• HESITANT TO SELL? SHOULD YOU FIND A HOME FIRST, OR FIND A BUYER NOW?

    Sellers aren’t selling; buyers can’t buy; nobody can move. The property market is stuck! People have been achieving extraordinary prices for their homes, with the Government’s official figures showing a national increase in property values around 20% between January 2020 and December 2021. With life-changing sums just waiting to be had, you’d think homeowners would be jumping at the chance to sell. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Consultancy firm TwentyCi says there were just 350,980 properties for sale across the entire UK at the beginning of 2022, the lowest figure since the company began gathering data in 2008. Even with turbo-charged demand and the possibility of selling for more…

  • HOW DO YOU MOVE? A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO SELLING YOUR HOME

    Would it surprise you to learn that homeowners in the UK move on average just once every 23 years? That might sound unbelievable given our national obsession with property, but keeping up to date with the value of our homes doesn’t mean we’re forever moving on. Some people are selling a property for the first time, but even relatively seasoned sellers who move every 5-10 years can forget some details. Is it any wonder, then, that almost every homeowner I meet has so many questions?  I deal with people selling their home in Stourbridge or nearby every day, and knowing what to expect goes a long way towards a seamless…

  • CHANGING ROOMS: RELAUNCH YOUR HOME WITH A DIFFERENT LOOK

    If you took a break from selling last year and you’re ready to try again, or if your home is still for sale and you’d like to refresh your marketing, this week’s blog is for you. We’ve all said at some point that a change is as good as a rest, and whether it’s switching careers or changing a routine, doing things differently is the route to new results. And when it comes to selling your home, nothing could be more true. Changing the appearance of your property doesn’t have to be costly or disruptive. There are many ways of creating a new look with surprisingly little effort, often by…

  • LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME IRRESISTIBLE TO BUYERS

    Are you planning to move next year? If you are, you’ll probably be thinking about getting ready for viewings and how to help buyers fall in love with your home. Getting the highest possible price in the shortest period of time is mostly a matter of setting the scene, and the festive break provides the perfect moment to step back for a fresh look at where you live. Buyers get several introductions to your home. Some will see your online advert; others might call from your for-sale sign. Later on, there are those first few moments when they step inside and how your rooms look and feel on viewings. So…

  • HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: ENJOYING THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON WHERE YOU LIVE

    What are your plans this Christmas? For some, it’s the chance to head off for a blast of winter sun, but the festive season is also a wonderful time to be at home because there’s so much going on. Local businesses and venues pull out all the stops in creating magical events and experiences, filling our neighbourhoods with Christmas cheer and the air with tempting aromas. Even staying indoors is unlike any other time, with gatherings of friends and family eating their way towards the new year and looking forward to what it may bring. And with some extra time on your hands, the holidays are the perfect opportunity to…

  • SELLING IN DECEMBER: ADD WINTER MAGIC TO LAUNCH OR RESTART YOUR MOVE

    December is a month like no other. There are Christmas lights and festive cheer everywhere you go, and everyone’s thoughts start turning to the new year and new beginnings. If you’re selling your home, the Boxing Day Bounce brings the year’s largest audience to the property portals, with 2020 seeing Rightmove’s biggest ever Christmas audience, up a whopping 54% on 2019. As well as these regular annual happenings, 2021’s shortage of supply means many buyers are still actively looking for their next home. And with talk of interest rates rising early in 2022, there’s a real motivation to settle on somewhere soon to lock in a current mortgage deal. All…

  • 2022 DESIGN TRENDS: OUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S IN STORE FOR HOME DECOR NEXT YEAR

    It’s the middle of November, and your thoughts are probably turning to putting your feet up for Christmas. But with the new year just six weeks off, it’s also natural and exciting to look forward to new beginnings, so what better time to start thinking about your decor for 2022? To help you make a start, and to ensure the homes of Stourbridge and nearby look and feel the part, I’ve been scouring the media for the latest trends and comments from home decoration experts. From putting it all together, it’s clear that 2022’s watchword is evolution rather than revolution. So many of us sunk our energies into improving our…

  • NOWHERE TO GO: YOU FOUND A BUYER BUT CAN’T FIND A HOME. WHAT NOW?

    One of the biggest concerns for anyone looking to sell their home is being unable to find one to buy. Although the issue is getting a lot of press right now, it’s always been at the front of people’s minds when considering a move. If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, the idea that you won’t have somewhere to go could mean you’ve put your moving plans on ice. And if you’ve already found a buyer, but you’re having little or no luck finding a place to buy, you might be wondering if your move will fall apart. The good news is that all is very far from lost!…

  • HOT PROPERTY: HOW TO ACHIEVE THE VERY BEST PRICE FOR YOUR HOME

    Have you ever wondered why some homes get multiple offers, while others struggle to get even one? It’s rarely down to chance. There’s no such thing as an unsellable home, and every property in every price range has the capacity to generate high levels of interest. Marketing is certainly a factor, but getting the highest possible price comes down to the partnership between you and your estate agent. The advice you’re given around price and presentation, whether you take or leave that advice, and then how your agent performs are the three pillars on which a successful sale depends. Whether your agent is online or on the high street, what…

  • AUTUMN ADVANTAGES: FIVE GOLD SELLING SECRETS OF THE UNDERRATED SEASON

    Autumn gets a bad rap as a season for selling your home. It’s always pushed back behind the blossom of spring, the sunshine of summer, and the festive magic of winter. But Autumn is what you might call the hidden gem of seasons to sell. There’s still plenty of activity from buyers, the leaves are turning into a bold and beautiful display of colour, and there are no stressful deadlines like Christmas and school years to meet. Instead, Autumn can be the most relaxed season for starting and planning a move. Even with homes selling quickly, the average timescale for moving home remains around 4-5 months, which gives you all…

  • MOVE OR IMPROVE: SHOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOME OR STAY AND EXTEND?

    Some questions in life are unavoidable. Aside from whether the chicken or the egg came first, at some point along the line you’ll begin to wonder if your home can evolve with you, or if it’s time to say goodbye and find somewhere new. Moving is a big step and an exciting time, but whether you’re running out of space, looking to downsize or considering a change of location, there’s more to selling your home than just a property transaction. Memories, attachments and neighbours are often difficult to leave behind, and it can become a challenge to separate emotion from logic. Many local homeowners face exactly the same dilemmas as…

  • MOVE BY CHRISTMAS: SELL YOUR HOME AND BE IN YOUR NEW PLACE BY THE END OF 2021

    If you’ve been dreaming of selling up and moving by Christmas, the good news is that you still have time. Celebrating Christmas and New Year in a new home with those you love the most, then hitting the January sales for a bounty of bargains, is a wonderful way to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in 2022. It’s also a date that many buyers are still keen to meet at this time of year. As of today, September 6th, there are 109 days until Christmas Day, which gives you a timeframe of just over 15 weeks. Although that’s faster than the national average, it’s by no means unheard of,…

  • STRUGGLING TO SELL: IS IT YOUR PRICE, OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE?

    Despite the strongest market in a decade with property selling faster than ever, there are still homes in Stourbridge and nearby that have not sold. If you’ve been on the market for some time, you could be wondering why on earth you don’t have a buyer when demand is so high. With a backdrop of record-breaking prices, selling speeds and low supply, it’s far easier for an agent to make a sale than to fail, so why is your home not under offer? Whatever stage you’re at, the good news is that however long you’ve been on the market, there’s always a path to finding a buyer. It’s simply a…

  • MAGIC MOMENTS: MAKE YOUR HOME AN UNFORGETTABLE VIEWING EXPERIENCE

    Have you ever drunk a smoothie? They’re wonderfully delicious, but it can be challenging to identify each individual flavour when strawberry, spinach, ginger, honey and turmeric are all vying for your attention. House hunting can be a bit like that. Evenings and weekends full of viewings and meeting estate agents can make homes begin to blur as the numbers mount up, and recalling all the different rooms can be an impossible task. So, when you’ve tidied, decluttered and cleaned to perfection, how can you make your home the one that buyers remember? If you’ve spent any time on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll probably have seen this quote pop up from…

  • SMOOTH MOVES: ELIMINATE THE STRESS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

    Most moves have a lot riding on them, and, if you’re thinking of selling your home, there’s probably a good reason behind it. Perhaps you’re moving in with a partner, expanding your family, relocating for work, thinking about schools, considering downsizing, or simply moving to your ultimate dream location. None of these are small events. They’re pivotal life moments filled with anticipation, and when the next chapter of your life depends on the sale of your home, it can be an emotional time. I believe that estate agents have a unique role to play in making your move an enjoyable and exciting experience. Because moving is exciting, and it can…

  • THE TIME IS NOW: SELL YOUR HOME IN THE BEST MARKET FOR A DECADE

    I cannot remember a market like this. Record high demand, record short supply, record low interest rates, record speeds of sale and record high prices have created one of the strongest seller’s markets in memory. In fact, the conditions are favourable enough to temporarily tear some pages from the rulebook on selling your home and getting the best price. Usually, I’d recommend spending a week or two fixing every little unfinished job, perfecting your kerb appeal and getting your interior styling just right. However, with so much demand and so little available property, the time to get your home on the market really is today. It’s not only an unprecedented…

  • SUMMER VIEWINGS: STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD IN THE BEST SEASON FOR SELLING

    Summer is upon us, and with it comes the best time of the year to sell your home (and to be an estate agent!). Blue skies, warm temperatures and nature in bloom make photos look brilliant, and homes look their best, while the lighter nights fuel faster decisions with fewer viewings in the dark. With so many positives, it’s no wonder that summer is the time of year when lots of people decide to sell. As more homes come on the market and the competition hots up with the weather, the name of the game is standing out from the crowd, instead of getting lost in it. In short, now…

  • NEGOTIATING A PRICE: DOES YOUR BUYER NEED TO FEEL THEY GOT A GOOD DEAL?

    “I don’t want to give my home away” is a thought on the minds of many people when they first put their home up for sale. In fact, it’s one of the main concerns I address when recommending an asking price that gives you comfort and confidence. There are some myths and misunderstandings around price negotiations and choosing the right tactics. If you add on a margin to deduct for buyers, will you lose interest by setting your asking price too high? And if you market your home at the price you’re looking to achieve, are you inviting low offers because everybody wants to feel they’ve got a discount? Given…

  • HIDDEN POTENTIAL: USING THE UNTAPPED VALUE OF YOUR HOME FOR SELLING POINTS

    Potential is a magic word in property, and no wonder. As our home lives continue to evolve, we’re examining every corner for how it can offer us more. Could the layout be more sociable? Can we create a workspace? Is there scope to add more bedrooms? How can we increase the levels of luxury and light? One of the unseen parts of estate agency is looking for potential in every home, not just those that need modernising. And as your selling partner in your move, it’s part of our job to explore every possibility to widen your audience and get you the best price. More and more buyers want a home…

  • BACK ON THE MARKET: CAN CHANGING YOUR ESTATE AGENT RESTART YOUR MOVE?

    Nobody wants to feel left on the shelf. Seeing your neighbours sell and move out while you’re stuck on the market for months, can be disheartening and confusing. And when you’ve poured your heart and soul into your home, but nobody seems to want it, what are you supposed to do? How long is too long before you give up? It might be small comfort, but many homes fail to sell with their first agent, so you’re neither alone nor even unusual. Perhaps the initial momentum has stalled, or there was never one in the first place. Maybe the advice you received hasn’t delivered the promised results, or a price…