Jumping Back into the Housing Market

So after a good deal of pontificating, today we made the first step into moving to somewhere bigger, and put the house on the market. It’s going to be listed with Richard Worth mainly because we know the family of one of the sales negotiators there through the Church. Since it was last valued about this time last year, the value has gone up a little, and it is on at £215,000 – we paid £166,000 when we bought it back in 2001.

Interestingly we’d actually done a ball-park estimate ourselves based on what similar properties were going for locally and come up with about the same sort of figure. By way of comparison, it’s at the top end of the two bedroom properties, but on the plus side has two en-suite bathrooms, it also has a garage and drive rather than allocated parking. In addition our slightly strange shaped plot scores well – for example although we have a large border alongside the drive at the moment, it could easily be converted to provide more parking.

Oddly enough, we had a visit from one of our neighbours in one of the three bedroom houses further down, saying that she had split from her boyfriend and was moving away – currently he is going to keep the house. However we did discuss that it would be decidedly odd living a couple of doors away from our old house, and it may be a bit awkward if they wanted to change something in this house with us close by!

In terms of where to go, we’re primarily looking around Finchampstead, slightly closer to the Church, and for somewhere with three bedrooms. Of course as with any property search it entirely depends what is around, so we could equally well end up in Wokingham or Crowthorne if something grabs our attention. I’m already looking through the various property web sites – the slightly misnamed OnOneMap.com – which has some, but not all of the local listings being one I find really easy to use. Oddly enough Beth seems to prefer the more common listing by price. I’ve done a couple of searches on Rightmove, who trumpet themselves as the market leader, however the real problem I have is getting the search I want. It offers a graduated scale for distance from a particular location, however it is not overly accurate, so the search ends up giving either properties that are only in Finchampstead, or including large parts of Bracknell, Camberley and Reading, none of which I am interested in, there appears to be no happy medium.

Anyway, hopefully we should be able to get the bulk of the viewing process out of the way by the end of the summer, and maybe look forward to being in a new house by Christmas (although since we’re also heading over to Canada for part of the Christmas holiday – as a follow up to my recent posting we went with BA thanks to them being almost £100 cheaper than Air Canada – it might all get a bit hectic)…

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