prop­erty port­fo­lio

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Ev­ery­one’s queu­ing up to jump on the Ashes band­wag­gon. Lon­don es­tate agency Kin­leigh Folkard & Hay­ward teases cricket’s Fred­die-come-lately fans with its sales pitch for some flats “over­look­ing the orig­i­nal site of Lord’s Cricket Ground”. But alas, un­like some down the road at the Oval, they don’t of­fer a free view of our he­roes in ac­tion – to­day’s Lord’s is three quar­ters of a mile away from the flats in Dorset Square. Still, “ the for­mer cricket field has been trans­formed into stun­ning gar­dens, with two plaques com­mem­o­rat­ing the square’s crick­et­ing con­nec­tions”. Howzat? Þ Who needs cricket when you can play Kick the Es­tate Agent? Prop­erty web­site fi rst4sale.com is the latest bully to boot the boot in, at­tack­ing agents­peak. Its new (and trans­par­ently self­serv­ing) sur­vey “re­veals” our pet-hate sales phrases: top of the list are “we’ve got sev­eral buy­ers in­ter­ested in this prop­erty/ street” (64 per cent), “this prop­erty is com­pact and bi­jou” (51 per cent) and “this prop­erty has a very retro feel” ( 43 per cent). Un­fair? Don’t be a spoil­sport — send us your par­tic­u­lar pick of the plonkers. Or just tell us what you loathe about prop­erty web­sites. Þ But never mind first4sale, Fin­daprop­erty, Right­move et al, here’s the ul­ti­mate prop­erty web­site — one with no houses. Newly launched www.sell­mea­home.co.uk is de­signed for those too busy (or lazy) to look for them­selves: they sim­ply reg­is­ter their de­tails de­scrib­ing what they’re look­ing for — price, area, num­ber of bed­rooms etc — and th­ese get sent to agents in their cho­sen area. The agents send back de­tails of suit­able prop­er­ties. Sorted. Þ Send your prop­erty sto­ries to Prop­erty Port­fo­lio, The Daily Tele­graph, 1 Canada Square, Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don E14 5DT; email: prop­erty. port­fo­lio @tele­graph.co. uk

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