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Is there a better web site to search properties to buy?

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  • user1977user1977 Forumite
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    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Though even a newcomer moving for work reasons will presumably want to be commuting to a particular location, and have some idea of e.g. which rail lines they might want to be on.
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    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Beg to differ. You wouldn't want to be changing tubes 3 times to get to an office. Nor would you want 30 stops to get from one side of London to another. Where I work has always been a massive decider when choosing where to live.
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    user1977 said:
    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Though even a newcomer moving for work reasons will presumably want to be commuting to a particular location, and have some idea of e.g. which rail lines they might want to be on.
    hazyjo said:
    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Beg to differ. You wouldn't want to be changing tubes 3 times to get to an office. Nor would you want 30 stops to get from one side of London to another. Where I work has always been a massive decider when choosing where to live.
    I was thinking more of people working in central London. If you're working in zone 1 and commuting in from a slightly more affordable area of London, there's no reason to be tied to a specific area when house hunting. 
  • pieroabcdpieroabcd Forumite
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    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Or even if you have been living in London for years, dropping money down the toilet to pay the rent, with the office in central London and still no particular connection to a specific area.
    At that point which outskirt to choose as a starting point doesn't make much difference, as long as the area has what I want.
    Well, if I could I would choose near my personal beacon of light: Heathrow T5, but so far I haven't found anything good for me.
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    edited 4 May at 10:27AM
    user1977 said:
    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Though even a newcomer moving for work reasons will presumably want to be commuting to a particular location, and have some idea of e.g. which rail lines they might want to be on.
    hazyjo said:
    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Beg to differ. You wouldn't want to be changing tubes 3 times to get to an office. Nor would you want 30 stops to get from one side of London to another. Where I work has always been a massive decider when choosing where to live.
    I was thinking more of people working in central London.
    That is what I was thinking of too though - it's going to add a fair bit to commuting time if you have to trek across zone 1 twice a day, rather than choosing a home which will take you to e.g. the closest mainline rail terminus to work.
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    I do wish you could filter out the auction properties and the ones with tenants in, with an extra category for mobile homes etc. RM could do with a bit of work. Also a more obvious way of reporting an obviously dodgy advert or something. Perhaps I should send this to RM...
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    Even Zone 1 is a massive pain if you're having to cross London. Especially lines like the central line when you literally can't squeeze on several tubes as they come in so rammed. It can also take forever. Even that can be a long ride. You'd not choose to go from London Bridge to Paddington, or South Ken to Angel every day if you could live anywhere. You'd live somewhere to make that journey easier.
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    Any property website will offer you the search requirements you need to find suitable properties within a radius of where you want to live, within a price bracket you can afford and with the number of bedrooms you require, along with the regular 'must haves' (e.g. parking, garden etc). 

    If you can't find what you need from that you are looking for something too specific and need to do more of your own in depth research. 
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    oozle1989 said:
    Any property website will offer you the search requirements you need to find suitable properties within a radius of where you want to live, within a price bracket you can afford and with the number of bedrooms you require, along with the regular 'must haves' (e.g. parking, garden etc). 

    If you can't find what you need from that you are looking for something too specific and need to do more of your own in depth research. 
    the radius does not work well if you say want to live within 5miles of the city but not it, you need to do a draw with a hole in the middle

    I did one for Scotland not Glasgow central and other bits along the Clyde
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    AdrianC said:
    pieroabcd said:
    hazyjo said:
    pieroabcd said:
    According to RM right now in London there are 47,368 results. Don't you believe that some proper filtering would help identifying one's relevant properties?
    Who would just search "London". It's 600 odd square miles! Most people know the areas they want to be. Yes, I agree more filters would be useful, but things are not always black and white so I wouldn't want too many filters (despite having a very long wishlist when looking!).
    In my case I specified London because I don't care where the house is, as long as it has the features that I want.
    So why stop at just London? Why not look further out into commuterland?

    You seriously don't care in the slightest if you're north or south of the river, even? Thamesmead or Knightsbridge or Muswell Hill?

    Even just setting a max price of £1m knocks 11k of those off. A £500k line splits the rest almost 50/50.
    Not inconceivable if you're moving to London for work reasons from another part of the country and have no existing connections to the area.
    Apart from the connection issues (have you ever commuted into London?), why would somebody in that position be buying straight off?
    They'd want to wait a while to find their feet, and to figure out whether they actually want to do that long-term.

    Most people who have spent enough time in London to know they want to stay, and to be able to afford to buy, will have some kind of roots that will set an area. They'll know which bits they like and don't like.

    Nobody is so work-obsessed that their office is literally the only thing that matters. And, if they are, then all they want is a bed convenient to it.
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