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Monday, November 27, 2006

Home Listing Details: "Grubby, Cramped and Dirty!"

Things must be getting seriously out of whack in the formerly hot UK housing bubble, so much so that it's driven this real estate agent to dropping all niceties and calling a spade a spade... although, with some really odd wordplay. Read the following article from UPI:

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GLASTONBURY, England, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A British real estate agent, in a new twist, is describing homes for sale in newspaper ads as "grubby, cramped and dirty," or "suitable for a midget."

Julian Bending of Somerset told The Independent he was fed up with accolades heaped upon properties that were undeserved at best and downright misleading at worst.

He decided to take a blunt approach to selling houses. In one ad, the details read, "Dear God, it's difficult to imagine a more disgusting house than this."

Bending told the Telegraph that he has found a following among people who are impressed with his stark honesty.

"If you get called up by an estate agent and they tell you somewhere is lovely and perfect for you and it's not, they have no trust in you," he said. "People thank us and say it's exactly how you said, thanks for not wasting our time, while sellers are also grateful they don't have to bother with people who aren't interested."

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