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itsdave

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  1. Good advice, SwanseaPropertyAgents! The offer has been accepted - I think it's a good price in the current market. I also expect it may lose 15% or so of it's value over the next couple of years, but I want to buy a home so am prepared to take the hit if need be. Now just the hurdle of getting the mortgage!
  2. Thanks, Pent Up! Unfortunately the EA wouldn't give very much away (got a mate to ring up!). I put an offer in 10% below current asking price (14% below original asking), which was rejected though with an indication that something around 7% under current asking may secure a deal (11% under original asking). I'm going back to the EA with a final offer at 7% under (not going to mess about with smaller increments) - that's my ceiling price so will see how it goes. Thanks for the advice!
  3. You're absolutely right, blackgoose, their only interest is getting a sale and so I'm prepared to see through most of what comes out of her mouth and treat it purely as a sales pitch designed to get me to make the highest possible offer. Just wondered if there was any way to trip her up into mistakenly giving away any hints . The highest I'm prepared to go is about 7% below asking, so am thinking of starting at 12% below (though they've just dropped the price by about 4.5%, so might be reluctant to go much lower just now).
  4. It might be worthwhile time-limiting your offer in order to focus the vendor's mind. Perhaps call back and say that your offer remains on the table for 2 weeks, but at that point it will be withdrawn as you need to move on and there are other properties that you're interested in. Even though your offer was rejected, they may be thinking of you as a 'back up' in case the other interested party fails to make an offer, or something falls through, so it might be worth making it clear - in the most polite and professional terms, of course - that you're not playing games and will not hang around in the background whilst the greedy vendor tries to get another few quid out of somebody else. Good luck!
  5. I'm interested in putting in an offer for a house (second viewing later in the week). It's been on the market for several months, and I've found out that it's a probate sale, being dealt with by a Solicitor on behalf of the beneficiaries (i.e. the Solicitor is the Client of the Estate Agent). There have been two previous offers on the property, both of which were rejected. I've set my budget and won't go above it, but I'd love to know what the previous offers have been - even a ballpark figure. Is there any way of finding out, or tripping the Estate Agent up into letting slip / giving me a hint, what the previously rejected offers were?
  6. I agree. I can't believe that anybody would seriously contemplate putting their (presumably retired, or near to retirement) parents' mortgate-free home at risk by asking them to secure debt on it, in order to enable their own home to be mortgage-free. I'm gobsmacked at the selfishness on display here. What happens if you lose your job, and you're unable to make the payments on your parents home? Grow up, be an adult, and stand on your own two feet, and don't put your parents' security, which they've worked for all their lives, at risk. If you want tax advice, speak to an accountant. If you want legal advice, speak to a solicitor.
  7. Thanks guys - will find out how much the Council charge to remove the old one, and try £100 for the mattress. Plus the cost of cleaning up the rest of the bloody mess.
  8. Hi folks, I became a reluctant landlord a couple of years ago due to work circumstances. I've now sold the flat (thank goodness). I gave the tenants the required 2 months notice, and they vacated the flat yesterday. They have left it in an absolutely filthy state (with strange blobs of an unidentified brown substance on various items of furniture!) My question is with regard to the state of the mattress (everything else should be able to be cleaned, I think). The spotlessly clean 12 month old mattress (as documented on the moving in inventory) is now quite heavily soiled (way beyond what could be considered wear and tear). It either needs to be cleaned by a specialist, or replaced. If it can't be cleaned, I'm trying to work out what a fair amount would be to suggest retaining from the deposit (it's in the deposit scheme). Are there any rules or guidelines about this? A like-for-like replacement would be about £300, and it is now three years old. I was thinking that somewhere around £150 would be fair. Any views would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
  9. Good question. The vendor is likely clueless, and forking out 1.5% or so of the purchase price to these unprofessional scam merchants. If I were the vendor and found this out, I'd be livid. Like others have said, if you want to put in an offer, it sounds like it's probably best do it in writing to the EA and copy in the vendor.
  10. Likewise - it's a great little ad-on and absolutely invaluable to all keeping an eye on their local market. Here's hoping that those with the necessary technical skills, and a bit of free time, can help out. Best wishes to Beerhunter.
  11. MacGuffin, you're dead right. I'm with Jeff Randall in his assessment of Ms Harman - how does one explain the monument to absurdity that is Harriet Harman? - and would normally be first in line to criticise her well intentioned but fundamentally flawed 'equality' agenda. But, much as it pains me to say it, she's right about this one.
  12. If what seals a multi-million pound deal is some fat, sweaty, stinking, hairly bloke having a gawp at a possibly trafficked eastern european woman's tits, the yes. It really is adolescent behaviour, and the grubby middle-aged fellas who think it's a respectable way to do business do themselves (and their daughters) a grave disservice. Pathetic.
  13. If somebody wanted to discuss potential future business in a titty bar, I'd view them as a cheap, inward looking and unprofessional. Not a company I'd consider doing business with.
  14. Corporate life is all about networking, a large amount of which is conducted outside the office. If most women are effectively excluded from much of that corporate culture as it takes place in lapdancing clubs then their careers are disadvantaged. I can't imagine anyone finding naked blokes waving their cocks about an acceptable form of corporate entertainment. Lapdancing clubs should be left to an individual's private life. They have no place in corporate culture, and I bet most tax payers would find it offensive that gawping at tits is being passed off as a legitimate tax deductible business expense. It's not on.
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