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  1. 3 hours ago, babo456 said:

    Well folks I thought you guys might find it amusing that I 'matched' with an estate agent employee on Tinder. For those of you who are older - this is a dating app for those of us in society who are too ugly to approach in person.

    Anyway. All was going well. Until I slagged off Aberdein Co. and their BS propaganda reports of the last 3 years, with only the most recent one really beginning to acknowledge the house market is dropping and sellers have to be 'realistic' with prices - I know, no wonder I can't get a girlfriend with chat up lines like this....

    Turned out she actually works for Aberdein Co.... and was most unamused at my assessment of their quarterly reports and crap they say in the EE and P and J....

    Oh well, plenty more fish in the sea.

    You should start an off topic thread and call it "Deluded Old Estate Agents On Dating Sites."

  2. 38 minutes ago, sandster said:

    Was having a look on ASPC the other day and what surprised me was the number of B&B / ex B&B type places up for sale. 10-12 bedroom places. The árse has obviously fallen out of that game.

    So many hotels in town now so there's a lot more competition. Plus b&b owners often have slightly questionable decor choices such as several shelves of creepy clown-dolls (true story)

  3. 7 hours ago, Ignorantbliss said:

     

    Final rant, just wish ASPC et al would allow you to sort house searches by size in m2 and price per m2.  Basing a search on number of bedrooms should be a secondary factor.  Oh, and quantifying the height of the rooms in the sales brochures would help as well!  

    I asked them over a year ago if it would be possible to have smaller gradations for internal area than 25m2, because the difference between a 51 and a 74m2 is quite stark but ASPC treats them the same. It wouldn't even be that difficult to change how the website checks their database but they gave a vague waffly response and it's still the same.

  4. I always wonder what it would be like to go into a fancy car garage with a sack of £50 notes but I'm always reminded of the urban legend in my home town:

    The richest man in town went to one BMW dealership in shabby clothes and was treated contemptuously by the sales staff despite having enough money to buy a tip of the range 7 series. He later went to another BMW dealership and bought said car before returning to the first place to tell the snooty salesman, "Here's the car you could have sold me."

    The modern day version would now end with the salesman replying, "While you were off buying that 7 series for cash, we just sold several truckloads cars to people on finance.

  5. I have noticed that at all levels of the market some places will fly off the shelf if the seller is sensible and flexible with their price.

    Whereas something that looks beautiful spacious and in a nice location but is way over the odds will sit for months and years when it could have sold easily except the sellers won't admit that they're being greedy and prospective buyers probably won't even book a viewing because it's out of their affordability range.

  6. On 09/05/2019 at 19:16, Diver Dan said:

    March's Rightmove shows 236 sales with some pretty spicy reductions from previous sold prices, especially over the last 5 years. Several increases too over 10 years and older prices though, it has to be said.

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detail.html?country=scotland&locationIdentifier=REGION^4&searchLocation=Aberdeen

    Shortbread has already posted the for-sales on ASPC but there are also 677 for rent.

    Citylets has 1276 for rent, of which 1073 are classed as flats.

    April's Rightmove shows 301 sales in Aberdeen 

    Rightmove Aberdeen April 2019

    ASPC just broke 6000. Who thought it would take till July? 711 places to rent.

    Citylets at 1365 of which 1172 are flats.

  7. 7 minutes ago, copydude said:

    I now remember that the place was a Wagamama. Do they do beef? I think the girls had spinach wraps. And noodles. And they shared a dessert.

    I had a bottle of wine. (Not rice or noodle.)

    The thing I don't understand with Wagamama is that pretty much any standard family owned Chinese/East-Asian restaurant will make you something very similar for about half to two-thirds the price, yet Wagamama always seems packed when I walk past.

  8. I read it so you don't have to. There's so much wishful thinking going on here.

    1. Repaint the front: costs £1,000, adds up to £5,000

    2. Do up your door: costs £70, adds up to £1,000

    3. Name your home: costs £0, adds up to £5,000

    4. Tidy your garden: costs £200, adds up to £5,000

    5. Hang mirrors: costs £100, adds up to £1,000

    6. Get planning permission: costs £0, adds up to £5,000

    7. Kitchen refresh: costs £200, adds up to £5,000

    8. Bathroom makeover: costs £2,000, adds up to £7,000

    9. Carpet deep clean: costs £30, adds up to £5,000

    10. Cash in on your clutter and make a bonus £1,000

  9. 16 hours ago, Ghostly said:

    Interesting you can get the LEAP 1A engine on the A320, must be an earlier variant of the 1B available on the Max 8.

    From the Wikipedia article, the 1A, 1B and 1C variants refer to Airbus, Boeing and Comac respectively. The A version has the widest diameter, highest bypass ratio and largest maximum thrust.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFM_International_LEAP

  10. On 17/04/2019 at 13:36, Diver Dan said:

    February's Rightmove shows 222 sales in Aberdeen.

    ASPC currently at 5710 for sale and 715 for rent.

    Citylets has 1197 for rent, of which 1001 are classed as flats.

    March's Rightmove shows 236 sales with some pretty spicy reductions from previous sold prices, especially over the last 5 years. Several increases too over 10 years and older prices though, it has to be said.

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detail.html?country=scotland&locationIdentifier=REGION^4&searchLocation=Aberdeen

    Shortbread has already posted the for-sales on ASPC but there are also 677 for rent.

    Citylets has 1276 for rent, of which 1073 are classed as flats.

  11. I prepare meals for people with social problems such as gambling, alcohol and drug dependence, some of these people also have dodgy records of sexual misconduct. If it wasn't for my organisation most of them would be down and out living on the streets.

    Do I work in some kind of soup kitchen or homeless shelter?

    No, I'm a chef in the Palace of Westminster restaurant! ?

  12. 1 hour ago, A17 said:

    When looking for houses as students in London, we used to called that the concept of the "showroom slum". The student slumlords would show you their most awful apartment, followed by ones which by comparison would look very attractive (attractive within the realms of student HMOs in London: fewer holes in the walls, a fridge in the kitchen rather than a bedroom, perhaps a hint of cleaning).

    So basically if there actually is a book of estate agents' tricks, that's probably one of the oldest ones in it. ?

  13. 56 minutes ago, shortbread said:

    ASPC today......

    6000+ by July?!

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    Like the man said yesterday, how many of these five thousand, eight hundred and four property listings are just pointlessly clogging up a server or estate agent's window with little to no hope of selling for anything close to asking?

  14. ASPC Q1 2019 report published today:

    https://www.aspc.co.uk/information/house-prices/

    There seems to be a little bit of reality (heavily sugar-coated, of course) seeping into the ASPC narrative:

    It is very much the case that, in the current market, a well presented property, marketed through a solicitor agent and with the owner being realistic as to expectations, will sell. It is a factor in our market that there are too many houses advertised for sale with unrealistic asking prices and Home Reports that are now well out of date.

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    Any thoughts?

  15. Very few people need a personal trainer, unless you're a contender for the Olympics or something. I see them at the gym all upbeat and enthusiastic while their portly middle aged client lifts a 6kg kettle bell or walks slightly briskly on the treadmill.

    The televisions at the gym frequently also have adverts to train as an instructor for as little as £1500 for a home-study course available at low-rate finance. This and thousands of people graduating with Sport Science degrees  means that there are a lot more personal trainers than trainees. So if you're a regular at a gym, prepare to be accosted frequently by underworked PTs looking for new clients.

    I'm actually friends with several PTs and they all have 'normal' jobs that they fit their personal training around. It's a very rare trainer that actually has it as a full-time career. I think the lady in the story should have realised this by now.

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