Beaconsfield To Buy or Not to Buy


Beaconsfield

Rani Price and Ed Hall come to the aid of a young family returning to the UK and looking for their very first home in Beaconsfield.


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Welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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And today, we're in Beaconsfield, celebrating someone's 60th birthday.

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Oh, Ed, I'm so sorry, I haven't even got you a card!

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Not my birthday! What do you think I'm wearing the hat for?

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Noddy, Noddy's birthday.

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Ah, love the hat. And those big ears, great touch.

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I haven't got big ears. They're not big, are they, viewers?

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Do not adjust your sets, viewers, we have not swollen to

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gargantuan proportions, nor has the world shrivelled around us.

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Quite simply, we are in Beaconsfield in the world's oldest model village.

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-Lovely, isn't it?

-It really is lovely.

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But it's in the life size surrounding area that today's house hunt will take place.

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And it was here, 60 years ago, that Enid Blyton was inspired to create Noddy and Toytown.

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Do you know what, being here has got my creative juices flowing,

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-and I've come up with the idea of a house building hero.

-OK, then.

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He goes by the name of Hoddy.

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Hoddy the Builder, having lots of fun with his hod, his bricks and his tiles.

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Ed, what about Bob the Builder?

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Never going to work, Rani, it's not got an 'E' sound.

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Learn from Blyton, OK? You've got Noddy, brilliant.

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Hoddy, will be brilliant. And what about that, see that river, that's inspired me again.

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Roddy. Now that is a very distinct possibility.

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-Roddy, Roddy the fishermen.

-Great idea(!)

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Today's house hunters are Narinder Chopra and his wife, who's, uh...

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-also called Narinder.

-Fortunately for us, they've adopted the nicknames Nin and Nuz to avoid confusion.

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Five months ago, they had baby Millan.

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And returned to the UK after two years in Singapore, moving into rented accommodation...

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-Hey, girlies.

-Hey, there.

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..near Nuz's family in High Wycombe.

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In fact, family is something neither of them are short of.

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This is Marla, Reg, my brother-in-law...

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FILM SPEEDS UP

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And then this is Parveen, my sister-in-law.

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By day, Nuz works as a scientist in Maidenhead...

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What's the matter?

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..while Nin's taking a busman's holiday from her childcare career to stay at home and look after Millan.

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Right then, time to discover exactly what they want from their very first family home.

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Now, Nin and Nuz, have you seen the programme before?

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-I have, plenty of times.

-OK, now are you aware that you are giving us quite an important job here?

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-We're finding your first house.

-You are.

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This is quite something.

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There's a lot of house hunting programmes. We're the best one.

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-That was why you went for us?

-Yes.

-Yes. Good, good, good.

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-Are you twisting her arm?

-And so, have you struggled?

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-How long have you been looking for?

-How long, Nuz?

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It's been about three months and we've see about 15 to 20 properties.

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-OK. I've heard that you would like a proper house. Can you...?

-What's a proper house?

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Exactly. Define a proper house for us.

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A proper house is an upstairs and downstairs.

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We lived in a flat in Singapore, we used to live in a flat in Ruislip before,

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I've always wanted to be in a house with an upstairs and downstairs.

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Do you have a need for a big lounge? You've got a little one.

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We've got a lot of family so we really would like a big lounge where everyone can sit and socialise.

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And probably a big kitchen as well?

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It would be very good if you could. He likes cooking.

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-Is there a speciality dish?

-Mine's chicken vindaloo.

-Oh, really?

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I wouldn't recommend it!

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-This is the first you've realised that your vindaloo isn't very good.

-He thinks it's good.

-OK.

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It is very good.

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It's a Chopra thing. The Chopras likes their vindaloos.

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-What else are we looking for?

-Open-plan, lots of windows, loads of light.

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So, upstairs, how many bedrooms do we need, because you've got a little person.

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-Are we thinking maybe of having more children?

-Yes.

-Are we?

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This is a day of revelations.

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The vindaloo's no good and you're going to have another child.

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-How many bedrooms do we need?

-We need three.

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Ideally, we've got one for the little one, one for us and we have a lot of guests.

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How long are you looking for this property to live in for?

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I guess we haven't really thought about it, but I'd say probably at least five years.

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-At least five to ten years.

-What about DIY?

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Proper like knocking down walls, extending?

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I think there is a bit of potential for that but ideally,

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we'd want something currently just to live in so that we can settle.

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-You want a home.

-Yeah.

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-Not a money-making project!

-However...

-If we could make money...

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..in the long term, that'd be great.

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So whereabouts do you want to be positioned in your new property?

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We've got family around this area, actually here in Woodburn Green,

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and also on the outskirts of Slough.

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My workplace is in Maidenhead, so ideally we'd want to be 30 minutes away from everything.

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You know, from work, from family, and very close to the motorway.

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Midway in between the two, so you want to look in those areas. Perfect.

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Right, it's a big question. It's a rude question to ask people when we've only just met, but here we go.

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How much money have you got to spend on this whole dream?

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It really depends. For about £300,000, we'd buy a property which

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-needs a bit of work, redecorating, refurbishment...

-Right.

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But for something that's about 360 to 370,

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we'd probably expect a house that we could move into and kind of enjoy the space.

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-That seems fair.

-All the things that we're looking for.

-That's quite a good spread then.

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-Right, we're going to head off.

-Good luck.

-Thank you very much.

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-Ed, we've learned a lot from Nin and Nuz.

-We certainly have.

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We know Nuz can't cook chicken vindaloo very well.

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But he can cook a decent prawn laksa.

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And Nuz has found out he's expecting another child sometime soon.

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And also he wants a proper house, one with steps and all.

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Exactly, that is what a proper house is.

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-How much money?

-£370,000.

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-We better get to it.

-I think we should.

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The epicentre of our search is the market town of Beaconsfield

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in Buckinghamshire, just 25 miles north-west of the capital.

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Nestled between the Chiltern hills like a fine piece of brie

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tucked into a rustic baguette, it's easy to see why this is a popular and bustling community.

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The town dates back to 1185 and its name comes from

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the beech trees that were used to supply the local furniture.

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But perhaps it's better known as the home of author Enid Blyton

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and for being the constituency of Prime Minister and all-round dandy Benjamin Disraeli.

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The picturesque environs that have enticed Nin and Nuz have also lured

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many a film-maker, providing backdrops for Brief Encounter and Thunderball amongst others.

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All this popularity comes at a price, though, and the combination of countryside and commutability

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to the city means house prices here are running almost 30% above the national average.

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Yes, but how far would Nin and Nuz's budget of £370,000 stretch in other creative corners of the country?

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This grade two listed thatched cottage in Hampshire is

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just a few miles from where romantic writer Jane Austen was born.

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And I'm sure it won't take much persuasion

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for this two-bed beauty to be snapped up at 325 grand.

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This rural retreat is far from the madding crowd in Hardy country,

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also known to you and me as Dorset.

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With four bedrooms and period features,

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it's on the market for 350 grand.

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And this Shakespearean epic of a semi near the Bard's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon

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is a hard act to follow, with three bedrooms,

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magnificent views and planning permission to extend, all for 350K.

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With Beaconsfield being a creative hotbed for aspiring authors

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and orators, I thought it was time to test the storytelling skills of the population at large.

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So I've come up with a plan.

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I've come up with my very own story and I would like people to add to it.

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Here it is, the first line. "Ed opened the door of property number one,

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"and there he saw..." Let's find out.

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There we go. An estate agents.

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This looks like it's got a couple of crackers in there.

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I'll see if I can just squeeze in through...

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This is going to be a bit... Get in through the door here.

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Right, give me five minutes.

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This is unbelievable.

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"Ed opened the door of property number one and there he saw..."

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-What did he see?

-A huge mirror.

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A huge mirror? Oh, that would have given him a shock.

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I've got a lovely couple who are looking to buy their first property together.

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They've lived in Singapore. They used to have a swimming pool and marble floors there.

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I don't think they can really afford that here.

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Out of interest, how much, if they wanted a swimming pool

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and marble floors, would we be talking in the area we're in?

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We're probably looking at least £1,500,000.

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-Right. They've got £370,000.

-Ah.

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What happened next?

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He saw a mirror. He's not very attractive, let me just tell you.

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-He's not?

-No.

-We can't have romance then?

-Well, you know, Shrek.

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-What he saw was a handsome man.

-Oh!

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We've got a lot of Victorian, Edwardian, of that era, but the villages outlying

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Beaconsfield, there is a lot more choice in the more modern property.

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That is probably where you may get better value in terms of space and garden.

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-And he didn't know who it was.

-Hoo-oo!

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And he had to look again.

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In a parallel universe maybe?

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There you go, like that movie Sliders.

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The whole country has had a slight dip. How has it been round here?

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The last three to four months we've seen a good gradual process of improvement

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and the level of interest now in this area has risen substantially.

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Smashed the mirror and looked to see that he's not that good looking anymore.

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Oh, he smashes the mirror to find his true self!

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I have selected one which I think might be quite good for you,

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in a village just close to here in Flackwell Heath.

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-This pretty much ticks all their boxes then.

-It's got a lot of what they want.

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-Ed, let me tell you a story.

-OK.

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One where one female property hunter found the perfect home for a young

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couple, where they moved into and fell in love. And it looks like this.

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Property one, there you go, beauty on the inside, beauty on the outside.

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This is what romance is all about.

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-Have you been drinking?

-I'm just very giddy.

-Unbelievable.

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I've gone the scientific route, because Nuz is a scientist.

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So I've distilled everything they want in a glass jar.

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I have then taken that glass jar and formed the contents into bricks.

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I've placed those bricks in Flackwell Heath. Metaphorically, of course.

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The house is beautiful. It is everything they want and it's next to a brilliant primary school.

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-This is what they will buy.

-That's what you think.

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Now this is the joint choice, the wild card. Now, Nuz said he wanted a house with stairs.

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Well, this one, Ed, has it got stairs?

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Well, if it boils down to stairs and the house with the most stairs winning, then that will win.

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But I'm convinced they'll buy this and you're convinced they'll buy your one.

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Well, Ed, I think we should start this story at the beginning and start with property number one, my choice.

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My choice, property number one, is just down the road in the charming hamlet of Stoke Poges,

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within walking distance of the Common.

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The literary theme continues as the area features in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

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But will this house be the start of a new chapter for Nin and Nuz?

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Right then, guys, step up.

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This is property number one.

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And I am very proud to say this one is actually my choice.

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Come a little bit closer, don't be scared of it.

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-And also, we're near Stoke Poges, do you know this area?

-Very little.

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We don't know Stoke Poges itself very well.

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Well, we're only ten minutes from where you're renting at the moment.

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And it's ten miles from your work, Nuz, so that's not a bad distance, would you say?

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-Fantastic, yeah.

-I know you've got a little one,

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so I've had a look round the area, and I've been told there's a little park nearby.

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There's also Stoke Woods as well, for some nice walks and stuff.

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Also, got a lot of baby groups.

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-OK, that's good.

-So a nice way for you to meet other mums in the area.

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How about the house itself, what do you think?

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Great from the outside.

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-First impressions, it's very well looked after.

-Beautiful.

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-Lots of parking space for the family members that visit.

-Brilliant.

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The living room probably isn't as big as you'd like it,

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but I am giving you more space in the back garden and some nice eating areas.

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-OK.

-There we go. Also, the gentlemen of the house is quite the interior designer.

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It's immaculate in there, lovely.

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If you don't like it, you'll have to deal with the gentlemen of the house.

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-OK.

-Are you ready to experience this beauty in Stoke Poges?

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-We are.

-Yeah, I think so.

-I think you are. Ready? 3, 2, 1.

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-Erupt into Stoke Poges.

-Let's go.

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Here we go.

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Oh, this is nice.

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A nice bit of space, here. A nice bit of reception area.

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-Shall we go in to the first room?

-Into the lounge.

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OK.

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Not as big as I thought it would be.

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I was quite... Yeah, I thought they were going to come with a bit more wow.

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They went down. It was tangible, wasn't it? They went down a note.

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Room for our sofas, do you think?

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-Not the way...

-We may have to split them again.

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Yeah, we'd have to split the sofas.

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This is a bugbear of mine, when people look at a new house and say,

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"We can't get our furniture in."

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Unless your furniture does cost £370,000, don't worry about it.

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-Seen the fireplace?

-That's nice.

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-Good fireplace.

-Yeah.

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High-spec. The whole thing, all the things look reasonably high-spec.

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Whoever's been living here has looked after it well.

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Let's check out in here. Wait for me.

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-Wow. Very nice kitchen.

-Very nice.

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I think we'd like this very much.

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Great big fridge as well.

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Bit of storage, underneath the stairs.

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-Oh, look.

-What is it?

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-Oh!

-Washer dryer, yeah.

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That's a good use of space.

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You could potentially make it into a downstairs loo.

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You could, yes, with a macerator toilet.

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And I do love the macerator toilet tip.

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I think episode 79, series six, I did a great macerator toilet tip.

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We don't really need to replace the kitchen, everything seems brand new and perfect.

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Rani's thought about wanting to live straight into a place. Look at the size of that.

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You like to cook, so there you go.

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Maybe consider in the future, maybe you could probably change this orientation and take out that wall.

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Really open the whole thing all the way through.

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Wow, look at this space, Nuz.

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-Very nice.

-Loads of light.

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The problem is that there's quite a lot of disconnect between these two rooms and that room over there.

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I think it'll still work.

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-Yeah?

-Yeah. I'm not sure if our dining table

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will fit in here, though. It'd be quite cramped.

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-All our furniture is too large.

-Too big, yes.

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What can you say to them? They want to bring their dining table and it doesn't fit.

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Well, half of me's angry. The other half of me understands.

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But they need to have a compromise, I think. Unless...

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-Which is chop the dining table...

-Chop it in half or sell it.

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Quite easy to get furniture up here, as well.

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We have got all the big stuff.

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This is the bathroom, here.

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Is there a shower?

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A shower, yeah. Shower, mixer tap.

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-OK, let me have a quick peek.

-Nice little bath.

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The viewers will be going, "See, they're listing now. Don't like it.

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"Thought they liked it, but they're listing now."

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Ed will point that out in a minute. Watch him, see if he does that.

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Maybe they're just very organised folk and they're not letting emotions

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-get in the way.

-You can't fool the viewers.

-This is a big buy.

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This is a nice sized room.

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This is where the man from Milk Tray lives, I guess.

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Is this the main bedroom?

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I don't know, actually.

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-I'm not sure if our bed will fit in here.

-I think so.

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Do you think? I think it'll be quite cramped.

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The gloves are off, Rani. Cramped?

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Cramped! Did you hear that?

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And it sounded so lovely at the start.

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We'll have to check if it's the main. We'll have to look at the other one.

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But it's a nice room. Space-wise, it's nice. Colour, not my cup of tea.

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I've just noticed, these glass panels above all these doors.

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Loads of light coming into each of the rooms.

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Wow, they're loving the light.

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Maybe their home in Singapore was very light and spacious.

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It did sound it, it had a swimming pool.

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-Swimming pool and marble floors.

-I haven't given them a swimming pool.

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Or marble floors. But you have given them a trampoline.

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Marble floors would be terrible with the little one.

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He'd be sliding everywhere!

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If you ever want to trap an alligator, place it on marble floors. It can't get any grip.

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-Very pretty room.

-It's nice, actually.

-Everything minimal.

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Do you think he'll be happy in here?

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I think so. You've got a single bed in here, storage cabinets here and over here.

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-We'll probably have to put one of those safety catches on the windows, here.

-More child friendly.

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-Yeah.

-I think this has got plenty of room for him for at least five, maybe eight years.

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Have you noticed the upstairs seems smaller than the downstairs? It is more bottom heavy.

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It's a Jennifer Lopez, this house.

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Big on the downstairs, smaller on the upstairs. If you're watching, Jennifer, sorry.

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This looks like the master bedroom.

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Loads of wardrobe space.

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-Actually, this is very nice.

-Very bright.

-Very big room.

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I like the light fixtures.

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I actually liked the wardrobes as well. Fixed, do you think?

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I can't tell. It's nice, actually.

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-I love the bay window.

-It's off the main road, so it's quiet. You can't hear the cars.

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So you can sleep with the windows open in the summer.

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What a lovely way of describing the calm and tranquillity of Stoke Poges.

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I like this house.

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Probably one of the better houses that we've seen.

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-I'd agree with that.

-Yeah, Rani's done a good job.

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Hang on, they're saying I've done a good job?

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I don't know what that's based upon!

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They didn't like the living room, the kitchen was too small.

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They needed to move everything around.

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But obviously I've done a good job. Hi-five, me!

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-We're back.

-All right.

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Listen, guys, you were going round the house.

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It was quite confusing. Did you like it or not?

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I thought it was a great house.

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All right.

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I thought you wouldn't need to do any work in it.

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But you still managed to find some jobs. Have you come up with a plan for the downstairs toilet?

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Yeah, there's where the washer-dryer is.

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I think that could be a little wet room.

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That's a fixable solution.

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The other work is, every time I go and see a property we always

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think about other things we can do to make it absolutely perfect.

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I can see myself living in this bit of the house more than the front part of the house.

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That's what I was saying, the living room is very cosy.

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However, I know when my family comes to visit we spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

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I thought that would be a nice way to go for you and your family.

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Stoke Poges, the other thing I didn't mention is it's got

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a doctor's surgery down the road, which would be great.

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They are trying to build a post office and a supermarket.

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For you, Nuz, you said, potentially, make some money on the property.

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If these things all come off, and hopefully they will do,

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that would add value to your house in the next four or five years, if you did want to stay here and move on.

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I'm considering moving to Stoke Poges based on that.

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It's a great place. It's a really lovely, family area.

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Let's play guess the price, then. Who wants to go first? You've got a maximum budget of £370,000.

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-Do you want to go first?

-I'd say about 360.

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OK, Nin. 360. Nuz?

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I'd probably go for 350, 355.

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-I'm going to pin you down to one. What do you want?

-350.

-350, right.

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350, 360. OK.

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Who do think is better at this game?

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-I am.

-Hopefully, me.

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-That means we spend less.

-I'm going to tell you.

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Nin, it's actually you. This property is slightly over your budget.

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It's £374,950.

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Once again, it is because of the area and the building itself.

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Ed mentioned earlier, the guy's an interior designer and it is done immaculately.

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So, you could just move right in here.

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Just get your couch, I know it was a bit big, you could chop it in half,

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bring half of it in there and it would be perfect.

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Also, in terms of haggling, you are ready to go and you want to move in quickly.

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So you are great. You could definitely get that under your budget.

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-But you don't need to buy this in Stoke Poges.

-Why? Why? Why?

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Because there's two more houses and my one's next.

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Do you want to come? Yeah, this way.

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My choice, property number two, is in Flackwell Heath.

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Commutable for Nuz and, unlike Rani's property,

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it has shops that are already built just half a mile down the road.

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It may look plain from the outside, but it packs a punch that will knock their cotton socks off.

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Nin and Nuz, we are in Flackwell Heath, which I think is a lovely area. Beautiful area.

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From the outside it doesn't reveal what it's got within it.

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We're in a lovely cul-de-sac location.

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We are half a mile from the shops. So you're within a lovely community.

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You're very near to a very good primary school as well.

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All those things factored in, and knowing that this house is magical within...

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I am going to go to you first, Nin. What do you think about it?

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I'm guessing, um... it's nice.

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-It's very nice.

-Not as nice as the one you've just seen, obviously.

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I couldn't think of any words!

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Let's go to the husband. What do we think?

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Yeah. In comparison to the other place, it's a little bit more dated, perhaps.

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-I don't know why I bother with you two, sometimes.

-The garden could do with some work.

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-Right, listen.

-It's a really well-kept garden, but you could add your own touches.

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But it's a nice quiet place.

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You've got parking space, which is what you want when all your relatives come to visit.

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I want you to remember this lack of enthusiasm from outside.

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When you get in there, you'll love it so much that

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you might try and invoke squatters rights and stay. It's that lovely.

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-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-I think you'll buy this.

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-He's pointing the finger, there.

-He is, he's telling you what to think.

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It's turned from pointing to aggressive wagging.

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Ready, steady, go in that house you will eventually buy.

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You've scared them into the house.

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I scare myself with my passion for this property.

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This is very nice and modern.

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Right, Ed, your reputation lies on this.

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Yes, it does. And I'm a fool to have staked it on that.

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But here comes the oohs and ahhs. Ready?

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-I'm not too sure about the walls.

-That's my reputation gone, if I ever had one.

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-Nice wallpapering.

-No cornicing in this one.

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I don't know... It's got a lot of... It's quite bright, as well.

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Very long. I can see the kitchen from down here.

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It's got potential.

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How can it have potential?

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-It's...

-This is exactly what you were thinking about the other place.

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A very long lounge. This is very nice, actually.

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Our furniture would fit in there perfectly.

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-Look at the fireplace.

-That is really cool.

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-Lovely use of space here.

-It's exactly like the open plan we were talking about.

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Did you hear that? "This is exactly what we are looking for.

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"Exactly everything we're looking for, this open-plan spacey feel."

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-No. What I heard is, "This is exactly what we talked about."

-Yeah, wanting.

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And Ed's somehow given it us.

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-Dining area.

-This is really nice.

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-Lots of space.

-I like these double doors here.

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Great big window.

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See the worktop?

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See if you can find a dishwasher.

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Electric hob.

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I didn't even know they'd gone in the kitchen.

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The kitchen is phenomenal.

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Then I realised they'd gone in the kitchen when they were looking for a dishwasher.

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There was no point when they went, "Wow, this is the greatest kitchen ever!"

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None of that. "I wonder where the dishwasher is." How dare they?

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There's a dishwasher.

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That's definitely a plus point.

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-Definitely a dishwasher.

-Dishwasher, definite.

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Actually, it all goes round. This is fantastic.

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Wow, this looks nice.

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Microwave.

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-More storage space.

-Fridge.

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-That's the kind of fridge you want.

-Huge fridge. A door out here.

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-This could be...

-The downstairs toilet.

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No. Wow.

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-We could actually convert this into another playroom or lounge.

-Absolutely.

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It hasn't got any windows, but you can probably make a window out of that door there. Or even here.

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-Use this space.

-I think so.

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Because we're not going to use this as a garage, to be honest, are we?

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No. A lot of this is storage and there's walls.

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The ceiling is a lot more fixed compared to the other place.

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There's a lot that can be done in here, actually.

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There's your downstairs bathroom. Look at that tiny sink on the side.

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THEY LAUGH

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-A downstairs toilet, right? You didn't give them one.

-I didn't.

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You gave them a cupboard with a washing machine and said you could use that as a toilet, right?

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-I've given them a toilet and they've laughed at it.

-I didn't say... Hang on!

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I'm not sure about these banisters here, Nuz. Think they could do with...

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-Dated?

-Yeah, Very dated. Very '70s.

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I like this more than the last place.

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It's smaller, but it's actually very modern and reasonably high-spec as well.

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But it's a nice little bathroom.

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OK. It's a nice double room.

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I like those wardrobes.

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-They're great, actually. Loads and loads of space.

-This must be...

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-..the third bedroom.

-Again, about the same size as the last place, actually.

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Got a single bed. Again, all the double-glazing needs modernising.

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It looks a bit dated again.

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They probably do need updating. Some of them do.

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Some seals have gone, so there's condensation. Doesn't cost as much as you think.

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-This must be the master bedroom.

-This is.

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Again, fitted wardrobes.

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-It's a bigger room.

-Huge window.

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The views are lovely.

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Listen to the peace and quiet. There's nothing wrong with it.

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It's idyllic. Bill Oddie could sit and watch his favourite birds saunter by.

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Definitely good for storage and a lot more space here than the other place in the bedrooms as well.

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I think I'd like to look at downstairs again.

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Ed, I think it's going to take more than that wagging finger to convince them to buy this property.

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I actually give up. I've given up.

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-I've given up.

-Get all your hands on them.

-I'm quitting the show.

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Right, you two. Do not let Ed get his finger out again.

0:26:100:26:14

-I don't want to see that finger again.

-I'm going to put it away.

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What happened in there? Ed thought this was the perfect property.

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First thing you said, "The walls need doing.

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"It has potential."

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I thought you were going to love it.

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All open living space.

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Living space, definitely. Lots of open space.

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-So that was good.

-Once you get round the corner, the initial walls are a little bit dated.

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-Whilst retro, currently, a little bit dated in my opinion.

-Not our cup of tea.

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With this property, was it kind of a bit nerve-racking because you can't move into this straight away?

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-Is that what you were feeling?

-I think we can live with it for a while.

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My finger's going to come out!

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Put that finger away!

0:26:530:26:55

But I feel as though I need to pick this house and put it somewhere else. I'm not sure about the area.

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-It's not an area you've looked round much, is it?

-Not really, no.

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-We've overlooked this area.

-OK. Maybe that's why.

-Put the finger away!

-The finger's away.

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I'm not sure about the front of the house, either.

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-The finger's back out again. Listen.

-A few hanging baskets.

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It's very showpiece.

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It doesn't feel very homely.

0:27:160:27:18

You're getting two fingers now. I am prodding and pointing. This is lovely.

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You've really upset his fellow, now.

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Let's go for guess the price. Nin, you were closest last time.

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-It's 1-0.

-Flackwell Heath, I would say...

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She's going first, you haven't even got a chance on this, Nuz.

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370 is your maximum budget.

0:27:340:27:36

-I'd say about 355.

-355? Nuz?

0:27:360:27:40

-I'm probably going to go for 360, I think.

-360?

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-The actual price, someone is out by £50. Who is it?

-It's me.

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It isn't you.

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THEY LAUGH

0:27:500:27:51

It's Nuz. The actual price is 359,950.

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Which is a great price. Again, as I say, you're in a brilliant position.

0:27:540:27:59

You have nothing to sell, you're ready to go, ready to move in. You could get more money off this.

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I've got the finger back out again.

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Stop, stop, stop. It's 1-1 now. But you've still got the wild card to see.

0:28:060:28:11

Would you like to see that?

0:28:110:28:13

-I don't think they should be allowed to go.

-That way, wild card, go!

0:28:130:28:17

Be on your best behaviour.

0:28:170:28:19

What can we say about today's wild card?

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It's a step up from the rest. Ten extra steps, in fact. I've counted them.

0:28:230:28:27

Let's just hope they've got a head for heights, because they might need it with this three-floor monster.

0:28:270:28:32

Well, Nuz did want stairs and this house has them in spades.

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We also think it has fantastic living space and with these views,

0:28:360:28:40

it's a baaa-rgain they won't bleat at.

0:28:400:28:44

Right, guys. This is the part of the show that everyone loves.

0:28:440:28:48

Or hates.

0:28:480:28:50

-Or hates?!

-How dare you?

0:28:500:28:53

This is the wild card.

0:28:530:28:55

First impressions, do you hate it?

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-It's massive.

-There you go.

-But you wanted a lot of space.

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-It looks huge.

-Think of the heating bills.

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When I first looked at it, I thought it was just this bit here.

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It's the whole thing. I'm thinking, wow, it is very big. Now that you mention the bills...

0:29:070:29:12

It is the benefit of global warming. It's getting warmer these days.

0:29:120:29:15

Really, I think we've got that covered.

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We're in Chesham. Very nice place. You are on the tube here, on the Metropolitan Line.

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You can get into London that way.

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I think we're just on the edge of the furthest point to Maidenhead, where you need to be.

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We're probably pushing the half-hour mark, I would say.

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About 16 miles to Maidenhead, to your work.

0:29:310:29:33

Nine miles back to where your family live in High Wycombe.

0:29:330:29:36

It's not too far away. You don't have to worry about that.

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Talking about keeping warm, something you mentioned,

0:29:400:29:42

-you wanted a proper house with stairs.

-We said an upstairs and a downstairs.

0:29:420:29:46

-We've got an upstairs and an upstairs and a downstairs.

-It's doubly proper.

0:29:460:29:50

It's a proper house cubed, almost.

0:29:500:29:53

-So, are you excited about your wild card?

-I am.

0:29:530:29:56

Now, I think for you, Nin, this is the nicest area of all of them for the cappuccino factor,

0:29:560:30:01

the shops, the community, because you are maybe a ten-minute walk and you are in everything.

0:30:010:30:06

-Tried and tested?

-Yes, we've done it.

0:30:060:30:08

With a pram to make it nice and brisk as well.

0:30:080:30:10

I'm sure it looked a bit strange, because it wasn't a real baby.

0:30:100:30:13

-Ready to go in?

-I am.

-I think so.

0:30:130:30:15

Three, two, one. Enter your proper, proper house.

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It was a bit odd, wasn't it, when you pushed me in that pram?

0:30:170:30:20

It was weird, but it was worth it for that moment there.

0:30:200:30:23

That's probably good, we could keep the pushchair there.

0:30:230:30:27

-Storage downstairs.

-Yeah.

0:30:270:30:30

Downstairs room.

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A small office or something, or even a store room or something like that.

0:30:330:30:38

Or maybe a bedroom for someone.

0:30:380:30:39

-OK.

-OK, shall we go to the next...up these stairs?

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Who do you think lives in a house like this, Nuz?

0:30:450:30:47

I just don't know.

0:30:470:30:49

Small little bathroom. I thought it went round, but it doesn't.

0:30:490:30:52

OK. Actually, I like this. The floor's excellent.

0:30:520:30:56

Yeah, I do like the floor, yeah.

0:30:560:30:58

It is original flooring, and, right, it's lovely.

0:30:580:31:01

It's a house that was built in the '60s. They do have original features.

0:31:010:31:04

This must be the kitchen.

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Kitchen on the first floor.

0:31:060:31:09

-OK.

-A great big window.

0:31:090:31:13

It's a functional kitchen.

0:31:130:31:14

It could do with a bit of modernising.

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They want to modernise this kitchen.

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Fair point, they have to modernise the house.

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Keep the flooring, but everything else does need an upgrade.

0:31:210:31:24

It's a lot more narrower than I thought it was. It's not as...

0:31:240:31:28

Actually, it comes round here as well.

0:31:280:31:30

OK, bit of space round here. That's good. That's where the door.

0:31:300:31:35

Ah, OK. That door connects into...

0:31:350:31:37

Then the room comes round. An interesting shape.

0:31:370:31:40

I quite like these open doors here.

0:31:400:31:42

Nice way out down here. Now, in my property, the brilliant property that I believe was brilliant,

0:31:420:31:46

that was a little bit lost on Nin, but anyway, they were talking

0:31:460:31:50

about dividing the rooms up maybe somehow with screening or whatever, it's done here. It's perfect here.

0:31:500:31:55

Great garden, Nuz. Look at this garden.

0:31:550:31:57

That's very nice, actually. It's split on two levels.

0:31:570:32:00

-Nice trees.

-And they've even got a little outhouse there. For the summer.

0:32:000:32:05

There's nice views out here.

0:32:050:32:06

The view's excellent. It's also very light. Have you seen the amount of light that comes through both ways?

0:32:060:32:12

She does like her light.

0:32:120:32:13

There is lots of light that floods into this property, as an estate agent might say,

0:32:130:32:17

from all angles, and then on the front of the house, lot of higgledy-piggledy windows there.

0:32:170:32:21

If they put any more windows, the house would have fallen down.

0:32:210:32:25

-Would it be a conservatory?

-It'd be a conservatory.

0:32:250:32:27

I don't think this is going to be practical for your mum.

0:32:270:32:30

No, she's not particularly fond of stairs at the moment.

0:32:300:32:33

Yeah.

0:32:330:32:35

Especially if she wants to go upstairs and have a shower.

0:32:350:32:38

They wanted stairs. They said, proper house, we want a house with stairs.

0:32:380:32:43

-We have given them a lot of stairs.

-A lot of stairs.

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And they wanted a lot of space, so we have given them a lotta, lotta space, as Cilla would say.

0:32:450:32:50

-Like a lead balloon. Like a lead balloon.

-This must be the first bedroom. Oooh.

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Bedroom number one.

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I'm not too sure about this. Yellow's not my colour.

0:32:570:33:01

I don't think the decoration's what we would go for, but it's a lovely garden.

0:33:010:33:07

-Yeah, well looked-after.

-But also a lot of maintenance, I think.

0:33:070:33:11

Lots of cutting back and pruning and all that kind of stuff. Hedging.

0:33:110:33:16

Build your muscles up, Nin!

0:33:160:33:19

Four or five bedrooms. A lot of space. OK, so this is...

0:33:190:33:22

-Quite small rooms.

-This is a box room.

0:33:220:33:25

Most amount of bedrooms here in this property, and for some reason, they are saying they're all small.

0:33:250:33:30

I went into the smallest room and I was with you.

0:33:300:33:32

-You were with me.

-And what did I do?

-You did this.

-I always do that.

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-But you have to do this.

-No, I didn't!

0:33:350:33:37

You did this, and there was still a bit of room.

0:33:370:33:40

-They could have a double bed but not a side table.

-No.

0:33:400:33:42

It's good for a nursery size.

0:33:420:33:44

Blue for boys, not bad.

0:33:440:33:46

Wouldn't have to redecorate. Doesn't really do much for me, this room.

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No, it doesn't do much for me, either.

0:33:500:33:52

This must be the master bedroom.

0:33:520:33:55

Nice room. It's a nice room.

0:33:550:33:57

It's actually quite big.

0:33:570:33:59

-Nice window.

-All the windows, there's no double-glazing here.

0:33:590:34:05

You've got cupboards again.

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Built-in wardrobes, again quite dated.

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Quite a lot of modernisation required.

0:34:110:34:14

The reason why they're disappointed is not because of the size, or views, because they are great.

0:34:140:34:18

The reason is because of the decor, I would say,

0:34:180:34:21

-and it really isn't as much as they think, to do it up.

-This must be...

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The fourth bedroom.

0:34:250:34:27

-So, lots of bedrooms.

-Again, this is a box room.

0:34:270:34:30

Could use this for your mother.

0:34:300:34:32

You could get a double bed in here if you wanted to, I think.

0:34:320:34:35

What are you laughing for?

0:34:350:34:38

The box room for my mother!

0:34:380:34:39

-Ed, they don't like it.

-I know.

-And you know what? Don't get your fingers out.

-Why? Cos I want to.

0:34:390:34:44

I am getting MY fingers out.

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I'm very angry as well.

0:34:460:34:48

Right, you two, I have got a finger each for you.

0:34:510:34:54

Nuz, you wanted a proper house with stairs, we've given you loads of stairs.

0:34:540:34:58

-You wanted space, we've given you space.

-But it's not practical.

0:34:580:35:02

Practical! Two young people like yourselves and the growing family!

0:35:020:35:07

What's not practical about it?

0:35:070:35:09

We're thinking about the extended family, so elderly parents...

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Going up and down the stairs.

0:35:120:35:14

-This is your problem for wanting a proper house with stairs. We thought...

-That was him, not me.

0:35:140:35:19

So you want a bungalow. You want a flat?

0:35:190:35:22

-I want a normal house.

-Right, OK, so this a little bit too wild.

0:35:220:35:26

This is too wild, yes. Probably doesn't tick enough boxes for us.

0:35:260:35:30

If it was the right price, you would have money left to do it up,

0:35:300:35:34

maybe make some money on it, like you said you wanted.

0:35:340:35:37

-Absolutely.

-You'd take the stairs out.

0:35:370:35:40

-We're neck and neck, guess the price. £370,000.

-Maximum budget.

0:35:400:35:45

Who would like to go first on this, the most important guess the price?

0:35:450:35:51

-You go.

-You go. No, you go! No, you go. No, you go!

0:35:510:35:53

There's little bits of information you're giving us. Probably...333.

0:35:530:35:59

Oh, I was going to go for that.

0:35:590:36:01

All the threes. Were you?

0:36:010:36:03

I'll say 340.

0:36:030:36:06

-340.

-All right. We said 370 was your maximum project.

0:36:060:36:10

Nin, congratulations, you are the closest.

0:36:100:36:13

You have won guess the price.

0:36:130:36:15

-This property is on the market at 359,950.

-OK.

0:36:150:36:20

-Same as your price.

-Same as my one, and there's more house here.

0:36:200:36:23

So, knowing the price and everything else, where does that...

0:36:230:36:27

No, yes, no?

0:36:270:36:28

Probably the least favourite, I'd say.

0:36:280:36:30

I don't want you to spoil it for the viewers to see which one you are going to pick,

0:36:300:36:34

because you can now go away and make the biggest decision of your adult lives...

0:36:340:36:38

-I think I've made it.

-Ooh! But what about Nuz? Give him a say.

0:36:380:36:42

She makes my decisions for me!

0:36:420:36:44

Wander off, confer about your decision and we will see you outside your chosen vehicle. Good luck.

0:36:440:36:50

Off you guys go.

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Well, if Nin can convince Nuz, it may be your one.

0:36:520:36:55

We don't know, but here's a quick recap for you at home.

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Will it be my choice of property number one?

0:36:580:37:01

Close to Stoke Poges Common with three beds and a great

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kitchen/dining space that would be ideal for family get-togethers.

0:37:050:37:08

This has to be top of the house heap,

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even though it's just over budget at 374,950.

0:37:100:37:15

Not so fast, my dear Rani.

0:37:150:37:17

Maybe you're forgetting the diamond on the coal face that is property number two.

0:37:170:37:21

With the open living space Nin and Nuz wanted,

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a top-of-the-range kitchen, the all-important downstairs loo,

0:37:250:37:29

and it's well within budget at 359,950, c'est bon.

0:37:290:37:34

But let's not forget the wily wild card.

0:37:340:37:38

Ah, yes. This dominating detached got a cool reception at first.

0:37:380:37:41

On reflection, will its combination of space, light, views...

0:37:410:37:46

And stairs, enough to satisfy Nuz's footfall fixation...

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Bring them around to its bargain price, also on the market at 359,950.

0:37:490:37:54

Well, I have to say, it's lovely being back in Stoke Poges.

0:37:590:38:03

Property number one. Whose choice was this?

0:38:030:38:06

Oh, it was my choice, of course.

0:38:060:38:08

It was just to over your budget, so how come you have chosen property one to test drive today?

0:38:080:38:13

-I think it just felt right. This is a beautiful property, and it just felt right.

-Real homely feel.

0:38:130:38:18

Oh, homely feel. It's exactly what you want, so that's great news for me.

0:38:180:38:22

Well, you know, yes, I am livid, but I am pleased you found something that gave you a homely feel.

0:38:220:38:27

Now, we have had our mysterious surveyor come round and have a sniff at this property.

0:38:270:38:31

Now, he spotted a few things.

0:38:310:38:33

It's not legally binding, but it's a good heads up just to let you know what you're going into.

0:38:330:38:38

If you take a look at the chimney stack there, he has pointed out the pointing.

0:38:380:38:42

Can you see in between the bricks?

0:38:420:38:44

-Yes.

-Kind of where the plaster work is going.

0:38:440:38:46

Well, that needs to be redone.

0:38:460:38:48

What he said, this isn't an immediate problem, but in the next five years,

0:38:480:38:52

it's something that needs to be looked at.

0:38:520:38:54

Now, if you don't, water would seep in.

0:38:540:38:56

-Eventually, there would be damp and you'd see that inside the house, down the chimney stack.

-OK.

0:38:560:39:01

You have got asbestos for the garage roof.

0:39:010:39:04

-Now that sounds terrible.

-Always sounds terrible, and people have a fear of asbestos.

0:39:040:39:08

Now, it's not damaged, there's nothing wrong with it.

0:39:080:39:11

If it was damaged and cracked and broken, you would need to get rid of it,

0:39:110:39:15

and in getting rid of it, you need to get a professional person to do that.

0:39:150:39:19

Asbestos needs to be handled correctly.

0:39:190:39:21

Because there's nothing wrong with it, you don't need to worry.

0:39:210:39:25

You don't need to replace it, so it is asbestos, but don't fear it.

0:39:250:39:29

Other than that, our man said it was lovely, fine. Perfect.

0:39:290:39:32

-He did that, literally.

-He said two thumbs up. He really liked it.

0:39:320:39:35

Are you ready to... Sure you don't want to go back to my one?

0:39:350:39:39

-Stop.

-No, no, we are sure about this one.

0:39:390:39:42

-Really?

-Yes.

-All right, then.

0:39:420:39:44

Go on. Go on, enjoy it!

0:39:440:39:45

Hello, who's this? Are the owners back already?

0:39:490:39:52

Hello.

0:39:520:39:54

No, Ed, I think you'll find it's the descent of the Chopras.

0:39:540:39:58

You're right. Blimey, there's one, two, three, four, five, si...

0:39:590:40:03

-I give up! It's a veritable gaggle of Chopras, large and small.

-Is that it?

0:40:030:40:08

Wow!

0:40:080:40:10

Looks like the place is getting the thumbs-up from the family.

0:40:100:40:13

And fair play. That kitchen dining space is proving to be the perfect entertaining area.

0:40:130:40:20

Nice and spacious!

0:40:200:40:21

In fact, with the feast they have laid on, I am sorry we have left them to it!

0:40:210:40:26

And after cramming in those carbs, there's nothing better than a quick

0:40:260:40:30

run to take off the calories, and take in the local area.

0:40:300:40:35

Wow!

0:40:350:40:37

-I love this room.

-Meanwhile, Nin's giving the living area the creche test with her nieces and nephews.

0:40:370:40:42

And what's that song they are singing?

0:40:420:40:45

# Buy the house! Buy the house! #

0:40:450:40:48

Ah, yes, that old classic, Buy The House,

0:40:480:40:51

or as I believe it's also called, Rani The Victorious.

0:40:510:40:55

THEY CHEER

0:40:550:40:57

You were loving that so much, we didn't think you were going to come out!

0:40:570:41:01

Right, now, this is it. You have had, how many people have come round during this test drive?

0:41:010:41:05

Four adults, four children, two babies.

0:41:050:41:09

-More fingers.

-But a lot of people, and a lot of opinions, I would say.

0:41:090:41:14

What was the consensus? Do more people want you to buy the house?

0:41:140:41:17

Do they like it? Do they think it's a good area?

0:41:170:41:20

More people have said they like the place.

0:41:200:41:22

They said it's really nice inside, very bright, lots of space.

0:41:220:41:26

-They have been saying to buy.

-Yes, there was a lot of bullying from the children.

0:41:260:41:30

-Yes. Did you hear them chanting?

-Yes.

-Are they aware of how much money £370,000 is?

0:41:300:41:35

They don't know how much £3.50 is!

0:41:350:41:38

I think we are there. I think we're at that very nervous point.

0:41:380:41:41

We've had nearly 45 minutes of television building to where we are now.

0:41:410:41:45

You're looking for your first family home, and you have got £370,000 to spend.

0:41:450:41:49

Are you going to be spending it on this property, to buy or not to buy?

0:41:490:41:52

Maybe if the price is right.

0:41:540:41:56

Can we have a hint at what the right price is, maybe?

0:42:000:42:04

And then we may come in with an offer below 370, but we may come in with an offer.

0:42:040:42:08

All right, well, I'm going to take that as positive, and as it is just starting to rain...

0:42:080:42:12

Don't take this as a bleak end to the programme. It's a British summertime end.

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If you do buy a house, and if it's this one...

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-We'll invite you round for samosas.

-We'd love it.

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-Sounds good to us.

-See you soon.

-Take care.

-Thank you. Bye.

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