When I see Kristen Digby on the telly, I feel like retching. However, this story amused me. It appears that no amount of spring cleaning will improve the value of a house in Peterborough. Unfortunately, the property market is beginning to struggle up there. The BBC's property cheer leader may have to cancel her program highlighting some run down over priced properties in the town.
Rising house prices has also generated a bubble in TV property shows. I wonder whether the public will want to see Kristen cavorting around sub-standard houses when the property market is down 15 percent. I doubt it somehow. So when the housing bubble goes pop, it is going to bring down all those cheap and nasty TV shows with them.
I can't wait. Whatever the Beeb puts on to replace Open house, it is bound to be an improvement.
Fears property market will force TV no-show
Estate agent Chris Taylor inside a Bretton house to be featured on the BBCs Open House programme, presented by Kristian Digby. Producers hope that the programme will see a fierce bidding war between people desperate to purchase two different properties.
However, the Peterborough estate agent who is marketing the homes admitted that he is struggling to attract interest because of a depression in the housing market. Chris Taylor, a senior partner at Brightmoves, said: "Because of rising interest rates and the Government's Home Information Packs, people are waiting before they buy.
"There are a surplus of properties on the market, but not enough people who want to buy them. It is as quiet as I have ever known, and I have been an estate agent since 1995." The BBC's Richard Black, a runner on Open House, said Peterborough was selected because the city offered a multitude of "desirable" properties.
He said: "We are filming 20 episodes in some of the most desirable locations up and down the country, and Peterborough is one of those. It is a city with a good range of properties at good prices." Filming began last month, when property experts visited the homes in Jerose Way, Bretton, and Sunnymead, Werrington.
The current homeowners were offered simple tips to drive up the value of their house without breaking the bank, such as removing pictures, de-cluttering rooms and cleaning carpets.