Spring is certainly in the air – and with it, a seasonal sense of urgency when it comes to moving home.
Having seen the back of winter, the fast approach of the Easter break and an impending General Election, sellers may wish to ‘up the ante’ and make theirs the property of choice among buyers.
However, there are some tried and tested do’s and don’ts that will significantly increase the chances of a quick sale, say Harrison Murray estate agents.
- In the first instance, choose your agent wisely. Talk to friends, scour the papers, get recommendations and visit agents to get a feel for their style and professionalism. If possible, choose an agent, who like Harrison Murray, is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).
- Don’t necessarily choose the agent that suggests the highest value for your home, or one that offers the cheapest fee. If the fee is so cheap are they really interested in getting you the best price?
- Put yourself in a buyer’s position. The memories that make your home valuable to you aren’t going to be shared by the new owner – they will probably be thinking about what they will change about the house at the first viewing.
- Get out and view some properties yourself. Unless you know how much your next home will cost, how can you decide what to accept for your own?
- Be realistic about your pricing. Think about the figure you are prepared to accept. Knowing this at the outset will help you to price your home competitively and also make negotiations with buyers more straightforward. Don’t dismiss low offers without thinking them through; a swift sale may save you money in the long run.
- First impressions count. Look at the way your house is presented both inside and out. A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference. Tidy the front of your house and clean your front door. If you have a front garden make sure it is well maintained.
- The inside of your house should be as free from clutter as possible, and having a general tidy up will help in preparation for moving. Do all the small jobs you haven’t got around to, such as changing that light bulb and fixing that squeaky door. If a potential buyer is undecided about your property it could be these small things that make the difference between a sale or them walking away.
Su Snaith, Head of Estate Agency for Harrison Murray (part of The Nottingham Building Society), “Getting a property sold is a team effort between the agent and the seller, so owners who show they’re sensible and keen to sell will always be at the forefront of the agent’s mind.”
There was a double celebration in the Wollaton office of Nottingham Estate Agency (NEA) as they landed the coveted Harrison Murray/NEA Challenge Cup in the same week the area was named one of the most desirable in the UK to live in.
Estate Agency Manager Karen Eccles and her passionate, hard-working team got their hands on the impressive trophy after achieving the best overall performance and customer care for the month of February of all 35 estate agency branches (the enite Harrison Murray and NEA network – all part of the Nottingham Building Society).
The presentation of the silverware was well timed. Last weekend Nottingham was named in the top 50 places to live (43rd) in the UK*, with Wollaton in particular receiving a positive mention as one of the city’s most desirable areas to live.
Karen said: “Winning the Challenge Cup for February is a result of lots of hard work and dedication from all of the team. It’s a fantastic achievement.
“We pride ourselves on providing great service and customer care – we know people want to live in Wollaton and it’s really important to us that they get the right kind of expertise, and a welcoming smile, from the off.”
The Wollaton branch can be found at 157 Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2QJ. Phone number: 0115 928 0981.
*The Times/Zoopla joint survey
Always on the hunt for new ways to help the community, our Market Harborough branch have an Easter treat in store for the town!
Estate Agency Manager Kameron Hutchinson and his team are egg-cited about their seasonal incentive to bring the business sector and local people together for good causes.
In support of the Welland Valley Rotary Club, Harrison Murray and The Nottingham Building Society gave the Easter bunny a break when the estate agent’s very own HM Bear (pictured) stepped in to deliver eight delicious giant Easter eggs to businesses in the town centre.
Customers and visitors to the businesses, which alongside us (Harrison Murray) include Gildings Auctioneers, GI’s Barbers, The Angel Hotel, Travis Perkins, JS LAW Solicitors, Milos Café and Beauty Spot beauticians, will have the chance to win one of the tasty treats by simply buying a raffle ticket.
All proceeds will be donated to the Rotary Club, which helps Dementia Harborough and The Bower House, which provides a counselling service.
The Harrison Murray winner will be presented with the egg when the fundraising stunt ends on 27 March 2015.
Kameron, who hatched the idea to raise money for good causes and to profile local businesses, said: “We wanted to do something that could involve pretty much everyone, and present people with several opportunities of winning – hence the eight eggs – for minimal effort, but with maximum impact for charity.
“Everyone knows Harrison Murray likes to be at the forefront of fundraising, and we do have another couple of events happening in-branch during the coming weeks which our customers may like to get involved with.”
Tickets priced 50p each are on sale from the participating businesses.
In what is a busy, fast-moving property world, our Leicester office were stopped in their tracks momentarily by a letter that arrived at their office – four decades after it was first posted.
The return to sender letter, which is twice as old as 20-year-old negotiator Zachary Oldershaw who can be seen with it (above), arrived intact at the Halford Street branch – despite being postmarked 21st August 1975!
The envelope bore the Harrison Murray logo of the time, along with a printed address to The Occupier of 100 Roman Bank in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
The typed letter, on Harrison Murray letterhead, contained details of a proposed redevelopment of the Stamford Laundry premises close to the address, and is thought to be one of many letters sent to local residents informing them of a possible change of use to the site.
Halford Street estate agency manager Zara Laxman said: “We were all very excited and intrigued when the letter arrived in the office only last week – having looked at the postmark and seeing how long ago it was originally sent!
“A member of staff opened the letter and the mystery now centres around its whereabouts for the past 40 years, and what the people at Roman Bank in Stamford thought to the plans at the time.”
If you think the letter – originally posted from the same Halford Street branch address – was intended for you, or you received it by mistake and put it back into the mail system, drop Harrison Murray a line on email@example.com
1975 – was the year that …
- Brian Clough, the former manager of Derby County, was appointed manager of Football League Second Division strugglers Nottingham Forest.
- Margaret Thatcher defeated Edward Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election to become the party’s first female leader.
- A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London, killed 43 people.
- The comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail was released.
- The first episode of Fawlty Towers was broadcast on BBC2 TV.
- Dougal Haston and Doug Scott became the first British people to climb Mount Everest.
- Former racing driver Graham Hill, 46, died in an air crash in Hertfordshire.
When it comes to astuteness with regards to savings – and working his way onto and up the housing ladder – there can’t be many people better placed to offer words of wisdom than spritely pensioner Samuel Ball.
The 93-year-old has been a customer with The Nottingham Building Society (of which Harrison Murray is a part) for no less than 70 years.
And, in that time, his shrewd take on saving has not only ensured there’s always been food on the table – it’s made sure there’s always been a nice, warm home to put a table in!
Responsible saving and getting onto the housing ladder often go hand in hand. Where deposits, conveyancing costs and removal charges (to mention just a few of the potential outlays) are applicable it’s important to have a few quid set aside ready for that first/next move.
Samuel’s story is not one of enormous riches, it’s a working class tale that revolves around hard work and carefully saving the spare pennies. As he himself says: “I’ve always saved what I could, without putting us under pressure. It certainly never stopped Gina (Samuel’s late wife) and I doing things.”
Being shrewd certainly hasn’t held Samuel, from Bulwell in Nottingham, back. As well as previously enjoying holidays in Italy with Gina for no less than 15 years on the bounce, it was also the platform for them to get on the property ladder – their first home being a modest terrace house and, thanks to continued saving, a more recent move to a larger property.
To read more of Samuel’s story, and fantastic advice, click here.
Remember, if you have an eye on the property market (and even if you’re not yet at that point in life) put yourself in the best possible position for the best possible move (often the larger the deposit you have will have a positive impact on mortgage repayment amounts) by saving what you can when you can.
Photo: Customer of seven decades Samuel Ball enjoys a cuppa with Jo Bearder, Customer Reviewer at the Bulwell branch of The Nottingham.
Our Western Park branch in Leicestershire are off to a flying start in 2015 – by clinching a coveted company award.
The accolade of top performing office in January means the branch is now the proud owner of the Challenge Cup – a hotly contested prize among the Harrison Murray and The Nottingham Estate Agency teams.
Under the leadership of Acting Estate Agency Manager Joanne Porter, the Hinckley Road branch rose to the top spot for January, beating off competition from 31 others.
The award is presented each month to the branch with best overall performance and customer care.
Joanne said: “We really had a great start to 2015, and this has been reflected in our achievement over the month – resulting in the Challenge Cup award.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the whole team and for the many customers who use our service.”
The trophy will take pride of place in the Western Park office for the month of February.
Photo caption: Joanne with the trophy and colleagues (from l-r) Rebecca Fenn (Sales Negotiator), Caroline Henshaw (Administrator) and Angela Patsalidou (Senior Valuer).