How we raised the roof for one buyer........

Like many estate agents, we often get asked to put forward properties for TV shows. With this genre of programme still as popular as ever, and new property shows still being created, it is wonderful to get the opportunity to have our company, and a client’s property, broadcast to the nation.

Recently, Mandy at our Cinderford branch was asked to put forward a selection of rural properties for a new TV programme to be aired later this year. The buyer was looking for a period property that was full of character and history, had great views, space for chickens, and was part of a rural community with amenities close by.

Initially, our property in Lydbrook was rejected, as the producers felt it didn’t quite match what they were looking for. Out of 19 properties presented to the TV production company, they finally selected three in the Forest of Dean that were to be televised and, to our surprise, ours was chosen.

It takes quite a lot of time to film, far longer than you would expect; a full day can be reduced to just a couple of minutes, or not even make the cut at all. The day of the filming was exciting, with them taking photos and filming the property and the surrounding area, especially the views.

You often find on programmes like this that potential buyers go away to have a think, and you don’t know what happens. In our case it was very different, the buyers chose our property, and have had their offer accepted. Their own property has now been sold and they are visiting the area again in a couple of weeks.

It just goes to show that despite what a buyer says they want on paper, things can often turn out slightly differently in reality. Although our property didn’t meet their requirements 100%, it captivated them in many other ways. Having a wish list is great, but don’t let it hinder your search for a new home by restricting the properties that you see.

The programme, Best of Both Worlds, presented by Lucy Alexander of Homes Under the Hammer fame, is due to be aired later this year.