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Now We Have a Baby

Now We Have a Baby

Becoming a family is probably the greatest motivator for a move there is, and the choice of home is usually a fairly accurate reflection of the significant social change that people experience at this time.

Posted on: 10 April 2014 | Read More

Quick Tips to Maximise your Sale

Quick Tips to Maximise your Sale

First impressions are not only important when selling your home, they are absolute critical. When people come to view a property for the first time, they are unlikely to be scrutinising the unseen. They are simply trying to get a feel for the property. They will be bombarded with mostly visual impressions, many of which you can manage.

Posted on: 03 April 2014 | Read More

Getting Personal Through Technology

Getting Personal Through Technology

The opportunities opened up by technology in the lettings field have been enormous, yet many letting agents simply use their website as a glorified shop window. Like any agency window, the properties displayed need to be regularly updates and presented in a way that inspires tenants to take things further.

Posted on: 28 March 2014 | Read More

What Do We Have To Do To Sell?

What Do We Have To Do To Sell?

In an increasingly competitive market place, we know that as long as your property is priced attractively, it will sell. However, many people spend a fortune on improving their homes expecting at least the cost of the improvements to be returned to them via an increased sale price. This can be a mistake, as 90% of a property's value can usually be attributed to its location and size - the two things you can't change!

Posted on: 20 March 2014 | Read More

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 Camelot who would feed us with a regular supply of lottery winner prepared to pay ridiculous prices for modest properties. Unlikely, but we're working on it!

Posted on: 13 March 2014 | Read More

Enter the Spring

Enter the Spring

Spring is traditionally a time of change. Brighter and longer daylight hours make house-hunting easier for working people, and sellers naturally want their property to look its best. Job-hunters, who wanted to secure their Christmas bonus before seeking employment elsewhere, have by now settled into their new positions and feel confident about upgrading their home.

Posted on: 06 March 2014 | Read More

Removal Planning

Removal Planning

Despite the effort that goes into preparing a property for sale, many people overlook the impact of good removal planning, and often leave the packing to the last moment. Here are a few suggestions that we hope will help you avoid some of the anxieties many people experience during this exciting but sometimes stressful time:

Posted on: 27 February 2014 | Read More

Reliable Indepedent Mortgage Advice at Peter Heron

Reliable Indepedent Mortgage Advice at Peter Heron

Mortgage Advice Bureau, one of the UK's leading independent mortgage brokers with over 800 offices nationwide, is pleased to introduce adviser Cherise Connors who will be located within Peter Heron Residential Sales & Lettings at their Fulwell Office.

Posted on: 21 February 2014 | Read More

Should I Make an Offer?

Should I Make an Offer?

As a buyer you are in a powerful position, both in terms of the effect your buying decision will have on your own life, and on that of the person from whom you buy. If buying a property was some form of commodity like petrol or milk, then you would simply buy the cheapest stock available. However, buying a home is much less mercenary, and emotions run high.

Posted on: 13 February 2014 | Read More

Who's Choosing Your Property?

Who's Choosing Your Property?

An Englishman's home may be his castle - but it is usually a woman who chooses it! 94% of lettings agents polled in a recent survey confirmed that it is usually the woman who has the last word in choosing which home they rent!

Posted on: 07 February 2014 | Read More

Bargain Hunt?

Bargain Hunt?

There has been much speculation suggesting a potential decline in property prices and many buyers have been waiting to snap up a bargain. However our experience suggests that they will either have to make a move now, or just have to keep waiting! Bargains usually only occur in one of two scenarios; firstly, when the market is flooded with an oversupply of properties for sale. This means that in order to compete, vendors vie to make their property the best value available - in other words a bargain.

Posted on: 31 January 2014 | Read More

Be Secure When Moving Home

Be Secure When Moving Home

One aspect of moving is often underestimated is the need to be vigilant over security. Competent estate agents are trained to qualify and vet prospective purchasers, avoid unsuitable unaccompanied viewings, and ensure that transactions do not fall foul of the anti-money-laundering regulations. However there are other, less-obvious, aspects of the moving process that require attention as well. For example, recent research has shown that around 24% of homeowners leave themselves open to some form of identity theft when they move, simply by failing to redirect their post promptly.

Posted on: 29 January 2014 | Read More

Agents' Skills in Demand!

Agents' Skills in Demand!

As property prices rose through the past decades it became alsmost a foregone conclusion that whichever agent you chose to sell your property, a buyer would be found within a few days. So vendors became less discerning over their choice of agent and were understandably tempted to appoint the agent who charged the lowest commission percentage. However, in this market, this approach usually turns out to be a considerable false economy, as the different between a good agent and a mediocre one can be highly significant.

Posted on: 16 January 2014 | Read More

What is a Covenant?

What is a Covenant?

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.

Posted on: 10 January 2014 | Read More

Ask an Expert!

Ask an Expert!

As you look through the pages of the Sunderland Echo and property magazines, you are likely to come across one survey or another that seeks to prove how various property improvements add a certain percentage to the value of a property. There has recently been a marked increase in the number of people undertaking improvements whose motivation is to specifically to increase the value of their property prior to a sale. If you are considering such improvements, you should approach such surveys with caution.

Posted on: 03 January 2014 | Read More

Why Use An Estate Agent At All?

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, often with disappointing results. Yes, you could put a home­made board up in your front garden or write your own ad and put it in the local paper or on some private sellers’ website. But apart from the problem of appearing “cheapskate” to prospective buyers who might assume that you have also skimped on the home maintenance as well, there are some serious flaws to the idea of going it alone.

Posted on: 20 December 2013 | Read More

Should We Extend?

Should We Extend?

We are often invited to advise Sunderland homeowners on the expected “uplift” in the value of their property if they make certain alterations. On the surface, it is logical to assume that an extension will add significant value to your property, and this is often the case. However, we would urge caution when justifying the cost of improvements versus the expected increase in value.

Posted on: 13 December 2013 | Read More

New Regulations Say Don’t Switch!

New Regulations Say Don’t Switch!

Good lighting and plenty of power points can transform a property, and most of us have at one time or another undertaken minor electrical work in the home and lived to tell the tale. However new regulations have recently come into force whereby DIY enthusiasts should question the type of work involved, as it may require certification from a “competent person”.

Posted on: 06 December 2013 | Read More

Showing Buyers Around - Part 2

Showing Buyers Around - Part 2

Some people feel that houses should be able to "sell themselves" and do not need to be "shown" by estate agents. Whilst this may be true of certain exceptional homes, or where achieving the optimum price is not an issue, most properties require the skills of a well-trained estate agent if they are to sell for the best price within a reasonable period timescale.

Posted on: 29 November 2013 | Read More

Showing Buyers Around

Showing Buyers Around

Some estate agents claim that the seller is the best person to show a property to prospective purchasers. However, apart from the inevitable awkwardness of inviting strangers into your home, there are sound reasons why good estate agents prefer to accompany buyers around.

Posted on: 22 November 2013 | Read More

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