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A defence of honest estate agents and an attack on problematic buyers and sellers on the BBC site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4840658.stm

The writer makes some good points - sellers are all too willing to overvalue or go with the estate agent that offers the highest valuation / lowest fee, and then complaining about a lack of results.

This reminds me of something I noted in the whistleblower documentary: in the case where the estate agents were criticised for putting in ficticious low offers to try and persuade the vendor to cut their price, it was never made clear whether that was in order to generate a quick sale, or because the vendor was attached to an overvaluation. Obviously, fictitious offers are wrong either way, but it does make a bit of a difference. I personally took it as a good sign for HPC, since it's something more likely to happen during a stagnant or falling market.

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A defence of honest estate agents and an attack on problematic buyers and sellers on the BBC site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4840658.stm

The writer makes some good points - sellers are all too willing to overvalue or go with the estate agent that offers the highest valuation / lowest fee, and then complaining about a lack of results.

This reminds me of something I noted in the whistleblower documentary: in the case where the estate agents were criticised for putting in ficticious low offers to try and persuade the vendor to cut their price, it was never made clear whether that was in order to generate a quick sale, or because the vendor was attached to an overvaluation. Obviously, fictitious offers are wrong either way, but it does make a bit of a difference. I personally took it as a good sign for HPC, since it's something more likely to happen during a stagnant or falling market.

A well put response, imho, however looks like this thread will disappear without trace...

Cannot and will not defend what was shown on BBC1 Tuesday night but at least try and see the other side

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A well put response, imho, however looks like this thread will disappear without trace...

Cannot and will not defend what was shown on BBC1 Tuesday night but at least try and see the other side

I have to say, the EA who sold my house 5 months ago was a million miles from those featured on the Whistleblower program. Sensible valuation, didn't have to chase them up ever etc etc, all the things an EA should be. And they seem to be earning themselves a reasonable reputation in the area as a result. Fair enough. For this one though, there are several in the same town that are absolute sh*te.

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The sun was shining brightly that day, and the temperature was a nice,

mild warm, which made it a perfect summer day. As I put the key in the lock

and skipped down the front steps, I noticed that there was smoke coming from

another Vendor’s house. Little did I know that her oven had been left on, and her

kitchen had caught aflame. All I was capable of at the moment was just to imagine

what was happening in her house. and if it burnt down I was screwed.

So, I popped back in the house, and while yelling for my mum, called 9-9-9.

"Nine Nine Nine emergency, please state your emergency, and where you are."

Said the woman on the phone. "My name is not important, but my vendor’s

Mrs. Cleaver’s house is smoking." I said quickly.

"What is your address?" The operator asked me.

"I don’t know!" I said, breaking down to tears. "No one is at her house, and I’m trying as hard

as £uck to sell it!“ I cried.

"Calm down now, it’ll be okay!" The woman on the phone said soothingly.

Then my boss entered the room.

"Goodness! Why are you sobbing so?" He asked.

"Mrs. Cleaver’s house is on fire, and I called Nine nine nine!" I said, weeping.

"This is true?" my boss asked frantically.

"Yes!" I said, getting that butterfly feeling in my stomach. My boss ran outside screaming.

“Excuse me,” said the 9-9-9 operator

"could you go outside and look on the front of the house?

There should be some numbers there. Could you tell me what they are?"

The woman asked patiently.

"Yes, I’ll go look!" I replied.

The 9-9-9 operator noticed the estate agent’s good ethics,

and attitude and posture towards the vendor’s house.

"It said two-twenty-three!" I yelled into the phone.

"Okay, that’s great! Do you live in the city?" She asked me.

"Yes! I do live in the city. London, right?" I asked, not sure of where

they answered my call from.

"Yes. We are sending a fire engine to the house now, so your vendor’s

home should not have much damage. Can you see any flames?" She questioned me.

It took all my courage to look out that window, afraid of what I might see.

"No, no flames. Just smoke coming out from underneath her patio door."

I said, straining my voice, about to cry again.

"It’s okay . Everything will be okay." She answered.

When the firemen arrived, my heart was racing. I was sweating and shivering,

as if I had a fever.

"Is this the house?" The fireman asked my boss (who was now a gibbering wreck.)

He was worse than me, biting his nails as the firemen bust the door down, allowing

a light to shine in, and allowing the smoke to slither out like a snake. "Yes." He answered.

I watched as the firemen ran to the fire hydrant, and attached that long, wide hose to it.

I heard water start to run through it, and the flames suddenly jumped back.

I could barely see in, and the flames were starting to retreat. It looks like the fire’s

damage was already done. Boll0cks I’m not going to sell it now!

"And so, I award this estate agent this framed medal of bravery, for having the kind heart

and soul to save Mrs. Cleaver’s home from almost inevitable destruction."

Said fire chief Ryan Watson, in front of a rather large crowd at the city hall.

Mrs. Cleaver sat on the front row of the audience, smouldering and silently weeping the whole time.

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The man says "Sure, the industry is riddled with bad apples (which isn't?)".

Horse racing people use the same line.

It's commonly used by people to justify industries that contain widescale corruption.

Rather than whingeing the guy would be better off lobbying for a system of licensing and regulation.

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The sun was shining brightly that day, and the temperature was a nice,

mild warm, which made it a perfect summer day. As I put the key in the lock

and skipped down the front steps, I noticed that there was smoke coming from

another Vendor’s house. Little did I know that her oven had been left on, and her

kitchen had caught aflame. All I was capable of at the moment was just to imagine

what was happening in her house. and if it burnt down I was screwed.

So, I popped back in the house, and while yelling for my mum, called 9-9-9.

"Nine Nine Nine emergency, please state your emergency, and where you are."

Said the woman on the phone. "My name is not important, but my vendor’s

Mrs. Cleaver’s house is smoking." I said quickly.

"What is your address?" The operator asked me.

"I don’t know!" I said, breaking down to tears. "No one is at her house, and I’m trying as hard

as £uck to sell it!“ I cried.

"Calm down now, it’ll be okay!" The woman on the phone said soothingly.

Then my boss entered the room.

"Goodness! Why are you sobbing so?" He asked.

"Mrs. Cleaver’s house is on fire, and I called Nine nine nine!" I said, weeping.

"This is true?" my boss asked frantically.

"Yes!" I said, getting that butterfly feeling in my stomach. My boss ran outside screaming.

“Excuse me,” said the 9-9-9 operator

"could you go outside and look on the front of the house?

There should be some numbers there. Could you tell me what they are?"

The woman asked patiently.

"Yes, I’ll go look!" I replied.

The 9-9-9 operator noticed the estate agent’s good ethics,

and attitude and posture towards the vendor’s house.

"It said two-twenty-three!" I yelled into the phone.

"Okay, that’s great! Do you live in the city?" She asked me.

"Yes! I do live in the city. London, right?" I asked, not sure of where

they answered my call from.

"Yes. We are sending a fire engine to the house now, so your vendor’s

home should not have much damage. Can you see any flames?" She questioned me.

It took all my courage to look out that window, afraid of what I might see.

"No, no flames. Just smoke coming out from underneath her patio door."

I said, straining my voice, about to cry again.

"It’s okay . Everything will be okay." She answered.

When the firemen arrived, my heart was racing. I was sweating and shivering,

as if I had a fever.

"Is this the house?" The fireman asked my boss (who was now a gibbering wreck.)

He was worse than me, biting his nails as the firemen bust the door down, allowing

a light to shine in, and allowing the smoke to slither out like a snake. "Yes." He answered.

I watched as the firemen ran to the fire hydrant, and attached that long, wide hose to it.

I heard water start to run through it, and the flames suddenly jumped back.

I could barely see in, and the flames were starting to retreat. It looks like the fire’s

damage was already done. Boll0cks I’m not going to sell it now!

"And so, I award this estate agent this framed medal of bravery, for having the kind heart

and soul to save Mrs. Cleaver’s home from almost inevitable destruction."

Said fire chief Ryan Watson, in front of a rather large crowd at the city hall.

Mrs. Cleaver sat on the front row of the audience, smouldering and silently weeping the whole time.

wtf?

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