Happy New Year – it is at this time each year we can easily feel a bit flat after the
Christmas and New Year holidays, and it is not uncommon for many people to start
thinking about moving, maybe because they feel they have outgrown their current
home or maybe they’re just looking for a new place to call home. Moving can be very
exciting, time consuming and can turn out expensive if you do not get it right.
The property industry has been changing over recent years and as on-line agents
become more established there will be further changes in the future. It’s not unusual
to see new Estate Agents opening and no surprise that they are not all on the High
Street. The internet has changed the way we shop, book holidays and so forth. If you
are looking to move you can choose between on-line, High Street or a mixture of
both. It is becoming more common to instruct a qualified local property professional
that provides a traditional service incorporating all the exposure of the internet.
When it comes to searching for property, the most savvy buyers and tenants will
search the internet first. That’s not to say that they will not pick up a property paper,
magazine or even see the agents board outside the property. It is important to keep
the marketing fresh and as up to date as possible. Showing the property in the best
light and drawing attention to all its positives.
Sellers and landlords expect their property to be exposed on the largest property
portals such as Rightmove & Zoopla. Exceptional communication is possibly the
agents biggest asset, (so being available seven days a week and into the evening),
when most people have the available time to discuss their property needs. Waiting for
hours and sometimes days to be called back is no longer acceptable; also clients
expect fair and transparent fees without being tied into long contracts.
Looking forward to this year we expect little change in supply other than seasonal
demands, there no doubt will be frustrating times for many searching for their perfect
home or maybe a short term rental property, but as ever we will be trying our hardest
to reach our clients expectations as we have done so far. There are exciting things to
come for Adkins with updated software and a new website allowing our clients to
follow the progression of their sale through our own system.
www.adkinshome.co.uk for more information