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Tips to Sell your Home this Christmas

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There are some things that the British public simply cannot believe at this time of year; how cold it is, how dark it is and, above all, that it’s nearly Christmas. Nevertheless, Christmas is indeed upon us and if you are selling your home, or thinking of selling your home, you may be under the impression that it’s not the optimum time to bag a sale. Our top tips to sell your home at Christmas will show you that not only is it possible to sell your home during the festive season, it is a doddle.

Picture perfect

The average time that a buyer takes to look at a picture on a property advert is three seconds, so having the perfect image is essential in your quest to sell your home – especially at Christmas. When having your home photographed, it is important to think about the staging; ask yourself whether the clutter around your home has been put away, can you remove some of your personal items in order to create more space or give everything one last polish? Once you’ve ticked off those basics, think about the Christmas factor – do not include heavily decorated rooms in your photographs as they will detract from the space and may age your property if your home remains on the market in to January.

Keep the pine in line

Of course, at this time of year the Christmas tree has taken its place in our living rooms and other communal spaces, but make sure that the tree isn’t dwarfing the space it is in. We can all get carried away with the festivities, but this may not be the year to get the 7-foot Nordic spruce of your dreams – in the same way that cramming a king-size bed in to a single room will make the room appear cramped, an over-sized tree will also make your room seem smaller than it is. Buyers like to imagine their own furniture in potential new homes, so allow them the space to do so.

Serious offers only

Although some may suggest that Christmas is a difficult time to attract buyers to your home, what the period does provide is serious buyers. You can make the most of the serious buyers in December by ensuring that you see each property viewing as the optimum chance to sell – making sure that your home is in pristine shape and you are welcome and positive about the property and the area. Potential buyers can glean an image of what it may be like to live in the area from their interactions with you as the homeowner, so ensure that you are up-to-date about local schools and solely positive when they ask you any questions. Similarly, being flexible may bag your buyer as an accommodating vendor, who allows for viewings at irregular hours for example, could help clinch that crucial sale.

Preparation is key

Being organised could be the key in securing your Christmas sale. Make sure that your fixture and fittings list is put together, you have the legally required energy performance certificate and, if you have had work completed on the house, make sure you have the relevant consents. Solicitors can be the make-and-break in a sale scenario, with a slow solicitor frustrating both buyer and seller, so take recommendations from your estate agent and have an efficient solicitor all lined up, ready for a sale.

Being in a new home by the New Year can seem to be an impossible task, however by showing restraint with your festive decorations, and taking the appropriate steps to being prepared and organised you can certainly sell your home this Christmas and start your 2019 with the perfect gift – a new home.

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Does energy efficiency affect house prices?

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84% of all new build properties sold across England and Wales in 2019 to date sold with the highest energy rating of A/B, the figure for re-sale properties is just 7%.

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DO HOMEOWNERS AND LANDLORDS THINK TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP?

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The government has announced an initiative to use proptech (property technology) to “digitally transform house-buying”, helping to speed up how we build and sell homes. However, research by KMPG suggests just 58% of real estate companies have a digital strategy in place.

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How to increase your kerb appeal

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Making a good first impression is key when presenting your home for sale. Potential buyers and renters are always extra vigilant when it comes to viewing properties, from the front gate to the back garden, meaning it’s even more important to present your home in its best light from the off. But even if you’re not looking to sell up, there’s something to be said for sprucing up the front of your home. 

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STUDENT ACCOMMODATION – A NEW MORTGAGE MARKET?

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Buy for Uni mortgages are now offered by three Building Societies. They allow students to buy a property while at university and pay the mortgage with the rent they charge other students.

Of the 2.3 million students in higher education across the UK, over three-quarters, 1.84 million are students studying on full-time or sandwich courses. The majority require student digs during their studies.

While nearly one in five live at home, 317,300 students, the equivalent to one in six live in their own residence, an additional half million more (531,715) in other rented accommodation. Together these two sectors account for nearly half (46%) of all student digs.

Students can borrow 100% of property value, however the 25% deposit required by lenders is put against their parents’ house and there are limits on the type of property that can be purchased.

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What are the top things that will devalue your home?

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One of the key things we focus on when we own a home is how to add value to the property and make it more sell-able for the future. However, a question which will also help you to achieve your property’s best potential is what are the top things that will devalue your home? Here are some of the key factors that National Association of Estate Agency (NAEA) members have experienced as having a negative impact on property value.

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HOW DO YOU SAY?

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The top 10 most mispronounced place names in the UK have been revealed by the creators of language app Babbel.

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£750 MILLION LESS IN RESIDENTIAL SDLT

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At £8.32 billion, Treasury coffers netted £750 million less in residential SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) receipts across England in the financial year to the end of April, compared to 2017/18. This is despite just 16,000 fewer transactions taking place.

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First-time buyers; how to find the right home for you

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The number of first-time buyers in the United Kingdom is now at its highest for over a decade. If you’re one of the thousands of people who are looking to get on that first rung of the property ladder, then finding the right home can be a daunting process. Follow our tips and you could be moving in to your first home in no time at all!


1) Know your limits


Starting your search with a clear idea of what you can afford is a key aspect in terms of finding the right home. Oftentimes, first-time buyers are so excited at the thought of starting their property search that they begin with expectations soaring. Knowing your financial limit is key; before you start your search, we would recommend having a mortgage-in-principal approved so that you know exactly what you can afford. Starting your hunt by looking at homes twice your actual budget will only end in disappointment and will unduly extend your search – be realistic, set your limits and keep those finances in mind!

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I have had the absolute pleasure of placing this stunning and enchanting detached property on the market for sale. This four bedroom family home offers elevated open views over the surrounding Marple countryside and the River Goyt. The property is sitting in a generous sized plot of approximately 1.25 acres and certainly has the absolute wow factor!!

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