Wednesday, November 12, 2008


success. Bulbgirl has sold her flat. in this time of financial uncertainty (when you can't trust banks and financial wizards with your cash who can you trust?) she was lucky to have been offered pretty close to what she wanted for it. the deal is now done, the payment has gone through and the new owner has moved in.

apart from a text from him about how to use the oven (he's a man), he must be pretty happy with it. well we did leave it in pretty good nick, left spare lightbulbs, left a new smoke alarm (Bulbgirl thought that this would be a good idea as he has kids), and a bundle of other small details lovingly attended to.

no thanks to the estate agent though. Bulbgirl went with a local estate agent because she thought she'd get some foot-fall past their local branch, but i think most people search for a property online these days (listed on for our area). this is done by the estate agents, although they managed to cock that up too. the number on the final documents from the estate agent was back to front. this wouldn't have been too much of a problem, even on a legal document. the dodgy bit was that the number of the flat listed was also on the market at the same time, and being sold by the same estate agent! this could be attributed to a simple typo mistake, but when you are dealing with items that cost a lot (eg. houses, homes and flats) double and triple checking facts would be in order. especially when not many properties are selling, you'd think they would have plenty of time for fact checking.

i took the photos, Bulbgirl had to correct numerous errors that they forgot to put on the web, and even when it did sell they didn't put a sold notice on the gspc site. it didn't even get an under offer notice on it. after all the stress of putting it up for sale Bulbgirl wanted that most of all. well second most of all is suppose, she did get it sold.

how long do you think it will take for the housing market to pick up again?

1 comment:

Lever said...

I'd give it a year to hit the bottom, I don't think we're quite there yet. Property prices have supposedly fallen 15% over the last year and a further 15% fall is expected over the next year.

As for how long we'll stay at the bottom and when the market will gain again, I really don't know, but I wouldn't expect to see the rates of property price increases we've had over the last few years.

STOP PRESS: I just looked at the prices for 3 bed semis in Farnborough and I'm encouraged man, even if we lose another 15% it doesn't look too bad...