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To think it's unfair to view a house when you've got no intention of buying it?

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NotActuallyAMum Fri 17-May-13 13:51:34

I'm prepared to be told IABU as I seem to be in the minority here

A colleague has just said she's going to look at a house near us tomorrow, we were all quite surprised as they've never got any money as it is and this house is much bigger than the one they currently live in. Another colleague said they were surprised they were considering moving and she said "Oh we're not, we just want a nosy". I said that was a bit unfair on the people who are selling it as it's getting their hopes up that they might sell but everyone else seems to be of the opinion that "there's no harm in looking"

I am aware that it's cock all to do with me what she does grin just wondered what other people think

May be a while before I'm back, am still at work...

Mintyy Fri 17-May-13 13:53:10

Yanbu. Who the hell does she think she is?

icklemssunshine1 Fri 17-May-13 13:55:32

YANU. Our house has been on the market for over a year & have inked had 4 viewings so when we get one we do get excited only to be disappointed. The last viewers said our house was too expensive (why view when you know asking price?) & one before that said our house "needed modernising". When we asked what was meant by that they just said "modernising". Your friends are getting people's hopes unintentionally & its wrong!

DidyouseeEthel Fri 17-May-13 13:56:10

YANBU. It's not just unfair to get their hopes up, but if they're anything like me they'll spend about five hours doing housework in preparation for the viewing. Total timewasters.

icklemssunshine1 Fri 17-May-13 13:56:27

How did my iPhone get "inked" from "only"?!!

SirChenjin Fri 17-May-13 13:56:55

YANBU in my book - DH on the other hand doesn't see anything wrong with it, thinks it's a good way to get to know what you want/don't want and feels that until you've seen a house you don't get a proper impression of size, layout etc.

He is, of course, wrong. We've sold houses before and know how stressful it is getting it tidied for viewing etc, so quite why he persists with his opinion I've no idea. Why get someone's hopes up when you've no intention of buying? hmm (We don't go looking at houses btw unless we are buying, I won't put someone through that)

icklemssunshine1 Fri 17-May-13 13:58:04

Didyousee I totally agree. Last Friday left work early, rushed to pick up DD & spent the next few hours cleaning only for our viewers to be half hour late & say our house was too expensive. Total shit!

shoofly Fri 17-May-13 14:00:53

Yanbu. Having recently sold our house then rented for a year until we bought, & had to show timewasters round the rental property which was also on the market, she is a cow! All that tidying up for a viewer who has no intention of buyingangry

icklemssunshine1 Fri 17-May-13 14:01:00

I'm also getting over a lot of medical problems at the moment & in pain most of the time so don't need added stress of time wasters. Viewers need to realise its not a game, its our lives being messed about!

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 17-May-13 14:03:24

YANBU, that is horrible behaviour, especially with the housing market as it is. When looking to buy a house, I do tend to look at a wide range of places, even ones I know we probably wouldn't buy. I like to to get an idea of what you get for your money, compare areas and ages of houses and would look at a few below and above our price range for comparison, but never just to have a nose around.

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 17-May-13 14:04:55

YANBU. If people just want to window shop they can look online.

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Fri 17-May-13 14:05:28

I agree,it's so mean.
The house owner will most likely re arrange their whole day,spend time cleaning and clearing stuff,then get their hopes up for a sale,when all the time the viewer was "just having a nosey"

expatinscotland Fri 17-May-13 14:07:13

Maybe your house is too expensive and needs modernised if it's only had four viewings in a year, two with negative feedback,and no offers.

Kiriwawa Fri 17-May-13 14:07:28

YANBU its so bloody stressful selling a house, it's really mean to just go for a nosy

SirChenjin Fri 17-May-13 14:08:10

Yegod - why go and look at a house if you have no intentions of buying it? Not trying to cause an argument btw smile

EuroShaggleton Fri 17-May-13 14:08:45

I've done it once. I bought it! I wasn't even intending to start househunting for a few months, but the place was perfect, so I scraped the money together and did it.

DIYapprentice Fri 17-May-13 14:09:04

That is why in Australia (South Australia, at least) they have the houses booked for an opening on a weekend and an evening - then all those busybodies curious people can go and have a look without putting the owners/residents out. All the agencies list the opening times in the newspaper and you buy it and work out which houses you want to go and look at.

SirChenjin Fri 17-May-13 14:09:52

Sounds like a very good way of doing things DIY

shockers Fri 17-May-13 14:10:06

I viewed a house I thought I had no chance of buying as DH had said he didn't want to move to that area/live in a bungalow/we couldn't afford it. I managed to drag him along for the viewing with the promise of lunch out.

Three years later, we live there and DH loves it. You just never know, your house might be all they've ever wanted without realising it!

OTheHugeManatee Fri 17-May-13 14:10:16

YANBU. Ours is on the market at the moment and having viewings means you're constantly fussing about making sure it's as immaculate as possible. Your neighbours will probably be causing someone to rearrange their whole schedule so they can make time to get the house shipshape, just so some timewasters can poke about.

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 17-May-13 14:11:13

Ah, that's a bit mean, in a tough market. I looked at a few which were probably over budget - but only ones I thought have wiggle room on the price iykwim.

Some of them turned out to be totally let down by their pictures, worth the price and out of budget, which was probably a bit annoying for us and the owners!

insomniarules Fri 17-May-13 14:11:32

It's very rude of them ! It took me hours to get the house ready for viewings and time wasters were not appreciated!

HormonalHousewife Fri 17-May-13 14:11:36

Well i think there are far better ways of spending your weekend but each to their own...

Personally I have to admit to having looked at a few houses that I knew I would not consider buying - and if I dashed a few hopes, so what ?

icklemssunshine1 Fri 17-May-13 14:13:36

expat our house is currently on the market £10k less than we bought it & in line with similar houses in the area. Unfortunately where I live houses aren't being sold unless they are around the £100k mark (we bought our house for £160 I don't want I go that low).

icklemssunshine1 Fri 17-May-13 14:14:30

£160k I mean! £160 would be a great deal smile

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