The Journal

Dodging the Deal-Breakers: Top Tips for Homeowners and Buyers

The journey of buying or selling a property is often filled with anticipation and excitement.  However, it can also be fraught with unexpected challenges that might cause a sale to fall through.  As an experienced local estate agent, I’ve seen my fair …

Not Happy with Your Estate Agent? Here’s How to Switch

They say selling a home is a marathon, not a sprint, but what happens if your sale is progressing at a snail’s pace or going nowhere? How can you get things back on track and find a buyer who will go the distance? One option – and it’s a big move – is …

What’s Driving a Resurgence in Demand in the Property Market?

Good news: the latest data on buyer demand shows that the number of property hunters out in force is up by 14%*. So, what’s driving this increased demand? And what does it mean if you plan to buy or sell in 2024? Let’s take a look. Interest rates For a …

Inside the Buyer’s Mind: Emotional Triggers in the Home-Buying Process

I’m an estate agent, not a mind magician like Derren Brown, but recently, I’ve been delving into the psychological aspects of home buying. It’s fascinating stuff. For sellers, it can offer invaluable insights, helping them better understand how they (a …

New Year, New Home: How to Set Property Goals for 2024

If moving could be on the cards for you next year, now’s the time to set some goals to help turn your property dreams into a reality. Perhaps you’re feeling squeezed in your current home and want more room. Or maybe you’re an empty nester rattling arou …

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Hold Off Listing Your Property until Spring

If you’ve decided to put your home on the market in 2024, then there’s one burning question you need to ask yourself. When should I list my property? You may have heard that spring is the best time to list, as traditionally, this is when estate agents …

Five Conveyancing Tips to Speed Up Your Property Sale

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that comes with a long list of jobs and responsibilities. Along with decluttering and last-minute DIY, you need to find a good agent and speak to a broker if you require a mortgage to fund your next move. Bu …

Why Now, More Than Ever, You Need an Expert Estate Agent

Remember those post-lockdown days when selling a property was as easy as putting it on a property portal and waiting for the phone to ring off the hook?  Those days are behind us.  The selling market has become increasingly challenging, demanding more …

The Truth behind Property Valuations

In this quick read, I delve into the importance of accurate valuations – and how to price your property with precision.  Don’t be tricked into high listing prices The saying “stick it on high and wait for offers” is a common myth that doesn’t align wit …

The Advantages of Selling Your Home in Autumn

If you’re considering listing your property for sale, I have some good news. Traditionally, there’s a surge in serious buyers coming to the market in autumn after the summer lull – so you’ve timed your move wisely. But what’s the psychology driving pro …

Should You List Your Home before Hunting for a New One?

If your dreams of buying a new home rely on the sale of your existing property, then there’s one fundamental question you need to answer. Are you going to look for a new home first and then list your property – or do things the other way around? While …

Property Negotiations: Tips to Help You Seal a Successful Deal

When it comes to preparing for a property sale, most sellers focus on the early stage of the process: sprucing up their home and choosing an agent to manage the marketing. But there’s another element to nailing a successful property deal that gets less …

It’s Time to Get Moving if You Want to Sell Your Home by Christmas

Unless you’re one of those super-organised types who spend the year secretly buying stocking fillers and stashing them under your bed, Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind right now. And why should it be? It’s summer, the schools are shut …

Why Good Property Photos Are an Essential Step in the Sales Process

It’s often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but then (confusingly), it’s also said that first impressions count… Why are all these clichés so important? Well, when marketing a property, it’s a bit of both: how a property looks will ca …

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