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I hate estate agents

On 2 Aug 2011 at 10:34pm Lay Zeefockers wrote:
Just wanted to get that off my chest.
On 2 Aug 2011 at 10:49pm Sox and funs wrote:
Any in particular, or is that a generalisation?
On 2 Aug 2011 at 11:06pm the old mayor wrote:
Bank Staff, Parking Wardens, Doctors Receptionists, Teachers, Dentists. Tesco staff, Customers, Bicyclists, Lorry Drivers, Politicians, Council Jobsworths, Councillors.
Maybe just People ?
On 3 Aug 2011 at 8:15am DFL wrote:
Please, please, please ! Be happy, it's Wednesday - I'm allowed to have a glass of wine on Wednesdays !!
On 3 Aug 2011 at 9:56am Inagreement wrote:
Cumit and West Estate agents are horrid horrid people!
On 3 Aug 2011 at 10:55am yes wrote:
use a non estate agent service like housenetwork then. They just stick your pictures up on rightmove for £500. This will be the death of the estate agent as we know it...as well as the fact that nothing is selling any more
On 3 Aug 2011 at 1:03pm No Longer Fed up wrote:
I really sympathise. Had a year of hell. Now it's over I'm never, ever, ever moving again.
Lawyers can be utter sh*ts too.
The whole process is as painful as it can possibly be.
On 3 Aug 2011 at 4:50pm Newvergonnamoveagain wrote:
>> use a non estate agent service like housenetwork then
there's a dedicated lewes one I saw on the vivalewes website. I sold my Brighton flat privately (about 10 years ago, when I moved to Lewes, and bought an even smaller flat). It's not hard.
On 3 Aug 2011 at 4:53pm jrsussex wrote:
Solicitors, estate agents, surveyors and valuers. All the so called problems etc they introduce are designed to justify their costs. Conveyancing is a relatively simple procedure, the aforementioned will advise you otherwise but many people have carried out their own sales/purchase of property.
On 3 Aug 2011 at 9:33pm Easy living wrote:
A shed in the country next then?
On 4 Aug 2011 at 9:05am Mystic Mog wrote:
Solicitors must be the worst of all. There should be a cull of solicitors, some of their work does not need to be done by solicitors. Much of it can be done the public, especially divorce and conveyancing. £250/hour is a disgrace, when much of the information is on the internet.
Personally I have never had a problem with estate agents only solicitors.
The legal language needs to move from the Middle Ages. For many non-criminal things the adversarial system does not benefit the public, especially divorce.
There needs to be an independent legal complaints facility.
The link between politics and the legal "profession" must be broken. We have been governed by ex barristers who have a vested interest in the status quo.
Finally solicitors and barrister should stop being so arrogant thinking they are better people than the rest of us. It is a negative profession that preys on human frailty. Ther are of course exceptions.
Rant over.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 10:40am Rookie wrote:
They charge you an arm and a leg to survey a property and then miss really obvious problems. Such as my garage roof. Declared as "old but serviceable" by the surveyor but actually had huge splits in the felt that meant it was like niagara falls inside.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 12:14pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Sometimes they report non-problems.
The guy who surveyed my first house pointed some damp on an internal wall. The first time I washed up, I realised that the sink unit wasn't level and water ran off the draining board and down the wall. A bit of fag packet wedged under the corner of the unit soon sorted that.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 1:01pm Clifford wrote:
Surveyors aren't as personally irritating as estate agents. I suppose the fact that they have to study for a few years and have genuine qualifications has something to do with it.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 3:04pm bastian wrote:
surveyors are not a waste of money,I engaged a good one who saved us buying a house that had a roof sliding off (not apparent from the outside)wycherlys didn't say a thing and got very stroppy when we pulled out.That survay saved us 20k and major building work for 500 quid,money well spent.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 5:55pm Southover Queen wrote:
My dad was a surveyor. He was often called in to do surveys on buildings which had been adversely surveyed before, and was often shocked at how lazy and/or defensive a lot of them were. They'd insert disclaimers all over the place, for instance, so that by the time you'd been advised to call in a gas fitter to check the gas supply, get a separate drain survey, have Rentokill in to confirm that there was no woodworm or dry rot you'd wonder what exactly you were paying for.

In his case, he was a trained, observant professional with decades of experience who really could sort out what was serious and needed fixing and what was trivial, such as a badly orientated sink drainer! Sadly he's not around any more but there are surveyors like him: if I were looking for a survey now I'd go to the RICS website and find an independent practitioner, and I'd talk to them on the phone before appointing them. And remember, if they screw up you can sue them for negligence!
On 4 Aug 2011 at 7:02pm No longer fed up wrote:
John Ferdinando was great. Had 2 surveys done by him. Now have a lovely house and a really good idea of anything that needs fixing.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 7:09pm Deelite wrote:
It's accountants I can't stand, especially complacent ones that do sweet fa for their money. Bell ends.

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