December 22 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
There has been a twist in the tale featuring an Ipswich house up for sale and a large pig pictured sleeping in the lounge – it has been sold.
The one-bedroom property in The Driftway, off Britannia Road, has taken social media by storm after ‘Pog the Pig’ was seen taking a snooze in one of the photographs advertising the insides of the former meeting hall.
The male pig – who has been confirmed as a house-trained pet rather than the owner – was pictured resting near a TV in the lounge.
The pictures, which also showed a cat sitting on an oven hob in the kitchen, were originally posted by estate agents Connells.
Prospective buyers were left confused by the curious affair. One viewer joked online: “Buy a house in Ipswich and get a free pig.”
On Twitter, Gel Egg said: “That pig knows how to party,” while another quipped: “Free bacon.”
Connells later removed the pictures and the property listing from its website, creating further mystery.
But today, Jonathan Webb, director of Ipswich-based estate agents Keystone, has come forward to announce the property has in fact been sold just a week after they first advertised it for more than their asking price of £100,000.
He said: “We started advertising the property on August 22 and accepted an offer on August 29 for in excess of the asking price.
“We had 10 viewings of the property with more people wanting to view it, but the vendor had already agreed a sale.
“The vendor was very happy with how effective we were as her agent to sell this unique property so quickly where other agents had failed previously.
“We believed that not showing a picture of Pog the Pig was the best strategy but felt we had to make potential viewers aware of the property’s furry friends before viewing!
“We hope to conclude the sale within the next few weeks.”
A spokesman for Connells had earlier said: “The pig featured in the photo is the homeowner’s pet but it wasn’t intended to be featured in the photos.
“The photo in question has since been removed.”
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