A LONDON lad who was brought up in a council house bought his first home aged just 23 – and managed to knock £20,000 off the asking price by haggling with the seller. Mahim Hossain, now 24, had been saving since he was 18 and at university to buy a house before marrying his childhood sweetheart Zainab, also 24. The couple, who met at school aged 14, bought their £270,000 three-bed house in Erith in May last year. The pair knew it wasn’t possible to buy near where they grew up – Mahim in Stockwell and Zainab in Peckham – so they extended their search to the Kent border in search of affordable house prices.They ditched the idea of using a traditional agent in favour of auction house brochures to see if they could find a deal. After finding their now home with a guide price of £290,000, Mahim approached the seller directly to ask if he could buy it for £250,000 – a figure that was far too low to be accepted. But after a week of haggling over the phone, the seller agreed to sell the house to Mahim for £270,000, as long as he could turn the… Read full this story
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