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August Market Update

August Market Update

As soon as the Brexit decision was “concluded” late last year, we were hit by the pandemic. Four years of uncertainty was condensed into a bottle neck of demand, which was then frustrated by three months of lockdown – and longer hair! But three months of hair growth does not require three haircuts – yet […]

When to pack?

When to pack?

You have decided to sell, but the thought of packing your home up can be daunting, especially if you have lived in the same property for many years. It is well known that a property sells more readily when it looks and feels like a home, rather than just bricks and mortar, so it could […]

Smarter ways of getting your price

Smarter ways of getting your price

One of estate agency’s fundamental tasks is to secure the highest price that an able purchaser will pay for your property in a given market. In an ideal world, we would have a hot-line to The National Lottery who would feed us with a regular supply of winners prepared to pay ridiculous prices for modest […]

Buy first or sell?

Buy first or sell?

For homeowners wishing to sell their property and buy another, it’s the classic dilemma; which do you do first – buy or sell? Typically, people initially investigate the market to find out what they can buy for their money. Inevitably, during this research they fall in love with the “ideal” property. As they have yet […]

STAMP DUTY

STAMP DUTY

Finally, after the pent-up frustrations of lockdown, we have some very good news to report: Firstly, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a substantial boost for the housing market with the raising of the SDLT (Stamp Duty) threshold from £125,000 to £500,000. This really is quite incredible and will save buyers up […]

Independence Day

Independence Day

On 4th July each year Americans go to town on celebrating their national pride on Independence Day. And well they might, as independence is wonderful thing. As independent estate agents we experience daily what it is to be free of the constraints of corporate governance, number crunching, management reports and toeing the party line. The only […]

Should have sold

Should have sold

We are often asked to look at properties that really should have sold, but haven’t, and we understand the disappointment of vendors whose experience of the sales process has fallen short of their expectations. This disappointment can sometimes be the result of simply not knowing where you stand. We find that enthusiasm and good communication […]

Accompanied Viewings

Accompanied Viewings

You may know your property better than anyone else, but when the time comes to sell it, a well-trained sales negotiator will maximise your chances of success, for the following reasons: The heart!The buyer’s initial objective is simply to get a feel for the property, asking themselves “could we be happy here?” In order to […]

June Market Update

June Market Update

It might be tempting to believe that the pandemic has been destructive and all-consuming on all fronts, especially in relation to the property market, which virtually ground to a halt a few weeks ago. But we British are a resilient lot! Our compliant “keep calm and carry on” mentality has meant that we have/continue to […]

The Power of Pre-Marketing

The Power of Pre-Marketing

There is a strong argument for creating maximum exposure for a property during its time on the market, and much of our effort and resources are spent achieving the right exposure in the right places. However, one of the most powerful ways of securing a fast sale at a high price can actually result from […]