St Albans To Buy or Not to Buy


St Albans

Property series. Rani Price and Ed Hall are househunting in pricey St Albans for a couple who want the ideal family home.


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Welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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Today, we're in St Albans.

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One of the UK's most popular filming locations.

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Would you like a bit of popcorn? It's about to start!

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Unbelievable! What did you make of that? It was phenomenal!

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-It was all right.

-All right?

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The elephant's nose came out the door knocker!

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-That organ-y music was brilliant! Oscar-worthy, that.

-Come on!

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Oscar's taking it too far. The special effects were good.

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But it's time to get on with our very own premiere in the making.

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We have to audition three properties on our own casting couch.

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One of them, today's buyers can try before they buy.

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Speaking of buyers, let's see the stars of the show.

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Bullying off today's property search are Tasha and Glenn.

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Both are mad keen on hockey, as are their children - Ben, seven,

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and Jessica, four.

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The hockey enthusiasm doesn't end there.

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Both Tasha and Glenn's parents played the ball and stick game too.

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-Even Glenn's grandma before that.

-It was how the two of them met,

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as Glenn was Tasha's coach.

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Their eyes met over a bright orange hockey ball.

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-They soon became inseparable.

-Ed, stop turning everything into a film!

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-Two years after they met, they went on their first date.

-Spoilsport.

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Four years down the line, they're tying the knot

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and are looking for the dream family home to start marital bliss in.

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Jolly hockey sticks!

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Viewers at home, if you are sat down and have the ability to get up,

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I'd like you to do some exercise and burn some calories.

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-How are you feeling, Tash and Glenn?

-Tired.

-I know!

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We have learned a lot about you.

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Love through the hockey pitch.

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Are we looking for a hockey pitch within the property?

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-That would be fantastic, if you could find one.

-OK!

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A big garden, definitely.

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It's quite specific, this garden size, it's a big one.

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Well, as much as possible.

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A blank canvas, so that Glenn can put his touch to it.

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Glenn's putting his touch to build a hockey pitch or to...?

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The kids need a football pitch and a play area.

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We would like an area that doesn't get destroyed.

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-The big thing is the garden.

-Yeah.

-Your house is on the market?

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-You've got a mortgage in place.

-Yeah.

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The house, what are you looking for?

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Three bedrooms. We'd like the potential to make a fourth.

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-You've thrown something in there. "To make" a fourth bedroom?

-Yeah.

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Are you looking to do anything more, any other extending jobs?

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Yeah. Whatever possibilities there are, really. Yeah!

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What else do you need?

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I'd like a big kitchen with space for a table and chairs.

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A room for us, as well as a room for the kids.

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Oh, right.

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So we can have time to ourselves while the kids are somewhere else.

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What about a garage, with all the sports equipment?

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Love a garage, but not a priority.

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Where do we need to be?

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We start in Bushey and we can go anywhere within half an hour

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of Bushey, towards St Albans.

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What are the areas you've looked at, the bits that you like?

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We like areas like Kings Langley, Bricket Wood, Park Street, Radlett, Oxhey Hall.

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You've got two little ones to consider.

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Do you need to stay in this area for their school?

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For the lower schools, it's fine where they are.

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Ben's eight, and soon we'll have to start thinking about high schools.

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It needs to be in a good catchment area as well.

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Maybe this will decide it. Style of property?

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Are you modern fanciers? Do you like old and quirky with the cornicing?

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I quite like character properties.

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I'm quite open, the garden's the important thing.

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-The garden defines everything.

-Pretty much.

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You don't mind about style. You don't really mind about location.

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What's stopped you finding the perfect property?

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Too close to a main road.

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Too small a garden. Just not right.

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Just not the click you get when you go into a house.

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How much money have we got to spend on this dream?

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We've got a mortgage up to 370.

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-But if we looked at something a little more and could negotiate...

-Haggling!

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-The haggle buffer!

-Absolutely.

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We are going to head off to find the property of your dreams.

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-We'll just kick the chocks off this and head off.

-I'll race ya!

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It's not working.

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I feel so at home, St Albans and its film history,

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finally, I'm amongst celebrities I should be amongst - Nicole Kidman, the cast of Star Wars...

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Ed, you realise the films are filmed here. The people don't live here.

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But with the prices round here, they'd be fools not to live here!

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St Albans is a city in southern Hertfordshire,

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22 miles north of central London, so a great place for commuters.

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Which is what makes property in this neck of the woods expensive.

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It's also quite pretty, Ed, and has one or two historical buildings.

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Which is why so many films and TV programmes have been filmed here.

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The British classic Porridge, for instance,

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First Knight, Johnny English and Nicole Kidman's Birthday Girl.

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If it's your birthday, you've plenty of places to go to celebrate.

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St Albans has the most public houses per square mile in the UK.

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Which is probably why the Campaign For Real Ale started in St Albans

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in 1971. Oh, that makes me thirsty!

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I'll put the kettle on in a bit.

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Here's what else is available to buy around the rest of the UK.

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Remember Four Weddings And A Funeral?

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This gorgeous three-bed semi with a huge lounge is in Amersham,

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where one of the four weddings was filmed.

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One of my favourite films is The Wicker Man, filmed in Scotland,

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where this exceptional stone house with views over Wigtown Bay resides.

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Three bedrooms and ample living space for...

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If you're a fan of The Dark Knight,

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you might want to live in this apartment overlooking Battersea.

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Style with a capital S.

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From blockbuster movies to breeze block garages.

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Here's a few fascinating facts

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about the space we supposedly park our cars in.

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Indeed, Rani.

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Even though these were built to house the nation's automobiles,

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47% of us can't park our cars in them

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because they're full of personal clutter.

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We're not just talking a few bits and pieces. No, no, no.

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Only 11% of us can claim to a garage that's less than a quarter full.

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"Why is this?" I hear you ask.

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With the lack of storage space in many homes, people use their garage

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like an additional room.

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Keeping an eclectic range of things,

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making traditional gardening gear seem positively pedestrian.

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What isn't pedestrian about these possessions is the value of them,

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with the average contents of a garage being worth over two grand.

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So make sure your house contents covers what you keep in there.

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Because it may not be the car the thieves are after.

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In a world where a huge garden is required,

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then look no further than Property 1, my choice.

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It's got class. It's got style.

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Space, the final frontier. That's what you get with Rani's choice.

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It's also got a garden to die for and a little something extra.

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The romantic thriller called The Wild Card - the house with a heart.

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Starring...

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First for audition on the casting couch is my choice,

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this three-bed semi.

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It's in a premier location, the delightful village of Kings Langley.

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We are outside Property 1, the one the mysterious property-hunting team and myself have gone for.

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This is a beauty. It's also near to a great secondary school.

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The national average for GCSEs

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of five and above, grades A to C,

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is about 48%. This one is much more than that.

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So if your kids get in, clever children.

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What do you think, knowing that, if they went to that school,

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they'd be incredibly clever, future Prime Ministers, what do you think?

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-I like it. It's nice and quiet.

-I like it.

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-A nice leafy road.

-And it has a driveway, which is a big bonus.

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-Is that good for you?

-Yeah.

-A big bonus from where we are.

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It has everything you want - a cracking garden, around 80 foot.

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-Fantastic.

-Almost the size of a blue whale.

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-Ready to go inside?

-Absolutely.

-Off you go.

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72, 73...80! Absolutely perfect!

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-What are you doing, Ed?

-Blue whale!

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It will fit. I've measured it. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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-Nice. Lots of space.

-Not what I expected from outside.

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This is really lovely. I love the floor.

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It's nice neutral colours.

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They're liking the neutral colours you've given them.

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-This is nice. Look at that fireplace.

-Wow!

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I love that in the corner, that lighting.

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I don't think that'll come with the house, Glenn!

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We may be able to negotiate something!

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Fantastic.

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-They're wowed by this room. The fireplace.

-It's beautiful.

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Modern, contemporary, chic.

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-This is a really nice kitchen.

-Wicked.

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Double oven.

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Yeah. That's a fantastic view out there.

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-Wow!

-You can see right across the top of the houses,

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right across to the forest.

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Look at the garden!

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The naked eye can't see beyond the fence, it's that big.

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Back to the kitchen!

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That's space for a dishwasher.

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We can get a dining table in here.

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-Brilliant.

-If we had our area in there, we could have dinner in here

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and the kids could have this area.

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I can't see space for a washing machine, being Miss Practical.

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Unless that's through here.

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-No, a downstairs toilet.

-That's a bonus.

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-That's really well done out.

-Very well decorated.

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They're excited by that. They never asked for it.

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The smallest things can amuse people.

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Nowhere else on television would you see people say,

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"Ooh, isn't that nice?" referring to a downstairs toilet.

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Wow!

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That is fantastic!

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-You wouldn't want dinner inside if you've got this.

-No.

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Do you think, when Tasha wakes up, she will come downstairs,

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-open her doors and go, "Wow!"

-I actually think she will.

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-I'd spend all my time out here.

-You wouldn't know what to do!

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-They haven't seen us, your garden's so big!

-As far as the eye can see.

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I can create something wonderful there.

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-Ben can have his football pitch there.

-There's masses of room.

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And some kind of outside-y space. Storage.

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-Storage area.

-More storage.

-Very important.

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I don't know how many hockey sticks they've got,

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but they've got those two buildings.

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-They could take 6,000 hockey sticks.

-Really?

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Nice and bright.

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Yeah. It's so well decorated you wouldn't need to do anything.

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Well, they are cooing over this.

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The person who did this house out has a degree in property programmes.

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-Bathroom.

-Good lot of room in here.

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-Yeah. It's enough space.

-Power shower.

-Quite neutral.

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Ah, pink room!

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Jessica would love this! How pink could you get?

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Only the equestrian part-time model Jordan has a room pinker than this.

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It is a very pink room.

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Big wardrobes. Massive space.

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-This is a great size room.

-I presume this is bedroom two.

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-Why do they think there is a bigger one?

-I don't know.

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Maybe they're expecting an en suite. They're not going to get one!

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-Why haven't you given them one?

-Because it's expensive round here. An 80-foot garden isn't cheap.

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So, we've given Jess that room. LAUGHS

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-This room looks a bit smaller.

-The third bedroom.

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Ben might be gutted. Might have to swap the pink.

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-Ooh. This is bad news.

-Poor Jessica is losing her room.

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Looks like, as well, we've got some loft space.

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We could maybe extend up there?

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Possibly.

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And the master bedroom.

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-I like the colours.

-Slightly smaller than the one we've got.

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Ed, you measured the rooms, all slightly bigger.

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Except for the master bedroom.

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Sorry. But it's still massive!

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Still, there's enough room in here for your bed, wardrobe.

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-Space around here as well.

-Dressing table, if you wanted it.

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It's still a good sized room.

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It's everything you want.

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The only reason they'd have not to like this property

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is if they didn't like the property.

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There's nothing wrong with anything, it's just the style.

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If they're happy with that, they should buy it.

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Don't we all look cosy?

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I think it couldn't have gone much better. Is that correct?

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I was really pleasantly surprised.

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I wasn't expecting to find past the front door what I did.

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Very well decorated. You wouldn't have to do much.

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-The garden was brilliant.

-Yeah. Wow factor.

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Great dining area outside.

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Scope to create something nice in terms of flower beds, maybe.

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Then the football pitch down the bottom.

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-Or hockey pitch!

-Or maybe both.

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You saw the outbuildings as well.

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There's stuff you could do with those.

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You were looking for a project.

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-Yeah.

-Maybe add value, increase the space.

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You could also put a conservatory on the back.

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Also, you could go up. Who mentioned the loft?

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-Yeah. Me.

-Very clever, Tasha. Yes, ripe for a loft conversion.

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You seem impressed with this house and you like the area.

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How much is it on the market for?

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You said 370, if it was the dream home.

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It isn't, because you haven't seen my property yet.

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-Although I have.

-We'll say up to 370. Who would like to go first?

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-What do you think?

-You guess.

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I'm going for around...

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345?

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-Tasha, what's your guess?

-Around 350.

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-Around 350.

-But I'm really hoping...

-Who's the most competitive?

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-Him.

-Probably me.

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-This is going to come like a hammer blow. You lost this one.

-No!

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-That's not fair.

-The price it's on the market for is £355,000.

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OK.

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With room for negotiation, I think you would have enough money

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if you spent your 370 to do those things here.

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-Also, you don't have to do it straight away.

-No.

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It could be bigger. It could be yours.

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Do you want to bother going to Rani's?

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No, let's just go to the pub.

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Oh! I have thought about what you've asked and I'm going to give you more space.

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-Follow me.

-This had better be good. We're foregoing the pub for this!

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Next up for its debut screening is my film star of a semi,

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situated in the heart of Oxhey.

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I wonder if its performance will blow Tasha and Glenn away

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or end up on the cutting room floor.

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Tasha and Glenn, welcome to the very quiet town of Oxhey!

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-LAUGH

-All right, we are on a main road!

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-You said you didn't want a main road.

-Yeah.

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However, I have given you a main road!

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But it's not about the road. It's about the property.

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Tell me your first impressions.

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It's on a main road.

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-Yeah!

-The house itself.

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Looking beyond the main road, it's got a parking space.

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The house looks nice. It's got a garage, so that's something extra.

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One of the key features is education.

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You're going to need good schools for Ben and Jessica.

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You've got grammar schools for boys and girls.

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-Ed, the national average...?

-48%, I believe.

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Well, the schools round here, for results for GCSEs A to C, is 97%.

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-They must make those tests easy! 97%?

-It's absolutely brilliant!

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You've got great education.

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You have got parking. I've given you a garage and also a great garden.

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When you go inside, the sounds of the road isn't a problem in there.

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Unlike Ed, I'm giving you a little bit more space for the children

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and for you guys to have "you time".

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-It's a good sell. Are you excited?

-I'll keep an open mind.

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The last property, I wasn't too sure.

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I'd be excited about going inside. It's a lot quieter!

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Enter the quiet-as-a-church-mouse house.

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Um... Are you sure?

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-It's sold, Ed. Sold!

-Really?

-Yeah. Sold.

-Really?

-Sold.

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BIRDSONG

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Listen to the birds twittering away.

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Birds on motorbikes?

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This is quite nicely decorated.

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-I can't hear the road too much.

-No.

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-All right. I admit.

-What?

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-This is a bigger house.

-It is. There is more space.

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They want the area away from the children. It's what I'm giving them.

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-Storage space.

-Hockey stick bags in there.

-Plenty of room for that.

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-They like to store the hockey sticks in the hallway.

-Ticking them off.

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-Don't they?

-Once you've played, you're shattered.

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-You haven't got time to take them anywhere.

-No arm strength!

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-This is really good.

-Very well decorated.

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Love the fireplace.

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Our area here. The kids can have a separate area at the end.

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Then a dining area in the middle.

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-Separate areas. That's what they asked for.

-I gave them that.

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What, children in the Wendy house?

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No. The dining room and the lounge room.

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This could be their play area. We could screen that off in some way.

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They have moved the children into this area.

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They've haven't got much stuff to do. They might be coming out into the back garden.

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-Ah. Another nice sort of veranda.

-It's a big space here.

-Yeah.

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-Plenty of room for entertaining.

-And a hot tub!

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-LAUGHING:

-Squeeze one of those in!

0:21:010:21:04

I didn't get the wow.

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I'll tell you what they are going to get! Hot tub, ladies and gentlemen.

0:21:060:21:11

-Into the kitchen.

-This is a completely different decor.

0:21:120:21:17

Different style. It's probably just as big as the other one.

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There's no table and chairs, as there was in the other one.

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Glenn, he's in the kitchen. It's not going down brilliantly.

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Glenn's positive. Whereas Tasha...!

0:21:310:21:34

-What's this?

-This could be a separate area for the children!

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Or a utility area.

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They were really keen on a separate area for the children.

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-This has a perfect play area.

-True.

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This looks like it might be the big bedroom maybe.

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A good size room. Fitted wardrobes, plenty of space for storage.

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Very deep cupboards! Houses of this age have big in-built cupboards.

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That's a big bathroom.

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Yeah. Not quite our taste, in terms of decoration.

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-Probably would have to do all this, I'd think.

-I like the corner bath.

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-I'm not so keen.

-You don't like those.

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-We could compromise somewhere.

-Yeah.

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A nice big bathroom. Got a good bath.

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Never a good word to hear in the bathroom, "compromise".

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-I don't know what they've got to compromise.

-Glenn's got issues.

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A third bedroom. This is a bit smaller than the last one.

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I think because it's got so much fitted stuff.

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They've done a lot with the space.

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-They've got all the storage you need for a child's bedroom.

-Yeah.

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-It's a full-size bed.

-As they grow up, they want a bit more room.

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I think it's the house. When we walked up,

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they've seen that busy road, they've gone, "No."

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That room is probably the same size as my one.

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OK.

0:23:100:23:12

Difficult to distinguish which was the master bedroom.

0:23:140:23:19

This has more room.

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Obviously, they've not got the wardrobes.

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And a single bed. I don't think you could have a double in here,

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cos of the chimney breast.

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Probably be quite difficult to get it in.

0:23:310:23:35

Not quite the jolly hockey sticks I was hoping for.

0:23:350:23:38

-Is "unhappy hockey sticks" a phrase?

-It is for today.

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Glenn, you don't like a corner bath.

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It's not my cup of tea, but there's space in there.

0:23:470:23:51

You could do what you want with it. You could put anything in there.

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It was a good enough space for a bathroom.

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Is that the feel for the whole property? What are your thoughts?

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I've given you, I thought, what you wanted.

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You wanted a playroom. You've got that. Extra space...

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The space is great. You could have potential, but the road...

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Two young children, if they were outside, are next to the main road.

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-There's all sorts of hazards.

-Totally understand.

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You could put gates up. You've got an amazing back garden.

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You don't hear the traffic.

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Inside the house, you've got great windows.

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So if it is the right price, you could be happy inside...

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You are selling this like nobody's business.

0:24:360:24:40

Now, you were very competitive, Glenn, but you sadly lost last time.

0:24:400:24:44

-We're playing with a maximum budget of what?

-370.

-A lot of money.

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-How much do you think this is worth?

-I would say, because of the road,

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I think it's probably around 310?

0:24:540:24:57

-OK.

-OK. Tasha?

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-I think it's more than that.

-Do you?

-Yeah.

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-You'd better not get this right!

-A road might not put everybody off.

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And it's got loads of potential. It's going to be at least 350.

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-You're sticking with that number!

-I like five. Well...

0:25:130:25:17

It might be more. It's got loads of space.

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-What are you saying? 350?

-What is it on the market for?

0:25:200:25:25

-350. I'm sticking with my winning number.

-350. 310.

0:25:250:25:29

You're both very competitive in sports.

0:25:290:25:32

Glenn, I'm really sorry to tell you this,

0:25:320:25:36

but you have lost Guess The Price.

0:25:360:25:38

-You've blown it!

-This house is on the market for 349,950.

-Yes!

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-You are so close.

-I'm terrible at this!

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A lot of people do it. You valued it at how much you liked it.

0:25:480:25:52

We could debate the price of this property en route to the Wild Card.

0:25:520:25:57

-Are you excited?

-Yes.

-It really is everyone's favourite part. This way.

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So, let's roll out the red carpet for today's Wild Card

0:26:050:26:09

in the small village of Colney Heath.

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This property stands a good chance of winning today's Oscar.

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Tasha and Glenn, this is an exciting moment.

0:26:170:26:20

You're on your favourite programme and it's the favourite part.

0:26:200:26:24

The road is being tarmacked, which is a sign of a posh area!

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You've got a fresh road being built, should you wish to purchase this.

0:26:290:26:34

I want to talk about location. This is the most rural we've got.

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It is.

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It's halfway between where I work and where the kids go to school.

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So it's better for me.

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-Much better for Glenn.

-And how is it for you, Tasha?

0:26:480:26:52

Anywhere is going to be further. I work five minutes from home.

0:26:520:26:58

So location is pretty good, then. I don't want to say too much.

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This is everything you want, with a slight compromise.

0:27:020:27:07

I'm not going to say what that is.

0:27:070:27:10

-Hopefully, you'll think, "I love the whole thing."

-OK.

0:27:100:27:14

-A bit nervous about that.

-First impressions about the house?

0:27:140:27:18

-I'm really impressed.

-Lovely.

0:27:180:27:21

-We never thought we could get a detached.

-And a bit of green.

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Not just a driveway, actual garden.

0:27:250:27:27

-Nice road.

-And it's a nice quiet road.

-Yes, it is.

0:27:270:27:31

-It is a nice quiet road.

-Admittedly, they're tarmacking it.

0:27:310:27:37

-Are you excited?

-Can't wait to go in.

0:27:370:27:40

You're about to enter your very own Wild Card. Get in there!

0:27:400:27:44

I underestimated how clever the children are round here.

0:27:480:27:52

Not 73%. Actually, 77%.

0:27:520:27:55

You can tell you weren't educated round here, not remembering that.

0:27:550:27:59

That's nice. Good start.

0:27:590:28:01

Nice floor.

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Neutral colours.

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Positive on the way in. They like the floor.

0:28:050:28:08

-This is nice. Big enough.

-This is a really good size.

0:28:080:28:13

-Fireplace.

-You could get your L-shaped sofa in and the two-seater.

0:28:130:28:18

Now, saying "big enough" is the last time. This is more than big enough.

0:28:180:28:23

-Glenn just said it's a really good size.

-You see?

0:28:230:28:27

-Dining room.

-It's really good to have a separate area for dining.

0:28:270:28:33

Entertaining guests.

0:28:330:28:35

-Get a nice big table in.

-Can't think our furniture would go in here!

0:28:350:28:40

Oh, well. Just have to get some new stuff.

0:28:400:28:43

Right. OK, they're loving it.

0:28:430:28:46

-They wanted defined areas and we're giving them the most defined areas out of the lot.

-Yes.

0:28:460:28:52

-We haven't had a conservatory yet.

-It's good to have an outdoor room.

0:28:520:28:58

-Or kids' playroom.

-Certainly could be a kids' playroom.

0:28:580:29:03

They think that needs to be the kids' playroom. It doesn't.

0:29:030:29:06

-There is a kids' playroom as well!

-And it's soundproof!

0:29:060:29:11

It's soundproof as well.

0:29:110:29:12

-Looks like the garden's nice, too.

-A good size.

0:29:120:29:16

-This is it.

-"Really nice garden."

0:29:160:29:19

If they like this, we need to phone the estate agent.

0:29:190:29:22

-Cool.

-You can have a dining area down here, then step up.

0:29:260:29:31

This is what Ed said, compared to the first one,

0:29:310:29:36

this will be the compromise. It's still big enough, though.

0:29:360:29:39

Tasha listened to what I said. No-one's done that before.

0:29:390:29:44

"This'll be what Ed was talking about." She listened to what I said.

0:29:440:29:49

No-one's ever done that before!

0:29:490:29:50

You might have to do a bit of work with what we've got.

0:29:500:29:55

I quite like a bit of gardening, a bit of a challenge.

0:29:550:29:59

It's got potential. I can hear a road.

0:29:590:30:03

There is a bit of a road noise, but that's quite a way away.

0:30:030:30:07

It would probably become background noise.

0:30:070:30:11

-Glenn's doing our job for us.

-I would be livid, if I were you.

0:30:110:30:15

Remember your property? They couldn't stop about the noise.

0:30:150:30:18

Here, "Just fades into the background." Glenn loves this.

0:30:180:30:22

-This is a good size kitchen.

-Yeah.

0:30:230:30:27

There's lots of work space in here.

0:30:270:30:29

-Then you don't get your kitchen diner, do you?

-No.

0:30:290:30:34

-I know you're quite keen on that.

-We could always knock through.

0:30:340:30:38

Tasha thought, "I did want a kitchen diner, but I've rearranged my plans.

0:30:380:30:43

"I could knock a hole and build one." Or why not eat in the conservatory?

0:30:430:30:49

And a nice big playroom!

0:30:490:30:53

This must have been the garage.

0:30:530:30:56

This is fantastic for the children.

0:30:560:30:59

-It was the garage.

-To maximise the space, they have converted it.

0:30:590:31:04

What is the benefit of doing that?

0:31:040:31:06

With the garage having those breeze blocks, it's now soundproofed.

0:31:060:31:11

-The kids can do whatever they want.

-Scream, play, put music on loud.

0:31:110:31:15

They can go, "Can't hear them. They're probably revising."

0:31:150:31:19

OK. Light colours.

0:31:190:31:22

-It's a bit blocked-in.

-There's quite a few doors up here.

0:31:220:31:27

Lots of doors to explore.

0:31:270:31:29

-Let's look in here.

-That is a smaller bedroom.

0:31:290:31:34

-Made good use of space with fitted units.

-Yeah.

0:31:340:31:38

I think Tasha's thinking there's too much house for her money.

0:31:380:31:43

-She's stopping herself falling in love.

-So she isn't disappointed.

0:31:430:31:47

-Jess would like this room.

-It's the same size as the other one.

0:31:470:31:52

It might be a little bit bigger.

0:31:520:31:55

You've got a little desk area to sit in.

0:31:550:31:59

That's a good use of that space.

0:31:590:32:02

Good use of the space for the size of this room.

0:32:020:32:04

You've got two smaller rooms, so maybe it's got four bedrooms.

0:32:040:32:07

OK, so, maybe a master or bigger bedroom. This feels a bit smaller.

0:32:070:32:13

-I think it's because they've got a lot of furniture.

-Yeah.

0:32:130:32:18

But obviously, you can get a double bed in here.

0:32:180:32:22

-There's a door here.

-Another door.

0:32:220:32:24

GASPS

0:32:240:32:26

It's got an en suite!

0:32:260:32:29

Yes! Yes!

0:32:290:32:31

We've done it! We've tried all day long but we've achieved an en suite!

0:32:310:32:36

And a shower.

0:32:360:32:38

-Fantastic!

-That's a bonus.

-Better than the other two.

0:32:380:32:42

Look how excited they are! This is a bonus!

0:32:420:32:45

The bathroom.

0:32:460:32:48

-This would be the "family bathroom", when you've got two bathrooms!

-Yeah!

0:32:480:32:53

I like that! "A family bathroom!"

0:32:530:32:56

It's not just theirs. It's the family bathroom.

0:32:560:32:59

Another bedroom. Excellent. Four bedrooms!

0:32:590:33:03

-Which means it's more expensive.

-Probably, yeah. I'd think so.

0:33:030:33:09

Ah!

0:33:090:33:11

I thought Tasha would be... She thinks she's smelling a rat.

0:33:110:33:15

-They might be able to afford this.

-They might be able to afford this.

0:33:150:33:21

-This is nice and cosy!

-Yes.

-Being out here!

0:33:230:33:27

You came out into the garden.

0:33:270:33:30

-Yes.

-You talked about this al fresco area.

0:33:300:33:34

Is there enough space here for the kids?

0:33:340:33:37

There's a big tree in the middle, which would have to be moved

0:33:370:33:42

to create a football pitch, plus an area where we may be able

0:33:420:33:47

-to create something nice.

-But you've got four bedrooms here.

0:33:470:33:51

Well, yeah. That's the bonus, so you're compromising.

0:33:510:33:56

Smaller garden but much more living space.

0:33:560:33:58

-And potential.

-You've got a fantastic playroom as well.

0:33:580:34:02

We didn't mention. It's actually soundproofed.

0:34:020:34:05

-Oh!

-So the kids can scream in there.

0:34:050:34:08

-Drum kit.

-You could do a drum kit.

0:34:080:34:11

It's got all the rooms, apart from the kitchen-diner,

0:34:110:34:15

which Tasha was quite keen on, but everything else is fantastic.

0:34:150:34:20

You mentioned the first property.

0:34:200:34:23

-I know you love Ed's property.

-We all do.

0:34:230:34:27

-It was the finish on it.

-We can change that.

0:34:270:34:31

The only thing now is the garden.

0:34:310:34:33

That garden was fantastic and had three sections.

0:34:330:34:38

Realistically, you've got a smaller garden than this now.

0:34:380:34:42

-How much time would you spend in the garden?

-Exactly. English weather.

0:34:420:34:47

You've got to be honest!

0:34:470:34:49

-This is the height of British summertime.

-Get a blanket out!

0:34:490:34:53

-We need to play Guess The Price.

-Yeah, cos we think it's probably...

0:34:530:34:59

-Over our budget.

-We know.

0:34:590:35:01

-A four bedroom detached house.

-Were you listening?

0:35:010:35:05

-Tasha should go first and give me a place to go.

-Well...

0:35:050:35:10

It's definitely at the maximum of our budget, if not more.

0:35:100:35:15

I think I'm going to go for, like, 380?

0:35:150:35:19

-Your maximum budget was £370,000.

-Yeah. I reckon it's more.

0:35:190:35:23

I think it's slightly more. Probably 385, 390. I'm going to go 385.

0:35:230:35:28

Do you know what, Tasha? Glenn is rubbish.

0:35:280:35:32

I feel so sorry for Glenn!

0:35:320:35:34

-Surely not?

-Yes.

-Put a hockey ball in front of him!

0:35:340:35:38

-That's good.

-Do you want to know the price?

-Yeah.

0:35:380:35:42

50 quid less than your maximum budget.

0:35:420:35:45

369,950 - under your maximum budget.

0:35:450:35:48

That's really good.

0:35:480:35:49

You see? And you thought we'd spent more!

0:35:490:35:52

I think, when you value a house, you value how much you like it.

0:35:520:35:58

You valued this the most. Maybe that is saying you like this most but...

0:35:580:36:03

-Possibly.

-Don't reveal your big decision.

-It's difficult now.

0:36:030:36:07

-It's very tricky.

-If this had been over, we'd have gone...

0:36:070:36:12

Don't blow it!

0:36:120:36:14

You've got to make the biggest decision of your adult lives about

0:36:140:36:17

-which one you wish to test drive. We'll see you later.

-Thank you.

0:36:170:36:22

-Do some serious thinking.

-WHISPERS:

-I think it's yours.

0:36:220:36:27

I think it'll be the joint choice. Here's a quick recap for you.

0:36:270:36:30

First up in today's screening was my choice,

0:36:300:36:33

the stunning three-bed semi in Kings Langley.

0:36:330:36:36

Good design and the 80-foot garden you could fit a blue whale into.

0:36:360:36:41

Plus a very reasonable price tag.

0:36:410:36:46

But what about my property in Oxhey?

0:36:460:36:49

The audition didn't go as well, but let's not forget all the space,

0:36:490:36:55

plus plenty of room on the veranda for that hot tub!

0:36:550:36:59

But will today's star of the show be the Wild Card?

0:37:030:37:07

Could well be, Ed. It auditioned well with Tasha and Glenn.

0:37:070:37:11

And who could blame them? Detached with four bedrooms.

0:37:110:37:16

After you saw Ed's property this morning,

0:37:210:37:24

I really thought we'd be back in front of that.

0:37:240:37:27

-So did I.

-We're at the Wild Card.

0:37:270:37:29

And I thought, after seeing Ed's property, we would be back.

0:37:290:37:34

So did I!

0:37:340:37:37

But I was really pleased with this house.

0:37:370:37:41

Four bedrooms already. You don't have to worry about extending.

0:37:410:37:45

-It's detached.

-It was a dilemma.

0:37:450:37:48

What made you go for this one, cos as we left you it was big jeopardy.

0:37:480:37:54

What made you go for this?

0:37:540:37:55

The fact that it came in our price range was a shock anyway.

0:37:550:37:59

And detached, four-bed.

0:37:590:38:02

-Didn't think we could afford that.

-It's got a kids' playroom!

0:38:020:38:06

Which is soundproofed, which is all-important!

0:38:060:38:10

Now, we have had our surveyor come and have a sniff around.

0:38:100:38:14

It's not legally binding. You should get your own survey.

0:38:140:38:18

But it's quite a useful heads-up.

0:38:180:38:21

We just mentioned the garage, being soundproofed.

0:38:210:38:24

To have work done, you need building regulations.

0:38:240:38:28

Hopefully, the people who own this property have had them approved.

0:38:280:38:33

For peace of mind, you need to see proof of that.

0:38:330:38:37

-Yeah.

-Now, some of the double glazing units have gone.

0:38:370:38:41

You would need to change the seals on them. Doesn't cost that much.

0:38:410:38:46

Otherwise, the mysterious surveyor said the place is beautiful.

0:38:460:38:50

-Are you ready to try before you buy?

-Yes.

-Where are the little ones?

0:38:500:38:55

-They're on their way.

-Well, hand over the brolly and you two...

-Go!

0:38:550:39:00

'An excitable Ben and Jessica have arrived, fresh out of school.

0:39:020:39:06

'Shoes off and straight to homework.

0:39:080:39:11

'They need to study hard to get into the local school! 77%!

0:39:170:39:21

-'Did I tell you that, Rani?

-Yes.

0:39:210:39:24

'It's not just the kids doing homework.

0:39:250:39:28

'Glenn's got his nose in a book.

0:39:280:39:31

-'I can tell you, Glenn. It's a dead sunflower.

-Show-off!

0:39:310:39:35

'Talking of showing off. Check out Jessica on the climbing frame.'

0:39:380:39:42

And that one. Good girl.

0:39:440:39:47

'Time to give upstairs the once-over.'

0:39:490:39:52

Look at this, Ben. The garden, the room.

0:39:520:39:56

No?

0:39:560:39:58

We like this one, don't we?

0:40:000:40:02

'Ben doesn't look overly impressed with the bedrooms.'

0:40:020:40:05

-This is going to be Mummy and Glenn's room!

-That is way not fair!

0:40:070:40:13

-It is.

-You always have a big room and I never have a big room.

0:40:130:40:18

'He's forgotten all about it now he's seen the playroom.'

0:40:180:40:22

Kick the ball! Ah!

0:40:250:40:28

We haven't scored yet!

0:40:280:40:30

-Here it comes!

-Yeah!

0:40:300:40:33

You've had more time in this property.

0:40:340:40:38

How did Ben and Jessica find it, the key people?

0:40:380:40:41

They are particularly fussy when it comes to property!

0:40:410:40:44

Ben was looking round every bedroom and chose what would be our bedroom.

0:40:460:40:53

-He likes an en suite!

-He just wants the biggest bedroom.

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-Will you flip a coin with Ben?

-Well...

-No.

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I'm not sure we have a choice!

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Now, it's not great weather. It turned against us.

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-Have they had a peer into the garden?

-Yes.

-Is it big enough?

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Ben's not sure about the tree. It might get in the way.

0:41:120:41:17

Jessica's easy to please. Anything pink.

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One of the bedrooms is pink, so she's quite happy with that.

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I think the garden's big enough for what we're looking for.

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That was our biggest concern, that the garden might be too small.

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If you're happy with that, it's all good news.

0:41:350:41:38

We're probably drifting toward

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the question that people have been begging us to ask.

0:41:400:41:44

OK, then.

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Are you ready? Do you want to hold hands?

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Here's the question. To buy, or not to buy?

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LAUGHING: We're not sure!

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It's tricky. We do pose it every day of the week, and it's 370 grand.

0:41:580:42:03

Yeah.

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Give us a ballpark figure.

0:42:050:42:07

You're not sure. You've looked at a few houses. Where does this stack?

0:42:070:42:12

-This stacks quite highly up.

-It's more than we thought we could get.

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The area's right as well.

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So, yeah, there are lots of pros.

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-There is also my property.

-Oh, stop with that one!

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It's at the back of our mind. We might like to look at it again.

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-Have you had fun?

-We've had a great time.

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Thank you so much. Good luck with the wedding next year.

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-When you do buy a house, let us know.

-We will.

-Take care.

-Bye.

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