Thursday, 23 April 2009

Vendor beware

Dear Vendors

Just so you know one of the large estate agents has repeatedly failed to get back to me about a property that has been for sale for around 6 months.

I haven't walked into their offices and demanded details but I have e-mailed them on a number of occasions fully outlining I have a mortgage agreement, am not in a chain and the flat is within my budget and required area. I am not going to beg, there are lots of flats out there!

This flat is now under offer but I would imagine for quite a lot less than the asking price.

I wonder if I am being pig headed by not desperately chasing the agency but surely they are paid to market the property and speak to interested potential buyers. Not just to put a property on a website and then only speak to people who go in and see them and arrange mortgages via them. I wouldn't say that was doing the best by anyone.

Okay so I might not have been able to bid for a one bedroom flat but there about twenty others available in the same area and really I think an agent who don't even call me back when I am telling them I could be in the flat in 6 weeks would be terribly good at speeding up the process at their end.


cosmogirl said...

No you're not!
This happened to my boss! She had the mortgage in place, it was an additional property she wanted to buy so no chain and she not only emailed but called and went to see them! They put her off so she didnt bother again!
The flat as far as I know is still for sale!
Makes no sense?!
She was asked if the money was from a breakup!! She told them it wasnt! It was hers! Was then asked if it was inheritence! They couldnt comprehend a single lady had her own money to biy a flat outright! And shot themselves in the foot!
She eventually bought a new house which is stunning and far better value :) x

Anonymous said...

It is a sad state of affairs when single females with a career and financials to purchase a place are denied. I live in New York and have consistently felt the perils of the male dominated real estate industry. I have opted to continue to rent in the hopes of moving from this city to another. Hopefully they will have a better understanding of the Modern Successful Woman.