The property buying frenzy gripping the nation at the moment was brought into sharp focus when dozens of keen house hunters camped outside an estate agency to secure a property.
Extraordinary scenes were witnessed outside estate agency Bidmead Cook in the Welsh town of Aberdare where 30 people set up a long line of chairs and makeshift bedding to be first in line to bag one of the 14 homes available at a local new homes development.
The development, called Cwm Heulwen, is offering buyers with three-bedroom properties priced at £184,950 and with four-bed homes priced at £320,000 exclusively via Bidmead Cook.
Those waiting in line were waiting for the agency to open the next morning when the homes were launched by the agency onto the market.
The agency says their doors opened at 9am and all the properties were sold by 11am.
“Thank you to all who slept out last night, and congratulations to all that were able to secure their dream home this morning at our Aberdare office,” the company said.
Founder Gavin Williams told local media that: “We didn’t expect this, we knew there would be plenty of interest but we didn’t think people would wait through the night,” he said.
Williams says he visited those in the queue as darkness fell to offer hot drinks and food and to check they were OK.
Locals are attracted by the development’s relatively affordable prices, location and the large gardens they include.
Buyers in the queue had to be ‘proceedable‘; including having their mortgage in principle ready or prove that they were already marketing their current homes to bag a home, including a non-refundable deposit.
Pic credit: Bidmead Cook.