A Place in the Sun: Couple say property is ‘tired’
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The new series of A Place in the Sun is back on Channel 4 and in the latest episode, property expert Scarlette Douglas was on a mission to find Mark and Caroline their perfect holiday home. The couple from Kent were hoping to find a two-bedroom property on Spain’s Orihuela Costa with a budget of £85,000. Despite things getting off to a great start for Scarlette, she had a lot to live up to after failing to impress the house hunters with one particular property.
The couple told Scarlette they were looking for a two-bedroom property with a communal pool.
They also wanted their holiday home to be within walking distance to amenities and near a selection of golf courses for Mark.
Caroline and Mark had a budget of £85,000 although they said they could stretch to £100,000 for the right property.
When asked why she wanted to move to Spain, Caroline said: “It’s got everything we are looking for. It has everything to offer, the sunshine, the beautiful cuisine.”
The first property Scarlette took Mark and Caroline to was a two-bedroom bungalow.
Not only did it have its own large swimming pool, but it was just a 15-minute walk from several restaurants and bars.
“It excites me,” Mark commented. “I’m speechless, it’s like I am in an oasis.”
The asking price was £90,000 but Scarlette was convinced that the couple could get it for £85,000.
“It feels very homely,” Caroline said.
The second property was a townhouse and before they had even stepped foot inside, Mark told Scarlette: “I think I prefer this.”
He explained that the townhouse “knocked the other property out of the park” because it had more space inside.
Things were going well for Scarlette until she took Mark and Caroline to the third property.
It was priced at £99,000 which was at the high end of Mark and Caroline’s budget.
“I’m not getting a vibe it’s a winner,” Scarlette said as she noticed that the property failed to impress Mark and Caroline.
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Scarlette also failed to impress the couple with the fourth property, which was a two-bedroom villa and it was priced slightly over the couple’s budget.
The couple had barely looked around before they decided to stop the viewing as they just weren’t feeling it.
The outside space failed to impress Mark because of the poor views while he noticed that inside, the property was in need of a lick of paint as it looked “tired”.
As a result, Mark and Caroline decided to cut their viewing rather short and moved onto their final home.
When it came to making their decision, Mark and Caroline decided to put an offer in for the second property.
Mark said that it “ticked so many boxes” and so they decided to put in a cheeky offer of £75,000.
The owner turned down their offer and so Mark decided to put in a counteroffer of £81,000.
After haggling further, they agreed on a price of £84,500.
A Place in the Sun airs daily at 3pm on Channel 4.
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