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Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 8:36 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

It does boil down to being there. At the moment I'm just trying to plan what to do over the next few years and want some rough ideas.

Has anyone found online searches any use, or do the properties either not make it or go before they get online?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44144
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

On line searches can be useful but there's no real substitute for eye to eye contact.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
... there's no real substitute for eye to eye contact.


With or without hands round their necks?

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hands round necks is always the best position to take with estate agents, unfortunately some of them don't seem to think so

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our experience so far is that its a question of luck. Hopefuly others have something more constructive to offer!

We did find one house by driving around, that seems to have a boundary through the middle of it - its derelict, and we were unable to find the owner (or owners!) Our current potential house turned up by himself sweet talking the reception girl in the estate agents, and himselfs next project (he's an evil property developer) was owned by the farmer who we approached about the last one.

Our next step is going to be to look at auctions - although I think there may be pitfalls for the unwary. The other place to look might be the self build magazines - that's where I'd advertise if I had one to sell.

moggins



Joined: 24 Feb 2005
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Location: Gloucester
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps this is not the best time to admit that I used to be an estate agent then

Although my success may have been in the fact that I refused to show people round totally unsuitable properties

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dom't worry moggins there's at least one other ex estate agent on here

moggins



Joined: 24 Feb 2005
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Location: Gloucester
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 05 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It was only a fleeting experience

thos



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 05 3:51 pm    Post subject: Run down properties Reply with quote    

How about:
http://www.immovillages.be/a_vendre/desc138.htm
2.3 Hectares 5-bed 19th Century EUR480,000 needs work

http://www.immovillages.be/a_vendre/desc156.htm
4.94 Hectares 17th Century Manor House EUR700,000 restored

http://www.immoregion.be/pages/detailvente.php?OxySeleCode=00001527705
1.6 Hectares 6 bed Priory EUR 488,000 needs work. Includes 150 sq metre reception.

moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
Posts: 525
Location: Near Bridgend
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 05 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

www.renovatealerts.com/property This is a brilliant site but you have to pay a subscription per month for them to notify you, but there are some good things on there.

judyofthewoods



Joined: 29 Jan 2005
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Location: Pembrokeshire
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 05 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

moggins wrote:
Perhaps this is not the best time to admit that I used to be an estate agent then

Although my success may have been in the fact that I refused to show people round totally unsuitable properties


No one's perfect, I'm sure we all have done something embarassing in the past .

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 05 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

www.stags.co.uk
www.primelocation.com
Phillips, Smith and Dunn 01271 327878
www.Kivells.com
This lot all have rural properties in the NDJ this week (obviously we Torrington dwellers don't regard ourselves as rural)
www.cowling-commercial.co.uk have a 15 acre quarry on a 28 acre site with tipping rights for £450 000. But I guess running a landfill site isn't what most people here regard as the dream.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 05 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks sean & others, time to have a good look around this weekend. Either or depending on what I find.

tinyclanger



Joined: 27 Dec 2004
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Location: in the kitchen, baking
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 05 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We found our house by a method sugested by friends as it had worked for them.

1 - write down all the things you want your new home to have however outlandish and impractical. We wanted a river, outbuildings, garage/workshop, trees, lovely neighbours, 2 bedrooms, beams, stonebuilt, fruit trees, sunny garden, bus stop, huge deep bath, woodburner, big sitting room, red front door, stone circle.

2 - sign your paper at the bottom and pin it up in a place you will see it often. We put ours in the sitting room, keep it there until your new home comes along.

3 - put you house on the market.

4 - register with agents in your chosen area and drive around it on the weekend, pen and paper in hand.

its works, we got all we had on our list except for the red front door and the stone circle. But there is a stone circle about 6 miles away, so not bad really.


Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 7618
Location: France
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 05 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are actually quite a few run down properties here in Haute Vienne, France but they are being snapped up fast so you better be quick if you can cope with the language barrier. Please feel free to PM me anyone who would like contact info for estate agents in our area. We have met alot of English families since buying our place two years ago and most of them, like us are self-sufficiencers.

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