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jardinec

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  1. jardinec

    Glasgow

    Same here, had a poor year last year (self employed) and had to give up our office after 8 years, so now I'm are working from home, which to be honest I am really enjoying. Wifeys business taken a dip too due to economy & new baby and now her business partner is going on maternity leave. Never a dull moment. Not keen on that kitchen & dining room, but your right someone has likely spend a good £20k+ bringing that up-to-date. Shame
  2. jardinec

    Glasgow

    so... just over 1 year on... any updates? pyracantha - are you still STR'ing or did you find somewhere? anyone else on HPC still looking in Glasgow? - we are settled now with 1 more baby than before, but I still like to keep any eye on things, stopped my property bee obsession though and started growing veggies instead. On the upside we bought our place 1 day after it went to market, a few months later an identical property also needing work done went to closing at £20k more, so that was a pleasant surprise. Best mate has just sold after 1 year on the market and is now looking at 2/3 bed flats in the the west end so i'll keep an eye out for him.
  3. jardinec

    Glasgow

    Thanks folks I'm hanging up my property bee for a while and ignoring all house related press. It been an interesting process to say the least. Now the challenge is to stay in work and ride out the crunch. The netherlee bungalow is a half-arsed rennovation job (the done bits are not great tbh). Feel sorry for the sellers really as they didnt seem too savvy. Off to find a new Gardening forum now
  4. jardinec

    Glasgow

    Rapid update! - We have bought. Went for a 3-bed semi in bearsden needing tarted up but structurally sound with a fantastic garden. It was only on the market 1 day - went to view in it just seemed right. We did like a semi bungalow in Newlands, within the East Ren catchment and needing finished (partly developed) - vendor paid £247k a year ago and will now consider £200k (agent called my mrs oday - a bit too late for us) - we thought it had pretty good potential. Maybe i'm a bit of a Bear-Bull hybrid - at the end of the day you need to follow your instincts and do what seems right for your family and thats what we have done. Not planning on moving for a good while, and we have space to expand into now. Looking forward to 3 months in Queens drive though (even with the bad press at the moment!!) Happy Hunting!
  5. jardinec

    Glasgow

    Update! now renting for 3 months and still looking for the right place to buy. Just lost out on another house (clarkston) that went to F/P with 4 other offers - so no apparent drop in demand!
  6. jardinec

    Glasgow

    Ouch. Isn't that still £450 p/m loan repayments on top of the mortgage? i'd rather have a good discount on the asking price I am officially renting for 3 months to buy us more time. Found an amazing flat for a very reasonable amount and our stuff is going into storage. Roll on the summer
  7. jardinec

    Glasgow

    Hi Folks, my long awaited update We did not get the repo house in Kings Park, it went to closing and we lost out to someone that offered 4k OVER the FP (WTF - why not just buy it in the first place then!!). The entire process wasted a month of our time (2 weeks of that we were waiting on an answer to our second offer and basically REMAX used the time to drum up further interest - no love lost there let me tell you). Seen a few places since (mainly Clarkston & Giffnock), some nice and some not so nice. People seem to be not in a hurry to sell and stuck in 2007 pricing mentality and its not easy finding a good buy. One house we viewed was bought at the early 2007 for £212k, not touched at all and is on now for £215k - ok house but come on!! In between we have had a close relative die, and my car was written off (not my fault) last week. Shit time all in really. We are offering on a place this week and if nothing happens we are going for storage and a short term rental (a rental that sounds too good to be true but i will update that one if it happens) Cheers
  8. jardinec

    Glasgow

    no point hanging around - offer going in today on a repo needing a bit of work. great potential though and we both loved it as soon as we had the viewing. will update this thread when negotiations have concluded will also update our selling situation / figures etc when the papers are signed. On a brighter note we had the energy report done and it turns out we had loft insulation all along. no idea what we scored but i am guessing and 'E' or similar - seller wasn't really interested either to be honest. For people interested, our flat was sold at a reduction of around 12.5% from peak (2007?) value and around 7% less than the valuation of 4 different agents in Feb08 - so not too much of a drop I dont think. t was on the market from July 08 for 7 months and we had about 8 seperate viewings in that time and a couple of other offers.
  9. jardinec

    Glasgow

    *update* Verbal offer in today for our flat. 2.5k less than offer previously turned down (around 4 months ago think) - but not too bad as we would take that now. small chain too *more info to follow in the next few days*
  10. jardinec

    Glasgow

    i can agree with that! Just to keep you all updated - Last nights viewing cancelled as they were offering on somewhere else.
  11. jardinec

    Glasgow

    not had ours done yet. truthfully i dont see the point in compiling an energy report for a 130 year old flat, its just EU bureaucracy. Might keep some surveyors in work at least. I'll get one done when someone asks for it (or their solicitor does when finalising a sale) - until then i don't see the point, i could compile it myself and put it into the lowest band cause thats where it will be and I doubt any buyers will really give a shit - I know i won't. I mean its a flat not a fridge, people have common sense and should be allowed to use it without having to buy a bar chart.
  12. jardinec

    Glasgow

    *bump* Another new viewing lined up for tomorrow evening. Looks like the new year bounce has arrived
  13. jardinec

    Glasgow

    G'day folks. We had an excellent party at hogmonay and the flat was a total tip - just as well we dont have a queue of buyers outside Had a new year viewing about 10 days ago (my mrs showed them round) - a couple, know the area and both loved the flat and are very keen - but (always is) the woman of the couple has a 1-bed flat to sell locally with the same agent as us. Agent reckons it will sell quickly. apparently they dont need much of a mortgage thought which is encouraging.... on the buying front we are not going to see anything however we nearly went to see a 3 bed semi in Bearsden near mrs j's cousins. Went to FP £190k and next door sold for £290k just over a year ago, called up and it was gone. needed work but seemed pretty good. Aside from that its all quiet over here.
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