Author Archives: Richard Fowler


We’re Part Of An award Winning Network

We’re delighted to share the news that Relocation Agent Network – of which we are members – has been crowned the 2019 Best Estate Agency Supplier. This is a fantastic achievement for the Network and all of its members, including us!

The award was announced at the EA Masters Awards Dinner, held on Thursday 10 October at the Battersea Evolution, London, organised by Property Academy and hosted by well-known TV presenter, Gabby Logan.

The Award
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Scuffy

Scruffy is the new Smart!

There is a lot of talk and numerous TV programmes about home improvement and the benefits of presenting your property at its best when the time comes to sell.

However, if you are thinking of selling and your property is not necessarily the prettiest in the street, or perhaps it is a bit tired, needs new carpets, redecoration etc, there’s no need to despair. Indeed, forking out thousands of pounds on improvements prior to a sale is not always the right … Continue Reading…


October 2019

October 2019 Market Comment

Figures released from various sources suggest that the market – in terms of house prices at least, are holding their own, despite the political uncertainty we are currently witnessing. Year on year figures range from +0.6% (Land Registry) to +1.1% (Halifax). Nothing spectacular as an investment return, but it does demonstrate once again how resilient and reliable property can be – especially when it is regarded as a home rather than a commodity.

In the absence of the speculative buyers of … Continue Reading…


September

September 2019 Market Comment

This year, September reveals a mixed bag on the property scene. On the one hand, nationally, the number of new property listings in the UK fell by a whopping 13.2 per cent last month*. On the other hand, the latest figures by UK Finance suggest a strong growth in first-time-buyers – up 5.8% year on year.

Certainly the number of new-to-market properties traditionally declines over the summer months, but this usually ramps up again in September. It will be interesting to … Continue Reading…


RAF

Personal Accountability

Many properties in the East Northants area are as unique and distinctive as the people who buy them. So when selling yours, it is most important that your estate agent has a thorough understanding not only of your property, but also of the needs and preferences of every buyer who views it.

It is simply not good enough to load the property onto “the system” and hope for a sale, especially in this market. The promotion and sale of every property … Continue Reading…


Ladder

What Property Ladder?

During the boom years, if you were minded to move house you simply got on and did so! Any delay in moving up in a rising market could prove expensive as the property you were buying would inevitably have appreciated more in cash terms that the one you were selling. Moving up the property ladder was all the rage as speculation, aspiration and wealth creation prompted a culture of expected property inflation, supported by “generous” lending by the banks.

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why use

Why Use An Estate Agent At All?

On the surface it might seem reasonable to consider selling your house yourself, yet only the smallest minority of people attempt to do so, even in the face of so-called “DIY online” estate agency platform, usually with disappointing results.

Yes, you could put a home-made board up in your front garden or publish your own ad on some private sellers’ or online agency website. But apart from the problem of appearing “cheapskate” to prospective buyers who might assume that you have … Continue Reading…


Help

You’ve accepted an offer, now the real work begins (for us!)

So you’ve just accepted an offer on your house, congratulations! Job done, right? Well not for us. It’s at this point, where we begin dedicating our time to securing the sale and ensuring the whole process goes as smoothly as possible.

According to a recent survey conducted by Relocation Agent Network, of which Richard James is a member, 60% of responding agents (including us!) have at least one employee dedicated to sales progression.

Adding Value Behind the Scenes
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August Comment

August Market Comment

Here we are, mid-summer holidays, and the market is generally regarded as subdued. However, due to the continued lack of stock, we are still securing some excellent prices locally. Certainly, volumes are down but ask any buyer or seller and they are less concerned about “the market” and more interested in their own situation. This usually revolves around a single property, so volumes are irrelevant!

We are acutely aware of the personal requirements and emotions behind every sale, so we handle … Continue Reading…


Covenant

What Is A Covenant?

A covenant is a term you might hear when discussing a property during the conveyancing process. Covenants are a form of legal obligation that is binding on the owner of a property and passes from owner to owner whenever the property is sold. They form part of the deeds of a property and are recorded at HM Land Registry.

A covenant is usually established by the builder or original owner of a property and seeks to ensure that certain things happen … Continue Reading…