3 Reasons Why You Should Sell Your Property This Month

3 Reasons Why You Should Sell Your Property This Month

Whilst January and February can traditionally be a quiet period for the housing market, with Spring only around the corner and a General Election less than 4 months away, are you aware that you could be missing out on some great selling opportunities this month?

What makes this year differ from any other?

With a General Election looming, 2015 is set to be an eventful year for everyone and as a home owner interested in selling; you need to be aware of other interesting factors that could help you decide whether selling is the right option for you and your family this year.

Here are five reasons why you should be putting your home on the market this month:

  1. Stamp Duty 

Buyers must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) when purchasing property in the UK over a certain price. However, as of 4th December 2014 SDLT is charged at increasing rates for each portion of the price, instead of being charged at a single rate for the entire price of a property as it was before. This is encouraging many more potential buyers to the market; as for residential properties, buyers will now pay:

* nothing on the first £125,000 of the property price

* 2% on the next £125,000

* 5% on the next £675,000

* 10% on the next £575,000

* 12% on the rest (above £1.5 million)

So, for example: If a buyer purchases a property for £275,000, they’ll pay £3,750 of SDLT. So if you have a property worth up to £937,500 you’ll certainly benefit from the change.

This is made up of:

* nothing on the first £125,000

* £2,500 on the next £125,000

* £1,250 on the remaining £25,000

Whether this is a political move or not, you should take full advantage of it before it’s too late! As anything is subject to change after 7th May 2015, when the General Election takes place.

 

  1. Mortgage Availability 

Due to falling interest rates the average fixed rate mortgage is now priced at 3.14%, which is down 0.05% from the rate of 3.19% recorded in January; one of lowest mortgage rates on offer ever recorded! Whereas the average variable rate mortgage has an average rate of just 2.11%, down from 2.16% last month. So with average fees decreasing too, this is inevitably encouraging even more new buyers towards your property. Definitely a win-win for you and your potential buyer!

 

  1. Time of the year 

This year January has been quiet but February has been incredible.   At all price points we are seeing growth, our investors are like hungry hippos, we just can’t satisfy their appetite.  We are currently in a position that we’re selling more properties than those being listed.  Last week alone we we sold 9 and only listed 7, two of these sales were within 24 hours.

Therefore with the changes in stamp duty, the current mortgage availability, as well as the time of year, this really is the best time to sell your home.  You deserve to sell your home with an agent who understands how to get the best for your property within today’s market.  Call one of our friendly team today – on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com.

 

 

As divorce figures rise in January, how does this affect the UK lettings industry?

As divorce figures rise in January, how does this affect the UK lettings industry?

February is definitely the most romantic month of the year, but did you know that the first week in January is commonly known as ‘National Divorce Week’? Usually due to the stress of the festive season and the odd Christmas party infidelity bubbling over into the New Year.

Sadly 118,140 divorces were registered in England and Wales during 2012, which equates to about 42% of marriages ending in divorce. This is why homeownership shouldn’t be something to take lightly, because when unfortunate situations like this occur a multitude of problems can arise, e.g. deciding what happens to the family home, ownership issues, affordability issues, equity shares, resentment, emotional pain, etc.

But how does this New Year trend affect the letting market in Lancashire?

According to the last census data, those who were divorced in Lancashire were just ahead of the national average. Sadly at Ainsworth Lord Estates we do see evidence of this trend, with around 9% of all property sales due to divorce or separation. Stressful situations such as these also generate a notable increase of buy to let properties entering the market at this time of year, meaning more ‘accidental landlords’ entering the market too.

Ainsworth Lord Estate Agents recognises the needs of this type of landlord, as we completely understand that a relationship break-up can be a very emotionally draining time; especially if children are involved. So we will work with you to ensure that your property is let quickly, whilst supporting you through this difficult time. Once you have instructed our services, you need not worry about maintaining the property, complying with latest housing legislation, mandatory safety regulations, deposit protection, referencing, marketing, viewings, chasing rent payments or disputes.

We also understand that many problems can arise when tenants who rent their home split up too, e.g. early tenancy termination, affordability issues/potential rent arrears if one of the tenants moves out without giving notice or doesn’t pay their share, deposit issues, disputes, anti-social behaviour incidents, disruption to other tenants in the building, voids, etc. Therefore landlords need to be aware of these potential pitfalls when issuing a joint tenancy, be sure that the tenant’s relationship is stable and that the tenants are also made aware of the problems that can occur before signing an agreement.

Ainsworth Lord Letting Agents treat each case individually and as delicately and professionally as possible, for the most positive outcome for everyone involved.

We truly hope that your relationship is a happy and stable one, but if you are going through a tough time and either need to turn your home into a buy-to-let, or need to move to another rental property due to a break-up; then please get in contact with one of our understanding team today – 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com.

Home owners moving house reaches 7 year high

Home owners moving house reaches 7 year high

Over the last 7 years you and your family may have been desperately trying to move up the property ladder, but have been hit by the recession. Now could be the perfect time for you to try again; as a recent report has found that the number of existing homeowners moving in the UK has reached a 7 year high.

According to Lloyds Bank data, this 8% year-on-year increase saw around 365,400 people with a mortgage successfully move home in 2014, due to surging property values boosting their equity position.

We’re also aware that many homeowners in Darwen are extremely grateful to schemes such as Help to Buy, as they’ve played an important role to help widen the availability of low deposit mortgages within our community.

This is great news if you are planning on moving in 2015, whether you’re making space for your growing family or to take advantage of the extra value your home could have gained over the past few years.

What are ‘Second Steppers’ and how has the market affected them?

Typically 34 years old and married, ‘Second Steppers’ will have outgrown their first home and want to move up onto the second rung of the property ladder into a 3 bedroom house.

Second steppers are estimated to be sitting on £76,131 worth of equity in their existing home, this provides a 25% deposit for their next property, typically paying £299,428 for it.

Did you know: The average price paid by North West Second Steppers was £188,079 with a deposit of 30%, which is 3% less than the national average and may be why Lancashire is becoming such a property hotspot.

Lloyds Bank mortgages director, Andy Hulme, said: ‘A steady rise in property values in 2015 should further ease the constraint on many of those who bought their first home at the peak of the market in 2006 and 2007, enabling more of them to become second steppers.’

It’s never been a better time to buy your next home, and we know we are the estate agent to offer you the best guidance and advice. You deserve the chance to climb up the property ladder and we want to be the ones to make this possible for you and your family.

Discover how Ainsworth Lord Estates can help you move today by contacting us on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com

Are you already in the process of selling? – 5 Top Tips for a Successful Property Sale.

5 Top Tips for a Successful Property Sale

5 Top Tips for a Successful Property Sale

Doesn’t January always feel like a long month after the expensive festive season? The last thing you maybe thinking of spending money on, is preparing your home for sale. Whatever your situation, you need to make your property a new and exciting opportunity to potential buyers.

We know that selling your home can be a long, complex and stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

With some efficient planning and preparation, selling your home can be quick, efficient and even exciting! We want your selling experience to be a positive one; therefore we’ve created our top five tips just for you!

  1. Instruct the right agent
    Instructing the right estate agent is the most important factor when selling your home. You need to do your research before deciding on which agency you’re going to trust with your investment with. Things to consider:- Are they a member of the Property Ombudsman Scheme?
    Their membership to a professional body will show their commitment to you. As a member of the Property Ombudsman Scheme they will be able to access key network resources and code of conduct benefits.

    - Are they open 7 days a week?
    You want to ensure the estate agency you choose is not missing out on key potential buyers.

    - What are their fees and charges?
    You want to achieve the highest possible price for your beloved home, therefore the quality of service an agent provides should be the is key to your decision. Interview at least three estate agents and question them on the marketing they will offer, their knowledge of the market as well as their commitment to see the sale of your home through to completion and beyond.

    - Do they subscribe to a good selection of mainstream property portals?
    You want your home to be viewed by the largest possible audience of potential buyers, therefore it is important to understand where they will feature your home online. Check they using at least Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation as well as their own website.

    - Have they given your property an abnormally high valuation?
    You don’t want your property to go stale on the market, take longer to sell and/or for less money. We would advise that you compare at least 3 different valuations.- Do they have their own legal, finance and marketing team?
    Why is this important? It could save you time and money.You want to build on your relationship with your agent, so you need to trust them.

Ainsworth Lord Estates are different as we put our local community is at the heart of our business. We advertise your home in the local press and are honoured to have a large percentage of our business through word of mouth. We also attract overseas investors, who’ve recently turned their backs on the crazy property market in London and homed in on our beautiful and historic Lancashire.

  1. Home staging
    When potential buyers view your property you want them to fall in love with it and be able to see themselves living there. Home staging is all about creating an inviting lifestyle and enhancing your homes best features, which can in turn add value. They key things to remember about home staging is to de-clutter, clean and present every room and outside space of your home.
  1. Organisation
    If you want to help the speed of your sale then you need to be organised.
    What do we mean?
    Making sure that you have all the correct paperwork sounds simple, but failure to do so could seriously hold up the completion of your sale. Check lists and an up-to-date diary will help you to keep a record of everything and stay on schedule.
    What paperwork should you to hand?
    * The Deed to your home.
    * Your mortgage approval.
    * Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) we can help you with this.
    * Certificates of all electrical and gas maintenances, such as your boiler.
    * Certificates for any work you have had completed on your home.
  2. Be Realistic
    Your estate agent will value your home through a mixture of knowledge and current property trends in the local area. Sadly valuations may not always work in your favour and this is always hard to hear. Property markets can work for you and against you based on how the market is performing at that time. At Ainsworth Lord Estates we will give you an honest and realistic valuation at all time and more importantly work hard so you can achieve it.
  3. Don’t forget the garden!!
    When preparing your home for sale, make sure you don’t forget the garden. Potential buyers want to see a home that has been loved and cherished inside and out. Gardens are a wonderful way of creating a lifestyle that buyers can fall in love with, and if you have an exceptional space we want to help you showcase it’s true worth.
    You need to think outside the box, e.g.- Does your garden have character?
    What about adding some colour? Or some interesting accessories? …- Is it an attractive space for entertaining?
    This is as simple as placing your garden table and chairs in a suitable area of your garden. On a nice day add your parasol and dress your table with a jug and glasses. This will allow potential buyers to picture themselves sitting in your garden.

- Is it too child friendly?

Potential buyers want to see your garden and its size. Make sure your beauty of your garden doesn’t get lost with an array of toys and apparatus.

– How does the lawn look?
No potential buyer wants to see a bare and baron lawn. Think about feeding it a couple of weeks beforehand, this will make it look healthy and brighten it up.

Ainsworth Lord Estates are the only Independent estate agent and letting agent in Darwen, with full membership with the Property Ombudsman Scheme and who are open 7 days a week.

We do things differently, that’s why we get you the best results.

Discover why at Ainsworth Lord Estates we get the results you want, contact us today on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com

 

“Great News for Darwen” says, Paul Ainsworth Lord, Darwen Estates and Letting Agent

Jake Berry MP Meets with investors Stewardsons Developments Ltd at Ainsworth Lord Estates office in Darwen

Jake Berry MP Meets with investors Stewardsons Developments Ltd at Ainsworth Lord Estates office in Darwen

Investors and Landlords are always looking for the best returns on their property investment, and given some of the exceptional work we have done with one of our Clients, Stewardson Developments Ltd, it has encouraged them to invest further in our area, namely Darwen, Blackburn, Accrington and the rest of both boroughs.

See their news release here..

http://news.cision.com/jwc/r/1million-investment-for-accrington-and-darwen,c9717701

Rent rises to continue next year

North West rents rises among highest in UK

Residential rents have already increased by over four percent in the last 12 months and are likely to be driven further upwards month on month heading towards the year’s end.

Surprised

That’s how leading Lancashire Estate Agent and landlord, Paul Ainsworth Lord, founder of Darwen company Ainsworth Lord Estates, sees it right now “I have been a little surprised at the relenting rise in rents that there has been over the past year on all kinds and types of properties and in all kinds of different locations UK-wide.

Largest increase

In fact, here in the North West, according to stats out recently from the RICS, the rises around here have risen the most in the past year – by almost seven per cent,” says Paul.

Blocked

With no noticeable easing of loan availability in general right now, more and more people are being blocked from getting into the buying marketplace. They are thus having to rent instead. This, of course, brings about increased demands for rented homes and so rent increases – and is likely to go on doing so.

Drastic

Says Paul, “It is no surprise that rents will go on rising, almost as much next year as they have this. To prevent this will require  a drastic improvement in lending, and thus the ability of more people to buy a home. But this is unlikely, in fact very unlikely!

Challenging situation

This will mean in many areas, and for many properties over the next year period, rents from the start of this year, could well have climbed by all but ten per cent and that here in the North West rents could finish up 12% more – it’s a challenging situation for sure,” adds Paul.

Tenants demand growing

The RICS points out that the whole overall situation is building currently – no pun intended! They say that, the amount of new properties coming on to the market has little changed, but demand among tenants went on growing. The view is tenant interest is still riding high, and what remains to be seen is whether many are willing to meet the increasing rents being demanded by landlords.

Month on month

A recent study by LSL Property Services  found that in the summer period, average rents increased by 0.9pc month-on-month to reach £718 a month, and they seem certain to continue that way going on into next year.

At will

Says Paul, “Here in Lancashire, I am seeing all too often that Landlords increase the rent at times almost at will. They do so without fear, because, in so many instances they know at the moment if their current tenant doesn’t want it, there’s someone out there that needs a place badly enough to swallow the increased rent anyway.

Unpleasant

All of this is not a pleasant situation for the future well-being of the property marketplace as I see it. For the future it seems difficulties will both intensify and perpetuate. So many of these kind of issues do need to be addressed by the Government, alongside the fundamental problem of the shortage of new housing coming onto the market here in the UK.

Serious failing

It is a difficult scenario and from some angles one sometimes can’t help feeling that the beginnings of a serious failing for the property market are  still very much with us heading into the future,” adds Paul finally.

Trends on the mortgage scene

Is smaller better right now?

Small is often said to be beautiful, and when it comes to trying to get a mortgage, this is proving very much to be the reality of the current situation on the lending front, both locally and nationwide. Source -http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/aug/08/building-society-mortgages-homeownership

Slowing down

Mortgage lending has slowed in general among the main players and there’s news that one of them, Santander is adamant they for one are cutting back on loans going forward.

Not the case

Explains Paul Ainsworth Lord of leading Darwen Estate Agent,”It’s fair to say that usually if one is trying to get a mortgage there’s a tendency to think the big boys are the way to go, as they’ll have more cash available and there is likely to be more of a chance of getting what you need – but, that is not always the case it seems these days – there’s something of a new factor in the mix currently.

Getting busier

I have noticed on my beat, that the smaller building societies, far from sitting it out, are, in fact, getting busier and are up for doing whatever business they can and, also, taking on opportunities the larger lenders just won’t contemplate.”

Increase

In the first six months of this year societies and other Mutuals lent £14.1bn worth of mortgages –which was around a 38 per cent increase on the same period in 2011. The number of mortgages approved over that period was up by 45%.

Impressive

Inthe face of these figures it is the smaller societies who are showing impressive increases in the number of mortgages they are offering and in some instances they are ‘punching above their weight’ n terms of what one might expect them to be doing

Appreciated

Explains Paul, “I think it is generally appreciated that the small building societies cannot compete price-wise. But what they seem to be able to do is make things work for potential buyers who just can’t seem to get their application through a larger society. We find, if we can’t get buyer a mortgage, then sometimes a check with one of the lesser-known, smaller society can get us a result.”

More individual

The smaller societies, it seems, are adopting a more individual approach. They are often itv seems, basing decisions on a varied and more focused kind of consideration. They are often less automated in their approach than the larger societies.

Keener

Adds Paul,”The smaller societies, of course, have less people to work with so they are able to spend more time considering the ins and outs of each of their cases. But, aside from that, in terms of attitude, they have, in my experience, seemed to be keener to make something work instead of adopting the instant “it doesn’t fit – so it’s out” attitude.

Treble-ticked

So often, the response these days from the larger lenders, with all their backlog of anxiety is that each and every single criteria box must be at least treble ticked.”

Better suited

The mortgage expert’s view is that this more flexible, small society approach can better suit the likes of the self-employed customer, who might, for example, keep profits in their company and take only a small salary, and, also, first-time buyers, who may fail strict affordability checks, even though they are paying a bumper rent each month anyway and proving a good record of payment that way.

Circumstances

Adds Paul, “Just a slightly more considerate view of someone’s circumstances can make such a difference. We are finding that this flexibility isn’t there with the big lenders. Having said this, it should also be noted that with the smaller societies applications can be more detailed and intricate and the interest to be paid can be higher.

Make it happen

A good deal with a small society can get done nowadays if you know where to go and that’s why working with a well-connected local agent with a good lending network, such as we have at Ainsworth Lord Estates, really can help get in that ‘hot’ deal opportunity with a smaller society and so make a move happen,” said Paul.

…of deposits, saving and Government help!

Money is time for today’s first timers

Recent stats from leading property portal Zoopla show that an interest only mortgage can cost less to pay each month than the rent on a like for like property in many major town locations in the UK – and that includes many towns in our Region here in the North West too. Source http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/09/13/most-people-expect-to-be-35-before-they-buy-their-first-home/

Misleading

But this statistic is somewhat misleading and fails to take into account the true facts facing a somewhat stuttering and stumbling property market currently, says Founder Paul Ainsworth Lord of leading Darwen Estate Agency, Ainsworth Lord Estates.

Harder than ever

Explains Paul Ainsworth Lord of leading Darwen Estate Agency Ainsworth Lord Estates, “It may well be cheaper in some instances across the County to pay a mortgage than rent each month, but, the facts right now are that it’s getting harder than ever for first timers to get their first home.

Tough to get sometimes

For one thing, getting an interest only mortgage is far from easy nowadays. Even with the good mortgage contacts, such as we have, we find interest rate mortgages are few and far between, and if you find one, you’ll probably pay a fairly heavy interest rate for it. Lenders are far from keen at the moment to consider most people for such a mortgage.

Long time saving

The other key issue is, of course, the not inconsiderable matter of a fair-sized deposit, which is an essential in order to buy these days and which is ruling many buyers out of a step onto the home buying ladder. Locally, as with the UK in general, first timers, who are also often having a pay an expensive rent, are also having to save for a fair time, unless families step in to help.”

Years of saving

Recent survey ‘stats’ from Post Office Mortgages found that nearly 50% of those planning to buy for the first time believe it will take ‘several years’ for them to save the deposit they need. The Post Office survey indicated that     35 years old is now the average age of a prospective buyer, whereas in previous generations it was the mid-twenties.

Needs help

The survey also highlighted that special support was needed to help people ‘take the plunge’ in today’s difficult home buying marketplace. Adds Paul,”I entirely agree with that. It would be absolutely right to re-introduce a return to no stamp duty for first time buyers as soon as possible. The market does need that kind of help for sure.”

Milestones

The survey also found that assistance to help families buy a home at important life ‘milestones’ such as getting married or having a child were also very much in demand by those surveyed.

Government initatives

Said Paul finally, “For sure, if the situation does not ease in the next two years, there will be a very real need for some new considered Government support initiatives, in order to the help the first time buyer get the start they need. They’ll definitely need some kind of specific support by then, as indeed, I suspect,will the property market in general.”

Tenants – a hard time story

Tough to be a tenant

Its getting tougher all the time to become a tenant it would seem, and a local Lettings Agent – even though he is himself a landlord – thinks things are in a good few instances getting a little out of hand. Source – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/26/tenants-face-trial-by-computer

Alarmed

Explains Paul Ainsworth Lord of leading Darwen Lettings Agent, Ainsworth Lord Estates, ” I have to say I am becoming more than a little alarmed when I see the way some landlords are behaving to their tenants in terms of qualifying them to rent a property across the Nw Region and indeed throughout the UK.  It really is getting to be a bit over the top.”

Ludicrous

The media has this week been saying that many landlords have “lost contact with reality’ when it comes to vetting procedures for tenants.

Ludicrous

Explains Paul,”There always were reasonable checks in place – and nothing wrong with that, but, I am hearing of cases locally, and in various parts in our region too, where tenants are being subjected to what seem on the face of it to be ludicrously intense qualification requirements even to rent the most modest home. I have to say   I don’t in reality understand why this has come about.”

Cold shoulder

The days of a formal checks as to status and then payment of a fair deposit to get to rent a home seems to be thing of the more recent past. Says Paul, “I know of tenants being subjected to reams of form filling, being asked for guarantors and requested to put up bill records and even bank statements and goodness knows what else.

Fees

Then they are being  asked to pay administrative fees for the privilege of doing so. and are often in the final analysis being given the cold shoulder over a small matter such as a red ‘late paid’ electricity bill or a late mobile phone payment.

Far from fair

In certain cases, what occurs to rule people out of a tenancy these days really is at times hard to understand. It is far from fair in some instances for sure and makes one wonder if another tenant has been found during the qualification process who’s willing to pay more rent or deposit,” adds Paul.

Rising

The fear in housing circles is that this kind of unfair treatment will go on rising as more and more people are forced to rent as they can’t afford to buy. The pressure on rental availability also means that many tenants, if they qualify to get the place they need, could then face regular rent rises,

Higher rent

Says Paul. ” They either swallow thse or have to move on knowing that in any event someone else will soon be on hand ready to pay the higher rent being sought.”

Out-source

There is a trend for certain agents to outsource approval checks to specialist firms, who in turn use computer protocols in assessing income and outgoings to decide whether applicants really can afford the rent being asked for or not.

Bad news

Adds Paul, “That is bad news. That kind of automated approach can in so many cases lack appreciation or consideration of what is the true reality of a potential tenant’s situation!

Careful personal checks

This is not something we as an agency do. We assess potential tenants status with care and personally, to ensure we have all aspects of their position correct. This means we can adopt a properly informed view of a potential tenant’s status and their true position in terms of making rental payments. Fairness is what it is all about and if any tenant thinks they are getting bullied or treated unfairly, we are always prepared to guide and assist if we can.

Unfairly exploit

We, as a company do not want to be tarred with this brush of exploited unfairness. If we think a landlord wants to behave like that, we’ll ‘pass’ on his business, thank you very much. Yes, landlords should not be ‘taken for a ride’ by tenants, but, neither should a landlord unfairly exploit what is for sure a uniquely pressured and already difficult rental housing marketplace at the moment.

Some time to come

The requirement for more and more rented homes in the future, due to the inability of so many to be able to buy a home is with us for sure for some time to come. Both sides, tenants and landlords need to behave with fairness and reasonable consideration to each other going forward.  It’s ‘a must’ for the longer term,” adds Paul.

Attitude re-thinks in today’s market?

Is it still location location location?

Is the changing face of the property market changing the emphasis of homebuyer ‘choice’ these days – or, in other words, is it still location location location location that’s key?

Different factors

Paul Ainsworth Lord, of fastest selling Darwen estate agent, Ainsworth Lord Estates, suggests homebuyer choices and influences on his ‘beat’ are certainly governed by different factors nowadays.

Practicality to the fore

Explains Paul,”Our experience is that the focus on location is perhaps less than it was. Of course,people on the move know the areas that are ‘hot’ for sure, but, in these tough financial times, practicality is prevailing.

It’s the basics that count

People know that their often limited mortgage potential means they have to first respond to the basics – the space they need, a garden and the layout and the parking before they can only reach out for that desired location. It can be tough to persuade a lender to put up extra lending cash that’s needed because a property happens to be in a particular street or town.

Tough valuations

Also, all too often the tough valuations with us now  concentrate more on the bricks and mortar and space aspects of properties  than the variable location proximities of wine bar, admired boutique shops or trendy health spa and gym.

First viewing

All that being said, how quickly do people decide on their choice of home. Rightmove indicates the majority of homeowners make their buying decision by the end of a first viewing.

Immediate attraction perhaps..but..

Adds Paul, “There’s often an immediate attraction and impact made by a home. But I’d say it does often tend to take a good few viewings in our local area and indeed across the Region before buyers take the plunge.

Chipping in

The thing is  there’s more houses to choose from so on the spot gut reaction decisions are less required at the moment. Also, with finance being as it is and families chipping in to help with the deposit and so on, the decision often involves follow up visits and even joint decisions.”

In the hallway

The love at first sight stats suggests, according to Rightmove, that 29% of people had fallen for their current ‘pad’ before they had got any further than the hallway. Among renters the figure was 27%.

Two viewings

Only 6% of buyers had made it through two viewings before deciding that a property should be their home. Some properties shout ‘look at me’ from the moment you park up and it can go on having this immediate approval despite there being a certain amount of issues  about the home that are less than ideal.

Several times

There’s also those who might go back  for reassurance several times. In fact some apparently may not really take to their new home deep down until they have moved in and settled and ‘lived’ with it for a while!

Business-like

Added Paul, “For many around here, if it ticks the affordable and the ‘yes we can get it’ boxes in the current tough market that balances out the less ideal aspects of an intended purchase. Perhaps that’s a shame – but overcoming pressures and setbacks so often occurring right now as people try to get on the move, also offers an excitement and a real satisfaction too – slightly different perhaps, but still very much the case for sure.

Outwit

Seeing my buyers outwit the vagaries of the current market  certainly ‘does it’ for me every time! I suspect it’s also the same too for each and every relieved buyer at the moment, who needs to move and finds they can do,” adds Paul.