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Property series. Jonnie Irwin and Ed Hall hit the property trail in Bristol.


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-Today on To Buy Or Not To Buy, we're...

-Jonnie...

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ssh! Close your eyes, trust me.

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OK? Imagine you're a young couple with their first house together.

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They're working to a tight budget.

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Open your eyes. What are our chances?

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We're flying! We're kings of the property hunting world.

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-We are.

-Look at us go!

-Scream it out.

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Yeah! We're going to be amazing!

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Whoo-hoo!

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Whoo-hoo-hoo!

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Today we're in the home of such legendary icons as Concorde,

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Banksy the artist, Blackbeard the pirate and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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If you haven't guessed already, we are, of course, in lovely Bristol.

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The ship we are standing on is the SS Great Britain

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and it was built by Brunel in 1843.

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At the time it was the largest ship in the world

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and carried people as far afield as Australia and America.

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But will our property search be plain sailing or will we hit the proverbial iceberg?

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Wait and find out.

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Coming up on To Buy Or Not To Buy, subtlety is definitely not Ed's middle name.

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That house, I would live in there,

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I would move from London to live in that house, it's that nice.

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But there's choppy waters ahead.

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-Hey, I didn't give them a downstairs toilet.

-I did.

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It seems like a bit of a waste of space having a downstairs toilet.

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-This is what's just happened.

-What?

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And today's properties reveal surprises.

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This is absolutely massive, this bedroom, it's way bigger than what we've got at the moment.

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Everything is just double in size.

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And hidden delights.

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Wow!

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Adam and Beth have known each other for years, having first met

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in their native Taunton when they were just teenagers.

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But life is a little more complicated now.

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With busy jobs and a growing frustration with the rental market,

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Adam and Beth would like to take their first tentative steps onto the property ladder.

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But, like a lot of young professional urbanites,

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they want to be right in the thick of all the action.

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They are currently renting in north-east Bristol,

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an area where you'll find lots of trendy bars and boutique shops.

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Which is ideal, as Beth loves, and I mean loves, clothes shopping.

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She's a bit like you there, Jonnie.

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Now, they'd really like to buy around this area, but the question is can they afford it?

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Adam and Beth, welcome aboard the SS Great Britain.

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Now, you've been described as young professional urbanites.

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Look at them, of course they are.

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So, are we looking for an urban property today?

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I think so, yes. It's got to be within central Bristol.

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Beth works in the centre, so bus journey to work has to be short

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so she can have a lie-in.

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Oh, here we go. Is that fair?

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Yeah, I'd say so, yeah.

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-You've known each a long time, haven't you, so you're almost allowed to say this.

-Yeah.

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-How long have you known each other?

-About six or seven years now.

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-How long have you lived with each other?

-Nine months.

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About nine months, not too long.

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-So, nine months, how's it gone?

-It's been fine, hasn't it?

-Yes.

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-But this is the important one, because you're buying a house together now.

-Yes.

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-Are you nervous?

-No, excited.

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Let's go for the property. What's the dream, do you want to be living in flash zippity do-dah,

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pushing buttons and things come out, or what do you want?

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It would be nice, but I think we're after something with a bit more character.

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-Yeah, character.

-Some features in it.

-What period of property?

-Sort of two-bed Victorian terrace.

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-It's a house then, not a flat.

-It's got to be a house. I think the idea is something with outdoor space.

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We need a garden.

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-Why do you need a garden?

-Because we like gardening.

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Growing vegetables and things like that seem to have gone quite well this year.

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What is the thing that's growing the best at the moment?

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-Chillies.

-Chillies, really?

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The tomatoes and French beans are going quite well as well.

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-OK.

-And some little carrots.

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You mention you like to be close to the centre of things. Do you go out a lot?

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Yes, and in the area we're living in, we've got a lot of friends there so it's got to be quite accessible.

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-Got to be easily accessible.

-Accessible to what - Bristol city centre?

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I know Clifton's posh. Would you like to be near there?

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-One day.

-So Clifton is great.

-Yes, but out of reach at the moment.

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-OK, where's within grasp?

-Gloucester Road, which is a road going up the west of Bristol.

-Point.

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-Over there.

-That way.

-Ten minutes.

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-Bishopston area, quite vibrant.

-Lots of bars, shops, boutiquey shops.

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Do you need the old cappuccino factor where you can wander out and get a frothy drink?

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Frothy drink and a fry-up, I think, yeah.

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Have you been looking at the property market, then?

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Yeah, we have sort of casually for the last year or so.

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We haven't been to visit any properties, but we've looked online quite a lot

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and looked at the prices of the different areas in Bristol.

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It's completely depending on your postcode, the price.

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You've worked out the best way of getting what you want is compromising the post code area.

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Yeah, to a certain extent.

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-Minimum bedrooms.

-Two.

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Must be two bedrooms. One to sleep in, one for a walk-in wardrobe for Beth.

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How much of your money, wages, do you spend on clothes?

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110%.

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I think we can just about do it and I've got a sum in my mind of money that I think you need.

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It's better when the budget matches that sum in his mind, isn't it?

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Are you prepared to tell us?

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-I'm sure we can.

-How much money have we got to spend today for your hopefully terraced house?

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£150,000.

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-Now, you had a look on the interweb, on the old tippy tappy.

-Yeah.

-How likely is that?

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It is kind of likely.

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-Likely with compromises.

-I would say achievable with compromises.

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You can barter hard because you can get them right down because you've nothing to sell.

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-Exactly.

-We'd better get a move on, my old mate.

-Why don't you go and we'll sail there.

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-See you later on, thank you very much.

-Port side, port side, oh, starboard, starboard.

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There we go, straight ahead, look.

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So, nice couple. A tough ask today?

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Well, it's interesting you ask me that question in this location.

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We are on Vale Street, reputed to be the steepest

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residential street in the whole of Europe and I believe

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a fitting visual metaphor for what lies ahead of us, today.

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-You mean an uphill struggle?

-It certainly is!

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Very good. It might not be the last we hear about this.

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I'm going to go and find out about the local property market.

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-I'm off to the estate agents, of course.

-I'm glad you said that.

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They're up there,

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-up that big steep hill.

-Excellent.

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-Vale Street, I think it's called.

-All right.

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The steepest residential street in Europe.

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Go on, run those sweets off.

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Is that it?

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He might be a while.

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Bristol is the largest centre for employment, housing and education in the south-west.

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It's a small but beautiful city with a vibrant outlook

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and a rich history.

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Its prosperity has been linked to the sea, but you're more likely to see pleasure cruisers in the harbour

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as the commercial docks have moved from the city centre to nearby Avonmouth which,

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-for the fact finders amongst you, is the busiest port in Britain.

-Good knowledge, Ed.

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Now, Bristol is also ideally located for the commuter.

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Key motorways like the M4, M49 and M5 mean that London, Birmingham and Cardiff are all within easy reach.

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The total of all those motorways added together, for those interested, is 58.

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The city's fortunes prospered in the Georgian era, so it's full of gorgeous 18th-century housing,

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although there are plenty of modern developments too.

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House prices are relatively high, and in some parts of Bristol,

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such as Clifton, they are comparable with London.

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But how far will £150,000 take you in other port locations around the UK?

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This attractive cottage-style corner plot is in Southampton,

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where the Titanic set off on her ill-fated maiden voyage.

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The house itself offers accommodation including

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three bedrooms and a generous but mature garden.

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It's on the market for...

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This old warehouse in Birkenhead has been brilliantly converted into apartments

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which afford views of the River Mersey and Liverpool beyond,

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which is where the Titanic was registered on the famous White Star shipping line.

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It's on the market for...

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Now, with no discernible links to the Titanic whatsoever,

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Glasgow offers high-rise, luxury living

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in the form of this flat in the city's Partick area.

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The 10th floor would allow you to appreciate the old port and the River Clyde below,

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as long as you like heights, that is.

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It's low on the budget however at...

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While Ed's at the estate agents, I thought I'd take to the streets

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and was surprised to find so many properties lying empty.

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Amazingly, there are around a million empty homes in the UK

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and alarmingly around 1.8 million families looking for somewhere to live.

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So, Andy, I've got a young couple.

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I'd say they're mid-twenties, looking for an adorable property.

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They fancy the Clifton area, they kind of know they might not be able to get it

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and they've got £150,000.

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-OK.

-Yeah, by your giggly tone, it's not going to happen.

-No.

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-They want a house as well.

-Right, OK.

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If you wanted a house, two bedrooms in Clifton, with outdoor space for some kind of veg patch

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and potentially a cat in the future, what budget are you talking about in that part of Bristol?

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-In Clifton?

-In Clifton, what do you reckon?

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-How much have they got - £150,000?

-£150,000.

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-Probably another couple of hundred on top of that.

-Really? OK.

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There's a whole myriad of reasons why a property may be lying empty.

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The owners may have died and it's tied up in probate.

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The local authority may have run out of maintenance money

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or simply the owners may be sitting on the property waiting for the market to improve.

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Many people talk about a cappuccino factor.

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Once an area has a cappuccino-based coffee shop, others will come.

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-That's started to happen a bit round here, you say?

-Yes, there's one opened up round here.

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I think it depends on whether the premises are available in that area.

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If they are, that's a good opportunity for people to open coffee shops

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and I think we've found in other parts of Bristol that has helped to improve an area,

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drive people to that area, as you say, the cappuccino factor.

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That's what young, first-time buyers want.

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It can be tricky getting your hands on one of these properties,

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but there are ways you can do your own research.

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If they want something Victorian, this is the area for them.

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Most two beds, some three beds fall underneath £150,000.

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-Really, for three beds?

-Yeah, some three beds.

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And also this is an area of regeneration, so it's exempt for stamp duty up to £150,000 as well.

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You may not find an empty property in an estate agent's window.

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Let's face it, they're not the most appealing.

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But, if you go inside and ask to see their "difficult properties",

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they may have some tucked away in their filing cabinet, like this one.

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Another area you could look is an auction's web site. These are prime candidate for empty properties.

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And finally, speak to your local authority.

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Under the Freedom of Information Act, you can ask them for

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an entire list of empty properties. Most do keep them.

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I wanted to meet you over that side, but I couldn't find a way of getting over that river.

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No, and in 1831, Isambard Kingdom Brunel still didn't have a way over the river

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because they ran of out funding for that bridge.

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Why would you pull the funding on it? It's beautiful!

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I reckon they didn't know how to build it.

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Anyway it was finished in 1864, I think, after Isambard Kingdom Brunel died.

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-So we have a tragedy and a triumph in the same thing.

-Great guy, kids.

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We have triumphs not tragedies today, ladies and gentleman, in the property department.

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My first one, I would say, in the Redfield area, is quite simply the house they will buy.

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I always say it doesn't look much from the outside,

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-but it's brilliant.

-It actually does.

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It really is brilliant. I won't say any more.

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They will buy that, I won't say any more.

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That's worried me a bit.

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-I've gone for the same sort of area.

-That's worried me a lot more.

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Thankfully the picture is slightly out of focus - estate agents, take note,

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get your photos in focus - but it's got the two bedrooms they require.

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It's got the Victorian character, as much as that I don't know,

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but it's a slightly different option.

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Now, everyone loves the wild card. Isambard Kingdom Brunel,

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were he alive today, would probably have that as his favourite property, he would do.

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It is going against the olde worlde style of building and we have gone modern.

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Victorian it is not, garden it has, different area it is in.

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Access to the motorways, the garden, we believe, affords more space

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-for potatoes and, I was trying to think of a clever word.

-Courgettes.

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Courgettes, that was it. So where shall we start the journey?

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I think your one, and then go from there.

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Go downhill from there.

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Redfield is that atypical type of area that is often called bohemian

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by some, and unattractive by the less complimentary.

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What it does mean is that houses are still very affordable

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and this Victorian two bed is an absolute delight.

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I can't wait to see their reaction.

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Adam and Beth and Adam, the weather is rubbish,

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but that is the only thing that will be rubbish today, I promise you.

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Now, Redfield is where we are.

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Redfield, I believe, might be the only sticking point.

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Do you mind Redfield, do you know Redfield, what do you think?

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We have friends that live nearby.

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-It would be a compromise, I think, the area.

-It's not too bad.

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-A compromise is fine.

-OK, Redfield is, as they say, up and coming.

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It's an area that isn't on your dream list, but that house, I would live in there,

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-I would move from London to live in that house, it's that nice.

-OK.

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-It's genuinely lovely.

-That's a start.

-From the outside, do you like the look of it?

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-Exactly what we had in mind.

-I think it's really cute.

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Do you know what the good news is? You get to go inside, get in there in the dry.

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This looks nice, doesn't it?

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-Yeah.

-I like the wooden floors,

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-good feature.

-Looks good.

-Good feature.

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Clearly it was raining far too much out there.

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We don't want our televisual pretty faces being damaged, so we are in a secret part of the house.

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-Any guesses where we are?

-It's the cherry on the top of the cake, let's call it that.

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Oh, look at that fireplace.

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I love the fireplace, original feature.

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The fireplace, ladies and gentlemen, I believe could grace

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a baronial-style hall, it is a phenomenal fireplace,

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it is the reason to spend time in that room, and every room has a feature.

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They've got all the coving on the ceilings as well.

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-That's got really nice Victorian features.

-Yeah, quite cosy.

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-That was a good start.

-Yeah.

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I like the hallway as well.

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Wooden flooring all the way through.

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-Wow!

-And a dining room.

-An actual dining room,

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a separate dining room, that's nice.

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In your front room, you have the fireplace.

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In the dining room, you have acres of little... Oh, it's all there, isn't it?

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And I love this table as well. I love the whole wooden feature thing.

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We'll have to get our own.

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It's not the biggest of dining tables but I would offer them money for that

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because I think it works lovely in there.

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This is quite funky, I like this.

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I like the black.

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This place is full of so many kind of quirky little features.

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-The step as well.

-And it works really nicely.

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The orange would be an acquired taste, but actually I like it.

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-It's funky, isn't it?

-The black and orange really works.

-Yep.

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-Now, the thing is, this kitchen has a definite style to it.

-Orange.

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-But it is a style that can be easily changed.

-Man, I love that kitchen.

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Let's have a look at the garden.

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-That's a nice garden, nice little kind of corner.

-Really enclosed, yeah.

-It's really good.

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OK, still going really well, that's downstairs done, let's go upstairs.

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Let's go upstairs and have a look.

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-Favourite room?

-I love all the rooms but the bathroom is brilliant.

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-Amazing.

-Cast-iron bath. They have spent money on that, it's reclaimed,

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but they've saved money on the tap which is a modern-style tap, but it works with the bath.

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There's our roll-top bath.

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-Wow!

-I love it.

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-Is that a shower?

-Is that a separate shower?

-Shower cubicle.

-Let's look.

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There's nothing in here they don't like.

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Why would I show them a property with something they wouldn't like?

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And a bedroom, a child's bedroom at the moment,

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-but that can easily change.

-This is my walk-in wardrobe.

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You can easily get a bed in there as well, good guest room.

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That must mean the master bedroom's even bigger.

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Nice area hallway and I like the bookcase.

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-Let's pretend it's haunted.

-You want to pretend to be a ghost?

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Can you hear noises?

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-Maybe.

-There's something upstairs.

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Don't know what that could be.

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Have to find out later.

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-And it is a bigger bedroom.

-The master bedroom is huge.

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-Look at the dark floors, I actually quite like it.

-Yeah.

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-And the green's quite funky.

-The green's all right, yeah.

0:18:370:18:40

-I could live with that.

-I can see us in here.

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This is absolutely massive, this bedroom.

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It's way bigger than what we've got at the moment.

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Everything's just double in size.

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When you buy the first property of your dreams, you don't expect to get double the space.

0:18:520:18:56

This is the sort of thing that makes someone think, I never thought I'd live in this area,

0:18:560:19:01

but now I will, I love it here, because we get this - Redfield.

0:19:010:19:04

OK, yeah, I can see us in here.

0:19:040:19:06

-Yeah, I like it.

-Let's explore some more

0:19:060:19:11

-and...let's see what's up there.

-This looks interesting.

0:19:110:19:16

We're going to carry on whispering like David Attenborough.

0:19:160:19:18

That's not whispering, that's talking loudly.

0:19:180:19:21

That's what David Attenborough does - it sounds like a whisper.

0:19:210:19:24

Anyway they are going to come up now, play guess the price

0:19:240:19:27

and there's a panda bear over there, nature's silverback.

0:19:270:19:30

A silverbacked panda bear!

0:19:300:19:34

I'm not sure how you open the thing, but...

0:19:340:19:37

Wow!

0:19:370:19:38

So, we asked for two bedrooms.

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I have delivered you what technically you can't advertise as a bedroom, but it's a third room.

0:19:450:19:50

-It's amazing, isn't it?

-We're very impressed.

0:19:500:19:53

-It's fantastic.

-Is there anything you don't like about it?

0:19:530:19:58

-No, I can't actually...

-Potentially location, which we covered at the beginning.

0:19:580:20:03

I would say this is typically a first-time buyer's location.

0:20:030:20:08

People who live round here tend to be first-time buyers. It smacks of that, really.

0:20:080:20:13

Clifton, where you're aiming towards in the future, if this was in Clifton what price would this be?

0:20:130:20:18

-Pushing half a million, easily pushing half a million.

-Half a million.

0:20:180:20:23

You're getting a great quality of everything here, every room has a feature, there are no faults.

0:20:230:20:27

-It's lovely.

-So, how much do you think it's on the market for?

0:20:270:20:31

I think it's over budget because of the finishings and everything

0:20:310:20:38

and this kind of house is quite sought after, I think.

0:20:380:20:42

So, maybe £165,000, I think.

0:20:420:20:46

-You think I've gone that far into a haggle zone.

-It's happened before.

-It has happened before

0:20:460:20:52

-and I won't say it won't happen again because it might do.

-I was going to say £159,950.

0:20:520:20:58

OK, someone is closest but everyone is going to be happy, which means you've won, Adam.

0:20:580:21:04

-The actual price it's on the market for is £151,950.

-That's surprising.

0:21:040:21:10

It's an intriguing price as well, £151,950.

0:21:100:21:13

But that is the price. What do you think of that price?

0:21:130:21:17

-Pretty much on budget, I'm impressed.

-Yeah.

0:21:170:21:20

That went well, didn't it? You both look very happy.

0:21:200:21:22

It's my shout next, which I'm a bit worried about.

0:21:220:21:24

So, property number two, let's go.

0:21:240:21:26

Redfield is very boho and I love it.

0:21:310:21:34

So, for property two we're going to stay in the area.

0:21:340:21:37

Now, admittedly Ed's house was a strong one, but this place,

0:21:370:21:40

set on a small, quiet street, should have them all of a quiver.

0:21:400:21:44

So, property number two.

0:21:440:21:47

Still in Redfield, about a mile down the road from Ed's place.

0:21:470:21:50

The house itself, similar period, it's got a rendered facade

0:21:500:21:54

so it doesn't look as beautiful as Ed's house. What do you think of it?

0:21:540:21:58

-Plain.

-Plain.

0:21:580:22:00

OK, listen, go into this house, be open minded, you've already found a house you love,

0:22:000:22:05

so it's important you keep in mind alternatives.

0:22:050:22:07

-This is a good exercise for you because you've never bought a house before.

-No.

0:22:070:22:11

-You've never had any viewings before.

-No.

-Even though you've seen a fantastic house first off,

0:22:110:22:17

-you shouldn't fall in love with the first thing you see.

-It is nice, that's why Jonnie's picked it.

0:22:170:22:21

-Let me know why I picked it when you go inside.

-Go, enjoy, enjoy.

0:22:210:22:27

Nice light area, isn't it?

0:22:320:22:34

Nice modern feel, good entrance.

0:22:340:22:38

Nicer than it looked from the outside.

0:22:380:22:42

Let's have a look in the front room.

0:22:420:22:45

I like this.

0:22:450:22:48

Nice open area.

0:22:480:22:50

Good size, good shape. Strange wall paper but we can...

0:22:500:22:55

do something about that.

0:22:550:22:56

-I like the coving.

-Coving's good.

-And the finishing as well,

0:22:560:23:00

-it's finished off really nicely in here.

-Nice wooden floors again.

0:23:000:23:05

Not too bad to start.

0:23:050:23:07

-Light and airy.

-OK.

0:23:070:23:08

So, first room, I think it went quite well.

0:23:080:23:11

I love that wallpaper. I wish they had mentioned more about that, I dig that wallpaper, a lot. I do.

0:23:110:23:16

-Oh.

-This is nice and open plan.

-Nice and light, clean.

0:23:170:23:22

And you've got your kitchen and your dining room together.

0:23:220:23:26

-Yeah.

-So, if you're entertaining.

0:23:260:23:30

-Not as much work surface space or storage space with the kitchen as the last one.

-No.

0:23:300:23:35

-It's not orange.

-No, it's not orange.

0:23:350:23:37

It's got more of a traditional feel where the last one was a bit funky,

0:23:370:23:43

so there's a different feeling.

0:23:430:23:45

The last one you had your separate dining room as well which was probably an advantage, I think.

0:23:450:23:49

-I think so.

-Although that area is nice maybe if you were entertaining.

0:23:490:23:54

I still like the idea of that separate room.

0:23:540:23:56

Bigger kitchen than the last one as well. What's through here?

0:23:560:23:59

Let's have a look through here.

0:23:590:24:00

Oh, just a downstairs toilet, which is good enough.

0:24:030:24:07

-Hey, I didn't give them a downstairs toilet.

-I did.

0:24:070:24:10

It seems like a bit of a waste of space having a downstairs toilet.

0:24:100:24:14

-This is what's just happened.

-What?

0:24:140:24:17

Well, listen, the customer is always right.

0:24:170:24:20

At the moment you give them a downstairs toilet and it's a waste of space.

0:24:200:24:24

Into the bathroom, I think, yeah. OK.

0:24:240:24:28

What do you think?

0:24:300:24:32

-Clean, nice, nicely done.

-Nice tiles on the walls.

0:24:320:24:37

-Smaller than last time.

-Got the shower over the bath though.

0:24:370:24:41

So you've got that all in one.

0:24:410:24:42

That's fine, yeah. OK.

0:24:420:24:46

Bedroom, or walk-in wardrobe, whichever way you want to think about it.

0:24:460:24:52

-Nice size actually.

-Good size, probably similar size to the last one.

0:24:520:24:56

That's a very generous size second bedroom.

0:24:560:24:59

-It is very generous.

-Room for a double bed or, room for lots of clothes.

0:24:590:25:03

-Got a small courtyard garden.

-Small.

0:25:040:25:07

You're overlooking other people as well, but that's terrace houses, isn't it?

0:25:070:25:12

That's what comes with the property.

0:25:120:25:14

-It's a good-sized spare room.

-Yeah, good-size room.

0:25:140:25:18

And through into the master bedroom.

0:25:180:25:21

Another big-size room. That's good,

0:25:210:25:25

-really good.

-Good size, yeah.

0:25:250:25:27

Still got that sort of neutral feel running through the whole house.

0:25:270:25:32

There's got to be something going for this one, maybe it's the price.

0:25:320:25:36

Shall we go and find out what the price is?

0:25:360:25:39

Let's go and find the guys and see what they say.

0:25:390:25:42

-So, Beth, Adam, I heard quite a few positive things.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:25:440:25:50

How's it holding up against Ed's?

0:25:500:25:52

-It's not the first one, is it?

-No, it's not the first one.

0:25:520:25:54

If we'd seen it first, there would have been more positives come out.

0:25:540:25:59

The fact that we've seen the first one and we're comparing it to that.

0:25:590:26:02

Do you have a favourite room? Let's focus on some positives.

0:26:020:26:05

-I like this room.

-OK.

-I like...

0:26:050:26:08

Beth doesn't.

0:26:080:26:10

-I like the bedrooms cos they're quite...

-There we go then.

0:26:100:26:14

So between us we nearly like the whole house.

0:26:140:26:17

It's all right if you don't actually dig this one,

0:26:170:26:20

but we're trying to get to the bottom of what it is you don't dig.

0:26:200:26:23

So, what would you like to see next? Just humour us.

0:26:230:26:27

-I would say location is the key thing that can be improved on with both properties.

-OK.

0:26:270:26:32

-Which means you might have to compromise on all that...

-On other things. Yeah.

0:26:320:26:37

If this was in the location that we really want to move to,

0:26:370:26:41

then we would probably be level pegging between the two.

0:26:410:26:45

We've got a maximum budget of £150,000.

0:26:450:26:47

We factored some haggle room in there.

0:26:470:26:50

We're definitely under budget this time and I'm going to say £137,450.

0:26:500:26:57

-Intriguing price.

-450?

0:26:570:26:59

OK, Beth.

0:26:590:27:02

I'm probably going to go for about £145,000.

0:27:020:27:05

-You think it's a lot better than that?

-Yeah.

0:27:050:27:08

It's been done to a nice standard.

0:27:080:27:11

It has, hasn't it? It's an entertaining house.

0:27:110:27:14

Well, Adam, he's very good, he's very good.

0:27:140:27:16

Oh, no, don't tell me that.

0:27:160:27:18

£137,950.

0:27:180:27:20

£137,950, why did I say four?

0:27:200:27:22

It was strange, to be honest, but a very good guess. Well done.

0:27:220:27:27

-Shall we go to the wild card?

-I think so.

-Let's do it.

0:27:270:27:31

-After you, go on.

-Lovely, thank you.

0:27:310:27:33

So, they wanted a Victorian stone-fronted building.

0:27:360:27:40

Well, this is a modern house set on a development.

0:27:400:27:43

For the wild card we've come to Brentry.

0:27:430:27:45

It's not one of the better known areas of Bristol

0:27:450:27:48

but it's popular for those seeking an easy commute - take note, Adam.

0:27:480:27:52

His job means he needs access to the motorway and this place is a mere five minutes from said highway.

0:27:520:27:57

Adam and Beth, the sun has come out

0:27:570:27:59

because even the weather has a favourite part of the show, and it's now, the wild card.

0:27:590:28:03

Now, welcome to Brentry.

0:28:030:28:06

-Ever been here before?

-No.

0:28:060:28:08

-Driven through it.

-Funny you should drive through it because it has fantastic access to the motorway.

0:28:080:28:13

It's less up and coming than the area we've been in before.

0:28:130:28:18

But by no means been and gone.

0:28:180:28:19

-It's here and now.

-Yes, we're in it right now. Deal with it.

0:28:190:28:23

And why do think we've shown you a modern one? Because... we're crafty like that.

0:28:230:28:29

So, modern, it's here, it's happening, it's the one on the end.

0:28:290:28:33

What do you think about it?

0:28:330:28:34

-It's OK.

-It's a quiet area, looks fine.

0:28:340:28:39

Adam, you're a driving man, are you not?

0:28:390:28:41

-I am, yes.

-You've got off-street car parking here, tandem style.

0:28:410:28:44

-Feel safe putting my car there, yeah.

-Feel safe here.

-Nice and safe.

0:28:440:28:49

So, commuting to work, bus routes, it's going to take a little bit more time than the other properties.

0:28:490:28:54

-Is that a problem?

-Not too bad.

0:28:540:28:57

Not too bad, OK.

0:28:570:28:59

It's great for me.

0:28:590:29:01

It's fine for you, as long as they're on time.

0:29:010:29:03

And the idea of modern doesn't put you off too much.

0:29:030:29:06

-Not too much.

-As long as there's some sort of character.

-Okey-cokey.

0:29:060:29:10

There's not a lot else you can say about the outside in terms of judging the book by its cover.

0:29:100:29:14

This is what some might describe as a practical option.

0:29:140:29:18

Any character I would say is on your toes.

0:29:180:29:20

You might want to put the character in this property. There is space to do that in a contemporary style.

0:29:200:29:24

-OK, are you ready and revved?

-We are, I think, yeah.

0:29:240:29:27

-Three, two, one, enter the modern world.

-Yay!

0:29:270:29:30

Right, here we go, character on your toes, it's a new phrase, I like it.

0:29:300:29:34

-It's a property term, very specific, come on, follow me.

-OK, on my toes.

0:29:340:29:39

Oh, straight into a big space. Oh, quite a nice little lounge.

0:29:420:29:46

Oh, this is interesting walking straight into the living room.

0:29:460:29:52

Quite a fresh feel, I like it.

0:29:520:29:54

It's OK, a little bit kind of small,

0:29:540:29:56

but you can get all your bits and bobs in here, I think.

0:29:560:30:01

Well, the living room, it is being greeted with joy and concern.

0:30:010:30:05

Everything's with joy and concern.

0:30:050:30:07

They are descriptive as a couple, I would say. They say what they see.

0:30:070:30:10

It's nice, you get all the light coming in from the garden.

0:30:100:30:14

-Yeah, and I like the idea of the doors going out into the garden.

-Have it opened up.

0:30:140:30:19

-Quite a nice little space, I like it.

-Yeah.

0:30:190:30:22

The only problem is, if that's the dining kind of area.

0:30:220:30:26

-You're not going to have a dinner party there, are you?

-No.

0:30:260:30:29

-Dinner parties, I would say, would be cosy.

-Would be cosy.

0:30:290:30:32

But you could repair to the sofa quite easily from the dinner party.

0:30:320:30:36

You could use the sofa as part of your dinner party.

0:30:360:30:38

-OK, limited space.

-Quite little,

0:30:400:30:43

but maybe could knock that wall through,

0:30:430:30:47

-make it a bit more open.

-Maybe, yeah.

0:30:470:30:50

If they knock down all the walls they're going to do, the top would become the bottom,

0:30:500:30:55

because it needs some of them, it really does.

0:30:550:30:57

-It's called support, isn't it?

-It would become a bungalow.

0:30:570:31:00

-That's the thing with these modern properties.

-You don't get as much space in the kitchen, yeah,

0:31:000:31:07

but it's all kind of tidy and clean.

0:31:070:31:11

-Everything's modern looking.

-No need to do anything to it.

0:31:110:31:14

-OK, that looks like downstairs is done, shall we go and have a look upstairs?

-Yeah.

0:31:140:31:19

Now, who is the person that's shown them technically three bedrooms today?

0:31:230:31:28

Put your hands up if you've done that.

0:31:280:31:30

Doesn't get any bigger upstairs.

0:31:300:31:32

Oh, it's quite a nice shaped, size room.

0:31:320:31:35

Yeah, quite small, though, wouldn't really get...

0:31:350:31:39

-My clothes, let alone yours. There's built-in wardrobes here.

-This is quite good.

0:31:390:31:44

-I'm guessing they're wardrobes.

-Built-in wardrobes.

0:31:440:31:48

And it's quite an airy feel as well.

0:31:480:31:50

Looking out onto the garden, which isn't too bad. A bit small.

0:31:500:31:56

-A bit small.

-Small, mm.

0:31:560:31:58

-And through into what is another...

-Second bedroom.

0:31:580:32:03

-Similar size.

-A little bit smaller.

0:32:030:32:06

Again lacking character and space.

0:32:060:32:08

Yeah, still get my clothes in here.

0:32:080:32:11

-Without a bed.

-Without a bed.

0:32:110:32:14

You could get a single bed in here.

0:32:140:32:17

It's not too small, but...

0:32:170:32:20

It's all right as a spare room.

0:32:200:32:22

As a spare room it's still a bit too small, isn't it, for us?

0:32:220:32:28

-Small and neutral and plain, which isn't us, I don't think.

-No. OK.

0:32:280:32:34

Oh, my goodness, this is awash with mmms, oohs, not too bads and small.

0:32:340:32:42

Let's have look through into...

0:32:420:32:44

What I'm guessing is a bathroom.

0:32:440:32:46

OK.

0:32:460:32:49

Couldn't quite swing a cat in here.

0:32:490:32:51

And we will have a cat, not that we'll want to swing it.

0:32:510:32:56

Needs to be redone, I think.

0:32:560:32:59

Not sure green's our colour, colour in a bathroom. But yeah...

0:32:590:33:05

Same sort of feel throughout the house.

0:33:050:33:07

Quite small.

0:33:070:33:09

OK, quite nice sort of airy feeling throughout the house.

0:33:090:33:13

Light and airy bedrooms, everything's clean and tidy.

0:33:130:33:16

-Ideal first-time buyer's house, but a little bit too small for us.

-Whether it's us or not.

0:33:160:33:22

Well, it is ideal for first-time buyers. And what are you, Adam and Beth?

0:33:220:33:25

First-time buyers, and that is the worst kind of praise.

0:33:250:33:28

It would be ideal for first-time buyers that aren't us.

0:33:280:33:31

-Shall we go convince them otherwise?

-I'll have a go.

-We'll try.

0:33:310:33:34

So, Beth and Adam, my favourite comment of the lot was,

0:33:370:33:39

"It would be an ideal house for a first-time buyer." You ARE first-time buyers, but somehow...

0:33:390:33:45

You like it, but it doesn't set your world on fire.

0:33:450:33:48

-No.

-It doesn't make me go wow.

0:33:480:33:51

On the ground floor you were quite positive.

0:33:510:33:54

It's a big small living room you said at one point which confused us a little bit.

0:33:540:33:59

But, by the time you got upstairs you were a bit more, not dismissive, but deflated.

0:33:590:34:03

I think we were hoping there was a little bit more to it and there wasn't.

0:34:030:34:07

It's dinkier because we are in a nicer area.

0:34:070:34:10

Even though you've not been in this area, this is a bit posher here.

0:34:100:34:13

-More established. A bit like the garden, what about this garden?

-Nice.

-I love the garden.

0:34:130:34:19

-It's guess the price time, which is a very exciting part of the show.

-Normally it's exciting.

0:34:190:34:24

It's normally exciting when it hasn't already been lost.

0:34:240:34:27

You've almost ruined it, Adam, but you're playing for pride here.

0:34:270:34:30

So it's 2-0 at the moment in Adam's favour. Who wants to go first, Beth?

0:34:300:34:34

-You can.

-OK, I think we're under budget again.

0:34:340:34:40

-I'm going to go £144,950.

-Right, interesting.

0:34:400:34:45

-He's so confident, isn't he?

-Yes.

-Beth.

0:34:450:34:47

I'm going to go for £147,000.

0:34:470:34:51

£147,000. £144,950 and £147,000.

0:34:510:34:56

The winner of this, but the overall loser, is you Beth, you are closest.

0:34:560:35:02

So, the actual price £159,950.

0:35:020:35:05

-Oh, my gosh.

-Access to the motorway, off-street parking, nothing to do, big garden, people like it.

0:35:050:35:11

So, there we go, knowing the price, I don't think it's helped you in any way.

0:35:110:35:15

-No.

-It's going the opposite way.

-It may have helped us!

0:35:150:35:18

It's helped you form a decision but you have to make the biggest decision of your adult lives

0:35:180:35:22

as to which one you wish to test drive. Are you excited about that?

0:35:220:35:25

-I think so, yeah.

-OK, maybe wander off over there and think about it and we will see you later on.

0:35:250:35:30

-I know where you're putting your money for this.

-I know where the viewers will as well.

0:35:300:35:34

Having said that, let's remind ourselves of all three properties, why don't we do just that?

0:35:340:35:39

We should do that and then see why mine's the best.

0:35:390:35:41

I have never been so confident about a property before.

0:35:410:35:45

Property one may not be in their desired postcode

0:35:450:35:48

but it has everything that Adam and Beth want

0:35:480:35:51

less the extra couple of hundred grand they'd need for Clifton.

0:35:510:35:53

It's a great price, that price being £151,950.

0:35:530:35:57

OK, so I'm up against it, but on any other day, property two would be a perfect first-time buyer's house.

0:36:000:36:06

Beautifully looked after and offering generous room sizes and a quiet street location.

0:36:060:36:11

It was also way under their budget. Still surely in the running at...

0:36:110:36:15

I'm not sure we'll change their minds about wanting a Victorian house with the wild card

0:36:180:36:22

but Adam and Beth did like the look of Brentry as an area.

0:36:220:36:25

The house itself was perfectly presented and had arguably the best garden.

0:36:250:36:30

Room for negotiation, the price...

0:36:300:36:33

Well, look at this, surprise, surprise, here we are

0:36:410:36:44

in the back garden of property number one, Ed's choice.

0:36:440:36:47

Thank you very much.

0:36:470:36:49

For those that didn't know, why was this the best?

0:36:490:36:51

-I'd say...

-It had everything going for it that we wanted.

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Space and character were the key things, and price within the budget.

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It was phenomenal, wasn't it? Now, this is the bit that could put the hammer to it.

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-Why are we here in the back garden, Ed?

-This is very intriguing.

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We have had our To Buy Or Not To Buy surveyor come and give the house a thorough looking over.

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It's not legally binding so if you did wish to purchase it, you should get your own survey.

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-Do you want to know the bad news?

-Fire away.

-Here it comes.

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Well, maybe not bad news, maybe negotiation ammunition.

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Now, big feature of this house, we hid up there. The loft.

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Even the estate agent particulars don't describe it as a bedroom, or even a further bedroom.

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Now, the fall of those stairs is very, very steep

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which suggests it may or may not comply with building regs.

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There's also no fire alarms in the house to alert anybody staying on that top floor

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whether there might be something cooking down below.

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So, what you need to do is get hold of the local authority

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and check that it's got a certificate of regularisation, or a certificate of completion.

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Don't fear it. As he says, negotiation point.

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The other thing, which is why we are out the back here.

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Look at the back of the property. It's pebbledash rendered.

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You can see it cracking mainly at the back portion of the property there.

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That could be to do with the render,

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-it could be to do with the brick, it could be to do with many factors.

-Why might that have happened?

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Well, weather is one of the things.

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If it needs replacing, it might be a few thousand pounds.

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-You knock a few thousand pounds off the completion price.

-Pay that way.

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Are you still prepared to go in there and give that the drive of its life?

0:38:290:38:34

-Yeah.

-Oh, yeah.

-We're looking forward to it.

-All right, go get your shopping bags and do it.

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It's a nice garden. Having said that, another feature of this house and the area,

0:38:390:38:44

-I spied a fish and chip shop.

-Have you?

-Battered sausage?

-It does.

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When Beth shops, she really shops, look how many bags she's got.

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-Oh, she looks a bit sheepish.

-What have I told you about shopping?

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Did I mention I love that kitchen?

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Yeah, something about the black and orange.

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Matches my favourite outfit you know, it's very funky.

0:39:120:39:15

-Fancy a cuppa?

-Yeah, go for it.

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Wherever the kettle is.

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Just over there.

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Right, whilst you make the tea, I think I'm going to try some of my new clothes on.

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You can tell me what you think.

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-I will give you my... honest opinion.

-Yes, please do.

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Well, Adam will just wait,

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and wait and wait.

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Ooh, here we go.

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Stone me, it's like a catwalk in Milan.

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Yeah, in Redfield.

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Oh, hello.

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He's not sure about that one, is he?

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Or that one.

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Oh, yes, I think we've found a winner there.

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Look at his lovely face.

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They were all right, yeah, a couple of them but if we're

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going to be buying a house, you can't go out buying four or five dresses.

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Can I at least keep three then?

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Three. Maybe two, we'll see.

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OK, well, I think we can compromise with two.

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-Which ones did you like the best?

-The first one and the last one.

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OK, that's fine. I have to agree with you on that one.

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And then we can save some money for the house.

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We're sat here. I think we all look at home here.

0:40:460:40:49

I earlier stated I would like to buy this house, if I was indeed going to move to Bristol.

0:40:490:40:53

This looks great. Do you feel at home here?

0:40:530:40:56

Yeah, very homely.

0:40:560:40:58

And the beauty of this, which I cleverly spotted,

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this stays if you buy it, this stays if you buy it and that up there stays as well.

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You've only got to buy a table yourselves.

0:41:040:41:07

-It suits you.

-You wear it well.

0:41:070:41:10

Now, the test drive.

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How was it? Ed would look adorable in those clothes.

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I know I would look adorable, I sneaked into them earlier on but that is between me and myself.

0:41:150:41:20

Could it take a fashion show do you think on a regular basis, this house?

0:41:200:41:24

-I think it would have to.

-I think so, yeah.

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Could it take the amount of clothes that you've got because that is one of the major things?

0:41:270:41:31

-I think it could.

-Definitely.

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Big question coming your way, Beth and Adam, To Buy Or Not To Buy?

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-What do you think?

-BOTH: To buy.

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Hurray! Yes!

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You should buy it.

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Obviously do all the bits and bobs, get your survey done everything else.

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See those points earlier on as negotiation. This is a cracker.

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It's put it into perspective what we can and can't get and this is pretty much perfect.

0:41:540:41:59

I'll take that as a thank you for showing you property number two.

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It's OK, not a problem, here to help.

0:42:020:42:04

You put the perspective across.

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-Yes.

-So, if anyone was looking for a house,

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do you think that we have surpassed your expectations?

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-I would think about recommending you.

-I think you have.

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You'd think about recommending us, praise indeed.

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We're out there, if you do buy this and we want you to, can we come back?

0:42:200:42:24

-Of course you can.

-Yes.

-See you soon.

-Thank you. Bye!

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