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Our Fantastic Winter Offer!

Posted on: 01 December 2018

Our Fantastic Winter Offer!

Get a full 20% off our fees during December 2018 to February 2019 in our winter offer. The 20% off selling fees applies to all new sales instructions, please call more for details on 0191 5103323. Alternatively you can request a valuation using our free online valuation form.

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Real Agents Get More!

Posted on: 01 December 2018

Real Agents Get More!

It’s official – what we’ve suspected all along – a “traditional” estate agent gets sellers more in their pocket than the internet-only alternative. They also secure more viewings and offers!

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WIN A GARDEN STARTER KIT FOR YOUR NEW HOME WITH FLYMO COURTESY OF PETER HERON SALES AND LETTINGS

Posted on: 31 July 2018

WIN A GARDEN STARTER KIT FOR YOUR NEW HOME WITH FLYMO COURTESY OF PETER HERON SALES AND LETTINGS

We’ve teamed up with leading UK gardening brand Flymo to give one lucky house hunter the impressive Mighti-Mo 300 Li Lawnmower and Trimmer twin pack, ensuring your garden can be kept in ship shape quickly and conveniently, leaving you more time to enjoy your new home.

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Posted on: 13 July 2018

Whos Choosing Your Home?

An Englishman’s home may be his castle –but it is usually a woman who chooses it! 94% of estate agents polled in a recent survey* confirmed that, in most house-hunting couples or families, it is the woman who has the last word in choosing which home they buy.

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The Meaning Of Service

Posted on: 29 June 2018

The Meaning Of Service

Most lettings agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of tenants”, and they pride themselves on their ability to find the right tenant for a property and to negotiate attractive terms for the landlord.

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Posted on: 11 May 2018

Working With Builders

When you buy a property that needs work, you usually hope to be able to recoup the cost of renovation by adding significantly to the future selling price. That’s the theory anyway! But getting the builders in can be stressful, and we have all heard stories of extortionate costs, unforeseen extras, no-shows, and poor, even dangerous, workmanship.

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Is A "For Sale" Board Really Necessary?

Posted on: 13 April 2018

Is A "For Sale" Board Really Necessary?

Clients often ask us if a board will significantly improve their chances of selling, especially as the majority of (but not all) buyers source property online. Some sellers feel that a board risks “overexposure”, or they don’t want their neighbours to know they are selling.

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Posted on: 06 April 2018

First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to selling your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing an early sale at the best possible price.

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How Many Should I See?

Posted on: 30 March 2018

How Many Should I See?

When looking to rent a property, it is natural to want to see as many properties as possible before making the "right" choice and common sense dictates that you should view a handful of alternatives before deciding which to rent.

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Posted on: 23 March 2018

Working in Partnership with your Estate Agent

When the time comes to sell your home it is important to ensure that you entrust your sale to a reputable estate agent, if the stress of selling is to be minimised.

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Posted on: 16 March 2018

Property Checklist

Household emergencies generally occur during the depths of winter, but we recommend that landlords undertake a pre-winter checklist now to prevent unforeseen property headaches in the months to come.

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Posted on: 14 March 2018

Wanted ... Accompanied Viewer

We are looking for a smartly presented and professional individual to be available to work flexible hours accompanying prospective Purchasers and Tenants around empty properties we have for sale or to rent.

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Posted on: 28 February 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE

DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS THE OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED AT 2PM TODAY. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE

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Posted on: 23 February 2018

Can I Buy My Freehold?

Most lessees (nb not tenants) have the statutory right to purchase the freehold of their building, called Collective Enfranchisement, under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

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Peter Heron Awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2018

Posted on: 16 February 2018

Peter Heron Awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2018

February 2018, Peter Heron has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.

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Posted on: 02 February 2018

A Question of Preference

During the course of the ownership of your home, you will no doubt consider a number of improvements that you hope will add value, or at least recoup the money spent, when you eventually come to sell.

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Posted on: 26 January 2018

A Property Pension?

Property is now regarded as a serious investment option and an attractive alternative to a traditional pension. The failure of many pension funds to perform has had a major effect on their popularity and people are now choosing to take more direct ownership over their destiny – in more ways than one.

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Posted on: 22 December 2017

Posted on: 08 December 2017

Grand Entrance

We all know about the importance of first impressions. Yet it is surprising how few people take a proactive approach to doing a few things that will really impress a buyer before they even walk through the door.

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Posted on: 17 November 2017

Going the Distance

If you were to compare the map of UK surname distribution of the 1801 census with a similar map today, you would probably be surprised at how little change there has been since then, with local surnames still congregating around the area of their ancestral home.

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Posted on: 10 November 2017

Getting Particular

When you instruct an estate agent to sell your home, you naturally want them to promote it in its best light. But what does this actually mean?

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Posted on: 03 November 2017

Advertising Myth

It would be perfectly reasonable to assume that as your rental property comes to market, your letting agent will simply post the property details on various property portals and wait for the tenant enquiries to roll in.

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Invictus Games 2017

Posted on: 21 September 2017

Invictus Games 2017

All the staff at Peter Heron are excited and fully behind Ian ‘Roni’ Ronald who is the partner of Liz Witney, our Fulwell Branch manager as they both head over to Canada, for the 2017 Invictus games in Toronto.

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Why Use A "Proper" Estate Agent?

Posted on: 28 July 2017

Why Use A "Proper" Estate Agent?

In this, our last of five articles in the series looking at the serious consequences of seeking to sell privately or through an internet-agency we look at the importance of the fact that buyers buy by comparison.

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Posted on: 26 July 2017

We Are Refurbishing!

We are Refurbishing!! New Office Coming Soon!! Fawcett Street Branch Closed however telephone lines open as usual Call us for all enquiries on 0191 5103323

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Why Use A "Proper" Estate Agent?

Posted on: 21 July 2017

Why Use A "Proper" Estate Agent?

This is the third instalment in our investigation into why property sellers will always do better using a “traditional” style of agency versus an internet-only approach (not that we regard ourselves as that traditional!)

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Why Use A "Proper" Estate Agent?

Posted on: 14 July 2017

Why Use A "Proper" Estate Agent?

In our third article in the series, we focus on the aspects of Compromise and Involvement – two factors that only a proper estate agent can deliver.

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Why Use a "Proper" Estate Agent?

Posted on: 07 July 2017

Why Use a "Proper" Estate Agent?

One thing an online agent can not generally do is provide a local property valuation expert to assess your property and suggest the most appropriate asking price. It may be tempting to simply rely on one of the online “valuation” tools available.

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Posted on: 12 December 2016

Christmas Opening Times

Find out our office opening times over the Christmas Holidays.

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Posted on: 29 June 2016

Brexit - Safe As Houses?

Be it the outbreak of war, Black Monday, 9/11, or 7/7, historically momentous events always send shock waves that appear to threaten the very backbone of our nation and especially its economy. ? Brexit is no different, and there has been much talk about the potentially disastrous effects of the UK leaving Europe, as if our islands could literally sink into the North Sea without somehow being attached to the continental mainland. However, one thing is certain - shock waves are short lived and we will recover. But recover from what exactly? The only thing on the table at the moment is the fear of the unknown. However, Britain is not only an incredibly resilient and resourceful nation, but world leaders and our trading partners around the world are already going to great lengths to find ways of developing new forms of relationships with the UK that could even be an improvement on what we had before. And let’s not forget that over half of voters believe we are better out than in! Of course, it’s impossible to predict all likely outcomes, but from a property perspective, could this, weirdly, be exactly what the market actually needs? Was it in danger of overheating? We know that there has for some years been a massive imbalance of demand over supply. Thats not going to go away. However, it could be moderated as more people, worried about the future of the housing market, will come to market. Let’s say 20% more. And let’s assume that 20% fewer people buy for the same reason. This 40% rebalance might just give the market the lubrication it needs for more transactions to take place. In the process prices could of course lose their shine which would inevitably help first time buyers get on the ladder. If fewer people are buying, they have to rent, and now the pound is cheap for foreign investors, could this herald a rush of overseas landlords taking advantage of rising rents? There are so many variables at play here, yet the most influential ones have more to do with people’s short- and medium-term response to the uncertainties surrounding Brexit than any separation from Europe itself, which may well turn out, in maybe two or three years’ time, to be less of an issue than 48.1% of disappointed voters expect. Keep calm and carry on? Absolutely.

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Posted on: 20 June 2016

Staff Training

This office will be closed on Thursday 23rd June at 3.30pm due to staff training and will be open as usual Friday 24th June. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Easter Opening Hours

Posted on: 24 March 2016

Easter Opening Hours

Find out our office opening times over the Easter Holidays.

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Posted on: 01 December 2015

Holding Your Rent Securely

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a letting agency is whether or not they subscribe to a Client Money Protection Scheme.

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Posted on: 31 July 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 8 - Linked Transactions

The adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link could not be more aptly demonstrated than in respect of property transactions in the UK.

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Posted on: 03 July 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 7 - Offers

Good negotiation is a skill that adds real value to the service you receive from your estate agent. After all it can be the make or break of a sale.

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Posted on: 19 June 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 6 - Offers

One of the most important aspects of your estate agents role is not only to negotiate a price (or ideally secure the full asking price of course) but actually to generate an offer in the first place!

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What Agents Do - Guide Number 5 - Accompanied Viewings

Posted on: 05 June 2015

What Agents Do - Guide Number 5 - Accompanied Viewings

The layman’s view of an estate agent is simply someone who shows prospective buyers round properties.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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First Impressions

Posted on: 26 June 2014

First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing an early let at the best possible rent. Most Tenants have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal style of property. Yet it is often presentation that makes the greatest difference. A well-presented property not only looks more attractive, but also suggests that the landlord cares for it. This in itself can attract a more careful tenant.

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The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Posted on: 12 June 2014

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Our home satisfies our basic human needs such as sleeping, relaxing, washing, recreation, as well as family time, reading, watching TV, Leisure etc.. But it is possibly eating which is the focus of home life. This basic need that punctuates our day provides a social focus for families and couples the world over.

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How to Interpret a Survey

Posted on: 21 May 2014

How to Interpret a Survey

Buyers clearly need to make informed choices when it comes to deciding which property to buy and at what price, although only about one in five people in England and Wales commissions a survey (source: RICS).

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Touching Up

Posted on: 15 May 2014

Touching Up

When letting your property, you naturally want your property to look its best, but how far should you go in terms of presentation?

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Buying an Unmodernised Property

Posted on: 06 May 2014

Buying an Unmodernised Property

There are about a dozen property-related programmes on TV every week. Some of these track the progress of a wreck to a finished home, or at least highlight a property's potential.

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Will the Internet Replace Estate Agents?

Posted on: 25 April 2014

Will the Internet Replace Estate Agents?

There can be nothing better suited to the internet than property, and hits to property websites far outnumber those of any other industry. The ability to be able to search in the comfort of your own home, usually without having to provide any personal details, is certainly attractive and has transformed the way the public begins to look for their new home.

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Location, Location

Posted on: 17 April 2014

Location, Location

Location is clearly the most fundamental aspect of property. But what is it about location that attracts? This is a complex question which means different things to different people, and is usually driven by the motivation for the move, yet it hold the key to why people buy, and where.

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Getting Personal Through Technology

Posted on: 28 March 2014

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.

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Who's Choosing Your Property?

Posted on: 07 February 2014

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!

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Posted on: 29 January 2014

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.

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New Regulations Say Don’t Switch!

Posted on: 06 December 2013

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”.

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A Feeling of Space

Posted on: 15 November 2013

A Feeling of Space

Unlike their continental counterparts, British tenants do not generally take account of the square footage of a house or flat when renting their next home. Nevertheless, spaciousness is often a priority and invariably comes at a premium. So if you are letting your property in Sunderland, it's worth making sue you create a feeling of as much space as possible in order to attract a tenant, especially if your property is relatively small to begin with.

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The Case for Letting Your Home

Posted on: 25 October 2013

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. The continued dearth of mortgage availability has meant that fewer would-be purchasers are able to actually buy. They are therefore forced to rent if they cannot secure the mortgage they require. This in turn has driven up demand for rental properties and rents have consequently risen to record levels, delivering excellent returns for landlords.

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Waiting in Hope?

Posted on: 19 September 2013

Waiting in Hope?

If your rental property is currently on the market awaiting a tenant, it may be tempting to assume that your agent is in full control of the situation, and that sooner or later a tenant will materialise. But don't be so sure! Sometimes an agent will take the same view and simply sit in hope, having apparently exhausted their own marketing options.

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Why overpricing may leave you out of pocket

Posted on: 15 September 2013

Why overpricing may leave you out of pocket

As a seller, it is tempting to accept the highest estate agent’s valuation you receive. However, there are sound reasons why you should avoid overpricing your home initially, as overpriced homes in Sunderland often end up selling for less than they otherwise might have.

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