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  1. When I was looking at flats in the autumn there were numerous places advertised -- on ESPC and the EA's -- as holding Sunday viewings that were not in fact holding viewings. In fact, Blair Cadell advertised one place as holding Sunday viewings for over a month after it _sold_. Total cretins and extremely unprofessional. EC.
  2. OIEO £190,000 for a basement flat in Leith: http://www.findaproperty.com/displayprop.aspx?edid=00&salerent=0&pid=9172049
  3. Here is a good resource for buy vs. rent calculations (but note you have to tweak the settings a bit to account for differences in the UK, e.g., the fact that tenants rather than landlords pay property/council tax): http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/business/buy-rent-calculator.html EC.
  4. update: According to the property bee plug in, the listing was changed to say "Closing Date noon on March 14th" at 8:54 am. today -- March 14th! EC./
  5. A couple of months ago I was interested in this property: http://www.espc.com/buying/296682.html which came on the market in late November. When I telephoned to set up a viewing, however, the listing agent told me it was 'temporarily withdrawn from the market'. This was in early January, I think (although possibly late December, I can't remember), because of a few minor repairs that needed to be done to the communal stairs in the building. The listing on the agent's website was very shortly thereafter changed to reflect this....the listing was still there (on espc.com as well), but "temporar
  6. Somehow we go from 'how will you convince all these companies to pay for your service, when there are better established websites they are already giving their money to?' to 'they'll sue you if you try to offer free advertising'. I am familiar with the term 'copyright law', and wonder if you're familiar with the term 'google'? I take two points from it: 1. It fairly easy to design a website that compiles information from other websites without breaking copyright laws. 2. Companies fight tooth and nail to get listed high in google search results, since that's the first place people look. But
  7. I don't know the business model of other sites, but I would say don't bother asking established agents to sign up, just have a spider crawl their websites and compile the information. Make money some other way, e.g., by selling ads to mortgage companies and other firms home buyers/sellers might have special reason to be interested in. EC.
  8. It's a good question why I would expect or hope for a one-website-clearinghouse for property but not for cars, bathroom supplies, etc. I think there are many relevant differences, most of which have to do with the fact that houses are usually quite distinct individuals, whereas what stores, car dealerships, etc. typically sell are _types_ of products. Here's a comparison...check out what is for sale on this website: http://www.etsy.com/ It seems obvious that the people who sell on this site will, with probably very few exceptions, sell vastly more than if they each had their own website. An
  9. From the article: "Announcements about cuts to council or ministry budgets are broadcast by the BBC almost daily. But Coalition ministers are often left seething at the failure to put them into the context of the Government's mammoth task of reducing the nation's crippling £155billion deficit. " It seems Cameron is pissed they are reporting news of cuts -- that is, that they are reporting news -- rather than reporting the news and offering the government spin/explanation on it.
  10. What is onerous is having to look at many websites, and not even knowing which ones those are. Sure, I suppose a person could find a listing of all the estate agents or solicitors or whatever that might list properties for sale in Edinburgh, then try to determine which use espc.com, and from that determine a list of websites one needs to check to find which properties are for sale in Edinburgh. And then check those websites regularly. But yes, this seems quite onerous to me and it seems ridiculous that selling agents haven't devised a better plan -- if for no other reason than that it would be
  11. TTD (or anyone else), do you have opinions on the best place to look to see all listed properties in Edinburgh? (This is a follow up to the point you made about not all properties being on espc). Do Rettie etc. really expect people to visit their websites, or is there some general clearinghouse for this information? thanks, EC.
  12. http://www.propertysnake.co.uk/site/detail/32186327 oops. Kinda fecked that one up, didn't you? EC.
  13. Alternatively, don't accept them as clients in the first place. It looks bad on an EA when they list a property well above what it's realistic value is, because it damages their credibility. The thing to remember is that the line between the seller and the EA gets blurred in the eyes of buyers and in reality. After all, while we know the seller owns the house, it's the EA who advertises it, promotes it, is associated with it, and so on. And if we see that you -- yes, you, not just the seller -- are trying to get 15% more than it's worth, then we feel, very correctly, that you are trying to ta
  14. Thanks all. As soon as I saw the 'whits' as 'what's' it made perfect sense. A lovely saying. EC
  15. What does 'Whits for you will no go by you' mean? I'm a foreigner. thanks, EC.
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