The decluttering, cleaning, vacating, pandering, nailbiting antics of the stressed out house sellers goes on and on....

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TerrysNo2 Mon 24-Jun-13 21:22:39

New thread!

Come share and despair smile

Flossiechops Mon 24-Jun-13 21:28:17

Terrys I tend to lurk a little as I'm selling up within the next few months too. We had a very similar situation where we got to exchange and our buyers demanded a £3k reduction otherwise they would pull out. I hated them for the black mail at the time but ended up reducing as we had spent a fortune in pursuit of another property. It's true to say that a few years later I don't think about that money - just that we ended up with the house we wanted. You could hold out for more but what if that's the best offer you get? Cut your losses and go for it, it may make renovations a little more restriced but least you can enjoy your hoilday!

TerrysNo2 Mon 24-Jun-13 21:32:08

Flossie I totally agree, but we do need our vendor to drop his price a bit too so I really hope he will do that. we should find out tomorrow!

Flossiechops Mon 24-Jun-13 21:33:18

Good luck! It's just so bloody stressful isn't it?!

doglover Mon 24-Jun-13 21:49:04

Depressingly, this is the third thread of the same name that I'm still posting on.

Not good! sad

Jaynebxl Mon 24-Jun-13 21:53:11

Dog lover I'm with you! Thought we would be installed in our new house and all settled by now. Ho hum.

wonkylegs Mon 24-Jun-13 22:17:25

I'm still here lurking whilst paperwork goes on. I've spoken to everybody in the chain and we all think that we should be ready to exchange so are all on an active nagging campaign. It's still 4wks until we are supposed to complete but our respective conveyancers seem to be working at a snails pace despite being told by all parties that they wanted to exchange asap.angry
In the meantime I'm sorting & packing as we have so much stuff. I've packed 70boxes and still have over 50% of the house to do. We are packing and dismantling ourselves. A large chunk of those boxes are my work stuff as I'm in the process of starting a new company and we've hoarded 10yrs of stuff
We had a well oiled plan for what we needed to do each week but it's been thrown into disarray by DHs work rota putting him down to work the wkend before our move, he can't swap so we are going to have to fudge disconnecting/dismantling stuff.
Any good suggestions on how to pack huge canvasses would be really welcome right now.

Terry personally i'd take it. You need to think what would you regret in a few years, a missed chance or less renovations/slightly longer to do renovations?

rubyrubyruby Mon 24-Jun-13 22:30:08

Good luck terrys - it's difficult do to advise when I don't know your financial situation but I hope you reach an outcome you're happy with.

We had a phone call from our EA today. Our seller is getting anxious as
Hoe is still waiting for our surveys to be done. I admit I have been stalling a bit with this for various reasons but have emailed our reasons and provisional mortgage offer over to them so hopefully that will keep him happy. That, and the knowledge that our buyers complete tomorrow.

HarderToKidnap Mon 24-Jun-13 23:06:12

Terry, you should take it. 4k is nothing in the grand scheme of things.

It looks like my house buying adventure is done and dusted, the first bit anyway. After 14 viewings on Saturday, we had 5 offers and have ended up with slightly more than the asking price! And she has a massive depost which slightly sets my mind at rest as 'm sure the bank will say it's been overvalued. And we had an offer accepted on our dream house!

Now the nail biting admin waiting bit! We're in shock here. It's happened so fast!

just swinging by for a bit of support as we are selling our first home, we have been here 10 years but have 3 kids now and are very squashed in.
Hopefully going live on Internet on Friday , been deck uttering and tidying like a mad woman and hoping for a quick sale and that I find a new home that fits the bill.
Eek so stressful, any tips on coping ?
I'm going to need to get up early every Morning , get ready and tidy to try stay organised .

hinkyhonk Tue 25-Jun-13 08:53:34

Wine or gin and lots of it grin

We complete next Thursday and the enormity if uprooting our entire lives is just hitting. Slightly frightening... And a little bit exciting

TerrysNo2 Tue 25-Jun-13 08:58:19

the only tip from me is that if you don't want any stress, don't do it. but life was never meant to be easy grin

So stress is inevitable then, I think I'll try focus on the exciting bits then, been doing a virtual shop at John Lewis and adding all the things I will buy for my new home, that I couldn't have in this house.
6 seater dining room table , sofa bed for spare room, bookshelves for the kids room, a desk for my seeing machine.:-)

Sewing machine

ghosteditor Tue 25-Jun-13 11:25:31

Sorry terrys I did mean you - on the app you can't see the posts to which you're responding and I was posting in haste!

htk congratulations and envy !

Well, despite assurances last week we've heard nothing from the EA or prospective buyer - so sucky! And we're on holiday with limited signal so we keep having to pop up the hill to check, which makes it even more disappointing!

monkeytennismum Tue 25-Jun-13 13:38:21

Just returned from no internet access for four days - it's been very trying! Catching up on all your news and welcome to the newbies.

Terrys did you make a decision? I would go with the advice of accepting the offer but keeping it on the market until exchange. Hope your vendor dropped a bit too.
Doglover how come you are still here, what's your hold-up?
Wonky your post has really scared me about the logistics of moving!

Our sale and purchase are ticking along, despite arsey emails from the EA. Luckily we all swapped numbers so are just ignoring him! Just waiting to hear back from our buyers if they have any comeback from their survey.

checking in! The viewing yesterday doesn't sound very positive - a single guy in a band looking for somewhere to practice (sorry neighbours!) and work from home, so apparently he wasn't keen on the style of the house. It is really a family starter home, so not that surprising.

Nothing else booked in. I have a feeling this is going to take a loooong time sad

terry Hope your vendor drops the price. Fingers crossed!

TerrysNo2 Tue 25-Jun-13 14:02:41

we're almost there, fingers crossed!

I understand why, sensibly, we should leave the house on the market until exchange but how does this actually work, has anyone done it? What if someone else makes an offer, do we just say thanks but you need to wait and see? I'm not entirely sure if the benefits of this and as a buyer I wouldn't agree to it as there is the risk I could spend survey fees etc and someone comes along with a higher offer.

SadPander Tue 25-Jun-13 14:20:27

Hi All, i was on an earlier thread and have dropped off, but still not sold! Are you sold and just waiting to move Doglover or waiting to sell?

We've been on 6 months now, our buyer pulled out in Feb and had not a huge ammount of interest since despite a price drop. Also unexpectidly became pregnant in that time so there is also a time pressure now to move before the baby is due in December. So fed up! Any good advice to sell?!

Hope it works out Terry.

I'm due in January sad, maybe we can swap tips on moving with bumps grin

Sorry it's taking so long for you. What part of the country are you in?

SadPander Tue 25-Jun-13 14:47:14

Hi Science, Congratulations! I'm thinking moving with bump will be awful, but not as bad as moving with baby! (Not to mention trying to get a mortgage once I'm on maternity leave). Fingers crossed for you.
I'm in South Wales how about you?

Thanks smile And to you!

I reckon either way, DP is doing all of the lifting, so it makes little difference. I'd rather do it before extreme sleep deprivation kicks in though, so before rather than after does sound sensible! We're in berkshire, but not one of the leafy, desirable bits.

SadPander Tue 25-Jun-13 16:23:56

Haha, yes I hadn't thought of the benefits of not having to do any lifting - I will have to supervise and direct DH instead! Hopefully we will both be moved and settled for Christmas, although I will need to get some viewings on mine first angry Have you been for sale for long?

TerrysNo2 Tue 25-Jun-13 17:57:40

we have accepted the offer, I feel a little deflated to be honest, I think it's because I can't really get excited knowing what happened last time but I am hopeful! thanks for everyone's advice in helping us make this decision.

doglover Tue 25-Jun-13 19:24:52

(Sighing) Yes, I'm still here with all you lovely ladies! Delays with our purchase (work needing to be done before being signed off by Building Inspector) and still waiting to hear if our buyer's survey was problem-free.
Feel stressed and impatient ............... this has been my usual default setting over the last 3 months sad

doglover Tue 25-Jun-13 19:27:09

(Sighing) Yes, I'm still here with all you lovely ladies! Delays with our purchase (work needing to be done before being signed off by Building Inspector) and still waiting to hear if our buyer's survey was problem-free.
Feel stressed and impatient ............... this has been my usual default setting over the last 3 months sad

rubyrubyruby Tue 25-Jun-13 19:32:21

How long does it take from when you instruct a survey to be done to it actually being done - and then how long until you get the results? [impatient and want things sorted before our holiday]

Glad you are making progress Terry's

<<pulls up a chair for dog>>

ghosteditor Tue 25-Jun-13 19:34:21

Good luck terry's and these buyers seem like they're in a good position; hope it works out!

doglover Tue 25-Jun-13 19:38:22

Well, we arranged our survey and it was done within 10 days. Our buyers' took nearly 5 weeks angry

doglover Tue 25-Jun-13 19:40:29

Sorry, our survey results arrived 4 days after it was done and we're still waiting to hear if everything's ok with our buyer's one on here ..........

doglover Tue 25-Jun-13 19:40:50

Sorry, our survey results arrived 4 days after it was done and we're still waiting to hear if everything's ok with our buyer's one on here ..........

TerrysNo2 Tue 25-Jun-13 19:41:59

if you get your own survey (separately to a mortgage valuation) then it takes as long as you want in that you find a surveyor and tell them when to do it! the report usually takes a week top write up but they should be able to give you a verbal highlight if any issues straightaway.

rubyrubyruby Tue 25-Jun-13 19:45:18

Ah - so was it a mistake to combine it with the valuation survey do you think?

Turnipinatutu Tue 25-Jun-13 20:00:59

Hello all, I'm still here and still waiting..and waiting....and waiting....
Still sale agreed and still nothing to buy or even view sad
I've decided to do up dd's bedroom and pretend we don't want move, then maybe sod's law will come into force <hopeful>

I'll have to read up on all your progress as I can't keep up!

TerrysNo2 Tue 25-Jun-13 20:23:40

I don't think it's necessarily a mistake ruby but doing your own independent one gives you better access to the surveyor if you need to ask then questions about their report and if they make a mistake you can claim on their PI cover, if your bank appoints them I don't think you can do this.

Jaynebxl Wed 26-Jun-13 07:31:33

Ruby I have a feeling (but may be wrong cos I can't think why I think this!) that you are near me. We booked the survey, it was done and we got the report all within a week.

We had good news last night ... Our EA ended up getting really cross with the EA further up the chain who was drip feeding info and dragging feet ... And the consequence is it looks like we might actually exchange next week ... Exactly 6 months after our offer was accepted!

SadPander Wed 26-Jun-13 09:14:20

Poor you doglover! Its a horrible, stressful time. Fingers crossed that it all comes together for you.

SadPander Wed 26-Jun-13 09:18:41

Ruby our buyers (who pulled out) had the survey done on the Firday and pulled out as a result on the monday, so their's was super quick, and that was a combined home buyers survery and valuation done by their mortgage provider. We had our valuation done by the mortgage company and survey done by a seperate company and ours took much longer, think it was about 10 days.

underthemountain Wed 26-Jun-13 10:23:01

Hello everyone, we are having photos taken Thursday-supposed to be raining...

rubyrubyruby Wed 26-Jun-13 21:17:43

Jayne - I have no idea if I'm near you but have a vague recollection of it too.

Thanks for replies. Just found out survey is booked for Tuesday which is 2 weeks before we go away so hopefully we can get it sorted before we go away smile

Jaynebxl Wed 26-Jun-13 23:35:33

I'm sure we are both right then Ruby grin

Woo hoo our estate agent thinks we will exchange Tuesday! And move the following week! She ended up having to get quite shirty with the agent further up the chain who seemed to be in no hurry but it seems to have worked!

rubyrubyruby Thu 27-Jun-13 06:36:48

That's great news Jayne smile
Have you sorted out your removal company yet?
Are you packing yourselves?

Jaynebxl Thu 27-Jun-13 06:50:54

We are going with a local company (so local they are in our village!) and getting them to pack. So feels a bit like not much we can do right now ... What about you ruby?

rubyrubyruby Thu 27-Jun-13 07:11:28

We haven't got that far yet and there's no local removal company in our village wink

I've decluttered (apart from the garage) so all prepared for it and then just waiting to see. If we move over the summer we may pack ourselves as after our holiday I will have 3 idle teens available to help.

Jaynebxl Thu 27-Jun-13 07:25:50

Definitely pack yourself if you have bored teens! I did plan to lack but we don't have a spare room and there's nowhere to store the boxes so I gave up. My token 8 packed boxes are in the corner of the dining room looking very attractive!

TerrysNo2 Thu 27-Jun-13 10:40:20

I was going to pack myself but the removals company quoted me £120 to do it, seems a bit crazy to say no!

That's my house on rightmove :-0 had a little cry it looked so lovely and I feel horrible leaving it. Hoping we get some viewers and a quick sale .

Jaynebxl Sat 29-Jun-13 05:58:07

50shades it's a very strange feeling, isn't it?

Good news here! Finally all the searches on all the houses in the chain are now complete (only 4 houses but it felt like 94 with how long it has all taken!) and it appears we will exchange on Tuesday and actually complete a week later! Woo hoo! Packers provisionally booked and grandparents on standby grin

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 12:44:00

Yey Jayne! Good luck!

Still no news here hmm. Our prospective buyers have apparently received two contradictory responses from planning, so they're having to wait on a final decision (doesn't sound good, does it). However, our other prospective buyer has had some good viewings recently so may be in a position to offer again.

Still bloody waiting angry

doglover Sat 29-Jun-13 12:46:37

My update is on the other current thread .................... feeling really sick and worried confused

wonkylegs Sat 29-Jun-13 14:01:09

Yay hassling the solicitor obviously worked, last bit of paperwork arrived for us to sign today so hopefully we can exchange this week grin
Only thing in the paperwork that we didn't know is the original Quaker covenant on the property which stipulates we can't run an alehouse from the property. Which is fine because all alcohol in our house is for drinking not selling wink.
Yay it looks like the end is finally in sight

PastaBeeandCheese Sun 30-Jun-13 07:33:58

<marks place>

I was on the old thread. Been on market 10 weeks with no real interest since first fortnight where we had lots of nosey parkers initial viewings.

Interest has finally picked up. Couple viewed Thursday who have sold and they are thinking about finances over the weekend as they like it but it's at the top of their budget. A couple viewed Friday who haven't put house on market but I thought I may as well let them as I was 'show homed' from Thursday. They liked it so much they've booked a second viewing with her Dad who is apparently in a position to buy the property for cash if his daughter and grandchildren want him to!

I'm not getting my hopes up but definitely more positive than I have been in the last 8 weeks or so.

Since I've been away from this thread I've discovered I'm pregnant with #2 which we are over the moon about. I'm due in Feb so we will stay on the market until end Sept and if we haven't sold we will accept we will stay at least another 18 months, decorate children's rooms and try again summer 2015.

I feel happy to have a plan either way!

dog which thread is your update on? Hope you're ok?

monkey and ghost looks like you've sold! Well done! Have you found nice places to go to?

terrys I'm sorry you have been mucked about.

ghosteditor Sun 30-Jun-13 07:56:32

Welcome back pastabee and congratulations! Sounds like some serious interest and a good back up plan.

I haven't sold yet but have two sets of interested buyers, one of whom has made an offer before but lost her buyer, and one who is waiting to see if planning would be required to extend the house (it would)

doglover Sun 30-Jun-13 13:24:06

Hi PAB! Congratulations on your news smile . My comments are on the 'BUYER SUPPORT THREAD' also on this Property page.

PastaBeeandCheese Sun 30-Jun-13 16:19:55

Oh doglover that all sounds very stressful. I agree ringing the agent Monday and demanding some answers is a good way forward. Hopefully they will have come to terms with fact something always crops up in the survey and won't expect the price to drop. My DH would be exactly the same as yours.

As it stands we would be selling at about a £5k loss. For us it's more the time we put in as we renovated it ourselves and put up with mess, dust and no free time for so long. I keep telling itself it's only money but I'm not that convinced that's true when I poured my heart and soul into the place!

I am pinning all my hopes on getting an offer this week so sounds like we could both be in for a stressful week.

Thanks ghost hope you get your sale!

rubyrubyruby Sun 30-Jun-13 20:55:07

Hope you are ok dog - I will search out other thread.

Surveys being done this week on both our sale and purchase properties. No other properties in the chain so hoping for a smooth process. hmm

monkeytennismum Sun 30-Jun-13 21:18:49

Hi PastaBee nice to hear from you again. Good luck with your viewers and congrats on your little bun! Yes, we've 'sold' but after reading on this thread for many months now I am counting no chickens until we have exchanged...

Doglover - just read your other posts. I agree calling tomorrow but would use solicitors rather than the EA. Get onto your solicitor first thing and get them to ring the other solicitor to find out what is happening. Call every 3 hours or so for an update. A friend of mine is a conveyancer and admits it is the noisy people who get dealt with most quickly. Good luck.

bimbabirba Sun 30-Jun-13 21:37:02

Can I join?
I'm very stressed tonight. My solicitor is ignoring my phone calls and constantly in meetings (which I think is code for "leave me alone") and our buyers want to exchange tomorrow even though there's a problem up the chain so we can't exchange on our purchase yet. I'm very stressed and am considering exchanging and hoping for the best. The reason for being in a such a hurry is that they need proof of address for their daughter to join the local primary school and there is only one place left. I phoned the head and she confirmed that it was definitely true.
We have three children and finding ourselves homeless in a few weeks time would be a disaster but equally it would be a disaster if they pulled out.
They have my email address and they keep nagging me. I'm about to tear my hair out in desperation especially as my solicitor won't talk to me and won't just pick up the phone to find out what the fuck is going on with the rest of the chain which should have been ready to go weeks ago.

doglover Sun 30-Jun-13 21:37:22

Oh, ok. Solicitors it is. I only spoke to them on Friday afternoon so they'll hate me!!

Jaynebxl Mon 01-Jul-13 03:52:09

Dog lover go for the two pronged attack of EA and solicitor. We have found both to be invaluable. Our EA has done wonders contacting agents further up the chain.

Bimba what a nightmare. In your shoes I'd go over your solcitor's head now and ask the boss for someone else to deal with it. When our solicitor went on holiday we just communicated with someone else in the branch.

Aarrgghh and some stress here. All trundling towards exchange on Tuesday except our buyers were due to come measure up last evening and didn't show! Surely after all this time they wouldn't back out now we are so close??

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 01-Jul-13 06:18:39

Bimba you should have received a client care letter nominating a supervising solicitor when you signed the contact?? Contact them.

Good luck today dog

Thanks monkeytennismum round here once a SSTC sign goes up it more often than not goes through so fingers crossed.

doglover Mon 01-Jul-13 10:08:04

Solicitor currently in a meeting. Have phoned EA who is going to chase up and contact me later.

It's going to be a looooooooooooooonnnnnnnnggggggg day ......

Oooh. good luck to everyone chasing solicitors - binba your's sounds like a nightmare - I hope they get back to you soon.

We've been up a week, and had 6 viewings. No idea if that's good or bad, but I expect it will tail off now and none of the viewers have looked like they would seriously consider it. Feedback is sort of helpful, but nothing we can change (i.e. lounge too small, garden out the front would be better out the back, too far from Windsor - that last one cracked me up as we are miles and miles from Windsor - a map would have been more useful than a viewing!).

Feeling like I'm at the bottom of a very big hill!

ghosteditor Mon 01-Jul-13 11:58:03

good luck dog and bimba!

Well, we had a sucky house morning. The prospective buyer who has been waiting on pre-planning permission has been told they won't permit the development (as I expected tbh). But we've been strung along for 4-5 weeks and three viewings, so it's still disappointing. They want a bigger kitchen but apparently won't consider extending into our 26 ft living room and sideways into the porch, which our neighbours have done and we in fact considered before deciding against it.

We have one more person who is interested but she's in a much worse position and only made a low offer which she had to retract when she lost her buyer.

Think we may need to reduce the price, but I can't decide whether to change EA. They keep saying that they think the buyer is somewhere on their books (and not 'out there' through rightmove etc) - but I can't help but feel we've already exhausted all of their options if that is really true.

doglover Mon 01-Jul-13 12:56:29

Well, EA has just phoned to say that things are still progressing - YAAAAYYYY! Apparently, the solicitor should receive our buyers mortgage offer tomorrow - been some delay? - so hopefully our fears are unfounded.

Desperately want to get to exchange so that I can start to sleep again!

doglover Mon 01-Jul-13 13:00:50

Well, EA has just phoned to say that things are still progressing - YAAAAYYYY! Apparently, the solicitor should receive our buyers mortgage offer tomorrow - been some delay? - so hopefully our fears are unfounded.

Desperately want to get to exchange so that I can start to sleep again!

wonkylegs Mon 01-Jul-13 13:05:50

Dog - that sounds good.
We are hoping exchange will go ahead in the next couple of days but until it does i'm still worried.
I have just accepted DSs school place though so it better go ahead or he'll be going to school 50miles from our house!

Jaynebxl Mon 01-Jul-13 13:33:20

We are exchanging tomorrow for sure! Except that nobody can agree on a completion date!

bimbabirba Mon 01-Jul-13 13:46:26

dog it's been a sleepless night here too!
I've managed to talk to my solicitor who understood the situation and is going to find out if the vendor would consider breaking the chain. The saga goes on...

doglover Mon 01-Jul-13 14:23:52

Oh BBB, poor you. Talk about walking a tightrope ............ confused

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 01-Jul-13 18:49:18

Phew dog that sounds better news.

ghost we've recently gone OIEO on agent's advice. I wasn't sure but it seems to be working as we have interest again and a second viewing booked for Thursday. It'll be interesting to see where an offer comes in if one is forthcoming.

ghosteditor Mon 01-Jul-13 19:58:07

Oh that is interesting pastabee!

Getting a bit glum about it all; I think we may have to reduce by £10-£15k but the EA keeps telling us they 'almost' have a keen potential buyer who is just waiting on x, y, or z...

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 01-Jul-13 20:00:12

There could be some truth in that. In this market lots of people seem to put off viewing until they have sold.

I started a thread about OIEO a few weeks ago and got some helpful replied.

ghosteditor Mon 01-Jul-13 20:12:28

I'll take a look for it!

Jaynebxl Mon 01-Jul-13 21:22:01

Has anyone else here ever had an issue over agreeing a completion date? We are due to exchange tomorrow but our sellers want to move next week and our buyers want to complete the end of July!im a bit concerned that having come so far and waited so long we may end up not exchanging after all if nobody will budge.

bimbabirba Mon 01-Jul-13 22:03:42

I'm sure that's not possible Jayne. just remind yourself that everyone must be equally fed up with it all and everyone has spent a considerable amount of money already so an agreement will be reached!

rubyrubyruby Mon 01-Jul-13 22:24:34

Jayne - you pick a date. How about 18th July?
That sounds like a good compromise to me grin

Jaynebxl Mon 01-Jul-13 23:18:01

Ruby I'd happily go with any date but our buyers are basically saying they absolutely won't move before end July and our sellers are saying they absolutely can't move any later than next week and so we are stuck in the middle being flexible! I'm hoping one or the other of them will back down tomorrow.

Bimba too right, we are all fed up!

monkeytennismum Tue 02-Jul-13 06:28:59

Jayne - I think this is where the solicitors and EAs earn their money by negotiating! They won't want the chain to fall through any more than you. Good luck on agreeing a date.

PastaBeeandCheese Tue 02-Jul-13 06:31:25

Totally agree. You are being flexible over date so I'd tell the EA to sort it out.

Jaynebxl Tue 02-Jul-13 06:45:45

Our EA is great so hopefully she can sort it today ... And then maybe apply for a job in a peace-keeping role in some war situation!

rubyrubyruby Tue 02-Jul-13 07:09:12

Good luck Jayne. Hope it's all sorted today.

Jaynebxl Tue 02-Jul-13 08:06:09

Thanks me too!

AugustaProdworthy Tue 02-Jul-13 12:40:03

I was on the last thread....was confident we would have moved before that got to 300 posts. More fool me,
I'm still here.
Please please can someone just buy my house!

doglover Tue 02-Jul-13 12:48:02

I remember you name, AP. I'm still here, too. House sale / purchase is still progressing v.e.r.y slowly for us.

hinkyhonk Tue 02-Jul-13 15:02:13

removal dudes coming tomorrow at 8 am to start packing but have no idea how it is all going to work... i mean how do i feed the children breakfast the next day before we move - do i need to siphen off some plates etc today so there will be some available? what about washing up liquid - are they going to pack that too tomorrow? will they wait for us to quickly finish hoovering the house before they pack up and move off as i'm not sure the hoover will fit in our car with the rest of our stuff..... my head is spinning - much sympathy to all still waiting for movement. keep plugging on

ghosteditor Tue 02-Jul-13 18:30:37

Good luck hinky!

Well, the planning permission buyer has formally given up on our house hmm.

We had a surprise second viewing from someone who viewed ages ago booked - they're coming tomorrow, so who knows what's happening there!

wonkylegs Tue 02-Jul-13 18:48:25

Hinky put together a box of stuff for breakfast/last minute tidy/kettle/tea/wine etc that you can keep to one side.
If you want to make it dead easy disposable plates are good then you don't need to worry about washing up.

bimbabirba Tue 02-Jul-13 19:11:08

We've exchanged!! grin I can't believe it still!
In the end our vendor agreed to break the chain and risk going into rented. Bless her heart!

doglover Tue 02-Jul-13 19:22:06

Fantastic news! smile

ghosteditor Tue 02-Jul-13 20:13:08

Bim that's great!

wonkylegs Tue 02-Jul-13 23:02:39

Great news & bet that's a huge relief.

bimbabirba Tue 02-Jul-13 23:04:24

Would it be weird if I baked a cake and I dropped it off with a thank you card? I feel truly grateful to her!

Turnipinatutu Tue 02-Jul-13 23:14:52

I think that would be a lovely thing to do.

Jaynebxl Tue 02-Jul-13 23:54:32

Great news bimba. We didn't exchange today :-(

ghosteditor Wed 03-Jul-13 13:27:41

Pleas give me a boot up the bum - we have a second viewing tonight at 5.30pm (terrible time with a toddler to feed and get to bed). I just can't muster the energy to clean up to my unusual sparkly standard - so sick of getting my hopes up!

We're also having a call from our mortgage vendor to deal with the extraordinary cock ups they've made in the last few weeks.

ghosteditor Wed 03-Jul-13 13:28:00

How's the packing going hinky?

hinkyhonk Wed 03-Jul-13 15:56:43

Seems to be going well...I've left them to it and getting ny hair done....!

PastaBeeandCheese Wed 03-Jul-13 16:30:45

<kicks ghost> we've got a second viewing tomorrow. I've had the toddler polishing. At one point she was pushing glass cleaner around in her toy pushchair. <smug>

Going to trap her in her chair now with foodso I can iron my posh bed linen set.

Good luck! Hope it goes well.

ghosteditor Wed 03-Jul-13 17:54:36

Good luck pastabee! We're having a second viewing now and we have a first viewing booked for tomorrow - the first time we've had the benefit of the house still being clean!

Jaynebxl Wed 03-Jul-13 18:02:34

We exchanged! Woo hoo!

doglover Wed 03-Jul-13 18:44:49

Congratulations smile

wonkylegs Wed 03-Jul-13 18:51:28

Yay grin

ghosteditor Wed 03-Jul-13 18:59:31

Well done Jayne!

monkeytennismum Wed 03-Jul-13 19:02:54

Congrats Jayne, that's great news!

Good luck PastaBee and Ghost!

PastaBeeandCheese Wed 03-Jul-13 20:21:07

Hurrah for Jayne. What a relief for you.

oopnorthmum Wed 03-Jul-13 20:57:34

hi all, we have now been for sale for 5 weeks on saturday, and still not one viewing! Was expecting a few nosey parkers by now confused
Good luck to all with offers!

bimbabirba Wed 03-Jul-13 22:22:07

Wow Jayne, I'm so pleased for you! When do you complete?

Jaynebxl Thu 04-Jul-13 06:28:13

Thanks. Don't give hope anyone! We sold our house so fast but it has taken 6 months to get to exchange point! Complete in just under 3 weeks :-)

congratulations Jayne!

We've had a low offer (15K under asking, on a pretty cheap house), so we've gone back and asked them to up it. We're happy to go under, just not by that much when we've only been on the market a week.

I hope they can manage it, it would be so nice to have it done so quickly, but I'm trying not to get excited.

underthemountain Thu 04-Jul-13 09:57:58

that would be great to sell so quickly Science! we have our first viewing today but i am not convinced they are that serious. will treat it as a trial run anyhow.

underthemountain Thu 04-Jul-13 13:41:55

went ok but don't know if they'll be back. no more viewings booked yet...

JulieAnderton Thu 04-Jul-13 14:21:49

Hello everyone! Can I join you?

We had the EA over this morning to take photos. The photographer whizzed round so quickly that I can kind of see how people end up with things such as cleaning bottles/piles of clothes/wonky duvets in their pictures. I'm fairly confident that all our surfaces etc were clear, so just waiting to see what the pictures look like.

Probably going on the market early next week. Eek! Getting rather real now.

underthemountain Thu 04-Jul-13 14:25:07

I bet your kitchen doesn't look like this one-pic 2 (rented I assume!).

Good luck.

wonkylegs Thu 04-Jul-13 14:39:46

Grr I think the weak link in our short chain is not the buyers or sellers but the bloody conveyancers. I swear they only seem to pick up our file every time I call them.
We are supposed to exchange this week but after not hearing anything (paperwork all signed and hand delivered on this Monday) I chased to be told that it might be delayed until Monday. It's all ok on our sale but they need to confirm dates on our purchase and said they were going to phone late tomorrow to chase up with their solicitors.... I asked why they weren't phoning before then as we'd quite like it to exchange before and she couldn't give me an answer, so i've strongly suggested whilst trying not to swear at her that they try phoning sooner.
I know the dates should be fine as all the non solicitors in the chain actually talk to each other! angry
Stress stress stress, I want to exchange now!!!!!sad

JulieAnderton Thu 04-Jul-13 15:07:48

Ha! Yes, I can safely say that our kitchen is a lot tidier than that one!

God, that sounds really stressful, Wonkylegs. As you say, what is wrong with picking up the phone earlier? Good luck.

Turnipinatutu Thu 04-Jul-13 15:50:09

Wonky, you must be tearing your hair out.
I do wonder what some solicitors do with their time......apart from count their money!

PastaBeeandCheese Thu 04-Jul-13 17:29:39

Gah..... Second viewing cancelled on me. She isn't feeling well.

I had already left work early and everything :-(

doglover Thu 04-Jul-13 18:03:29

We've got really fed up today and have both been manning the phones angry. I spoke to the solicitor - very nice but not exactly proactive - who has heard nothing from the buyers end in the last 4 days. She said she'd follow it up ...................... I then badgered the EA who wrote a strongly-worded email to the buyers solicitor asking about the delay. My husband then received a call explaining the holdup which I hope he'll explain to me when he arrives home!!

hinkyhonk Thu 04-Jul-13 20:17:59

Such an arse all the delays. You really do have to badger all the time! We have no shame were proactive and rang all the time its the only way to push things along. It's is a safe bet that he who shouts loudest gets the work done for them.

DH and I ate in similar lines of work and the clients who shout the most frequently get their work done.

Anyway we're in! completed and putting the boys to bed before collapsing with some food and wine courtesy of my mum and dad.

ghosteditor Fri 05-Jul-13 18:37:44

Argh! No feedback yet from either of our viewings (weds and Thurs), one of which was a second viewing. I'm actually beyond caring.

Mortgage faff rumbles on. Apparently they are completely unable to get one set of completely approved documents from one file to another. Unbelievable.

Tau Fri 05-Jul-13 19:09:34

Hello, I haven't been on this thread for a while because I didn't want to think about house selling anymore.

Our first estate agent went bust, and judging by the work they did for us (or rather failed to do) that was only to be expected.

Now we have another EA, who is much more proactive and involved. We are having regular viewings, and had some seemingly serious interest. But no sale yet. And it's a bit weird, because several people seemed to want to make an offer and then didn't at the last moment. One investor made a far too low offer.

Then there was a lady who came for a second viewing. She was really enthusiastic, and said that she definitely would make an offer and the second viewing was mostly so her children could also see the house. All seemed to go smoothly, she was still enthusiastic when she left with her kids, and we thought she'd be the one.
But the next day she left a message for the EA that it was not for her. EA has not been able to contact her yet to ask for a reason. :-(

So discouraging. If it was up to me I'd stop trying to sell... but my man feels differently.

Tau Fri 05-Jul-13 19:09:58

ghosteditor... I know how you feel.

underthemountain Fri 05-Jul-13 22:25:24

Your news fills me with dread Tau! I'm already stressed at lack of viewings and we are only a couple of days into it. We are relocating so HAVE to sell this time.

ghosteditor Fri 05-Jul-13 22:26:01

Tau I know exactly how you feel - people can be really baffling!

rubyrubyruby Sat 06-Jul-13 06:56:42

Tau - it only takes one, hang on in there

We have the results of our survey.
There are 2 things in red - is that normal or a red flag? (Literally)
1 thing I expected but the other is 'damp' in s couple of areas. Also, the surveyor valued it at less than we have offered.

We've accepted an offer! The first guy didn't come back with anything, but someone who viewed earlier in the week called last night and offered 2k less than asking. Hurrah!

Need to figure out what on earth I'm supposed to do now. House hunt a bit, I guess! Trying not to get excited, as there's a lot that can happen, but am secretly completely delighted.

House went on last Friday and had 4 viewings since then and one note of interest so I'm very pleased :-)
Unfortunately note of interest people have flat to sell but it's still promising , got 2 viewers this weekend so fingers crossed.

leakyR Sat 06-Jul-13 18:29:00

House on market two weeks and we'll have our 6th viewing on Monday. We've had some nice feedback but no real interest. It can be quite demoralising can't it?
Last time we moved it was a pretty big relocation for us and DH employers bought our old flat and paid fees and removals costs, making everything easy peasy. I feel a bit ill when I think of all the hassle and potential problems this time.

oopnorthmum Tue 09-Jul-13 21:34:39

hi everyone, glad you are all doing well with your viewings! we have been on the market over 5 weeks now and not even 1 viewing! Not sure if everywhere else is selling well and just not here, or just in our town! Thought we might have had a noisy viewer by now at least. Bit disheartened now tbh sad we think our house is lovely, nice cul de sac, spacious rooms etc.

Paperwork done today, house is officially on the market. Pictures taken and the EA will email me a link to the listing n the morning. She was here for nearly two hours going over all the papers, and answering questions, then taking pictures and asking us questions. I had a bloody migraine by the time she left.
I felt so stressed for a couple of hours then made dinner and feel a bit better.
House round the corner went in two days, house one street over the same. So fingers crossed we get an offer and it's good enough to accept this weekend or soon.

Thats strange oopnorth is it actually being marketed, or just a picture in their window. Can you look online to see what others have sold if they took a long time or something.

rubyrubyruby Thu 11-Jul-13 08:18:11

Oopnorth - that must be so disheartening.

I'm chasing solicitors today - ha!
Panicking about getting everything in place before we disappear on holiday next week.
We have someone going in to investigate the damp in our purchase property that the surveyor flagged up

oopnorthmum Thu 11-Jul-13 08:30:01

Hi, we are over the £250k mark which round here seems to be a problem. We did put it up for what 3 EA's suggested but nothing. We reduced to £10k and put OIRO, yesterday. So back in rightmove emails again. We are in a nice small estate of similar houses, popular with families. Thought we would have had some interest by now.
Good luck squinkies and ruby x

PastaBeeandCheese Thu 11-Jul-13 08:38:55

How far over threshold are you oopnorth?

ghosteditor I'm so with you re beyond caring. 'tis boring now.

The second viewers who cancelled last week because she was ill have re booked for the weekend. Lucky me.... Get to do show home transformation again.

rubyrubyruby Thu 11-Jul-13 08:53:14

I need to get removal quotes.
How the hell do you sort moving when you haven't set a date for completion though? Do you just have to go for the one who can do it on that day? confused

Jaynebxl Thu 11-Jul-13 09:05:44

Ruby we had that problem and I think the companies are used to it. We had a couple of quotes, picked the company we wanted to go with and explained that it was all dragging on a bit and we didn't have a fixed date. Then when we finally reached the exchange date and everyone was arguing politely discussing completion dates I contacted the company to make sure they could do the proposed date before we agreed.

oopnorth that sounds quite disheartening. Hopefully the reduction will have an effect.

We've fallen in love with a house that I'm having to sit on my hands not to make an offer until we've had a second viewing and done it all properly! Head over heart. Hope everyone else is getting on ok.

FCEK Thu 11-Jul-13 11:32:18

Newbie to this thread! Hope to have our house on the market end of the month. In the meantime getting it all tidied up, minor repairs etc.

I'm terrified it won't sell for ages as a few houses in this estate aren't selling. Granted ours is in the best spot and nicer looking inside wink but still worried

There's a house coming up soon in my mums street which would be ideal in terms of knowing the neighbours etc but if I don't sell mine soon I'll miss out hmm

Stressed already and it's not even marketed yet! I need to get away from these horrible neighbours I have at the moment.

oopnorthmum Thu 11-Jul-13 11:48:39

Hi pasta,
We were valued at £279, which we went with, now £270. Would be happy to negotiate but not even a sniff yet!

oopnorthmum Thu 11-Jul-13 11:51:20

Thanks enjoying.
We have our eye on a renovation project, but suspect at this rate it will have long gone sad

monkeytennismum Thu 11-Jul-13 13:18:59

Ruby I echo what Jayne says. I am in the middle of getting quotes now and have only a rough completion date. The two companies I've seen so far will let me book a provisional date now (at no cost), so that if someone else wants that date they will call me to check progress before giving it to someone else. As Jayne said, they are well used to this.

Good luck to all of you going through the viewings process atm. If it helps at all, both the parties who were seriously interested in our place waited until they had accepted an offer on theirs before going to see properties. We ended up doing the same too as I didn't want to find the right property and miss out on it. I think this can explain the slower market somewhat.

wonkylegs Thu 11-Jul-13 16:24:50

Arghhhhh I hate this whole house buying / selling process. Why is buying our most expensive possession such a stupid and risky process?
We are still waiting for exchange despite it being promised a week ago, paperwork signed off ages ago by us & our buyer. Getting conflicting messages about the cause of the delay, each day saying it'll be tomorrow. It's getting close to the completion date which for various reasons would be difficult to move (for all parts of the chain) yet haven't got removals booked (although packing is on it's way) or anything else sorted as we haven't exchanged.
I actually feel physically sick with stress.
It had been going ok up to this point so I should have guessed there would be a problem.

Tau Fri 12-Jul-13 10:14:06

Now, for a proper vent. House move - or rather lack of it, is starting to strain family relationships. No viewings at all this week!
The current problem is, that son will be going to college in September, and the college in the place we want to move to has different course content for his subjects, so it'd be bad to switch mid-course. So we do not want to move after college has started.
If we don't get an (sensible) offer REALLY quickly, we will take the house off the market by the end of August.
I don't mind so much; I'm quite happy staying here. For son it would be more practical to move to our planned new town, but he likes it here too, so he is neutral on the topic. But my partner gets really miserable about the idea of not moving, and I am getting a bit annoyed with him!blush
His problem is that where we are (far southwest Cornwall) it isn't easy to get to any interesting events and facilities. That is true, and a tad inconvenient, but hardly the end of the world. Where we live now, most things are within 15 minutes walking distance (including shops, doctor, dentist, schools, hospital, recreational facilities, sea, rural walks...), but partner wants to attend big sports matches, gigs of certain bands, and Buddhist meetings/retreats, all of which are so far that attending them would require lots of travel and nights away from home. Mind you, he is in a Buddhist group here - they meet every week, and there are gigs - but not of the bands he liked when he was young! Sports matches admittedly are lacking a bit here. But he acts as if it's all a big disaster. In my opinion he is taking it totally out of perspective, and to be honest I find it hurtful. He ignores all the good and happy things we have, he ignores the fact that it was me who moved from my country to here to be with him, and it's as if he can only possibly live a proper life if he can get to his sports/gigs/buddhist stuff. Apparently I'm not one of the things that can make him happy. sad

wonkylegs Fri 12-Jul-13 15:37:37

Yay we have finally exchanged. So the final stretch is in sight.

doglover Fri 12-Jul-13 16:43:25


wonkylegs Fri 12-Jul-13 17:34:25

Yay Doglover good news.
We move the beginning of the following week. Was starting to think exchange would never happen.
Removal is now booked, I am sitting in the sunshine with a beer feeling more relaxed than I have in weeks.

So a girl came who loved my house and she told estate agent she wants second viewing once her partner is available to come but nothing further, won't hold my breath. Why can't people just be honest. feeling frustrated and scared my viewings will all dry up.

Got another viewer on Tuesday so crossing fingers for that one, we have fallen in love with 2 houses so hopefully one will be around when we sell.

PastaBeeandCheese Sat 13-Jul-13 06:55:36

Yay for wonky and dog. <jealous>

oopnorth that's such a difficult price bracket. Have you thought about offering a stamp duty incentive? Have you seen your Rightmove statistics so you can see how many people are looking at the house online?

Second viewing today..... Got to get up and do some cleaning &#128547;

underthemountain Sat 13-Jul-13 10:15:31

no more viewings here-have an open viewing tomorrow afternoon so will be interesting to see if anyone turns up.

rosieposey Sat 13-Jul-13 11:32:05

Hello, i posted on the last thread as i was getting ready to put on the market but i would really like some company in these next few weeks as i don't know where we are going to be living for about the next 4 weeks.

Put the house on and we got an offer from the 1st people that looked around which was great! - We have had three sale fall through in the last 2 years each time we tried to sell either the chain fell apart or our buyers couldnt get a mortgage so i gave up for a few months.

Anyway that was 4 weeks ago and their surveyor came around on Wednesday so hopefully its all going through their end.

Am on tenterhooks myself as DH has been contracting for the last 10 months and we can only find one mortgage provider that will look at him (its ironic as he earns more now than he used to) so we are going through the process of trying to secure our mortgage. They did say yes ( a sort of Agreement in Principle) but i just have a nagging feeling that they are going to say no or that we have too much on our credit cards ect ect - then we are buggered and will have to rent.

We have found a really nice place in Devon ( we are moving from Wiltshire) so i hope we are successful in getting our mortgage!

Buyer is coming back around this afternoon with his wife and kids to do some measuring, i know its pessimistic of me but i am just waiting for something to go wrong. It's also way too hot to do the amount of cleaning i just did this morning so it looks spotless again (not easy with 5 dc's - 3 teens, one 4 yo and a 7 month baby!)

I just Cant wait to exchange contracts and get it all done - our buyer is in rented and the place we are buying is the end of chain so nice and short ... gah just need some good luck now with our mortgage.

Ill read back across this thread to see where you all are in your buying process - good luck to you all, looking forwards to getting to know you a bit during this nailbiting time - i hate selling and buying houses, its rubbish!

FCEK Sat 13-Jul-13 11:40:17

getting the garden tidied up some more today, DH is getting pretty desperate to get the house on the market asap, just finishing some stuff off. He still thinks we should p/e for a new build but it would totally max our mortgage so I'm not sure.

Yikes Rosie you must be amazing to get anything done with so many kids in the house.
Ours officially went up at noon yesterday (paperwork was all done Wednesday evening) and last night I had just made dinner and was heading out to exercise and told Dh to listen for the phone knowing my luck someone would call to view. His reply was that no one views at dinner time.
I loaded the dirties into the dishwasher and the phone rang, I viewing in 30 minutes (different from UK and the EA's do all the viewings) So we shot round, to tidy, I went off to the gym, Dh went for a drive. Now I'm waiting for some feedback the offices aren't open yet.

rosieposey Sat 13-Jul-13 21:25:43

FCEK we did a part exchange once ( twas ages ago though - about 12 years) with Barrat homes. To be fair we just couldn't get our place to sell (new build in Docklands) so we part ex'ed on a lovely brand new 4 bed but there was NO room for manouvre at all - we had to pay what they were asking for and they did give fairly close to market value but just be warned that if it looks like part ex'ing will take you to the edge of your budget a new build normally needs a few extra thousand spending on it as you get nothing at all as an 'extra' usually ( especially if you part ex) and those extras came to nearly 11k on this new build that we are moving out of after being in it for 3.5 years.

Squinkies where are you? - I could not do a viewing with that little notice - i have to chuck everyone out (including the dog) and make it really tidy and ordered whereas usually by the end of the day it is but during the course of the day there is children related detritus everywhere! Good luck with your feedback though - i always think its useful.

Well our buyer came over to measure up, she is nice but i hate the fact she goes around the kitchen opening the (built in) fridge and dishwasher and then opened all the kitchen cupboards. I know she is only testing out and having a look at what she is buying but i just must be very British and feel too embaressed to do that!

She also said she wants to move in two weeks at the end of July which we told her would be impossible as we have a 5 bed house to pack up and we didnt want to start packing till both parties have their mortgage offer in place (we have been caught out like that before and had to unpack half our house after a mortgage was refused to some potential buyers at the last moment). I think this is going to be a real pain and i can see us having to exchange and complete really close together whereas i would have liked at least 2 weeks between exchange and completion. Wishful thinking i reckon?

Holy heck, we got an offer! shock
I totally wasn't expecting that. Second viewer, fell in love, she's look at a billion homes according to her EA. AND....... it was over asking price, so a day and half on the market. We go into escrow here (california) on Monday, we sign and return the offer tomorrow.
Now we have two weeks to see if it'll fall apart, after than it's completely binding. If it doesn't appraise for the offer (done in 7 to 10 days), then we go back to negotiate the price all over again. I'm in shock. While I was out I bought a lottery ticket and hoped for some good luck. Then my printer refused to print the offer off, so I called the EA she's bringing it by in the morning while she has clients to show around some other homes. I said I hoped it wasn't a bad omen.
If all goes well, we will close in 45 days from Monday, if not who knows!
Whats funny, they turned up 10 minutes early I was just leaving the house, and while I was gone I kept thinking I was sure I left my bra on the floor next to the laundry hamper. I hadn't, unless she had thrown it in for me. blush

FCEK Sun 14-Jul-13 14:22:05

yeah rosie, it would take us to the max and I've heard we might not be offered what we'd like for the house. We do have a 'new build' house in mind that we like - perfect size/layout, all that would need done would be decorating really - but I think we'll see how we get on with selling this house first. Maybe give it a few months.

Hopefully it'll sell quickly and we won't need to go down the new build/part exchange route just to get away from our horrible neighbours.

Please god let us sell this house and quickly! This tidying up malarky is taking ages. Bloody connifer trees take ages to trim and the corner of the garden is literally a jungle. Its fenced off cos its so steep so we've ignored that part of the garden for years blush

wonkylegs Sun 14-Jul-13 18:28:28

This is not the heat to be dismantling furniture & packing boxes in.
Glad we're on the final stretch, not so glad to see all the dust bunnies, whenever I move a bit of furniture.

underthemountain Sun 14-Jul-13 19:58:26

No viewings for this afternoon! Wondering if the price is too high, market is too slow or weather is too nice!!

oopnorthmum Sun 14-Jul-13 22:03:00

hi pasta, we asked for rightmove ratings after about 2 weeks on the market, they were above average. Hmmm we had thought about stamp duty, but so far have reduced and added OIRO so people realise we will take offers and at least come and have a look.
Well done everyone with offers, you all seem to be getting so many viewers and offers so quickly, there are loads of properties on the market in our area, but not very many seem to be selling.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 15-Jul-13 06:17:39

Sounds like where I live Oopnorth. It's a really tough market. At least people are looking. I've read the viewings - offer ratio is very low at the moment. Lots of people won't view until they have an offer. I am in that camp. Viewed a couple of houses initially and then realises it was pointless so now just look on Rightmove and the outside!

We had a lot of initial interest and I got quite excited but I think they were just all nosey parkers. Some didn't even have the courtesy to give feedback. You don't need viewers like that!

Have had two serious viewers since then. It turned out the house is well out of one couple's budget. As we've already reduced we won't be knocking £50k off!

The others did a second viewing with the EA Saturday so no feedback yet but I'm not convinced they are in a position to proceed. They initially said they were cash buyers but then mentioned selling a property that isn't even on the market.


ghosteditor Mon 15-Jul-13 13:06:08

I lost you guys for a few days but I've found the thread now, yeys.

congrats to dog and wonky - must be such a relief!

We finally got our mortgage straightened out and we have an offer for the right deal now. Solicitor stuff seems to be going well - we got a bill from them the other day so we can transfer the funds, and it looks like we'll be setting a moving date for the end of August if all goes well.

As you may remember, we're in the lucky position of not needing to sell before we buy (but will have to pay PIL back when we do sell). We thought the no-chain aspect would make us more desirable, but apparently not. We have now reduced the price (to £260k - what a terrible price to be at!). We paid £247k in 2007 and have done about £35k worth of improvements so I'll be gutted if we sell for the same price. (Though the house we are buying just needs a bit of cosmetic work and new windows and we are paying £85k less than an identical property a few doors down, which has been modernised but not to my taste, so it feels like a good deal).

We had a third viewing on Saturday and she looks likely to offer but seems to be making ready to put in a low offer (comments about the roof etc). And we have a new viewing tonight from an ideal buyer who wants to move fast from rented, so we would be perfect for her. I'm desperately hoping that it will get competitive to improve the price a bit.

If nothing comes from this price reduction then we're thinking of going below the stamp duty threshold but selling the garage separately and taking EVERYTHING with us (obviously making that clear to the buyer from the start - wardrobes, carpets, fixtures and fittings) which will save us much needed cash at the new place.

ghosteditor Mon 15-Jul-13 13:48:14

HA! I knew Saturday's viewer was going to make a low offer. She offered £33k less than our original asking price, £23k less than the current price - £242k! As I said, we paid £247k in 2007, the market has progressed beyond that now, and we've added a brand new kitchen, bathroom, conservatory/sun room, carpets and decoration throughout, and improved the gardens, at a value of about £35k. And that's also £13k less than an offer we had in the early stages from someone who lost her buyer but is still interested.

I don't think we'll get her anywhere near what we need. Fx for the next viewer hey sad

Well my supposedly interested second viewing has disappeared like a fart in the wind, she said she would be phoning up for second viewing and loved house but not heard a word.
Another couple who were interested are away on holiday so may hear from them when they get back.
Boo this sucks, the 2 houses I'm in love with ate both still there but only a matter of time till they are gone.

monkeytennismum Mon 15-Jul-13 14:37:36

It must be something to do with the weather! Both our buyers and vendors have developed 'issues' which means we won't be exchanging until mid-August and completing until September. I know I'm lucky that the chain is still moving, but I am gutted. As we can't apply for schools until we are in the new house, it looks like we might miss out on any spaces at new schools which appear at the start of term. So unsettling for the DCs. Grrr.....

ghosteditor Mon 15-Jul-13 14:47:42

it must suck trying to deal with new schools monkey - I'm relieved we're moving before DD is school age!

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 15-Jul-13 15:10:04

<sighs> my supposed cash buyer second viewer spoke to the agent this morning. They love the house and want to pay full asking price so they will be putting their house on the market this week and once they've sold they will be cash buyers.

Like ghost with her low offer I just knew they didn't have their finances sorted.

Since when has someone with a house to sell that's not even on the market been a cash buyer?! Do they think the rest of us pay with turnips?

The agent was all put out that I wasn't more pleased. After two viewings from this couple requiring show home style transformation with a toddler clinging to my leg whilst feeling rotten in early pregnancy it was all I could do not to laugh down the phone.

I'm off to sit in the paddling pool and seeth now.

monkey and 50shades sympathies.

Pasta I'd be fuming too , surely the attractive thing about being a " cash buyer" is the fact they don't need to sell to make an offer on another property, Spuds!

I've had note of interest from couple who haven't sold yet, I'm meant to be excited about that and I'm glad we have some interest but the house they are selling is to the exact same market and price bracket as I am so I'll likely sell mine before they sell theirs :-(

wonkylegs Mon 15-Jul-13 15:40:47

Monkey see if you can apply now, so that the paperwork is already in the system and ready to go.
We are moving to a village on the boundary between two LEAs. We spoke to the one we are in when we offered and they asked us to apply then and there. The other one wouldn't even talk to us until we move. As we had to apply to them all at the same time we sent our application in there and then, through our current council. The one for the authority we are actually moving to has gone in, none of our choices have space but we are on the waiting list and they have allocated a place at another school. DS went for a trial day the other week.
The other authority will look at the application next week when we actually move... But at least it's already sitting there waiting, so they will process it the actual day we move.
Sorting schools has been the biggest stress of this move.

rubyrubyruby Mon 15-Jul-13 15:51:25

I sense frustrations on the thread


We are off in holiday for 3 weeks now so will pick up where we left off on our return. Hopefully everything will be in place hmm

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 15-Jul-13 16:03:44

Well exactly 50shades. The scary thing is the agent insists they are cash buyers too hmm

Ruby i'm jealous. Hope you manage to forget all about the property situation whilst you're away.

rubyrubyruby Mon 15-Jul-13 16:05:35

Our buyer is a cash buyer. In that she is downsizing and had already exchanged contracts on her property.

monkeytennismum Mon 15-Jul-13 16:08:01

Thanks for the advice wonky I only wish I could act on it. The LA we're moving to won't let you submit an in-year transfer application until you can prove you are in your new residence - new property CTax bill, evidence of shutting-off utilities in old house etc etc. We could apply from here but all schools are currently full and so we would be very low down on the waiting list, as they go by distance. Just so frustrating.

ghosteditor Mon 15-Jul-13 16:50:42

that's hysterical pastabee - she's not a cash buyer, she's mortgage-free! Some people are on another planet. My DH had to bite his tongue when my (admittedly over-privileged) friend had a tantrum because her estate agent laughed when she said they were cash buyers (need to sell a house they inherited in order to buy somewhere - so ultimately will be mortgage free).

You can just tell can't you, when people are playing the system - I think I have radar. The one person I thought was serious was also the one who wanted an impossible planning permission to extend the house - they turned it down when, surprise, the council said no.

pinning all my hopes on tonight's viewing - in fact since means we can't even go home after work and will be late feeding DD and putting her to bed, she'd better be serious!

rubyrubyruby Mon 15-Jul-13 18:02:55

Good Luck ghost

Good luck ghost! Hope DD doesn't mind a late tea.

We've just had an offer accepted on a house. I should feel happy, but I'm in knots thinking of all the things that can go wrong. Tell me to snap out of it! I'm just so desperate to get out of here.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 15-Jul-13 18:38:44

Good luck ghost.

ghosteditor Mon 15-Jul-13 19:06:50

Thanks folks!

That's great enjoyingscience - hope it works out for you smile

FCEK Mon 15-Jul-13 19:29:41

Back garden is looking great, now to tidy the driveway and make DHs office a room again. Aim is still to get it on the market by end of the month!

rosieposey Mon 15-Jul-13 20:13:58

We took about 6 weeks to get our place ready, painted, new kitchen cupboards and flooring ect. I wish the valuation would hurry up and get done on the house we are buying as im anxious to get a mortgage offer. Its never definate till thats in the bag and youve exchanged.

Enjoyingscience thats good news smile fingers crossed it all goes smoothly for you!

Good luck to you too Ghost.

I packed 4 boxes today, i have a really nasty virus with awful sore throat, temperature and a big old neck from all the swollen glands - feel rubbish! I usually wont start packing till our buyers get their offer but given that their mortgage company has valued our house last week thats usually a good sign that things are moving nicely and i have a feeling they are going to want to move in here by the 3rd week in August. I dont want a repeat performance of the last time we moved and it was done in two weeks - what a shambles!

Well our mortgage company have taken the funds for the valuation but still no sign of them actually doing it - i can see not much time at all between exchange and completion the way this is going, as everybody on here points out ... its all sooooo sloooooowww!

Room for another one? We had our two bed flat valued on Friday and we're signing EA contracts on Thurs. I am so desperate to get moved - we've been planning to move for ages but finally have the ducks (almost) in a row to do it. EA's were all very optimistic and it's been valued at over £35k then this time last year (London/Surrey borders) which is great but I know we're going to have a fight to buy anything as its all moving so quickly. I keep seeing stuff on RM that looks ideal but it goes within a week. Hopefully we'll be able to find buyers that are happy to wait for us to find something as I really don't want to go into rented and move twice. Am worried my EA bullsh*t radar isn't finely tuned enough yet and we're aiming too high for the asking price but all three we had to value said the same price, so that should be ok right? [nervously chews fingernails]

JulieAnderton Tue 16-Jul-13 09:26:33

Wow, what a week! We only went on Rightmove last Tuesday and we've had six viewings, two no-shows angry and another viewing booked for tonight.

We've also had two offers! One from a cash buy-to-let investor and one from a first time buyer with mortgage in principle agreed.

The FTB's offer is £2.5k lower than the cash buyer, but there is a chance she might increase her offer. (And there is still a chance the cash buyer might go higher, but she has already increased her offer once).

My head is saying to go with the cash buyer - take the money and run!

But my heart is saying that it'll be nice to see our flat go to a first time buyer, even though there is more of a risk if the mortgage falls through etc. I've often complained in the past about first time buyers being outpriced by investors.

So many decisions!

doglover Tue 16-Jul-13 09:49:24

Hi everyone. Just a very quick update. Yes, we DID exchange on Friday and are moving this Friday! Massive amounts to do - hence this short message - and very little time to do it! As we're downsizing, we're frantically ebaying furniture, taking car loads to the tip and trying to clean in this sapping heat! Normally, I love the sun ............. not this week smile . I'm at work on Wed/Thurs so am feeling a tad stressed by it all.
I would like to say an enormous thank you to all of you who've offered so much advice and support since March. We're nearly there ..........and then have a year of renovation to undertake!!
You've helped provide perspective, wisdom and smiles for which I'm immensely grateful.
We've no internet access when we move in but will be back to update as soon as I can.

Thanks to you all. smile

monkeytennismum Tue 16-Jul-13 10:33:59

wine Congratulations doglover, that's great news! Good luck in your new home.

Jaynebxl Tue 16-Jul-13 10:56:30

Congratulations Doglover! We are moving next Wednesday when it is due to be well over 30c so I'm just glad I'm not a removal man!

Congratulations doglover. Good luck with the packing/ebaying etc!

Julie we found property was moving incredibly fast where we are. Everything seemed to disappear within days of going on. In the end, we've looked further west, where the market is moving a little bit more slowly.

WhoNickedMyName Tue 16-Jul-13 13:06:08

Can I join? smile

Our house went up on Right Move last week but photos only went live on Friday. EA says there have been a couple of phonecalls, (from nosey neighbours I suspect), and we have our first viewing tonight. I’m finishing work early to do yet another blitz/clean/tidy hide everything in the garage.

Houses in the price range that we are selling at are very slow moving in our area at the moment so we’ve worked out the minimum amount that we need to do the move that we want, and we’re not going to be silly and hang out for months or even years waiting for the asking price… The first person that offers what we need can have it.

I’d forgotten how stressful this whole process is, and we’re only at the very beginning!

Nellymay Tue 16-Jul-13 13:27:42

Hi can i join in? We sold our house in 4 days of it going onto rightmove and estate agent website!!!
our buyers haven't anything to sell and are cash buyers. our offer got accepted - its all systems go!!!

We are down sizing and frantically decluttering!! We're are 2nd marriages and dh has been in this house 30 years - there massive amounts of stuff - old photos, childrens games - my youngest dss is 35 surely he cant want all his child hood toys? I don't want to cart DH's first wife's family archive round and yet i want to be sensitive and respectful of their things - just had lost my temper having just found another crateful of old photos books old newspaper cuttings, etc

rubyrubyruby Tue 16-Jul-13 13:37:58

Argh Nelly. It's bad enough clearing out your own clutter without clearing someone else's! Good luck

Wah hay Dog! grin

ghosteditor Tue 16-Jul-13 14:19:25

congrats doglover that's awesome!

welcome to the newbies and good luck, hope your sale prospects go a bit better than mine are so far!

ghosteditor Tue 16-Jul-13 17:12:40

Last nught's viewer is bringing her partner back to look a few hours after he gets back into the country next week - sounds good but it's a 6.30pm appt, nightmare for work/putting DD to bed!

Goodness it is all nail bitting isn't it.
Congrats Doglover, enjoy your new home.
Well done Nelly, I hope the clutter clearing goes smoothly.
My Dh has taken an extra day off this week, once we accepted an offer, he took one look in his garage and realized he better get a shift on.

Had a viewer tonight and really couldn't tell if they liked it or not , really quiet and hardly spoke the whole time , they were first time buyers and ours was the first house they had seen .
They could make an offer tomorrow or absolutely hate it so I'm interested to hear their feedback
:-( just want to sell this bloody house

TerrysNo2 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:34:31

Hi all

We are back from a lovely 2 week break in Tuscany. I highly recommend it, its one of the most beautiful places I've been (and that includes Hawaii!)

Our buyer is having their mortgage valuation done on Monday, searches and enquiries are ongoing now so I think we should be ready to exchange when their mortgage offer comes in.

I am trying not to get too excited though because anything can happen but its looking positive at the moment.

Really pleased to see a few exchanges while I was away.

wonkylegs Wed 17-Jul-13 16:46:50

Urghh it's far to hot to be packing boxes, cleaning cupboards and scrubbing the oven. I'm excited to be moving but I wish I could be out in the sunshine rather than finding nine years of dust bunnies every time I move a piece of furniture.
Am holding off on defrosting the freezer until the last minute so we still have a supply of ice cubes & lollies.

ghosteditor Wed 17-Jul-13 19:16:42

I don't envy you today wonky! 32 degrees upstairs in my house sad

Can't wait to move...

WhoNickedMyName Wed 17-Jul-13 21:18:27

Had our first viewers last night... The estate agent was on the phone this morning at 9.05am to tell me they loved our house and had made an offer, which we've accepted at just 7k below our asking price.

Our EA spoke to theirs who confirmed that the sale on their house is proceeding swiftly so it looks good.

So it's a tentative excited squeak from me smile Having a little glass of wine to calm the nerves.

Well done who another success. grin

well done who!

2 notes of interest today :-) what a difference a day makes so now have 3 notes of interest 2 of which are first time buyers, fingers crossed they offer

ghosteditor Fri 19-Jul-13 15:26:24

Well - we have a contract to sign for our sale - whoop! Looks like we'll move in 6 weeks grin

ghosteditor Fri 19-Jul-13 15:26:44

Damnit I mean our purchase not out sale shock

Had estate agent phone on fri saying a couple were desperate to see our house and could they come on Saturday at 8pm so I said ok and diligently tore myself away from a family BBQ and also spent all day tidying on Sat , did the fuckers turn up?
Who does that? may the house they buy roof fall in.

underthemountain Sun 21-Jul-13 15:55:22

Oh my god 50, I would be homicidal myself! I don't even want to look at houses now (ie make people clean them) until we are sold, now that I know how much work is involved to get ready for viewings.

We have had two viewers and supposed to get another tonight. Apparently the two earlier on were quite interested so will cross my fingers...

wonkylegs Mon 22-Jul-13 10:04:06

Yay ghost.
Our removal van is due any minute. Arghh

ghosteditor Mon 22-Jul-13 13:08:01

good luck wonky!

We are waiting on signing the contract until a few details are sorted, (the vendor has Aug 27 in mind and isn't budging; we need Aug 30th - he's been living in a home since last year so I don't know why it's an issue!)

And our low-offer hasn't come back to us, and we have a hopeful second viewing tomorrow evening, when the house will be at its sweaty boiling airless worst sad

So no show couple arrived last night instead of Saturday when we were in the middle of dinner and kids all running around , then gave us feedback it was too small hmmm

matblack72 Mon 22-Jul-13 14:13:21

Hello All

We are in the process of selling. We have a strange situation where our buyers approached us, so we don't have an estate agent at our end.

The buyers live close by and apparently have always admired our house and one day whilst passing asked my OH who was gardening if we'd ever considered selling to which the answer was YES! In fact we'd had it valued ready to go to market! We have now engaged a solicitor and completed the questionairres about fixtures etc, had an EPC done and we're waiting on their EA getting their house on the market (I keep checking Rightmove) but its not on yet.

We've decided to move from Maidstone to Portslade (near Brighton).

We've found a house we like but the EA selling won't consider us until our buyers have sold their home sad so we're waiting hoping that our buyers get a first time buyer and we can form a short chain.

Its very frustrating, every moment I expect a call to say that the house we like is under offer and then we'll have the start looking again, or just wait until our buyers have sold.

Ooh 50 that's annoying!

Is anyone else terrified of having their survey done?

Our house is a 30's ex LA house, so more or less solid but with a few inevitable things that could be improved. We also had rats in the loft a few years ago (yuk beyond yuk) but got rid of them swiftly enough - but I'm still utterly terrified of them finding something and pulling out.

If only we could fast forward a few months and just be living in a nice new house, with all of the stressful bit done.

TerrysNo2 Mon 22-Jul-13 16:22:47

well all seemed to be going so well and now the buyers valuation was meant to happen today and no one has turned up yet. I have had a funny feeling about this valuation all along (don't know why) and if they don't turn up I have no idea what's going to happen given this one took 4 weeks to get booked in sad

WhoNickedMyName Mon 22-Jul-13 16:48:04

Grrrr I’m about to mail my EA to give them a rollocking.

We accepted an offer last week 7k under asking price but gave the EA strict instructions to carry on marketing the property, as far as we are concerned until our buyers give a good indication that they’re definitely proceeding with the sale (i.e. get a survey done and instruct a solicitor) we will still take viewers and consider better offers.

A friend of a friend phoned up the EA yesterday to enquire about a viewing on ours and were told by the EA (word for word) “oh they’ve accepted an offer… I don’t think they’ll take any more viewers. I can give them a call and try, but they have already got a buyer”. That’s bollocks! They fucking know we’ll happily accommodate any more viewings. They’re giving other potential buyers the impression that it’s not worth bothering. I’m fuming!

EA’s are delighted because it was a nice easy sale for them. The house hadn’t even been on the market a week so they’re probably thinking why bother doing any more work on this one. The market is slow in the price range we are selling but I really thought we’d have had at least one other viewing by now – and now I know why we bloody haven’t.

I think I’ll have to send the e-mail home and re-read it later when I’ve calmed down a bit and had a glass of wine.

monkeytennismum Mon 22-Jul-13 18:50:05

enjoying - try not to worry about the survey. I think if you're buying an older house you have to suck-up the fact that things will need replacing / upgrading at some point. Buyers should only really ask for money off if there is a serious structural problem.

WNMN - did your EA call you to say there had been some interest? It sounds to me like he could just be trying to make your property sound really 'in demand' to new potential buyers. He could also be a d**k tho, as you allude to wink

Terrys - did the surveyor show? I hope so.

How hot is it?!

WhoNickedMyName Mon 22-Jul-13 19:41:14

50 - do you think they did that on purpose to catch you on the hop? I know someone who did exactly that, to see the house in its 'true living condition'. I need advance warning to hide all the crap in the shed, I'm not sure I'd have been able to let them in smile

Terrys - did your surveyor turn up? Hope so.

Monkey - I phoned the agent this afternoon and they said there hadn't been much interest. DH reckons that as another 7k to us is only worth 70 quid to them they're not bothered about getting us any more viewers. It'd probably cost them 70 pounds in phonecalls, brochures and time and effort of one of their staff. Nah they're happy enough to have made 2k from our easy peasy sale and that's it as far as they're concerned. They're getting a rocket up their arses from me tomorrow.

Jaynebxl Mon 22-Jul-13 19:55:25

Our packers are are coming tomorrow and I've been feeling pretty wobbly all day. Will really miss our great neighbours / friends and our street with the strong community feel and today I even kept thinking what if we just pull out? Then I fell over the clutter and remembered just why we are moving!

TerrysNo2 Mon 22-Jul-13 20:24:08

surveyor didn't show sad apparently our buyers changed the survey from a basic valuation to a homebuyers and assumed it would just be done at the same time today but of course it wasn't angry angry

the agent said that our buyer got very angry with their mortgage company tonight and they have promised to book it in this week by 10am tomorrow. But I don't know what to believe. I will be fuming if it isn't done this week as we were hoping to exchange by the end of July.

Enjoy moving day Jayne I hope we will get there one day smile

wonkylegs Mon 22-Jul-13 20:41:19

Jayne I know how you feel. They packed our first van today and the rest is going tomorrow.
We've been out in the garden with the neighbours / kids tonight. Very sad, we've watched the kids grow from babies/small kids to almost grown ups, our son was born here. Very sad to leave the people behind more than the house. They are friends and will come and visit but no impromptu wine & gossip over the fence or mad summer water fights /winter snowball fights down the back lane. sad

Jaynebxl Mon 22-Jul-13 22:20:30

Ah wonky that's exactly it. Let's hope these new houses are worth it huh?!

monkeytennismum Mon 22-Jul-13 22:40:17

Oh wonky and Jayne what you're describing is just what I'm hoping for with our new house. It's the childhood I had and it was great. Good luck with your new homes and making great memories there smile

WNMN good luck with the rockets tomorrow wink

Terrys I wish our buyers would get angry with their mortgage company. We've been waiting nearly 3 weeks now for a survey to be done, grrrr...

I asked our EA when we might expect the buyers survey, and they said there are massive delays in the SE due to a lack of surveyors. Apparently they all got laid off during the recession, and now things are picking up a bit there isn't the capacity.

I've been told a minimum 4 week wait!

TerrysNo2 Tue 23-Jul-13 10:20:17

our survey has just been rebooked for the 22 august. I am fuming angry angry angry

have told them I'm not prepared to proceed as this would mean we wouldn't be in the house before DS starts school so hopefully someone is kicking some bums to fix this cock-up.

I knew things were going to well angry angry angry

Argh frustrated to the max had a second viewing the other day and the girl noted interest for a second time as she had changed lawyers, so we thought an offer was sure to follow but still nothing , feel like taking the damn thing off the market it's causing me so much stress.

ghosteditor Tue 23-Jul-13 14:32:02

Joining in with the general angry and sad and confused!

We had a ridiculously low offer last week from someone who had already decided the house wasn't for her, but who came back when we dropped the price. We turned it down (£5k lower than we paid 7 years ago, before we did £35k worth of improvements to the house!). She has vanished.

We were pinning our hopes on tonight's second viewing which has just been cancelled, midway through frantic cleaning while DD is childcare. The viewer has been headhunted for a job which is in another part of the country! She doesn't know what it is yet but has cancelled viewings (sensibly I'm sure). At least it wasn't after an offer or anything, but I just can't believe how unlucky we've been so far (or is it lucky that we haven't wasted time with these people?) - buyer lost her own buyer and dropped out, different buyer wanted to extend the house but pre-planning indicated it permission wouldn't be granted, sensibly again I think), now the headhunting.

WHERE IS MY BUYER?! I think we're going to move EA - it's been 4 months now and we're only getting viewings every few weeks.

Jaynebxl Tue 23-Jul-13 17:38:22

Hang in there everyone!
Our packers came today and have been amazing! Most stuff has gone and we are left in a lounge that has just the sofa and no cushions in it! The house needs a good clean but not one room is completely empty so that will have to wait til tomorrow.

doglover Tue 23-Jul-13 19:02:31

Well, we moved last Friday - blistering heat - but are IN!! smile . We'll be living in box city for the foreseeable future and have had many people in to quote us for varied jobs but it will all be worth it.

Hang in there, guys. I'd been posting with all our woes since March so it DOES happen eventually smile

ghosteditor Tue 23-Jul-13 22:25:27

Glad to hear it guys grin

wonkylegs Tue 23-Jul-13 22:58:21

We're in!
3 midsized vans, 6 removal men, 2 days and we were all in by 5pm.
Am happy to live with boxes for now.
DH & I put DS to bed then we had bubbly on our new bench over looking our slightly daunting frankly massive yet awesome new garden grin
Marvelling at how quiet rural life is compared with the city and watching the birds nesting in our shed.
Life is good. (I'm ignoring the mammoth task of unpacking for now)

monkeytennismum Wed 24-Jul-13 06:19:40

Congratulations Wonky and Dog - all the best for your new homes!!

TerrysNo2 Wed 24-Jul-13 07:24:20

great news wonky and dog good to know there is light at the end if the tunnel! smile

ghosteditor Wed 24-Jul-13 09:23:37

Sounds fab wonky [wistful]

We should be moving in 5 weeks, but it's a bit less reassuring when we still have our own house to sell!

Argh had further 2 notes of interest today and one says they are going to offer so estate agent phoned earlier and said she would let all interested parties know that offers are going to be made, so been waiting all day on further phone call but not a sausage yet :-0 I'm so stressed

underthemountain Wed 24-Jul-13 18:20:47

Every step is torture isn't it? You are a step ahead of me-I would love to have notes of interest, but I can understand the pressure of waiting for them to turn into offers.
Two people on the weekend seemed keen but heard nothing since. Wish I had something else going on in my life so I could think about something else!

Woo hoo sold (well under offer) :-) for 500 more than home report so pleased going to see 2 houses we like tomorrow as second viewings and will make decision what to offer on

underthemountain Wed 24-Jul-13 19:08:15

Congrats-please god me next!

It really does just happen just like that :-) starting to worry about all that's ahead now

MrsJohnDeere Wed 24-Jul-13 20:45:22

Can I join in? Just put our house in the market as we're relocating a couple of hours away from here.

First viewing tonight and they didn't turn up. Gutted.

My house has never been so clean and tidy though! God kniws how I'll keep it at way in the school holidays.

Jaynebxl Wed 24-Jul-13 21:11:00

We are in too! Boxes everywhere and we are are totally exhausted but we love it even more than we remember!

ghosteditor Wed 24-Jul-13 21:15:07

congrats too jayne

ghosteditor Thu 25-Jul-13 15:09:09

Argh. I'm terrified we're making a big mistake buying before we sell, and the vendor has got himself into a tizz and is calling everyone every three days to panic. He's obsessed with the moving date (rather than the exchange date) and has got a date in his head that just won't work for us, so we're going to have to go a week earlier than we wanted, and pay all the extra money to have the house sit more or less empty for an additional week.

Looks like we're going to be 'moving' for a month!

WhoNickedMyName Fri 26-Jul-13 08:11:14

I've just had a wake up call from our buyers surveyor asking if they can come on Monday at 9am. Less than 2 weeks after putting the house up for sale!! I'm panicking now.

We need to find somewhere to buy. i don't think we are going to get the house that we love, its way overpriced (100k more than any house has ever sold on that road... Even bigger houses during the last property boom), we won't pay any more than we think its worth but I feel they're going to be stubborn and hold on for a while, and no doubt reduce it to a realistic price once we've moved into somewhere hmm.

Oh god I can't face moving in with the in-laws or even my folks until they do. So the search continues.

WhoNickedMyName Fri 26-Jul-13 08:16:35

Congratulations Wonky and Jayne! How's the unpacking going?

Ghost - the vendor sounds like a pain. But if we could get our new house before selling the old one I'd do it like a shot.

Oh congrats to wonky, Jayne, dog and 50 shades!! So good to see great results finally.
Well we're deep in the hell of trying to get the flat ready for photos and open day. And then yesterday I had a call from the EA to say someone had seen the Sale board (I'd not even seen it at that stage as it wasn't there when I left for work!) and was desperate for a viewing! Apparently the buyer is only interested in 3 streets and ours is one of them. Cue frantic panic from me thinking of what a mess we're currently in, but I've managed to defer them until the afternoon of the photo shoot so the place will still be pristine.
Now, I know I'm counting chickens etc but what if she makes an offer? Anything less than the asking price and I'm fairly certain we'd still go ahead with the open day to test he market but what if its asking price?? Would you still go ahead with the OD anyway and see what else you can get to start a competition? It all feels very mercenary and I'd hate to be in the buyers position but we need to get the best possible price to have any hope of getting the next place. Argh!

ghosteditor Fri 26-Jul-13 08:54:23

Thanks whonicked you're absolutely right and I've calmed down a bit after speaking to DH. Money is just very very tight right now and every day costs, and counts.

Not sure if I mentioned it before but we're in the fortunate position of PILs being able to lend us money in the short term (REALLY short term - they need it to refurb/extend their new project home). It means we can pay them back when we sell our house. But it really puts pressure on to sell!

monkeytennismum Fri 26-Jul-13 09:23:42

Worriesome - I would definitely still go ahead with the open day. You really want to get a good idea of how your house sits in the market and also line up a few potential buyers if possible. We had lots of viewers who were "only looking at our road", "your house is ideal for them" etc etc before and just after we went on the market. None of them came to anything. And even if an offer is made, in this market I wouldn't stop marketing until you have seen evidence that their finances are in place.: there have been too many horror stories on MN! Don't want to sound negative, just realistic. Really good luck with the open day smile

Thanks monkey, that's our feeling too. Ah the stress and we've barely begun!

Woo hoo had our offer accepted on lovely new house had to pay 1.5k more than we planned , we were going to walk away but decided we would be devastated if someone else bought it so we will find the extra money.
So fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

s0fedup Fri 26-Jul-13 21:54:14

Hi everyone
can I join?
Today we should be moved into our new home...
Removals were booked, boxes everywhere,
Then last monday ea called to say exchange will not be going ahead as our buyer has pulled out.
Devastated is an understatement, we accepted the offer in april and its all fallen throught with 11 days to go.
So very sad

WhoNickedMyName Fri 26-Jul-13 22:00:54

Oh bloody hell s0fedup, I just don't know what to say... That's every sellers worst nightmare hmm


s0fedup Fri 26-Jul-13 22:05:36

It really feels like i am living a nightmare.
I have a newborn too, so hormones and lack of sleep are not helping

Jaynebxl Sat 27-Jul-13 08:15:31

S0fedup that's awful. Hope you get another buyer really soon.

We are slowly unpacking and getting things straight but still not found my clothes! Everything feels like chaos but at least we are in! I do feel for anyone else just starting or in the middle of the process. It's so true what they say about moving being one of the most stressful things in life in so many ways!

Congrats to all our movers, I would love to be in box city already.
We are waiting on the valuation from the mortgage company to come out, they were supposed to make an appointment with us by yesterday. I'm getting antsy.
I have a lot of furniture to get rid off, but don't want to find ourselves living with cardboard boxes if the sale falls through.
Giving myself a headache here.

doglover Sat 27-Jul-13 17:43:07

We waited until completion before getting rid of any large items. We decluttered before but I wasn't prepared to risk losing another sale and then being stuck with 'gaps'.
It did mean a frantic rush between exchange/completion but it was definitely the right thing to do for us.

doglover Sat 27-Jul-13 17:43:52

Sorry, that should read "............. waited until EXCHANGE ............"

ghosteditor Sat 27-Jul-13 23:32:20

We're going to have a lot less furniture than space! But we've been selling off sports kit we don't use and made £70 this weekend on eBay.

DH apparently has some war gaming stuff that could make a bundle grin

I am resisting the urge to sell everything that's not essential right now!

I'm resisting the sell off.
No furniture is coming with us. International move back to UK.
I have to wait till all the inspections are done and approved then it's all on. Shippers will have all our stuff bar whats in our suitcases, and we live where there is no public transport, so my car has to go and fingers crossed our good friends don't bail on driving us to the airport.

ghosteditor Mon 29-Jul-13 12:44:51

Argh! We've been dream buyers for our vendor - no messing about or haggling, communication at every stage, no chain. It took a long time to get our mortgage sorted but we chased it every 2 days for weeks and communicated about all of that. We've sent along our signed contract and we need to provide a couple of bits of documentation today before we'll be able to send our deposit.

The vendor (very old and apparently very stressed about everything) is having a hissy fit over our completion date. We wanted 30 Aug, he wanted 27 Aug (which we can't do as DH is overseas that date). We suggested 23 Aug which is incovenient money wise, but we can manage. His family want the bank holiday to clear the house so he's threatening to pull out if we don't agree to 27th! (He moved out last year so the house is vacant). I don't understand why this is an issue and I hate being made to feel like the difficult party. His family have weeks to empty the house (in fact they've had months to start getting rid of stuff!)

If he elects to pull out after we have signed our part of the contract and paid a deposit, where do we stand?

oh god, ghost what a nightmare sad

No advice to give, but that does seem extraordinarily difficult behavior for an empty house. You must be so frustrated.

We won't be selling anything if and when we finally move - all of our furniture is argos value or hand me down anyway, so the tip would be a kindness! Can't wait to give it all a good going over though.

monkeytennismum Mon 29-Jul-13 15:57:40

Oh ghost how horrific. What does your conveyancer say? Can you tell the legal team not to pass your deposit across yet until this date is agreed? I would say that your vendor is probably calling your bluff. There's no way you can move while your DH is overseas and he must realise that.

ghosteditor Mon 29-Jul-13 16:24:04

thanks folks, I am trying to stay calm about it as I actually don't believe he will pull out over this. I feel sorry for him that he is finding it stressful, but I don't think he has a realistic picture of what house buying and selling is really like! Our solicitor has been a bit... weak... really and is just passing along messages, no advice or anything. I think actually the estate agent is going to go round and try to talk some sense into him.

What's three days compared to trying to find a new buyer who has to be immediately proceedable, based on his instruction? Three days versus several more months! In this instance I feel like if we could meet him I'd be able to calm him down and show him that we are genuine, and family buyers who will be gutted if we lose the house.

TBH if he tries to pull out I will want to find out if he is liable for any of our expenses, having strung us along. Hmm.

Oh dear ghost. I'll keep my fingers crossed that they see some sense for you.
I hope is is liable for expenses, maybe say you'll sue in small claims over it if they push it.

ghosteditor Mon 29-Jul-13 18:59:03

Thank you!

DH has been on the phone this afternoon and the EA has been round to visit the vendor. Looks like we're back on for the 30th. Phew!

ghosteditor Tue 30-Jul-13 10:59:59

Can I ask for advice from you wise ladies?

It looks like we will be completing on the new house on Aug 30th, in exactly a month. We expect we'll be moved out of our current (unsold as yet) home by mid Sept. When do we need to start contacting utilities people etc? We will want phone and broadband to transfer from mid Sept I guess, when we actually move over. We'll have to keep gas, electric, water running at the old house until we sell.

On the plus side I can pop into the old house from work to pick up post etc. I'm finding it hard to figure out what we need to start doing! Any advice?

monkeytennismum Tue 30-Jul-13 13:34:50

Can't help with utilities as it's been a good few years since I moved. I guess you don't need to do final readings for those until you sell. Not sure about telcoms; hopefully someone else on here can advise.

But apparently child benefit takes a good few weeks so if this applies to you and you need evidence for school apps, then I'd action this from point of exchange.

Just had the EA on the phone, who can't tell me when a survey is likely to happen, my buyer seems to have changed mortgage provider and financial advisor (so wasted a fortnight) and we are in a chain of seven houses.

Argh. Is seven too long? Is this ever going to happen? Bloody hell. I do not like moving house!

WhoNickedMyName Tue 30-Jul-13 17:04:26

Ghost - from what I recall from last moving, I think I contacted utilities, council tax, phone provider, etc about two weeks before the move by letter or email with "from x date we are at new address details", then just telephoned utilities to give them a meter reading on the day of moving out.

I had a list of people to change address with but still managed to forget vet, dentist and car insurance company.

Our sale is moving swiftly, surveyor came to out on Monday morning and said he'd have his report to the bank by today. Buyers are looking at moving in asap. We've pretty much decided to buy a new build which won't be ready until December/January so we're looking at renting for a few months.

Alfiecat Tue 30-Jul-13 17:31:44

Hi Ghost,

We have just done this though we only had two houses for three weeks till we completed on the old house. We had a mortgage deal that we can pay off a large chuck of the mortgage without penalties as we knew we would have some overlap.
We had to insure both houses for the three weeks. I informed the TV licensing that the old house was empty and therefore not liable for a TV licence and our new address which now was. I told the water board and they would have done a final reading of the meter if we had said we weren't going to use any water for the cross over time but as we needed to water the garden in the heat wave we kept it on. We also kept up the gas and electric and just did a final reading before completion. We also only told the council after completion but gave them all the dates when we completed on the new house, when we vacated the old house, who the solicitors were etc.

The phone and Internet were a nightmare and BT messed it all up ending up with us having no phone or broadband for three weeks. So start early on that one.

We still have loads of places and people to inform but I am working slowly through the list. I nearly forgot about the cats microchips but I changed that before letting them out.

I'm on edge today. I've clean the place within an inch of it's life, shiny showers and floors and went out and swept the front by the door too.
Bank appraiser is coming could be here any time. fingers crossed it appraises for enough so the buyers can get their mortgage.
Dh is convinced it'll appraise lower, sad so we had to talk about what we'll accept if the buyer comes back to ask for a reduction, that or they'll have to pony up a bigger down payment.

Well he's been and gone, cool as a cucumber, personality of one too. Measured, took photos asked questions. Then left. So now the nail biting wait begins.

ghosteditor Tue 30-Jul-13 22:04:48

Thanks folks, really helpful!

alfie good to know we're not the only ones grin

yourcruisedirector Mon 05-Aug-13 13:35:28

ghost here, just bumping the thread under my NC.

Still haven't exchanged on the purchase! And another low offer from a renter on the sale. We had a second viewing and are hoping for some news from that which will affect how we consider the other offer.

oopnorthmum Mon 05-Aug-13 14:33:06

Good luck everyone, hope it works out ok Ghost. I have been lurking on here for a few weeks. Been on the market for 2 months with nothing, then Thursday we got a viewing!!! Hurrah! Unfortunately still no feedback on this yet. The viewer is in a great position, currently renting, so would be great for us. Crossing fingers here!

rubyrubyruby Mon 05-Aug-13 16:25:53

I've been away so lost this thread.
I think out draft contracts are waiting at home.

No packing, informing utilities or anything has been done so its full steam ahead and lots of list writing when I return!

yourcruisedirector Mon 05-Aug-13 18:20:48

Good luck oopnorth I hope it's the start if things for you.

Found out today that there are several 2 bed appts in my town which are £60-£100k more than my house, and a lovely 3 bed Victorian terrace with no garage and teeny garden which is £120k more! shock

Turnipinatutu Mon 05-Aug-13 20:15:37

Haven't updated on this thread for a bit....
Update so far is....we lost our buyer and dh was threatened with redundancy, on the same day!
Came off the market for a bit, DH's job was saved and we're now trying to sell again.
Our dream house is still sitting there unsold at the moment, but frustratingly the EA are having trouble with their server and haven't been able to get anything online for a week!

yourcruisedirector Mon 05-Aug-13 20:18:30

That's pretty unlucky turnip - hope that means it's serendipitously going to come together for you at some stage smile

TerrysNo2 Mon 05-Aug-13 20:36:40

Hi all!

I'm pretty lost on this thread now too so good to see some updates albeit no exchanges / completions to celebrate. Come on everyone grin

Our process is frustrating, we had hoped to exchange last week but our buyer has hired some rubbish solicitor who is moving at a snails pace. We need to complete by 19th August so the builders have time to get in before DS starts school. Oh and apparently the upward chain can't move until 30th August as its the first day they can get off work so the EA is asking our vendor to move out and go on holiday for a couple of weeks.

Here's praying all our ducks get in a nice orderly and obedient line asap!

Congrats on your Dh still having a job Turnip.
It's a week today since the man came to do the valuation, I have to call and see if they know how it came out, this is all dragging on. It's all supposed to close at the end of August.
I think I'm going to give myself an ulcer with stress.
Banging my head on a wall here.

yourcruisedirector Tue 06-Aug-13 09:08:47

the whole valuation thing is so baffling isn't it squinkies!

terry's we're also expecting to exchange any day now - we thought it was happening last week so have had buildings insurance since then. We've been ringing the solicitor every day and not getting through at all confused.

yourcruisedirector Tue 06-Aug-13 10:29:39

May I ask for some advice please? I'm going nuts thinking about it.

We've now had four offers on the house.

House originally up at £275k, now £260k

One at £250k + £5k fixtures and fittings, which fell through when the buyer lost her buyer. She's now marketing at a lower price and has had one very low offer, so likely can't afford what she offered before

One at £242k which has been withdrawn as buyer can't really afford that

Two current offers in region of £245k, both first time buyers. They say they can't afford more.

This is less than we paid 7 years ago! and we've spent about £25K at least improving from a very dirty, dated house to a clean, shiny, modern house with a nice garden and patio. The market is above where it was 7 years ago in our area and ours is one of only two 3 bed places under £300k (there are several 3 bed places up over £400k and over £600K in the area which is very expensive).

We can't really afford to take any of these offers but have been told that we could hold back the garage and make as much as £10k, but it's more stress and worry and both of these buyers claim to want the garage a lot. We're committed to an expensive new house that we plan to live in for 20+ years, but it needs huge amounts of work.

What are we supposed to do? I feel really very misled by the EA about the price we could realistically attain. But it will save us money to go with a first time buyer not in a chain, who can move fairly quickly. We've been on nearly 6 months now.

Any thoughts welcome... I hate this part of the process.

Turnipinatutu Tue 06-Aug-13 12:37:47

Do you really believe that both the £245k offers can't go any higher? If I was looking at a house marketed at £275k or below, I'd be thinking the buyers are hoping for £250k.
If they're going to dig their heals in, I'd suggest keeping the garage to sell separately to try and make up the difference.

It all comes down to how badly you need to sell and what your bottom line is.

yourcruisedirector Tue 06-Aug-13 12:51:07

Thanks turnip. TBH I'm annoyed with the EA for bringing people who can't afford the house! We turned down a £250K offer a few months ago when the prospects looked rosier (that's the buyer whose chain collapsed, so we haven't missed out).

I think with two interested buyers then at least one of them must be able to improve. Well, I guess we'll find out...

yourcruisedirector Tue 06-Aug-13 13:40:45

One of the couples has improved their offer. They sound lovely. I desperately hope we can get to a price we can all afford without the garage faff; I'm not very good at this game sad

yourcruisedirector Tue 06-Aug-13 16:21:40

eeeeee they've improved again to £250k - I think we might be in with a chance!!

Turnipinatutu Tue 06-Aug-13 17:27:15

Great news! And ftb's too envy smile

yourcruisedirector Tue 06-Aug-13 17:54:31

Thanks! Amazing how quickly it can turn around; we were about to swap EAs last week. We haven't formally agreed yet but we feel really hopeful, and I feel like a load has been lifted.

I think I can spare some good luck wishes for you all though!

TerrysNo2 Tue 06-Aug-13 19:50:01

great news yourcruise onwards and upwards towards new places!

underthemountain Tue 06-Aug-13 19:52:07

I have got an email to say someone will ring about a viewing but they haven't rung sad. Had five viewings so far, two seemed keen but nothing further. Am finding the lack of control over the situation very difficult, made worse by it being school hols so I'm just dwelling on it all the time. It has completely taken over my head space-I need a distraction!

Our appraisal came back it's under the asking price, appraiser said he'd pushed it up as far as he could, so now we have to go back to the table, I think they'll offer the asking and pay for all the costs themselves, it's still more than I thought we'd get when we stated getting it ready last year. and it's enough for us to buy again in UK. So fingers crossed it all comes together.
Closing is also sooner than I thought. confused
What with Dh's work hours and days off changing, I'm completely confused. On what day we are doing anything.

oopnorthmum Tue 06-Aug-13 22:05:27

ooh good luck yourcruise! fingers crossed. Our viewer has finally given feedback from Thursday, he has been viewing lots and has narrowed it down to 2, .... we are one of them!!!! things could be looking up here?!?
It is awful not being in control underthemountain, I hate that too! good luck everyone

underthemountain Tue 06-Aug-13 22:24:29

Exciting oopnorth!

yourcruisedirector Tue 06-Aug-13 22:51:25

Some people are so rude aren't they mountain shock!

Bodes well oopnorth - 1 viewing? New record!

yourcruisedirector Wed 07-Aug-13 16:47:17

We've agreed a sale - phew! The relief is incredible. Apparently their rental is up at the end of Aug so will want to proceed ASAP wink

Turnipinatutu Wed 07-Aug-13 21:34:26

Whoo hooo! Well done Yourcruised.
Did you get what you needed? And have you secured your purchase?

yourcruisedirector Wed 07-Aug-13 21:58:56

We'll be ok due to the generosity of family - we can pay the last bit back in a few years, and will still be able to afford to decorate. Phew!

So close to exchange but our solicitor couldn't get through on the phone to theirs all afternoon shock. Fx it's not because the vendor's had a hissy fit confused

Manchesterhistorygirl Thu 08-Aug-13 09:33:12

Joining you all, hold my hand please whilst we sell. I can't stand the stress! I'm not packing until we exchange. Nope, not happening.

Turnipinatutu Thu 08-Aug-13 11:54:06

Hello Manchester, what stage are you at? Have you had any offers yet?

We should be going up on RM today, after delays of over a week due to major EA server problems. But I have a feeling it won't happen until Monday angry which would be another weekend of lost potential viewings!
I really want this place sold quickly!

Think I will distract myself by continued decluttering......

yourcruisedirector Thu 08-Aug-13 12:58:44

welcome manchester and good luck! I'm all in favour of decluttering but I wouldn't start packing until a late stage either!

turnip that's such bad luck with the EA's server or whatever it is - surely they could login elsewhere and upload it? Or have another office do it?

In other news - WE FINALLY EXCHANGED ON OUR PURCHASE! Big lovely house here we come! packing moving crying decorating spending here we come

PastaBeeandCheese Thu 08-Aug-13 18:48:19

I've popped on and off these threads for the few months we've been on the market but we've finally had an offer! It's above the target price we'd mentally set so we're happy with that!

We've now got to find somewhere to buy...4 viewings arranged for the weekend. All quite different properties so hope something will work for us!

underthemountain Thu 08-Aug-13 19:03:27

Good to hear success stories-gives me a glimmer of hope! Having kinda decided where we'd like to move to I am getting impatient-but only been on just over a month.

yourcruisedirector Thu 08-Aug-13 19:17:32

Oh hurray pastabee that's great news for you. What position is your buyer in?

PastaBeeandCheese Thu 08-Aug-13 19:24:00

Our buyer is selling land to finance the purchase so a bit unusual but that is all going through at the moment so they should become cash buyers in a month or so.

I am keeping my fingers crossed because I have seen things fall through so many times on this thread and in my saved list on Rightmove. It just seems so common in this market.

underthemountain it's taken us 3.5 months to get an offer. Lots of viewings and interest but no one was in a position to proceed. It's a difficult time to sell a house. I read the average time is 4 months at the moment. We sold our first house in 5 days so it shows how things have changed. Fingers crossed for you!

underthemountain Thu 08-Aug-13 19:44:57

Thanks pasta, will keep the four months in mind!

Turnipinatutu Thu 08-Aug-13 20:04:10

We sold first time round in 8 weeks. Lost our buyer, as we couldn't find anywhere, then found somewhere (typical) so are trying again. Really hoping for a quicker sale this time round so we don't loose out on the house we've found!!
Otherwise it's back to square 1....

I don't want to ever have do this again!

underthemountain Thu 08-Aug-13 20:25:22

Definitely never again - looking at houses and imagining us in them when elderly and infirm!

Feels like a race against time when you have a place lined up to buy-good luck!

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 09-Aug-13 00:44:29

We accepted an offer last week and they've been round again today to double check and are instructing tomorrow.

I have told Dh we are never selling another house. We are staying in the next one till we die and leave the Dc's to get rid of it.

TerrysNo2 Fri 09-Aug-13 07:52:51

I'm also never moving ever again!

yourcruisedirector Fri 09-Aug-13 08:25:58

Me neither!

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 09-Aug-13 09:49:08

Well that lasted a long time, buyers have pulled out!

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 09-Aug-13 10:09:36

I need to post again. Aaaaaaaaarrrrgggghhhhhhh! Fucking fucking fuckwits. I hope their buyers pull out now! Twats.

And breathe.

yourcruisedirector Fri 09-Aug-13 11:39:42

Argh Manchester that sucks! Hope you get better buyers soon

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 09-Aug-13 12:15:09

So do I. We actually had an appointment with that bank this moment anyway, and we've got some ideas on the go now.

Still hope their buyers pullout.

Turnipinatutu Fri 09-Aug-13 12:49:37

Oh Manchester, that really does suck. Have you offered on anything yourself yet?
Better that they pull out after a week than right before exchange though.

But that doesn't stop you feeling pissed off does it!

doglover Fri 09-Aug-13 14:14:11

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. We had this happen twice .............. and it WAS third time lucky!

We've moved to our last home, too. We deliberately chose a bungalow in a lovely quiet location that suits us now and will be great when the dds have left home and it's just the two of us.

I found the whole moving thing completely traumatic and it is a fabulous feeling to know that we'll not be doing it again!! smile

PastaBeeandCheese Fri 09-Aug-13 17:03:48

Oh manchester that's rubbish. I hope their buyers pull out too!

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 09-Aug-13 17:15:06

Yes we've offered and our vendors have offered too! Argh!

Nellymay Fri 09-Aug-13 17:30:11

i need to rant!!
Well, here we sit - waiting ...........for our buyer to tell her solicitor that she wants to exchange for next friday 16th - she is out of contact - not responding to her phone - the estate agent has sent her emails today. And its 5 oclock and everything is closing for the weekend - so all the people in the chain are waiting for her to respond.......we can't do anything........

She came round last wednesday as she wants to rent it out (her and dh live abroad) she made a big fuss that it wasn't in "pristine condition" and she'd have to get the decorators in and she didn't want to complete til the end of september after they've been on holiday - its been agreed by all in the chain including them that Aug 16th is the date we're aiming for!!!

Then she wants to come round y'day "to make a list of what needs doing" Our house was advertised as "a fine example of a victorian house thats been well maintained and sympathetically updated" and our buyer is faffing about paintwork etc and saying she can't let it yet etc etc despite the letting agent who she brought with her, telling her it was in good condition and ready to rent. We got the estate agent to meet her and talk some sense into her and she accepted she was being OTT/ OCD and not used to the uk property market and she agreed to exchange ready for completion next friday - BUT she's not contactable today - so we're all sitting waiting.......the Cw/b**** !! Sorry for the rant

Nellymay Fri 09-Aug-13 17:33:05

doglover - i can't wait to be in your position. Great that you got theresmile

its verrrry traumatic and stressful - on a par with bereavement/ divorce/ relocation and job change

yourcruisedirector Fri 09-Aug-13 18:52:04

Rant away nelly. Some people suck hmm

doglover Fri 09-Aug-13 18:53:43

Thanks, NM. We feel a tremendous sense of relief to be here. The last few months have been pretty dire! smile

Jaynebxl Mon 12-Aug-13 09:38:14

Nelly how awful. Hope something gets sorted soon.

We moved in almost 3 weeks ago now but then had 4 days at a festival and 11 days away on holiday, both booked when we thought we would be moving in at easter! Home today and can't wait to get back to settling in.

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 12-Aug-13 11:08:07

Any news Nelly? I think we're going to rent our current house, I came lose the house we want for many reasons.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 12-Aug-13 18:06:52

Yes Nelly what's happening? She sounds horrid.

We've just had another couple come round.... We went under offer last week but these people were already booked so we wanted to have them round still. I think they liked it.... Will have to wait and see. Any chance buyers are like buses?!

yourcruisedirector Mon 12-Aug-13 18:08:25

They totally are pastabee! We had four sets of potential buyers over 5 months - two were not serious, but the last two were and both offered on the same day!

rubyrubyruby Tue 13-Aug-13 07:37:39

I think we may be moving within 2 weeks grin

[stifled squeal]

yourcruisedirector Tue 13-Aug-13 08:57:15

Yey ruby!! grin

The uncertainty is a killer isn't it'

Manchesterhistorygirl Tue 13-Aug-13 10:31:27

Eeekkk Ruby, I hope so!

We're going down the renting out approach. I need to move on with our lives. This is a life changer of a move (will explain more once we've moved) and I need to get on with our lives. No more living in limbo.

PastaBeeandCheese Tue 13-Aug-13 12:56:29

Hurrah ruby that's great news.

manchester they say renting out is the way to go as the rental market is so strong. We had this suggested to us several times.

It looks like we might have 2 buyers. We're under off with one couple but the couple who were pre booked prior to offer and came last night really liked it. They are looking at two more properties today and are coming back to us tomorrow but said they expected to offer..... Fingers crossed they do. I feel like we've waited forever when in reality it's only been 4 months!

Purpletoes Wed 14-Aug-13 14:37:59

Hi can I join? Getting estate agents in tomorrow to value our flat and currently looking to buy a house further out. Based in London and the market jut seems to be moving so quicklyconfusedconfused

Hoping our flat doesn't take too long. As with DP me and DS it is getting a bit cramped plus I would like to have another baby soon.

Have been decluttering for a while now but still seems overflowing! hmm

iamadoozermum Wed 14-Aug-13 16:25:38

Hello all, we're just about to join the madness that is buying and selling. We're selling our nice, but cramped (for us with 4 DCs) house and hoping to buy about 40 miles away due to me having a new job. Had 3 EA round to give us valuations and they are all around the ballpark we expected, which is good. Just have to decide who to go with and what price to start with. Also trying to do some redecoration that we were in the middle of before I was offered job (didn't expect to get it!) and massively declutter. Not looking forward to the process at all, it all seems so hard sad.

PastaBeeandCheese Wed 14-Aug-13 17:05:27

Welcome iamadozer and purpletoes. Good luck!

Well, buyers are likes buses. We now have two offers for exactly the same amount! One is in a slightly better position but neither has a chain and both can proceed. We've gone back and asked for best and final offers so will hopefully be able to make a decision tomorrow.

yourcruisedirector Thu 15-Aug-13 07:23:10

That's great pastabee! Same thing happened to us.

Welcome and good luck new movers!

underthemountain Thu 15-Aug-13 15:44:18

Well we have another viewing on the weekend -one step closer?! Have a birthday to sort and Pmt to fight before it happens though. Not feeling confident!

Manchesterhistorygirl Thu 15-Aug-13 17:49:32

Had two agents round to value for letting and they both agree with each other on PCM which is great and means its enough to cover the mortgage.

Hopefully, hopefully we'll have all this sorted by the end of October.

PastaBeeandCheese Thu 15-Aug-13 18:02:40

That sounds promising manchester.

Gather your strength underthemountain. It's one step closer and all the housework will be done in one go!

We've just accepted the offer from the couple that can proceed so need to instruct solicitor now. Hurrah!

underthemountain Thu 15-Aug-13 18:20:18

Am green with envy Pasta!

PastaBeeandCheese Thu 15-Aug-13 18:33:34

underthemountain I've had to step away from the thread a few times as it felt like everyone else was selling!

How long have you been waiting? I clung to the statistic that the average time to get an offer is now 4 months.

underthemountain Thu 15-Aug-13 19:38:37

Since early July, so not four months yet! However as back story we went up for sale last year, sold relatively quickly (it all seemed so positive back then!), our buyer didn't get their mortgage, we waited a bit then put it back on the market (can't remember how long for) then eventually withdrew it as we were going on a long holiday and couldn't make up our minds what we were doing. This year we HAVE to sell (job relocation) so everything is more intense.

Just had a call from the estate agent who is now talking about finding a new buyer. Oh god.

I really don't want to go back to square one. Can someone please cross their fingers for me that this doesn't fall through sad

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 16-Aug-13 20:48:10

Crossing fingers for you.

PastaBeeandCheese Fri 16-Aug-13 21:07:32

Oh I hope not enjoyingscience. Fingers crossed tight for you.

Fingers crossed enjoyingscience.

rubyrubyruby Sat 17-Aug-13 04:58:39

Keep us updated enjoyingscience

I've booked a removal van. We're still waiting to exchange contracts so I'm hoping this will give the solicitors a kick up the arse.

The shippers have all our stuff now so we are living in a naked house. Some furniture left that is staying for the new owners and things friends are having.
I talked to our buyer yesterday, she's still waiting to hear a date for closing and getting anxious too, so fingers crossed it's Tuesday like we think.

TerrysNo2 Wed 21-Aug-13 15:09:50

After a 4.5 month process where we found a house, lost out on the house, won the house, sold the house and lost the buyer on the house we have FINALLY exchanged today!!!

Completion tomorrow.

Oh god, what have we done - we are spending the next week house sitting for someone, then homeless for DS's first ever week at school as the builders want us out, then we have to live with a further 4/5 weeks of renovations.

I am petrified but happy grin


We're still in will they won't they limbo on our buyer, but you've given me hope smile

We will be all done on Manday morning, just got a call we are booked in for 9am (west coast US) to sign the dotted line.
So then we have 7 days to clear out of the house properly, lots of trip to the dump and the charity shop, all out belongings left on Monday to be shipped to UK. Only clothes left to take with us on the plane.
Doing the happy dance here grin
Might even have Dd back for the new school year in UK.

*Monday, not sure what a Manday is.

PastaBeeandCheese Sat 24-Aug-13 06:24:53

Sounds like lots of us are getting on with our sales. I've been filling out paperwork for the solicitors and got it all handed in yesterday.

Turnipinatutu Sat 24-Aug-13 11:21:07

Well since I was last on this thread, we've sold for asking price smile and to nice people we know,who are going into to rented.
Put an offer in on our dream house, which has been on the market for 7 months, needs loads of work and has dropped price 3 times since February.
Offer was refused sad they won't drop to our offer and we can't go any higher.

So now we're stuck in moving limbo, with nothing else to even view.....
I thought looking for our new house would be the fun part! But everything is either well below budget and too small or over budget and more than we would need. Where are the inbetween houses? frustrating grrr...

FCEK Sat 24-Aug-13 12:26:42

Whoo estate agent fees paid (as we are at work next week), busy decluttering today, doing pictures tomorrow, painter in on Monday to paint just one final room and should be on the market late next week! Eeek! Hope it sells quickly!

well, we've just had the homebuyer report back on the purchase, all looks fine and valuation is ok. Phew! Just need our fecking buyer to sort his end out. He has paid for his survey now, and looks a little bit more like he actually wants to buy, but thanks to a shortage in our area, no idea when it will happen.

I know what you mean about inbetween houses turnip - there's very little on the market that fits our bill, and we looked at a very wide area (three counties!). Good luck with searching smile

FCEK Tue 27-Aug-13 16:04:08

Surveyor coming out on Thursday. Getting excited. Really hope it sells quick.

underthemountain Wed 28-Aug-13 20:40:36

Worried about winter coming and our best bit (garden) disintegrating! Got a note of interest (Scotland) but nothing more yet. Wish I could tell if the note will become an offer. About eight weeks in, nine viewings, no fingernails left.

yourcruisedirector Thu 29-Aug-13 13:24:22

found you again! I've broken my phone so am hopelessly out of the loop with everything.

Great to hear things are really starting to work out for lots of you!

We have a buyer now and that's all ticking along as far as I know confused - they don't appear to be in a rush despite their initial claims.

We are supposed to complete tomorrow but I've just had a note from our mortgage provider that they have been instructed to release the funds on Sept 2nd - WTAF?!!! - we're still working on tomorrow!!! This is not as bad for us as for some (since we still have our old house) but obviously everything is planned and booked around completing tomorrow. I'm actually almost hyperventilating with rage at the moment. I'm expecting a call from the solicitor when she gets back from lunch. I'm blaming the mortgage provider for now. They have been absolutely shocking from the start angry

FCEK Thu 29-Aug-13 14:48:35

Surveyors been so now we wait for valuation etc. I'm now panicking it'll be valued too low or something hmm

underthemountain Fri 30-Aug-13 15:16:09

No progress here. No offers yet. Future uncertainty really getting to me!!

underthemountain Fri 30-Aug-13 16:49:31

Got another viewing for the weekend, could be the one!

Turnipinatutu Fri 30-Aug-13 17:21:54

Booked 4 viewings for tomorrow. I'm not hopeful that any will be that suitable, but need to at least try and find something.....

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 30-Aug-13 17:25:04

Hopefully going on the rental market in next couple of weeks and we'll be out of here by the end of September, month in limbo (caravan at parents) and we move in end of October!

yourcruisedirector Fri 30-Aug-13 19:01:01

We're in! At least, we completed and have keys to our new house - we're moving over the next week or two.

Had a gorgeous day - flung the windows open, aired the house, cleaned like mad people (it's filthy), started decorating... It's going to be lovely!

Turnipinatutu Fri 30-Aug-13 19:04:04

Congrats Yourcruised. How lovely to able to clean/decorate and move in gradually. Enjoy your lovely new home.

yourcruisedirector Fri 30-Aug-13 21:44:05

thanks turnip - we've been really lucky. Still haven't exchanged on our sale which is a worry but if it works out I'll consider myself very lucky with timing.

FCEK Fri 30-Aug-13 22:20:31

valuation done and its lower than what I had expected sad I'm really annoyed as the house round the corner from me which is up for sale, doesn't have a conservatory (we do) and its been valued higher!

DH has pointed out that they are selling at the valuation and its been on the market for ages therefore people seem to think its overpriced. He therefore thinks our valuation is a more realistic valuation but I'm now scared we'll get offers much lower than we want (we'd like to get our money back at least, especially as the types of houses we want to buy require a decent deposit!)

First time seller and its being so stressful so far!

House should be on the market on Monday. My DF thinks we should go in at Fixed Price or offers in excess of the valuation. Does this sound okay (we're in Scotland!)

We are done, money arrived in my bank, we are now lodgers in the house for a few days while we get ready to fly home to UK. New owner has been by and planted some trees and left all kinds of plats so I've been watering them for her, she can't move in till next saturday when she has friends with muscles to help her. So we'll be out by Thursday.

Ongoing saga of our buyer continues. House going back on the market on Tuesday if he hasn't got a survey booked in (though he has apparently paid for one already? I wish I understood this!) and it looks likely we'll lose the house we're trying to buy when they find out. I can't see how giving him a deadline that like will help, as it's not under his control as far as I can tell.

We're devastated, as we love the house we're trying to buy, and have already paid £800 we're not going to be able to recoup if they reject us. Despite saying they weren't in a rush when we offered, they are apparently desperate to move asap now. Getting the house back in a state for viewings now sad

Turnipinatutu Sun 01-Sep-13 11:07:31

So sorry Enjoying, that really sucks.
Fingers crossed you find a new buyer quickly and all will pan out well.
Did it take long till the current buyer came along?

yourcruisedirector Mon 02-Sep-13 09:35:30

sorry enjoying, that sounds really stressful. I hope your buyer pulls his finger out and gets on with things!

We're a bit worried about our buyer - she cancelled her measuring up viewing but has rebooked for later this week. We haven't heard anything about a valuation or survey, and with the new house to clean up we don't have much time for chasing solicitors etc. I'm going to arrange to be in when the buyer visits so I can chat to her in person.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 02-Sep-13 09:58:16

So sorry enjoyingscience that's rubbish.

FCEK I was a bit like that with our valuations because I'd seen what houses in the street were up for sale at. Your DH is right though.... They will never achieve that price so will either drop massively or simply have to stay there if set on that price.

I think it does you a favour if a neighbour is unrealistic. It makes your house look like a bargain. We've done OIEO in England and got £5,000 more that the base price which was really what we would have been happy with so it worked well for us. Also i think it's much rarer to do this in England so even more likely to do well in Scotland?

Our buyers had their survey done and all is well. Waiting for survey on our new house to be done now. Keeping my fingers crossed.

FCEK Mon 02-Sep-13 22:50:16

house isn't on the market yet. EA hasn't finished the schedule. It was supposed to be live on right move etc today but not yet. rather annoyed feeling!

Last minute save from the buyer - he's finally booked a survey! They're comning next week. Our vendors are still in a huff, but at least things are moving so they aren't pulli