p> Well - move to Scotland, yes - but only buy FIXED-PRICE.....
Well, that is like saying `buy from someone deseprate to sell and get
in quick'', yes it is good if you can do it anywhere, under any
system, but it's luck more than anything. (I did buy fixed price in
p> A friend of mine has been - for 6 months - trying to buy a flat in and
p> around Edinburgh.
That is unrelated to the system. The housing market in Edinburgh is
just very very active.
p> The system in Scotland is positively Kafkaesque in its design.
Dead simple. Make an offer, top offer wins.
Compare that to the English system where wheter you get the property
depends on comples political manouvering by all the agents, sellers
and buyers involved in a chain.
p> 2. There are no rules or guides - solicitors have been hopeless -
p> their advice has been largely based on rule no. 1 - see above.
Get a better solicitor. Mine managed to give reasonably good
predictions of the selling price of the couple fo properties I put
bids in for before I got this one (in both cases I bid below the
prediction on the off chance, so wasn't supprised I didn't get them).
p> 3. After nearly twenty flats - she, and all her family - would give
p> anything to have the English system with gazumping, chains etc
Why? They would still be looking at flats, but putting in bids, doing
all the followup work and _then_
not getting it. The advantage to the
closed bids system is that the decision is simple and quick.
Actually the big advantage of the Scottish market is that solicitors
are by nature cooperative, where estate agents by nature fight like
ferrets in a sack. The result is that in each scottish city there is
one place you can go and look at almost all of the property for sale
in the entire region, and one publication with all those details in. I
can't believe anyone manages to find a home in England where each
estate agent keeps their litle list to themselves, it must be a full
time job just finidng out what properties are up for sale.
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