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South Nottingham

Property series. Nikki Bedi and Ed Hall head to Nottingham in search of a home for a sports-mad family hoping to re-locate from Grimsby.


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Hello and welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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Now, Nikki, we should swap our property-hunting suits for shorts, vests and running shoes

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because we are in one of the sportiest cities in the United Kingdom.

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We are indeed, Nottingham is home to some of the finest sporting venues in the country,

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and hopefully today it will be home to our buyers, who, it just so happens, are sports fanatics.

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So, Ed...

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-Yeah?

-Game on!

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Nottingham has more sporting facilities for its size than any other place in Europe,

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which makes choosing your weekend leisure pursuits

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almost as hard as finding a house.

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Which is where we come in, because I have here a rugby ball,

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a tennis ball.

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You've got a football. Now, if you were thinking of taking up one of these sports,

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you'd want to try it first, wouldn't you?

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It is true, it's almost like the programme that we're making,

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-except we've got a problem, Nikki.

-Why?

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-Well, today's house-hunters are into all three.

-Catch!

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And what a catch!

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Today's buyers are Rachel and Nigel Phillips,

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who, with their children, Luke and Emily, currently live in Grimsby.

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But Nigel's got a new job and works away during the week,

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so they've decided to relocate to the East Midlands.

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And being new to the area, they need our help.

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But after ten years living in Grimsby, finding the perfect house is going to be a tall order.

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How did you end up in this situation?

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How have you settled on the areas that you are looking at?

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Have you worked out where you want to be?

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-And why are you living apart from your wife and family? What's gone wrong?

-Wrong?!

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It's just the nature of my job and work, I've moved around.

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The job I'm now at, for the last ten years, has involved travelling.

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I've now found a job that I'm very happy with, enjoying that,

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and so it's time to get the family back together

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after ten years of Dad either travelling long ways or staying away overnight.

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And what about you, Rachel?

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Are you looking to be working here as well?

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Eventually, yes.

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I really love my job, because I've been in it for 18 years.

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So dental nursing is something...

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Everywhere needs their teeth...

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We need an area for definite for me to apply for a job.

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So what sort of thing are you looking for? Give us some clues.

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Older properties, we'd like something with character,

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'50s with the bay-fronted type approach.

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And how many bedrooms do you want?

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Three is the minimum, really, that we're looking to get.

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It's obviously going to be more expensive, moving this way, for us, from Grimsby.

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So we're thinking three, what's the dream?

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Well, where we are, we've got a loft conversion, quite a big one, so we've got four where we are.

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-So four would be lovely.

-It's going to be hard to get a house for us.

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Are you physically good at DIY and small building tasks?

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Small building, yes, I turn my hand to everything.

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We also have some good family friends that are able to help.

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Would they come all the way up from where they live to your new home and help you out?

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Les better!

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-Who's Les?!

-Les is our family friend who does everything, he's great.

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Builder-joiner.

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He's been a real family rock to us.

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All right, so Les is the man, then.

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Les is the man.

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Do you play tennis together?

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We had a session in France a couple of weeks ago.

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Who was the winner at that one?

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-Even with a bad knee.

-Really?

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We are at the point, and it's a terrible thing

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-to ask people at this time of day, but we are going to do it.

-Money!

-What's the budget?

-180.

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Are you confident?

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-Excited.

-Every faith!

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OK, we are going to show you three at the very least, and one of them you will have to buy.

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-We'll see you later on.

-Wish us luck!

-Thank you.

-Bye.

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There we have it, Nigel knows exactly what he wants,

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but I'm not so sure Rachel's got her head around this whole relocation yet.

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She's nothing to fear, though, as there'll be plenty for the family to do in Nottingham.

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They'll have access to some of Europe's finest sporting facilities.

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Notts County and Nottingham Forest football clubs are in the heart of the city,

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and their neighbour is Trent Bridge cricket club.

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And if Luke or Emily fancies themselves as the next

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Andy Murray or Maria Sharapova,

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they could make use of Nottingham's international tennis centre.

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I'm beginning to wonder if this family need a house at all,

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given how much time they spend outdoors.

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Let's see what up to £180,000 could get you elsewhere around the UK.

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In Glenrothes, Scotland, you could get this whopping detached house

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with four bedrooms and decor to make an interior designer jealous.

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It's a bargain at £180,000.

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And from the new to the old, this terraced town house in Warwick

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has three bedrooms set over three floors

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and more character than you could wish for.

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The price - 180,000 grand.

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If Nigel and Rachel's hearts lie in Grimsby, this is what we're up against.

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They could have this beautiful four-bedroom detached house.

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It has everything they could hope for, including private gardens and a garage.

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And the price is £179,950.

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-Alex.

-Yes.

-Nikki.

-Nice to meet you, Nikki.

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-Thank you for seeing me today.

-No problem.

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Many famous sporting legends have been born in Nottingham.

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From the swimming pool, we've got Rebecca Adlington, from the frozen version of the pool,

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we've got Torvill and Dean,

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and from the world of football, my favourite, Graham Taylor.

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Are we really being ambitious in that budget to want,

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wait for it, a three-bedroom semi-detached house in a good area with excellent schools

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in the catchment area, gardens and sporting facilities nearby?

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Properties in this area at £180,000 will probably be two-bedroom, not with off-road parking,

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so wouldn't really fall into your budget there.

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How is this for an eco-friendly city, ladies and gents?

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Use of the bus per person is higher than any other city in the UK outside of London.

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There's a lot of popular suburbs of West Bridgford and villages in this area

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where you would probably get a house around about the 170,000 mark

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that would be a three-bedroom with off-road parking.

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Trent Bridge cricket ground is the third oldest Test cricket ground in the whole of the world.

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Cricket was first played here in 1838, and the first Test match happened in 1899.

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It was England versus Australia, and the result...was a draw.

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-Thank you for your help.

-All the best with that.

-Thank you so much, Alex.

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Now, in house-hunting terms, we have struggled for West Bridgford with £180,000.

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For £180,000 in West Bridgford, you get pretty much...

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A two-bedroom flat if you're lucky.

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You might get a house, but again it won't have the three bedrooms they want.

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But I have gone to Ruddington, which is the next village to West Bridgford.

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Ruddington is a cracker, and this property, I think,

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will give them everything they want.

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OK, now, I have gone to the Beeston-Chilwell borders, and I've found

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a three-bedroom semi-detached 1940s house,

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and it's instantly attractive, according to estate-agent terms.

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The wild card, everyone loves the wild card.

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We are taking them away from West Bridgford totally.

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We are going to Mapperley, which is lovely, the schools are nice,

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-and it's where this golf course is based.

-Yeah.

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The wild card is a 1930s beauty.

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It's very big, it's well proportioned.

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-Will they like it, though? Where shall we start the journey?

-Mine?

-No! Mine! In Ruddington.

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So it's clear we have our work cut out for us today,

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but I have everything crossed we'll be able to do it.

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We have to shoulder the burden of finding a family a new area and a new home to live in,

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and let's be honest, I'm not sure Rachel's even overcome the hurdle of leaving Grimsby yet.

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Rachel and Nigel, walk toward property number one.

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Now, this is my choice.

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We are in Ruddington, which isn't West Bridgford, but it's very near to West Bridgford.

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-Mmm.

-Have you looked at Ruddington on your searches?

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-Not at all.

-Very nice. Now, this is nearer your work, I would say 15-20 minutes?

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-Probably. Another road I drive past on the way to work.

-Do you?

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-Yeah.

-Well, there we go. Let's have a look at the house.

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This is your beast here. What do you reckon, Rachel?

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Well, I just said on the way, "I hope the house is not '50s."

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Ah! Thank you, Nikki, for even mentioning... OK, well, do you think it's '50s?

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-It looks a good size.

-Are you saying it's not your favourite style?

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It's not my ideal style, no.

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-So Victorian is probably your ideal, your dream.

-Yeah.

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But I think that's going to be very tricky in the budget, to get you what you need.

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-Nigel, what's your thoughts?

-It looks a little bit tired, but it looks a nice property.

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This is where Les comes to visit!

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-Yeah, Les.

-Are you excited? Kind of? Maybe?

-Yeah, I'm excited.

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All right, go in there and enjoy. Three, two, one.

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Light hallway, innit?

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The door coming through there.

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Mm-hmm. Quite small.

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I would say that they're in and they are consistent with the "Hmm" approach to the property.

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-That's quite modern, isn't it?

-Mm-hmm.

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-Tidy.

-Nice fireplace and...

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I thought it was quite small until I saw that.

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Thank goodness that Rachel wasn't so quick to judge,

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because she came in and she said, "It's a little bit small,"

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but...open eyes.

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I think you'd better go first with this one, have a look at that. I'd better duck.

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Better with that door, I didn't realise that was there.

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-It certainly opens it up and gives it a lot of area, look at that out there.

-Yeah.

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Nice sun lounge out here.

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-A bit more space.

-Very reminiscent of what I grew up with.

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-I'm intrigued to see what this is.

-Utility-come-den.

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Oh, so the gate doesn't lead to the garden, then?

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For every positive that's said by Nigel, Rachel's kicking back with a negative.

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Now, this is a nice house, but she's a bit...

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But sometimes couples love to play good cop, bad cop, don't they?

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Look at that, a sort of galley kitchen there.

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Yeah, I've never had a galley kitchen,

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but I like the way all the rooms sort of...are closely connected.

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Lead into one, don't they?

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Rather like a lazy river in a theme park, where you can

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-hop in your rubber ring and just be drifted round and round.

-Meandering?

-Yes.

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Similar size to home.

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Quite a short bath, actually, I think I'll struggle to get my full body in there.

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I think that's a two-thirds bath or something.

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I'd just take out the bath and put a shower, but I know lots of people love a bath.

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They have children, children love a bath. It is a small swimming pool, it's an adventure playground.

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They get to become Jacques Cousteau for half an hour a day.

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Now I know what you do every evening.

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I'm just going to try this bath out for size.

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-Take your clothes off, then.

-Right, yeah!

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I think he's happy to do it fully dressed, Rachel's getting...

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Either way, just give the man his dignity and look away. Yeah, OK.

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Oh!

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-What do you think?

-We're not going to get in together, babe.

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Yeah, right, OK.

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Well, they've given the bathroom a thorough test drive.

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I'm surprised Nigel didn't use the toilet as well

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whilst he was in there, just to see.

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That's not a bad size.

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Emily's sort of size room, really, although it's in a boy's colour at the moment.

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OK, this is the sort of box bedroom.

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Very green.

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I wouldn't say that's my...my choice of colour, really.

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OK, this is the main bedroom.

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-The rooms are a lot smaller to home, aren't they?

-They are, in comparison.

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We'll have to think about not having everything,

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-moving to a more expensive area, as well, won't we?

-Yeah.

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Right, then. Now, I would say...you didn't mind the house, but I didn't

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feel there was emotion there, I didn't think you loved it. Am I wrong, or am I right?

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I think you're right, yeah.

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-Yeah, we're from an area where you get a lot for your money, especially in the type of house we're in.

-Yeah.

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The bathroom's a bit small, as you can tell.

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Well, yes, we were slightly nervous.

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-We thought you might take your clothes off.

-It got close, and we had to turn away.

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-Shall we do it?

-Yeah.

-Go on.

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-Guess the price. Now, first of all, who'd like to go first?

-Nigel.

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I would say "ladies first".

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Nigel, you've been offered the unenviable task of going first.

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I'll go for 174,950.

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OK.

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-Rachel!

-You don't get a lot for your money here.

-Hmm.

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So what are you saying? Top of your budget of 180, or are you going under? What number?

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I think it's probably to our budget.

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-So, 180.

-Yeah.

-OK, someone is correct.

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Have you been cheating, Nigel?

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-You are absolutely bang on, it is 174,950.

-The exact price.

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So as a starting point, we've got this, which is quite a good one.

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It's a house you could move into, it's a house that's enough space.

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-Shall we bother going to Nikki's one?

-Yes.

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-Yeah!

-Well, let's go the radical route. Hack a hole in the hedge and go this way.

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Oh, they've made me feel a failure there.

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-Let's hope your property can lighten the mood, Nikki.

-Me, too.

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People often say property-hunting's an uphill struggle.

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If so, then today we're embarking on Everest.

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'Deep breath, here we go!'

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So, Rachel, Nigel, I know that property two,

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my property, looks a little like Ed's, but let me assure you...

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-It's exactly the same!

-Do you not know your periods in real estate?

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How long have you been doing this show?

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Yours is '50s, this is more '40s.

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Do you know where you are?

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You are Beeston/Chilwell, so what's your first impression coming up here, then?

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It's very quiet, nice little cul-de-sac.

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I think the house looks quite well-proportioned, I think.

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Are you a salesman?

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All right, your turn, Rachel.

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What do you reckon, Rachel? Looking at the outside, do you like it more or less than the first one?

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Outside, more, because it hasn't got pebble dash.

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Oh, OK, that's good, you've got a little small whiff of it, but not so much.

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OK, now, Nigel, do you think in there you'll be tempted to use

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the washing facilities in the same way you were tempted to at my one?

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-Maybe the shower.

-Can you take your shorts off this time?

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No! No, we are only broadcasting...

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-I might show a leg.

-Exactly. And by the wild card, we'll have you n...

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No. No. Enough of this nonsense, and let's send you in. Please keep your clothes on. Three, two, one, go.

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Bigger hallway than the last one, anyway, isn't it?

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Yeah. It is, yeah.

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-Neutral colours.

-That's not a very strong reaction when you walk into a house - "Neutral colours".

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Well, but also, they did say it's bigger than the last one.

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You think it's bigger?

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Probably about the same size, I would say. If you look at our big settee there,

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space again there probably for our settee, if you look that way...

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Nice dining area.

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Seems a lot smaller than the other one to me.

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More nicely decorated.

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But again, it's a nice open space, I think.

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-It's a lovely house, but for us, it's too small.

-You think so?

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I know instantly it is.

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Definitely. I'd be claustrophobic.

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Right...

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I think that's a little bit strong, possibly.

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But if that's the way Rachel's feeling...

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But there's more emotion wrapped up in it than it actually being a claustrophobic room.

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-What do you mean?

-She doesn't want to leave Grimsby.

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It's similar to the other house. It is a galley-style kitchen,

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but they've utilised both spaces.

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There's no access out of it, though, is there, either?

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-That way.

-Except to come this way.

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This is galley, but in an exciting galley-style way. This is a wider galley.

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-Oh, dear me.

-There you go.

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-Can you get in the bath?

-I don't think I need to try that one.

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I think I can fit that - large, even for someone of my stature.

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I can't hear the sound of any belts being...

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-Take your shorts off!

-Stop it.

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A lot more of a family bathroom.

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You can imagine squabbling with the kids to get them out.

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No. Because the rest's too small.

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Oh, they're so subdued!

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I feel like they've been taken on a school trip that they didn't want to go on.

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Like when they say, "Well, let's go and look at the box factory"?

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And you all go, "Oh, do we have to?"

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I don't know if this is the main bedroom.

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I'd say this is probably the second bedroom.

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But it's a very good size, when you look at that. I know you're not keen.

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I can see that!

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-Oh, I want to go in there and...

-Shake them up. Put some energy in them.

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And say, "It's all right!"

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Two big fitted wardrobes again, though, which is actually...

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I can see the bed fitting there.

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..pretty useful. But it is a small room, isn't it?

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Yeah.

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That wardrobe in the boxroom is almost the size of a boxroom.

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Downstairs doesn't seem as big.

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It seems to be a bit of a TARDIS effect, doesn't it?

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-This seems bigger upstairs than the other one down there.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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-Tepid.

-Yeah.

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Could it be more tepid than your property? Yes!

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-I think so.

-Totally tepid.

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Will the price change it? I doubt it.

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Right, Rachel, Nigel,

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I get the distinct feeling you are underwhelmed.

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Everybody's looking at me.

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-Well, I think Nigel kind of likes it a little bit more, and it's OK....

-Nigel likes a bargain.

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..it's OK if you don't like it, but what is it about it that's not ringing your bells?

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It's just too small. Maybe I need to come back with 350...

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-Yeah, probably 350, 400.

-Well, no, I think...

-That's me all over.

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It is time to play Guess The Price.

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We are playing with a maximum budget of £180,000. What do you think it's on the market for?

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-I'd pay 100.

-You'd pay 100. No!

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You're being churlish now, young lady.

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What is it on the market for, do you think?

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I'm a Grimsby girl. Property's cheap in Grimsby.

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-We're not in Grimsby now. What do you think it's on the market for?

-Less than the other. It must be.

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Go on, what do you think?

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I said maximum price last time, so I'll be kind, then. 160.

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£160,000. OK. Nigel?

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I would say probably on with 179,950.

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OK. You win again. But you're out.

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-The actual price is 175,000.

-So it is less.

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I tell you what, though, it's not cheered us up, has it?

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Shall we go to the wild card? It's traditionally everyone's favourite part of the programme.

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-Rachel, let's puff ourselves up and be brave. It's this way.

-OK!

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OK, this is painful now.

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If you think your property went badly, Ed, how do you think I feel?

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We should keep the engine running at the wild card, in case we need to make a quick getaway.

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Don't worry, Ed, we're in this one together.

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But whose side do you think Nigel will be on?

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Rachel and Nigel, everyone loves the wild card, and we've never crossed our fingers more,

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because the last property was not to your taste.

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But this one, we're detached,

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we are 1930s build, which I have been led to believe was

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when building materials and builders came together in perfect harmony.

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And we're in a different place. We're in Mapperley, which is about three miles from West Bridgford.

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We're probably on the top end of your 30-minute commute to work.

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But you get a lot more for your money here, and I think - hopefully, fingers crossed...

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Rachel, help us out.

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-What do you think?

-It looks a lot nicer.

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Good. Good. So is this the period we're playing for? Do we like this?

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Yes, yeah.

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-It's not Victorian, but it's still got very high ceilings.

-Yeah.

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It's got more about it, definitely.

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It feels spacious. I don't want to spoil it all, but it feels...

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If we've learnt anything, Nikki and I are kind of confident about this.

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-We were a lot confident earlier on, but not now.

-Yeah.

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-What do you think, Nige?

-I like it a lot. There's a lot of character here.

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The fact that it's a detached property...

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That's more than you hoped for, isn't it?

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-Solidly built. Very interesting. Keen.

-Right, are you ready?

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-Yeah.

-Release yourselves into our wild card. Go.

-Enjoy!

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Well, I don't want to say I'm confident, but...

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I think I am, compared to our two properties.

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-Are you sure?

-I'm very sure!

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Bit of character in that door there.

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Mm.

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-Like the picture rail.

-Yeah, very much.

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A lot more like it.

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-Hallway's nice.

-Definitely.

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Normally when they walk into a hallway, they're like this.

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But the wild card, they're like...that!

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-Think you might have a smile on this one, doll.

-Mm.

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You definitely have.

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Viewers, you can see this. Has she got a smile on her face?

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A very slow nod from the viewers.

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That's impressive, isn't it? Right, OK, I'll trust you.

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Not a bad size. It's reminiscent to where we are before we've knocked through.

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-Ours was like this.

-Mm, quite a small kitchen.

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It is, but sort of functional, isn't it?

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It is small, but it's nice.

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I like that the sink looks out onto the garden.

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Yeah.

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I've always wanted that. I like this so far.

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Did you hear that?

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-Did you hear that?

-I think I heard...

-You heard that?

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-I did.

-You heard that?

-I did.

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Plenty of room for a big dining table...and entertaining.

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They're nice and neatly out the way, aren't they?

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Now, this is interesting. Rachel is taking the lead in the room now,

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normally it's Nigel that speaks first and does most of the talking.

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But Rachel is loving this.

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This does give a lovely light and airy feel to it.

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Climbing frame already, trampoline, playhouse, everything

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we've already got, and still space to probably pass a rugby ball.

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Grow some veg.

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They can now see all their outside equipment for the children in here, because this has a similar amount.

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-Ooh, that's more spacious than I thought it was going to be.

-Yeah!

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'The word "spacious" has just been used.

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'For the first time in the show!'

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-And smiles, I believe, are on their faces.

-Mm-hm.

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-But it's a good size.

-Yeah, it is.

-Good size. And again...

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Bigger than any we've seen, and bigger than at home, as well.

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You've got the height of the old houses, and it's given room for a big window.

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They're working with the space, they're working with the building,

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they're not seeing anything as insurmountable. This is them.

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They're on Via Positiva.

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-OK...boxroom.

-It's not as box as the other two, is it?

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Doesn't seem it, but there's no bed at the moment.

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See? Now, isn't that interesting?

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She's saying it's not as box as the other two.

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It's probably exactly the same size.

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-But she's projecting her positivity towards it.

-That's it.

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-Crikey, look at that for a radiator.

-Wow!

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We've had a "I love it", we've had a "Hmm, this is quite nice,"

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-but now we've got a...

-"Wow!"

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From Nigel. If we get it from Rachel, I will kiss you.

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-On the mouth.

-No!

-I will.

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You could see yourself coming in and it needs stuff doing,

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but it wouldn't take forever, would it?

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So, did you like it?

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Very much so. I liked the other two properties,

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but this certainly, I think, stands head and shoulders above them.

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It's sort of got the qualities, the characteristics.

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It's nice to see Rach smile and not try and have to give her some positives on the way round.

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One of the hard things, which we've kind of glossed over,

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is the fact that you're relocating, which is a hard thing to do anyway,

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so you really want to like the house to make you feel right about doing it.

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So, who goes first?

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I think it's my turn again, isn't it, seeing as I'm 2-0 up?

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Yes. You've won, basically.

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-Did you hear that? I won.

-Yes.

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Yeah, yeah. I can live with that.

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I think...184,950.

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Righty-ho, 184,950, so just a little bit beyond your maximum budget of £180,000.

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-180.

-You're right.

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Well, you're closest. You're not right.

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The actual price is £175,000.

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You're at the point where you have to

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go away and make the biggest decision of your adult lives.

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-Are you keen, capable and ready?

-More than.

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-Head off and we'll see you later on. Good luck.

-Thank you.

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-Thank you.

-There we go!

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I have a feeling, Ed, they're going to choose

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-the wild card.

-Do you really? I wonder where you got that from.

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For all of you watching at home, here's a quick reminder of what we've seen so far.

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So, will it be my choice, a 1950s semi in Ruddington, the house with good flow, according to Rachel?

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To Nigel, it will probably be remembered for being the house

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where Rachel wanted him to get his kit off.

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On the market for 174,950 quid.

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Or will it be my choice, the 1940s semi in Chilwell?

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This house was immaculate inside, and even though I didn't have Rachel on my side, Nigel seemed to like it.

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Could be theirs - or just his - for 175,000.

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And the wild card transported us back a decade, to the 1930s.

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I get the feeling it's a one-horse race today,

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as this property gave them even more than they were expecting.

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Even the price was a nice surprise, at £175,000.

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Man alive, I can't believe we've made it to the test drive in one piece, Nikki.

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And they've chosen the wild card.

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This outdoorsy couple head straight to the back garden.

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Looks like Nigel's going head to head with Rachel in a game of badminton.

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He's a braver man than I am.

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-That's 1-0.

-Yeah. I'm saving it up for the team.

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And again.

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'Hooray, there's the smile we've been waiting for!

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'And what a lovely smile it is.

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'I only wish we'd seen it a little bit sooner.

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'I can feel the tension rising. Can't you, Ed?'

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Getting close...

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'I know, I'm on tenterhooks!'

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So, how did it feel to be in the wild card and to get a sense

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-of what it might be like to move in?

-Very nice, actually, yeah.

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It seems to have all the attributes that we really like.

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Like what? Give me an example.

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The garden. We were out in the garden. Very sunny.

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Y'know, the rooms, homely feel.

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Rach even managed a go on the trampoline, so it was...

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-You big child!

-OK, we're at the point now where

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we need to know the answer. Are we ready?

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Three, two, one. Here it comes.

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To buy or not to buy?

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Like to look into the schools...

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-OK.

-..be comfortable with that.

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And the commute to work, just double-check on that, because it is the centre of Nottingham.

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-But it's definitely, I would say, the character of the house.

-Yeah.

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Other than that, it would be one we'd be looking...

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-To buying?

-..to buy!

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-Oh, yay!

-And so, do you feel a little bit better about the whole idea of the move from Grimsby now,

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knowing you've got a property that is probably a good enough size?

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Yes. For the price, I'm quite pleased, actually.

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So you're a bit closer and happier.

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I thought it might be an impossibility for what I was looking for in a house.

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So, we're going to wander off. And when you do buy, let us know.

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-Yeah!

-Thank you ever so much.

-See you later on. Thank you.

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-Thank you, guys! Bye!

-Bye.

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I'd say that was close.

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It was very close. It was nearly a defeat.

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But I think that's a victory. Or a victory-ish,

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I reckon. If you're out there and you're struggling in a similar way

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to Rachel and Nigel to find the property of your dreams

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or struggling in any other ways house-based,

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then please do not hesitate. They shouldn't hesitate, should they?

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-No. Don't hesitate to get in touch.

-See you soon. Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

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