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Beat the Christmas Rush!

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! 2019 saw a ho-ho-host of festive addresses sold across England and Wales and here’s just a few!

If you’re seriously thinking about selling your property in 2020, we’d highly recommend bringing your property to market now in order to beat the post-Christmas rush!

Did you know…

Online property searches double over the Christmas and New Year period.

On average, there’s a 20% increase in people searching online for their next home. 

Over 1.7 million people visit Rightmove on Boxing Day, with 9.00 pm cited as last year’s prime property-surfing time.

Over 2.3 million people visit Rightmove on the 29th December.

Over 3.3 million people visit Rightmove on the first day of the New Year.

Don’t forget the last posting date for Christmas is Wednesday 18th December for second class and Friday 20th December for first.

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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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STUDENT ACCOMMODATION – A NEW MORTGAGE MARKET?

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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DO HOMEOWNERS AND LANDLORDS THINK TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP?

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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LUCKY THIRTEEN?

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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GET TO KNOW ME

So, by now I am sure you all know that I am back serving the vibrant Heatons property market. I am so happy to be back in the buoyant and diverse Heatons market and to be working back in this beautiful area.

I know a lot of you may know me as I started my journey at Julian Wadden here in Heaton Moor seven and a half years ago before moving around the business gaining experience in Property Management as well as understanding different markets such as Didsbury and Stockport. I also appreciate however, that some of you may not know me and a lot c an change in seven and a half years! So, I wanted to take to Instagram to do a Q & A and answer the burning questions that you wanted to know.

For those of you who missed it, here is my question and answer session and if I haven’t answered or covered anything in this that you may want to know more about, please do not hesitate to give me a call or pop into the Heaton Moor branch – 14 Moorside Road.

Thank you, Dan.

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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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HOW DO YOU SAY?

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

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