Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • daz_79
    • By daz_79 1st Nov 17, 8:10 PM
    • 54Posts
    • 29Thanks
    daz_79
    British Home Sellers
    • #1
    • 1st Nov 17, 8:10 PM
    British Home Sellers 1st Nov 17 at 8:10 PM
    Hi, has anyone used British Home Sellers before to see their property? After our recent sale has fallen through we have reduced our asking price but are despairing at the lack of interest from both prospective buyers and seemingly now our Estate Agent. I noticed a property nearby sold pretty quick with British Home Sellers so gave them a ring. It seems they have 2 services. 1 for an immediate sale at 85% market value so more of a we buy your house service but the other service seems more like a conventional Estate Agency. Hey say for a target 2-4 sale take 5% off market value and they have contacts who may buy it. Their fee is £2995 plus VAT so not much more than an Estate Agent. I asked questions to see if there were any catches and it all appears legit. Please let me know if you have used or dealt with this company. Thanks in advance.
    Darren
Page 2
    • TomPucci85
    • By TomPucci85 3rd Nov 17, 10:29 AM
    • 9 Posts
    • 1 Thanks
    TomPucci85
    That fee sounds very expensive to me. I've sold two houses in the last few years (£200k+ and £400k+) and both times the EA fees were around £1000.
    Originally posted by MobileSaver
    Which agents did you sell with for £1,000? Were they one of these online agents like Purplebricks? When I was looking I found a lot of the lower cost ones charged you up-front (I have a friend who is still selling with Purplebricks as they charged him no matter what, so he doesn't want to defer to another agent at additional cost)
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 3rd Nov 17, 10:53 AM
    • 10,875 Posts
    • 14,317 Thanks
    hazyjo
    Cheers

    Good number of pics. Not too many. Will go through pics one by one:

    1. Good.
    2. Good.
    3. Great (although would swap 2 and 3)
    4. Size looks good. Kitchen a bit bland/dated (the ceiling and grey walls make it look a bit like a garage conversion - I love grey but wouldn't use it here), but well presented, albeit a tad dark in the pic.
    5. Really looks like that bed should be on a different wall, but the radiator is badly placed. The lack of dressing tables make it really unappealing. Is that the biggest bedroom? Doesn't look like a master bedroom!
    6. Fine (although may look better with 2 singles).
    7. Terrible shot - the bath looks tiny. Very strange angle. Dated, but not much you can do.
    8. Doesn't really show anything. If anything I think there's nowhere in that porch to put a cupboard/storage.
    9. Again, a pic for the sake of a pic. I'd lose no 8 and just keep this if you want. Just spotted the blinds as thought there were bars on the windows. Don't like blinds like that as it looks like a doctor's surgery but appreciate others don't mind them so I suppose they have to stay put. Actually, the first pic makes it look nicer so I'd prob lose this altogether.
    10. Lovely.
    11. Fine. Although makes me wonder what's to the right with it being taken at that angle so if you're hiding something like a tower block/industrial unit/garage block to the right, delete this as it draws attention!

    The one thing that would stick out for me is no table and nowhere really to put one.

    Good luck!

    Jx
    PS just looked at streetview and see why they took pic 11 at that angle lol. The development (presuming that's what it is/will be) would also put me off. It's bang opposite.
    2018 wins: Single Malt Whisky; theatre tickets; festival tickets; year of gin(!); shoes
    • MobileSaver
    • By MobileSaver 3rd Nov 17, 1:06 PM
    • 1,432 Posts
    • 2,017 Thanks
    MobileSaver
    Which agents did you sell with for £1,000? Were they one of these online agents like Purplebricks?
    Originally posted by TomPucci85
    On checking I've realised I was wrong about the cheaper property; I'd forgotten it was an hour's drive each way from my home so I agreed a higher fee for them to deal with everything, I never met the buyers.

    However, yes, the £400k property was sold via House Network and cost me just £1000, a no-brainer for me.
    Respect to 3 of the greatest actors of all time; amazing people who are totally believable as the characters they play & almost single-handedly make the shows they starred in:

    Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
    Daniel J. Travanti as Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues
    Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland
    • daz_79
    • By daz_79 3rd Nov 17, 10:48 PM
    • 54 Posts
    • 29 Thanks
    daz_79
    Cheers

    Good number of pics. Not too many. Will go through pics one by one:

    1. Good.
    2. Good.
    3. Great (although would swap 2 and 3)
    4. Size looks good. Kitchen a bit bland/dated (the ceiling and grey walls make it look a bit like a garage conversion - I love grey but wouldn't use it here), but well presented, albeit a tad dark in the pic.
    5. Really looks like that bed should be on a different wall, but the radiator is badly placed. The lack of dressing tables make it really unappealing. Is that the biggest bedroom? Doesn't look like a master bedroom!
    6. Fine (although may look better with 2 singles).
    7. Terrible shot - the bath looks tiny. Very strange angle. Dated, but not much you can do.
    8. Doesn't really show anything. If anything I think there's nowhere in that porch to put a cupboard/storage.
    9. Again, a pic for the sake of a pic. I'd lose no 8 and just keep this if you want. Just spotted the blinds as thought there were bars on the windows. Don't like blinds like that as it looks like a doctor's surgery but appreciate others don't mind them so I suppose they have to stay put. Actually, the first pic makes it look nicer so I'd prob lose this altogether.
    10. Lovely.
    11. Fine. Although makes me wonder what's to the right with it being taken at that angle so if you're hiding something like a tower block/industrial unit/garage block to the right, delete this as it draws attention!

    The one thing that would stick out for me is no table and nowhere really to put one.

    Good luck!

    Jx
    PS just looked at streetview and see why they took pic 11 at that angle lol. The development (presuming that's what it is/will be) would also put me off. It's bang opposite.
    Originally posted by hazyjo
    Thanks, some constructive points there that I have taken on board. Some of the pics make the rooms look smaller than they actually are, for example the main bedroom has space not shown on the photo from the bottom of the bed and the bathroom, albeit would be bigger if the corner bath was replaced with a standard bath. The kitchen does have a table with 4 chairs thatís fits ok but for the purpose of photos and viewings we turn it round and move it further into the corner where the photo doesnít show another 3-4 foot of kitchen. The development opposite is 8 500k exec Homes being built but being built into the hillside out of sight of my property but the entrance to the site is opposite my house but most heavy traffic is now over. The other side of my house is just the continuation of houses like mine so nothing untoward to hide but the EA said the houses over the road would be best to have in photos to show neighbouring properties. We have one more viewing tomorrow but are also in the process of valuations for part exchange purposes so may not have to sell the conventional way hopefully. Thanks again.
    Darren
    • daz_79
    • By daz_79 3rd Nov 17, 11:06 PM
    • 54 Posts
    • 29 Thanks
    daz_79
    So does the contract guarantee you an immediate sale at 85% of your home's independently valued figure?

    If so are you happy with this?

    If so why not just advertise on Rightmove at 90% of the market value for a week or so and see what happens?



    That fee sounds very expensive to me. I've sold two houses in the last few years (£200k+ and £400k+) and both times the EA fees were around £1000.
    Originally posted by MobileSaver

    Their home buying service is a guaranteed purchase by the company for a quick sale but well below MV. Their home selling service states that for 95-97% MV they aim to sell within 8 weeks. Sellers can accept or refuse any offers and are not obliged to proceed (from what they told me) and you can exit the contract with 30 days notice with no fees to pay if property hasnít sold.
    Darren
    • chappers
    • By chappers 4th Nov 17, 8:01 AM
    • 2,956 Posts
    • 1,708 Thanks
    chappers
    Their home selling service states that for 95-97% MV they aim to sell within 8 weeks. Sellers can accept or refuse any offers and are not obliged to proceed (from what they told me) and you can exit the contract with 30 days notice with no fees to pay if property hasnít sold.
    Originally posted by daz_79
    Like a conventional estate agent then, except they have little or no knowledge of the local market, probably no on the ground agents etc etc
    My guess is they market the property poorly for you get you no acceptable offers, then 8 weeks down the line throw out the hook whereby they will buy your house for 70% of MV.
    If you are considering their selling option, why not put it on with a local agent first, I would even go so far as to say even an online agent, someone who has no vested interest in your property, not selling.

    As previously said contract, contract, contract before you commit to anything with these guys.
    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 4th Nov 17, 8:13 AM
    • 11,184 Posts
    • 23,969 Thanks
    POPPYOSCAR
    If it has only been on the market since september why are you in such a hurry to sell?

    Seems like a short time to me.
    • merlotsmum
    • By merlotsmum 14th Sep 18, 8:43 PM
    • 40 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    merlotsmum
    Hi there, interested to know if you used the company and how your experience was
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 14th Sep 18, 9:54 PM
    • 6,501 Posts
    • 2,437 Thanks
    Crashy Time
    Gwendo40 I donít appreciate your implying that I am greedy. My property was valued by 3 Estate Agents at the same price and I ultimately used one of the said Estate Agents to sell my property. After 3 viewings an agreed offer (below advertised value) the buyers then withdrew after we refused to reduce the price further. Due to the time this took and our desire to sell we reduced the advertised asking price. I am not greedy and unrealistic, I took the advice of property professionals in the first instance but am also not going to Ďgiveí my property away.
    Originally posted by daz_79

    How much do you think a property should "earn" you a year? (or how much did you think before it became apparent that you had to approach a quick sale company to get a sale?) Sorry if the question seems rude, but genuinely interested. My take is that property (outwith a loose credit system designed to get people in debt and keep them there) should be losing value each year, because the structure is deteriorating etc.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Sep 18, 2:50 AM
    • 26,119 Posts
    • 94,809 Thanks
    Davesnave
    WARNING: OLD THREAD.


    Whatever happened to PMs?
    I might be old, but I got to see a lot of good bands...
    • jimbog
    • By jimbog 15th Sep 18, 2:33 PM
    • 730 Posts
    • 1,276 Thanks
    jimbog
    How much do you think a property should "earn" you a year?

    My take is that property should be losing value each year, because the structure is deteriorating etc.
    Originally posted by Crashy Time
    You couldn't make it up
    The problem with quotations on the internet is that you can never verify their authenticity - Abraham Lincoln
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 15th Sep 18, 7:13 PM
    • 6,501 Posts
    • 2,437 Thanks
    Crashy Time
    You couldn't make it up
    Originally posted by jimbog

    Lets see how we get on after Brexit and some tighter credit conditions I reckon the Price Police must be working overtime now with the number of " I can`t sell my house" type threads that are popping up
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,960Posts Today

9,146Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • RT @Dora_Haf: @MartinSLewis So many people on here saying they're great until you get your PROPER job. What if Your proper job Is ON zero?

  • RT @hslt88: @MartinSLewis I?m a trustee for a youth charity. We only have a limited pool of funds for flexible youth workers for holiday sc?

  • RT @Dan_i_elle_88: @MartinSLewis Loved working zero hour agency care work. Never out of work and I loved having the flexibility! Only left?

  • Follow Martin