Sunday, January 17, 2016

Viewing the first property!

I need to get on the housing ladder, so I'm in the market to buy an apartment or small house.

I did my first viewing appointment today, of a two-bedroom apartment near where I live now. It was very beautiful and spacious and at a reasonable price, but I'm not sure it's a good idea to choose the first place one looks at.

I removed my shoes at the door before I could be asked. I expect I would have been asked to take them off had I stepped on the beautiful hardwood floors without doing so. There was snow on the ground outside and the estate agent was in her stocking feet. Furthermore, the owner turned out to be a Chinese lady.

8 comments:

Bob said...

Matthew, you certainly showed good manners. Should you decide to make an offer, your politeness may very well work to your advantage as it would be remembered by both the estate agent and the current owner.

Matthew Celestine said...

Yeah, that would be nice.

Paul said...

Was the realtor a Chinese lady too? Did she thank you for removing your shoes?

Matthew Celestine said...

No, the realtor was a white blonde. She didn't mention it.

Paul said...

So why was she in her stocking feet - because of the weather or because of the owner's wishes? And, did she look professional without her shoes on?

Bob said...

Paul, I am not tying to be rude, but I think that the point of Matthew's post was what he did. Given the weather conditions, shoes should be removed regardless of the owners wishes.
I am sure that the estate agent, if it is anything like the US, occasionally has to do showings and open houses shoeless and I am sure that she looked professional if not she would not be very successful
Again I did not mean any disrespect so please accept my apologies if it came across that way
Bob

Mark. said...


Well done Mathew, but I would always expect good manners from you. I always take my shoes off when house hunting.. Last year I looked round a rather grand house and even though the owner said it wasn't necessary to removes I still did so. She wasn't phased by this in any way or surprised. Ans before Paul asks. She was wearing soft flat shoes and not in just socks. When we went around her large garden she changed into wellies.

Paul said...

I would never take my shoes off at an open house, unless explicitly asked, and even then I prefer putting show covers on rather than removing my shoes. As for the real estate agents, I wonder how they manage to still look professional while being shoeless. I remember going to an open house last February; the realtor greeted me in her stocking feet, she was dressed up very nicely but probably would look more professional with her heels on rather than just her tights. She asked me to remove my shoes too and I opted for putting on disposable shoe covers.