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Old Mar 5th 2008, 10:38 pm
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Hi all, we moved to Tauranga October 2007 and all is going well, we both have jobs, our daughters school is great and we have 'kindy' organised for our youngest. - Just one problem, after nearly 12 months on the market (and two price reductions) our UK house has not sold would love to hear advice/ etc from others who may be in the same position.
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Old Mar 5th 2008, 11:07 pm
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Hi all, we moved to Tauranga October 2007 and all is going well, we both have jobs, our daughters school is great and we have 'kindy' organised for our youngest. - Just one problem, after nearly 12 months on the market (and two price reductions) our UK house has not sold would love to hear advice/ etc from others who may be in the same position.
Still enjoying the sunshine and surf though!
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I would start by targeting your estate agent. get them to answer a few questions:

[1] Why hasn't it sold?
[2] What are other houses in your area going for?
[3] What are people saying about your house?
[4] What needs to be done to shift it?
[5] Are they getting people through the door to view it? If not, why not?

Your paying them x amount of 000's to sell it, make them earn their money! If they don't provide satisfactory answers to the above, change agents...
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Old Mar 6th 2008, 12:12 am
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Wot he said!
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Wot he said!
Referring back to another thread...maybe it needs a spot of magnolia.
Back in the 1990s we sold a house in a slump within days of changing the agent after months of no action.
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Old Mar 6th 2008, 12:51 am
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Although not magnolia the rooms are not painted bright orange!, apart from our daughters old room which is 'candy pink'!. But seriously do think a change of agent could be on the cards though!. We are hearing horror stories from the UK at the moment about people being offered mortgages and then the banks 'changing their minds'-has anyone else heard stuff like this?.
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We were in a similar position to you, not sold after many months,loads of viewings and drop of price twice. Changed agent and sold in the next 2.

So change your agent, obviously not working hard enough for you
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http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...housing+market

You'll find lots of fellow sufferers here

Keep your spirits up...you're not alone

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Old Mar 6th 2008, 7:30 am
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Thanks for all the suggestions. On a previous thread? saw that someone had a NZ style open home that generated a lot of viewing interest, might give that a try!.
The only silver lining to this is once we eventually sell (for a lot less than originally anticipated) prices may have dropped significantly here to allow us to buy something decent.
Hoping spring will coax out a few buyers!. Good luck to fellow sufferers out there.
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Selling house at the moment in the UK and market is slow over here at the mo. I agree with simonmarkellis get on to those agents and tell em to pull there finger out they are not working hard enough on your behalf, a lot of agents have a top ten list that they work off. Tell em you want your house on the list. Tell them your thinking of going joint agency with another local agent. They will tell you that you are unable to do this, but tell them that you are thinking of doing it and the new agent has agreed to split the selling fee with your present agent ( they hate that).

Or you could always change agent. I personally would do the latter, they are supposed to be delivering a service and at present they are not doing so! This way the house would be presented as a fresh prospect and also tell the new agent that you will only leave it with them for a certain amount of months i.s 6 months before you start looking at your options again. I would also be calling your agent at least once a week for a update/feedback. This way they will not forget who you are

It is a buyers market over here at the mo so expect some silly offers.

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