• SELLING OFF-MARKET: CAN YOU STILL GET THE BEST PRICE AND THE BEST BUYER?

    If 2022 is anything to go by, 2023 could be the year that selling homes off-market hits the mainstream. About 10% of property sales in the UK in 2022 have been off-market homes. That’s more than ever before, and for a number of reasons. Off-market sales began to increase because of the shortage of property for sale over the last year. Estate agents have had to get more creative by putting chains together from the top down, finding homes that weren’t on the market for ever-growing lists of increasingly desperate buyers. More recently, the ill-fated mini-budget and mixed messages around the property market have led some sellers to test the…

  • EVENING VIEWINGS: WOW YOUR BUYERS WITH A WARM WELCOME WHEN IT’S DARK AND COLD

    After the clocks go back and the nights start earlier, viewings at your home happen in a whole new light. Most buyers will come for their first look in the evening on their way home from work, so instead of letting the sunshine in to make your rooms feel bright, autumn and winter are all about turning up the cosy. It might surprise you, but longer evenings are one of the advantages of selling at this time of year. Buyers get to feel just how snug your home is after dark – something they rarely experience if they’re looking in spring or summer. With that in mind, this week’s blog…

  • INTEREST RATE RISES: HOW TO KEEP YOUR SALE OR REMORTGAGING PLANS ON TRACK

    Even though many lenders lowered their mortgage rates last week, we all face a bumpy road ahead. The media is battling it out to write the scariest headlines of an imminent price crash and soaring interest rates, but there isn’t a newspaper, market analyst or financial expert who knows the future of the property market. Nonetheless, many homeowners will be affected by rising interest rates. If you’re planning to remortgage within the next year or so, you’re likely to pay a higher rate than you do now. And if you’re looking to sell, you might feel like you’ve missed the boat to move. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. The…