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House prices up 3.9% year on year

Some more good news this morning from the BBC web site who report that house prices are up 3.9% year on year. This certainly mirrors what we are finding in Hertfordshire with by far the best year since the crash in 2007. It’s been a tough few years in the business so I’m glad to see that things are looking up and with a new member of staff starting at the beginning of September, BigBlackHen.com is well placed to do really well in the coming year. I’ll drink to that!

http://bbc.in/1bR0DUS

Does your house sale need a fresh approach?

Have you been on the market since the beginning of the year (or earlier?). Do you feel that your house sale has run out of steam, that perhaps things have gone a little stale? Sound familiar? Then why not call BigBlackHen.com? We’re a new breed of estate agent, hungry for success, and we’d like to offer you something different: a fresh new approach to selling your home. As a former Director of a top London advertising agency I know how to make your home stand out from the crowd and I give my clients the benefit of my expertise. Just one small example is writing effective property details. I don’t just trot out the same old clichés but instead take the time to think about what sort of person is most likely to want to live in your home. And when I have a picture of that person in…

Outlook for house buying is brightest in 14 years

The Daily Telegraph have reported that the outlook for the property market is the best in 14 years. The full article can be found here (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10167211/Outlook-for-house-buying-is-brightest-in-14-years.html?fb) but I have edited the main points below:

June data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, published today, is strongly positive across several measures, with a majority of Rics members reporting house price rises and increased buyer enquiries. But the most striking data concerned surveyors’ predictions of future activity. A net balance of 45pc of respondents, up from 36pc in May, said they expected sales to rise in the next three months. This was “the most positive reading in this series’ 14-year history”, Rics reported. A raft of house market statistics from various sources have shown marked improvement over the past year, but Rics’ Housing Market Survey – which is the oldest and regarded as one of the most authoritative –…

Think of your house as a car!

Imagine going to buy a car and being offered one that is muddy and messy inside and another that has been beautifully washed, cleaned and polished inside out. No guessing which one you’d want to drive away in. Our houses might be our biggest assets, yet we rarely apply this principle when selling them. We live in our houses as homes, no surprises there, yet when we come to sell we expect buyers to look past the cluttered hallway, unkempt front garden, and fourth bedroom full of boxes that haven’t quite made it to the loft. Big mistake. When you put your house on the market you enter a competition for buyers’ attention alongside many other people’s homes. To win that competition you have to take the time, effort, and if needs be, money, to present it in the best possible light. That’s why we work so closely with…

Hacketts Farmhouse – the opportunity of a lifetime.

We are proud to announce that we have been instructed as sole agents to sell Hacketts Farmhouse in Brickendon, the first time that this most impressive Grade II Listed property has come onto the market in over sixty years. The main house is being sold with two magnificent outbuildings, the C16th Barn and C19th Coach House, each with full planning permission to create large family homes (over 2,000 square feet each) with their own mature and private gardens in this gloriously peaceful village setting. Hacketts Farmhouse dates back to the late 16th Century when it was originally a three bay timber framed Hall House, with the south wing being added by renowned Arts & Crafts architect W.H. Godfrey in the 1920s. The property has large, mature and beautifully landscaped gardens, two fields of level grazing, and a good range of outbuildings, in all amounting to some nine acres. The…