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This blog was borne out of a sense of bewilderment, bitterness, crazed optimism, jealousy, frustration, quixotism, anxiety and naked rage - plus all other myriad emotions involved in trying to buy a Zone 2, one-bedder in 2014.

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The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part VII ... Man v. Estate Agent

(2) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (15:51)

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June 2014:

Six months of house-hunting in London and I still haven't sealed the deal. But I have met estate agents. Dozens of them. And it is almost unsettling; they have not been the rude, arrogant, cretinous benders-of-the-truth that the generalisation...

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The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part VI ... Moving Back to Mumsy's

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (00:00)

PREFACE
May 2014 - Miracle of Miracles, there may be some hope after all! I have had an offer accepted on a lovely/tiny one bedroom flat. Within budget - at £343,500; a whopping, nay, eye-watering £800+ per square foot - and round the back of Tufnell Park, an on-the-up...

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The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part V ... Meet The House Hunters

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2014 | (02:04)

March 2014:

It's unsettling how easy it is to become a solipsistic shithead when you are trying to buy your first London property in this market. My weekdays have been spent wading online through a succession of rip-off bedsits and eye-wateringly small one-bedders whilst Saturdays are set...

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The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part IV ... Footballers' Awards Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (00:00)

Thursday 13 Feb: 12:05pm - Jet back in to London suntanned and in breezy, post-vacation mood. Drop off bags at West Hampstead abode, don my gilet (in desperate belief this makes me look more Home Counties and, as such, will be taken extra seriously by estate agents) and make straight...

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The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part III

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2014 | (00:00)

Wednesday, 5 Feb: 12:51pm - Slide bread in to (rented) toaster, open (rented) fridge, remove bland cheddar (stolen from housemate). Eat. Mother calls mid-snack inquiring about sealed bid results. I relay grim news. "Oh my Gawd, Dave! I can't believe it went for seventy-thousand more than advertised!" Believe it mum....

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The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part II

(3) Comments | Posted 18 March 2014 | (23:00)

Wednesday, 5 Feb: 1:32am - Lie in bed and ponder how much cash to put up for this sealed bid -AKA- my first chance to get on the property ladder. For the uninitiated The Bid could best be described as a sort of curiously 21st Century psuedo-auction; where hapless house...

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The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 (Part I)

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2014 | (16:13)


Thursday, 30th Jan: 4.26pm -
Punch in rightmove.co.uk after strained chat about grandma's inheritance AKA my possible deposit. The flat hunt has begun after mother assures me I am in line for "a few thousand pounds" once probate is settled and late relative's house is sold. Forcibly suppress...

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