Someone buy my house!!!!

(55 Posts)
Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 13:52:13

Ok so house been on market exactly 4 weeks, had 6 viewings and 3 no shows which ain't bad I suppose but no offers. House is priced in line with competition, problem is we've fell in love with another property (I know we shouldn't have!!) and also EA suggested an offer we suggested would be accepted once we are proceedable.
I'm so frustrated with our EA, keep having to ring them several times for feedback, when would you say is a reasonable time to ditch and move on? We can't really afford to drop price much either as funds tight for what we want to move into next.
Anyway rant over, this isn't property, any views?

wannabeawallaby Sat 29-Jun-13 14:00:41

I'd buy it if you picked it up and moved it to London and kept it at that price (and didn't bump it to £600k like it would cost here).

Good luck though.

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 14:02:32


nenevomito Sat 29-Jun-13 14:03:23

Times are still tough. It took me 7 months to sell.

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 14:03:48

That should read this IS our property

PartyFops Sat 29-Jun-13 15:26:57

I feel your pain, my first viewer just failed to show up! Oh well I shall make the most of living in a show home until 2 year old dd comes home! grin

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 15:28:44

So frustrating when people s

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 15:28:59

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Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 15:30:33

So frustrating when people don't have the decency to call to cancel!! I thought ours would get snapped up as its done out to a decent standard, still early days I suppose but just really im

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 15:31:48

Really impatient, wish I would stop hitting the wrong button too :-)

Same here, have been in tears overnight as we found our 'forever' house a couple of weeks ago and it sold yesterday. It had been on since feb and only offers were off builders etc as needs modernising. The vendor wanted to sell to a family as it was their parents house where she grew up (now deceased).

We asked the agent if we should put in an offer even though our house was having the photos done the next day and not yet on.
She said no harm in doing so so we did. Really positive as they want to sell to a family (our ds is 22 months) and to represent our offer when we sell ours.

We had 2 viewings this Tuesday, and a second viewing on Thursday, all really positive and we and the agent were expecting an offer yesterday.
All day the agent just kept getting voicemail (she's a dr), finally got her this morning on her home phone. Basically she's not sure if she can afford it. She shouldn't have come to fucking look then!!!

I am so disheartened even though it's been on a short time and am refusing to even look anymore as this is the second house we've 'lost', the first we hadn't even thought of moving yet, but it came up as in an area we wanted and very cheap! But it went to someone who had sold already as it should.

We've even put ours on the market at £30,000 LESS than what it was valued at to get a quick sale! Never had this before, we've moved 9 times in 12 years and NEVER had a problem selling, always within a week. I know it's very early on, but you can't help getting your hopes up to be smacked back down to earth hmm

I can't click your link

Done it! I think it's lovely and very well presented, nothing more I could suggest smile

YouKnowOfTheCrunch Sat 29-Jun-13 15:51:10

I'm trying! Ok, different area and house, but I'm desperate to buy!

Estate agents have mostly been rubbish, it's like they don't care if I want the house or not. They don't pass on messages, don't arrange viewings (the number of times I've had to call to remind them I want to see a certain house is ridiculous, and this isn't one agent, it's 6 different ones!), have been rude and offered bad advice which has put us off completely (things like advising us not to get a survey, which made us want one more and not trust the house was sound).

So... My advice is ask your EA how they are marketing you. What do they say to sellers? Has there been much interest? Badger them to actually SELL your house because as a buyer it seems like they don't care.

Good luck!

It looks really lovely OP. If it weren't miles and miles away from me I'd buy it unhelpful

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 29-Jun-13 16:11:06

I think it's nice.

I would change a few things though. I'd take those big lamps out while you took the pics and maybe some of the nicknacks incl that big light shade on the ceiling, I'd rearrange the furniture to make the rooms look bigger. atm, the rooms look small and your furniture looks crammed in there. You need to create the impression of space. I look at that and think it's nice, but where would I put all my stuff!

don't show the foot of the bed cos it shows you'll have to squeeze past the bed!

you could take out the dining table and push that sofa back and the room would appear much larger.

Retake the kitchen pictures with a LOT more light!

retake the garden pic so you can only see one side of the fence as part of that, too. grin

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 16:11:09

Hi, yes been steady, 6 viewings and 3 no shows, hate this waiting game, sounds similar position to us choccy, we have offered up to 250k as unwilling to go over stamp duty threshold, good thing (fingers crossed) is no other offers on house we want and been in a while, thanks for positive comments at least house is looking good, few comments about 3rd bedroom too small but its a 1950's semi so always going to be a 'box' room. Ideally will be suited to FTB or someone with 1 child

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 16:16:23

Thanks for advice , EA is coming to take more pics later in the week so hopefully that will help (I took the pics on my DSLR), just need a bright day. Would be reluctant to remove dining table as needs to show useable as a living/dining room, think the bed photo is misleading as actually a good amount if space at end if bed, hopefully EA can rectify issues.

primallass Sat 29-Jun-13 17:08:24

It is lovely but the pictures are far too zoomed in and show your furniture rather than the house.

Kieron79 Sat 29-Jun-13 21:46:20

Anyway, back to original question! When should you look to ditch agent? Looking at comments house is saleable so just frustrated!!

Kieron79 Sun 30-Jun-13 11:08:56

Do you think it would make sense to switch to the same estate agent that the 'dream' house we are looking to offer on? On the understanding they would hopefully want to push the sale of ours as it would mean two sales in effect for them.They are local to our area and the house we want is in same area too. As I said previously price seems in line with competition just get the feeling all our EA is doing us relying on right move for enquiries, they don't seem very proactive

Kieron79 Sun 30-Jun-13 19:27:29


eurozammo Sun 30-Jun-13 19:32:48

Agreed - the photos are terrible and don't show the property at all.

Kieron79 Sun 30-Jun-13 19:35:17

Thanks for that glowing appraisal

xigris Sun 30-Jun-13 19:42:07

I love your house and think you've decorated it beautifully. Now, this is not helpful in the slightest but please can you tell me the colour of the paint in your kitchen? I agree with a previous poster; if you could move it to London then I'd buy it! It would be £££££ more though. Good luck, it's a great house.

Kieron79 Sun 30-Jun-13 19:58:26

Thanks, it is called gooseberry fool 3 and is by dulux

MsDeerheart Sun 30-Jun-13 22:40:18

having looked on rightmove about what has sold in your area I would say its the price -there are lots of nice ones for quite a bit less - and the last one to sell on your road when for 156K.did you get other estate agents in - also what does your contact say- most are tied in for 12 weeks

wannabeawallaby Sun 30-Jun-13 22:50:01

Four weeks is nothing OP. calm down!

Kieron79 Mon 01-Jul-13 05:49:58

Thanks, last sale was a 2 bed bungalow that needed a complete overhaul ie rewrite, boiler kitchen etc. I'm pretty confident price is achievable, need to check tue in period, I know it's early days just feel they aren't doing any work for me considering what I'm paying them

Kieron, EA are just frikkin useless. We're selling ours as I mentioned, but it's only been on less than 2 weeks.
However, we also own property to let. We've been to see 2 potential rental houses over the last 2 weeks, and we haven't had a single phonecall from the agents following up our viewings, so obviously they just now wait for you to call with feedback instead of doing their job!
One we are going to put in a offer on, but really they should be at least calling to see if we were ingested, want another viewing etc.
All they are is a shop window IMO!


Wishfulmakeupping Mon 01-Jul-13 12:20:58

Why are you moving you're house is lovely smile
We are in the exact same situation but only had 3 viewings so far. I know the house we want will sell soon- it's a bargain seller moving abroad so knocked 20k off but my oh has his heart set on it- to have any chance we need to sell this within a month I think it will take a lot longer

Kieron79 Mon 01-Jul-13 13:08:42

You know I agree, everyone uses rightmove and I think this has made estate agents lazy. We love our house but we are just growing out of it and need to move up the ladder.

ouryve Mon 01-Jul-13 13:16:39

I'd say I'm tempted, but it's wrong side of the Tyne and no bigger, overall, than our 2 bed terrace. If that square footage didn't include the garage, then it's the sort of house that would go on our for consideration list. No plans to move for a couple of years at least, anyhow.

Not sure why you got snippy at posters down there, OP. It is true, the photos are terrible. The close ups on your furniture makes the house look really cramped and small. Like the photographer have nowhere to stand to make decent photos! I would not view the property on the basis of these photos. The decor is lovely and the house looks like it is in a good nick. It just looks really small and cramped.

CatharinaZ Mon 01-Jul-13 13:27:39

What does it say in the contract re minimum time you're signed up with the EA for? I think 6 weeks was average when we moved a few years ago but it varied

FairPhyllis Mon 01-Jul-13 13:41:43

You need better photos - in particular of the living/dining room, and the main bedroom.

The problem is that the living room in particular looks tiny - it looks as though the sofas are too large for the space. Could you move the sofa on the left to that wall opposite the fireplace? So the sofas are at 90 degrees to each other? It would allow you to see the full length of the room and would make the dining space look usable. Take out the arc lamp - it's too big for the space and is making it look smaller - and that box thing on the left of the fireplace.

If you can't rearrange the bed to have more space at its foot then take out the mirror and the chest of drawers.

HormonalHousewife Mon 01-Jul-13 13:49:25

The photos on the whole are rubbish.

Less is more - who wants or needs a photo of the loo ?

Its not decluttering you need to do, the house looks good, just better rearrangement purely for the photo taking.

Show off the space and not the furniture.

I would put into storage the second two seater sofa and maybe just get an arm chair and a coffee table instead. You have two sofas, one hiding a side unit, the second wedged in next to the fireplace, up against the wall, and on the other side what looks like a corner of a wall. It looks like you need to squeeze in between a corner and the sofa to get a dining area so minuscule that the lamp needs to be placed infront of the living room sofa.

One dining chair is wedged right up against the sofa, and with no space to sit at the table, it looks like you can chose between seating three people, or not having access to the garden.

Kieron79 Mon 01-Jul-13 14:19:18

Thanks for the feedback, EA booked in to take photos on Thursday so will try with rearranging best I can. Will see how they come out and hopefully get a few more viewings from it, agree about arco lamp, thats getting put into the garage tonight!!If it wouldnt look strange I would remove a sofa too, Would love to be able to put sofa at 90 degress as suggested but thats where our tv and media unit is, agree pics arent showing thew house to best of ability in terms of space.

FairPhyllis Mon 01-Jul-13 14:30:03

You really do need to remove the sofa if you can't reposition it. If that corner is filled with a media unit it's even more important you free up some more space. Just put it in the garage with the lamp for the duration. If you replace it with a small armchair it won't look strange, and it will probably make a massive difference in terms of getting people through the door.

quoteunquote Mon 01-Jul-13 15:17:54

Usually when I look at these I cringe as I can see so many things that jump out, but on the whole you have done a great job of house,

but you want some straight input on things that will make a big difference to buyers relationship with the house.

picture one,

curb appeal, your house looks well kept from the first photo, but bland and un rememberable,

simple improvements suggestions,

Two very large pots either side of the door with something tall and structural growing in them, planted with colour around the bottom,

the brick wall with the window in to the left of the garage, could do with some roses growing up it, make a boarder along that wall, put some mature planting and plenty of colour.

what do you use the gravel area for?

could you put some boarders along inside the perimeter walls, and get planting, your neighbours house has lots going on, it makes yours look bare, foliage and colour.

even a standard tree/rose(yellow) in the middle of the triangle grass, in a small circular bed with some plants around the bottom would be a quick fix, to make that space less bland.

picture two,

lovely sunlight, turn the shade for the purpose of this picture we see the join, or hold it up out of the way for picture, try to take this again with the sunlight.

picture three,

Is there a better time of day to take this picture does it get direct sunlight at any time of day?

it feels slightly cluttered, the sofas are too big for the space, or that is the impression from the photo,

the coffee table does not need to be in shot, the floor lamp should be behind the sofa,

the black lamp, is not needed for this picture, it size is making the space look smaller than it is, either centre the brown frame, or put all items on that alcove space to the far right,

picture 4,

move that lamp, I know the base is heavy, (bf has two, i have helped her move six times) there must be a better angle to take a photo from,

get rid of the candle stick for the purposes of this shot, try to lose the the chimney breast and mantle piece.

is there a time when sun floods into this room?

picture 5,

you see the edge of the door, see the edge of the picture, unless your house is falling over photos must be straight, add a special orchid (tasteful pot)something dramatic, as it needs something organic to take your eye to the garden beyond.

picture 6,

hold the camera back against the wall use a wide angle lens, put something funky in the glass cabinet , heinz beans, heinz tomato soup, anything that has an iconic, distinctive
colour, shape logo, dress that wall cabinet, maybe a very nice print tea towel folded and hanging on the cooker.

picture 7, needs to be straight, you can always see what it will look like with the lights on. Oh and the clock should always say 10.10 so it is a smile.

picture 8,

any time of day it gets sunlight? just straighten up and use wide angle.

picture 9,

get rid of the TV, and other stuff on the top of drawers,

try different angles, wide lens, if you can get a shot without neighbours, brilliant, and when the sun is coming in,

picture 10, sunlight and better shots,

picture 11,

mmmmmm wider sunlight and lose the cot, get a travel cot out which you can hide for viewings, and make that room another bedroom. sorry but it does really help.

picture 12, more sun, move the blinds a bit so the neighbours red brick does not jump out at you.

picture 13, all the stuff on the basin and window sill has to go for photo, have it all in a basket and hide for viewing, more sun, and one slat is jumping out as it is squint.

picture 14, centre the shelves for picture, put the basin stuff in basket,

picture 15, a few towels neatly folded (labels away) and put in middle never at the top, loo seat is down so good, amazing how many are photoed up, full loo roll, also good.

picture 16,

It feels as if you ran out of steam in the garden, your home is going to appeal to people who are not going to want to do much to the house, it is not a fixer upper, so you need to tackle this, as it needs to be another completed room,

It's really dark even though it is in sunlight, the lawn looks healthy, I don't think the patio heater brings anything to the look, handy, but we don't need to see it,

fill those beds with a riot of colour, and structural planting

paint some of it, as a quick fix, too much dark stained wood, and no plant life. even some big pots with herbs and colour will make that end space nicer, a jug of pimms and a couple of glasses won't hurt on the table, and a nice pot with marigolds. you want it to look like it is hard to drag yourself out of the garden room.

picture 7, fill those beds with colour, dress that table, get rid of heater and make sure it is sunny,

and what is missing, any shots back down the garden? are you avoiding something?

and your garage, a big selling point, empty it out, clean paint and dress it as a very usable space, take a photo, then refill it with the stuff you are storing, at least the buyers then have an image in their heads.

it will sell, don't worry but if you could do that last push and bring the front and back spaces up to the same standard as the inside, it will help the buyers to fall in love.

tungthai Mon 01-Jul-13 15:23:09

I love your house. I wish it was 300 miles further south and I would snap it up.

It is very well presented but I agree with the poster who said that the pictures show off your furniture rather than the rooms.

PopiusTartius Mon 01-Jul-13 15:24:08

I don't understand though, you've been on with that agent for 4 weeks now and they haven't come round to take their own photos yet?

tungthai Mon 01-Jul-13 15:25:53

Can I ask what model your cooker is?


Kieron79 Mon 01-Jul-13 15:33:18

WOW, very in depth advice, much appreciated! Going to take it on board, fresh set of eyes on something helps a lot! Thank you! Cooker is a DeLonghi

78bunion Mon 01-Jul-13 15:46:13

Another option is a bridging loan - buy before you've sold.

Aren't bridging loans very expensive?

quoteunquote Mon 01-Jul-13 15:54:39

you can take your own photos so they are not rushed,

Then you can follow the sun around the building, that way you can dress each room as you go.

I agree with losing one sofa, and having a single chair it will free the space up.

tungthai Mon 01-Jul-13 16:35:46

When did you buy it Kieron?

It looks very similar to our cooker which is on its last legs and I can't find a replacement. Ours is also a Di Longi but 10 years old and has been discontinued.

Kieron79 Mon 01-Jul-13 18:00:41

Hi, not sure as was in house when we bought it, it's standard size though

tungthai Mon 01-Jul-13 18:35:07

Thanks. It's probably the same one.

Corriewatcher Mon 01-Jul-13 20:27:35

We've just accepted an offer on our house after it had been on the market for over 12 months and with 3 separate agents (all as sole agents, not overlapping). The last agents got us a decent offer in just 6 weeks, with not a single no show viewing. they gave excellent and speedy feedback, and good advice on presenting the property from the off. The same could not be said of the 2 previous agents (one of whom had loads of no shows). I would say ditch them asap, and get a good recommendation from a friend who has recently sold - people are very frank about how good their estate agents are!

Good luck!

lisahayes Wed 17-Jul-13 16:56:07

hi, how did you get on with this? manage to sell?

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