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Ed Hall and Jonny Benarr travel to Harrogate in North Yorkshire to help a couple escape from the in-laws.


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Welcome to the programme that boldly goes

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where only a few other house-hunting programmes have gone before.

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Where space, or lack thereof,

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is never the final frontier in our quest for the perfect properties.

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How do we do that?

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By showing them three of the most kissable properties known to man.

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One of which they get to fly... sorry, try before they buy.

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We're in Yorkshire, God's county, home to the famed and delicious

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-Yorkshire pudding.

-There's more to Yorkshire than food.

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They have Michael Parkinson,

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the man who put the fedora into cricket, Geoffrey Boycott,

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the Bronte sisters and, of course, JB Priestley -

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-not to be confused with JR Hartley.

-The fly fishing guy.

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We're here to find three properties, one of which our buyers

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will get to fly... sorry, try before they buy.

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'Today's buyers are Kate and Matt Holiday.

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'Kate is from Yorkshire, and Matt's from everywhere.

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'His dad was in the RAF, so he's used to moving around.

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'They live with Kate's parents and both work in Leeds,

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'Kate for the NHS and Matt for the Environmental Agency.

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'Living with the in-laws. Not everyone's cup of tea.'

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Kate, Matt, good morning.

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It won't be too personal if I let viewers know you're in your 30s.

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They will be surprised that you live with your mum.

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-I know!

-What's going on?

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-Only since January though.

-OK.

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We lived in London and met in London.

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Then we quit our jobs, went travelling for five months and moved up to Yorkshire.

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What made you decide to seek a new life?

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Just fancied a change, didn't we?

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Houses in London are expensive.

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We thought if we're going to start a family I'd like to be near family.

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-Is this a first-time buy?

-No. We bought a flat in London.

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In Wimbledon. We've still got it. The idea was to get rid of it.

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-Obviously, with the...

-Market took a bit of a turn.

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-We're renting that out until things pick up.

-What sort of property are you looking for?

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Hopefully, three bedrooms, nice garden.

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In Wimbledon, we had a shared garden with the lady upstairs.

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You want stairs as well, presumably? It's hard to get stairs in London!

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-It is!

-You can have shared stairs. We're in Harrogate, which is nice.

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Which part of the...up here in the Harrogate environs do we want?

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-We really like Knaresborough.

-Yeah.

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We moved up to Yorkshire and didn't know anywhere.

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We spent the first few months, checking different places out.

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-Knaresborough was the first one that jumped out.

-We've got the area.

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We've got the stairs and garden. What will the house look like?

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-Character...

-Everyone wants character. What kind of character?

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We said we don't like new-builds, but then we looked at a couple that were OK.

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I think we kind of know.

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In London, we both kind of knew as soon as we walked in,

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the ones that we bought and rented, we said, "This is the one."

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-So you act on your feelings?

-Yeah. I always say not keen on open plan.

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-But then I looked at ours...

-And you liked it.

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All of this is irrelevant. We should just show you pictures, "Yes. No."

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Have you looked at a lot of houses?

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Have you thought, "We definitely don't want this in our property"?

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We went to one and it was about five bedrooms, but just like box rooms.

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You think they should have knocked through and made bigger rooms.

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That's the next question. Would you be prepared to do any work?

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Matt, I'm looking at you!

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-Would that be something...?

-No. I struggle putting a picture on the wall.

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-That would be a disaster.

-We could get your dad up.

-That's true!

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If you were let loose, describe your ultimate house.

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Ideally, it would have a kitchen that you could eat in, have breakfast in,

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and a separate dining room.

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-A nice lounge.

-A garden that isn't just all concrete.

-Yeah, lawn.

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Our niece loves running around.

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So a lawned garden, but with a patio area for barbecues.

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I knew you had a vision. What else?

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-A bath that I can fit in.

-A massive bath.

-OK. What else?

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Nice big master bedroom, en suite.

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-Getting a bit carried away!

-Doesn't matter.

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A nice guest room.

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And then, like, features...

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-Maybe a nice fireplace.

-Right.

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You want a good balanced house.

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The living space is as important as upstairs bedroom sizes.

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It's not just about you but, long-term, having children.

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Is this a house you want to bring children into, or a stepping stone?

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How long do you envisage living here?

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-Ideally, for a while.

-Yeah.

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We're not thinking of it as a year or two.

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-We're looking at it with family eyes.

-Right, I like "family eyes".

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It seems like a lovely dream.

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The question is, how much money have you got to spend on it?

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About 200,000.

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-To actually spend?

-Yeah.

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-But we've looked at properties a bit more.

-Yeah.

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-About 220.

-OK, up to that.

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-That's your haggle zone of 20.

-Yeah.

-Which is fair enough.

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The market, the way it is, you've got a 10% swing.

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You could legitimately look at properties up to that point,

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hoping to negotiate down.

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-That seems fair enough.

-Wish us luck.

-Good luck.

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Bye.

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Have you've heard of Old Mother Shipton?

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She lived in a cave in Knaresborough and predicted the future.

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She predicted the Great Fire of London, although was seen in Pudding Lane with a box of matches.

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Suspicious. She also predicted carriageless horses.

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That's just horses. You mean horseless carriages, cars.

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-Will she predict the mighty Arsenal winning the Premiership?

-No. They need to sort out the mid-field.

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-Shall we do what we're supposed to?

-Find houses?

-Yes.

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Mother Shipton isn't this part of Yorkshire's only claim to fame.

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It's an area celebrated for its H2O.

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Yes, Harrogate was built on its spring waters. Not literally.

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-Jonny, do you know what Dickens said about this place?

-Enlighten me.

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Harrogate was the "queerest place with the strangest people leading honest lives".

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If spring water isn't your cup of tea, what about a trip to the salty stuff?

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A 45-minute journey will take you to Whitby and Scarborough.

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Fish and chips and kiss-me-quick hats! Can't beat the seaside.

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Anyway, Harrogate is an expensive place,

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but not too far from here is Knaresborough,

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8% cheaper and worth considering.

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But what could you get elsewhere for 220k?

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In Bath is this two-bedroom terrace

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with separate reception rooms and area to the rear.

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In Kent is this town centre flat in a double-fronted villa.

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It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen area and a reception room.

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In Buxton, you can have this gorgeous three-bedroom conversion.

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Downstairs there's a lounge and a large kitchen.

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Upstairs, there's a bathroom and three bedrooms.

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Harrogate, spa town, home to the greatest water in the world.

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Or is it?

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On the tray of decision, I have two waters.

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One is Harrogate water and one is from somewhere else.

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Simon, what sort of buyers are coming into the area?

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Leeds keeps us very strong, with regards to sales.

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People relocating from London and the Midlands.

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People want to bring the children up in Harrogate and commute in to Leeds.

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Ladies, I have two types of water.

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One from Harrogate. One from somewhere else.

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Maybe do a bit of slooshing round the mouth.

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-This one?

-Very wonderful.

-Really?

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-What do you think?

-Tastes a bit dull.

-A bit dull?

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The second one was better, more flavour.

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-This is the good one.

-You're right. Congratulations.

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The first one you drank, which means Harrogate water's winning.

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Knaresborough is an area that our buyers are interested in. Not quite as big.

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-Is that still quite sought-after?

-Yeah. Knaresborough's more quaint.

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You get a little more value for money.

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Pick your weapon.

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Can we look at some of these?

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Yeah. Knaresborough. A three-bedroom cottage near the church.

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If you were going to drink only one water?

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-That one.

-It would be Harrogate water.

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We've learned one thing. Harrogate water is the greatest water ever.

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Even the Americans love it. No-one didn't like it.

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-They can tell the difference?

-They all could.

-This place is buzzing.

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-Houses coming onto the market.

-Beautiful.

-Sales being achieved.

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-Lovely.

-If Matt and Kate want a decent place they have to act fast.

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My choice is this family home in Harrogate,

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an area they're looking in.

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It's a modest property. I've not been too adventurous.

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I think they'll be satisfied with it.

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Guess the compromise that the mysterious property-hunting team and I have gone for.

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What have we compromised on? It's the back garden.

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Everything else they want, not the garden. Will that be a problem?

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What we find out from that will help us cos this is the wild card.

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It's in Knaresborough.

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It's gorgeous, a Georgian property steeped in history.

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It's incredibly spacious, but there's zero garden.

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It will challenge them on just how important these gardens are.

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-But we're surrounded by them anyway.

-They need to use the public spaces.

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-Where shall we start the journey?

-Let's go to property 1.

-Property 1.

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My choice in Harrogate is like me -

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modern, and offering more than what meets the eye.

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-That's not how I'd describe you.

-No.

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-Modern, and offers more than what meets the eye.

-If you say so.

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Here we are at my choice, property 1,

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a few moments outside of Harrogate.

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Harrogate's an affluent part of the country.

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A characterful property, you'll find difficult with your budget.

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But this a very nice family home.

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It does tick all your boxes, it's detached, it's yours, it has stairs!

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-Yay!

-What do you think? First impressions?

-I like it.

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I like the cul-de-sac, and the fact that it's detached is a bonus.

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-You didn't specify semi or detached.

-No.

-No.

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And the fields and stuff round.

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Don't go too far and fall in, but there's a stream.

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Oh, nice.

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-Is that all right for flooding?

-KATE LAUGHS

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-Good question, though.

-The honest answer is I don't know.

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There's no tide mark in there.

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The other thing is, they've test driven it for children.

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-You were looking with family eyes.

-Family eyes.

-A lovely description.

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They've got two boys in there, so it's fine.

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Set you up for a few years.

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-Plus, a family-friendly cul-de-sac.

-Yeah.

-Nice and quiet. No traffic.

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-Ready to get inside?

-Definitely.

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-See you in a bit.

-Cheers.

-Thanks.

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-"Looking through family eyes."

-It's their phrase, a lovely phrase.

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Property 1, nervous for the contributors, not sure what to say. These two are going to be fine.

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The lounge. I like that we didn't walk straight into it.

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There's a hallway.

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Nice big bright window.

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That is nice. Be nice and bright in the summer.

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Good shaped room.

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I like it.

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-The lounge is very purple, isn't it?

-Yes, but purple can be changed.

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Kate's adorned in purple.

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-Purple shouldn't be changed.

-The perfect room!

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-So this is your...

-Dining room.

-This is nice.

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Separate from the kitchen.

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You could fit in a six-seater table.

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It's actually a fairly big room.

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There's this big piece of furniture.

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There's the separate reception room, plus the bonus of a conservatory.

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I didn't think we'd get a conservatory. This is nice.

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-It's big.

-This is a really big size.

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-Nice little garden out there.

-Lawn as well, like we said.

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You're not over-looked either. Well, not really.

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-You could fit a little table in here.

-Yeah.

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-For sunny Sunday mornings.

-You could even eat out here.

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This is the first piece of their own furniture.

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They're imagining some kind of furniture that doesn't belong to the house in that conservatory there.

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So, into the kitchen.

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It's not that big.

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It's quite small, but you've got the separate dining room.

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-Don't know that I'd be spending much time in here.

-It'll be me!

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They've got separate reception rooms, a bonus in the conservatory.

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It is detached. I hope the kitchen won't let them down.

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Nice window at the top of the landing.

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So this must be the little bedroom.

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You can get a cot in. I don't think you'd get a full bed.

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There's a wardrobe and chest of drawers

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so it'll be all right for a cot.

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Fortunately, Kate said as long as the third bedroom can squeeze a cot in she'd be satisfied.

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Into the master bedroom.

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-This is a nice big room.

-It is.

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-You could turn it round a little bit.

-I guess.

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-Get a king size.

-Yeah.

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It's nice and light, not too dark.

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-Exactly what I wanted to hear.

-It hasn't got the en suite.

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This style wasn't built with en suites, they weren't in vogue.

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Late '70s, early '80s, you rarely get them in this style of property.

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-Nice.

-Yeah. Good size.

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-Is that bath big enough?

-I reckon. Probably need to try it out.

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Get in there.

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Matt was concerned about a bath for his 6ft 9 frame.

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He's 6ft 3, I believe.

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-But during the summer he does rise to 6ft 9.

-Wow!

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-The third bedroom.

-You could fit a double bed in.

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-Is it?

-Do you not think?

-I'd want...

-Bigger?

-Yeah.

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We've got the box room.

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I'd want it bigger than this. You wouldn't get a double bed in.

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Oh. Ooh. It's the double bed debate.

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I have not measured it. I apologise.

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-Have you?

-Yeah.

-Will it fit a double bed?

-Absolutely.

-No problem.

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-I like the location.

-Yeah.

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I just don't know if the second bedroom's too small.

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-Bathroom's nice.

-Shall we speak to Ed and Jonny?

-Yeah. Let's go.

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First viewing of the day.

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I played it very safe with this property. It's not wow factor.

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It is a very solid family home in a good area. How was it for you?

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Really like the location. A ten, 15 minute walk into Harrogate.

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It seems really central. It's at the end of a cul-de-sac.

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-It's a great position.

-Yeah. The land is really nice as well.

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And the conservatory is really big as well.

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That's going to benefit you.

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-The main room that put you off was the kitchen.

-Yes. Bit small.

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You said you wanted two reception rooms plus a kitchen.

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Your conservatory doubles up as a reception room.

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Which gives you the option of taking down the wall

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between the kitchen and dining room for a fantastic social room.

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Great lounge at the front.

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If you wanted a formal dining room, you could use the conservatory,

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or it could be a second sitting room.

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Upstairs wasn't too problematic.

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There are two double bedrooms, Matt.

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If you're unsure, do what Ed Hall does,

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lie on the floor, spread your arms out...

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-What are you talking about?

-Your double bedroom.

-Just do that.

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-Did you know your wingspan is as tall as you are?

-Yeah, I did know.

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-Why weren't you doing it up there?

-Next time.

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-In MY one!

-We'll do that.

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-You've listened to some lovely tips. You've liked them.

-Yeah.

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How much do you think it costs? We are very near to Harrogate.

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-A detached property. Who'll go first?

-I'll go first.

-Confidence!

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Maximum budget £220,000 but you want to haggle back from that.

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I think it's on the market for 209,950.

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OK.

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-I think...199,950.

-Right. OK.

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-But being close to Harrogate, if I'm wrong...

-Be confident!

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-I was making excuses.

-You've got to make no excuses.

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-199,950.

-Congratulations. You're bang-on.

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Absolutely bang-on. On the market for 199,950.

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It has been reduced to under the 200k you'll commit to spending.

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You'd like to take a bit more off

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for the work that Matt's dad's going to be doing.

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A great location, fantastic family home.

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-A little bit of work to do, but under budget.

-Yeah.

-Good start.

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Let's gaze our family eyes towards property 2.

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And our family wingspan. It's this way.

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My property is also a three-bedroom house and also in Harrogate.

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And, like you Ed, it's slightly older.

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Character and quality are the words you're searching for.

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Kate and Matt, we're in the kind of amusingly titled part of Harrogate

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by the name of Hornbeam, a beautiful name.

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I've gone old style, with the mystery property hunting team.

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I want, instantly, your thoughts on this style of property.

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-Really nice.

-You like it?

-Very characterful.

-What you wanted.

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-Can you sniff a fireplace?

-Hopefully.

-There's a couple.

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Matt, you're billed as a guy who needs to commute places.

0:21:090:21:14

Sadly, that's the tedious bit. The train station's down there.

0:21:140:21:18

You could hold your breath and get there.

0:21:180:21:22

-And it's Hornbeam station.

-I'll be trying that out.

0:21:220:21:26

These terraced streets,

0:21:260:21:28

there is no driveway.

0:21:280:21:30

Are you OK with on-street parking?

0:21:300:21:33

Not concerned for me.

0:21:330:21:35

-LAUGHING:

-Kate might have...

0:21:350:21:37

-It's quite empty.

-I'll be fine.

0:21:370:21:41

There's no parking permits around here.

0:21:410:21:44

Other benefits to living here, fish and chip shop.

0:21:440:21:48

The house itself is lovely. There is one compromise.

0:21:480:21:52

-There is no garden. It's a yard, Nora Batty...

-Courtyard garden.

0:21:520:21:57

-Are you ready to go in?

-Yeah.

-Go in with your family eyes.

0:21:570:22:02

And check all the bedrooms out.

0:22:020:22:04

Maybe not Matt. That's too big a bed!

0:22:040:22:07

You're more of a double bed. He's a super king size.

0:22:070:22:12

-Three, two, one, go!

-Thank you.

0:22:120:22:14

This is the height of British summertime. It's chucking it down. That's England for you.

0:22:140:22:20

-Ed knows this. His house is better on the inside.

-Much better.

0:22:280:22:33

-But outside, I win. So it's about compromise.

-Does he?

0:22:330:22:38

-Nice square room.

-It's really nice.

0:22:400:22:43

-Bright again.

-Big bay window.

0:22:430:22:46

-What do you think to the fireplace?

-Yeah. I like it.

0:22:460:22:51

It's a good start. Shall we go and see something else?

0:22:510:22:56

They are spending over £200,000 on a house.

0:22:560:23:00

They looked in that room for not even three minutes.

0:23:000:23:04

-15 seconds?

-At best.

-If that.

0:23:040:23:07

Oh.

0:23:070:23:09

Oh, this is nice.

0:23:090:23:11

-I really like this.

-It's a really big room.

0:23:110:23:14

You can see the kitchen as well.

0:23:140:23:17

That's surprising. I was expecting to walk straight into the kitchen.

0:23:170:23:22

That's really good.

0:23:220:23:25

-This is a really nice size kitchen.

-Much bigger than the last one.

0:23:250:23:31

Loads of work surfaces and cupboard space. I really like this.

0:23:310:23:38

-And that looks out on to the little courtyard.

-Oh, yeah?

0:23:380:23:43

Let's have a look.

0:23:430:23:45

There is some kind of outside space.

0:23:470:23:50

-This is true. Compared to what they had in London, at least this is all theirs.

-This is palatial.

0:23:500:23:58

This straight away feels...

0:24:000:24:02

-Feels a good size.

-It does.

-This will be the second bedroom?

0:24:020:24:07

It must be the kiddies' one with two beds.

0:24:070:24:11

You'd fit a double bed there.

0:24:110:24:13

Of course! Knock two single beds together, they become a double bed.

0:24:130:24:19

Yes but, Mr Funny Pants, they're children's little beds.

0:24:190:24:23

Have you seen a single bed recently? They're all that size.

0:24:230:24:27

-This is the...

-The box room.

0:24:280:24:30

-It's perfectly adequate.

-It is bigger.

0:24:300:24:34

-Did Kate say it's bigger?

-Yes. Get your arms out woman!

0:24:340:24:38

Stick your arms out and do the test!

0:24:380:24:41

-How big's a baby?

-LAUGHS

0:24:410:24:44

Is that the same size as a cot?

0:24:440:24:47

Thank you! Thank you. Here we go. Obviously, we can't see.

0:24:470:24:52

About that big.

0:24:520:24:54

-It feels a lot bigger.

-It's ideal for a nursery.

-Yeah.

0:24:540:24:59

-Let's look at the master.

-OK.

0:24:590:25:02

You've got loft access here, as well.

0:25:050:25:08

Some of the houses on the street had a window.

0:25:080:25:11

I think they've done a bedroom up there.

0:25:110:25:14

Ladies and gentlemen, we have got two genuine house hunters!

0:25:140:25:19

It's taken a while, but they've done some tips from this show.

0:25:190:25:24

They've looked at the lights in the roofs, so this house can get bigger.

0:25:240:25:29

-Nice big bath!

-Yeah!

0:25:310:25:34

No outside window, though.

0:25:340:25:37

With the hot shower,

0:25:370:25:39

-might get a bit mouldy?

-Maybe.

0:25:390:25:42

This is a concern for people.

0:25:420:25:44

As nice as that bathroom is, it's a big issue.

0:25:440:25:48

-Doesn't matter.

-But...

-Wander around with nothing on! Deal with it.

0:25:480:25:54

Master bedroom.

0:25:540:25:56

That's more like it.

0:25:560:25:58

Wow. That's a nice big room.

0:25:580:26:01

Plenty of room for wardrobes and your dressing table.

0:26:010:26:05

-I could have a dressing table!

-Exactly.

-And a fireplace.

0:26:050:26:11

Little feature! I really like it.

0:26:110:26:14

-That would do the job, wouldn't it?

-It just depends on the garden.

0:26:140:26:20

Whether we're willing to compromise.

0:26:200:26:23

Kate and Matt, inside, you like.

0:26:260:26:29

We're outside and that was the debate.

0:26:290:26:32

You left us on tenterhooks.

0:26:320:26:34

-We're outside. What do you think?

-Well...

0:26:340:26:39

We could have a grown-up evening

0:26:390:26:42

around a table, drinking, but I don't know that it's child-friendly.

0:26:420:26:47

Is the inside enough... I know there are parks around and about.

0:26:470:26:52

..to make you compromise on the outside?

0:26:520:26:56

-Possibly?

-We might have to.

0:26:560:26:58

I think, Jonny's choice, the previous property,

0:26:580:27:02

it's an overall package.

0:27:020:27:04

You've got the parking as well.

0:27:040:27:07

-I do love the kitchen-dining area.

-There are lots of thoughts here.

0:27:070:27:12

We've got one more property but we don't know the price yet.

0:27:120:27:17

We're in lovely Hornbeam. Factor that in.

0:27:170:27:20

I can't remember who won what.

0:27:200:27:22

Kate was bang-on. Who's going to go first?

0:27:220:27:26

You go first because you lost. Losers first.

0:27:260:27:30

I think it's £195,000.

0:27:300:27:33

-OK. So you think this character property is less than the...?

-Yes.

0:27:330:27:38

-I think it's more. I think it's 205.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:27:380:27:42

-205.

-Well, I'll tell you what you've done.

0:27:420:27:46

You've ruined Guess The Price cos you've won it. It's £220,000!

0:27:460:27:51

-220?

-Yes.

-Oh, right.

0:27:510:27:53

-It's maximum budget.

-Yeah.

-More expensive than the last one.

0:27:530:27:57

If you're, kind of, thinking about... You see?

0:27:570:28:01

For the price, I'd go for the other one.

0:28:010:28:04

-Don't spoil the bit at the end!

-But the wild card...

0:28:040:28:08

The thing is, the two properties you have seen are lived in by families.

0:28:080:28:15

Three children live here. Two live at the first property.

0:28:150:28:19

So it's just whether they're appropriate for your requirements.

0:28:190:28:25

There is one more to see. It is the wild card. Will it work? Follow me.

0:28:250:28:30

The wild card, the wild card.

0:28:330:28:35

How shall I begin to describe the wild card?

0:28:350:28:39

-You can say it's not in Harrogate.

-It's not in Harrogate.

0:28:390:28:43

It's in Knaresborough, five miles east.

0:28:430:28:46

A period property with four bedrooms. Lovely.

0:28:460:28:50

Come on through and feast your eyes on today's wild card.

0:28:500:28:55

We've brought you to your preferred location, which is Knaresborough.

0:28:550:28:59

-Yeah.

-Before you get inside, here's some history about this property.

0:28:590:29:04

Local legend has it that, when Oliver Cromwell came to the area,

0:29:040:29:09

he knocked down Knaresborough castle and these houses were a factory

0:29:090:29:13

built from the stone of the castle.

0:29:130:29:17

Around 1930, they split them into these houses.

0:29:170:29:21

-Matt, what do you reckon?

-Yeah, it's quite grand.

0:29:210:29:25

Living in London, how much is that? Which is where you're moving from.

0:29:250:29:30

-That's nearly a million quid's worth!

-Definitely.

0:29:300:29:34

These are London style homes, Georgian townhouses.

0:29:340:29:39

They do have loads of character.

0:29:390:29:42

-Once again, we've got to be honest, you are sacrificing a garden.

-OK.

0:29:420:29:47

This is really testing you. Is this a medium-term move?

0:29:470:29:51

Is it about a family home? Is it to get you on the ladder here?

0:29:510:29:55

-Maybe look to move on in a few years? So do bear that in mind.

-OK.

0:29:550:30:00

What you lose in a garden, you gain in the Knaresborough bed race.

0:30:000:30:06

-Have you heard about it?

-Yeah.

0:30:060:30:08

They go nuts with beds, pushing them through moats and ditches!

0:30:080:30:13

You could be part of that!

0:30:130:30:15

There's the property. Get in there, and we'll stand in the rain.

0:30:150:30:20

Oh, wow.

0:30:250:30:27

-Look at that.

-Oh. This is different.

0:30:270:30:30

-Open plan.

-I like it, though.

0:30:300:30:33

-It's a huge room.

-Good for entertaining.

0:30:330:30:38

-The ceilings are high.

-Yeah, they are.

0:30:380:30:42

-You look quite small, actually, in here.

-Do I?

0:30:420:30:47

It is like a separate dining room, though?

0:30:470:30:51

-Is it?

-It feels like a separate dining room.

0:30:510:30:56

I like the big open space, to be honest. I like the big room.

0:30:560:31:01

-They asked for two reception rooms.

-It's wild card.

0:31:010:31:06

They'll barely get anything they want.

0:31:060:31:09

There's more room to sit again.

0:31:090:31:13

I'm loving it so far.

0:31:130:31:15

BOTH LAUGH

0:31:150:31:17

They seem satisfied with the kitchen. It's got space for a table.

0:31:170:31:22

I don't know why, but she likes that.

0:31:220:31:25

She had an issue with it at the last place. Everything was so close.

0:31:250:31:30

We missed this storage.

0:31:300:31:33

With these stairs down to a cellar.

0:31:360:31:40

Oh, wow!

0:31:400:31:42

Watch your step.

0:31:450:31:47

Oh, blimey.

0:31:490:31:51

-It's a big old space.

-It's a whole extra room.

0:31:510:31:55

-Unexpected surprise.

-It is!

0:31:550:31:58

There's no back garden. How's about an indoor underneath garden?

0:31:580:32:03

Put a bit of Astro Turf in. See where I'm going?

0:32:030:32:07

Paint the walls blue and the ceilings a dappled cloud with a bit of sponging.

0:32:070:32:13

I don't know what else you'd do, but then it's a garden under your house.

0:32:130:32:18

The bathroom.

0:32:180:32:21

Separate shower, that's good.

0:32:220:32:24

-Yeah. It's a big bathroom, isn't it?

-The biggest one we've seen.

0:32:240:32:30

-I could probably fit in that bath.

-Yeah. That's big.

0:32:300:32:34

-There we go! Matt.

-Biggest bathroom.

-And a bath big enough for him.

0:32:340:32:39

Technically, my bath was better and bigger.

0:32:390:32:43

-But not as big as the bathroom.

-No. This has got a separate shower.

0:32:430:32:48

The first bedroom.

0:32:480:32:50

-Next door have put a roof terrace on.

-That's a cool idea.

0:32:500:32:56

A bit of outside space.

0:32:560:32:59

-You'd definitely get a bed in.

-Easy.

-Plenty of room.

0:32:590:33:04

Yet another bedroom. Oh. Gosh!

0:33:060:33:11

-I didn't expect another one like this.

-Another double bedroom.

0:33:110:33:16

There's another staircase here, look.

0:33:160:33:19

Here you are, look.

0:33:250:33:28

-Another roof terrace opportunity!

-LAUGHS

0:33:280:33:32

-Here we go.

-Top floor.

-Greeted with a giggle.

0:33:320:33:36

A roof terrace opportunity!

0:33:360:33:38

They have no back garden, but they do have a roof terrace.

0:33:380:33:42

I'll be honest, for children in the future, isn't much use.

0:33:420:33:46

Another good size room.

0:33:460:33:49

-What's that? Number three?

-And there's another one.

0:33:490:33:53

I'm not sure about the wallpaper.

0:33:530:33:56

-We might have to do a bit of decorating.

-Yeah. Different carpets.

0:33:560:34:02

Carpets and paint - a reason for Matt's dad to stay.

0:34:020:34:06

You don't have to fall in love with everybody else's decor.

0:34:060:34:10

-Biggest room yet!

-Bigger than the one downstairs?

-Yes.

0:34:130:34:17

Would you have it as your master bedroom?

0:34:170:34:21

-I don't know I'd be bothered going up three storeys.

-A nice guest room.

0:34:210:34:26

They wanted an en suite. They've got four bedrooms. There's one bathroom.

0:34:260:34:32

They could possibly sacrifice one of those bedrooms and make a posh bathroom.

0:34:320:34:38

-It's a big house.

-It's massive.

0:34:380:34:41

I'm bothered by the lack of outdoor space. There's a roof terrace.

0:34:410:34:46

-Shall we go speak to the boys?

-Go on, then.

0:34:460:34:50

You've had a good look around.

0:34:530:34:56

Before I get much of a reaction, let's clear up a few things.

0:34:560:35:01

Parking is something you need. There is a garage at £40 a month.

0:35:010:35:06

Garden, there isn't one. We'll be honest.

0:35:060:35:09

There's potential for a roof terrace but that's not child-friendly.

0:35:090:35:14

I'm really confused because I love this house.

0:35:140:35:18

It's massive and I love the location.

0:35:180:35:21

-But it's the outside space. What do you think?

-Location is ideal.

0:35:210:35:26

-It's a lot to think about.

-We don't know the other area that well.

0:35:260:35:31

-Also, you don't know the price of this place.

-No.

0:35:310:35:35

It could be astronomical.

0:35:350:35:37

Do you want to begin the potential for a hat-trick of Guess The Price?

0:35:370:35:42

You've blown it already. You've won. Who wants to go first?

0:35:420:35:48

I'd go for...215.

0:35:480:35:52

In which case, I'll say 2...

0:35:520:35:58

-210.

-210?

-210.

0:35:580:36:01

-210.

-210? Disparaging at 210. Do you think that's a good guess?

0:36:010:36:05

Well, I think it might be more.

0:36:050:36:08

Matt, congratulations, cos you have nailed it at the end.

0:36:080:36:12

-It's £210,000.

-Consolation goal.

0:36:120:36:16

That is a great price for a Georgian house. It does need work.

0:36:160:36:20

Your dad would have to get on board, as you're incapable of anything!

0:36:200:36:26

Anything you do will add value.

0:36:260:36:28

It is spacious, but the outside thing is a concern.

0:36:280:36:32

-You've now seen all three properties and you have not got a clue.

-No.

0:36:320:36:37

You've got to decide quickly.

0:36:370:36:40

You have to make the biggest decision of your adult lives.

0:36:400:36:44

Disappear to stage left or stage right, whichever you want to go.

0:36:440:36:48

A test drive is an important thing. Good luck with choosing.

0:36:480:36:53

Really is important.

0:36:530:36:55

We know which one they're not going to test drive.

0:36:550:36:59

Here's a recap of all three properties.

0:36:590:37:02

My pick is a modern three-bedroom detached house in Harrogate,

0:37:020:37:07

and it's affordable for Kate and Matt.

0:37:070:37:10

Or my house. Again, it's got three bedrooms. It's a terrace.

0:37:130:37:18

It's also in Harrogate, a short walk to the station.

0:37:180:37:22

At £220,000, it's at the top end.

0:37:220:37:25

What about the wild card in historic Knaresborough?

0:37:270:37:31

The price of this four-bedroom Georgian townhouse without a garden?

0:37:310:37:37

This is good news. You've come to my property to test drive.

0:37:450:37:50

-I can't believe it.

-This property seemed to strike a chord with you.

0:37:500:37:55

It's practical. It's got potential to develop into the home you want.

0:37:550:38:01

You could move straight in and have a home to grow your new family.

0:38:010:38:06

-Is that fair?

-I think so.

0:38:060:38:09

We can move straight in, and being a mile away from the centre of Harrogate.

0:38:090:38:15

-Just the whole package seemed the best.

-It's a detached house. It's a great location.

0:38:150:38:22

You like the idea of knocking that wall down to make a social space.

0:38:220:38:27

We have had the mysterious man of mystery,

0:38:270:38:31

the To Buy Or Not To Buy surveyor, have a look round it.

0:38:310:38:36

It is not legally binding but it's a good heads-up.

0:38:360:38:39

The soffits, they are a bit rotten.

0:38:390:38:43

You could get different wildlife in there. They're only wood.

0:38:430:38:48

They're easily replaceable, and it was built in the '60, early '70s.

0:38:480:38:53

-I'm guessing they haven't replaced it.

-OK.

0:38:530:38:57

The floor, did you notice a bounce? That might be the floorboards.

0:38:570:39:02

They're made of wood.

0:39:020:39:04

If you see the air bricks, that means you've got wooden floors.

0:39:040:39:09

Potentially, damp may have got into there.

0:39:090:39:12

You are near a stream. Potential for flooding.

0:39:120:39:15

They should disclose if that has happened.

0:39:150:39:19

You're about to test drive it, but I must give you this information.

0:39:190:39:23

If you like this house, you have to act quickly. I spoke to the agent.

0:39:230:39:29

An offer has come in from a couple that are proceedable.

0:39:290:39:33

They've sold to a first time buyer and in a bit of a chain.

0:39:330:39:37

So you are in a commanding position, but there is competition.

0:39:370:39:42

-If you like it, time is not on your side.

-Are you ready?

0:39:420:39:46

-Get in there and find out if you do love it! Now!

-Bye.

0:39:460:39:50

I'm excited. To buy or not to buy? Finally, we'll get a definitive.

0:39:500:39:55

-Do you want to go to the Harrogate tea room?

-Have a scone?

-Nice idea.

0:39:550:40:01

'And so the test drive begins.

0:40:040:40:06

'Making themselves at home, Matt and Kate.'

0:40:060:40:10

This was the one I didn't think you could get a double bed in!

0:40:130:40:18

'Stretch those arms out wide.'

0:40:180:40:21

That's 6ft 3. So that's a king size bed.

0:40:230:40:26

-That's the length then, is it?

-Yeah.

0:40:260:40:29

'What about the bath?

0:40:290:40:32

'Is it big enough for our Matt?'

0:40:320:40:35

So let's see.

0:40:350:40:37

That's quite a big bath, actually.

0:40:370:40:40

-'Everything's looking rosy.

-Who's she?

-Very funny.

0:40:460:40:50

'Look at them walking hand-in-hand. Isn't it sweet?'

0:40:500:40:55

-I really like it.

-So do I.

-I like it more second time round.

0:40:550:41:00

'Anyway, how long does it take to walk to the town centre?'

0:41:020:41:07

Matt and Kate, here we are in the centre of Harrogate.

0:41:090:41:14

-You've done the walk. Is it all right?

-Yeah.

-Not too bad.

0:41:140:41:18

-How long did it take?

-15, 20 minutes.

-Perfect.

0:41:180:41:22

-And Harrogate, compared to London, is there enough here to enjoy?

-Yeah.

0:41:220:41:27

-I think, definitely.

-It's got everything.

0:41:270:41:30

Theatre, restaurants, bars.

0:41:300:41:33

-It's very green.

-You preferred Knaresborough.

0:41:330:41:36

-Has Harrogate wormed its way into your hearts?

-I think it has.

0:41:360:41:41

Cos we haven't got kids at the moment.

0:41:410:41:44

-We can walk into town, go to restaurants.

-Make the most of it!

0:41:440:41:50

One guy said there's 300 restaurants in Harrogate.

0:41:500:41:53

You could go to a different place once a week for six years!

0:41:530:41:58

Some of those will be fast food restaurants, but that's your own problem!

0:41:580:42:04

Let's not forget this. Jonny said, how long ago in TV time?

0:42:040:42:09

45 seconds to a minute ago, that an offer has gone in on the property.

0:42:090:42:14

Which makes this one of the most important times in our lives.

0:42:140:42:18

-I'm nervous.

-I'm pretty nervous. This is quite serious, OK?

0:42:180:42:23

-Ready?

-Yeah.

-To buy or not to buy?

0:42:230:42:26

-Yeah...

-To buy!

0:42:270:42:29

-You're going to?

-Yeah.

-You need to...

-Get on the phone.

0:42:290:42:34

-Have you got your phones?

-Yes.

0:42:340:42:36

They're going to make the call. What a brilliant episode!

0:42:360:42:40

-Do you want to go now?

-Yeah.

-Let us know if it works.

-We will.

0:42:400:42:44

'They did make that phone call and their offer was accepted.

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'Brilliant news or what?'

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