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    • copperjar
    • By copperjar 15th Aug 16, 2:29 PM
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    Does anyone want to join me waiting to find a house to buy?
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    • 15th Aug 16, 2:29 PM
    Does anyone want to join me waiting to find a house to buy? 15th Aug 16 at 2:29 PM
    It seems there are a lot of threads from people waiting to sell, get mortgage, an exchange date, new builds etc, but none from people looking to find their dream house, which is no less stressful!

    We've been provisionally looking since March/April time and haven't really seen anything but thought we'd get our house on the market anyway and that would push us in the right direction. Got an offer on the house 2 days after it going on the market which we accepted, on the proviso that we'd be given some time to find somewhere. End of Sept was suggested as a reasonable timescale. But we are still no further to finding anywhere at all!

    Starting to get pretty stressed and tetchy now! Don't really want to go into rented and it feels like the clock is ticking. Starting to get letters from the solicitor which is worrying me (he knows about us not having anywhere yet) and I'm feeling pressured even though no pressure is being applied!

    My experience of estate agents isn't great either. They must be the only customer service industry in the country that won't work outside of office hours and I get most phone calls and effort put in from them trying to get me to speak to their financial advisors! I just want to get a house!! Argh

    I know I'm probably in a very good position but it doesn't feel that way right now. Market is so slow, just want a flurry of new houses to come up in September!
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    • alchemist.1
    • By alchemist.1 24th Jun 17, 8:16 PM
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    yes, this is true. One EA is ringing me about properties which aren't shifting. I get so excited thinking they will be ringing about a pre-rightmove house...but no!

    RM is extremely quiet at the mo...wonder when things will pick up? All the houses are being reduced quite frequently now. Rang another EA on Monday who said they have a shortage of houses and nothing in my preferred location coming up.
    Originally posted by pollyannaL
    Depends on the starting prices. If its a case adding another 10% plus onto the price which a lot of EA's were doing every year then reducing isnt actual reduction.

    Things will pick up when there is less uncertainty or when people are desperate to sell.

    Hope it goes well and you find the place you're looking for.
    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 4th Jul 17, 11:04 PM
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    I take it the quietness on this thread means people still aren't having much luck! The house we loved is definitely a no go for us, it sold to someone else just as we got an offer on ours, then went straight back on the market, then was taken off again as the vendor has changed their mind about selling! I said in one of my first posts about it that my only concern was that she didn't really want to move. Turns out I was right!

    I put an ad on the local facebook group for the area we want to live in, asking if anyone was considering selling, but not yet up with an agent. Got a couple of leads from that. I actually got loads of replies, many unsuitable ones but I was pleased with the response, considering I was just chancing my arm! Hoping to go and see a couple in the next few weeks. Will also keep avidly refreshing Rightmove
    • Regina.filangie
    • By Regina.filangie 5th Jul 17, 12:31 PM
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    I swear some of you must live near to me! My house is now sold, conveyancing work is underway and I am desperately trying to find a new house for me and my children. House was sold as part of a very nasty and bitter separation so I am very pleased to see the back of it. But...there's just nothing on the market at the minute! What's going on?


    I'm a long time RM lurker and usually see loads of houses I'd go for, sod's law that now I'm in a position to buy, with a lovely big deposit and a good broker ready and waiting, the market goes practically silent. How frustrating.


    Desperately don't want to lose our buyers so if I don't find anything to buy I'll have to move into rented while I continue my search. Although I've been looking for those too and again, nothing suitable! Aaaarrrghhh!!
    • pollyannaL
    • By pollyannaL 5th Jul 17, 9:17 PM
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    yes, very very quite down South! I actually have a viewing tomorrow. I have since discovered it is owned by a charity (nothing is simple is it!!). In the EAs description it says that basically the house will 'stay on the open market until exchange' so they can consider all offers. Meaning it will remain on RM for all that time....

    Does anybody know anything about properties owned by charities!?

    It's a huge house, just in the wrong location. There is NOTHING else out there at the mo so am now scraping the barrel and looking at other areas.

    Hope we hear some good news soon about anyone's house buying!
    • pollyannaL
    • By pollyannaL 6th Jul 17, 9:27 PM
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    update: put in an offer today (eeeek)...haven't heard from the EA so will patiently wait for tomorrow...
    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 7th Jul 17, 7:10 AM
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    Exciting Pollyanna! Is it the charity one?
    We've got one definite to see on Sat and waiting on agents to call me today on another two. None of them get me really excited on paper and but we've decided to look at anything that ticks the practical boxes to see if they then win us over in the flesh.
    Got another lead from my FB ad last night, from an old school friend, her father in law is thinking of selling. Now this one does get me excited if the price is right! Just need to convince him to sell soon!
    • golly99
    • By golly99 7th Jul 17, 8:59 AM
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    Accepted on our house a couple a months ago and fortunately got patient buyers who we have kept informed but missed out on a couple and frequently checking Rightmove but nothing much coming up...houses which are unsold are up for way too much so hopefully if one of those does have a reduction we will be in a good place to take advantage!

    As everyone else has said agents have said how quiet it is and typical before we had sold ours there was quite a few we would have considered!

    Good luck all.
    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 7th Jul 17, 7:34 PM
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    We've just discovered the owner of one of the houses we're viewing tomorrow is my OH's old school friend... we feel a bit awkward about it, would you?
    • pollyannaL
    • By pollyannaL 8th Jul 17, 6:46 PM
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    We've just discovered the owner of one of the houses we're viewing tomorrow is my OH's old school friend... we feel a bit awkward about it, would you?
    Originally posted by Pumpkim
    Pumpkin,
    Not at all - i think you would have more chance of getting the house. Go for it!

    Guess what - my offer was accepted today! The house was reduced by 10k this week as was initially overpriced. So i didn't consider it, but then when reduced i just booked a viewing without thinking it would be 'the one'. As soon as I drove up to the drive, it was just so calm and quiet, birds tweeting. It just felt really familiar. It is not a victorian house, has no feature fireplaces (these were all on my wish list) and will need a rewire, new boiler etc but I can do that so no dramas. But garden is huge, not overlooked, and a quiet little street. This property isn't the charity sale, but is leasehold (arghhhhh - stayed away from them until now). Broker ensures me it's fine as 999 lease. (hope so!)..only solicitor will find out i guess.

    Fingers crossed it all works out, but i am over the first hurdle. There is no chain either as lady died (RIP).

    Maybe (hoping) it will be my last post on this thread, and I can move onto waiting for mortgage application approval!

    Hope it works out for all of you - guess it's true what everyone says. Go and view the houses that you don't even see yourself in! (i ignored that until now!).
    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 8th Jul 17, 10:01 PM
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    Great news Pollyanna, well done!

    We didn't like the houses we viewed today

    I'm starting to worry now, our buyer is moving forward with the purchase, which is great but it's looking more and more like we'll end up renting for a while which we really didn't want to do but there really is NOTHING suitable on the market, and I'm not just being fussy. I just think it's only going to get slower as the summer holidays approach,
    • henrypootle
    • By henrypootle 11th Jul 17, 9:50 AM
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    Our house sale is progressing nice and quickly to the point that we are moving out next Friday eeek!
    We put in an offer on a house on Saturday and I am sitting nervously waiting for the phone to ring to hear back on that one. There doesn't seem to be much coming on the market at the moment which is a bit worrying.
    Henry Pootle (aka Piglet)


    • katebl
    • By katebl 12th Jul 17, 7:03 PM
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    Our house sale is progressing nice and quickly to the point that we are moving out next Friday eeek!
    We put in an offer on a house on Saturday and I am sitting nervously waiting for the phone to ring to hear back on that one. There doesn't seem to be much coming on the market at the moment which is a bit worrying.
    Originally posted by henrypootle
    My rightmove search covers a 3 mile radius, 285 houses, only 107 are available as others SSTC or under offer. 6 of the 10 most recent houses are reductions rather than new listings. Not even bothered viewing a property in months now
    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 12th Jul 17, 7:54 PM
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    Got four lined up to see on Sunday (relocating so have to cram as much into a trip as poss!). One in our first choice area thats just come to the market this week, looks good from pics so feeling excited! The other 3 are in a compleyely different search area, in fact different town although only 20 mins or so away.
    Got a bit of a head heart dilemma. The intention was to move back to our home town where we both grew up and all DH family still there and quite a few friends too but market is so slow and we're very specific about the parts we'll live in so its a fairly narrow search. We've just recently looked a bit further afield to where my parents now live. There are some gorgeous houses and the whole area is nice, no dodgy bits at all. Good schools, easy motorway access for commuting and only 20 mins on an A road to our original area... BUT its not home,and the plan was to go home.

    Decisions decisions. Feel like my head will explode.
    • juniordoc
    • By juniordoc 12th Jul 17, 9:47 PM
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    How does anyone have time to view houses whilst working full time?? Feels like a sad thing to spend annual leave on but think its going to come to that soon
    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 13th Jul 17, 7:24 AM
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    How does anyone have time to view houses whilst working full time?? Feels like a sad thing to spend annual leave on but think its going to come to that soon
    Originally posted by juniordoc
    We've just been squeezing as many viewings as we can into a single day, always on a weekend because we both work FT in the week, and evening viewings are impossible for us.
    • henrypootle
    • By henrypootle 13th Jul 17, 5:35 PM
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    Good news - our offer was finally accepted yesterday. Been EA with Id today and mortgage appointment in the morning. House is empty so no chain which is good.
    Henry Pootle (aka Piglet)


    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 13th Jul 17, 8:48 PM
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    We've missed out on another
    The one in our preferred area we were meant to see on Sunday sold today, vendor cancelled all further viewings. Offer was apparently under asking but chain free buyer. Feeling deflated. Again!
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 13th Jul 17, 9:47 PM
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    Pumpkim we are also relocating a good distance. I ended up having to drop everything and travel down midweek to look at the house we're buying as I knew it wouldn't hang around for very long. Our offer was accepted before my OH had even seen it. Is there anyway you can do the same thing and somebody just go and see it on their own if necessary to stop the same thing happening to you again?
    • Pumpkim
    • By Pumpkim 14th Jul 17, 7:16 AM
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    Slinky, I'm going to have to I think. It's school hols soon and I'm off work so it will be easier to do then. With the one we've just missed I was the first to get booked in for a viewing, I literally rang the second the text alert pinged from the agent, before they'd even done any particulars so didn't have a clue what it was like inside but knew it was location and house type we want, but because that was Monday and we can't get there til Sunday it was futile.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 14th Jul 17, 7:35 AM
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    My suggestion to you is go and have a good look from the outside when you're down there on Sunday, perhaps even be cheeky and knock on the door (fortune favours the brave). With a third of sales falling through this one could come back on the market, you may get a second bite it. We had that very thing happen - a bun fight and bidding war on one house, 3 weeks later the highest bidder got cold feet and pulled out. We were offered it as second highest bidders and accepted, only to find out when I got home (I'd been out at the time the EA rang) that another (better) house 4 doors along had come up for sale. I tried offering over the phone for that but they wouldn't take my offer, so I dropped everything to drive down there the following day and look. There'd already been an offer on this second one by the time I got there. We outbid them and another one in the end, but it was another bunfight.

    It sounds as though the area you want is popular, you're going to have to be exceptionally quick, or lucky, or both to get to the front of the queue.
    Last edited by Slinky; 14-07-2017 at 7:37 AM. Reason: typo
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