You will notice that I carefully and nicely (in the original meaning of nice) did not state that WE were considering moving house.
I really like our present home.
It is warm and airy.
It is spacious, clean, comfortable and feels like home.
It is relatively easy to keep warm in the winter, and it has plentiful French windows giving us access to the large wooden decks which surround the house for our glorious summer days.
It has plentiful shade, yet is bathed in sunshine all day long.
It has just been completely repainted at considerable cost (and money, sweat and occasionally, blood)
It looks fresh and smart, and has lovely views over the treetops of the Hutt valley to the Belmont Hills beyond.
You will gather that I REALLY DON'T WANT TO MOVE
My Beloved does ...
|Just DO it.|
We had the first of a series of estate agents around last night.
Now, with no real intention of insulting The Curmudgeon ®, whom I
I should like to mention that I don't like Estate Agents.
|Blood Sucking Tick (praedium agente)|
Consider their job.
The bloke who came to see us last night seemed OK, at least until he began to go through his Book of Blood, otherwise known as his list of costs and charges.
2½% F*CKING PERCENT
Plus of course the separate "marketing charges"
- Professional photographer and hundreds of high resolution prints
- Internet advertising (3 separate sites)
- ½ page full colour adverts in 5 papers,
- 2 different professional (and expensive)colour booklets which inevitably turn up firstly in every cafe and chip shop, and lastly the bin,
- mail shots and junk mail drop-offs
|You're actually GOING IN THERE?|
They don't (shouldn't) get a brass farthing if they don't succeed in selling the bloody thing. It's their sôle raison d'être.
Therefore they should be bloody keen to sell the thing ASAP. The sooner they sell it, the more money they make.
If they just piss about and it drags on for months, who pays for the marketing under their wished-for-agreement?
Moi, that's who.
AND they want a goodly chunk of the "marketing" costs up front. About $1600.
Now let's look at the so-called marketing.
All good marketers know their market and their advertising tools and criteria.
Our house would be in the upper end of the market in our area, not the top 2%, but probably in the upper 10%.
It's got 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a newly fitted kitchen with a SMEG range cooker. A large dining area, a huge living room, a separate lounge, utility room, 1½ car garage with extended workshop, 2 very large carports and good insulation with gas central heating.
It would attract as a family house. People of 30+ TO 50+. The fairly well-off. The children of the computer age. What's the bloody point of advertising in our local free-delivery paper, or distributing fliers to local chip shops.
|If it can sell vegitariansim, then it can sell myhouse.|
INTERNET advertising should be the main method. It'll also get the out-of-towners and the new immigrants.
When we sold our last house in Scotland (Newport-on-Tay in Fife) we agreed a fixed price with our lawyer/estate agent. No hassle, no problems. Sold in 4 weeks, because the agent marketed it well, had a reservoir of possibly interested clients and really got on the job.
These bloody Agents have got a hammerlock on the market, and the sooner we break the bastards the better.
It's also cheaper.