In this day and age, it really doesn’t seem unreasonable to consider selling your own property, after all when you think what access the internet has bought to us all and how our shopping habits have changed over the years then it really is a very reasonable assumption and I can see why people might think it is a good idea. The fact that very few people actually try speaks volumes, the fact that even fewer succeed shouts even louder about it. The online model of selling is really just one step up from this and is touted by the likes of PurpleBricks, Yopa and Tepilo etc. You might think you...

Getting the price right is essential to getting buyers through the door of your home, in fact it plays a dramatic part in making that happen. There are different strategies to getting the price right depending on the value of your home but a few fundamental rules do apply. Bearing in mind 99% of people now look at properties online in some way, shape or form then it is easy to see that getting your house to stand out from the crowd is, for any agent, like trying to get the proverbial needle in a haystack to the surface so it can be seen, found, identified, spotted – use whichever term you...

It’s here at last, summer has arrived!!! Well, maybe not summer exactly but at least Spring has sprung, the sun is shining and now the clocks are about to change the days will be longer too. Longer daylight hours is a great time for us in the world of selling houses – longer days mean more viewings, more viewings means more offers, more offers means more £££’s and more £££’s means happier clients – a win win all round. We accompany all of our viewings, believing we are the very best people to sell a house, in reality this is about helping a buyer understand how they can best live in the spa...

Everyone’s home is their castle, so to speak, at least it should be. Rarely is a house just a means to an end – it really is the place we ‘lay our hat’ at the end of a busy day and hopefully come home to a warm and welcoming place where we get to live our lives the way we want to. Now, how we choose to live in a house is different for everyone – some of you will be looking for plenty of open plan living space where the family can gather, do homework, cook, eat, watch tv or hang out whilst playing around on our ipads or tablet device. Others of you will want some quiet and calm space, perh...

Selling a house is very definitely not an online shopping exercise, like ‘popping an item’ in a basket and then paying £995 at the checkout. Yes, online is good for browsing and seeing what might take your fancy, it’s even rather good for seeing how you might want your own interiors to look but on every level it really is not the best way to sell a house. Many of the supposed ‘online’ agents who purport to sell houses, sadly fall down woefully low on delivering anything like reasonable results. What staggers me most is that some people buy into this service. These companies who over pro...

Now life is starting to get back to normal with the children back at school, estate agency life steps up a gear again. The festive season is a great time for families to get together and make plans for the forthcoming year and for some people that means moving house. There might be a new job in offing, equally an upsize or downsize may well be on the cards but whatever your reason for selling you will surely want to get the very best price the market can pay for your property? Yes, I know you will all be shouting ‘yes’ right now, of course you are! But how do you achieve that? Well, I...

Why do WE accompany all our viewings? The answer to that question is simple really, we want to deliver more results to our clients, we want to guarantee we can achieve the very best price the market will pay for their house, and in my humble opinion, one of the very best ways to ensure that happens is for us to accompany all the viewings. So what difference does it make, I hear you ask? Well that’s easy – we British are very polite people (generally speaking) and when a buyer goes to a house and meets the owner they will be charm personified and tell them all the wonderful things they thi...

I am fascinated about what interests’ buyers in our modern age and am even more interested in what are the exact factors that make them interested in a specific house. We know location is always king but there are some other factors that are important too. We know open plan living is becoming more and more popular so a house that has the ability to open up the space or something that is already arranged as such is most popular. This is something both Americans and Australians are very much used to and we are rapidly coming around to realise how social this living space can be. Also, a...

Videos and floor plans are becoming more and more important in the sale of a house. They give another way to visualise a property other than the usual pictures and text. And frankly, helping people to visualise a space is a critical part of what we do. It has in fact been proven that most men find it easier to visualise a property from looking at a floor plan rather than photos, something about the way there brain works makes it easier for them to imagine how they would live in a space from dimensions and layout rather than the way a room really looks, quite practical really. Traditionally...

What can you do with a property that is not deemed to have ‘kerb appeal’? There is much that can be done with this type of property. However, what this classification of property actually is will change from person to person – yes, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. But back to what you can do . . . again this will vary depending on peoples taste – a classic example is a 1960’s or 1970’s property . . . sometimes these can be considered a bit square and box like and often very bland, which is fine if you have a very modern and contemporary taste in furniture, however, if you’re m...

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again when we get lots of bank holidays all just a few weeks apart. I’m looking forward to the long Easter weekend and hoping that the sun will shine – I suspect you are too! Even though the office does close on a bank holiday, we do continue with viewings right across the weekend, assuming our clients are happy to give us access of course! That and the fact you need to be organised and book them ahead of time. Although I often find Easter Day is a little like Christmas Day in that many people enjoy a family day with wonderful lunches and not to mention...

Now we’ve had a few days with plenty of sunshine it inevitably brightens the spirits and gets my mind thinking about spending more time outside. In fact, just last weekend I was visiting friends and they were working hard in their gardens, clearing out the rubbish and starting to prepare the space ready for Spring. What I love about this time of year is seeing all the bulbs springing out of the ground and the shrubs coming back to life – is it just me or do the gardens seems to be a bit ahead of themselves this year? In reality, the state of our gardens goes a long way to help when a hous...

Who could have predicted in December just how busy the start to this year would be? Personally, I’ve given up trying to second guess the market and just trust that so long as we remain proactive and put our special touch on everything then results will follow. Those results have come in their droves in January and February with double the number of viewings and deals agreed from the same period last year– all this before the Spring season kicks in! Now Spring is definitely in the air with warmer temperatures, longer days and some sunshine, also gardens are coming back to life and are sudden...

When we value a property, we always value it from a strategic viewpoint. We all know that a house is really about the value a buyer sees in it. Rarely does it have anything to do with what the owners think – wouldn’t it be nice if it did? When we value a property it is always, what we would call, a ‘research based valuation’, for every house sold, even those that are somewhat unique, there are similarities that we are aware of that enable us to give a figure within a reasonable price range that a house might achieve. Of course, we have to add into the mix a bit of strategic positioning....

I get so very tired hearing about agents who will NOT accompany buyers when they view a property. The excuse is, so often, that the owners are best placed to show buyers around their own property, or the owners think they are better placed, than the agents, to show buyers around. This is all so very wrong. Personally, I think it is inexcusable for any agency to let this happen. I can certainly understand why an owner would ask for this, as too many agents will just open the door and suggest you ‘go and take a look for yourself’. Whichever option, it really is such a shame and such a waste...

An article I read recently stated statistics showing that only 5% of sales with online agents goes through to completion and it has to be worth considering why that is the case! Bearing in mind a client effectively pays up front for the service where exactly is the onus for them to get a house sold? When a client is expected to try and negotiate their own deal, I can tell you now, major alarm bells would be ringing for me and I can tell you now I don’t believe any private individual is the best person to negotiate their own sale. Even those companies who claim to have a ‘real agent looking...

Very few homes are sold solely on the attributes of the outdoor space – but many sales could be jeopardised if this area is neglected. Viewing a property should be as pleasurable as possible and every little ‘negative’ viewers find in a property will affect the experience your home provides. You can be sure the potential vendor will see a poorly maintained garden as an extra ‘job to do’ and add it to their mental pros and cons list. Have too many items on the cons side and you may well have a problem. The feeling outside a property is just as important as the feeling inside and sometimes...

Did you know that properties with a name (as opposed to just a number in a street) tend to sell around 7% higher than a comparable house with no name? But why would that be? Well, there are a variety of reasons that I shall try and explain to you. Firstly, a name gives a house an identity. Those that think of a house as just a number will never see that house in the same way as they would a house with a name, a name tends to denote something more substantial – I don’t just mean larger here but something more tangible, something they can feel more about, and get passionate about. A house wi...

With Chelsea Flower show in full swing it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about our outside spaces. It obviously helps that the weather is warmer, and the days are longer, add in a bank holiday or two and it’s time to be outdoors a bit more. As estate agents I continually see the difference a well-designed garden can make to a home, regardless of whether that is a balcony garden, a courtyard affair, a more standard size garden or right up to some serious acreage. Over the years I’ve seen stark evidence on the price achieved for properties when some care and consideration ha...

It’s great to see people taking the initiative and getting ahead of the crowd, people who know they want to move next year and are keen to take advantage of the volume of buyers still out there. With so many properties having sold recently there is still a very serious shortage of property in the market place. Even those properties that have been around for quite some time are seeing lots of activity and offers are coming in thick and fast and new ones just seem to be flying out the door. So, should you come to the market now or next spring? Well, as is often the case in these situations t...

Well in short, the answer in some cases is quite substantial. But of course, it all depends on how much you are paying for the house you are buying. As an example: - A buyer who pays £265,000 would have paid £7,950 under the old scheme and now will pay just £3,250 under the new scheme. Saving them £4,700, not a bad start to the New Year! - A buyer who pays £350,000 for a house would have paid £10,500 under the old scheme and will now pay just £7,500, , that’s a saving of £3,000, again not a bad start to the new year. - A buyer who pays £520,000 for a house would have paid £20,800 under...