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    • steve_jones
    • By steve_jones 11th Sep 17, 5:53 PM
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    Purple Bricks an option?
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    Purple Bricks an option? 11th Sep 17 at 5:53 PM
    Hi,

    I'm currently selling my property, it has been on the market for 6 weeks, in that time it had a offer within 6 days near asking price which I accepted but fell through as the buyer couldn't get a mortgage since then it has had two more viewings lined up that got cancelled at the last minute. This is becoming a very frustrated process. More so as I have found the place I want. (yes I know I shouldn't have done this)

    I have my property priced the lowest for a two bedroom apartment, the area is nice and inside is in perfect condition. It is also being left with all the kitchen appliances. The photos on the EA brochure seem fine along with floor plans. I am struggling to understand why there has been little interest.

    Does anyone think Purple Bricks will be able to drum up more interest? I know they have their doubters and limitations but I am wondering if some buyers prefer the ease of doing it online and get put off by speaking to an EA?
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    • Surrey_EA
    • By Surrey_EA 11th Sep 17, 5:57 PM
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    Does anyone think Purple Bricks will be able to drum up more interest? I know they have their doubters and limitations but I am wondering if some buyers prefer the ease of doing it online and get put off by speaking to an EA?
    Originally posted by steve_jones
    At the risk of being accused of sounding biased, I think it's unlikely.

    The number of buyers who will be looking for a property such as yours, but choose not to contact your chosen EA as they would prefer to reach out to you direct via the Purple Bricks website is likely to be slim to non-existent.

    The standard response to a property receiving little interest is that the price is too high. It may well be the lowest priced 2 bed appt, but perhaps not low enough?
    • kinger101
    • By kinger101 11th Sep 17, 5:58 PM
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    If you are expecting the agent from purple bricks to handle the viewings, the answer is almost certainly no. I've attempted to view 6 properties where they (rather than the vendor) is handling the viewings, and I've only managed to do so for one of them. Viewings on the other five were all cancelled by the agent, and they were most inflexible when trying to reschedule.

    Even when you are doing the viewings yourself, there are much better options than purple bricks.
    • Natbag
    • By Natbag 11th Sep 17, 5:59 PM
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    If the property is listed on Right Move, and your agent has the option for buyers to request details and book a viewing through that then I don't think it would make much difference. If the house ticks their boxes they will view it. That's just me though.
    I considered Purple Bricks, but the reviews for the agents local to me weren't great and I've had an excellent service so far through a local agent who isn't charging much more in commission than their fee is to be fair.
    Also, sympathies, as I'm in exactly the same boat; accepted an offer within two days at the end of July, the buyer couldn't get the mortgage they wanted. Went back on the market 10 days ago and we've had little interest too this time.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Sep 17, 6:02 PM
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    I won`t be bothering to look at any purple bricks properties, I want the full escorted visit and not by the owner
    • steve_jones
    • By steve_jones 11th Sep 17, 6:03 PM
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    At the risk of being accused of sounding biased, I think it's unlikely.

    The number of buyers who will be looking for a property such as yours, but choose not to contact your chosen EA as they would prefer to reach out to you direct via the Purple Bricks website is likely to be slim to non-existent.

    The standard response to a property receiving little interest is that the price is too high. It may well be the lowest priced 2 bed appt, but perhaps not low enough?
    Originally posted by Surrey_EA
    I have spoken to the EA about this and they have advised me to not lower the price as it is already so well priced, the property is on RightMove. If I got viewings I would be happy to do the viewings myself.
    • kinger101
    • By kinger101 11th Sep 17, 6:03 PM
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    I won`t be bothering to look at any purple bricks properties, I want the full escorted visit and not by the owner
    Originally posted by kittie
    An odd response, given many of the PB viewings are done by agents. Not sure why you want someone with pointy shoes and a cheap nylon suit to explain something about a house they've never lived in. I'm always preferred the vendor showing me around.
    • theartfullodger
    • By theartfullodger 11th Sep 17, 6:04 PM
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    Flogging it to the highest bidder at the "Dog & Duck" tonight in the public bar is an option.

    But may be unwise....
    • kinger101
    • By kinger101 11th Sep 17, 6:08 PM
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    I have spoken to the EA about this and they have advised me to not lower the price as it is already so well priced, the property is on RightMove. If I got viewings I would be happy to do the viewings myself.
    Originally posted by steve_jones
    I used emoov, and was happy with them. But I can't see you getting any more viewings than you're already doing. The only upside with changing agents (whether it's high street or internet) is your listing will come up as new, and therefore appear in peoples automated alerts. You'd need to carefully check terms for exiting your current agreement.

    If you're willing to post your current listing on here (just list postcode and someone can do it for you), I'm sure people will comment. But usually, it does come down to price I'm afraid.
    • kinger101
    • By kinger101 11th Sep 17, 6:09 PM
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    Flogging it to the highest bidder at the "Dog & Duck" tonight in the public bar is an option.

    But may be unwise....
    Originally posted by theartfullodger
    I dunno, supply them with enough vodka.......
    • Fiesto88
    • By Fiesto88 11th Sep 17, 6:15 PM
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    I won`t be bothering to look at any purple bricks properties, I want the full escorted visit and not by the owner
    Originally posted by kittie
    We're buying through Purplebricks and had the initial viewing with one of their agents. He was perfectly nice but knew nothing about the property so we ended up dealing direct with the vendor for any queries.

    To the OP I don't think Purplebricks would get you any further if it's already listed on Rightmove. By the sounds of things, our vendor hadn't had much interest in a house that I would have expected to have sold in days. We were fortunate in that the front end of things ran fine, it's still a question to be answered as to whether their linked online conveyancing service that the vendor is using will deliver.
    • goodwithsaving
    • By goodwithsaving 11th Sep 17, 6:52 PM
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    Hi,

    I know they have their doubters and limitations but I am wondering if some buyers prefer the ease of doing it online and get put off by speaking to an EA?
    Originally posted by steve_jones
    Opposite in my experience. I ruled out properties listed with an online EA.
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    • steve_jones
    • By steve_jones 11th Sep 17, 7:54 PM
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    I can certainly drop the price, just a bit concerned the EA has told me not to do this as he doesn't think it will be much benefit. He said my apartments take a few months to go and to be patient. If it doesn't sell by Novemeber then with the Xmas period Im worried it'l drag on into next year.
    • MobileSaver
    • By MobileSaver 12th Sep 17, 6:54 AM
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    I won`t be bothering to look at any purple bricks properties, I want the full escorted visit and not by the owner
    Originally posted by kittie
    That's just weird. Why would you want to be shown around by someone who knows nothing more about the property than what is already written down in the Rightmove advert?

    Opposite in my experience. I ruled out properties listed with an online EA.
    Originally posted by goodwithsaving
    Bizarre. It's the property you are buying, not a service from an EA! Does the property change in some way depending on which EA it is advertised with?

    Does anyone think Purple Bricks will be able to drum up more interest?
    Originally posted by steve_jones
    I'm very pro online-EAs having saved thousands on a recent sale but as long as your property is listed on Rightmove then I doubt going with PB will add much, if any, extra interest.

    The vast majority of houses do take time to sell and you are about to enter a quieter time as people's thoughts turn to Christmas. You can either be patient and get a decent price for your home or drop the price and hope for a quick sale.
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    • csgohan4
    • By csgohan4 12th Sep 17, 7:14 AM
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    I tried buying with purple bricks before, never got a reply for a viewing, if their not bothered why should I?


    There are also stories on Purple bricks here where they are not in the best of light
    "It is prudent when shopping for something important, not to limit yourself to Pound land"
    • gycraig
    • By gycraig 12th Sep 17, 11:10 AM
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    I saw a property I liked then they wanted me to make an account on purple bricks to view it etc.

    No thank you
    • MobileSaver
    • By MobileSaver 12th Sep 17, 11:52 AM
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    I saw a property I liked then they wanted me to make an account on purple bricks to view it etc. No thank you
    Originally posted by gycraig
    To be frank, you obviously were not a serious buyer for that particular property so you have probably done yourself, the EA and the buyer a favour by not signing up to view...
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    • hopeful81
    • By hopeful81 12th Sep 17, 12:17 PM
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    Unless you want to do all of the work yourself I wouldn't recommend Purple Bricks. We have had no contact with our rep since our house had to be remarketed due to waiting six weeks for our first buyer to be unable to obtain a mortgage (something that should have been checked out before they could put an offer in!) We relisted and thankfully sold again within another few weeks but have had no contact with our rep whatsoever! She wasn't approachable at all after we had to remarket and had an attitude so we felt we couldn't ring for advice. We even had to give our house keys to our new buyers ourselves. The only thing purple bricks was take a few pictures and advertise on rightmove & zoopla nothing else. So depends really if you want an estate agent to work for you and be there to offer advice etc or if you want to go it alone.
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 12th Sep 17, 12:19 PM
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    Not sure why you want someone with pointy shoes and a cheap nylon suit to explain something about a house they've never lived in. I'm always preferred the vendor showing me around.
    Originally posted by kinger101
    I think it depends on the vendor and/or the EA.

    I often find that vendors feel the need to tell me huge amounts of irrelevant details... (sometimes long after I've decided that I don't like the property, but feel it's a bit rude to leave too quickly).

    EAs tend to be more businesslike - and less emotional.

    The last property I bought, the EA just stood in the hall and left me to walk around. TBH, I think I probably liked that approach best. (I managed to work out which rooms were the kitchen, bathroom, lounge, bedrooms etc all by myself.)
    • Ali03
    • By Ali03 12th Sep 17, 1:30 PM
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    As a buyer I preferred purple bricks. You have control and I have direct contact with the seller. I have had lots of questions and have been able to email the seller and she comes back almost straight away. EA forget or they are too busy and it's days sometimes. The seller just emailed to say the valuation is booked and I wouldn't have had this information as quickly through an EA. As a buyer I would highly recommend purple bricks any day. I have viewed about 20 properties with an EA and only 3 were with the EA showing us round so it makes no odds in that respect. Good luck
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