As I think I mentioned here fairly recently, the difference can be even
more marked than that - with estate agents if not mortgage valuers. To
put figures to it, we had two "sets" of valuations done - the first in
February when we thought we were ready to go and the second in July when
we really *were* ready to go. In March we had valuations ranging from
95k to 130k, though the 95k lady eventually agreed that we should at
least try it at 100k first . In July we had 105k (from March's 95k
lady), 120k (they suggested 110k in March) and 125k (a company we hadn't
asked in March). We discarded the 130k March company as being too
obviously desperate for the business!
To be honest, I don't think any of them had a clue, despite the fact
that nearly all the similar houses (half a dozen or so) in this row have
changed hands in the last five or six years.
So they're certainly not singing from the same song sheet here in S25.
 The 95k lady sold next door for 95k in December and had obviously
assumed that our house was identical. In fact, our plot is substantially
larger than next door, we have a full-height bay at the front where
they don't, we have two garages and parking for a total of five cars, we
have a conservatory twice the size of theirs and a kitchen extension
which a: makes our dining room rather large and b: makes a very nice
kitchen. To be fair, they do have an extension at the front which has
increased the size of the small bedroom and added a downstairs loo, but
we really didn't feel that putting the house on the market for the same
price would have been doing the property justice. The feeling we got was
that this lady was more interested in a quick and easy sale than getting
us the best price.
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This is a strange use of the word 'ideal'. people commute because
they don't have a sensible alternative choice. I can't see anyone
choosing to buy in Stoke and driviing 80 miles a day to save 10k on
the price of a house.
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