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Estate Agents are the Devil

Estate Agents are the Devil

For a long time I was quietly convinced that it was the politicians of this world that were agents of some dark purpose but this last week has shown me the error of my ways. My friends I was wrong. Yes the politicians are a bit slimy and they can’t be trusted but it is the estate agents that are truly emissaries of the devil!

I think I’m ranting again without explaining so let me clarify what’s going on.

My partner and I are taking the plunge and we’re moving in together! It’s a very exciting time which is why I haven’t managed to get much writing done because I’ve had to focus on getting this house stuff sorted which has meant that I can’t do any of the things that I normally would. I was hopeful that I could get it all sorted quickly which would then mean I could get back to doing what I normally do but things are never that simple especially when estate agents are involved.

We found a house. We fell in love with it. We bought it. HAHAHAHA. That was the dream. That’s how simple I thought it would be. Not true.

This is what happened.

We found a house. We fell in love with it. Estate agent makes things a nightmare!!!

So we find the house, tell the estate agent we want it and he then tries unsuccessfully to sell me into a product he claims will save me money. When I say that I didn’t want it he told me that he was going to put the other potential buyer forward more strongly because they were going through the buying process with their company! What an ARSE!!

I valiantly stick to my guns and tell him to just contact the seller and give him the offer to which the estate agent replies that he will contact me the same day with news from the seller. Would you believe that he didn’t get back to me not that day or the next! So I pick up my phone and call the office again. I speak to the slimy agent of satan and he says that he hasn’t managed to contact the seller but we’ll definitely get it sorted that day! LIAR! No generic phone call, no communication from the piece of dirt on my shoe at all. From what I could gather the seller needs to sell but I think that the piece of shit estate agent is just trying to get more money from potential buyers and isn’t contacting him at all.

My estate agent is the DEVIL and nothing any one can say will convince me otherwise. I mean I’d heard other people tell me that before I decided to embark on this really massive step but I just thought they were exaggerating but now I know better.

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Okay so my rant is over. I’m going to try and get some writing done. I was hoping to do a character interview with Wyatt and then post another chapter but I’ll have to see how things go. This thing with the stupid Estate agent is draining all my creativity and energy. I can barely think about anything that isn’t related to the house because of that man. I’ll try to call him again and make some progress on getting somewhere to live sorted. Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on 28/07/2012 in Life, Rants, Writing

 

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Why does no one want to talk anymore?


Technology is a wonderful thing. No really it is. It’s amazing. It’s transformed the world around us and I love it. But (and this is a big but) sometimes you just need to talk to someone. I found myself in this exact situation yesterday. I needed to talk to someone. Namely a bank. I wasn’t fussy about which bank. I would have preferred my own but I was willing to be flexible. You must all know the saying ‘If needs must” and my needs definitely needed someone that wasn’t a computer to talk to.

So with all of this in mind I begin with my bank Natwest. I track down a number for the branch that I need. Sadly it’s an 0845 number and all I had was my phone. For those of you in the States, you might not understand what this means so let me explain. An 0845 number will cost you an arm and a leg when you’re not calling from a land line. If you happen to have only a mobile you need to brace yourself for an almighty bill at the end of the month if you call any number that begins in these 4 digits. Unfortunately I was on a tight schedule and so I had no choice but to call that horrid number.

The phone doesn’t even ring before I’m told that all their advisors are busy and that I should try to solve my problem online. I am very aware of their online features and know that my problem cannot be solved that way. If it could I wouldn’t have bothered wasting my money on the very expensive call. I eventually manage to get through to someone who again tries to send me online. I explain to them – very nicely – that my problem is one that I would like to talk to someone about. He tells me he can’t give me branch specific information because I haven’t been connected to the branch.

If I could have done I would have reached through the phone and slapped him.

I had looked for the number for the branch and he tells me that it isn’t who they’ve put me through to. Frustrated by my bank whose slogan by the way is “helpful banking” I say goodbye and try another bank.

Bring on Barclays I think!

I call Barclays go through the same automated service only this time they’re having me talk to a machine to get any where.

Machine: Please tell me which branch you wish to speak to.

Machine: Please tell me what banking service you require.

Blah, blah, blah!

I just want to talk to a real person!!

However, I do as asked and tell the machine what I want only to be confronted with the same natwest problem. I do NOT reach the branch. I reach another call centre despite dialling a number that was meant to be for the branch. This guy gives me a direct number for the branch.

Hallelujah I think! I can finally speak to someone that will be able to help me with my problem.

I dial the number. The phone rings. I wait. The phone keeps ringing. I wait some more. I wait one minute. The phone is still ringing. More waiting. I wait two minutes. The phone cuts out.

Clearly no one wants to talk to anyone anymore. Maybe what I should do is just cancel all my bank accounts. If they don’t want to speak to me why should I bother allowing them to hold on to my money?

Rant over!

The moral of the story? Don’t call a bank from your mobile. You will just be frustrated at your mounting phone bill. Call them from the comfort of your home when you can put them on speaker and do other things.

 
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Posted by on 26/01/2012 in Blogging 365, Funny, Life, Rants

 

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