The importance of de-cluttering your home

When you decide to sell your home the presentation of a property is vital to making that all important first impression to potential buyers. When I say first impression, I don’t mean when hopefully a potential buyer makes an appointment to view, I mean when a buyer first sees a picture of your home amongst lots of other similar properties online.Happy young couple walking into their new house

I’ve been saying for some time now that in my opinion how the property is presented for the photographs is becoming the most important factor for selling your home at a good price. Why is this? This is because without making your property stand out on websites like Rightmove and OntheMarket.com buyers may never give you the opportunity to make a great first impression in person, by declining to make a viewing appointment in the first place.

De-cluttering rooms as we know is key in making a property appear more appealing. This is because the rooms feel bigger, lighter and more inviting. There is also less chance of offending potential buyers! The masters of presenting properties for sale are of course the new homes developers many of whom are large national home builders who have large resources at their disposal. Nobody is suggesting going out and painting the house magnolia throughout but with some clever thought and sticking to the principal of less is more, your property will attract more interest online and therefore more requests for viewings.

At Elizabeth Davenport we know what it takes to sell your home at the highest price the market will pay. If you are thinking of moving or know a family member or friend who is, please give us a call today for some free and friendly advice on 02476 010 105.

The Birmingham Children’s Hospital & Thank You

supporting-BCH-Logo-5000x4287The Birmingham Children’s Hospital is very close to my heart. We promised a donation from Elizabeth Davenport after running the Coventry Half Marathon. George and I had a great day, completing the course whilst being cheered on by wonderful spectators. The Birmingham Children’s Hospital treats about 250,000 children a year and by the nature of never being good enough, they are a fundraiser in themselves. From a £5 donation for colouring books to £45,000 for a mechanical heart, the hospital genuinely believes that the families who are treated know that the care of their child is the most precious priority. We wanted to raise enough money to be able to buy a Glideaway bed. These enable Mum’s and Dad’s to spent the night next to their little ones at times when they simply couldn’t be apart. By donating from fees earned between Christmas and now, we are really pleased to have succeeded. Thank you all for your instructions. Every one of our clients has helped!

I’d also like to add that George beat me and that I am not at all bitter. I haven’t dwelt on it. Not at all. I haven’t really given it a second thought. I swear he must have jumped a hedge. Or a corner. Maybe both. Yes, that’s it. I feel much better now.

The Secret To Selling Your Property

Its a question that we here all too often. “What’s the secret of selling my home quickly and for the highest possible price?”

This questions gets asked of us by not just homeowners looking to sell, we also hear it from some of our own competitors in the Estate Agency Industry. At Elizabeth Davenport we have years of experience trying and testing different formulas and know exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to getting a Sold board up iStock_000002696243XSmalloutside a property.

And today I am happy to reveal a very large secret (but please don’t tell the other Estate Agents!). The secret to selling a property in any given price range and in any given condition in the quickest possible time and for the maximum possible price is this:

Quite simply, you need to generate as many viewings on the property as possible, concentrated together within a set time frame. That’s it! Not Rocket Science. Just common sense. Simple economics dictates that high demand equals high price. By contrast, low demand (low number of viewings) equals low price.

“But how do I get a higher than average number of viewings?” I hear you ask. That’s easy too. Simply call Elizabeth Davenport Estate Agents on 02476 010105 and invite us to market your property with our specialised methods and we promise to get you a high demand for your home.

Simples.

 

 

Saving You 10’s of £000,s

When you decide to sell your home the net amount you walk away with will be critical to the amount you can afford to pay for your next home. This net amount is what your property sells for minus all of the costs of selling and moving.

The costs of selling and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmoving include the estate agents fee, solicitors fees, removal costs, stamp duty, plus any mortgage redemption and set-up fees. In total these costs can typically amount to between 2 and 5% of what your home sells for. That’s a lot and so trying to keep these costs down can seem like a sensible idea.

So if you hunt around and bargain hard on these fees by choosing the cheapest options you could possibly save yourself perhaps 0.5% of the sale price and on a £200,000 house that’s £1,000 in savings. Nice job.

Here’s the flip side. When it comes to selling property, the difference between good marketing, skilled negotiation and professional local knowledge versus cheap marketing, call centre negotiation and a distinct lack of local knowledge, the result can be as much as a 5% reduction in the sale price of a property, sometimes more. On a £200,000 house this would be a difference of £10,000.

Elizabeth Davenport offer a high quality estate agency service via skilled local professionals who will fight hard to get you the maximum price for your property and could ultimately save you 10s of £thousands by getting you a better sale price.

Call us today to find out more about our exceptional service and dramatic sales results.

Buy To Let vs First Time Buyer, A Fair Fight or a Set Up!

So what do Mr Osborne’s tax changes mean for buy-to-let investors in Coventry after 1st April 2016? Time for a heated debate? Well it would have been nice to have had one at least!

 “Frankly, people buying a home to let should not be squeezing out families who can’t afford a home to buy,” So George Osborne proclaimed in his Autumn Statement, before announcing major policy changes aimed at making buying property to let out less profitable to investors. Noble comments indeed but do we seriously believe that the intention is not to raise money for the treasury? Will this decision slow Buy to Let? Will first time buyers and owner occupiers have more opportunities?

The reigns have been pulled taught at the coal face and beyond into the mine. To purchase an investment property or a second home the buyer will, from April 1st, have to spend 3% more in stamp duty than anybody else. This places a charge of 3% up to £125,000 where owner occupiers pay 0%. Between £125,000 and £250,000 3% is added to the existing 2%. £250,000 to £925,000 adds a further 3% to the existing 5%. Then, once rented, the landlord will also have to suffer a variety of further profit dampening changes. I’m not crying about all of this but I do think the changes are too fast and too hard.

Garden-GrabbersAt Elizabeth Davenport we have seen a volume of buyers investing from London. This is where Mr Osbourne’s theorising hits a potential brick wall. His buy to let investors in Shoreditch, Twickenham and Croydon may well decide to look elsewhere where the expenditure is less and the short term returns equally attractive. This may free up potential “1st Time Buyer” opportunities on his doorstep but geographically the investment will just occur elsewhere. My theory is simple at best and wrong at worst. Realistically the volume of buy to let investors from outside of Coventry will grow and there will no change to the volume of first time buyer opportunities whatsoever.

Thinking practically if you wish to purchase a second home or buy to let investment then move fast! Look for chain free properties or tenanted homes. Don’t quibble about a reduction of £2000. On April 2nd it will cost you a lot more than that.

Father Christmas Drops In With a Sackful of Great News!

Dear Father Christmas, On behalf of all of the staff at Elizabeth Davenport we’d really like to thank you for your visit and for the wonderful news! Your Elves really brightened up our day when they told us we’d made the Christmas Number One for instructions worth over £120,000 this December. What fantastic news! So many agents seem to have struggled this past month, which in fairness is the norm. In fact, being Number Two for instructions at any price gives us the same illustrious standing as Beiber and Bruno Mars so we can’t complain at that either! Santa (1)I’d also like to thank you for making sure that George received the fantastic camera and equipment he asked for. They’ll certainly be put to good use (He asks for the same thing everything year and you’ve never failed to deliver!). Well, for this year I think it’s time to say goodbye, give my best to Mrs Christmas and Rudolph (tell him I didn’t mind clearing up his mess from the roof!) and we’ll be sure to drop you a line again next year! Kind regards, Mark.

Gearing Up For The New Year Property Rush

This December has seen a record amount of activity with many new properties coming onto the market. This bodes well for the New Year when buyers will re-surface from the Christmas break looking in earnest for their new homes. Chrimbo-web

In recent years there has been a short supply of property during the New Year spell. At Elizabeth Davenport we have been putting lots of new homes on sale during December and expect the majority of these to sell during January.

We have a huge database of registered buyers waiting for the right property, so if you’re thinking of selling then now is a good time to give us a call and we’ll explain how we can find you a buyer quickly and effectively. Recent independent statistics provided by Rightmove have shown that in the majority of price-bands, Elizabeth Davenport sold more properties in Coventry than any other Estate Agency branch in the city (during 2015). Our representative will be happy to verify theses statistics during the valuation process for your property.

If you’re looking to maximise the return on your home then give us a call. As we have access to more buyers than other Estate Agents we will almost certainly be able to sell your property for more money and in a shorter timeframe. Call us today on 02476 010105.

A Different Nicholas Arrives This Festive Season! It Pays To Be Ready!

Without further Ado and with the Festive Bells ringing as my pen hits parchment, Elizabeth Davenport are really pleased to welcome Nick “Not just for Christmas” Luntley to our burgeoning office on Warwick Row! Having started his Estate Agency career in 2005, Nick has truly worked his way up through the business. Tea was soon sitting cold and biscuits stale as his desire to become the best Estate Agent possible become reality. Leaving a successful position as Sales Manager of a much respected Coventry Estate agent means a lot to us.  St Nick, you’re welcomed with open arms!

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2015 has been a very busy year for everyone. Our office has grown dramatically. So, when volumes of business increase,  the key is not counting the profit (Scrooge, take note!) but retaining and further improving our customer service levels by employing the right team.

With Rightmove actively marketing the fact that the Christmas period is the busiest for Online viewing,  promoting your house now, rather than later can be a positive and genuinely beneficial decision. As the interest in your home grows, decisions to view are made and in the New Year they happen!

Of course no one will want to view over the Christmas weekend, but they’ll be getting excited! So, if you get a knock on the door on Christmas Day it won’t be me. It might be St Nick though!

The Best Service Does Not Mean The Highest Fee & The Same Applies Backwards!

Did you know that the last Calendar year has seen us sell more houses in excess of £190,000 than any other agent in the Coventry area. We didn’t. Not until we received communication from Rightmove directly expressing there congratulations. Our stock levels are often considerably less than our competitors but from this smaller stock we are selling a higher percentage of homes. We were delighted with this. Selling more from a smaller stock means more client care and better service. Clearly the marketing, photography, office staff and viewing representatives are all doing their job properly too!

However, this success is only is only one half of a very different story!  There is a massive market of property that we often don’t get the opportunity to work with. Market research has shown us that the reason our instruction of properties under £185,000 is a lower percentage is due to the publics perception that our agency only deal with “expensive” homes. Will our fees be “higher” than other agencies? We are pleased to tell you, they are not!

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Our ethos, when we launched our business, was to provide “every seller with the opportunity to have the very best of service and presentation but with very much an “average” fee”.  

Last year one particular month saw us sell a home for £625,000 and another for £75,000. I am pleased to tell you that both sellers received the same level of service, the same quality of brochures and photography, accompanied viewings and full sales progression support. The most interesting point for myself was that the sellers of the Willenhall apartment reviewed our services on Google expressing there satisfaction.  They also stated they loved their home above and beyond that expressed by the sellers of the Detached home in Styvechale.

 

Truly every home is a castle and every seller deserves the best possible service. Nowhere does the legend state that they have to pay the most for it!

Property Sales Fuelled By New Coventry Jobs?

2015 has seen Coventry benefit from new employment in a variety of roles and locations. Many of these locations have seen properties sell to those new employees who in many cases are also new to the area. What with Coventry University also hitting The Times Top 15 list, the resurgence of Coventry as a City of investment and progress, has also seen us achieve record sales over the first nine months.

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With Whitley, Cheylesmore and Styvechale serving Jaguar Landrover we can also see Travis Perkins set to employ 300 new staff at it’s new multi million pound distribution centre at Whitley Business Park.

Metrocab and The London Taxi Company are seeing over 1100 new jobs being created between Ansty Park and Tile Hill. Unipart and it’s new division, Powertrain Applications, being based in Holbrooks, will see a need for 150 new roles to support it’s growth.

Sainsburys also sees new roles within digital design and development bringing a further 300 new jobs to the city spread between Walsgrave and Ansty.

With The University Hospital, Warwick University and that ever so simple Coventry – London Euston commute, Coventry with a wealth of property stock to suit all pockets, seems to be driving the market from strength to strength.

We’re really happy to be part of it.