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Dorset developer asks prospective buyers to be vetted before they can buy

Seller and developer of a luxury house in Sandbanks, Dorset who lives next door wants to screen buyers to ensure he likes them before a sale can go ahead.

Nigel Lewis

dorset developerA new luxury home being sold by an estate agent in Dorset has a very unusual condition attached to its sale.

But it’s not a free sports car, membership of the local gym or any of the other inducements sometimes offered by agents and developers to drum up sales.

Instead, prospective buyers will be asked by the agent selling the home to attend an interview with the neighbours.

The property is a three-bedroom home (pictured) overlooking the sea in Sandbanks, home to super wealthy musicians, footballers and business people.

dorset developerThe neighbour asking for the interviews is former TV executive and now Dorset developer Ashley Faull (pictured, left) who also the home’s developer.

He is building two detached properties on the sought-after peninsula and is selling one of them for £4 million to fund the build via local agent Tailor Made.

Ashley, 51, has made it a condition of the sale that prospective buyers will have to be interviewed by him and his wife Heather before a sale can proceed.

So keen are the couple on securing a buyer they like that, Ashley told local newspaper The Bournemouth Echo, they were prepared to accept a lower offer rather than sell it to someone they didn’t get along with.

“Having good neighbours is very important to my wife and me,” he said.

Two thirds of the relatively small plot, which measures 45ft by 60ft, will be taken up by the Faull’s own luxury home while the remaining third of the plot will contain the home of their new neighbours – assuming they pass the interview.

December 6, 2017

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