Researcher: Good morning, sir. Are you enjoying the Perfect Home exhibition ?
Man: Yes, I am. It’s very interesting. I’m planning on buying a home in the near future and this exhibition has given me some great ideas.
Researcher: I’m conducting a survey on behalf of the exhibition organizers. Can I take a few minutes of your time to ask you some questions?
Man: Yes, of course. Can we sit down? I’m rather tired after walking around the different exhibits and stands.
Researcher: Of course. I’ll ask my colleague to get you a drink. Coffee?
Man: Yes, please. Milk and one sugar. Now, I suppose you’ll need my name?
Researcher: Yes, Mr…?
Man: Glass, William Glass. Double S.
Researcher: Do you have an email address, Mr Glass?
Man: I do. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
Researcher: I’ll just fill in the date. 26 of February 2007. Right. What do you do, Mr Glass?
Man: I work at the Ministry of Culture. I’m a civil servant.
Researcher: How old are you?
Man: 29 .
Researcher: And your marital status?
Man: I live with my girlfriend .
Researcher: Right. Single. Do you have any children?
Researcher: And could I ask you how much you earn?
Man: Well, I’d rather not say, to be honest.
Researcher: Could you just look at these ranges and say where you fit in?
Man: Oh, OK. There. 24 to 36 thousand.
Researcher: OK, that’s the personal information I need. Now I’d like to ask you about the property you live in. Do you live in a house or a flat and how big is it?
Man: I live in a flat… about 100 square metres. A little under.
Researcher: Do you rent or is it vours?
Man: I have a mortgage.
Researcher: Now, you said that you were anticipating buying another home in the near future. Are you intending to get a house?
Man: Yes, I am. Just a small one.
Researcher: What’s your budget like?
Man: Well, the bank has said that they’ll allow me a mortgage of up to a hundred thousand pounds, so enough for a small house.
Researcher: When you say a small house, what kind of size were you thinking?
Man: Oh, perhaps a little under 200 square meters, with a garden of, oh, I don’t know, maybe 20 square metres.
Researcher: And when do you think you’ll buy the property ?
Man: Within the next six months … hopefully sooner.
Researcher: Ah, here’s your coffee. Thank you John. Mr Glass, have you seen any particular properties that you are interested in?
Man: Yes, I have. There’s an interesting development going on in the district of Haydon. The government has joined up with a private company to offer affordable housing there. It’s on the outskirts of the city, but the transportation links look excellent: regular buses to the underground station. That means that it will only take me an hour to get to work in the morning: not much more than it takes now.
Researcher: They’re going to have some nice facilities nearby too.
Man: Yes. I’m looking forward to the cinema complex and the shopping centre, of course. I love films and shopping will be convenient .
Researcher: There’s a golf course nearby too.
Man: Well, I’m sure many of the other residents will appreciate it. I’ll join the fitness centre instead. Is your company involved in the development in any way?
Researcher: Oh, my company just does research. However, the private developer involved in that project is our client. The smaller houses are about 180 square metres , which suits you perfectly.
Man: Yes. Property is so expensive in this city nowadays. It’s good that the government is beginning to help those of us who don’t make large amounts of money.
Researcher: Well, thank you very much. I’d like to give you these free gifts.
Man: Oh, well, thank you very much! A notebook and pen are always useful and the T-shirt will come in useful in the summer. Goodbye.