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Why can't we sell our house!

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cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:18:02

Long story short we've accepted 3 different offers off 3 different people all for them to 'change their mind' in less than 72 hours.
Lowest offer being 5k under asking and highest full asking, I think this is now really affecting our chance of selling as our house has been STC on rightmove three times now only for it to pop back up a few days later angry

Gallavich Thu 11-May-17 22:19:12

It's probably priced too high. That's almost always the reason.
Remember house values are arbitrary and based on nothing other than what people are willing to pay.

StrawberryStar Thu 11-May-17 22:22:12

I wouldn't mark the property as SSTC until quite far along in to the sale and I'd only mark it as under offer once the survey has been done and is back. It may look good for the agent to get SSTC on there asap but it's not in the sellers best interest.

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:24:51

Non of the reasons have been because of its price it's all been really daft reasons, for example; one couple had offered on ours and 3 others because they didn't want any to sell why they was still viewing, we only found this out after we'd accepted and then they changed their mind hmm

owenjonesismyhero Thu 11-May-17 22:24:56


FlouncingInTheRain Thu 11-May-17 22:26:29

I usually say we'll put sstc once survey is booked. Quietly continue marketing and allow viewings if they suit but make clear its got an offer on. Helps get the early stages progressing quickly because it shouldn't take more than a week to get solicitors and mortgage company starting ball rolling.

Gallavich Thu 11-May-17 22:27:12

Yeah but if the buyers found something better for the same price or something as good for cheaper then it is price isn't it?

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:28:21

I've said that in the past but been told 'no it'll make people think your not serious about selling to them'

Meanwhile the house we'd offered on and had had accepted accepted has sold sad

StarUtopia Thu 11-May-17 22:30:51

Is that your house?

AnnieOH1 Thu 11-May-17 22:31:46

Is the local market popular? Is there a chance that after they've had a few days to consider they're finding out something that is putting them off? HS2, a new motorway or something similar?

If the market is extremely popular is it that people are doing as you've suggested and simply using offers as place holders?

How long have you actually been marketing the property for? The problem you now have is if you've taken it off market or marked as SSTC more than once then any one doing a property bee or just eagle eyed could potentially now be put off. From an outside perspective it will look as though there is something truly horrifying turning up in the surveys.

GooseFriend Thu 11-May-17 22:33:20

I don't know Wigan but it looks like a bargain to me!

meladeso Thu 11-May-17 22:34:05

If that is your house, well done you for presenting it so beautifully for photographs.

It always amazes me what a sh1t tip people leave their homes in when they're going to be shot for the EA.

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:34:48

Yes that's my house, the market has really picked up round here ATM things seem to be flying! A lot of feedback we've had is it's to modern for them, being a bungalow and so white and shiny I think it's putting them off, and when family's see it they love the pictures but won't view because it's a bungalow! Catch 22 really

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:36:12

Tbh I'm a total neat/clean freak and couldn't bare picture with a curtain out of place, me and dh have viewed some absolute shit holes and it makes me feel even worse about ours not selling! It's so disheartening

NapQueen Thu 11-May-17 22:38:01

I think families may be put off by the lack of bath. Seems like a small thing, but I wouldnt buy a home hat didnt have either a bath or a space for a bath.

fabulous01 Thu 11-May-17 22:38:34

I don't like bungalows but if I lived there I may change my mind.
I wonder is it because a bungalow traditional maket age range is older and that is modern ... but I think it is lovely

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:40:07

We do have space for a bath the picture of the bathroom doesn't show it off to its best, we took it out because we don't use one, one 'buyer' mentioned it but also said 'I'll just put one in it's isn't a big job' and wasn't phased at all, turns out he couldn't get a mortgage blush

tissuesosoft Thu 11-May-17 22:40:59

There are a few too many photos of the dining table and the flower close up- just doesn't scream family friendly. The lack of bath may put off a family, is there room for a bath to be added so this can be pitched by the estate agent? It's a beautiful home though!

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:41:06

Thank you!
If I told you we always wanted a bungalow and never ever viewed a house when buying this would you be able to guess our age at buying? grin

tissuesosoft Thu 11-May-17 22:41:23

Oops sorry, x post about the bath

owenjonesismyhero Thu 11-May-17 22:41:28

Wow, looks like a show home?

Where is all the shitty stuff? grin

Garden is all slabs, which might put families off grasping at straws

Otherwise, no idea!!

tissuesosoft Thu 11-May-17 22:42:08

I'm 29 and we would love a bungalow as our first home purchase

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:42:25

My DH wouldn't live the slabs comment! He's a brick layer and they're Indian stone! His pride and joy! Haha

cocomom Thu 11-May-17 22:44:45

Tissue want to buy this then!? Lol

We was 19 and 23 when we bought this, we LOVE it but we've extended the family now and it's time to move on sad

MissDuke Thu 11-May-17 22:46:32

Absolutely gorgeous. I have no idea why it hasn't been snapped up. Has your EA got much feedback from viewers?

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