Monthly Archives: August 2017

We should have sold by now?

Should have soldWe 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 must be maintained throughout the sale if you are to enjoy peace of mind. Of course a steady flow of buyers also helps!

So if you find yourself with a property that appears to be sticking, you might like to ask yourself the following questions

• Is my agent as enthusiastic as the day he/she listed my property?
• Do they keep me regularly updated with constructive feedback immediately following a viewing?
• Do they phone me, or do I have to chase them?
• Do they accompany viewings to make sure they are maximising buyer contact and feedback opportunities?
• Do they keep me informed of what is available and actually selling in the area?
• Have they provided me with practical marketing advice in terms of how to present my property at its best?
• Do they regularly advertise properties similar to my own in order to attract a variety of buyers?
• Do I feel like a valued customer with an important property?
• Is my agent blaming a slower market, or taking responsibility?
. Are the photograph of a high standard?

If the above rings any bells, it might be worth rethinking your sales strategy with a refreshing kick start before your property goes stale on the market. Why not give us a call before it’s too late?

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Manage Your Investment

Manage Your InvestmentSome landlords, especially those who are new to the experience, understandably wish to use a letting agent simply as a route to market in order to find a tenant. However, whilst a return on investment is one thing, sleeping well at night is quite another! A managed service is not just about chasing late rent, resolving disputes and inventory control.

When your property is professionally managed, it’s all about accountability. This means regular inspections to check that your tenant is treating your investment with the respect it deserves. During these inspections, well-trained staff are able to identify any areas that should be investigated in order to avoid or reduce costs later. An example would be a blocked gutter. Normally, you would only hear about this when the tenant calls you to tell you that water is coming in, plaster has come away from the wall and there is mould on the ceiling. Call in the dehumidifier, plasterer, and painter – and you have a large bill and an unhappy tenant.

Many tenants also prefer to rent a property that is managed through a letting agent, possibly because they have had a “problem landlord” in the past so they tend to stay longer.

Additionally, no matter how compliant a tenant may seem at the outset, the last thing a landlord needs is someone phoning him/her at all hours with the some minor issue over a draft, dripping tap, clanking pipes, noisy neighbours, etc. All or these are part of a day’s work for a dedicated managing agent!

One of the most important considerations is that as property managers, we get to know our clients’ tenants, and have a good understanding of their plans, often pre-empting a premature departure, so we can prepare and let the property in time to avoid it being empty – even for a day!

Most of our landlords derive great value from our managed service and we invite you to experience the difference yourself!

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Don’t Just Move, Relocate!

RAN blogIf you are thinking about moving to a new area, near or far away, then we’re the estate agent for you. As members of Relocation Agent Network, we’ve been hand picked as being, in Relocation Agent Network’s opinion, the Local Expert in Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Rushden. This means that we’ve met the Network’s strict criteria to become a Relocation Agent, such as quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism.

Offering You an Additional Channel of Buyer

Relocation Agent Network is a national network of estate agents selected by Cartus, the world’s premier provider of relocation services. Cartus uses us to help relocating families move, so when you choose us, you could potentially be marketed to these relocating buyers.

A recent survey conducted by Relocation Agent Network amongst its members, found that the most common reason for people to relocate around England, Scotland and Wales was for employment purposes (26%). Followed by people wanting to be closer to family and friends (25%) and financial reasons (19%).

With out of town buyers an important source of potential purchaser for your property, be sure to choose an estate agent like us, who has access to them!

We’re East Northants’ Only ‘Local Expert’

Only one estate agent in any given area is selected to join Relocation Agent Network as a ‘Local Expert’ and we can provide you with expert local advice, wherever you are moving to. Even if you’re planning to buy a property outside of your area, we can contact that area’s local Relocation Agent, who can provide the same high standard of service as we do. If you’re thinking of moving why not give us a call and experience the relocation difference for yourself.

Visit www.relocation-agent-network.co.uk for more information on what our Network membership really means.

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We Have Helped To Raise £1,450 For UK Charity

IMG_5073We’re delighted to announce that we’ve helped to raise £1,450 for UK charity, Agents Giving. Organised by Relocation Agent Network – of which we are a member – the #RelocationAcrosstheNation fundraising event included estate agents from across England, Scotland and Wales.

So how did we raise so much? Well, the #RelocationAcrosstheNation event launched on 22 June, coinciding with Agents Giving Day, the charity’s national fundraising day. Between then and 31 July 2017, we (and our fellow participating Relocation Agent Network members) donated £1 to Agents Giving, each time we either sent or received a customer referral from another member agent. As a network of estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members refer home buyers and sellers to one another. Should a customer plan to relocate to another area of the country, their local Network agent can recommend that the member in the destination location assist in their move.

The money raised during the #RelocationAcrosstheNation fundraising event is a great achievement by all participating members of Relocation Agent Network, including the team at Richard James, who really got behind the initiative. Agents Giving is a fantastic organisation, which helps various UK charitable organisations, including homeless charities, and we are proud to have helped raise money for them.

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Clutter Costs

ClutterIn the current market, if you are to maximise your price, it is more important than ever to ensure that your property is a highly saleable proposition, rather than one that makes another house look good by comparison.

Of course, there are several basics that should be in place. The price needs to be as attractive as the décor, and you should aim to be flexible on things like fixtures, viewing times and completion dates. You also need to be with a pro-active estate agency – not just one who simply lists your house and then waits for the market to deliver a buyer to your door.

But there are other things that you can do, which can have a significant bearing on whether a buyer will purchase your property instead of the one down the street.

A recent survey supports our own view that clutter in an otherwise charming property can thwart an early sale. Over 76% of estate agents questioned said that de-cluttering your home is among the top three most important things a seller can do, and is an inexpensive way of dramatically increasing the perception of space. 68% of agents said that a thorough interior clean was important, followed by 48% who said that the garden should be tidied.

If you have lived in your property for a while, you can become oblivious to what is clutter and what is an asset to the presentation of the property. So it’s a good idea to ask a friend to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, and we are of course happy to offer straight-talking good advice if required.

But don’t just bung your superfluous possessions it in the garage. Why not be rigorous and take a few carloads to one of our local charity shops? It can be a liberating exercise as well as a social benefit!

However, should you be thinking of selling, before doing anything, please do ask us to provide you with a marketing proposal – it’s completely free and might just give you all the pointers you need for a successful sale. After all, that’s what we do best!

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