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The national DIY web sites are not the answer to most house sellers’ dreams.

The internet is radically changing the way that consumers search for and buy property in the UK and so we shouldn’t be too surprised that it is also beginning to have a radical impact on the way property is sold too. The most obvious sign of this is the every growing list of national property web sites launching on your TV screens offering a stripped back version of what the traditional High Street has to offer. In essence the pitch is the same, that they do “everything” that a more traditional agent does, only for a fraction of the price. There are two problems with this, the first of which is that they charge an up-front fee so have no incentive to actually sell the house. The second is that despite what they claim, after advertising your home and calling to book a viewing, they leave much of the…

Gazumping is deceitful and should be stamped out

One of the worst aspects of buying a house in the UK is gazumping. This is where the owners of a property accept an offer (subject to contract) from one buyer only to receive a higher offer a week or two down the road and jump ship to the people who made that offer. It goes against all principles of decency. After all, if you want more than the first offer then you should decline it, not “bank” those buyers and hope that you get a better offer later. If you sell a house with us you’ll be asked to sign our client-friendly contract which has a unique anti-gazumping clause asking our clients not to go down this road. And it works. We have sold hundreds of houses across Hertfordshire, from Hertford to Welwyn Garden City, North London to Stevenage, and NOT ONE BUYER has ever been gazumped on…

BigBlackHen.com to sponsor Welwyn RFC 4th team shirts for 2015/16

Today we took the decision to add to our general sponsorship of Welwyn RFC by also sponsoring the Welwyn 4th team shirts. I have played for the Welwyn fours on and off since I started at the club in 1986 – which feels like a very long time ago – and so have a very long association with the club on Hobbs Way. The club had a superb year last year with the first team winning promotion as well as the Herts Cup and the second team winning the cup. The fourth team won the plate final and as a player I thought it was only right to sponsor nice new kit for the boys. We are always looking for new players so if you haven’t played for a few years why not come down on a Tuesday night for some training. You’ll find the club at Hobbs Way,…

Does your house sale need a doctor?

At BigBlackHen.com we are always on the lookout for
innovative new ways to give our client’s homes the
edge over the competition. That’s why we work with local
home stagers – or House Doctors – such as Amanda Green from
Property By Design. It’s a concept that is huge in other
markets, notably America, and is growing fast in the UK
for one simple reason. It works! The idea is simple: a
house is more likely to sell quickly and at the best
possible price if it is presented in a way that is most
likely to appeal to potential buyers. Nothing
controversial there. The problem is that because our
houses are our homes, we form such a strong
emotional attachment to them that it’s hard for us to see
them through the eyes of someone else. This is where
the House Doctors come in. They think about your
home from the buyer’s perspective and show what
simple steps can be taken to…

Welwyn Garden City Rugby Club go from strength to strength

I had a great email this morning outlining how well Welwyn RFC did last year:

As I know you are well aware we just wanted to give you an update and reflect on the fantastic season that we’ve had this year. Welwyn have been successful throughout the club from Under 7s right through to the 1st Team. The minis won the John Gray cup and successfully retained their title. The Under 15 girls won the National 7’s title and Under 18 girls done extremely well also.

The 2nd and 4th Team both won their plate finals of the Merit Tables which was topped off with the 1st Team gaining promotion back into London 2 North West. The 1st Team also won the Presidents Tankard at Allianz Park the home of Saracens Rugby.

Our coach last season Ian Matthews has been offered another coaching role at Birmingham…