Thursday, September 16, 2010

You couldnt make it up

Owner lay dead on the couch as estate agent showed buyers around her home

An estate agent showed prospective buyers around an £800,000 house while the owner lay dead on her sofa, an inquest heard yesterday. The agent, Samuel Allfort, said he had assumed the 55-year-old woman was sleeping and continued with the pre-arranged viewing. The Marsh & Parsons employee even left the living room to view last in case she awoke in time to meet the buyers.

Posted by mark @ 10:35 AM (1727 views)
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20 thoughts on “You couldnt make it up

  • charlie brooker says:

    The perfect allegory for the property market!!

    (RIP The deceased)

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    See, that’s what happens when you hold-out for that ideal valuation; and not a penny less.

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  • Did he get the sale?

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  • This is worth £800k? Holy crap.

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    Alan, bay windows. Innit.

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  • Not exactly Grand Designs… lol.

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  • It has a tree in the front garden = It is in the countryside

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  • That is a tired, mid to late Victorian (probably) terraced house.

    The cost of building that house today (assuming you were building a whole terrace, would probably be around £40k.

    But this is a second hand house, and none of its features are of any historic significance. It should rightly be seen as a first home, or student digs, pending demolition and redevelopment.

    It is hard to value its worth as a house at more than £10k

    Is it really worth shelling out £790k just for the privilege of living in a grubby corner of London?

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  • 800k for a grubby terraced house in an area that regularly featured in the Sweeny due to it’s derelict
    crime ridden reputation.

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  • Roof window = built in observatory

    extract from “learn yourself estate agents speak”

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  • The zombie bank syndrome is spreading.

    However, in Samuel Allforts defense, he has taken the trouble to privide an economy coffin case.

    I would normally be outraged, but I can’t muster up the passion in this case. It’s a sad reflection on “The Dream.”

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    The listing has been removed from the EA’s website so presumably got sold.

    Still, silver linings and all that. Hopefully the new owner will be happy in their near-million pound two-up/two-down.

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  • Unless because of legal reasons, maybe CSI grotty terrace house is being filmed

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  • 10. mark

    Adapatable living erea. Relaxing atmosphere. Discrete neighbours. A house to die for. Any reasonable cash offer accepted.

    EA doublespeak – Be aware, the next time you view a vacant possession and someones breathing down your neck.

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  • Maybe it’s a new trend – Sash windows, skylite,Door,bin & it’s own dead person? Who know’s if it add value, why not!

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  • If only it had been the other way round. “Estate agent found dead ……”

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  • charlie brooker says:

    What next? Estate Agent flogs dead horse?

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    @ 13

    Exactly, dead twigs in vases are, like, soooo 2007.

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  • That wheelie bin out front must be worth quarter of a million – it’s massive!

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Uncle Tom, that £790k will evaporate to very little once we’ve replaced the entire tax system with LVT, of course 🙂

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