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Wonder does HPC count in the findings? :lol:

When does a harmless hobby become a weird and irresistible compulsion? Sophie Hannah describes crossing the line

It's 1.54am. My husband is asleep. I closed my eyes and pretended to be, and then, as soon as he started to snore, I tiptoed out of bed to pursue my secret hobby. This happens maybe three out of every seven nights. Will I confess in the morning? Probably not. I did once, and he called me a weirdo.

Actually, my hobby is a full-on addiction. If that sounds dangerous, it isn't. Not physically dangerous, anyway – my liver, lungs and skin are unharmed by it, though God only knows what it's doing to my psyche.

The loneliness is the worst part: I have an addiction for which there is no 12-step recovery programme, no support group, no celebrity sufferers known to have come out on the other side.

It's embarrassing, too – not because there are naughty body parts involved but because it's eccentric to the point of being hilarious, to everyone but the sufferer (since it's so eccentric, I suppose that, by 'the sufferer', I mean none other than my crazed self).

You watch, I'm about to confess, and nobody will feel sorry for me.

I'm addicted to property websites. Rightmove in particular – visually, it's the one I find most appealing. I spend a minimum of an hour a day looking at houses I have no intention of buying. Sometimes, if I'm stressed, it's more like three hours. I know by heart the floorplan of every house for sale in Cambridgeshire at the moment.

How many people can say that, truthfully? Farmhouse or town house, show me the RICS diagram and I can tell you the address. I'm also pretty au fait with all the homes for sale in Norfolk, Suffolk and Northamptonshire. And Rutland, let's not forget Rutland, even though it's small. And tonight, for the first time, I investigated Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

At a certain point my eyelids start to droop, and one kitchen island starts to look much like another. Do I log off at that point? No. Never. If I stop I'll fall prey to that awful hollow feeling I'm so scared of. I know I need to stop eventually, but it has to be in the right way – when I'm ready.

I say to myself, 'Just one more. Just a quick shufti at this Tudor manor house in Worlingworth and then I'll quit, change, pull myself together. Just one more PDF brochure, for old time's sake, for the road – the one on Street View with the farmland on one side and the interwar semis on the other …'

It's worth repeating that I have no intention of buying a house at the moment. I actually bought a house last year, which is how I got sucked into this iniquitous habit. The trouble is, when I start to look on Rightmove it's a bit like those magic lands at the top of Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree.

Different rules suddenly apply. Do I want to buy a house? Am I sure I don't? Actually, why not? A holiday home in Shropshire – ooh, look a converted barn. What a brilliant idea! Look, all I have to do is click here and I can request the details.

I fill in the online form and press send. Two minutes later an enthusiastic woman rings and asks if I have a property to sell. No, I tell her – all I want (because I don't ask for much from life) is a bolt-hole in the Cotswolds, something with a paddock and stables. (In my magic Rightmove land I am someone who knows what to do with a paddock, and could, theoretically, ask someone where one buys horses and whether they can live mainly on takeaway Indian food.)

Yesterday I spoke to my accountant on the phone. I asked him if I could afford to buy an architect-designed riverfront eco-home complete with mooring for the boat I neither have nor want (I could always try to start wanting a boat if not wanting one becomes too inconvenient).

He confessed he'd had no idea I wanted a second home. I don't, I told him – I just want to buy one. Once I've bought it I won't want it any more, obviously, because then it will be part of my real life. It would be crazy to buy it – and by 'it' I mean the Stour Valley longhouse I'm viewing next Tuesday.

I'll stop myself in time. I'm almost sure I will.

Lasting Damage, by Sophie Hannah, is published by Hodder & Stoughton at £12.99

Ahh the penny drops, just a shameless plug :angry:

Edit to add link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/8369047/Confessions-of-a-property-website-addict.html

Edited by acidreign

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What she doesn't realise is that the other four nights its her hubby sneaking out to go on the internet - and I'll bet its not houses he's looking at...

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If you wanted to include HPC you would have to try find someone on here who had made at least 3,000 posts. Can anyone on here really be that addicted?

we'll answer that at the end of the week...

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So thats why rightmove keep reporting massive website hits and 'pent up demand' its this nutter running searches not stop and registering with agents left, right and centre! I feel sorry for poor vendors who think 'could this be the one we so desperately need could this be an offer finally!' but no, it's this time wasting not job.

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Wonder does HPC count in the findings? :lol:

When does a harmless hobby become a weird and irresistible compulsion? Sophie Hannah describes crossing the line

snip.......................

Are we not all addicted to some extent?

My evening 'entertainment' is checking, in order of priority,

HPC,

rightmove

zoopla

property snake

etc.

The TV (property porn incl) does not offer the wisdom and insight of HPC.

What a shame that rightmove assume that because we look at there site, we are potential punters looking to buy :D

I'm only looking at the price drops :P:P

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I'm only looking at the price drops :P:P

They don't even sell them in proper tins anymore! <_<

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So thats why rightmove keep reporting massive website hits and 'pent up demand' its this nutter running searches not stop and registering with agents left, right and centre! I feel sorry for poor vendors who think 'could this be the one we so desperately need could this be an offer finally!' but no, it's this time wasting not job.

...'she's window shopping'.... :rolleyes:

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For me too -I do a daily if not twice daily or sometimes more trawl of rightmove, zoopla this site, some agents specific own sites, etc etc ..... and most days find some need to check a sold price or sites guesstimatevalue on a proprty somewhere as well.

So when rightmove reports x,000 viewings in "this area" last month ..... I alas am contributing well towards that total

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If you wanted to include HPC you would have to try find someone on here who had made at least 3,000 posts. Can anyone on here really be that addicted?

If you want to see who's really addicted check the "Today's Top 20 Posters" button at the foot of the main forum page. I don't think I've ever been on it but some of us...

tr1ck5t3r 14-August 05 4,393 59 4.26%

Tankus 31-August 08 591 45 3.25%

Bloo Loo 27-August 07 35,257 39 2.81%

Scott Sando 19-December 08 1,429 37 2.67%

South Lorne 22-March 07 8,040 34 2.45%

miko 18-February 08 3,532 34 2.45%

bogbrush 01-December 08 6,353 34 2.45%

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If you want to see who's really addicted check the "Today's Top 20 Posters" button at the foot of the main forum page. I don't think I've ever been on it but some of us...

tr1ck5t3r 14-August 05 4,393 59 4.26%

Tankus 31-August 08 591 45 3.25%

Bloo Loo 27-August 07 35,257 39 2.81%

Scott Sando 19-December 08 1,429 37 2.67%

South Lorne 22-March 07 8,040 34 2.45%

miko 18-February 08 3,532 34 2.45%

bogbrush 01-December 08 6,353 34 2.45%

I only post here, and I only look at property sites occasionally when there is a discussion on it.

When I was moving 2 years ago, I used RM to find and negotiate my rental.

still, I do enjoy the rufty tuftyness of this site...and working at a computer and waiting for call backs does give me an opportunity.

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I only post here, and I only look at property sites occasionally when there is a discussion on it.

When I was moving 2 years ago, I used RM to find and negotiate my rental.

still, I do enjoy the rufty tuftyness of this site...and working at a computer and waiting for call backs does give me an opportunity.

It gives you thirty five thousand opportunities Bloo Loo!

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It gives you thirty five thousand opportunities Bloo Loo!

Its quiet.

and there is a fault with the counter.

and if I didnt post I would probably have to eat for my fix.

the shaking is the worst.....fracks up my laptop...still, my new smart mobile is great, and the wireless implant coming in 2012 is going to make it even better.

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My name is pablopatito. And I'm a property website addict.

Rightmove, HPC, Zoopla, houseprices.co.uk.

Monday mornings are the worst, as there are no Rightmove updates on Sunday night.

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My name is pablopatito. And I'm a property website addict.

Rightmove, HPC, Zoopla, houseprices.co.uk.

Monday mornings are the worst, as there are no Rightmove updates on Sunday night.

I hate zoopla. It's horrid. So's primelocation (I think thats the one with "spiral" insane app on the ipad)

Rightmove is really clear and uncluttered.

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Is there any point in checking more than one of the property sites? Does Primelocation list houses that aren't on Rightmove?

Occaisionally yes.

Don't know why - but assume some agents don't pay to go on rightmove. Some round here bob on and off it fairly often.

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My name is pablopatito. And I'm a property website addict.

Rightmove, HPC, Zoopla, houseprices.co.uk.

Monday mornings are the worst, as there are no Rightmove updates on Sunday night.

Lol, I hate Monday's too. Not much new data to record. HPC aside property websites only take about 10 mins of my day.

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I hate zoopla.

I recently discovered they have archived some (but by no means all) Estate Agent's property particulars. Its all porn to me

Example:

http://www.zoopla.co.uk/property-history/95-water-lane/wootton/northampton/nn4-6hh/12866603

I quite like this feature and I think they're the only website that offers it?

But I agree rightmove rules over them all.

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I recently discovered they have archived some (but by no means all) Estate Agent's property particulars. Its all porn to me

Example:

http://www.zoopla.co.uk/property-history/95-water-lane/wootton/northampton/nn4-6hh/12866603

I quite like this feature and I think they're the only website that offers it?

I think they're the only ones.

Yeah not enough propertys have the H though...

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