Retford To Buy or Not to Buy


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Property series. Simon O'Brien and Rani Price take to the skies to help a former member of the armed forces and his wife who are looking to downsize in Retford, Nottinghamshire.


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-I love a good market.

-The idea of finding a great bargain...

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You've got to know what you're looking for though.

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Yes, but like our programme here, you get to try before you buy.

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HORN HONKS FAINTLY

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In the market for anything particular, Simon?

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I've always got my eyes peeled, Rani.

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Is there a limit to one's spending?

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Always set yourself a budget and try not to get carried away.

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Yes, and even if it has been reduced,

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it doesn't mean it's any less desirable.

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I tend towards the Victorian or the Georgian, myself.

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-Are you talking houses again?

-Well, that is why we're here.

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-To buy or not to buy.

-Exactly!

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'Let's hope today's house hunters will be saying, "To buy!"'

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'Meet George and Diane Alty, who live in Chippenham in Wiltshire.'

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'They met in Newquay. Diane was working in a hotel for the summer,

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'and George was stationed nearby.

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'After a whirlwind romance, they married in 1980.'

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'George served in the RAF for 15 years,

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'so he and Diane have moved numerous times,

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'and are now ready to downsize and move back up north

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'to be near their loved ones.'

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So tell us the story. Why are you moving?

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Well, it's to be near family, really.

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We've lived away from family ever since we've been married.

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So we just want to get back into that family life.

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Our daughter's left home and got married, so it's time to come back.

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-Downsize... Are you prepared?

-We are.

-We are prepared, yes.

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Yes, it's time.

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-There was confidence in that.

-I'm convinced. We're rattling around the house that we're in,

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so I'm sure we can do it.

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What are we looking at?

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At the moment, do you want a living room, separate kitchen/diner

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or is it eating the tea on the lap kind of business?

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A kitchen/diner would be nice.

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Would prefer not to have a lounge/diner.

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I think I'd be happy to shed the house side

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for a bit more exterior.

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What style of property do you like? Are we modern, are we old?

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-We fancy an older style, don't we?

-We do.

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Maybe '30s, 1930s type of house.

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Yeah, something with a little bit of character.

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George, you've mentioned size of garden. Are you a keen gardener?

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I wouldn't say I'm mad gardening.

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I'm actually thinking of space for vegetables, that sort of stuff.

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-Grow your own.

-And to be able to entertain the family.

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We want them all round.

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-Hobbies...

-Hobbies.

-Do you have any hobbies?

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-I do have hobbies, yes.

-One or two?

-One or two.

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I tend to sort of get really into things

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and then get really into something else,

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-so I tend to collect things.

-Go on, explain!

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I've got a scooter, but it's in pieces.

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Bicycles, I like my cycling. Guitars...

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-How many guitars do you have?

-Three.

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OK, when we're losing this bedroom and the space,

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what about the hobbies? Are we going to get rid of that stuff?

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He's going to have to downsize the hobbies as well.

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I'm going to have to find room for the hobbies. The spare bedroom...

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I see that being used, on a casual basis, as a bedroom,

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and on a major basis as a room for guitars, perhaps.

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Storing scooter parts, guitars...

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Are you townies, or if we found somewhere in a lovely village or in the countryside?

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-Somewhere in a lovely village would be great.

-Or on the edge of town.

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-Yeah, something on the edge of town would be fine. I'm not a particularly in-town person.

-OK.

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-That's not me, and I don't think it's you.

-No.

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-So villagey location if possible.

-Yeah.

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But that all depends on one question, doesn't it, Rani?

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How much money have you been able to collect for us?

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-We're aiming at around £160,000. Max, I think.

-Right, OK.

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-Completely maximum?

-I think so, yeah.

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-Shall we go?

-Let's do it.

-We'll see you later.

-Take care. Bye!

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-Right. 160 grand. I think we can do...

-No, don't say it!

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I know what you're going to say. Do not mention that word.

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-George is willing to get rid of stuff, that's the perfect...

-No!

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Even just thinking about it starts me scratching. I'm stressed. Please!

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-All we've got to do is shrink what they've got already.

-Oh!

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All right, yeah. Yeah, let's call it a house shrink.

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-I'm more comfortable with that. That's easier.

-Don't belittle their search.

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We are in Retford, so I'm going to go and visit the market.

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I guess that leaves me to see what's on the market.

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Retford is a market town indeed,

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having had a weekly market since 1275, and it's still thriving.

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But it's not just the market that holds historic significance here.

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The Old Great North Road was a former haunt of the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

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In medieval times, Sherwood Forest covered land nearby

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so Robin Hood and his Merry Men were never far away.

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The most notable growth period of the town was during the late 18th century,

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largely due to the construction of the Chesterfield Canal in 1788.

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With the canal and the River Idol, Retford became an important trading centre for the area.

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And some of the architecture of the town reflects this new-found Georgian wealth.

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As for green spaces, there's the award-winning Kings' Park right in the heart of town,

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and miles of rolling countryside within minutes from here.

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But what will property cost in other market towns around the country?

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This three-bed thatched end cottage in Alford

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with an abundance of character features could be yours

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for a neat...

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For something newer, there's this brand-new four-bed detached house

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in Bishops Auckland, also yours for a stylish...

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And how about this immaculate three-bed semi in Market Weighton?

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A quality finish, on the market for...

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So, George and Diane, they want character, they want a bit of quirk,

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they want 1930s. Where better to be inspired than an antiques market?

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For £160,000 in Retford, you can get 1930s extended three-bed semis.

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I know Simon doesn't want to mention the D-word, downsizing, but look at this.

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This is total house shrink.

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Retford is a very, very handsome town. It's got a nice feel to it. Is that fair to say?

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It's got a nice feel about it. When I first came here, I felt very much at home straight away.

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Yes, it's got the market square, it's got some nice shops.

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It's got all the architecture that you'd expect of a Georgian market town, really.

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Do you know what kind of style that is? Cos I'm looking for something 1930s-ish.

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-That ain't it...

-That isn't?

-I don't know.

-How about me?

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This is a 1930s person. I could sell her... Free to a good home, if you like.

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-OK, Rani. How have you got on?

-I tell you what, that market, I got myself some right bargains...

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-Never mind that market. What about the local property market?

-Oh, yes, yes, yes.

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I also found some really good areas where we should be looking.

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-And this property, it says on the details, "not to be missed".

-Oh!

-And they are right.

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Now, I don't really think I'm using the D-word here.

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It's not much of a shrink, because I'm still giving them three bedrooms, a really big garden,

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and some beautiful original features, which I think they're going to like.

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-OK, you've done OK there.

-How about you?

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-Well, I think we're kind of singing off the same hymn sheet here.

-Yeah, I think so.

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But I am certainly not down about the size of this property.

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It has everything that George and Diane could possibly want.

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There it is! It's gorgeous, in a great location... How about that?

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Of course, there's the wild card. This is our choice.

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This doesn't look like a downsizing at all. George could probably get himself some new hobbies in this one.

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There's definitely space for it. That's the wild card.

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But shall we start at property one? "Not to be missed."

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'For property one, I have chosen a house

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'in this leafy, desirable location on the edge of town.

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'It has everything George and Diane asked for. Job done!'

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OK, George and Diane, this is property number one.

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-This one is my choice. You said you wanted to be in the Retford area.

-Yeah.

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We're keeping you in this area. This is a beautiful road, a very desirable...

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-You've picked a great road. This is lovely.

-Do you know this road?

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We have been here before, right when we first started looking,

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but there weren't many houses for sale and it's a really nice road.

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-Yeah, it's the area that we like.

-Well, I'm very pleased.

-Don't look surprised!

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Thank the mystery property hunting team. They found this place.

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You said you wanted something quirky, a little bit of character.

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-What are your first impressions? Go on, Diane.

-I love it.

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It's exactly the sort of thing I've got in mind. With the bay windows, driveway,

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space for the car, the street is lovely. I really like it.

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Diane's beaming! Beaming!

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-How about you, George?

-It's very, very nice.

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-Excellent!

-Well, listen... I've got nothing to add to this.

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You love the house, you love the street, you love Rani...

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-I'm going home. There's no point in me being here.

-See you later, Simon. OK, Simon goes home.

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Why don't you take a look inside the property,

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and, fingers crossed, you'll love it as much inside. Go on in.

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-Simon! Simon, come back.

-I wouldn't leave you. Shall we listen in?

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I know they're going to love it.

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-Oh yeah, nice hallway.

-Yeah, I like the hallway.

-Yeah, lovely.

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Yeah. Excellent so far.

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-Lounge... Nice fireplace.

-This is nice, isn't it?

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-Yeah. I like that.

-Yeah. That's a nice feature.

-Nice window as well, letting plenty of light in.

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-It looks like the original windows in there as well.

-That's lovely, the coloured glass.

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It's beautiful.

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I love that bow bay window with the original windows in it.

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-Kitchen and dining room.

-Oh, kitchen/diner,

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which is just what we wanted.

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The kitchen comes out into here, so it's...

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-Is it on two levels?

-Right, so you've got a little...

-Or is it all the same?

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Yeah, this has been extended out.

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-So...

-So it's a narrow galley sort of kitchen,

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-but the extension gives it an extra side.

-Opens it out, yeah.

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That's not actually an extension. It's the old coal shed,

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an outside toilet,

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and they've just knocked through and used it as a kitchen extension.

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-Isn't that clever?

-Very clever.

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-Spacious landing.

-Yeah, it is quite roomy, isn't it?

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-Bathroom, first room. Oh, it's got a separate shower cubicle.

-OK.

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-Yeah, relatively modern.

-It's nicely done out, yeah.

-White suite.

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This is a reasonable-size room, isn't it? Do you think this is the main bedroom?

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-I think it could be.

-Would you have it on the back?

-It looks big enough though.

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-Look at the fireplace.

-Look at the fireplace.

-Love that. I love that colour.

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-The garden's a decent size.

-Oh yeah, it is, yeah. Decking down there.

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I think the trampoline could probably go, and I think there's enough room for a veg patch,

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but I guess we will... Maybe, maybe...

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What's this one?

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-See, this is a good-size room too.

-Gosh, yeah!

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-Lovely bay window.

-This is not a dissimilar size to the rear room, so you've got...

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So you've got a choice there.

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-That is lovely.

-Those tiles are even nicer than the tiles in the back.

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-And what's this?

-Third bedroom.

-Third bedroom!

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-Ah...

-Guitar room! I can see it now.

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DIANE LAUGHS

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-Guitar room.

-Or an office.

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-Or a guitar room.

-Or an office.

-Or a guitar room.

-Maybe both.

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Rani's done well for us here. I think this is a good choice.

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Got a massive garden... Absolutely nothing needs doing.

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-This can't be on budget.

-Stop, stop...

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Come on, George and Diane.

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-Welcome to the garden!

-It's lovely.

-Great house.

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I was thinking the garden could be a place you could entertain the family.

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-Excellent. It's got everything.

-It certainly has.

-Look how happy they are!

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Honestly! I feel we could probably all just go home now, but anyway...

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We're not going to do that, because it could all change, couldn't it?

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Could change, yes.

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Not much of a down... I can't say the word. Say it, Rani.

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-House shrink.

-Downsi... Yeah. But can you afford it?

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-Good question.

-Your budget, £160,000.

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-Who's going to go first?

-He is.

-I'll go first.

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THEY LAUGH

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I think this is slightly over.

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And I think... Looking at the location,

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I think this is about £169,950.

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And I'm going to say £165,500.

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You are bang on the money, George.

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This property is on the market at £169,000.

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-It's something to be proud of, winning "guess the price"...

-It's over budget!

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-But it is over your budget.

-It is, yes.

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-"Yes, but we're going to stretch to that anyway."

-She did great!

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"I got it right! Ten grand over budget."

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-So come on?

-Ah, that's...

-Yeah, it's...

-Not bad, is it?

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-It's not bad at all.

-It's worth thinking about.

-It's in the area.

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-It's in the area. Maybe a little bit of movement on it?

-Maybe a little bit of movement.

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How can I follow this? I'm going to try. I'm going to do my best.

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It's property two. It's this way. Come on!

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'I'm sure I have done well. Property two is in a similar setting,

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'but has a little added extra which will appeal to George and Diane

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'and their desire to entertain their family.'

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OK, Diane and George. Come and see my offering, property number two.

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I'm hoping you're really going to like this part of Retford.

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The reason I say that is cos we're about 200 yards from the house that Rani chose.

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-First impressions?

-Nice.

-Very good property.

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Not dissimilar to the last one, in many ways. Similar era.

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Slightly more updated than the last one, from the looks of it.

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-Well presented on the outside.

-Come on, you!

-It's nice.

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-Never mind that...

-We're not getting the same feel as we got when we were outside property number one?

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Um... Well, I'll wait and see what it's like inside.

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Just one word of warning before you do go in.

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Whereas in Rani's house, it's fair to say it was literally ready to move into,

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here you are going to have to use your imagination in certain areas. Go on!

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-In you go. Enjoy!

-Good luck!

-Thank you.

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Let's see what this one's got to offer.

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-Nice hallway again.

-Oh, we've got another...

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It's similar, isn't it? Similar to the last hallway.

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Just you wait and see this lovely, quiet garden out here.

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That'll win it over for me. No problem at...

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DRILLING

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-Simon?

-Do you ever get the feeling the day just isn't yours?

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-Ah, similar-size lounge to the last one.

-Yeah, that's right.

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-Nice bay window again, lovely and wide.

-Good decorative order as well.

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-Ooh!

-Another good-size room.

-Oh yeah, it is.

-We've got a conservatory as well outside,

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which is an unexpected bonus.

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I think Simon said something about having to look beyond this one.

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I'm not sure what he's talking about, because it's not taking a great deal of looking beyond for me.

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I was only talking cosmetically, and there's no furniture,

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so you need to use your imagination.

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-So this'd be lovely, sit out in here in the evenings.

-Yeah.

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Lovely floor.

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-Into the kitchen.

-Ooh!

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Ah... A kitchen can often make or break a house when you look around it.

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-And this...

-Loads of cupboard space.

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-I wouldn't change anything in here.

-No.

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See? They wouldn't change anything in there, it's gone peaceful out here...

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Oh! Can you feel that sometimes the wind changes

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and things start going your way?

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-It's in such good order.

-It is, yeah. It looks very recently done to me, I have to say.

-It does.

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It's very clean and... Ooh! Yes.

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-Ooh!

-This is very nice.

-Now, this is to my taste.

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-I like this bathroom.

-Yeah, me too. It's good.

-It's very nice.

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I'm impressed.

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Now, the beauty of your property - great kitchen, great bathroom.

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And, you know, that's a big cost.

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-You are changing your tune.

-No, I'm not.

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I've said that from the beginning. I just haven't said it to you.

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THEY CHUCKLE

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-Ooh! Lots of built-in wardrobes.

-Yeah, that's what we can see. That's what they are.

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-Let's have a quick look in the garden again.

-That's a nice view.

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Stretched out over everybody's gardens, so it's not enclosed in.

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Next bedroom.

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-Ooh!

-Ah, right, OK. So this is definitely your master bedroom, isn't it?

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-Yeah, you've got space for wardrobes there.

-The decoration is very good throughout the whole house.

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-OK, bedroom three.

-Oh, we've got another spare room.

-Yeah.

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-Simon's done us proud here, actually.

-I think he has.

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-I'm a little bit surprised.

-I think it's got better and better as we've gone along.

-Yeah.

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-Aha, there we are!

-Hello!

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See? It wasn't so bad, was it?

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It wasn't. It got better and better as it went along.

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-I could hear you really warmed to that place.

-I did.

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Yeah. Lovely bathroom, lovely kitchen,

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the added bonus of the conservatory.

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George, you were positive in the first place,

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but you particularly noticed that there's very little to do here.

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That's correct. I could move in there quite happily.

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-We could move in there quite happily.

-THEY ALL LAUGH

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It is a house you could just move into.

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We've got another "guess the price". Maximum budget, £160,000.

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You are one up at the moment. Who's going to go first?

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-I'll let Diane go first this time.

-Very kind. Go on then, Diane.

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I'm going to go with...

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£162,500.

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Yay. £162,500. How about you, George?

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-I think you've been a bit naughty. I think this is higher.

-Ooh!

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I think this is more up around £175,000.

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£175,000, £162,500...

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-Do you know what? It will go to a tie-break.

-Yes!

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THEY LAUGH

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Di is closest, and you'll be very pleased to know

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there'll be no jumping for joy that we're over budget this time.

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Absolutely on budget, give or take 50 quid.

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It's on for £159,950.

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-Eh?

-Wow.

-Yeah.

-Rubbing your hands together, getting excited!

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-But you know we haven't finished yet.

-No, we've still got the wild card.

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-Yeah.

-And it just keeps getting better and better.

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Come on, here we go!

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'Today's wild card is bringing us closer to the town centre.'

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'Not George and Diane's chosen location.'

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-'But the outside space could be right up their street.'

-'Agreed.'

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This is the wild card, and we hope you are going to really love this one.

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You said you didn't want to be in a town, you wanted to be quite rural,

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so we thought, wild card - put them in the town.

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But it is the other side of Retford.

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-So first impressions?

-Well, it looks interesting.

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-"Interesting!"

-Is that interesting good or bad?

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Diane, what do you think? You're very quiet.

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Yeah, it doesn't quite appeal to me as much as the other two.

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OK. This doesn't grab your attention from the outside,

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-but we know it's going to grab your attention on the inside.

-OK.

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-Looking forward to it.

-I bet you are. Well, there's no need to wait any longer.

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-Get in there and enjoy it!

-We will.

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Right... Let's see what this one's got to offer. Ooh!

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-Long hallway.

-Nice, long hallway.

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OK. Here we go, Rani, we're going to sell them this lifestyle.

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RANI CHOKES WITH LAUGHTER

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-Big room.

-Lounge/diner.

-Wow.

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-That is a large room, isn't it?

-That is quite big, isn't it?

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And really light. You've got the windows at both end.

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-Wow. The garden's big.

-Yeah, you're right.

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-Big patio area...

-Lovely entertaining area.

-It is, yeah.

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Do you think they think that we have gone over budget again?

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-Because we've done it before.

-No, no, no... You've done it before.

-We're a team, Simon.

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No, no... Not when it comes to going over budget on property one, which was your choice.

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-Kitchen.

-Yeah. Not massive.

-It's not massive, is it?

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No, but they've got a little table in here.

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I have to say, it's not really to my taste, the kitchen, but you know...

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-It's big enough. You can move around in it.

-It is. You're right.

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We're getting lots of positives, but I can almost here the "but", can you?

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Nice and light again. Big landing.

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-That's nice.

-So this, I'm taking it then, is the small room.

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Yeah. This must be smallest bedroom. Adequate size.

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-A bedroom. This is a good size, isn't it?

-Yeah, it is.

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-And the view over the back.

-I'm going to check out the view here, cos I think we have a view.

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-Yeah! Wow, you can see for miles!

-Wow!

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Look at the size of the garage as well.

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And it's a detached garage, George, so that could be your guitar room.

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-It could well be the guitar room.

-You could strum away to your heart's content, and no-one could hear you.

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There you go. Diane's sorted out.

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He can have that garage as his guitar room.

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As his guitar/casual room, and this...

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It's not so much a veg plot as a market garden down here.

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Ah. Now, this is the master bedroom, isn't it?

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Two of us. You could have the back bedroom if you wanted.

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-That's true. This could be the guestroom.

-Absolutely right, yeah.

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-This is an interesting access.

-Interesting door, yeah.

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The size is OK. Bit of work needed in here, I think.

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-But the outside space is spot-on, isn't it?

-Absolutely right, yeah.

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Come on! Come and join us!

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I'm a bit confused with this one.

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I'm not sure whether you like it, hate it, love it... What is going on?

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I'm confused. I love the outside space.

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That's perfect.

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I love some aspects of the house, but not all of it.

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So yeah, I'm a bit confused as well, I'm afraid.

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And the garden is fantastic.

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-The views, access to the countryside... And yet, you're close to town.

-Yeah.

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-You're two minutes away from the town centre.

-Does it put you off

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that the rooms were bigger?

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Did you actually think, "I'm going to have to keep all my stuff"?

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-Was that a bad thing?

-He won't declutter if you get this place.

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He's going to get more guitars.

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But at least, he's got a detached garage, and he can go in there.

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But is there enough money in your bank account?

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That's a very good question.

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It's "guess the price" time now.

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I'm enjoying this. You two are so competitive! It's fantastic.

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It's 1-1. This is the decider. Your budget, £160,000.

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Who's going to go first? Di?

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Right. I think it's slightly below.

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And I'm going to go for £155,000.

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-OK.

-I think Diane's right, but I don't think it's too much under.

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I'm going to go for £152,500.

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£152,500 and £155,000.

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The winner of "guess the price" is...

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-Diane.

-Yes!

-The actual price of this property is £159,950.

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Just slightly under your budget.

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-We've got some thinking to do.

-We have.

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Yeah, that's what the wild card does to you.

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We've shown you three very different properties.

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You know what you've got to do.

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Decide which one you'd like to spend more time in.

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-And we'll see you back in a few moments.

-Go and take a stroll.

-OK.

-Good luck!

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-And while they're off doing that...

-Here's a quick recap for you at home.

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I think it was clear to everybody George and Diane loved this property.

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But will the price put them off? I was a little naughty

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and went slightly over budget at...

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"Slightly over?" There'll be no overspending on my watch.

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My choice also appealed to them,

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but was pretty much on the nose as far as the budget goes.

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What about the wild card? The outside space impressed George and Diane

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and fitted their plans for alfresco entertaining. Also on budget at...

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-Here we go again.

-Yeah.

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So, pricey property one was the chosen house, are we surprised?

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I'm not. I think they fell in love with this place straight away

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and couldn't get it out of their heads.

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Judging by those bags of shopping, they must be planning to entertain.

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Ah, yes. Cue the arrival of their daughter Emma and her husband

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and Diane's sister, Linda.

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They better get started if they're going to get through all that food.

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Don't panic, Simon, here they go with the first course.

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-Here you go, folks.

-Excellent.

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Help yourselves.

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George and Diane certainly know how to entertain.

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There's enough juice there for all of us!

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-Cheers, everybody.

-Yeah, cheers!

-Cheers.

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Maybe we should head there quick and help them out! They'll never manage that feast on their own.

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So what are you going to say when they ask the dreaded question, then?

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-Well... I think you're going to have to wait and see.

-Yeah.

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So I hate to say this...

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-You loved Rani's property from the first moment you saw it...

-We did.

-Yeah.

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You've spent a bit more time here now. How does it feel?

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-It feels very, very nice.

-Very comfortable.

-Very comfortable.

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Yeah. Homely.

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-And the family?

-They love it too.

-Really?

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Yes. They really like it.

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-You are really up for this downsizing, aren't you?

-Definitely, yeah.

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I'm glad you said that, because we've got you a little house-warming present.

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There you go.

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-GEORGE AND DIANE LAUGH We just thought...

-Thank you.

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Whether or not you answer the question how we'd like you to answer it,

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-we thought we'd give you a little gift anyway.

-Perfect.

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Whichever house you're downsizing, that's just to get you going.

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OK, here's the question, then.

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To buy or not to buy?

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-To buy.

-To buy.

-Really?

-Yes.

-Fantastic!

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That is brilliant news, because you were really going for property three.

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I was swayed by the exterior of property three, but I really...

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Coming back here, I really love those character features, the feel of the place... It just feels right.

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-It does, doesn't it?

-And even though I did choose a property that was slightly over your budget...

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-Not a problem, you're happy to go with that and work on the haggle?

-Sure, yeah.

-Yes, definitely.

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-Listen, your family is still round there, so go on and enjoy it some more.

-We will.

-That's great.

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It's not quite yours yet, but it will be soon. Go on! See you later.

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-Take care, good luck!

-Thank you, George. Thank you, Diane.

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-What an absolutely gorgeous couple.

-I feel so, so proud!

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-And congratulations to you, Rani.

-Thank you very much.

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