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    • steve_jones
    • By steve_jones 14th Sep 17, 7:27 PM
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    Signs of a serious viewer
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    • 14th Sep 17, 7:27 PM
    Signs of a serious viewer 14th Sep 17 at 7:27 PM
    Hi,

    Just had a viewing on my property, the viewer bought a family member around aswel, is there any signs of a serious viewer and what to look out for?
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Sep 17, 10:02 AM
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    Until contracts are signed, I take everything with a pinch of salt no matter how "serious" they have been. In England that is the only clue that you've actually got the place sold.
    Originally posted by Mutton Geoff
    I think you mean 'exchanged',' but I agree.

    Some of our most enthusiastic viewers never returned, and one who did at least 3 viewings dropped us without so much as word of explanation just before exchange.
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    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 15th Sep 17, 10:19 AM
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    We've sold a few 'quirky' and/or historic properties, including one that had been built in Tudor times then dismantled piece by piece in the 1930s and relocated to a different part of the county.

    These have attracted their fair share of nosey, non-serious viewers when the time came to sell. We had one pair that admitted they'd always wanted to see inside, that they thought it was like being on a film set and they believed it was haunted.......it wasn't, but they were noticeably jumpy and you could see they had convinced themselves

    Tbh, when selling we've often done so fairly quickly - first day on market, within ten days etc - or else the house has been so 'marmite', we've only had a handful of viewings in the six months it took to find a buyer, so the serious ones have tended to stand out. In seven sales we've never had more than six viewings before we accepted an offer. Till now

    With our current sale every viewing has taken at least an hour, but as there's a lot to see here that's really no indication of the particular viewer's seriousness.
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    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 15th Sep 17, 12:05 PM
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    A really serious viewer will most likely be upfront about offering under asking price.
    • Bluebell1000
    • By Bluebell1000 15th Sep 17, 12:39 PM
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    For our last two purchases, we made an offer directly to the sellers at the viewing. That was probably a good clue that we were serious
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 15th Sep 17, 1:33 PM
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    A really serious viewer will most likely be upfront about offering under asking price.
    Originally posted by Crashy Time
    This really is one of your more random unconnected musings - and that's saying something!

    Cheer up, Trashy, it may never happe... ... Oh, I forget, you've been wanting "it", whatever the megadisaster is, to happen for the past gazillion years. ... and learned nothing in the meantime!

    {.. and yet, on another thread, I actually agree with the miserable curmudgeon! Must go and get some more pills....}
    Last edited by DaftyDuck; 15-09-2017 at 1:36 PM.
    • SeduLOUs
    • By SeduLOUs 15th Sep 17, 1:35 PM
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    I absolutely loved the last house I viewed and did make an offer. But I didn't let on how much I loved it and spent more time asking about flaws then mentioning the good stuff as I wanted it under asking price. Appearing desperate would have chipped away at my bargaining power - better to let the vendor believe I might walk away. It's all just tactics. The house sale is going through at the price I wanted it for.
    • RedfordML
    • By RedfordML 15th Sep 17, 3:26 PM
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    Anyone who shows no interest, asks zero questions


    No such thing as serious viewer unless money is offered at the end?
    • sulphate
    • By sulphate 15th Sep 17, 4:12 PM
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    We completed on our house sale & purchase last month. We got 2 offers on our house, both of the viewers took time walking round the house, asking questions and making positive noises. I didn't see all the viewers but I remember one couple that probably stayed here less than 5 minutes and clearly weren't very interested.

    Honestly though, the whole thing took 6 months to complete and the one thing I learnt was that getting an offer is the easy bit.
    • NicNicP
    • By NicNicP 15th Sep 17, 4:32 PM
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    We viewed our new house before our house was even on the market. Our second viewing was the day before ours went on right move. Suppose we could've been classed as not serious viewers. We had our offer accepted less then 24 hours after ours was advertised on right move!
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 16th Sep 17, 9:41 AM
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    that they thought it was like being on a film set and they believed it was haunted
    Originally posted by phoebe1989seb
    Were they about 9 years old?

    .......it wasn't,
    Originally posted by phoebe1989seb
    Well you didn't need to say it. Nowhere is.
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 16th Sep 17, 10:39 AM
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    Were they about 9 years old?


    Well you didn't need to say it. Nowhere is.
    Originally posted by robatwork
    Of course not......more like mid-fifties, but they presented as Daily Fail types. So rather infantile, imho.

    Completely agree, but I'm sure there are a few people - here and elsewhere - that wouldn't and would swear blind that ghosts exist, lol
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    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 17th Sep 17, 8:57 AM
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    This really is one of your more random unconnected musings - and that's saying something!

    Cheer up, Trashy, it may never happe... ... Oh, I forget, you've been wanting "it", whatever the megadisaster is, to happen for the past gazillion years. ... and learned nothing in the meantime!

    {.. and yet, on another thread, I actually agree with the miserable curmudgeon! Must go and get some more pills....}
    Originally posted by DaftyDuck

    Most sellers will encounter offers lower than they would like now, that wasn`t happening a few years ago, people can squawk all they like about how great the house is and of course they like the price, but if the bank values it lower that is it for most people.
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 17th Sep 17, 11:56 AM
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    Completely agree, but I'm sure there are a few people - here and elsewhere - that wouldn't and would swear blind that ghosts exist, lol
    Originally posted by phoebe1989seb
    Some of them in positions of power and responsibility unfortunately.

    Brrrrr...feeling cold in here all of a sudden. The ghost of Crashy's house price crash just passed through.
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 17th Sep 17, 2:47 PM
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    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/house-price-crash-expected-w8snh8d9f


    Lots of people feeling the chill......
    • kittie
    • By kittie 17th Sep 17, 3:05 PM
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    Originally posted by Crashy Time
    yes crashy time and the result is no new houses on the market in my defined area. I have been looking for two weeks and will be a serious cash buyer when I view, however the seller will never know because I will be silent, unless I have questions. I will have done my homework, very thoroughly and will never be a time waster.

    People are too twitchy to make that move. Personally I will sell at whatever price sells my property, I am realistic. I suppose a sellers or buyers dream but they don`t know it, they are all in their bunkers and I am not selling, until I have bought one first, so the market remains, stagnant
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 18th Sep 17, 1:02 PM
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    yes crashy time and the result is no new houses on the market in my defined area. I have been looking for two weeks and will be a serious cash buyer when I view, however the seller will never know because I will be silent, unless I have questions. I will have done my homework, very thoroughly and will never be a time waster.

    People are too twitchy to make that move. Personally I will sell at whatever price sells my property, I am realistic. I suppose a sellers or buyers dream but they don`t know it, they are all in their bunkers and I am not selling, until I have bought one first, so the market remains, stagnant
    Originally posted by kittie

    Yep, but a "stagnant" market in anything does not benefit the financial movers and shakers, so they will have to make it move in one direction or the other, so as we have had the "Boom" (I would call it a disaster for ordinary people really) we now need the opposite (insert word of choice here)
    • kittie
    • By kittie 18th Sep 17, 1:14 PM
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    with a bit of luck and a fair wind, there will be some stamp duty incentive to encourage large house owners to downsize, maybe that will shake things up. The market is so quiet now that there will be an almoighty release of built up pressure in due course
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 18th Sep 17, 1:23 PM
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    with a bit of luck and a fair wind, there will be some stamp duty incentive to encourage large house owners to downsize, maybe that will shake things up. The market is so quiet now that there will be an almoighty release of built up pressure in due course
    Originally posted by kittie

    Yes, and that will be a thing of beauty to behold indeed!
    • pleasedelete
    • By pleasedelete 18th Sep 17, 1:38 PM
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    I saw 1 house only from outside. Offered on another in the garden after 5 minutes and bought the current one after 10minutes with no agent details as a private sale.

    Location, location, location.

    Anyone who brings a tape measure to a 1st or indeed 2nd viewing is ridiculous in my book- you don't judge whether buy a house based on whether your sofa will fit.

    An agent one told me that if viewers start talking abut where to put their own furniture they never buy- they are just trying to justify viewing/be nice.
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