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heffalumpshavewrinkles Mon 24-Apr-17 10:26:32

Just started considering moving and had a quick look on RM to check what sort of thing was available. Big mistake!! We have found an incredible house that would tick every box sad Can we view it before even having ours on the market? Considering a call to EA, but will it be a straight no?

BillyButtfuck Mon 24-Apr-17 10:41:28

You can but there's not an awful lot of point other than to get a feel for what's out there.

You may end up falling in love with a house and if you are reliant on your own sale to fund the new house and therefor not proceedable until your own is SSTC, you will be very disappointed when it sells to someone else.

Also when you tel the EA you aren't on the market yet they will badger you to have them round to value it and then push you to go on with them, especially if you have seen something you like through them they will tell you how beneficial it would be to all involved if it was all done in house.

IAmAPaleontologist Mon 24-Apr-17 10:42:25

You can view but they likely won't accept an offer unless you are in a position to proceed.

Shortdarkandfeisty Mon 24-Apr-17 10:43:31

You can but you might not get it as you're not even on the market yet

JT05 Mon 24-Apr-17 11:14:07

Losing a house you love is devastating. I wouldn't view until I was nearing exchange.
Keep an eye on the RM site to give you valuable information. We viewed our current house after it came back on the market due to the chain breaking. We were in a position to snap it up. If I'd seen it the first time, I'd have been really upset that I wasn't in a position to buy.

Lilmisskittykat Mon 24-Apr-17 12:17:47

I would say it's a waste of your time and the poor vendors to be honest.

Get on the market then get looking.

heffalumpshavewrinkles Mon 24-Apr-17 12:39:35

Thanks, that's what I was thinking too. This house appears perfect, but has been on the market since September, so there must be something not quite right! I almost feel we'd be viewing to be able to rule it out (done lots of googling last night too). We hadn't planned to move quite this soon so I'm really unprepared for everything now! Got an agent coming round to value ours tomorrow, but I think if we don't go for this house we won't be selling just yet. Why does everything get so complicated?! I'm going to phone the agent, and just ask if the vendors would be happy for us as rubbish quality buyers to have a look. But will understand/expect a no.

sunnysouthend Mon 24-Apr-17 12:40:54

Depends how long it will take you to get yours on the market. If it's a matter of a couple of weeks then go for it I would say, if it's more like over a month don't bother. If it's meant to be it will still be available when you are ready.

MaryPoppinsPenguins Mon 24-Apr-17 12:42:53

I did this... I viewed a place I loved, made an offer and they agreed to take it off the market for two weeks while I put mind on the market and sold it... luckily we just made it in the two weeks!

sunnysouthend Mon 24-Apr-17 12:43:38

Bring on the market since Sept doesn't necessarily mean there's anything wrong with it - I viewed something that had been on the market nearly a year - it was lovely. The vendors wanted a particular, and imo too high, price and stuck out for it. It took them longer but it's now sold. Good luck!

sunnysouthend Mon 24-Apr-17 12:44:22

Argh, being - not bring

Maggy74653 Mon 24-Apr-17 12:51:40

If you really love it I'd go and view it. If it has been around from Sept they may well be willing to wait for you to find a buyer. When we put our house on the market it sold in 9 days so you may be in a position to move really quickly once you get going. Plus I wouldn't discount it because of the time it has been on the market, it could be that they were in a chain and it all fell through, putting them months behind - which is what happened to us. Our house looked like it has been for sale since Oct but actually we had three people bidding on it after 9 days. When the sale fell through 12 weeks later we were back to square one and the advert on rightmove looked like the house had been available for months.

heffalumpshavewrinkles Mon 24-Apr-17 13:37:46

I did wonder that maggy

Indaba Mon 24-Apr-17 22:29:02

Not sure if it still does but Zoopla used to give proper history of original listing date, original listing price and any subsequent reductions. The estates agents hated it as it gave so much useful info!

Indaba Mon 24-Apr-17 22:30:01

Oh and Kirsty (of Phil and Kirsty fame) would say go and view it! Looking at stuff on RM tells you nothing: you have to go and see them.

MeadowDream Wed 26-Apr-17 11:27:08

I have just done this and it all worked out fine, but only just.
DP needed a push to sell ours and by viewing one that we loved gave him the push he needed. We got ours on the market within a week and sold very quickly and just managed to get an official offer in (the same day somebody else did too). They honoured ours because we were first, and offered slightly more in the first place. But it has been stressful and we could have lost it.
Tread with caution!

ExConstance Wed 26-Apr-17 13:13:49

Have you done a drive by? sometimes when you see your fantasy in the flesh you realise it isn't as perfect as you think. I remember a converted windmill becoming an obsession until I drove down the road and realised it was set amongst some un lovely 30's semis.

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