Sittingbourne To Buy or Not to Buy


Sittingbourne

Property series. Ed Hall and Rani Price meet a pair of house hunters looking for that elusive ideal property in Sittingbourne. Can they produce the goods?


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Help, help, help. Help, help, help.

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What's going on?

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One of today's house hunters is a retired train driver.

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And this is how we find out?!

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Aaargh!

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Ed, thank you so much for saving my life.

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I think you'll find it'll be worth it.

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That's all right, Rani. You'll be thanking me more for that

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and for finding today's house hunters the property of their dreams in Kent.

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Seriously, we're still going to help them find a home

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after what he did to me?

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Yes, he tied you to a train track, Rani,

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but we're in the housing game, OK?

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Don't let a small thing like a man tying you to a train track

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hold you back from doing what you do best, OK? We should still do it.

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Ed, he tied me to a train track.

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Oh, choo, choo(!)

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Go on, of course I'll help Derek and Kathy.

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It's not like he really tied me to a train track.

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-Who would help him find a house then?

-It's a very good point.

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I could have helped but it's not much fun doing it alone.

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Having driven trains for over 30 years,

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Derek's decided to put on the brakes and let off steam.

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Derek and Kathy are keen to downsize and put some cash in reserve.

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But this is a bit of a balancing act. They need a place smaller than their current four-bed home...

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But big enough to stop them going off the rails.

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Please tell me that's the last train reference.

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I hope so. I really hope so.

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Welcome to the show. Derek, former train driver, I'm assuming your train was exactly like this.

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-I'm afraid not, no.

-This is like a busman's holiday for you.

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It is, it is 45 years on the railway and I come to this.

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You worked on the trains for years, but we've put that behind us now

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and that's why we're looking for a new house and a whole new start for you guys.

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Our boys have all grown up, we want to downsize, so that's what we're looking for now.

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-OK, downsizing. How many bedrooms do you have at the moment?

-Four.

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-And we're looking to lose...?

-One.

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-THEY LAUGH

-That's not much of a downsize, is it, really? Come on!

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It's an easy thing to say, "downsize".

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We've tackled many a downsize and you have hit the classic thing

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of not really wanting to downsize much.

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What are the things you can't do without, from having a four-bedroomed house?

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And don't say four bedrooms!

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-Outside space.

-We've looked at flats with big balconies which we don't mind,

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but we really would like a garden.

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Realistically, if you are going to downsize you will have to lose space in your lovely home now.

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When Kath says she'd like three bedrooms, I mean, two good-size bedrooms...

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-Oh!

-Wow!

-Yeah, yeah.

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I want somewhere to put my exercise bike and the computer.

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So a boxroom would be ideal.

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What else could we lose from our home?

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-We could easily lose a dining area, if we had room in the kitchen.

-Kitchen-diner?

-Yeah.

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All right. So styles of property, you are prepared to look at apartments?

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Would you look at houses? Are you still into the idea of houses? Do you want bungalows?

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I don't really want a bungalow.

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Don't want a bungalow.

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OK, you don't have to have a bungalow!

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-You want two floors. You want it to feel like a house, still.

-Yeah.

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-That wouldn't bother me.

-You're the easy one.

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I know. Very easy.

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Derek, he's our man.

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What about areas? You're in Sittingbourne.

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Would you like to stay within Sittingbourne or would you like to move further afield?

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-Within...20 minutes of Sittingbourne.

-20 minutes, half an hour.

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-So if we're needed to baby-sit we could get back to help out...

-Easily.

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-You have grandkids here?

-Yes.

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Are there places you've had a look at and fancy the idea of living in?

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What names have you got?

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Iwade, a nice village, which is expanding.

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How much money have we got?

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-170?

-Yeah.

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170. Would you go any higher, or are we saying 170?

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-180 max.

-I've got you up £10,000!

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-It didn't take much!

-We'd prefer 170.

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170 is comfortable.

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You could look at 180, maybe haggle back. That's the plan.

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Well, that's not bad, is it?

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OK, £180,000. Two-and-a-half bedrooms and a bit of outdoor space.

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It's achievable. Shall we fire this up and head off on the house hunt?

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-I'll go and do it.

-Go on then, Derek. Get down there!

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We're going to get Derek to do this.

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He has never driven one of these before,

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it might take a couple of minutes. We'll see you in a bit.

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Ed, they're downsizing, they want to keep some money in the bank.

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£170,000 would have been enough, why would you push them to 180?

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Because we're very near to London. Very near to London, right?

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£180,000, I think, is reasonable.

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Probably not even enough for a three-bedroom house, what they want.

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A downsize with 170, might be too much of a downsize.

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Rani, I'm concerned.

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You know what? I think I should learn more about this area.

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OK, well I'm going to talk to an estate agent about £180,000.

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Let's go.

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Steeped in history, Sittingbourne started out as a Roman settlement

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and later became an ideal place for those on the Canterbury pilgrimages to stop off for a pint.

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Even Henry V downed a jar or two in the Red Lion after Agincourt.

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But in more modern times the town became famous for its massive paper mill that dominates the skyline.

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Once the biggest producer of newsprint in the world, it sadly printed its last reel in 2007.

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Which has meant industry's declined in Sittingbourne

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and residents tend to commute further afield to places like London for work these days.

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But does the easy one-hour commute to London make Sittingbourne an expensive place to live?

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Hold on to your horses, Rani, we're about to find out.

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But first, what can you get for 180 grand around the rest of the UK?

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In Maidstone, Kent there is this three-bed modern end-of-terrace.

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It has a kitchen-diner, living room

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and good-sized gardens at back and front.

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Up for sale for £180,000.

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Heading ever so slightly closer to the M25,

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there is this three-bed terrace in Gravesend with a lounge,

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diner and kitchen-breakfast room.

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It's on the market for £179,995.

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And inside Greater London you can get this three-bed semi-detached

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complete with kitchen-diner, lounge, garden and patio area,

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all for £175,000.

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So while I find out what Sittingbourne is all about,

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Ed's heading to Kathy's favourite village, Iwade,

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to speak to estate agent Becca.

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Lots of people do downsize to the village

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because it's a nice community.

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You have elderly people, you have families living here.

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In the First World War, Sittingbourne was used

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as a navigation point by German pilots

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to get their bearings into London.

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No need for gas masks these days, though.

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-Derek and Kathy have £180,000.

-Right.

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They kind of want to spend £170,000 ideally.

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To be honest, around here, in their price range,

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easily, they can get a terrace, an end-of-terrace

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and, to be honest, if they go for older properties,

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there is a few older roads in Iwade, where you get more value for money.

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This place is full of good historic pubs and bars.

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As well as Henry V stopping at the Red Lion, Queen Victoria stayed at the Rose Inn.

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If they want something with less work,

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they're better going for a new property

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that's all done for them and they can move straight in.

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And Rod Hull, famous for his work alongside Emu, lived near Sittingbourne.

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It's also rumoured that Sir Bob Geldof is close by too.

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It must be posh then!

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Were you right, do they need £180,000?

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Earlier on I was nervous. I thought they'd need more than £180,000.

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But Rebecca has given me her guarantee.

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She has shaken on it and she says Kathy and Derek will be fine.

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The first property is in Iwade.

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It's a modern house, six years old, wooden frontage. Looks very in-keeping with the area.

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I think this will be the downsize of their dreams.

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Very good. Now, well, I'm keeping them within Sittingbourne,

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a place called Church Milton, not really a downsize at all.

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Loads of space. I think they'll be very happy here.

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Anyway, the wildcard. Everyone loves the wildcard.

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Now the wildcard, we have gone the radical gamble.

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Kathy, she likes the older property.

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So we have gone for a little bit of beauty - there she is.

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Just a picture of the back of the house on the estate agent's details.

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So these are the properties that Rani and myself, are plumping for.

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Where should we start today's journey?

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-Only fair to start at number one.

-My one, the one with a wooden front.

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Property number one is in Kathy's favourite village of Iwade -

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a cute, wooden-fronted and very modern semi-detached in a semi-rural area.

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Just what they asked for.

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You're sounding very confident, Ed.

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And why not, Rani? This IS their new home.

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Kathy and Derek, Derek and Kathy, walk towards a property which I believe is THE property.

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This is what a downsize is all about. It's over there.

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It is the weather-boarded beauty.

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We are in Iwade. I think Iwade was near the top of your list for places.

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-It was one of them, yes.

-What do we think about the house?

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I could be a wimp and ask you first, Derek, about the downsize

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because I think you are easier to please, but I'm brave.

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I'm that confident, I'll go to Kathy.

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Kathy, what do you think about the size and the concept and everything?

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I like it. Yes. I like the fact that

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you can see the greenery out the back.

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It's all-present. So we're good. Derek, of course you love this?

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THEY LAUGH

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I'm not sure about the cladding.

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-That worries me.

-The building is only six years old.

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You have ten years on your buildings' guarantee.

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-Kathy wants a bus stop, Derek wants a pub.

-Sorted.

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THEY LAUGH

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Derek is allowed a pub.

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You've got a coach that goes to London, if you want to do that,

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a train station down the road.

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-So you have everything sorted. Are you happy?

-Very much so.

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-All boxes ticked?

-Yes.

-Three, two, one, into that house.

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Nice garden, Ed, but where's the view of the countryside?

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If you stand up on tippy-toes, that way.

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-How tall do you think I am?

-Not that tall.

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It's a nice-sized kitchen.

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-This is ideal for us, just the two of us, isn't it?

-Perfect.

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-I like the spotlights.

-I think spotlights are a nice thing to have.

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Some people don't like them in kitchens cos you cast a shadow over the area you're chopping.

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-A nice hall as well.

-You like a hallway, don't you?

-I do like a nice hall.

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They do like the hallway.

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Oh, hall, not Hall.

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If they hadn't said "way" that joke would have worked perfectly.

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-This is a nice size.

-It's a good size, isn't it?

-It is, isn't it?

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-I like the patio doors out, as well.

-Yeah.

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The French window. This is ideal for us.

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Big enough to put a few flowers in for Erin to run around in...

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and for me to sit in, of course.

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Hang about. Now I'm inside Kathy's mind. Kathy likes gardening.

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And this would be fine for my bike.

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Yeah, yeah and as an office.

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-Yeah, it's a good size, isn't it?

-The computer there and my bike there would be fine.

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It's a bit tight. I think you'd have to have your bike there, Kath.

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I think the size of that bike is probably going to fill up the whole of that small room.

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It's just going right in the centre.

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-No, it is going on the right-hand.

-Right in the centre.

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-Right in the centre.

-I'm imagining the right-hand corner would be fine.

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-This is even better.

-It is, isn't it?

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Yeah. A little girl's room.

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-THEY LAUGH

-Nice view.

-Keep it like this for Erin.

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-That does look nice up there, doesn't it?

-It is nice, isn't it?

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Bathroom.

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That's nice. Nice and new, isn't it? The shower over the bath.

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That's the only thing. But it's nice.

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Again, it's a good size.

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Yes, there is no window in THAT bathroom,

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but in the en-suite there is a window and in the downstairs toilet there is a window.

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Statistically, there are more windows in washing facilities than there aren't.

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This is a good size, this is...

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Might need another wardrobe.

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That's my wardrobe. I don't know where you are putting your clothes.

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Exactly! I'll be in the other room.

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Oh, they have a shower unit.

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-Beautiful.

-Brilliant! Oh, it's quite a good size as well.

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Oh, this is a real bonus.

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And a window.

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-Rani, do you remember where we are?

-Iwade.

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I think we should now go and play guess the price.

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Very clever that, thank you.

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So, the house as a whole, what do you think?

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-Nice.

-Yeah, very nice.

-Like it. It's the sort of thing we're looking for.

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How much is this property worth, though?

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Ahh! You said your maximum budget was £180,000 at a real push.

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Are you competitive?

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-I hope so.

-Kathy, how much do you think this property is on the market for?

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-£164,950.

-OK.

-How about you, Derek?

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-160.

-160.

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Kathy, you are the closest, but you are a bit underneath the price.

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It is £174,495.

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So what do you think about the price of that, then?

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Yeah, it seems pretty good. I mean, it's what we were looking for.

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Seems like a done deal, Rani.

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I don't think it is a done deal because you still have to see

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-property number two and the wildcard.

-You don't have to!

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-You do have to, I insist. Would you like to see property two?

-Yes.

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-Let's go this way.

-Go on.

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-Come on.

-They don't know which way to go!

-Oh, it's fine.

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While Ed may well have impressed with his quirky little number almost in the country,

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my solid and safe choice

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not a million miles from Derek and Kathy's current home

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is sure to be a winner.

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-Near where they already live?

-Yes, but far enough to be a fresh start, don't you worry, Ed.

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OK, Kathy and Derek, welcome to property number two.

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Now this one is my choice.

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I've brought you to Church Milton, which is just round the corner from Sittingbourne.

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So do you know this area at all?

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-We live just round the corner.

-Just around the corner from where you are.

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Which is perfect! So with that in mind,

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within this estate there is a doctor, a pharmacy, a grocer, a pub,

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which will probably be your local pub now.

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Not giving you a new pub or anything. A bus stop just down the road.

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The great thing about this place, it's got a Residents' Association.

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You pay £3 for the year and that gets a summer barbecue, fireworks display

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and Father Christmas comes to visit. Do you know about this?

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-Yeah, we're members.

-THEY ALL LAUGH

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What does Rani not know about the area?

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-Take a look at the property.

-A pretty property.

-Very nice.

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Does it look like you're downsizing a lot?

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-Does it look spacious?

-No, it does look spacious.

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-Yes, yes.

-Very much so.

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OK, well, go into the house that you're pretty much familiar with -

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it's kind of a smaller version - and see what you think.

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I will be very intrigued.

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Also, do you know about the park that's opening up down there?

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-Yeah.

-They know everything!

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Three, two, one, go in the house.

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-Nice hallway.

-It is a nice hall.

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This is a nice lounge, isn't it?

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-This is just the right size.

-It's got our fireplace as well, perfect.

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-Nearly got our suite as well.

-THEY LAUGH

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Did you hear that? Did you hear that?

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I always say, "Never buy a house based on a sofa,"

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but they are going to buy this based on that sofa.

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-And that fireplace.

-And that fireplace.

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A dining room as well.

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-It is a good size, isn't it?

-It's lovely.

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I like patio doors out to the garden. Very, very nice.

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Now I don't want to blow the programme,

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but we are in the back garden in the afternoon,

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prime sun spot. This is lovely.

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It's scorchio.

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A similar size to the other one.

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-A nice size for us as well.

-Yeah.

-Nice cabinets as well.

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They're mentioning things as they go. They like the cupboards,

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-the kitchen is already done to their taste.

-There is more emotional investment from them here.

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This looks like the smallest room. And it's not bad size, is it?

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This is a good size for us. We would get my exercise bike in quite easily.

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-Computer.

-The computer would sit in the corner there.

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I think this is the second bedroom. It is a good size.

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It is a good size.

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Nicely decorated as well.

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Not too much to do to it, you know?

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-Decoration. I think this is more Derek and Kathy.

-Mm-hm.

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They like all the little touches.

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Bathroom.

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-This is a good size.

-Shower on the taps.

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You'd need to put in an electric shower,

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-but it is good enough for us anyway, the size we want, isn't it?

-Yes.

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Oh, she shouldn't be saying that, "Good enough for us."

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It should be good enough for everyone.

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It should be good enough for the Queen.

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-This is the master bedroom.

-Yes, this is a nice size as well.

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-Wardrobes.

-A double wardrobe there.

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Now this is a proper master bedroom.

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Well, is it? Is it any more proper than my one?

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-It's a good size. They like it.

-Has it got an en suite?

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Ooh, en suite.

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I didn't expect that!

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-It has!

-All right, mine had that as well.

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It's got a window as well. Lovely. This is really nice.

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The other thing I would do there, if possible is put a full one in there.

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Yeah, a double one across there.

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Very good poker faces, Kathy and Derek.

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I have no idea if they like this house more or less than mine.

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I think they probably like my one more.

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-I'm quite a good poker player and I think they definitely like this one more.

-Price will solve it.

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I thought you sounded like you liked it. Am I wrong to think that?

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-No, no, I loved it.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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It's a very nice house, lovely decorated. You wouldn't hardly have to do a thing.

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-Well, you've got lovely neighbours nearby, haven't you?

-They are moving, actually.

-Oh, are they(?)

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Shall we play guess the price then? So, at the moment, Kathy, you're in the lead.

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Now we had £180,000 to spend in guessing the price.

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We didn't really want to spend it all,

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but what do you believe this is on the market for...Derek?

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Well, after the mistake at the last one, I'm going to say 175.

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ED INHALES

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-OK, Kathy?

-£169,500.

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You're not winning this one. It's actually Derek!

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£175, you said. This property is on the market at £180,000.

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-£180,000?!

-Right at the top of your budget,

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but you have to say the finish in there is fantastic.

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-It would want to be, Rani Price!

-It is spacious and it is a lovely area,

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as you know because you have lived here for the last, what, 15 years?

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How does that make you feel?

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See if they're open to an offer.

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-I like it.

-All right. You see?

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There is one more property to go to and it is everyone's favourite.

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It's the wildcard. Are you excited?

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-We are.

-We shall get to it, I believe, this way.

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-This way?

-Come on.

-This way.

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It's that time again, folks, when we test our buyers' patience

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with a property that might be a little left-field, shall we say?

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In today's case, the wildcard might not be so far from what Derek and Kathy have in mind.

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It might look a bit too old for their tastes on the outside.

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But the interior is gorgeous, with the conservatory of Kathy's dreams.

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Kathy and Derek, the wildcard. Everyone loves the wildcard

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and here we are at the wildcard.

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Now we have gone for character.

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Built around the 1900s. We are in Sittingbourne, pretty much nearish to the centre of Sittingbourne.

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So you're near the trains, near the local shops, you have a plethora of pubs.

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What do you think about where we are, the house? What do you reckon?

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I'm going to you, Kathy.

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-I like it.

-You like it?

-This is the sort of house...

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I mean, I like new ones, but I do like this sort of house.

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-So a bit of character is good for you.

-What about you, Derek?

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I prefer new ones, generally.

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I wouldn't normally look at this sort of house.

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You were the easy one! You were supposed to be the easy one, Derek!

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OK, but now you can see it...

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It's not gone anywhere since 1900,

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it's solid

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and you were bothered by the woodwork, not underselling my one,

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but here there is very little to worry about, do you think?

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-No, it's true.

-I've talked you round in seconds!

-You have, actually!

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-So, Kathy, you're excited to go in, aren't you?

-Yes.

-Derek?

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-I do as I'm told.

-Good, because you will have us to answer to as well!

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Three, two, one, into the wildcard.

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-The angry fingers come out again.

-I'm angry!

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I told them about the wildcard being not as popular.

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-It'll be lovely. It'll be fine.

-I

-know that, but they don't.

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Rani, am I wrong to be concerned about the wildcard?

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-Not this one. This one is a winner.

-But they are all winners, really.

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-This one really is a winner.

-But Derek didn't like it!

-He WILL like it.

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-Oh, this is nice.

-It is bigger than what you imagine, isn't it?

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It is, isn't it? Lovely. I really like that.

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-The fireplace is gorgeous.

-I like that, it's really nice.

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I like the fact that it's...

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We could get a three-seater one along here and one armchair.

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And an armchair in there.

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-I think Derek is being wooed by the wildcard.

-Do you think?

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-I think so.

-I think they're impressed with the size.

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They should be, it is a lovely size.

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This is nice - a good-sized dining room as well.

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Yeah, I really like this.

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Well, Kathy has continued her positive journey

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and is digging the house.

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Oh, there is a breakfast area as well.

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I like these units, but I don't like this side.

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-No, I don't mind that.

-Do you?

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Yeah, a nice breakfast area, so you can just sit out here.

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Yeah. I like this.

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-They do like it.

-It is positive.

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Kathy is leading Derek to order, maybe we could possibly read into it that Kathy likes it a lot.

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-Coming into a conservatory.

-My favourite - a conservatory.

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Something we've always wanted, isn't it?

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Plenty of space for Erin to run around as well.

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-They could ramble around this garden!

-They could!

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A little bit of greenery, nice open space for Erin to play in.

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-Quite steep stairs.

-They are, aren't they?

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Steep stairs, Ed?

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Well, I was worried, I was worried about them.

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-A nice bathroom. A Jacuzzi bath and a decent showers as well.

-Yeah.

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-You've got your study now, Kath.

-This is perfect.

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-It would be perfect.

-Plenty of room for my bike.

-Yeah.

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Kathy is going to have to carry her exercise bike up them stairs.

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Kathy ain't! Derek's carrying it up there!

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Oh, this is a good size.

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-Plenty of room for a double bed in here.

-Easily.

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-For if anybody stays.

-And wardrobe space.

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Storage, cupboards in both bedrooms. Fact.

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And a nice big double bedroom.

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Oh, this is a good size, Kath.

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-Oh, I do like this.

-This is massive.

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I've not heard Kathy use that word before, "massive",

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in any room and she said that in this room.

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That's the thing about Victorian houses, they are such good sizes.

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She knows about houses, does Kathy.

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Your Victorian house, it may give a steep stair,

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but it is very generous in the bedroom department.

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It's nicely painted and decorated, which is what I like, no wallpaper.

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This is lovely.

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Listening to you two going around the house,

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not once did I hear you say, "This is tiny, this is definitely downsizing".

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-A lot of space, do you think?

-Yes, pleasantly surprised inside.

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I like the house inside. It's nice.

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-I was just pleased that we managed to get Derek to look at an older property.

-You see!

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He wouldn't even go in the front door of an old property.

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He's realised that it's not as bad as he thought.

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You see, sometimes it requires a full BBC camera crew to do that.

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-Guessing the price. Now where are we? We are neck-and-neck.

-One-all.

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So this is for the winner.

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So we had a maximum budget of £180,000.

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Kathy, what do you think it is on the market for?

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£167,500.

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£167,500. OK. Derek?

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165.

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-Kathy, you're closest. You've won, but you are not that close.

-Oh, right.

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Have the victory of guess the price,

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but the actual price is £184,995 for the house.

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Now it's been on for about a year. Might be open to offers, which is why we showed you.

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-So there we go.

-Over your budget,

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but it's got a lot more space, so it wouldn't have to feel like a complete downsize.

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I know you kind of want to downsize just to save a few pennies.

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You could still do that and keep the space. So that's the upshot.

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You're now at the point where you have to make the biggest decision of your adult lives,

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that being, of course, which one you wish to test drive.

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Don't tell us now, wander off. Have a think about it.

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Maybe go into Sittingbourne and enjoy its many facilities.

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We'll see you later on.

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Go that way and we'll see you later.

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OK. Whilst they do that, here's a quick recap for you at home.

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So will property one with its cute front and location near the country

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be enough to sweep Derek and Kathy away?

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It's for sale on the beautiful price of £174,495.

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Or will the lure of being close to their current property

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see them go for my choice?

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Right up their street - almost -

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it's on the market for 180 grand.

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And then there's the wildcard,

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with its classic exterior and updated interior.

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It's closer to town,

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but there's plenty of amenities on their doorstep.

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It's slightly over Derek and Kathy's budget

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at £184,995.

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Well, would you believe it?

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They've gone for my dream train... I mean home, property number two.

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You cannot be serious!

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It's a stone's throw from where they currently live!

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Well, it was obviously the right side of the tracks

0:25:150:25:18

and look, Kathy's got Derek properly trained.

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He's started measuring up already.

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4 foot, 8 inches. I think you'll find that's standard gauge.

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Are you going loco again, Ed?

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-Oh and look, cribs.

-This isn't MTV, Rani, we are a proper, property show!

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No, they're playing cribs - get with it!

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I can be down with the kids, Rani.

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Anyway, I wouldn't throw all your chips in just yet.

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It looks to me like they're still making up their minds.

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Well, a walk by the gorgeous lake right on the doorstep

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should help them to clear their minds and make them see sense.

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See sense? They can probably see their old home from here.

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I have to say, I'm very pleased you have chosen property number two, MY choice. It was a good choice.

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They were all good choices, but I'm shocked.

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Well, the thing is, it is a completely different area(!)

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How did you find it?

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Was that the draw,

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moving so far away from your current location?

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We both thought it was a really nice pretty house and it suits what we need perfectly, you know.

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-It really does.

-Big question.

-We're here, are you ready for it?

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The audience are waiting. They are intrigued.

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It was the top end of your budget.

0:26:270:26:29

To buy or not to buy on this property?

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Um, it all depends on the sale of our house now.

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If that goes through, then yes, it would be to buy.

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So...

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we will take that as a to buy.

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So that is a to buy and you both agree with that and feel happy with that.

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And was it the £3 residents'fee that swung it for you,

0:26:490:26:52

-to get Father Christmas round?

-That did help!

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