Mar 21,2010
By: 'rose ryan'
Mar 21,2010
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We\'ve renamed Barnard Marcus as Ba**ard Marcus and wouldn\'t touch them with a bargepole ever again. About 18 months ago we viewed an empty large house for sale that needed modernisation close to Clapham Common. Our rep (sorry, Negotiator) was a shifty young man who was 30 minutes late arriving at the property both times we viewed it. The first time we met he wanted to know if we would buy a mortgage from them, which we declined. His manner and attitude became even more casual after that - a feat in itself. After seeing the house we put in an offer close to the asking price which a week later he said had been passed to and accepted by the owner who \'was living abroad\'. On that basis we instructed our solicitor and mortgage broker and paid for a structural survey to be carried out. The second time we visited the property there had been a \'break in\' and all the wonderful original fireplaces had been \'stolen\'. Huge ragged gaps were all that were left in every room downstairs. We demanded to know what had happened and the increasingly shifty Ba**ard Marcus rep said that he\'d \'lost the keys to the house, and had to break a window to get in, leaving broken glass on the front doorstep which burglars had seen and then got in and stole the fireplaces - but that the owner would pay to replace them with wooden ones\'. We didn\'t believe a word of it and suspected that either he had stolen them, or his colleagues. Following this fiasco the \'deal\' unravelled quickly. Our \'accepted offer\' vanished into thin air, and we were told by one of his disinterested colleagues (getting radio silence every time we tried to contact him) that \'a bank\' had now bought the house and our offer was rejected. We very much doubt our offer was even passed on to the owner because we refused to take a mortgage with Ba**ard Marcus, and wasted weeks of our time and nearly
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