Having spent lots of time in Pembrokeshire over the years, Verna and Richard were familiar with the area, had friends and family nearby and liked the idea of being able to spend their retirement years there. They began to look at suitable properties and dismissed their initial choice of bungalows as they were either too expensive or needed a lot of work.
When they visited Scamford Park with a view to investigating park homes, they knew immediately that it was the place for them. Peaceful, friendly and with stunning views over the open countryside, the Culpepers could see themselves living a fulfilling and happy life there. They could also see that the park owner, Jason Hartley, took real care over the park and its residents’ well-being.
They immediately put down a deposit on the show home that they looked around, an Omar Colorado 44ft x 22ft, and put their house on the market, expecting it to sell quickly as it had a big extension, thus making it one of the best properties on the street.
At first, everything seemed to be going well and they soon accepted an offer. Unfortunately, the lady who had submitted the offer then became uncontactable and eventually they had to accept that she had no intention of going through with the purchase.
Undeterred, and with Jason being very understanding about the delay, they put the house back on the market. Eventually they found another buyer, but unfortunately he messed them around several times, eventually pulling out of the sale as there was no planning permission documentation for the extension, despite the fact that it had been completed 50 years previously.
Verna explains: “We hadn’t sold a house for 37 years and needed some help. Unfortunately we felt that the estate agent was not ‘on our side’ and the situation just got worse and worse” .
Seeing the great deal of stress that Verna and Richard were under, Jason suggested that they might like to think about using Quick Move Properties to part exchange their house so that they could buy the park home.
They spoke to Mark O’Dwyer who explained how the service worked and the couple were keen to go ahead with it, seeing an end to the uncertainty they had been living with. The property was valued at £370,000 and the part exchange offer was £335,000.
Their son was initially worried that they may lose out on equity as, rightly so, he saw their house sale as the dictator of the amount they’d have to live on for the rest of their lives.