Glossop To Buy or Not to Buy


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Property series. The most specific budget ever comes to town as Ed Hall and Jonnie Irwin seek a home in Glossop.


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Good morning. Jonnie and I are doing what we normally do

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-at around 11 o'clock every day.

-Oh, yes! The old grocery-shop!

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We're not shopping. Even though we are shopping,

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we're not actually shopping today. We are looking for a property

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-for two gorgeous people.

-And not just any property.

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Three very different properties, only one of which they get...

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To try before they buy.

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-Tarts!

-What? Where? Ah.

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-Tarts! Ooh, they are lovely. Let's get them!

-Come on.

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Ed, I think sometimes To Buy Or Not To Buy

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is very much like an online supermarket.

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Like a what? Like an online supermarket?

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Go with me on this one. We get a shopping list from the house-hunters

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of all of their property requirements.

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I suppose so. In a tenuous way, you're kind of right.

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On the list we could have an en suite, a kitchen/diner,

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or even my favourite, a double garage.

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Oh, yes, chicken. And then we get said property list,

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shop around for all the bargains and best deals on the market,

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and deliver that to the house-hunters.

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I wonder, though, Jonnie, what is on today's shopping list?

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-It's all about the R-word, Ed.

-Oh, riverside property?

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I've got my swimming trunks in the car.

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No, no. Put your costume back in the motor.

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It's about relocation, Ed. Why don't you pop off and find the body oil?

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You know you love that stuff.

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Coming up on To Buy Or Not To Buy,

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today's buyers don't mince their words

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when it comes to the in-laws.

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Could definitely get a double bed in here.

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Just about, I would think, yeah.

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-Would we really want your parents to come and stay?

-Oof!

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My property means the neighbours might get more than they bargained for.

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It is a bit of a matchbox, isn't it, by the looks of it?

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And maybe a bit overlooked from the other side.

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Yes. No topless sunbathing, anyway!

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She's given us cakes!

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When all else fails, there's only one thing to do.

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Try sending us cakes, because we will eat them

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-and put them on the screen.

-This is the best day of my life!

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Relocating today are Simon and Claire Stanley.

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They've been married just over two years,

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and been living in Bristol, but with our help,

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that's all about to change, we hope.

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Simon works for a major supermarket chain,

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and out of the blue, got offered a promotion,

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an offer that both he and Claire simply couldn't refuse.

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The only catch is, Simon's new position is in central Manchester.

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They have to find the right house in the right place,

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maybe close to the right school for the future.

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Sounds like a tall order, Jonnie!

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Simon and Claire, we are stood in a supermarket, aren't we?

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-Yes.

-For many reasons, which we can touch on...

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-Congratulations. You just got a promotion.

-Yes.

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I was working in Bristol for Somerfield,

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and they've paid for us to come up here.

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Paid to relocate! This is obviously a very important -

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-He's a high flyer.

-A king of industry.

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I believe you are the man... Don't think I'm being rude.

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-You are the man who's responsible for BOGOFs, aren't you?

-I am.

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So it doesn't seem so rude, explain what one is.

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-A "buy one, get one free" deal.

-You work in central Manchester.

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-Why Glossop?

-It's just a bit of a haven

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away from the city life. We want the party life in Manchester,

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but at the end of the day, close the door on it, sit round the log fire

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-and just relax.

-Best of both worlds, is it?

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Yeah. We have the enjoyment of being in the vibrant city during the day.

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If we want to go for a drink after work we can,

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and then come back to the country and enjoy the atmosphere

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-and the rural lifestyle.

-Claire, while Simon's working hard

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-in his new job, you've relocated with him.

-Yeah.

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-Have you got a job sorted out here?

-Yeah. I refused to move till I did.

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-I was quite lucky.

-Fair enough!

-Are you happy about this?

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-Because it's been thrust upon you.

-It's a big move,

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and my whole family lives in Bristol,

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but there are benefits to moving away from your family, so...

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Sounds like a learnt script, and you're doing it well. As it's a big move,

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you need to make the property as lovely as possible

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so Manchester feels like home. So...

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I have, within the theme of the place,

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got a shopping list here, but it is empty at the moment,

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and needs your requirements upon it. Jonnie, have you put any effort in?

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-I have, but it's all in my mind.

-Really?

-Just like my homework.

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OK. Right, then, Jonnie, ask for specifics, please.

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OK. First of all let's look at location.

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You say you want to live semi-rural.

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How far away from Glossop can we spread?

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It doesn't matter how far away from Glossop.

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We just want to be within walking distance of a train station.

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-Oh, any train station. Public transport is a must.

-Yes.

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-Within half a mile?

-Yes.

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-Get that down, Ed.

-Vis-a-vis...

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-Vis-a-vis...

-Train station.

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-Very good. Check.

-Sorry. My writing's a bit slow.

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-Sorry.

-Just do shorthand.

-Carry on, carry on.

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OK. Now, er, size. How many rooms do we need? Bedrooms?

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Three, please.

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Three bedrooms? There's only two of you.

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-My hand's a bit -

-Young married couple. Do you want to...

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Shall I do it? Are you thinking about children?

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-Is this the...

-Definitely, in the next couple of years.

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Outside space. Postage-stamp garden, or something big enough

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-to grow some veggies?

-Big enough to grow veg.

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OK. I've got that down here.

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You're taking food out of the mouth of your employers, growing veg.

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I'm sure you'll be getting a discount here.

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Stop it! Why turn a lovely idea, helping the environment,

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into something nasty that will get Simon the sack?

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OK. Ignore that bit, but if you're growing your own veggies,

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perhaps you like to do a bit of cooking, as well.

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-Do you like a nice big kitchen?

-Yes.

-Kitchen/diner?

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-Or do you not need one?

-We do have one in our old house.

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-Would you like one still?

-We do like it.

-OK.

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Do you want a separate dining room?

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-We're not really fussed, actually.

-Not fussed.

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He seems in a rush. Don't pressure them!

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-No, I've got -

-Just put "not fussed" down. That's pretty good.

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Not fussed. I like the idea of not being fussed.

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It makes our job easier. What about the style of the house?

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-Would a terrace be OK?

-No. Either a semi-detached or end-of-terrace,

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because what we really want is off-street parking.

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You don't tend to get that mid-terrace.

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-Is it vital, off-street parking?

-Yes.

-Why?

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-Because we've got a new car.

-Ooh! That's good enough!

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-Got a promotion, bought a new car.

-All right. "New car".

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Now, there is a generic style around Glossop.

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Do you like the olde-worlde style of this? Do you want modern?

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We really don't mind. We're completely open to suggestions.

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You can underline "flexible" or "not fussed".

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-"Flexible".

-Bringing the outside in, conservatories?

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-I would love a conservatory.

-Would you?

-Yes.

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-Why so?

-Like you said, it brings the outside in,

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and because it rains a lot here, we can enjoy the outside

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-without getting wet.

-It does rain a lot!

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OK, so a fairly comprehensive shopping list.

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What about the budget? Is it a no-frills budget,

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eh, or is it a bit bigger than that?

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It's a no-frills budget, unfortunately.

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They're always... We need a price. What can we get all this with?

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-What's our money in our pocket?

-£152,500.

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-HE LAUGHS

-£152,500. That's the dream.

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Well, that's what we're playing with today.

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If we're looking for quite a lot of stuff,

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-are we allowed to go slightly above that?

-Haggle zone?

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-That's what I'm getting at.

-So we could go to 160

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and haggle back to 152,500.

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But it has to be no more than that figure.

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-Exactly.

-That's good enough for me. Let's put it in the pocket.

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-It's sealed.

-Shopping list!

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Right. You peruse the soups and canned meats,

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-and we will see you outside Property 1.

-Thank you!

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-Ta-ra!

-Cheers.

-See you later.

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Simon and Claire, absolutely lovely. Good job I wrote the list down.

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-Let's not get this wrong.

-Shopping list. Right. OK.

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So, full-fat milk, all-over body-hair remover...

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Ssh! Stop it. That's your own shopping list.

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That is embarrassing. My shopping list, please?

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-In the head, mate. All up there.

-You've lost it.

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Listen, I know what they want. At least three bedrooms...

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-True.

-They want maybe an open-plan kitchen, a nice-size garden.

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-True.

-And the big no-no, no, no, no, massive cross goes against...

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-terraced houses.

-Let's get to it.

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Glossop is a small market town

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nestled between Derbyshire's county borders.

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Meaning Sheffield and Manchester

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are both just a hop, skip and a train ride away.

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Yes - one 30-minute train ride later

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and you're in the heart of Manchester,

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with its skyscrapers and fashionable hangouts.

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Giving Simon and Claire the best of both worlds,

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as the gateway to the Peak District is right on the doorstep.

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A few miles up the A57 and you're onto the Snake Pass,

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which is drenched with stunning scenery like this.

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So Glossop really does lend itself well to the term semi-rural,

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as it's a perfect place to live if you want country living

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without totally giving up the pace of city life.

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And if semi-rural is your thing,

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you may be interested in buying one of these beauties

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around the rest of the UK.

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Just down the road from Glossop in Ashton-under-Lyne

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is this modern semi. Three bedrooms, a light and bright kitchen,

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and a well laid-out garden to the rear.

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Over to Stourbridge now, where this pretty mid-terrace

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sits in the thriving village of Kinver.

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A modern finish with a cracking little garden,

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this place is on the market for...

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And the final offering today is this gorgeous apartment in York,

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spacious open-plan living with great vistas to both the front and rear.

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These views could be yours for...

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But now let's go back to Glossop,

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with some interesting info you may not know about leaseholds.

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You'd normally expect business premises and some flats

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to be leasehold. However, you wouldn't expect residential houses

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to be leasehold, especially large swathes of residential houses

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in a town.

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Going back to around the 1600s,

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a family called the Howards owned most of Glossop

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and ran it as a huge estate.

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Never wanting to completely relinquish control over it,

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they only ever sold the leasehold,

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and thus created what we know today as a Lord Howard lease.

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Any properties built in Glossop pre-1925

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are likely to have a Lord Howard lease.

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Even properties built post-1925 on the same land

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are also likely to have the same lease.

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Even today, Glossop is fairly unique,

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as it's one of the few towns in the country

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where the majority of the property remains leasehold.

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Today developers in the Glossop area

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are seemingly following in the Howard family footsteps

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and retaining ownership of the land to maintain an income

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even after the house has been sold.

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So, what does this mean to you, the buyer?

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Well, the majority of these leases are 999 years,

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which make them virtual freeholds.

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Let's face it, you're hardly likely to outlive the length of the lease.

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Ground rents are often referred to as peppercorn rents,

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referring back to a time when a transaction had to be made

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between the lessee and the freeholder.

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Back in days of yore, it used to be a peppercorn,

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when spices used to have a currency value.

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These days it could be anything as little as £1.

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As time ticks away on these leases,

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the freeholder's interest becomes more valuable.

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But when you bear in mind that the leases are probably 999 years,

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it's not a problem that you or even your great-grandchildren will have.

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It is, however, worth bearing in mind

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that you'll struggle to get any residential mortgage

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on a property with less than 70 years unexpired.

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MACHINE BEEPS

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At checkout number one, we have property number one.

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Look at her! She's a beauty, isn't she?

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It's semi-detached with three bedrooms,

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which they asked for. Off-street parking. That's a big tick.

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And for Claire, oh, yes - she's got a conservatory.

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I think good enough to put in the shopping bag. Checkout number two.

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If you were to be involved in a trolley dash,

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you would wish to go to one aisle - the aisle that contained Property 2.

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She is my beauty, and, like myself, was built in the 1970s.

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Also like myself, it is beautiful inside and out.

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It is near to Glossop train station, ten minutes' walk,

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where they want to be. It's got a modern feature outside.

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It looks lovely. Also, parking for two cars.

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It's beautiful. It's for them. It's going in the bag.

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I think we all realise who will win the supermarket sweep

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out of Property 1 and Property 2, but if my property is to be beaten,

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it will be beaten by, yes, this one, the Wildcard.

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Arranged over three floors, it has all the character you expect

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from a period building, but that comes with a compromise.

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Keep watching to find out what. Let's put that in the bag

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and deal with the next customer. Yes. Next, please. Thanks.

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Ticking all their boxes is my choice of property number one.

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This three-bed semi is on a small and perfectly formed cul-de-sac,

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and there's a special something which I think Claire will love.

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Claire and Simon, Property 1 almost makes a mockery

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of To Buy Or Not To Buy, because I think this is the house

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you're going to want to buy straight away.

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I'll give you an idea of the location. You said public transport.

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After work here, or before work, a short walk to Dinting,

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but locals tell me the thing to do is to drive to Broadbottom,

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ten-minute drive away, and leave your car parked there

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because it's free. But if you do fancy a couple of nips after work,

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it's a walk from Dinting. Happy days?

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When you say nips, you mean drinks, don't you?

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-Yeah. Nips of whisky, whatever.

-All right. That's good.

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Now, the house itself - you asked for semi-detached.

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You've got it. You asked for off-street car parking.

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Again, you've got it. And what's behind there?

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-Ooh, it's a garage. Beautiful, huh?

-Lovely. Really nice.

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Those are the big positives. Let's see if we can prick Jonnie's bubble

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at any point. Do you have any negatives,

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or just go big on the positives? Simon?

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It's a really nice house, quiet location.

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Off-street parking's a real bonus. Garden's a bit overgrown,

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and the houses are a little bit too close together.

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OK. There's more positives outweighing the negatives there.

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-I would think so.

-Claire?

-I like that it's got a porch.

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We like porches. It rains a lot, so you don't want to get wet

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once you're in your living room.

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You are preparing for this, aren't you?

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Inside, this place is a dream. Something to point out -

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this house, like many others around here, is leasehold, oddly enough.

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It's a 999 year lease.

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I think there's something like 986 years left,

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and there's only £100 a year to pay in ground rent. It's virtually freehold.

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-OK. Are you ready? Are you excited?

-Very.

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Three, two, one. Enter that exciting house. Go.

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Right. As this is a supermarket- shopping-themed programme,

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-what should they do in there?

-Go wild in the aisles?

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-Come on! Say it like you mean it!

-Go wild in the aisles.

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Go wild in the aisles!

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-This is nice.

-A good-size room.

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-Yeah. Nice colour.

-It is.

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-We wouldn't have to paint it, thank goodness.

-No.

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-Nice and warm, actually.

-The furniture's quite big,

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but the room's still quite big, so it's quite useful.

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-Our tiny sofas would be fine.

-We'd have loads of room. Yeah.

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-So, nice big sitting room. I think it's a bit of a winner.

-I think they all dig it.

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-Oh, this is lovely.

-It is nice, isn't it?

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-It's a good size.

-Massive, yeah. It's very big.

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I like the downlighters. I imagine they give a good light.

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-The paint's a bit funny over there.

-Not sure on the tiles.

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-No?

-No. You need a bit more of a neutral colour there.

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Maybe white ones.

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That is a very clever neutral-colour choice

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to change those tiles to.

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That is someone who's seen a lot of programmes like ours. White is a good choice.

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And then on to a conservatory, as well!

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Wow! I like the floor.

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It is nice, although you've got an internal window into a conservatory.

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That's so you can look out while you wash up.

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-She's got a massive conservatory!

-She does.

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There's a reason why the window's there.

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That is an original window, isn't it?

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Let's not mock, because we're housing experts.

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-That's quite a nice room.

-Nice big space.

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And laminated throughout. That's very nice.

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Good use of the space for the office.

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-Want to look at the garden?

-Yes.

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-That's a nice bit of decking.

-Oh, lovely.

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I've always wanted some decking.

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-Quite a nice size, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-It's a nice garden,

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-but it's a bit too small.

-Where would you put your vegetable patch?

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I can see us sitting on here in the sun, glass of wine.

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-There is a lovely sun terrace there.

-"Sun terrace"!

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-It's decking.

-It's baked in sun.

-It's decking!

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-Oh, this is a nice wide staircase.

-It is quite wide, isn't it?

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And not very steep, which is good. It's lovely.

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Nice hall.

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-Oh, this is nice.

-It's a good-size room.

-Yeah.

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-Lots of storage.

-Loads of storage.

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-I like the feature coloured wall.

-I do.

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It is nice. I can live with the ceiling. I don't know about yourself.

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-There's nothing to do to this room.

-No.

-It is absolutely wonderful,

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decorated, by the sound of it, to their taste.

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-I would say to Sir Laurence of Llewelyn-Bowen's taste.

-He couldn't get his cuffs in there.

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-Ooh, bathroom.

-Oh, I like that!

-That's nice.

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-Very nice.

-Nicely finished, isn't it?

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-Definitely.

-Love the tiles and the downlighters.

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Very nice. I like tiles on the wall.

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-Yeah. Bath.

-Yes.

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Need a bath. Can't cope without a bath.

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Ooh, and a nice radiator! That's very nice.

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-Oh, that's good.

-Keep our towels nice and warm.

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And a nice-looking shower. Nice big head for you. I know how you like that.

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Simon is loving that big showerhead. We know not why,

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-but I guess more water coverage.

-It's like going into a room

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to be rained on. You're going to rain down some pain on yourself.

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It's like Manchester, but in a showerhead, isn't it?

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But warmer. And slightly...nicer?

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OK, so this is the first of the back bedrooms.

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-Very pink, isn't it?

-That is a pink room!

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-My goodness me!

-It's nice, though. Nice size.

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

-You could get a double bed in here.

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Just about, I would think, yeah.

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-But would we really want your parents to come and stay?

-Oof!

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-No.

-Oh, look! A cupboard. See what storage is in here.

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-Oh, that's good. Inbuilt storage.

-That's huge!

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That's very helpful.

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Oh, right! This was going to be my pointing at you and laughing,

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-but it's not happening.

-See that point?

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-It's gone. Don't laugh at me.

-Back at you!

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They like the bedrooms. I'm just happy they're happy!

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This is the last, and the box bedroom. Still a good size.

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-Oh, it's very good!

-Pink again, though.

-Yeah.

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I don't know why you'd have such a big wardrobe in here.

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If you took that out, we could get the futon in here

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-and have more guests come round.

-And there's room for the computer,

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-so you can keep me out the way. I think Jonnie's done really well.

-Very well.

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See how much it's gone over our no-frills budget.

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But he's got a lot of things on our list. I'm pleased with it.

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-She is good!

-Very good.

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Is it a no-frills property purchase?

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I don't know. Shall we BOGOF and see them?

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-Buy one, get one free.

-Oh!

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Simon and Claire, that sounded like it went off very well.

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-Did it?

-Very nice house.

-For you, Claire, but for you, Simon,

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I feel the buzz word, kind of liking it, but the word "small".

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Yeah, a little bit. Yeah, a little bit.

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The garden, for me, is a little bit small.

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-Is it?

-Yeah.

-See, I disagree.

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It's got a massive decking area and a nice big lawn.

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It's a waste of space, though it's the only bit that gets the sun.

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-This is a great debate.

-Isn't it just?

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I think this might be a bit of a reality check,

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because it's a sought-after area. For our budget,

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this isn't a bad-size garden, especially when you bear in mind

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the house with all its attributes, such as conservatory

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and the bedrooms and off-street car parking.

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Shall we play guess-the-price? You have the most specific budget ever. Who wants to go first?

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-I will.

-Go on, then, Claire.

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I think it's slightly over, but we might be able to bring it down,

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so I'd go 155.

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155. OK. Simon?

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I'm going to go higher. I'm going to go 156,500.

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156,500. Jonnie?

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You're both right, because it is over budget.

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It's on the market for 159,950.

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-OK.

-Which in my opinion means it's within range.

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Just take some hard haggling. So, what do we think about the price?

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-I think it's reasonable.

-Yeah.

-It's a big-sized property.

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It's got off-road parking, a garage, a sought-after location.

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-There we go.

-You're being very radical.

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Do you want to just have this one now,

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or would you like to go even more radical

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-and look at the other two?

-I think we'll go on.

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-I'd say that's a mistake, but lead the way.

-It's this way.

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My offering today might not have the added bonus

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of a conservatory, like Jonnie's, but it really is a hidden gem.

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"Immaculate" is the word I'd use to describe Property 2.

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Simon and Claire, we are in the sub-section of Glossop

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that is Hadfield. Have you had a sniff in Hadfield before?

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-A little bit.

-And did you like what you sniffed?

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-Yeah. It's very nice.

-We are going for the 1970s-ish

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-with that property over there.

-Which is a classic period.

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Lovely. I believe houses were made lovely then,

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and this one is an example of that. What do you think of the outside?

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Do you like it more than Jonnie's pretend stone build?

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I like it a little bit more, because there's a front lawn.

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-Yes.

-And I like the steps up to the house.

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Yes! And feng-shui-wise, that is a good point...they say.

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Simon, what are you thinking?

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Er, I like it more as well, unfortunately.

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I don't mind you liking it more. That's good!

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-Customer is always right.

-I like the lawn

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and the bay window, which is a nice feature.

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So, now we're in a world of positivity,

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let's just push ourselves on and go into fifth gear.

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Do you remember the ground rent at Jonnie's one,

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how we all winced at the price? It was £100, wasn't it, a year.

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-Yeah. Amazing.

-Have a guess what this one is.

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-99?

-It's not 99.

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-80?

-Not even 80.

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-Just tell them, will you? Please!

-£50. That is £50 saved,

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and that £50 is a Christmas smile.

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-That £50 will buy you a blindfold, blinding you...

-Stop it!

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..to the industrial estate over there and the pylons on the hill.

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-The views don't matter. Are you ready?

-Yeah.

-Yes.

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-Are you even excited and tantalised?

-Definitely.

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Feel that £50 that's in your wallet, and go and buy that house.

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Well, you did an outrageously good job of hoodwinking them

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outside the house. What about inside?

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Hoodwinking? They'll love the inside too,

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cos what's not to love?

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-Oh, this is nice.

-Good size again, isn't it?

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-Definitely, yeah. Nice.

-Really big.

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-Nice bay window.

-Such a feature, isn't it?

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-Lets in so much light.

-Yeah, lovely.

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-I like the mantle. That's lovely.

-They've made a good feature of it.

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-THEY LAUGH

-They love everything!

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Jonnie, right, before we got here, thought he had it in the bag,

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and look at his face now!

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-Not much I'd change in here at all.

-No. I like this.

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-Open plan into the dining room. Yeah.

-It's a nice arch.

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-It's pretty.

-They've made a real feature of it.

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-Really lovely.

-Nice floor.

-Very nice.

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-And nice big doors into the garden.

-Yeah.

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-I quite like that.

-It is a bit of a matchbox, isn't it?

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Maybe a bit overlooked from the other side.

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Yes. No topless sunbathing, anyway. SHE LAUGHS

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They've not said, "Wow." They've not said, "I love it."

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They've not said, "Ooh, this is good."

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They're just saying what they see. It's like watching Catchphrase.

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-Oh, this is nice.

-Nice downlighters, aren't they?

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-Good floor.

-Maybe a bit too small.

-It is a little bit small, isn't it?

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But it is a separate kitchen/diner, so that's why we think it's small.

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-Wow, the garage!

-Yeah.

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That's a useful side entrance if it's raining outside.

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And our car would fit nicely in here.

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It would, even though they're using this...

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-Oh, right! A sort of utility room.

-Yeah.

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The beauty of this property is not just the property alone.

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It's the current owner. Show them what she's given us.

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She's given us cakes. Now, if you're out there

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and you're watching the show, try sending us cakes,

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because we will eat them and put them on the screen.

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-This is the best day of my life.

-He likes all kinds. Oi! Listen!

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-It's good use of the space.

-And the boiler's in here.

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It's out of the way, if we get somebody out to look at it.

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-Looks like there's some storage as well.

-Brilliant!

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If you... If you want to send us in cakes...

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..BBC...

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-We can put our big fridge down here as well, which is good.

-Useful.

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Want one?

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THEY LAUGH

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We love this place.

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It would be easy to put a cat-flap in there,

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-and a second one there, but it would give them a chance to dry their paws.

-Definitely.

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Anyway...

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I wonder what they're up to.

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He loves the cake! I love the cake!

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He loves cake. You missed a bit on my finger.

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-Like the banister.

-It doesn't take from the living room,

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-being able to see the stairs.

-Definitely not.

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Oh, right! This is the landing. That's a nice window,

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to let in some natural light. What's this one?

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-Must be the master bedroom.

-It's the front master bedroom.

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That's a good space.

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-It's all right, isn't it?

-Yeah, definitely.

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Big cupboard. We can get lots of storage in.

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-Some nice views from here.

-It is a good view,

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if you ignore the pylons. You can see over it, especially when it's sunny.

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Lovely.

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I jest about those pylons. That is a beautiful view of the town.

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People do like an industrial vista.

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I'm not clutching at straws. People genuinely do.

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Oh, the bathroom. It's quite small, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-But nicely done.

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Not sure I like the divots on the bath, the design.

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Might have to change that, which is a bit of a pain.

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But nice that it's tiled to the ceiling.

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Who likes the tiles? It's only Claire again.

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She wanted to change the tiles in your one, and rightly so,

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but here she loves the height.

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-What have we got in here?

-Oh, it's a second bedroom.

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-Oh, it's really big!

-It is, actually, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-It's much bigger than the first house we saw.

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The second bedroom's much bigger. Definitely double bed.

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Loads of room for storage. It's a really good size.

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The rooms here are all so... I mean...

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-Yards bigger. Yards bigger.

-Ladies and gentlemen...

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-Yards.

-..this house is smaller than my house.

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It's not in any way.

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OK, so this one must be the box room.

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-Oh, yes. It is.

-Yeah.

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-It's not too bad, actually, is it?

-It's still quite a reasonable size.

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All these rooms seem slightly more spacious than the other one,

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-but they're not as big. I don't know how that works.

-Good use of space, I think.

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It is a box room, but praise indeed! "Not too bad"!

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You must be happy with that. You'll sleep tight tonight.

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I am happy with that. He can work out his BOGOF deals in there

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and his three for twos and his one for fives.

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Room for the futon, but I don't think you'd get it out.

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-This really is a computer room.

-But very nice.

-Very good.

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Nice views again from the front. That's always a bonus.

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-Shall we go find the boys?

-Yeah.

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Well, in a nutshell, surprisingly good, I would say.

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I should be very happy if I were you.

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-Very happy!

-Go and take some praise,

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-and I'll promise not to mention the noise -

-Stop it!

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-We're off.

-Of the planes.

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Well, Claire and Simon, that went well.

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I was expecting it to be compared with my house,

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-and fall down miserably. But it didn't.

-We like this one,

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but house number one stands out a bit more.

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From the outside you liked this one more,

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but the inside... You thought the first one was a bit small,

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but we've learnt that, budget-wise, it was quite big.

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-This one's a little bit smaller.

-Yeah, it is.

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You could put conservatory. The neighbours have done it.

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But you can't make it much bigger. Is it maybe too small?

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-Or...

-It's a nice size.

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It would certainly do us. I just think the garden's a bit small

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for what Simon would like to do with it,

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and the kitchen could do with a bit more workspace.

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They've utilised the space well, though. In making it open plan,

0:27:460:27:49

you got a nice flow, and you got that garage.

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It doesn't feel small.

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-It's just that you've seen something bigger first.

-Definitely.

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The open plan makes it so much lighter, as well,

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but compared to the first one, it's just smaller.

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So, shall we play the most important part of the programme?

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Yes. It's guess-the-price time. I think you are winning, aren't you?

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-I am.

-One-nil up to Simon. Hit me.

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156,500.

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156,500. OK.

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I'm going to go a little bit more at 157.

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You are the winner, Claire!

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The actual price is 158,950,

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so you could haggle. We've shown it for that.

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It's a little bit small, but we do have the gloriousness

0:28:270:28:30

-of the Wildcard.

-Thank goodness for that.

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Now, it's tall and it's wild. Do you want to go there?

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-Definitely.

-Are you nervous?

-A little.

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Good. You look nervous! Come on.

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As usual, now it's time for something completely different.

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Simon and Claire did say they were open-minded,

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so we're hoping they'll keep their minds just that when viewing today's Wild Card.

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Claire and Simon, welcome to the Wildcard.

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-Welcome to Mottram. Been here before?

-No.

-No.

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Well, it's great.

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Basically, remember that lovely train station we talked about?

0:29:040:29:07

-Broad... Broadbottom?

-That's the one.

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It's a walk from here, not a drive. And the locals -

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I didn't tell you this before - they call it Big Bum.

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-SHE LAUGHS

-I wonder why!

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Who knows? Now, if that isn't a reason to buy this house,

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nothing is. But here it is. What a beauty house!

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-It is. It looks really nice.

-Really lovely.

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OK. The elephant in the room is this road,

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but at no point would you stand outside your property for this long

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holding a conversation. We are doing it for purely televisual purposes,

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and it is double-glazed. What do you think of the beauty itself?

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It's a lovely period property. I really like it.

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What sort of period, Ed?

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Well, when Christopher Columbus sailed around the world in 1492,

0:29:440:29:48

who would have thought, just 300 years later,

0:29:480:29:51

this would be built? That's a lovely way of saying it, isn't it?

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I've been preparing that for a while.

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This is a cracker. 1792, this was built.

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It's beautiful. It's lovely. This is in the rarefied breed

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of houses I would live in. It is lovely.

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It is smashing inside. You can see a couple of hints to its past. It's Grade II listed,

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so you can't muck around with the outside. If you wanted to, you'd be mad.

0:30:100:30:14

But the first floor, you can see where a door used to be,

0:30:140:30:16

-where they'd throw the sacks out.

-It looks really good,

0:30:160:30:20

-but I'm concerned there's no parking with it.

-OK.

0:30:200:30:22

That car park is not yours. That's for that pub over there.

0:30:220:30:26

But you have got parking at the side of the property.

0:30:260:30:29

It's not a garage, but it's parking.

0:30:290:30:31

-I would like you to discover more lovely things inside. Are you ready and excited?

-Definitely.

-Definitely.

0:30:310:30:36

OK, Simon. Please, please, you should buy this.

0:30:360:30:39

-OK.

-Will you commit to that now?

-No.

0:30:390:30:41

-THEY LAUGH

-Honest answer!

0:30:410:30:43

OK. Three, two, one. Go in there and think about buying it, though.

0:30:430:30:47

-Now, I'm not a betting man...

-No, you're not.

0:30:520:30:55

-..and I can't predict the future.

-No, you can't.

0:30:550:30:58

But I think - I'm sure - this house will be their favourite.

0:30:580:31:01

-Would you bet on it?

-Yeah.

0:31:010:31:02

-Wow! Look at this floor!

-It's nice, isn't it?

0:31:040:31:07

-It's beautiful!

-It's a lovely feature of it.

0:31:070:31:10

-Definitely.

-Don't know how warm it would be on your feet

0:31:100:31:13

-in the morning when you come down.

-Slippers are the instant solution.

0:31:130:31:17

Who wouldn't want to walk around in slippers?

0:31:170:31:19

-Or socks with rubber bits on the bottom.

-Another solution!

0:31:190:31:22

I'd buy slippers. And look at the beams! Aren't they beautiful?

0:31:220:31:25

-Very good.

-Really lovely.

-Really nice.

0:31:250:31:28

Everywhere they look, they're going to see beautifully finished things

0:31:280:31:32

and reclaimed things.

0:31:320:31:34

Nice window. It's double-glazed, so it would keep the heat in.

0:31:340:31:37

That's good. And some of the sound from the road.

0:31:370:31:40

-A nice seat here.

-Still hear the noise a little bit, can't you?

0:31:400:31:43

It's not too bad. And a really nice colour, actually.

0:31:430:31:46

You could just move straight into this room.

0:31:460:31:48

Yeah, you could.

0:31:480:31:50

-The beauty of this property is that Gaynor, who lives here, has done all the work. How long?

-Eight months,

0:31:500:31:55

-and she had to live at her mum's house.

-Gaynor's pain is their gain.

0:31:550:32:00

-The flooring goes straight through, which is quite nice.

-Oh, lovely!

0:32:000:32:03

-It's a good size.

-And a really nice cottagey feel to it.

0:32:030:32:06

Yeah. It is.

0:32:060:32:07

The garden's tiny, though, isn't it? It's all paved.

0:32:070:32:11

You did say you were thinking about an allotment,

0:32:110:32:14

and I wonder if there's any in this area.

0:32:140:32:16

-We could have a courtyard garden, and you could do your vegetables somewhere else.

-Right.

0:32:160:32:21

The compromise has been made. People compromise when they like things.

0:32:210:32:25

They want to live with them. Allotments cost about a pound

0:32:250:32:28

-for a year.

-Not much.

-They don't cost much. Not much.

0:32:280:32:31

-Oh, I absolutely love this house. I think it's beautiful.

-Yeah?

0:32:310:32:35

I don't think our furniture will go in here, though.

0:32:350:32:38

It might go in here, though. A bit more modern,

0:32:380:32:40

but with the same characteristics, the fireplace and the beams.

0:32:400:32:44

-Oh, that's lovely.

-It's another good size.

-Definitely.

0:32:440:32:47

-Nice wood flooring.

-And you got the fireplace and central heating.

0:32:470:32:50

-And still lots of original features.

-That is good.

0:32:500:32:53

-And the views are getting better as you come up.

-Definitely.

0:32:530:32:57

That's really nice.

0:32:570:32:58

We've gone up the stairs, yet there's a living room there!

0:32:580:33:01

It's a lovely living room. I like it because you get the view over...

0:33:010:33:05

-Harrop Edge.

-Harrop Edge.

0:33:050:33:07

-There's a little room in here.

-Oh, yeah, a little box room.

0:33:070:33:10

It's good use, though, for an office, storage, bookcases and stuff.

0:33:100:33:14

-Or maybe a nursery in a couple of years.

-Maybe!

0:33:140:33:16

-We've planted a seed there, haven't we?

-YOU have!

0:33:160:33:19

I'm happy about it, though. That would be a lovely nursery.

0:33:190:33:22

It's like hanging around with a midwife, with you!

0:33:220:33:25

-This is the bathroom.

-Yep.

0:33:250:33:27

Again, some nice features in here. Stones in the windows,

0:33:270:33:31

-and the tiles are quite nice.

-Boiler's in here.

0:33:310:33:33

That's out of the way. That's good.

0:33:330:33:35

I could use this bathroom, though, quite easily.

0:33:350:33:38

-Could you?

-Yeah. I do like this property.

0:33:380:33:41

Claire is chip-chip-chipping away at Simon. In every room,

0:33:410:33:44

she's said something like, "I love this house."

0:33:440:33:46

In the bathroom, again, "I really do like this property." She's saying to him, "Please!"

0:33:460:33:51

-And up to a landing.

-Yeah.

0:33:510:33:53

Nice features with the internal windows.

0:33:530:33:56

They let the light in from either side, isn't it?

0:33:560:33:58

-That's really good.

-Really nice.

-Nice beams.

0:33:580:34:01

-Beautiful.

-What's in this one?

-Oh, look at this!

0:34:010:34:04

Oh, wow! Yeah. That's a nice-size room, isn't it?

0:34:040:34:07

It's lovely. Yeah, really nice, and so many nice features in it.

0:34:070:34:11

-They've done it really well.

-And a great view.

-It is.

0:34:110:34:14

-Nice when you get up in the morning.

-Yes.

-When it's not raining.

0:34:140:34:19

We've not heard Simon talk like this. This is the third property.

0:34:190:34:22

OK, the first one, pretty good. Your one, not so good.

0:34:220:34:26

-This one - forgotten about the first ones.

-This is lovely.

0:34:260:34:29

-This is beautiful.

-Another good size, isn't it?

0:34:290:34:32

-It's a proper double bedroom, this.

-Definitely.

0:34:320:34:34

-Nice. Lovely window. I really like this place.

-Do you?

0:34:340:34:38

-Yeah. What do you think?

-I do.

0:34:380:34:40

I'm scared about how much it's going to cost,

0:34:400:34:42

but yeah, it's a very well presented house.

0:34:420:34:45

-What about the fact there's no garden?

-Yeah.

0:34:450:34:47

That's a pain. It's easy when it's outside the back door,

0:34:470:34:50

-but if there are allotments, we could possibly do it.

-Brilliant.

0:34:500:34:53

-Compromise, maybe. I did make you move up here, after all.

-Exactly!

0:34:530:34:57

Oh, my goodness me! They both love this house.

0:34:570:35:00

The only sticking points are, can they afford it -

0:35:000:35:02

we know the answer to that - and are there allotments nearby.

0:35:020:35:07

Well, fingers crossed, solutions for both.

0:35:070:35:10

Are we right? It is beautiful, isn't it?

0:35:130:35:15

-I think it's stunning.

-They've done a really good job with it.

0:35:150:35:18

The concern is that there's no garden, but having said that,

0:35:180:35:22

-I could get an allotment.

-We have been clever, haven't we?

0:35:220:35:25

People like this area so much, they don't move house.

0:35:250:35:28

-They do 'em up. You can hear it.

-HAMMERING

0:35:280:35:30

The sound of renovation. But not about that, Jonnie.

0:35:300:35:33

About the allotment, please.

0:35:330:35:35

Oh, yes. Not only are we on the cusp of the Peak District,

0:35:350:35:37

a garden in itself, but there's allotments nearby.

0:35:370:35:40

-Ed, furnish them with the details.

-Do you want a full-size or half-size allotment?

-I'm a full-plot man.

0:35:400:35:46

A full-size plot is £46 a year. A half-size is...

0:35:460:35:49

-23?

-It is exactly that.

0:35:490:35:51

There is no kind of supermarket dealing to make it a bit cheaper.

0:35:510:35:56

So, allotments are available. The house is lovely.

0:35:560:35:59

Could that swing it? Would that make you feel a bit happier about it?

0:35:590:36:03

-Yeah, it would.

-So, it's time to play guess-the-price.

0:36:030:36:06

-Are we neck-and-neck at the moment?

-I believe so.

0:36:060:36:09

-Who would like to go first?

-I will.

0:36:090:36:11

Um, it's a very nice house. Very nicely done,

0:36:110:36:14

and period features. I'm going to say 160.

0:36:140:36:19

160. OK, so you've gone to the top of the haggle zone.

0:36:190:36:22

-Simon?

-I think, because it's just a box room,

0:36:220:36:25

even though it is a nice house,

0:36:250:36:27

I'm going to go 159,500.

0:36:270:36:30

Ooh! Just £500 cheaper.

0:36:300:36:32

I like how you try to justify piggybacking on your wife's price.

0:36:320:36:36

-Well, in your face, Simon. It's 160 on the button.

-Brilliant!

0:36:360:36:40

OK. So, are you happy that you've won, guessed the price,

0:36:400:36:43

or are you happy at the price?

0:36:430:36:46

-I'm happy that I guessed the price.

-Everyone should be happy about that.

0:36:460:36:49

There is no prize. It's just the pride.

0:36:490:36:52

-But to the price, 160...

-It's a very good price

0:36:520:36:54

for the property. It's beautifully done.

0:36:540:36:57

So, I bet you thought this moment would never happen,

0:36:570:37:00

but you are off to make the biggest decision of your adult lives.

0:37:000:37:04

Are you excited, kind of emotional, and...excited even more?

0:37:040:37:08

-Very.

-That's the face of excitement. That's the face of worry.

0:37:080:37:11

-Head off, and we'll see you outside your chosen vehicle. Good luck.

-They'll need it.

0:37:110:37:15

-So much jeopardy on today's show.

-A lot. It's tangible.

0:37:150:37:18

-You can almost taste it.

-They at home, they feel the jeopardy.

0:37:180:37:22

Edge of their seats! I think what we need here

0:37:220:37:24

is a reminder of all three properties,

0:37:240:37:26

because we've had ups and we've had downs,

0:37:260:37:29

mostly because we've been on the edge of the Peak District.

0:37:290:37:32

First to be checked out was my choice,

0:37:320:37:35

a three-bed semi near Dinting. It really did have everything

0:37:350:37:38

on their shopping list, and, I think, a bargain at...

0:37:380:37:41

Put the brakes on your shopping trolley!

0:37:440:37:46

Second through the checkout was my beauty.

0:37:460:37:48

It too fulfilled much on their shopping list,

0:37:480:37:51

and came in a grand cheaper. The price...

0:37:510:37:53

Finally, in the delightful village of Mottram

0:37:550:37:58

was the Wildcard, a three-storey former weaver's cottage.

0:37:580:38:01

We think it's the deal of the day, with its special interior

0:38:010:38:04

and a no-frills price tag of...

0:38:040:38:06

Lo and behold, look at us! We're outside the Wildcard.

0:38:110:38:14

It's never happened before on the programme, ever!

0:38:140:38:17

No-one's ever picked the Wildcard!

0:38:170:38:20

Why did you guys pick this beautiful property?

0:38:200:38:22

It's stunning, and they've done a fantastic job restoring it.

0:38:220:38:26

-It's beautiful.

-Would you like living here?

0:38:260:38:28

I think so. We'd have to see how far the allotments are

0:38:280:38:31

and what sort of walk it is to the station.

0:38:310:38:33

You can do that in your test drive. Because this is a special episode,

0:38:330:38:37

we have had our To Buy Or Not To Buy surveyor come round.

0:38:370:38:40

It is a non-legally binding survey, so if you are going to buy,

0:38:400:38:44

get your own one. Jonnie, deliver the news.

0:38:440:38:46

Well, first of all he said it was a lovely house.

0:38:460:38:49

The work they had done, they'd done well.

0:38:490:38:51

Look out for the damp course. Get certificates for that.

0:38:510:38:55

At the back of the property, the pavement is on the high side.

0:38:550:38:58

It should be 150 mill below the ground floor.

0:38:580:39:00

That might be a job for you to do, or get a man in.

0:39:000:39:03

What do you think about those things?

0:39:030:39:05

That's fair enough. Have to see how much they'd cost to do,

0:39:050:39:08

-but reasonable.

-Check the certification,

0:39:080:39:11

because you've got the woodwork, and he's spotted woodworm.

0:39:110:39:14

See if it's been treated. Get the electric certification, as well,

0:39:140:39:18

and see if that's all up to date and correct and Bristol-fashion,

0:39:180:39:22

as they would say. So, knowing that, do you believe you've chosen wisely?

0:39:220:39:26

-Yeah, I think so.

-Yes.

0:39:260:39:28

OK. Pretend you live in that house for about two minutes on television.

0:39:280:39:32

-Go!

-Thank you.

0:39:320:39:34

-I'm thinking...

-What?

0:39:340:39:36

If it's going to go well, I'm getting ready to high-five you

0:39:360:39:40

on the question we're going to ask them later on.

0:39:400:39:43

Let's do it. Let's prepare for it.

0:39:430:39:45

There they are, Simon and Claire,

0:39:480:39:50

about to embark on their first-ever televisual test drive.

0:39:500:39:53

They don't look nervous at all!

0:39:530:39:56

-Yeah.

-I love this house.

-Nice, isn't it?

0:39:570:39:59

Beautiful. I can really see ourselves living here.

0:39:590:40:03

-Oh, cool. Shall we look at this part?

-Yeah, brilliant.

0:40:030:40:06

Did you hear that, Ed? They can really see themselves living here!

0:40:070:40:11

They certainly look at home!

0:40:110:40:13

-I think our sofas will fit here.

-Yeah.

0:40:140:40:16

-Plenty of room for me to play on the computers, on the TV.

-Yeah.

0:40:160:40:20

Where are they off to? Hope they locked the door behind them.

0:40:200:40:24

There we go! They're checking out the allotments.

0:40:280:40:31

I wonder what they can grow there. Sugar-snap peas?

0:40:310:40:33

-Sunflowers, by the looks of it.

-Courgettes.

-Marrows.

0:40:330:40:36

Oh, back in the house now. Game of cards, by the looks of it!

0:40:360:40:40

-So, are you thinking what I'm thinking?

-Yeah, I am.

0:40:420:40:45

-You ready for the big question?

-Yeah. Shall we go and see the boys?

0:40:450:40:48

So, Simon and Claire - Claire, you are the winner of most things

0:40:480:40:52

in life, in the card world, and you're ready for the big question.

0:40:520:40:56

-Yes.

-How does it feel to be here? Were we right?

0:40:560:41:00

I've bullied you, and I've said you should buy this.

0:41:000:41:03

Am I barking up the right tree? More time here - what do you think?

0:41:030:41:06

-Yeah, definitely.

-It feels like it could be home.

0:41:060:41:09

What was your favourite room to spend time in?

0:41:090:41:11

-I like the living room upstairs.

-Do you?

0:41:110:41:15

I don't know why. I like the fact you go upstairs to hang out.

0:41:150:41:19

It's great. You've got all the benefits of a normal living room -

0:41:190:41:23

the fireplace there, which works -

0:41:230:41:25

but you got elevation with the views. Love it.

0:41:250:41:27

OK. You've been to the allotments. You've had a go there,

0:41:270:41:31

and knowing the size of garden you've got out the back,

0:41:310:41:33

do you think, if you can get hold of one of those allotments,

0:41:330:41:37

that that might be a world you'd be enjoying?

0:41:370:41:40

Once you're at the allotments, you get tips on how to grow things

0:41:400:41:43

from people. Is that something you fancy the idea of?

0:41:430:41:46

Yeah, definitely. Yeah.

0:41:460:41:48

So, the big question is upon us.

0:41:480:41:50

-Are you ready for the big question?

-Yeah.

0:41:500:41:54

-I've got clammy hands.

-Come on. Do it.

-OK.

0:41:540:41:56

Claire and Simon,

0:41:560:41:58

to buy or not to buy?

0:41:580:42:00

To buy, with conditions.

0:42:020:42:04

THEY GRUNT TRIUMPHANTLY

0:42:040:42:06

Can we just cut out after "to buy"?

0:42:060:42:09

OK. You're allowed conditions, because you've not been here long. The conditions being?

0:42:090:42:14

To find out how much the raising of the step

0:42:140:42:16

-or lowering of the...

-Uh-huh.

-Few hundred pounds.

0:42:160:42:19

-Get a man in, dig it out...

-He is desperate for a "to buy".

0:42:190:42:24

-What else would you need to look at?

-We'd like to walk to the station,

0:42:240:42:27

-see how far that is.

-It is a 15-minute walk, apparently.

0:42:270:42:31

-THEY LAUGH

-OK!

0:42:310:42:33

I'm sorry that I'm armed with knowledge!

0:42:330:42:36

-Do you want to ask again, then?

-To buy or not to buy?

0:42:360:42:38

-To buy!

-Yay!

0:42:380:42:41

All right. Fantastic. Good choice, because we would have been livid

0:42:410:42:45

-if you didn't choose to buy this.

-These clammy hands can go into dukes very easily.

0:42:450:42:50

Because we've got a victory, we're going to say goodbye from here.

0:42:500:42:53

Let's all wave! See you!

0:42:530:42:56

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