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Feedback on my rightmove listing (glasgow) pls?

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FergusSingsTheBlues Thu 28-Mar-13 12:29:59

Just wondering if anybody could kindly offer me some feedback on my listing?

Im for sale through online ea. neighbour is on market through high street ea.

Our flats are v similar, pricing is 5k different.

His is student flat, mine is a family home.....he is getting viewings, i think about five since 18th feb, ive had two since 28th.....

We are adjacent to eachother on rightmove and S1....

Other than ea being v proactive (do they really call up people registered with them?), I dont understand why nobody is coming to see my house...according to conversion rate from stats, im at 4%....i think my pictures are ok...just wondering if Im highlighting the wrong rooms on the listing?

Or if I truly should be going with high street? We know theres only really a six week window of action, and dont want to miss out...any advice would be great.



ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 28-Mar-13 15:14:08

You also need to make your hallway look brighter. It looks really dark atm. Either shine lights or do something, but make it look brighter. take that little bedroom photo from a different angle because it looks tiny.

iheartdusty Thu 28-Mar-13 15:23:35

Exterior pic - I don't know the area, but if more knowledgeable types say that's your selling point, so be it - but if it's your first shot , presumably it heads up the Rightmove profile, and then isn't there a risk that people will not realise it's a different flat from your neighbour?

FairPhyllis Thu 28-Mar-13 15:58:47

I think your flat is lovely. The only things I would recommend you change would be to add a floor plan with dimensions and change the angle of the photos in the smaller bedrooms so you can see how big they are. And maybe take the mats and scales out of the bathroom and pull the curtains back. I think the kitchen is fine.

It's possible the red carpet in the living room is frightening some people - could you put a large rug down and maybe rearrange the furniture? If all the furniture is clinging to the edges of the room it does look a bit barn like - people are generally surprisingly bad at imagining how they would live in a room unless you do it for them.

It may also be to do with the stamp duty threshold - his may be attracting people who really only want to pay 250K and think they can more realistically put an offer in on his than on yours. If you need a quick sale and you'd be prepared to take 250, then I would list it for a bit less.

FergusSingsTheBlues Thu 28-Mar-13 16:07:05

Alright, thanks everybody, much appreciated....going to show my husband this thread later to work through your suggestions.

Its v hard to see your home through critical eyes, so I appreciate the input.

I had no idea the smallest bedroom looked tiny, in reality its 3.5m x 3m so not that small.

Re lounge rug, we do have a persian rug down normally but took it up for the pix.

External pix and floor plans seem to be unanimous, so will get onto the agent now.

FergusSingsTheBlues Thu 28-Mar-13 16:22:01

Just ceilings are actually 3.5m high, which is possibly why the rooms look smaller?

7to25 Thu 28-Mar-13 16:51:30

I have just looked around rightmove and S1 for things around your price.
Look at how Corum west end photograph quite ordinary properties
And then look at yours.
I do not work for them, by the way!
I am convinced that you need better photographs.

Crutchlow35 Thu 28-Mar-13 18:36:09

Can someone do the links please?

lalalonglegs Thu 28-Mar-13 18:40:29

It is bad luck that a neighbour is selling his identically-sized flat at a similar price. You are probably going to find that lots of people will want to visit both of you regardless of the photographs and make up their mind when they view. I'm not convinced that #5k will make that much difference as the student flat would need upgrading to make it a family home and a BTL investor is unlikely to want yours as they would need to spend money depersonalising it. I think both of you will struggle to get over the stamp duty threshold as, from what I understand, the o/o guide doesn't work terribly well in most neighbourhoods these days. I do agree that the bedroom photo would look better with the bed turned and the curtains should be drawn in the bathroom. I would also put the rug down in the living room. There is a photo of a garden but very little mention of it in the particulars - I think that would be a godsend if I had children in that block so maybe have "Large communal gardens" put in the bullet points. Perhaps get a photo of it on the ground rather than from above, it might look more interesting from eye level.

lalalonglegs Thu 28-Mar-13 18:41:54

Fergus's flat

Neighbour's flat

Crutchlow35 Thu 28-Mar-13 18:47:07

Thanks. What are the home report valuations?

Jollyb Thu 28-Mar-13 18:50:20

Shower curtain back in the bathroom - cleaner and less fussy.

Dress the other bedrooms to make them look like bedrooms.

Yours looks much nicer but I agree with the other poster who said that people might look at the wallpaper and red carpet and think 'that's money I'm going to have to spend when I move in'.

Good luck

saintmerryweather Thu 28-Mar-13 18:55:38

Your ds bedroom looks tiny, can you take his little rug theres only carpet? The wallpaper and bedspread are a bit busy to have the rug there too. i prefer the decor in the other flat because its less personal than yours but then again youre selling a family home and your neighbour isnt

beatricequimby Thu 28-Mar-13 21:11:04

I sold a flat not far from you a couple of years ago.

If you go with a high street estate agent they do phone people up and get them round to your flat but in my experience most of these viewers aren't really interested. Genuine buyers look on Rightmove themselves, so I wouldn't worry about that..

I think the market is really, really slow at the moment. And being honest I think your flat is overpriced. I know Hillhead has come up relative to other areas of the West End recently but a lot of people are wary of it because of the potential for lots of student neighbours. I hope I am wrong and you get the price you want for it but I do wonder if you might be better to drop your price to below the stamp duty threshold if you really want to sell. Sorry!

mrscumberbatch Thu 28-Mar-13 21:17:31

Your flat is lovely. Everything looks in better condition. Bathroom lovely etc.

I think that maybe he is getting more views as people are looking to offer lowball prices and think that the person that owns his flat judging by his decor would be more likely to accept below asking price rather than yours.....

Market is slow, we're selling in Merchant City at the moment and we get a lot of speculative views and silly low offers. I think the market is geared towards renting at the moment.

ILikeBirds Fri 29-Mar-13 06:25:32

Someone mentioned the student neighbours. People may be put off your flat by the neighbours flat if it looks like a place that would be let out to sharers. So your neighbours flat may be restricting viewers but not because they are viewing that flat instead. A harder problem to solve

7to25 Wed 17-Apr-13 20:06:44

Hi Fergus, I showed your thread and rightmove posting to my friend who is a west end landlord and a bit of a property guru.
She felt that your listing was spot on and your flat was beautiful but that your market would be buy-to-letters.
She suggested getting an HMO licence for your flat and had some ideas about how to do it as cheaply as possible. She felt that the area and the position on the second floor would be a deterrent to family buyers.

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