Tatty and shabby but it’s a winner

A MORPETH estate agent’s gamble to give a warts and all appraisal of a property for sale seems to be working.

The four-bedroom end-of-terrace house in Dacre Street was given an unflattering description by the town branch of Mike Rogerson Estate Agents after it was asked to give an honest assessment by the seller.

But despite words like ‘shabby’, ‘unremarkable’ and ‘crumbling’ being used, there has been plenty of interest with a number of viewings and one unaccepted offer received in a week.

The advert for the property, which is on the market at £275,000, includes the following: ‘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.

‘The carpets are tatty throughout and the whole place is in dire need of tender updating.

‘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.

‘‘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.’

Estate agent staff have been stunned by the reaction to the unusual advert.

Sales and lettings negotiator Faye Watson said: “It was a bit of a gamble to agree to the request of the vendor, but thankfully the feedback has been positive.

“We have received a decent amount of interest in the property, and the viewers told us that they found it refreshing to walk into a house and not be shocked with how much work needs to be carried out.”

Some of them saw it as a potential challenge to transform it into a modern home.

“The media coverage about the advert was totally unexpected, but fantastic, and we would consider doing another warts and all assessment if asked to by a vendor.”