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Never advertise a price reduction – it makes people think you have a problem!

No matter how carefully one tries to ensure that property is valued realistically it is a fact of life that sometimes a house comes onto the market at too high a price. It’s easy to sense when this happens as the early viewings dry up and the number of potential buyers looking online falls away online. If you do decide the price is wrong the change it sooner rather than later. This will open you up to a whole new group of buyers who probably weren’t aware of your house, or who were, but didn’t come as it was out of range. But never fall into the trap of putting “New Price” in your advert in the local paper or online. Why not? Because it makes your house look like it has a problem and no one wants a house that is unloved and has been left on the…

This amazing woman is every reason to sign up for organ donation

I went to a First Thursday networking lunch at Lussmans in Hertord yesterday. Nice food, lots of interesting people, usual networking event. Then T Sandeman-Charles stood up and made the most inspirational talk about her quest to get 10,000 people to sign up for organ donation before she dies (which she will is she doesn’t get a lung transplant). A wonderful and positive woman who deserves all our support. And if you think that “I’m already signed up as I have a donor card” think again – if you’re not registered the chances are your organs go to waste. 500,000 people die each year in the UK but only 1,500 donate!!! Only 0.2% Sign up on her web site and help her reach her goa!! http://www.save5.org.uk/

Check out your home’s flood risk

Put your post code into the environment agency web site to check your flood risk

http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?x=531500.0&y=181500.0&topic=floodmap&ep=map&scale=3&location=London,%20City%20of%20London&lang=_e&layerGroups=default&textonly=off

Flood risk homes could become uninsurable – so effectively unsellable – from next year

This is a scary article outlining how the government are going to stop supporting the insurance industry in insuring homes in flood plains from next year meaning many people could be left without insurance, and with no insurance, no realistic chance of selling their homes. Or at least not for market value. Surely the government and insurance companies will have to find a compromise?

http://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/news_features/New-warnings-on-homes-in-flood-areas

Port Vale Parking Scheme could affect local house prices

The local council are proposing making changes to the yellow lines and parking arrangements for Port Vale that could affect local house prices, home owners and businesses. Local resident, Andrew Figgis, is calling for a meeting of local residents in the Millstream Pub and we fully support all of his efforts. Andrew sums up the issue very clearly below:

PORT VALE PARKING SCHEME
PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS AS IT AFFECTS YOU AS YOU LIVE IN THIS ZONE
Did you realise East Herts District Council is proposing to introduce a residents parking scheme in the Port Vale area? All road space in the area of Port Vale (Hertford North side of the barrier) and Balfour Street (to the bridge) will be either paying resident parking bays or double yellow lines (no parking or waiting at any time).
This will REDUCE the number of parking spaces in the area
This is despite their own consultation…