Diary of an Estate Agent – 17 – 23
I’ve renamed Monday – Deal Day, but only because offers are
coming flying in from some of the many viewings we did over the weekend. One particularly great example was a house
that had been on the market with another agent for many months, we put it up in
price by £10,000 and photographed it and marketed it in our own unique style and
hey presto, multiple interest from different buyers and one very happy client.
Did a viewing today at the only house we currently have for
sale that I would genuinely buy myself. My favourite house of all time (well,
almost), St Josephs Chapel in Tiddington. This is a totally unique building
which I fell in love with the first time I entered. Sadly, it’s not one I can buy just now but
will happily sell it to someone else to look after until I can buy it in a few years’
time! Fortunately, the interested buyer
is a client of mine, now she’s a self-confessed serial mover and will probably
move again in a few years’ time, at which point I’d better make sure I’m in a
position to buy it.
We have a saying in our office ‘You Snooze You lose’. Whenever one of the team come up with this
statement it always makes me smile. . . If a buyer is prepared to dilly dally,
as my old grandmother would have said, then you won’t always get what you
want. The reality is that when the
market is as busy as it is right now then the opportunity to take as much time
as you wish to make a decision is not going to work in your favour. Sellers are interested in committed buyers
who can and will show some enthusiasm for the house they want to buy.
When is a project not a project? Well, this could illicit multiple answers but
the reality is, if you don’t see how you can add any improvements then it won’t
be a project. What is a project to one
man or woman is another thing entirely for someone else. The joy of what we do is that beauty really
is in the eye of the beholder. One
particularly great ‘project’ we have on the market at present is at Great Alne,
the house dates back to 1937 and would really benefit from someone with a bit
of vision to turn it into their dream family home – perhaps your very own Grand
Design? The choice is yours.
A new client brings us the key to his late mother’s house,
another place to be sold at Old Town Mews.
I know this is very much a favoured location being so close to town and
yet with fabulous access to the Greenway.
Someone once said to me these are the only houses closest to town where
you have both parking and a garage. Well I’m not sure it’s quite the closest to
town, that will depend on the point in town you might take it from but the
relevance is, these are one of very few houses with off street parking and
garages. We’re about to launch one if
Traffic around the towns can be a bit of a challenge on a
weekend, whether its Solihull, Warwick, Stratford or Banbury – the challenges
are always the same, how to get our Viewing Agents around from one place to
another in the best time, usually this means avoiding the worst of the traffic
build ups we can – this is often a logistical challenge, especially as once we
start booking viewings in we have no idea how it will all pan out. Somehow, it all seems to work out and we
manage do over 20 viewings without a hitch.