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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.

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.