu 04-Apr-13 13:32:28

Do we get to see the house you're getting now, or can you pm me a linky?

I simply adore my house as much as you are saying about your new one, I've had nightmares that I have been forced to sell it and sit outside staring at the new residents of it.

littlecrystal Thu 04-Apr-13 13:36:54

Ah that's good and you give me a positive vibe that I will sell my one soon. Can you please PM the link for your beloved one? I am dying to see (I promise I will not snap it from you).

Where abouts in London are you. We moved within London to our dream house last year. A lot of work needed and like you we had to sell fast before they would accept our offer. We had two asking price offers on the first day.

I'd love to see a link if you have one? House prices in London are still insane. We are now not going anywhere!

congratulations smile

lockets Thu 04-Apr-13 13:40:03

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woozlebear Thu 04-Apr-13 13:45:31

Thanks everyone smile

I have pics saved from the link. Will put them on my profile later. I'm honestly too scared about gazumping to link, I'm sorry! It went madly over asking as it is and I'm terrified.

Grumps I've aaaalways wanted to really love the house I live in. You must be so happy.

johnnycomelurky Thu 04-Apr-13 14:22:23

Hooray woozle, fab news!!! Wishing you a fast uneventful sale. I hope I can find one that I love that much.

woozlebear Thu 04-Apr-13 14:38:43

I'm crossing all my fingers and toes for you lurky! I'm getting quite good at it - been doing it for 4 days solid !

Can't wait to get home and open the wine Although the idea of a celebratory glass is a total fib, because I seem to find some pretext to have one every evening .

Higgywiggy Thu 04-Apr-13 15:49:32

Oooh we're about to start looking for our dream house somewhere in London thats magically affordable! How did you find it? Pestering estate agents you were registered with or purely by fluke??
Congrats on the good news!

woozlebear Thu 04-Apr-13 15:54:52

Total fluke wiggy! Weren't even looking! It's really close to where we live now in an area we didn't think was an option (it's a one-off house, the other round it are not suitable). We'd considered all kinds of places but never found anywhere that had a house worth moving to and a workable commute etc etc. Found it by dint of never having cancelled the Rightmove alerts I had when we were looking for our current house!

In London I'd say it's a must to be registered with every agent possible, though. Many many places sell before they ever make it on RM.

What's your budget?

Higgywiggy Thu 04-Apr-13 16:23:38

Absolute MAX 360k - we currently live on the ladder in Harringay (the ghetto side of N8) and our 1 bed is about to go on the mkt for 295k so no danger of us affording round here. I'm 13 wks preggo hence the need to move. House prices depress me beyond belief!!!!!!

Woohoo!! Fantastic news smile smile

woozlebear Thu 04-Apr-13 17:00:32

What are you looking for higgy, and what sort of area? I don't know north at all - do you want to stay there? I live south west. There's some nice 3 bed semis for that price around Worcester Park sort of area, a little further out from me....

East London higgywiggy. You'd get a house for that money in e11 or e17.

TuttoRhino Thu 04-Apr-13 20:39:39

Or a house in South East London. It's lovely here. I don't miss North London at all.

Higgywiggy Thu 04-Apr-13 21:22:58

PrinceRogersNelson -E17 is top on our places to move to!! E11 is too east for me - the Viccy line appeals for Walthamstow.
Woozle - I had to Google Worcester Park - it is proper countryside!! If I go suburbs it will be with my head hung low back to Brentwood in Essex to take advantage of grandparents babysitting...!!
I'm not particularly adverse to SE London, or anywhere thats not north for that matter, it's just that all our friends are here - again, if we move somewhere far away, I'd rather it was at least toward family and not just away from friends AND family. Having said that - where's nice y'think in SE London TuttoRhino?
Having said that - I just got carried away with the countryside idea and found a beautiful little two-bed near the South Downs.... :-/

TuttoRhino Fri 05-Apr-13 07:42:48

Forgot to say congratulations woozlebear. Would also love to see a link.

We're in Forest Hill (SE23) which is nice and green and has a series of really good schools. Relatively easy access to Highbury & Islington and Hackney via the Overground.

Other places in Zones 2/3 worth a look where your budget should stretch to a 3 bed house / flat are Sydenham, Crystal Palace, Hither Green, Crofton Park, Brockley (probably a flat), Lee, Catford, etc. South East is cheaper and much, much greener than the equivalent places in North London. Not sure whether it would be easy/hard to get to Essex from any of these places. Moving from North to South took me a long time to get my head around but it has been the best thing for us. It is just nicer in the South for what our budget could buy.

Only thing I would say is since you're pregnant, buy a place now that is near a decent school. You don't want to have to move in a last minute hurry because you find out at the last moment that you're in a catchment black hole or something.

woozlebear Fri 05-Apr-13 09:50:19

grin at higgy and her south downs find!

Friends / family thing huge factor. We're in SW cos my family are (I do like it too, butI know it's a tad dull for a lot of people's tastes! Makes zero sense to move to some random place you don't know miles from anyone unless it offers some radical lifestyle change or you just massively love it.

What commutes do you have to do?

Higgywiggy Fri 05-Apr-13 13:35:10

Woozle - I've totally taken over your thread!!! Sorry!! blush
I work in South Kensington - although, tbh I may quit work shortly after bubs born and find something different and part time (my current job is incredibly stressful as I'm a one-man-band and the only UK employee). DH works on the edge of the City opposite Blackfriars stn (hence the South Downs house browsing - the Sussex trains all go into Blackfriars!), walking distance from St Pauls tube stn and has to be in work at 7am (ouch) and works usually til about 6ish, so the commute is actually really important for him. At the moment he gets up at 6 and manages to be at his desk for 7 - a big factor for staying in London.
The more I think about it, the more I think Walthamstow is for us - closer to Essex to drive 'home' to family, on the Victoria line for me going West or Central, on overlands going to City, or Snaresbrook not too far on Central line for St Pauls.
I looked on Rightmove at some of those places you listed TuttoRhino and you're right - more house for your money!! But I also worked out the only person I know South of the river is someone moving to Peckham in a couple of weeks because she's been priced out of Hackney, and her weekends consist of raves and going to bed at lunchtime the following day. I think now with this bun in the oven those days may be well and truly behind me!!!! (I'm on Mumsnet FFS!!!!!!)
Thanks for the advice re: schools, it's definitely on our radar. I've heard schools in E17 catchment areas are a JOKE. 0.2 miles in most cases, which is pretty insane.
Do you still socialise with the same friends you did as when you lived North? If we move away, I don't want to exchange my old friends for new friends just because they've got children, I'd rather just acquire more...! It's all pretty daunting - every aspect of this having a baby/growing up lark isn't it?!!
Woozle I ain't moving SW - get a link up to your house already!! wink

MrsGrumps Fri 05-Apr-13 13:51:05

Hey Wozzle, funny you shoudl say about W/park because that is where I live. My house too is a one off for the road it's in, would want to live anywhere else!

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