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Howard

Member since Jun 2010 • Last active Jan 2020

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Why would anyone want a rockhopper?

    Stumpy maybe.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Huh. Interesting.

    What evidence have you seen that suggests they could get a premium for your place whilst still selling in your timelines? I would be looking at the land registry and their comparable sales closely.

    It might be that I've mixed your place up with somebody elses on here so if that's the case ignore the next bit.

    I'm going to play devils advocate here - I would imagine TMH and whatnot could get a premium for properties that are not easily, or cannot be, replicated or equivalenced. True one-offs. Because their market really is niche and because their value is market + nebulous but large cachet from owning a concrete masterpiece or living in the Barbican.

    For flats, and this is what we are talking about right, in nice but ultimately 'common' buildings, I'm not convinced they could command a significant premium compared to figures the high end EAs or indies could get. Because what you have , which IIRC is a flat in a victorian house - can be recreated or equivalenced*. I think their fee - which is expensive but not an unusual starting gambit from even the hightstreets - is probably an admission of that.

    So I would be inspecting their patter and comparable sales closely.

    But I could be completely wrong.

    Related, Nested looked at my place the other day and totally ballsed up the valuation. Then pestered me.

    * The award can't, and that is interesting.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Bunch of nails hammered through a block of wood that match the spoke holes in the hub. Clamp it in a bench vise, apply the hub, chain whip the block off.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    this agent is very obviously the best one for our property.

    Do they have access to buyers that other agents do not?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I still have a sneaker collection worth £000's and they're like a fucking albatross around my neck. I pay nearly £100 a month to store the things

    Do they go up in value by £100 a month or more?

    People collect stamps for a reason I guess; easy and space efficient to store. Watches are kinda similar in that respect so they probably don't feel like a burden although I'd imagine the insurance bills are somewhat spicy.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    And this is serious hoarding

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Also, does anyone have any advice/experience of negotiating down estate agent fees?

    Yes. It's no different to any other negotiation!

    • do your research and understand what is achievable
    • make sure you understand what your viable alternative is, should you have to walk away
    • understand your reasons for wanting a lower fee, i.e. our budget to buy house limits us to pay X or less. If you just want to pay less because...it's hard to be committed
    • get a load of them round and 'interview' them, keep your cards close to your chest but make sure they like you or at least do not dislike you
    • rank them
    • play the top two / three off each other
    • don't be the decision maker (I just need to check things with my other half!)

    Understand that they've got used to this so try to earn money back other ways like charging for floor plans and whatnot unless you use their (expensive) additional services. They might only reveal the true cost of these after the fee negotiation has concluded, which will make you feel obliged to accept them. Which sucks. If you want to avoid that, ask them to provide a quote that's inclusive of all costs before the negotiation begins.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Ok I’m not watching that shit

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    One for @dancing james

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    I've got an 11 speed XD cassette going and other bits

    https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/3384­25/

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