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Selling a leasehold property? Beware of the low lease…

 

Making sure you settle on a reasonable figure when selling your home can be a bit of headscratcher at the best of times.

But throwing in the complications of a lowering lease period can just add to the confusion when it comes to reaching a fair deal with your buyer.

If you’re selling a property with a low lease, it’s so important get all your ducks in a row before you get the process under way.

Our vast experience and knowledge of how lenders view properties in this bracket suggests that once your lease is below 80 years, people start raising an eyebrow. When you are in between 50 and 75 years, there are a few mortgage lenders who won’t lend and then when it’s even lower, the options become even more sparse.

A lot of developers build properties with 99 years on the…

Gazumping voted top of the “pet-hates” for house buyers

A recent survey of over 2000 house buyers revealed that gazumping is the thing that most gets buyers’ backs up and who can blame them. Read the full article here:

https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/8/ban-gazumping-and-limit-overseas-ownership-of-homes-while-youre-at-it—

No one has ever been gazumped on a property that we have sold, something we are very proud of, all because we have a contract with a unique anti-gazumping clause and we make sure it never does!

And we put or contract on our website – which I believe makes us the only agent in the country that does so – so to see it just go to www.bigblackhen.com

 

 

Knotweed needs careful management or you’ll lose your sale

There’s an interesting article in Estate Agent Today outlining how important it is to take the right steps if you find Japanese Knotweed in a house you are selling, or buying. WE have sold quite a few properties like this over the last few years and as long as a proper management plan is in place then the homes are mortgageable and insureable. So if you want proper advice on what you need to look out for, give us a call on 01992-878580.

 

https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/7/japanese-knotweed-remains-a-problem-for-sellers-despite-recent-all-clear

Getting ready for your first viewing, the “Dos & Don’ts” – from a buyer’s perspective.

If, like may homeowners, you’ve never sold a house let alone conducted a viewing, you may struggle to put your head into the minds of prospective buyers as they walk through your door.

Fortunately, that’s where we come in, with years of experience in knowing what creates the right impression – and what’s a real turn-off.

First Impressions Count

A lot of buyers decide within the first 30 seconds that a house isn’t for them so don’t fall at the first hurdle. Make sure the front garden is tidy, the door is freshly painted and an inviting pot or two of colourful flowers welcomes them in and signals that this is a home that you have cared for. Lose them here and you may never get them back.

People DO look in cupboards

Storage is an important factor in many houses – especially in…