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What Impression are you giving?

Posted on 30th October 2014 in Photography, Plymouth Property, Property

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What Impression are you giving?

Agency photography really can be the difference between selling your property and being on the market for the next 6 months.  The article below will summarise a few keys areas to consider when choosing your agent and putting your home on the market.

The Front Photo:

The front photo is arguably one of the most important as it is the first thing that the potential purchaser will see when browsing Rightmove, Zoopla or Prime Location. Having a bright blue sky as opposed to taking a photo on a rainy day is of Paramount importance. For the sake of a day or 2 waiting for the opportunity to have a blue sky front photo could be the difference between standing out and getting lost amongst the other uploads. The front photo where possible should accurately display the frontage of the house, this will allow the potential purchaser to have a clear mind of what the property looks like and the external condition.

Is your agent content to leave an untidy room on display?

 As an agent it is our responsibility to highlight each and every room to our best ability, from the entrance vestibule to the main living quarters.  Moving objects and/or furniture to highlight the size of a room for the photography is always advisable. As a vendor it is always handy to be present for photography as you can discuss with your agent the layout of a room and if anything needs to be altered within the room in order to get the best photo.

Having a good tidy up the night before your photography appointment is again a key part of selling your home. Ultimately the more items you have on display that look out of place could be telling the potential purchaser that the property is small and lacks storage space. Whether this is accurate or not you have to be mindful of what message your property is sending out.

For me personally I am enthusiastic about all of the photography I present to the public, having an agent who is content to show an untidy room shows laziness and if they are prepared to be lazy with your photography, what else will take a back seat….

How can I ensure my photo’s stand out?

The best tip I can give any potential vendor considering selling their home in the near future is to regularly have a look on the market, have a look at all the properties on display and avoid the agent’s whose photos you don’t like. At Cross Keys we value our photography and have gone to great lengths to ensure the equipment we use is of the highest standard. Having a good camera with the capacity to show the full room makes all the difference.

To summarise the points above barely scratch the surface of what it takes to sell a home, however it is important that you consider all aspects of your home and its presentation. Taste is subjective and ultimately you have to accept that you cannot please everybody. By implementing small changes you can appeal to the majority and ultimately the more people you have come to view the property, the increased chance you have to sell for the best price.

Written by Rob Down, Estate Agent at Cross Keys Estates in Plymouth

 

Plymouth mortgage-free capital of UK

 

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Plymouth is the mortgage-free capital of the UK, according to a new survey carried out by Which? Mortgage Advisers.

Nearly half of Plymouth residents own their homes without a mortgage, with 44 per cent owning their properties outright

Plymouth also has a higher proportion of over-60 residents, with 22 per cent being aged 60 plus, and this could explain why it has the most outright homeowners.

On the whole, 33 per cent of people living in the UK own their homes outright, compared to 35 per cent who are paying off a mortgage and 31 per cent who rent.

The survey also revealed that the average age of someone who had paid off their mortgage was 51, but that 16 per cent of owners had managed to pay off their loan before that.

Glasgow saw the lowest percentage of outright homeownership, with 24 per cent of residents being mortgage-free.

9% Great Yielding Flat in Fegan Road

Posted on 21st June 2014 in Buy-to-let Property, Plymouth Property

Stuart Donnington from the Property Group in Plymouth comments on his views of the Buy-to-let market in Plymouth.

I have come across the following little gem courtesy of Connells. They have a 2 bedroom flat in the Fegan Road, St Budeaux area with a asking price of £70,000.The flat might not be to everyone’s cup of tea, and ture capital growth might not be that great, but you should be able to let that flat to LHA tenants for the 2 bedroom LHA rate which is £525PCM. The flat itself internally looks smart and no work would be required in order to get the property ready to let. The flat was last sold in 2005 for £71,500.

If you can get the property for a little cheaper at around the £65,000 your looking at a great yield of 9.7%, even at the £70,000, the yield would be 9%, still not bad.

I know, I know there is a little more to property investment than great yields, some capital growth would be nice too.

For more information on the best local properties view the Plymouth Property Portal www.plymouthproperty.co.uk or contact Stuart direct on 01752 710747 or visit his website http://www.the-property-group.co.uk

Plymouth Property House Prices

Posted on 5th April 2014 in Plymouth Property, Uncategorized

THE average price of a house in Plymouth is now back up to the value it was before the market crashed.

Soaring property prices have left Plymouth homes worth nearly as much as during the 2007 high, which marked the end of the last boom, a new survey shows.

Prices are eight per cent up year-on-year to April, according to Nationwide, meaning the average home in Plymouth is now £177,198. The national average is £178,124.

Confidence in the economy and government initiatives such as the Help to Buy scheme have all helped kick start the market, according to property experts. But one estate agent says that Plymouth has been slow to catch up with other cities. Roger Punch, the South West spokesman for land and property experts RICS, said: “It started to take effect elsewhere way back last year and caused the market to warm up and really get going. But it’s only just starting to reach us.”

By Lisa Clark from the Evening Herald

Top Trainer

Posted on 5th April 2014 in Plymouth Property, Property, Uncategorized

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The Mansbridge & Balment team has been back to the classroom to get the inside knowledge on the industry from one of the UK’s leading estate agency trainers.

Staff were at Moorland Garden Hotel near Yelverton on Wednesday, 19 March to hear Richard Rawlings of Estate Agency Insight, who is widely regarded as the country’s leading authority in contemporary estate agency method and marketing.

And they were delighted to discover that the methods and practices the agency has put in place recently are helping to keep Mansbridge & Balment ahead of the field.

“It was great to hear first-hand from an award winning estate agency trainer how what we have implemented in the last few months will prove to make a real difference to the general public and keep us at the forefront of the market,” Chris Mervyn, Valuation & Brand Manager for Mansbridge & Balment.

“There was a lot of information to take in, but both those new to estate agency, and more experienced staff members, will have taken away some key points to help them improve.”

The event was part of a regular series of staff training sessions booked throughout the year, to keep the company focused on offering the very best training for its staff, ensuring that its professional and ethical standards remain high.

During the evening event Richard – who has clients from across the UK, as well as throughout the world – talked to the Mansbridge & Balment staff about the importance of making the service individual and tailored to the customer’s needs, as well as going above and beyond in its delivery to create a lasting impression.

He also talked about the key reasons as to why people choose Mansbridge & Balment and the power of the staff to the company’s continued success in terms of their longevity to the business and their experience of the local marketplace.

Propertydrum Estate Agency Trainer of the Year, Richard is renowned for getting to the heart of industry issues and focuses particularly on helping businesses to secure market share and increase profits.

He is regarded as a highly motivational and inspirational speaker and works with estate agency companies of all shapes and sizes to help them get more out of their staff and their businesses, as well as how to utilise marketing channels more effectively.

Valuation Days

Posted on 22nd March 2014 in Plymouth Property

The latest Valuation Day proved to be a tremendous success for Mansbridge & Balment. The most recent event took place on the Bere Peninsula and was so successful, the appointments had to be arranged over three days.

Dan Bryant, one of the firms senior valuers, said that the response was overwhelming, “we had no idea this was going to be so popular. With other colleagues, we saw a real variety of property both in Bere Alston village and across the peninsula. A number of the properties have already come to the market.”

Mansbridge & Balment will be continuing to hold Valuation Days across the area, where the team are available for FREE property advice. Dan added “Don’t wait for a Valuation day – if you are thinking of a move, we’ll come and see you at a time to suit, just give us a call.”

For FREE property advice at any time, contact your nearest Mansbridge & Balment office.

Lang and Co Sponsor Plymouth Raiders

Posted on 7th February 2012 in Plymouth Events, Plymouth Property

Lang & Co proud sponsors of BBL Plymouth Raiders joined a full house on Sunday 5th February to watch their team play in the second leg of the BBL Trophy. The match was a special occasion for more than reason, Lang & Co sponsored the event and provided 18 children the opportunity to lead the team & Foxy out on the court in front of the home crowd. Directors Paul Preen & Marc Rees are pictured with the youngsters, Bob Widdecombe and Foxy the team mascot being presented the match ball at the start of the match, and Paul presenting the Man of the match award to Jeremy Bell at the end. The match report can be read below but we urge anyone who hasn’t been to see the team in action please do so as it is excellent entertainment for the whole family.

UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders reached successive BBL Finals after completing a thrilling escape against Prestige Homes MK Lions in the BBL Trophy as they wiped out a six point deficit from the first leg with just 49 seconds left on the clock before finishing the job in overtime.

It was nail-biting stuff for everyone who witnessed the game in Devon and a real gut-wrenching loss for Lions who threw away a glorious chance of making the Final although much of that was due to the inspirational Jeremy Bell.

Raiders quickly found themselves down by double digits in the tie when Demarius Bolds helped the visitors into an 8-3 lead during the opening stages and it was still an eleven point margin by the end of the first quarter with the Lions 23-18 ahead.

But, it wasn’t long before the home team rallied and the spark was provided by Michael Ojo. The shooter drained one from distance and it was a three-pointer which put Raiders 26-25 ahead after an 8-2 start to the second period.

Things got even better for the ‘Green Army’ when minutes later, the same player scored another basket and Raiders went five points in front and just one point behind in the tie having lost 87-81 in the first leg 48 hours earlier.

However if Raiders fans though their team would simply step on the pedal and pull clear, they were to be mistaken as Lions finished the half strongly with an 11-4 run to head into the locker rooms 43-41 to the good.

When Howard Crawford scored for Lions early in the third quarter, it began looking ominous for the home team and even more so when he made a free-throw to take the visitors 60-54 in front and ten points ahead in the tie.

But, Raiders came storming back and heading into the last period, regained the lead on the night at 64-62. With five minutes remaining of a real roller-coaster game, the pendulum swing back to Lions after a triple by Nuno Pedroso put them 79-75 ahead.

Raiders needed inspiration when with less than a minute to play the game was tied 49-49 and they looked to be crashing out.

Bell was the man who provided it as he firstly made the most of being fouled on a three-point attempt as he punished Lions by making all three free-throws and then, bringing Raiders level in the tie with a deep three-pointer.

It still gave Lions a chance but Pedroso couldn’t make a three-point shot on the last possession although two missed free-throws by Crawford moments earlier in between the heroics of Bell was probably the moment Lions truly blew their opportunity.

As the game went into overtime by virtue of the tie with Raiders 95-89 in front, they never looked back as they stepped up their defence and navigated an edgy last 60 seconds to book their place.

Lang Helping the Community

Posted on 6th February 2012 in Plymouth Property

As the temperatures drop around Plymstock and the South Hams the local estate agent took it upon themselves to have their own branded ice scrapers made for the cold snap.

On Friday 3rd February when the temperatures dropped to minus 4.5 the staff at Lang & Co delivered 500 ice scrapers onto the wind screens of parked cars and given to people at the Broadway Shopping Centre in Plymstock to help ‘get them moving’ in the cold mornings ahead.

Lang & Co were really pleased when members of the public called their office to thank them for their kind gesture and had received a lot of compliments on and around the Broadway Shopping Centre to say what a big help the ice scrapers will be to them.

Lang & Co take pride in their local community and in the past have sponsored a number of schools and local charities including St Luke’s Hospice and saw the opportunity to provide the ice scrapers to local residents as their further ongoing commitment to the community. If you would like to view further details of some of their past sponsorship and support that they have provided, you can visit their website at www.lang.co.uk .

Cornish Pasty Banter

Posted on 2nd January 2012 in Plymouth Property

The First Cornwall Pasty Championships will be held at the Eden Project, in March this year.

Forget the Olympics or the Euro Championships this year, the main event is going to take place on the 3rd March (the Saturday before St Piran’s Day) at the Eden Project in St Austell, to celebrate the ‘Cornish Pasty’ that was granted protected status under EU Law earlier in 2011.

The origins of the word Pasty date from the 1300’s according to the Oxford English Dictionary, however the Cornish Pasty has been associated with tin miners in the county and was thought to be a traditional meal from the 18th Century.

Phil Ugalde of the Cornish Pasty Association said: “If you know anything about Cornwall, you know that pasty-making is a very emotive subject.

“People feel very proud of it – this was the original fast food.”

Gaynor Coley, managing director of the Eden Project, said: “The pasty is one of the great icons of Cornwall and also one of its best exports, carried in the hands of all those hardy mining families who left this coast and who took their skills – and their favourite food – across the world.”

The Judges will be looking for the best Cornish pasty made to the traditional recipe, and will be looking to have a distinctive ‘D’ shape and be crimped on one side, never on top. The Cornish Pasty Association also stipulate that the filling should also be “chunky, made up of uncooked mince or chunks of beef with swede, potato and onion and a light seasoning”