First Time Buyers Looking for the Wow Factor!

The Brief

  • First Time Buyers seeking a detached or semi detached house
  • 3 bedrooms or 2 plus a study space
  • An “eat in” kitchen with separate lounge
  • Parking for their 2 cars plus visitors
  • Some outside space
  • In good condition – they do not want a project
  • Budget £350,000 with little upward flexibility.

A & E  came to me ready, willing and able to buy a property but were unsure how to go about it.  They had done lots of “armchair research”  on the usual property websites but had yet to view a single property.  They were, however, very clear in their own minds exactly what they wanted and even had a house in mind.

I urged them to at least have a drive past that house and since it was still of interest we went to view it.  The house matched their specification perfectly, but left them completely cold, so back to the drawing board…

Having scoured the market we did a good job of discounting everything on the market for one reason or another.  This didn’t overly surprise me but that was what I was here for.  Having seen this one property they felt sure would be ideal, they were somewhat deflated by what the market didn’t  have to offer.

But we closely examined why they didn’t like it.  Too boring, no wow factor, decoration dull.  Good size garden but massive tree in it meant it was quite dark, but also they didn’t really want that much to look after.  Ultimately A  felt that the lounge was too small and the kitchen/diner which was high on their wish list was also too small.  But to be honest it was “what it was” and fitted their initial spec ideally.

So we wanted a property with larger reception rooms, but no more bedrooms.  A bungalow or chalet style property springs to mind, but there was no way they were going to buy a bungalow for their first home!  I showed them particulars of a character 2 bedroom cottage that I thought they would like.  But it was only 2 bedrooms, and the kitchen would barely fit a small table in it, although the main reception was a very good size and currently worked as a lounge/diner.  And the bathroom was downstairs.  E  lived in a house with a downstairs bathroom before and vowed Never Again!  But I had visions of that being a mangy student Victorian terrace house, and this character property was anything but.  So I persuaded them to at least have a look at it…

Overjoyed…  Overwhelmed… And absolutely fizzing with that magic Wow factor.  Love at first sight!  2nd bedroom had an alcove where the current owner had a small desk and this space was perfect for A too.  The master bedroom was huge, and the whole property had been recently refurbished to a good standard so they could literally move in.  As for the downstairs bathroom…?  Not a problem now.  It was beautifully finished and an offer was agreed, significantly better than their maximum.

The rest, as they say, is history!

“Richard is the man you need!”

A & E. B.

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