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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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    • 11th Sep 17, 5:53 PM
    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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    • Ali03
    • By Ali03 12th Sep 17, 1:32 PM
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    And to add that the 2 different EA that showed us round answered all my questions with 'I'm not sure but if you ring the office they will tell you!' All just babysitters and just useless
    • kinger101
    • By kinger101 12th Sep 17, 10:30 PM
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    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.)
    Originally posted by eddddy
    It only seems to be the most experienced EAs who worked that out.

    Actually, the worst viewing I had was done by the vendor's brother (vendor was abroad). When the EA called for feedback on the Monday, I told them house wasn't for be, but they really need to tell the vendor's brother to stop talking so much utter drivel. The second worst was a young EA who was saying I could make a feature of shoe cupboard. "Er.....but it's just a cupboard."
    • husheechee
    • By husheechee 26th Sep 17, 3:43 PM
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    Never again
    Personally I wouldnt use them again. Having had rent a gob come round and telling me that they are the best thing since sliced bread I sorta rather liked him for his straight up front spiel.
    So when I go to sign up for them to sell my property I was asked if I wanted to pay up front or defer the payment until the end of their contract.."whats the difference" I asked.."oh..no difference really"...fast forward and I am now 5 weeks into the sale and purchase of my new place and have appointed my own solicitors when I find out that because I aggreed to "defer" my payment untill the end of sale/contract I have found that I inadvertently tied myself into using their conveyancers/solicitors...the result?? I have now had to pay a £360 get out clause so I can continue with my own solicitor..I feel as if I have been mugged..this certainly was NOT what I thought I had agreed to!..and I know everyone will say that I shoul've read the T&Cs but it genuinely wasn't explained fully to me what the deferred payment option meant..a costly mistake on my behalf.. but I thought it would be worth highlighting..buyer beware an all that
    • husheechee
    • By husheechee 26th Sep 17, 3:46 PM
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    and as an aside to that their solicitors/conveyancing fees were £999 plus vat..definately NOT cheap...money for old rope
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 26th Sep 17, 6:16 PM
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    The price is too high.

    You could post a link so people can give feedback - but only at your own risk as there will be negative as well as positive.
    Last edited by cjdavies; 26-09-2017 at 6:20 PM.
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 26th Sep 17, 7:01 PM
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    "whats the difference" I asked.."oh..no difference really"
    Originally posted by husheechee
    In theory, that was misrepresentation - which would be a reason for you not having to pay the £360.

    But I suspect that the EA would deny saying that... plus presumably you were given a copy of the contract which explained the fees in writing. So I think it would be a big challenge to win that argument.
    • Scotbot
    • By Scotbot 26th Sep 17, 10:48 PM
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    I am buying at the moment and the agent a property is listed with is completely irrelevant to me. It goes on line I get an alert and f I like it I will arrange to look at it. End of.
    • 5sub5sub
    • By 5sub5sub 27th Dec 17, 4:48 PM
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    Do you use Purplebricks ?
    Do you use Purplebricks ?
    We did a lot of research on this method of selling a propriety, it was a mixed bag, but the bottom line is if you think your propriety has a good chance of selling then use Purplebricks.
    The service from our local propriety expert was 1st class.
    The whole set-up was easy to use and easy to understand.
    We have yet to complete so this review is for the selling possess.
    It is good value for the money you pay.
    If your propriety is in a slow market I would not use this method.
    I will use them again, and am very happy with the service so far.
    SDW
    • 5sub5sub
    • By 5sub5sub 27th Dec 17, 4:49 PM
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    Do you use Purplebricks ?
    We did a lot of research on this method of selling a propriety, it was a mixed bag, but the bottom line is if you think your propriety has a good chance of selling then use Purplebricks.
    The service from our local propriety expert was 1st class.
    The whole set-up was easy to use and easy to understand.
    We have yet to complete so this review is for the selling possess.
    It is good value for the money you pay.
    If your propriety is in a slow market I would not use this method.
    I will use them again, and am very happy with the service so far.
    SDW
    • fudgecat
    • By fudgecat 27th Dec 17, 6:31 PM
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    Using Purple Bricks
    We used Purple Bricks and used the legal services which allowed us to defer our payment. Did our own viewing and held an open day. Lots of interest and the Purple Bricks EA did the final negotiations for the offers. We ended up with 25000 more than the offers over price.
    Conveyancers were fine up to the problem with the purchase of our new property where the vendor died between exchange and completion. We had to do our own research to find out if we could move in under license, tell them this was an option and let them then negotiate access to the new property to prevent us being homeless! That was stressful, but apart from that we were very satisfied with the service we received and the price we paid. Our neighbour also sold at the same time and despite having a larger property only got a few thousand more than ours and after fees ended up with the same amount! If you don`t mind a bit of donkey work, and your property is not hard to sell - go for it.
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    • do163600
    • By do163600 27th Dec 17, 7:12 PM
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    I've attempted to view several properties through Purple Bricks, but they made it very difficult to arrange a viewing.

    It didn't give me a very good impression, so I would be reluctant to use them to sell a property.
    • PokerPlayer111
    • By PokerPlayer111 27th Dec 17, 11:08 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.
    Originally posted by Surrey_EA
    Im looking to buy a house at the moment and prefer it if its listed on purplebricks. I can speak direct to seller via PM and put in offers 24/7. Already put in offers and messaged a few sellers so far, its raw but works. I search rightmove daily so its not like i dont see everything on market but a few days over last month i've done purplebricks only searches.
    • gagahouse
    • By gagahouse 28th Dec 17, 12:20 AM
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    I've had the worst buying experience ever with Pb. Seller used the PB conveyance option and they are terrible. What should have been a quick transaction (with no chain either side or mortgage) has taken 4 months just to get to draft contract stage due to their incompetence and lack of professionalism.

    2 months after offer was accepted no documentation had been sent to our solicitor nor did they reply to any queries. It was only after threatening the vendor to pull out did we finally see some movement.

    I would never sell with them, their agent pretty much disappeared and didn't answer emails once we started wondering what the hell was going on after 2 months of nothing.

    Use at your peril!
    • PokerPlayer111
    • By PokerPlayer111 28th Dec 17, 8:15 AM
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    and as an aside to that their solicitors/conveyancing fees were £999 plus vat..definately NOT cheap...money for old rope
    Originally posted by husheechee
    ,

    my regular solicitor cost £1.3k for a house buy, seems about standard or what price you expecting?
    • Tumtitums
    • By Tumtitums 28th Dec 17, 8:32 PM
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    Go for it, my experience is that local agents build up a database of people they do and do not to show properties to in addition local agents seem to only work 9-5 and its very difficult to get a viewing at the weekend or evenings after work from them. Im assuming that online agents eg purplebricks are much more flexible and less biased. Also i have had bad experiences with local agents which put me off using them eg one who took my details, bank statement , payslip etc then told me that the property i wanted to see was no longer available and tried to show me one which i had no interest in .
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