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carlos
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901 posts since 20/1/08

6 May 2018 18:17
Not wanting to moan about the weather as it’s been fucking glorious today, but we live in a dormer conversion and it’s like a fucking sauna upstairs. We’re pretty much exposed from sunrise to sunset so am tempted to go for a proper built in air con unit

Anyone had something similar put in theirs?

Not after fans recommendation. Got have 3 blowing plus and a stand-alone AC unit that sounds like a 747 taking off so need get something sorted
illwill
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2904 posts since 17/5/04

6 May 2018 20:09
Anyone ever bought a house direct from a seller bypassing estate agents etc?

We want to buy the house from our landlord who we are currently renting from but how would we properly value it?

The landlord is happy with this but presumably they would only get the best price by putting it on the market.

Would an estate agent ever list a property with the caveat that a certain party (us) be exempt from their charges if they put in the highest offer?
crutch
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296 posts since 22/11/12

6 May 2018 21:26
can you work out what you think is a reasonable offer based on similar properties for sale in your area and try offering around that?

Otherwise couldn't the landlord get valuations from estate agents but simply not list it with them?
Scottishmark
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418 posts since 25/1/11

6 May 2018 22:37
You’ll need a proper valuation for funding purposes unless you’re putting down a hefty percentage vs. actual value?

Ideally you want to get a home report. At least that way you’ll get an estimated market value and both you and the landlord can use that as a basis to work from. Unless you’re hoping to pay under market and hoping your landlord is daft..
illwill
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2904 posts since 17/5/04

7 May 2018 07:12
That's the thing, estate agents' valuations can be grossly inflated.

Only the market can decide the true value of a property.
Scottishmark
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418 posts since 25/1/11

7 May 2018 08:15
Not really. If someone is willing to pay over true value that doesn’t necessarily mean the property is worth that amount.

If your landlord is discussing with you, surely he’s keen to sell and would rather avoid the open market? He might achieve a bit more but he’d still have the stress so to deal with and more fees to pay.

It’ll be a be a surveyor who prepares the home report. You can approach one direct and don’t even need to get an estate agent involved. There’s no reason for a surveyor to inflate a home report value, particularly if you instruct him in conjunction with the landlord and let him know you’re both just looking for a valuation for a potential off market sale.
illwill
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2904 posts since 17/5/04

7 May 2018 08:59
OK nice one. I'll take that approach. Cool
stoney
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17187 posts since 22/1/05

7 May 2018 18:06
illwill wrote: Anyone ever bought a house direct from a seller bypassing estate agents etc?

We want to buy the house from our landlord who we are currently renting from but how would we properly value it?

The landlord is happy with this but presumably they would only get the best price by putting it on the market.

Would an estate agent ever list a property with the caveat that a certain party (us) be exempt from their charges if they put in the highest offer?

Yo, Im a Surveyor, got access to Industry rightmove and other stuff so happy to give some advice if you want to drop me a PM
burny
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5705 posts since 25/5/06

7 May 2018 18:54
illwill wrote: Anyone ever bought a house direct from a seller bypassing estate agents etc?

We want to buy the house from our landlord who we are currently renting from but how would we properly value it?

The landlord is happy with this but presumably they would only get the best price by putting it on the market.

Would an estate agent ever list a property with the caveat that a certain party (us) be exempt from their charges if they put in the highest offer?

I did this a few years ago. Worked well for us. Just be very open with the landlord and don’t take the piss. Find the houses that have sold near you and for how much, see what condition they’re in and make a fair offer based on that. The landlord knows the house as well as you do, so they know what needs doing and what doesn’t, so your in the best position.
Hello World
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12081 posts since 7/3/05

17 May 2018 19:38
Finally managed to complete today on selling my property, I can now see why people say it is so stressful, taken nearly 6 months since listing, and that was after a previous failed 7 months where a buyer pulled out before contracts.

I am just thankful I wasn't in a chain or I would have lost my mind. Everything takes forever, communication is so poor and it costs a fortune.
stoney
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17187 posts since 22/1/05

17 May 2018 19:42
I want somewhere that i can save all my pics and vids and be able to access them on demand on phone, ipad etc. Whats the best way to do this ? I have amazon prime with unlimited pics, but not vids. There is this place that has lifetime storage for like £20

https://home.zoolz.co.uk/1tb-lifetime-holiday-offer/?utm_source=promo_email&utm;_medium=email&utm;_term=subscribenow&utm;_content=click_button&utm;_campaign=Zoolz_1TB_Lifetime_Zoolz_Limited_Offer_16_05_2018

Any other options ?
carl lewis
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22956 posts since 14/10/04

17 May 2018 20:20
Hello World wrote: Finally managed to complete today on selling my property, I can now see why people say it is so stressful, taken nearly 6 months since listing, and that was after a previous failed 7 months where a buyer pulled out before contracts.

I am just thankful I wasn't in a chain or I would have lost my mind. Everything takes forever, communication is so poor and it costs a fortune.

Welcome back.