Estate agent discovers honesty is best policy

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An estate agent’s refreshingly honest description of a “shabby” house with “monumental masonry cracks” and “unfettered” views of the town car park has led to a flood of interest from prospective buyers.

The four-bedroom, end-terrace house, on Dacre Street, in Morpeth, Northumberland, is being sold by Mike Rogerson Estate Agents and is on the market for £275,000.

Far from being put off by the unusual approach to marketing, house hunters have been flocking to see the property, with five viewings and one unaccepted offer in just six days.

The house description begins positively with its location given as being in a prime, central position in one of the best streets in Morpeth.

But the details go on to state: “Looking unremarkable from the outside, it deserves further investigation, from the monumental masonry cracks as soon as you open the door, to the crumbling handrail and dodgy stone steps leading to the garage and small garden.”

They continue: “The property itself has a rather shabby exterior which is compounded immediately upon entering the property by a matching disregard to what may be generally considered habitable and, being untouched by the 21st century, will require blood, sweat and tears to haul it anywhere back to modern tastes.”

The decor is described as including north-facing windows stuck closed by paint, “tatty” carpets, spider webs and a gloomy downstairs toilet.

“A first floor landing may initially appear to be carpeted with pleasantly patterned silver strips, however on closer inspection, these strips are merely pieces of tape holding the carpet together,” the description reads.

“For obvious reasons, an internal inspection is absolutely essential.”

Faye Watson, sales and lettings negotiator at the estate agents, said: “One viewer we had said it was quite refreshing to walk into a property and the description being completely correct. There’s not that shock when people go in as it’s all written in black and white.”