One thing you won’t have failed to notice, if you are hoping to move home this year, is how quickly properties are selling.

BY BEN SURRIDGE, DIRECTOR, SURRIDGES ESTATE AGENTS LTD

Many buyers and sellers we speak to are feeling overwhelmed with the pace of the current housing market. Demand for appealing properties is at an all-time high – blink and you will miss that dream home!

However, the benefits of such a market can be enjoyed by following this key advice:

Get yourself into a strong buying position BEFORE searching for your new home

Although many homeowners will feel uneasy about selling their existing home first, in a seller’s market where demand outstrips supply, it really is the only successful approach to securing your ideal onward purchase. Home sellers and estate agents favour “ready and able” buyers, and with so many buyers to choose from, you will get overlooked if you are not already in a proceedable position.

Find an agent who is determined to help you maximise your sale price

A motivated estate agent will optimise the marketing of your home via eye-catching, quality photography, enticing descriptions and extensive online exposure. Attracting more buyers will help to fetch the best possible sale price, leaving you with a bigger budget and greater choice when it comes to finding your next home.

Once you’re ready to proceed, start that property search with a vengeance!

· Contact local agents and asked to be registered for property. It is vital to make your requirements clear, sound keen and emphasis your ability to act quickly for the right home. Make sure you give them the best method to contact your quickly, so you can book a viewing at the earliest opportunity.

· In addition (not alternatively), check the property portals like Rightmove and On The market at least once every day. Better still, set up property alerts and keep a regular eye on these.

· Book to view at the very earliest opportunity. Buyers who wait for that convenient weekend viewing will likely miss out in this fast-paced environment.

· Be ready for your dream home to come along: make a strong offer and have proof of your ability to purchase ready to provide to the estate agent, such as a mortgage promise and details of your chain/selling agent.

In Summary

Be proactive and resilient.

Seek out a determined estate agent.

Maximise your budget.

Set up alerts.

Be prepared to act decisively.

SURRIDGES ESTATE AGENTS – A 5-STAR RATED, MULTI AWARD-WINNING LOCAL AGENT. 01323 406440 www.surridges.co.uk info@surridges.co.uk

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