• 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…

  • SETTING THE SCENE: HOW TO BE READY FOR VIEWINGS EVERY DAY

    No matter how neat and tidy they are, people always ask us how their home should look on viewings and whether they can improve their presentation. While no one expects you to live in a perfect show home, buyers do react well to a bit of pizzazz and polish. They’re looking to be seduced, and the way you present your home can shorten the time it takes to agree a sale, which means less tidying up in the long run. Viewings can happen any day, and the trick is to minimise disruption to your morning routine so you can get ready for work, prepare the kids for school or go…

  • THE PERFECT BUYER: HOW DO WE FIND YOURS?

    Being an estate agent is a bit like running a dating agency: playing Cupid every day, cultivating commitment and building long-term relationships that lead to living together. It’s more than marketing; it’s matchmaking! If you’ve ever experienced online dating, you’ll know that someone’s profile and pictures never tell the full story: it’s only when you meet that you know if it’s going to work. Until then, you’ve only got their looks to go on. That’s just what it’s like when selling your home. The property portals are effectively Tinder for buyers and, with so many listings on show, it can sometimes come down to chance whether someone stops on your…

  • GARDEN REVIVALS: SIMPLE & INSTANT TIPS TO BE READY FOR SPRING VIEWINGS

    The weather may be confusing, but one thing is for sure: Spring is springing. One of the biggest effects of lockdown on the 2020 property market was a massive surge of interest among buyers for gardens and balconies, and not just from green-fingered enthusiasts. People who’d never given gardens a second thought were suddenly sold on the value of being outside at home, and the demand went through the roof. That blooming market has continued this year, with gardens and balconies still noticeably high priorities for buyers, so it’s really worth making the most of your outdoor space to maximise its value and amplify interest in your home. Colourful spring…

  • WHAT DO BUYERS WANT? FIVE FUNDAMENTAL FACTORS THAT TURN VIEWINGS INTO SALES

    We’ve all had that sense of all-consuming joy when finding the home of our dreams, and what a feeling it is! Excitement, anticipation and nerves all rolled into a single moment, and much of it unquantifiable. There’s a lot that goes into a decision to buy, from emotional, financial and intellectual reasons to a healthy dose of gut-feeling. And while practical considerations like size, price and fittings certainly play their part, they all take a back seat to the most influential factor of all: how a home feels. Is it ‘the one’? The feeling goes way beyond the phrase ‘location location location’ because people live in all sorts of places…

  • PROFESSIONAL PRIDE: WHY BEING AN ESTATE AGENT IS A REAL PRIVILEGE

    Have you ever listed all the things you love about your work? It’s an illuminating exercise in clarifying all the reasons you do what you do. For some people, it can even be the catalyst for a change of career. The idea for this week’s blog came unexpectedly one Sunday when my mind drifted to how much I enjoy being someone’s estate agent. It didn’t immediately occur as a blog, but as the minutes went by, it seemed a shame to keep it all to myself, so this week’s article is more personal than most. Moving home is a big deal for everyone: for you; for the people you’re buying…

  • BEHIND THE SCENES: WHAT DOES AN ESTATE AGENT DO FOR YOUR MONEY?

    “Put it on the Internet and wait for the phone to ring”. That’s perhaps how many people see an estate agent’s life, and there’s undoubtedly some mystery around precisely what agents do beyond putting a property on the market and showing people around. While a big part of the day is being out in the neighbourhood and looking at homes, there’s plenty more work that might not be so obvious. A bit like a swan gliding majestically across a lake, there’s a lot of action under the surface to keep things moving smoothly. To shine a light on all that happens, you’re invited this week for a look behind the…

  • TIMING YOUR MOVE: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT MOMENT TO SELL

    Have you ever wondered how to pick the perfect time to sell your home? It’s probably the question we’re asked the most when talking to people about their move. But how do you pick your moment with so much conflicting advice? Should you exploit the new year rush, or sell in the spring when the blossom is on the trees? Is it better to get in before the summer holidays, or wait till the kids have gone back to school in September, or join the Boxing Day Bounce? You’re certainly not alone if you’re a little confused, but there’s more to selling your home than picking the time of year.…

  • WARM WELCOMES: TURN YOUR COLD VIEWERS INTO HOT BUYERS

    There are still two months of winter before spring hits on March 21st, so if you’re selling your home in the chilly season, it’s essential to extend the warmest of welcomes to potential buyers when they visit. The sensations of comfort and joy that make you glad to be indoors are precisely how your viewers should feel as they enter your home from traipsing around in the cold. By warming their bodies and seducing their souls, you can deliver an invitation to stick around not just for now, but forever.  And if nothing else, you’ll have proved that the heating works! So let’s take a look at how you can…

  • SWIFT, SAFE AND SURE: THE GUIDE TO SELLING YOUR HOME IN LOCKDOWN

    If you’d been waiting until the new year to put your moving plans into action, you might be wondering whether to put them back on hold. But if you do that, when will you be able to think about moving again? Let’s start by saying that 2021 is very different from the first lockdown of March 2020. This year, the housing market has been allowed to remain open, and not just because of its economic importance: our wellbeing is equally vital, and life doesn’t simply stop. (You need only look at how children have continued to grow, regardless of a national lockdown and global pandemic.) With clear government guidelines in…

  • DECLUTTER FOR GOOD: START YOUR 2021 WITH A ROOM-BY-ROOM RESET

    The weeks either side of New Year always involve some sort of clearing out. Whether you’ve hosted over the season, been a guest somewhere else or stayed at home for a quiet one, there are cards, wrapping, boxes and bottles to throw out, and decorations to take down and put away. New Year is also a catalyst for change and the increase in energy makes it the perfect time to declutter your home, regardless of whether you’re staying or selling.  It’s one of those jobs that gets easily put off, but once you begin, you’ll find the sense of accomplishment quickly grows. Before you get overwhelmed, a quick note on…

  • ROOM AT THE TOP: ADD SPACE & VALUE WITH A LOFT CONVERSION

    Spending so much more time at home this year has left many of us looking at our living spaces in a whole new light. Every spare corner has been pressed into service as a home office, classroom, gym or art studio, often juggling multiple roles at the same time. But one space that remains underused, is the attic. Most homes with a pitched roof have some sort of roof space that can be converted into practical, comfortable and even luxurious rooms, but lofts are often reduced to storing dusty suitcases and Christmas decorations. If you’re exploring how to add value to your home, converting your loft is a proven and…