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What Agents Do - Guide Number 4 - Qualify Buyers

Posted on: 22 May 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 4 - Qualify Buyers

The phrase “Willing and Able” is seldom heard today, as it no longer appears on estate agency documentation. However, it remains important to discover if a prospective buyer for your property is indeed willing and able to proceed, should they express interest in your home.

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Posted on: 08 May 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 3 - Advertising

In the old days, a property ad in an estate agent’s window and the local newspaper were all that was required to promote a property. Today we also have our website and numerous portals ensuring that our clients property receives the maximum exposure to the right people – or ideally thousands of them!

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Posted on: 24 April 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 2 - Valuation

Valuation is possibly the most contentious aspect of estate agency, and emotions run high when discussing most people’s most valuable asset. It is natural that the vendor of a property will want as much as possible for it, as does the agent.

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What Agents Do - Guide Number 1 - Good Advice

Posted on: 10 April 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 1 - Good Advice

Straight-talking sincere advice can be invaluable in a world where too many people would just tell you what you want to hear!

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Easter Opening Hours

Posted on: 02 April 2015

Easter Opening Hours

Find out our office opening times over the Easter Holidays.

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Posted on: 16 March 2015

Tenants – Help us to help you!

Letting agents love the challenge of helping you find your ideal home. Sometimes however, it can be more of a challenge than need be. So if you are looking to rent a property, here are a few guidelines that will really help us to help you:

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The Right People

Posted on: 06 March 2015

The Right People

Despite the fact that many people regard estate agents as more or less the same in Sunderland, there are in fact numerous selection criteria on which to judge the good from the bad, and the exciting from the mildly indifferent.

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Preparing your Garden for Sale

Posted on: 27 February 2015

Preparing your Garden for Sale

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and the state of your garden will always make an impact. Not only will prospective buyers be walking around your garden, but it will often make up much of the view from within the property as well.

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Professional?

Posted on: 20 February 2015

Professional?

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of letting agents, or estate agents claiming to provide letting services, since the decline in property sales volumes. However, the industry is largely unregulated.

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Hit The Road

Posted on: 06 February 2015

Hit The Road

“Location, location, location” is the somewhat overused maxim applied by many as a rule of thumb when selecting a property. However, a closer look reveals that a compromise in this principle can produce significant benefits for property purchasers in Sunderland.

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Why Are British Obsessed With Property?

Posted on: 05 February 2015

Why Are British Obsessed With Property?

No dinner party would be complete without talk of property values, gazumping, or someone who has made a killing, or a loss, on their home. We British are obsessed with our bricks and mortar. More of us own our own home than any other European country - although this is decreasing as values have risen to unattainable levels for many.

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OnTheMarket.com opens for business

Posted on: 26 January 2015

OnTheMarket.com opens for business

Today is a big day for us – and for you if you’re looking to buy, sell, rent or let property: today sees the launch of a major new national property website: OnTheMarket.com.

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Let it Shine!

Posted on: 23 January 2015

Let it Shine!

As a landlord you’ll want to minimise the time your property is empty between tenancies (what we call the void period) so it is essential that your property is looking its best for showing to new tenants both in terms of condition and cleanliness.

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Buying Old versus New: Part Two

Posted on: 16 January 2015

Buying Old versus New: Part Two

Last week’s article looked at the pros and cons of buying a modern home. Here we consider the older property.

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Buying Old versus New

Posted on: 09 January 2015

Buying Old versus New

Buyers tend to have fixed ideas about the style of home they would prefer to buy. Some would not buy anything but a “character home” whilst others prefer a brand new property. In this two-part article, we look at some advantages and disadvantages of each, starting with modern homes.

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Posted on: 27 November 2014

Viewing Time

Most landlords will recognise the tremendous importance of ensuring that as many prospective tenants as possible see their property. After all, more viewings means more tenant competition thereby maximising your chances of securing the highest rental the market will pay.

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On The Market

Posted on: 26 November 2014

On The Market

OnTheMarket.com will be a new place to view hundreds of thousands of properties to buy or rent all over the UK.

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A Word About Rebecca

Posted on: 20 November 2014

A Word About Rebecca

Sometimes it’s worth reflecting on the value of star performers in our business. One of these is Rebecca Boyd.

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The Case for Letting your Home

Posted on: 13 November 2014

The Case for Letting your Home

The continued difficulties in the mortgage market have created opportunities for vendors who are understandably tempted to consider letting as a lucrative alternative to a sale.

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Parents help first time buyers

Posted on: 06 November 2014

Parents help first time buyers

First-time buyers are increasingly relying on their parents to help them purchase their first home. Around 20% have either borrowed or were given money by family towards the initial deposit, with an average contribution of around £13,000 (source Scottish Widows). According to Santander Bank, some 80% of under 30 year-olds cannot afford to buy without some form of parental or other assistance.

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