The autumn months can provide a vital asset to home vendors
As we enter the autumn season, closely followed as always by the onset of winter, the emphasis for sellers is on making their homes look warm, welcoming and wonderful. In some ways, the colder months represent an opportunity to showcase their properties in a way that simply cannot be done during spring or summer.
Potential buyers who view the home in the summer are likely to focus more on the garden than they may perhaps do in the winter, so vendors will need to concentrate more on the interior now. This gives them a golden opportunity to make every room appear attractive, and to seem like something of a sanctuary from the outside world.
The first priority for the seller is also perhaps the most obvious. Every part of the house needs to be heated, so buyers who come in from the cold will feel the benefit as soon as they walk through the door. If they walk into a hallway that is cold and unwelcoming, the visitor will be plunged into a negative frame of mind from the start.
It’s all about making a difference when you can
Whether you are looking to sell a flat in Weybridge, an apartment in Walton-on-Thames or a house in Hersham, you will want to make the most of every advantage you can gain. You will have a great deal of competition from other sellers in the local area, so be sure to make your property stand out from the rest if you can.
The warmth and comfort of a home is particularly appealing to visitors when the weather is not too pleasant outside, and of course the same applies to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the kitchen. Every time you get a chance to show buyers that your property offers respite from the cold, you should grab it with both hands.
Here at James Neave, we know there are a number of ways to show your home off in the finest way possible. These are not tricks of the trade as such, they are just very simple strategies to make the property more attractive. Thanks to our many years of experience, we are able to offer top quality advice that can make the difference between average viewings and ones which are the first stepping stone to a sale. Just give us a call today and we can put you on the path to success.
Easy Links to London make Walton-on-Thames a Magnet
There are a number of good reasons to make Walton-on-Thames your home at the moment, ranging from top quality shops and restaurants to idyllic parks and gardens. It goes without saying that the proximity of the River Thames is a major attraction, especially for those who like to savour a peaceful stroll on a Sunday morning accompanied by pleasant views across the water.
While many local residents have chosen to retire here, there are of course many more who chose the town because of the ease and convenience of the rail links to London. With regular speedy trains to Waterloo, getting to and from the office is a piece of cake, so a steady influx of newcomers to the area looks set to continue.
Walton-on-Thames railway station has been ferrying passengers to London and back since the 1830s, when the first services ran from Nine Elms – a station which closed a decade or so later – and Woking Common, now simply called Woking. In many ways, Walton grew as a town in conjunction with the rise in popularity of a burgeoning railway system.
Parking spaces are available at the station, but it’s not always easy to find
The station itself is located on the southern edge of Walton and the northern edge of Hersham, making it ideal for the thousands of commuters who head into London on a daily basis. Parking is limited to around 250 cars, so the clamour for spaces is at a premium. Thankfully, there are plenty of spaces for cycles, so it’s easier for many to take to two wheels instead.
Here at James Neave, we have seen a noticeable increase over the years in the popularity of properties which are within walking distance of the station. To the north, Ashley Park Road and the various branches off of it are always a favourite, while to the south of the station Mayfield Road and the surrounding streets are permanently in demand.
If you own a flat or house in the vicinity, you are highly likely to find buyers or tenants easily through James Neave. We understand the attraction of living close to a railway station, and the convenience that this can bring. Anyone who makes their way to London on a daily basis will know just how tense it can be, so it’s pleasing to know that at least part of the journey can be completely stress-free.
Choosing between an online agency and a traditional high street estate agent
There has been a great deal of debate in recent months about the merits of selling homes through traditional high street estate agents and via online agencies, several of which have sprung up over the past couple of years. Each option has its own plus and minus points, of course, and ultimately vendors will choose whichever one gets the job done in the right manner.
Here at James Neave, we place great emphasis on our abilities as a localised agency, one that possesses a wide knowledge of our chosen area and a deep understanding of the needs of the people who seek to live here. While online agencies offer some well-publicised benefits, it has to be said that a localised focus surely isn’t one of them.
In many cases, an online agency will be able to offer a lower price to the vendor, but there will be times when this comes at a cost to the quality of the sale. A high street agent will act as a buffer between buyer and seller, and will be able to handle more of the time-consuming administration. If potential buyers don’t fit the right criteria, they usually won’t be able to waste the vendor’s time in such cases.
Access just when you need it
A great deal has been made about the 24/7 availability of online agencies, but this isn’t perhaps as overwhelmingly important as we might first think. Access to the web is obviously not limited to the opening hours of a high street agency, but vendors can still only be contacted at certain times of the day and evening. And it’s worth remembering that many estate agents, including James Neave, are registered with Rightmove, and can therefore reach a far wider audience than before.
The traditional high street estate agency will always be looking to get the best possible deal for the vendor, and will be ready and willing to work hard in order to achieve that goal. While online agencies can sell for a lower commission, their sellers won’t be able to garner much in the way of personal advice in relation to the sales process and other related information.
At James Neave, we have been quick to welcome the existence and development of online agencies, because we know that competition from other sources will always keep us working to the best of our abilities. The impact of such agencies on the business that we handle has been minimal so far, in part because sellers like to know they are receiving the complete attention of people just like themselves.
If you’re looking to sell a home in Walton or Thames and the surrounding area, be sure to get in touch with James Neave today.
Looking for the post-Brexit calm after the storm
As the fallout continues after the recent EU referendum, it’s fair to say that there’s plenty of confusion still in the air. Despite reassurances from some politicians and warnings of chaos from others, the UK population faces an uncertain time, at least until things settle down again.
The housing market may not change at all in the wake of this momentous decision, but even if it does the alterations are likely to come slowly. There are some politicians who have been predicting an almost apocalyptic world in the first few weeks of the new era, but in truth such claims are likely to be little more than misguided guesses.
There’s a good chance that the market will react slowly to any changes that are likely to come along, if only because we are entering an era that is completely new ground to us. The UK has been a part of the European Union for more than 40 years now, so a post-Union period will take a little getting used to.
No-one knows what the future holds…yet
The fact that the referendum result was so close (51.9% to 48.1%) means we are likely to be treading water for some time yet. At this early stage, there is even talk of having another referendum in a bid to give either side a sizable majority, and in turn to dispel any doubts among the electorate.
In the early hours of Friday when the final result was announced, the country was split between wild euphoria and abject depression. During such times we look to the economy to see how such decisions have been taken, and that means the housing sector will be under close scrutiny by experts and the general public alike.
Once the dust settles, we’re likely to see a housing market that will still react rather slowly to the ups and downs of the economy. There is very little chance of an instant boom or a sudden dip, so if you’re looking to buy houses in the local area there is no need to change your plans.
In the aftermath of such a momentous political decision, it’s important to separate the reality of what has happened from the sometimes outrageous claims of politicians with vested interests. Hopefully, we will start to hear some calmer opinions in the next few weeks, and then at last we will be able to see clearly through the mists of uncertainty.
How will the EU Referendum affect the Housing Market?
Over the years, there have been only two nationwide UK referendums, and this summer we are fast approaching the third one. This time around, just as we did in 1975, the nation will be voting on whether to remain a part of the European Union, and as expected the matter has stirred up a great deal of debate.
While it’s perhaps easy to understand why this subject is such an emotive one, it’s also all too apparent why so many people are still undecided about which way to vote. Whether you’re in the Cameron Camp or you prefer to Brexit with Boris, you may, like almost everyone else, still be a little unsure about how everything will develop.
A significant number of people on both sides of the divide have been offering their predictions for the housing market, and how it will be changing for better or worse once the votes have been counted. Here at James Neave, we have been monitoring the situation closely, and we are always happy to chat about the plus and minus points of the referendum.
The effects on the housing market of any political uncertainty tend to be fairly instant, and indeed this sector is often something of a litmus test for the whole economy. If the market in flats, houses and apartments stalls, the chances are the nation’s other sectors will soon be doing the same.
There are some aspects of the housing market which will almost certainly be affected from the start. If the UK decides to leave the EU, investing in overseas property may become more complicated, and it could be that we will see a slowdown in the number of foreign investors looking to buy British properties.
On the other side of the coin, if the population votes to stay in the Union, the housing market will no doubt stabilise almost immediately. In the months leading up to the vote, the economy in general tends to be in a state of limbo, as the movers and shakers wait to see what happens next.
Whichever way the people of Britain go, there is every chance that the earliest indicators of change in the housing market will be seen and felt in the south-east of England. And because of that, we here at James Neave are at the cutting edge of the developments.
If you’re unsure about how things will pan out, we’ll be delighted to have a chat with you. Give us a call today on 01932 221 331 and let’s discuss the possibilities.
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