Author: Julian Bethell

How to increase your kerb appeal

Making a good first impression is key when presenting your home for sale. Potential buyers and renters are always extra vigilant when it comes to viewing properties, from the front gate to the back garden, meaning it’s even more important to present your home in its best light from the off. But even if you’re not looking to sell up, there’s something to be said for sprucing up the front of your home. 

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Buy for Uni mortgages are now offered by three Building Societies. They allow students to buy a property while at university and pay the mortgage with the rent they charge other students.

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The government has announced an initiative to use proptech (property technology) to “digitally transform house-buying”, helping to speed up how we build and sell homes. However, research by KMPG suggests just 58% of real estate companies have a digital strategy in place.

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welcome gareth!

I would like you all to join me in welcoming the newest member to my team, Gareth Budge. Gareth joins us as a Professional Viewer and I am delighted to have him on board. Welcome to the team Gareth!

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Halloween may have been last week but I think there is still some time left to delve into some spooky sales and property names before the Christmas Countdown is on…for those superstitious among us, just over 8,600 house sales have taken place across England and Wales during the last year on properties numbered ‘13’.

At £278,950 the average property price of such a property is over £30,000 more than the current average across England and Wales, spookily the equivalent to a 13% price premium.

Data from the Land Registry indicates just 1.5% of completions over the past year have taken place on the 13th of the month, with no Friday 13th dates in the past calendar year.

Spooky property addresses across the UK include Witchhazel’s Ghost, Pumpkin Cottage, The Ghost Train, Spider Lane, Blood Hill, Broomstick Hall Road and Wizard Way.

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Priestnall Charity Work

Year 10 children at Priestnall have had a flying start already for their chosen charity Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Their first event at the Teenage Artisan market in the Heatons Centre last weekend raised over £500 after they dropped into surrounding local businesses with their fabulous Bee tote bags and badges.

Further dates for and locations for your diary are Saturday 19th October Tesco Burnage, Saturday 26th October at Tesco Stockport and Saturday 16th November at St Johns Church where they will have more tote bags, badges and greetings card. So please support and make sure you catch them before they sell out!

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Annual Heatons Christmas Festival

One of the highlights of the Heatons calendar. On Sunday 1st December. Shaw Road will be awash with festive entertainment. There will be a community choir, delicious food / drink and lots of gorgeous market stalls full of ideal gifts. A little elf friend tells me Father Christmas will be there in his Grotto If you fancy volunteering for this excellent family fun event, please make contact with the Four Heatons Traders Association. Volunteers are essential for this event to take place. Please make contact if you can lend a hand on the day.

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Halloween Trail in The Heatons

The Four Heatons Traders Association are organising a Halloween Trail around the Heatons shops. This family free activity is sure to attract plenty of foot fall which is great for the local community. Businesses will be creating a pumpkin to display in their windows so that children and can see it and tick it off on their trail sheet. Each shop will be creating a pumpkin – either an actual pumpkin that is carved or one made & decorated from other materials. The displays will be proud of place in each of the windows. It’s similar to the Easter Egg but with Pumpkins……… The trail runs 23 -31 October and I’m pleased to announce Julian Wadden are taking part! A house themed pumpkin is currently in production.

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What are the top things that will devalue your home?

One of the key things we focus on when we own a home is how to add value to the property and make it more sell-able for the future. However, a question which will also help you to achieve your property’s best potential is what are the top things that will devalue your home? Here are some of the key factors that National Association of Estate Agency (NAEA) members have experienced as having a negative impact on property value.

1) It’s all about personality
We all have our own taste and style, or lack thereof and of course the desire to make our homes reflect our personalities is only natural, but personal tastes can become a sticking point when it comes to selling up. Maybe you love a particular football team, or you think that glitter is an absolute necessity in the bathroom, and if that is the case then the NAEA recommends redecorating before taking your home to market. Homes which are decorated in more neutral colours are typically the most saleable as buyers can envisage how their possessions would look in the space.

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The top 10 most mispronounced place names in the UK have been revealed by the creators of language app Babbel.

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