I’m looking to buy property in Brighton. I’m a chain free cash buyer.
My experience of Brighton Estate Agents so far is quite depressing.
01/05/15 I travelled down to Brighton from London to view a two bedroom apartment, at Montpelier Road, with an asking price of £320,000. If the agent fee is 2% they stand to make £6,400. The agent didn’t even bother to turn up. I’m not surprised the property is still on the market mid-November 2015 at a reduced price of £305,000.
13/11/15 I travelled down to Brighton (extremely stressful journey as I started on the wrong train heading instead to Epsom) to view a two bedroom lower ground floor apartment, at 121 Lansdowne Place BN3 1FP, with an asking price of £210,000. If the agent fee is 2% they stand to make £4,200. For that sort of money I’d hope to see a floor plan; none was available. The agent sent an email fifty minutes before the viewing time saying that I was not allowed to view the property because the owner had ‘an issue with the flat’. I didn’t see the email in time so arrived at the property. An agent showed up (brownie points) to tell us that the viewing was cancelled. She didn’t know why. I asked her why the price was so low. She said it was because the place was ‘a dump’ – fabulous sales technique. I asked how long the lease was. She didn’t know, but guessed about 80 years and couldn’t provide any other information about the flat.
13/11/15 I travelled down to Brighton (extremely stressful journey as I started on the wrong train heading instead to Epsom) to view a seven bedroom house, at 47 St. Paul’s Street BN2 3HR, with an asking price of £449,500. If the agent fee is 2% they stand to make £8,990. For that sort of money I’d expect to see a floor plan; none was available. I was allowed to view the hallway, two shower rooms, and the filthy kitchen-diner. There was no access provided to any of the seven bedrooms. The lack of access to private space in an HMO can be difficult for a seller but I feel that the agent could have saved me an unnecessary trip from London if they’d said that I wouldn’t be able to see any of the rooms in advance.
I like Samual Hooper’s article asking
I am delighted to announce that my BMI is lower today than it was yesterday, and in fact lower than it has been for many years.
I still have to lose quite a lot more to achieve ‘Normal (healthy weight)’, but I hope to get there in time.
I’ve started to resent John Lewis for sending me monthly vouchers for free cake!
If I had the vote in Scotland today I would vote ‘Yes’.
I expect the outcome will be ‘No’ mainly because so many people, especially the older ones, are afraid of any kind of change.
I would like the British political system to change. There is too much easy acceptance of the status quo, which means that too many people live impoverished lives with no foreseeable improvement to their lives, no matter which of the mainstream political parties get voted in. I think it shameful that so many people I know think that things are alright just because they are alright.
I’m off to The Royal Albert Hall tonight for The PROMS. Specifically to see the Pet Shop Boys with various guest appearances, and a tribute piece to Alan Turing.
Brian, Martin, and Patrick will be there too, assuming Patrick manages to overcome his problem printing off the e-tickets.
We went to see “I Can’t Sing” at the London Palladium last night. It was much better than I expected.
It finishes next Saturday and I suggest that if you fancy a laugh you get some cheap tickets at TKTS in Leicester Square and go see the show.
Although my 50th birthday is today, Sunday 19th January, the party to celebrate happened yesterday, Saturday 18th January, in The Library of The London Marriott, County Hall.
There were intended to be fifty guests to celebrate my turning 50. Forty-nine turned up.
|Table 1||Table 2||Table 3||Table 4||Table 5|
|Christine Taylor||Ian Sweeney||Bill Russell||Brian Baines||Steve Liddle|
|Linda Loughnane||Ian Bernard||Gareth Hazzelby||Anandadevi Chatterjee||Ian Drummond|
|Senga Bovington||Darren Gale||Rory Fletcher (V)||Ian Buchan||Alan Dickinson-Quelch|
|Bruce Bovington||Scott Sweeney||Victoria Bovington (V)||Andrew Joslin (X)||Johnny Burns|
|Doug Bassam||Carey Bovington||Tony Jolly (VX)||James Harrower (V)||Malcolm Banks|
|Wilma Bassam||Alison McMillan (V)||Jenny Sherman (V)||Richard Tolland||Martin Morrissey|
|Neil McMillan||Susanne Werb||Richard Coe||Trevor Owen|
|Stuart Sweeney||Penny McMillan||Helen Kavanagh (V)||Peta Smith||Joseph Gift|
|Jim Michie||Nicole Sweeney||Martin Blake (V)||Jayne Barr||Ian Lloyd|
|Jess Michie||Eliot Binns||Patrick Cain (V)||Iain Fraser||Adam Scott|
We started with a Champagne reception in The Leaders Bar.
For dinner the starter was “Fig, Macadamia and ‘Rosary’ Goat’s Cheese Tart with Soused Cucumber” followed by “Roasted Breast of Corn Fed Chicken, Shitake Pie, Butternut Purée with Sauce Jus Gras” for the meat eaters and “Morel Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Truffle Dressing” for the vegetarians. For dessert most people had the “Port and Cassis Mousse, Blackcurrant Compote with Vanilla Syrup” except for two who were abstaining from alcohol; those two had “Rice and Green Tea Mousse, Orange Tuille with Sauce Mousseline”.
- 40 bottles of wine (Arium red/white)
- 24 bottles of Champagne
- 26 bottles of Strathmore mineral water
- 15 Bombay Gin
- 14 Schweppes Tonic
- 10 Meant Lager
- 8 Pepsi
- 5 Malibu
- 5 Grey Goose
- 4 Mojito
- 3 Lemonade
I have a 120 Mb broadband connection and quite a fast, fairly new laptop with a huge SSD. It’s just taken me an hour and three quarters to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
As a post-birthday celebration, his not mine, I arranged to meet Joseph at Daawat for dinner last night at six thirty on the dot for a quick bite to eat before heading over to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, to see Petula Clark who was on stage at seven thirty sharp.
Joseph arrived at the restaurant at ten past seven and we left at twenty past. He managed to glug some wine, stuff down a good sized starter (which was tastier that he had time to appreciate), and make some headway into the main course. I’d gone ahead and ordered before he arrived so I had more time with my starter if not with the main course.
At the theatre we had seats in row A, so had great views of Petula Clark and her five piece band. She, a lady in her eighties, put on a great show.