Fri, 28 Apr 06
A new house preview service promises to tell you facts about a potential house purchase that the estate agent might not want to mention.
Although estate agents are bound by the Property Misdescriptions Act they are paid to sell houses. So it is not surprising that they play up the good aspects of a property and fail to mention the downside, says home-finding company, County Homesearch International.
Jonathan Haward, managing director of County Homesearch International, said: "This service is for time-challenged people who see a property they like the look of in a magazine or the web but are unable to get to see it quickly."
"We will immediately arrange a viewing by one of our 22-branch network of experts across the county and provide an independent ‘reality check’ on the property."
For £350 the firm claims to provide a dispassionate appraisal of the property to help a buyer understand what he or she may be buying. These will include both the positives and negatives of a property.
Mr Haward Adds: "We don’t try to hinder sales but by pointing out a property’s strength and faults we help house buyers make an informed decision."
What you are told
What you are not told
The house has a lovely view
Yes but what is that blot on the landscape (Is it a market garden with miles of poly-tunnel?)
The house is rurally situated
True, but it is close to a smelly chicken farm which is bad news when the prevailing westerly wind blows from the east
The house is close to a top school
Yes, but it’s directly on the rat run and the tranquillity experienced on Saturdays turns to a nose to tail rumble of traffic twice a day
The house overlooks the river and benefits from fishing rights
Local knowledge dictates that the river floods frequently
The house overlooks the sea
True, but the windows need weekly cleaning because of the salt spray
The house is close to transport links
But you can hear the train hooting
The house is described as being bijou
It is very pokey and dark
The house has four bedrooms
It does but two are tiny singles
The garden is a notable feature
It is a fine garden but we estimate that the lawns will take three hours to mow each week
The house is centrally heated
Yes it is but there is no mains gas so the house is heated by expensive heating oil or LPG
The house was modernised in the seventies
True, but the décor is fading and the bathroom suits are in lilac
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