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Is It The World Cup Or The Hpc Causing Estate Agents To Be Idle?

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I was out shopping with the family today and saw through several EA's windows to find that they were all reading The Sun or DM! None on the phone or out doing viewings, but just at their desks idle. Is it just the world cup causing their offices to be empty, or is it the HPC getting its life back? Any such sightings or news in your areas?

A surveyor friend told me he had virtually no bookings for next week and is now very worried. I did sympathise with him because he is a nice bloke and difficult times are afoot for almost everyone. I know a roofer who has completely run out of work and a specialist fit out contractor who has had no contracts for months. There is no celebration on this from me, but it all indicates that confidence is on the run and this will involve the real HPC.

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I booked a viewing (just for fun and a snoop. And to chat to the agent) for today. He phoned me today to say the vendor had to cancel due to work but wanted to re arrange for tomorrow, Sunday. The agent said he would be working tomorrow if I wanted to call the office for a chat after the viewing.

So either he is very busy with viewings (TBH I doubt that seems very quiet to me) or he is very busy with new vendors, doing new listings etc.

Or maybe he is desperate for my feedback and going to sit in the office waiting for my call/to call me. I'll ask how things are when I speak to him.

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. The agent said he would be working tomorrow if I wanted to call the office for a chat after the viewing.

Or maybe he's had a ruck with his wife; is terrified of the coming crash, and simply wants a shoulder to lean on?

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Or maybe he's had a ruck with his wife; is terrified of the coming crash, and simply wants a shoulder to lean on?

he's barking up the wrong tree for that. I'd just advise him to leave her, sell the house and rent!

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I was out shopping with the family today and saw through several EA's windows to find that they were all reading The Sun or DM! None on the phone or out doing viewings, but just at their desks idle. Is it just the world cup causing their offices to be empty, or is it the HPC getting its life back? Any such sightings or news in your areas?

A surveyor friend told me he had virtually no bookings for next week and is now very worried. I did sympathise with him because he is a nice bloke and difficult times are afoot for almost everyone. I know a roofer who has completely run out of work and a specialist fit out contractor who has had no contracts for months. There is no celebration on this from me, but it all indicates that confidence is on the run and this will involve the real HPC.

This is a nice anecdotal but perhaps you should ask them all, especially the surveyor, why they think they have no work. Is it only this week that the surveyor has no work - what is his next month like re bookings/surveys?

I assume if he is "very worried" that he must think it is something long-term than the footie.

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So far this year things have been slow because of weather in January and Feb, election in April and May and now the World Cup in June and July.

We need to predict excuses for the rest of the year.

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So far this year things have been slow because of weather in January and Feb, election in April and May and now the World Cup in June and July.

We need to predict excuses for the rest of the year.

The Budget will be used although, to be fair, I think that will make sense as I suspect most of us are waiting to see what is in the Budget.

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Probably because none of them can be arsed to work at the times the people with provable income are available to view - ie weekends and evenings.

So they sit around all day during working hours, occasionally answering the phone but not able to follow through with any viewing requests.

You'd think they'd at least be able to keep their online presence up to date, or spend the time padding out the specs rather than scratching their **** and playing whatever the modern equivalent of minesweeper is.

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Probably because none of them can be arsed to work at the times the people with provable income are available to view

Actually in SW London I find the EA flexibility not too bad - it wasn't always thus but the times they are a changin'. What confounds me though is inflexibility on the part of sellers.

For example, one property that I am/was interested in came on the market at the beginning of March. We were told we could only view it on Wednesday afternoons. Even then I had a bad feeling about it - I thought, these sound like people who would be a pain in the *ss to buy from. Against my better judgment (it's a pretty house) I set up a viewing for wed afternoon, arranging to leave work early to do so. The day before we were due to go, the EA contacted me saying the seller insisted I came an hour earlier. I asked the EA to explain to the seller that I was a surgeon and it was really practically extremely difficult for me to do this, but that I was genuinely interested in the house, was chain-free, and would they manage a little flexibility? No dice. I cancelled, and declined all offers to rearrange (which were all offers to rearrange for subsequent inconvenient windows on Wednesday afternoons - what the heck, is that when Mumsnet do their server maintenance or what?). Today, the house is still on the market.

On the EA side, I am using the ease with which I can set up viewings as my private (and very flawed) index of market activity. I only call on Fridays to set Saturday appointments, and I have managed to get my choice of houses and times three weeks in a row.

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As a smallish developer over many years we always anticiptate a HUGE slow down during any major sporting event, be it World Cup football, Rugby Olympics et al. It is normal. We have 3 sites currently being sold and told all staff to go home at 2. Even if they are not interested in football it is boring for them to be on site knowing that they are wasting their time being there, and it is a gesture that is appreciated. I have contacts who own their own businesses in the motor, lorry carpet and furniture fields and it is the same for them. My local pub reports a huge rise in takings though :)

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