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I am interested in a house with two EAs.

I have asked both EAs this question; they were both vary vague to begin with. "A while" "Since February I think".

When pushed, both EAs were very reluctant to give me an answer (one got quite cross!). But eventually I got "beginning of Feb" from one, and "January 15th" from the other.

PropertyBee tells me that it's been on RightMove since the 27th November.

I don't know what to make of this. Could PropertyBee's "first found" entry (it is very specific - even the time..) be wrong?

What do I do next? I don't trust either agent..

Many thanks!

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I am interested in a house with two EAs.

I have asked both EAs this question; they were both vary vague to begin with. "A while" "Since February I think".

When pushed, both EAs were very reluctant to give me an answer (one got quite cross!). But eventually I got "beginning of Feb" from one, and "January 15th" from the other.

PropertyBee tells me that it's been on RightMove since the 27th November.

I don't know what to make of this. Could PropertyBee's "first found" entry (it is very specific - even the time..) be wrong?

What do I do next? I don't trust either agent..

Many thanks!

bit of a non-question

(do some door knocking & ask the "for sale" property neighbours)

- cos Agents constantly take properties off market then a couple of months later pretend it is new to market or owner swaps to another agency!

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Do you need to trust the EA long term?

The only time this needs to come up is if he ridicules your low offer.

You can then say "I'm pretty sure this has been on since November, I would pass it on if I were you".

If you are spending 10's of thousands of pounds on anything....TRUST NO-ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am interested in a house with two EAs.

I have asked both EAs this question; they were both vary vague to begin with. "A while" "Since February I think".

When pushed, both EAs were very reluctant to give me an answer (one got quite cross!). But eventually I got "beginning of Feb" from one, and "January 15th" from the other.

PropertyBee tells me that it's been on RightMove since the 27th November.

I don't know what to make of this. Could PropertyBee's "first found" entry (it is very specific - even the time..) be wrong?

What do I do next? I don't trust either agent..

Many thanks!

Job done really- you can't trust the agents. If you didn't have PB you'd have to take them at face value. If you like the houses you'll have to deal with the agents so why not take the opposite approach and be open about what you know.

Maybe something like, for example "I know the current owner(s) moved in on such-and-such a date and I was wondering if you could detail the maintenance and repair work which has been carried out since then?". They ought to have the message that there's little point trying to pull the wool with you over basic details, even if they are freely available and every prospective buyer should have them to hand. Says a lot about the average buyer that they still pull these stunts.

Some EAs don't like straightforward businesslike discussions since they know they can get more if they (successfully) appeal to emotions.

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Check the date on the epc and check the postcode on Rightmove 'price comparison report' and pay attention to the 'no longer on the market' section. I think the default rightmove setting is 'within 1/4 mile of this postcode', change to 'this postcode only'.

I asked an EA about a house a couple of weeks ago and was told it had been on for two months. I checked the postcode on the rightmove 'price comparison report'. There are 3 sections, currently on the market, removed from the market and sold prices.

In the 'no longer on the market' section I saw that the house had been on with at least 3 other agencies over nearly 2 years. The date on the epc said May 2011!

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bit of a non-question

(do some door knocking & ask the "for sale" property neighbours)

- cos Agents constantly take properties off market then a couple of months later pretend it is new to market or owner swaps to another agency!

Thanks!

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Check the date on the epc and check the postcode on Rightmove 'price comparison report' and pay attention to the 'no longer on the market' section. I think the default rightmove setting is 'within 1/4 mile of this postcode', change to 'this postcode only'.

I asked an EA about a house a couple of weeks ago and was told it had been on for two months. I checked the postcode on the rightmove 'price comparison report'. There are 3 sections, currently on the market, removed from the market and sold prices.

In the 'no longer on the market' section I saw that the house had been on with at least 3 other agencies over nearly 2 years. The date on the epc said May 2011!

Thank you for your message.

The EPC is dated December 2008!

What does that mean? That the vendor has been trying to sell since then?

Thanks.

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Thank you for your message.

The EPC is dated December 2008!

What does that mean? That the vendor has been trying to sell since then?

Thanks.

Unless something has changed it means that the current owners are in no real hurry to move, unless they only purchased the house in the last few years (if so the EPC is from a past owner).

Face it once you have paid for the EPC (it lasts 10 years) you can keep putting the house on to the market at no cost and just wait for someone to pay what you are asking for - it wastes the time of the EA and any possible buyer who offers below the ticket price.

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PropertyBee tells me that it's been on RightMove since the 27th November.

I don't know what to make of this. Could PropertyBee's "first found" entry (it is very specific - even the time..) be wrong?

PropertyBee's first found means exactly that. If it's a house that falls within popular search criteria then it's probably not long after it went on the market. But not necessarily, and you might be the first to spot something specialist.

Zoopla actually tells you how long it's been advertised, without having to rely on the randomness of PB users.

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Unless something has changed it means that the current owners are in no real hurry to move, unless they only purchased the house in the last few years (if so the EPC is from a past owner).

Face it once you have paid for the EPC (it lasts 10 years) you can keep putting the house on to the market at no cost and just wait for someone to pay what you are asking for - it wastes the time of the EA and any possible buyer who offers below the ticket price.

this is why the saved properties tab in RM is very useful over and above PB. There's a house on my road been on and off since 2009, but PB only detects the most recent listing - this March for 75k less than last year.

Or am I misunderstanding something about PB?

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