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Dr Elk

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  1. Great news Chris, well done.
  2. I assume the contract is signed by you and the landlord? If so, I can't think how the letting agent going broke would invalidate it.
  3. Almost certainly worth dobbing him into the taxman, he sounds like a real piece of work.
  4. I guess it depends if its a nice place serving proper well kept beer with a friendly atmosphere, or a grotty chav infested chain pub with no soul and plenty of vomit.
  5. Dr Elk

    Random Bus

    On my morning able to the train station this morning, I saw a groty clapped out double decker bus causing no end of problems down some crowded backstreets. Blue as a baboon's **** it was, with no passengers at all. Very odd, I thought. It turned a corner and low and behold it was an advertising bus for my tayor and wimpey dream home. A rather noisy, diesel spewing, filth encrusted advert mind. They look quite desperate.
  6. The scenario I'm imaging is one where you seem a place through rightmove, so the agent would get a cut whatever. I would have thought people would be more comfortable with dealing direct, than a slimy high pressure salesman. Although there is something to be said for making the negotiations detached via a 3rd party.
  7. If you're making an offer, is there any reason to submit it to the estate agent, rather than just dealing directly with the vendor? Pro's & con's?
  8. What constitutes professional cleaning anyway? If you paid a mate £1 to run round the place with a feather duster, does that count? Cleaned (albeit badly), professional in the strictest sense of the word. I think come the revolution, letting agents will be 5th against the wall.
  9. look at the land registry to see what they sell for, factor in how much they've fallen since the last sale, then knock 10% of that figure so they can feel they've argued you up. If you're not embarrassed by your first offer, it was too high.
  10. Lots of people want ferrari's but that doesn't push the price up. Economic demand means someone being willing and able to pay for a good or service. It's easy credit that has increased the economic demand for houses and pushed up the price.
  11. I'm currently a postdoc at a russel group uni in the north of england, and to be honest I think my pay is pretty good considering its a job I actually enjoy doing. The real kicker is the complete lack of job security. I don't want to move round the country (or even the globe) every 3 years, I would like to settle down in one place, put down roots and raise a family.
  12. This is the main reason I woulnd't do it, say that proof of funds will only be given after an offer has been accepted.
  13. A formal application defiantly does, I don't think an agreement in principle will but its best to confirm these things with the people you're applying for the mortgage with. I don't think AIP are important, as long as your realisitic about how much you can borrow, as it will still come down to what the surveyor says.
  14. But if you didn't show them, he would still have to pass the offer on (although he may tell the vendors he couldn't confirm that its a cash offer).
  15. You don't even need to show anything when you make an offer.
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