That was the job that was...

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Phil Launchbury, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. ... that I just put my resignation in for..

    14 months of living away from home during the week and no end in
    sight. 4 bed houses in Swindon just don't sell well!

    Ho hum.

    Anyone know of any companies in Swindon/Bristol area that
    need a hands-on IT manager with good Windows/Unix/Cisco skills?

    Phil

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    Phil Launchbury, Jun 23, 2004
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    Pip Guest

    Ooh, buggeration.

    Best of luck, Phil.
     
    Pip, Jun 23, 2004
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    Ever thought of working in Belfast......
     
    'Hog, Jun 23, 2004
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  4. Hmm.. lets think.. No. I can't say I have. And I don't expect
    that situation to change much...

    Phil

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  5. Ta.

    At least I might get some
    decent weather for rediscovering the bike-riding habit that I used to
    have...

    Phil

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    Phil Launchbury, Jun 23, 2004
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  6. Nah - just a 4 bed house in a town that has a vast oversupply of the
    same and builders who are desperate to sell..

    Phil.

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    Phil Launchbury, Jun 25, 2004
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    Champ Guest

    And yet the rest of the country is fretting about the overheated
    housing market. Given that prices have gone up by at least 20% in the
    last year, not selling it in 14 months suggests you massively
    over-priced it.
     
    Champ, Jun 25, 2004
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  8. Nope. It was "priced to sell". Our neighbours have been on the market
    longer than us (identical house) and they haven't sold either..

    Swindon is in an odd position with houses - because it boomed
    in the mid-late 90's they decided to build lots and lots of
    'family' houses (3 and 4 beds) rather than lots of starter houses.
    Then came the IT crash and places like Motorola and Intel started
    losing people rather than gaining them.. and the bottom dropped right
    out of the housing market with a very large oversupply of 3 and 4 bed
    houses that the builders just can't sell without doing very good deals.

    We also had the problem of needing to get enough from the sale to
    be able to buy something bigger than a rabbit hutch in Surrey - and
    even then we would have tripled the size of our mortgage.

    In the end I decided that the 10K that we had put aside
    to pay the Stamp Duty on a house here would be better spent
    supporting us while I look for a job in Swindon. And I get to see
    Cheryl for more than a few hours at the weekend. And I don't spend my
    weekends utterly washed out and suffering from migraines. And even
    if I get a lower-paid job in Swindon we will still be better off
    with a smaller mortgage and lower monthly costs that I have had
    here for the last 14 months.

    Phil.

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    Phil Launchbury, Jun 28, 2004
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    I bet if you'd priced yours 20k lower it would have sold. or if not
    there then another 10k. Whatever it took, you could have found a true
    market value (i.e. what someone was prepared to pay) and sold it for
    that. Ergo, it's fair to say that it didn't sell because it was
    overpriced.

    Whether you could afford to sell it below _your_ estimate of its worth
    is another matter altogether...
     
    Ace, Jun 28, 2004
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  10. I'm sure it would. But we were already at the lower end of the market
    in 4 bed houses and (had we priced it lower) we wouldn't have been
    able to afford anything in Surrey.
    True market value != the lowest price..
    Nope. If anything it was underpriced compared to houses
    in similar locations and of similar quality. The fact that it
    didn't sell was not due to price (we had it on the market for 6
    months at 10K lower and it didn't sell at that price either - and the
    extra 10K we put on the price didn't significantly affect the number
    of viewing we had).

    Add to the fact that we *had* actually sold it twice - once
    to someone who had to withdraw because of mortgage problems and once
    to someone who ended up dropping out "because they saw something they
    preferred".
    Not my estimate - we priced it at 10K under the average of the estate
    agent estimates that we had.

    Phil.

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    True market value = the highest price someone is prepared to pay.

    <snip justification>

    I'm not trying to say that you could, or should, have done
    differently, but ...

    is still a valid comment, IMO.
     
    Ace, Jun 28, 2004
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  12. Indeed. And had we left it on the market for anouther year we may
    have got what we asked for.
    And I disagree quite strongly. We seem to be defining "overpriced" as
    two entirely seperate things..

    Phil

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  13. Noone was buying?
     
    [email protected], Jun 28, 2004
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    Surely the definition of "market value" is whether someone will pay
    that price for it. If it didn't sell, it was overpriced for that
    market (i.e. Swindon). What other explanation is there?
     
    Champ, Jun 28, 2004
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  15. And 2 people were prepared to - but unable to complete.
    That the market in Swindon for 4 bed houses is vastly deflated?

    Phil

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    Phil Launchbury, Jun 28, 2004
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  16. No, i mean that no-one was out looking for a house at that particular time
    in that particular area.
     
    [email protected], Jun 28, 2004
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    Ace Guest

    Why not? could it be related to the price, do you think?
     
    Ace, Jun 28, 2004
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    darsy Guest

    it smelled of wee?
     
    darsy, Jun 28, 2004
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  19. Give that man a ceegar!

    Phil

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  20. Shh..

    Phil

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