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Do not read this.

Someone recently set up a web site with a giant red button saying “Do not press?” Most people did. A bit like you reading this blog post. Your attention has been grabbed and so you read on, wanting to know what it is all about. The first rule of selling. You have to grab a buyer’s attention, only then might they listen to what you want to tell them. And whether you are selling a house, a car or a bar of chocolate there are always other houses, cars and chocolate bars vying for those buyers’ attention. Make no mistake, if you are selling your house, you are in a major competition for buyer’s affections and you will only win if you get noticed. Which is where we come in. As a former Director of a top London advertising agency I know how to make your home stand out…

Surprise news this Spring – things are hotting up!

Despite the cold weather the property market seems to be warming up as we move into April. All the indicators suggest that this year should be better than 2011 and 2012 in terms of the number of successful house sales that sellers will achieve. The Council of Mortgage lenders predict an easing of mortgage availability as we move through the year and the biggest property advertising website, Rightmove, are also seeing a gentle rise in prices as we move into the Spring market. That is not to suggest that we are moving back to the boom years of 2006/7, far from it, which is no bad thing. It still means that house sellers will have to make sure that they present their homes as well as possible before putting them on the market – our free House Doctor Consultation will help there – as well as getting the price…

Nominated for The Estate Agent of the Year Awards 2013

ESTAS 2013

Great news today, BigBlackhen.com has been nominated for the Estate Agency of the Year Awards for 2013.

This is fantastic news as the ESTAS are the only awards voted for by people who bought and sold with us – each one has to fill out a questionairre asking how happy they were with the level of service we provided across a whole range of areas, initial marketing, general helpfulness, follow up once a sale is agreed, chasing solicitors, etc, etc. So it is fantastic that we’ve scored well enough to reach the shortlist.

We have form in these awards – our Exmoor office was voted the 20th best estate agent in the UK at the 2010 awards, so lets see if we can do just as well or even better this time around!

Get me out of Jail – and help Isabel Hospice!

Jail & Bail

On Friday the 1st of March I’m going to jail (many would say about time!) and I need your help to raise the £1,000 bail needed to get me out.

All the money goes to the Isabel Hospice who help care for local people with terminal illness, so a very good cause. If you can spare a fiver or even better tenner, please go to my Just Giving web page:

http://www.justgiving.co.uk/BigBlackHen

Thanks in advance for any help you can give to this worthy cause.

 

Brilliant map showing what areas are hot in terms of house prices

I’ve just discovered a really neat little app on the multimap.com website that allows you to look at a map of an area in terms of relative house prices with red areas being the most desirable (and hence expensive) and green/blue areas being the least desirable (hence least expensive). Either go to multimap.com put in your post code and click on the map – where you can move around to look at other towns or zoom in/out to see larger of smaller areas. Alternatively, try the link below to see house prices in Hertford.

http://www.mouseprice.com/property-information/ref-12277038/60%20harmer%20green%20lane%20al6%200aw#tabsinfo