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Agents Fees – What Are You Paying For ?

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By Stephen N.D. Parsons MNAEA
Director of Residential

When negotiating fees to sell your property, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that all agents do the same thing and therefore must all be the same, or be worth the same fee.

Finding the right buyer at the best possible price, is indeed a skill and requires determination and the ability to negotiate in a way that sees your client’s interests exceeded, whilst keeping the buyer encouraged that they are buying a property on fair terms, but the sale process does not end there!

The process of delivering a sale from the day it is agreed to the day that contracts exchange, is arguably as important as agreeing the sale price, though its importance is often under estimated or simply not appreciated at the outset of marketing or when agreeing terms with your estate agent.

At andrew scott robertson we have a team of highly experienced sales negotiators that understand the need to set up a sale properly, so that there is firm expectation on the buyer to perform speedily from the outset and not to renege on the originally agreed sale price.

We are delighted to have just exchanged contracts on a wonderful house in Kenilworth Avenue. Both buyer and seller are thrilled with the outcome and an expeditious exchange of contracts with the help of two excellent firms of local solicitors meant that we were able to exchange contracts in fifteen working days from when the sale was agreed!

If you would like to know more about the difference that andrew scott robertson could make to the sale of your property, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

NO SIZZLING START TO SUMMER, BUT THE PROPERTY MARKET HEATS UP NICELY

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By Stephen Parsons MNAEA, Director of Residential

 

 

As we gently and safely ease ourselves out of the lockdown, whilst observing the Government Guidelines, a surprising number of new buyers as well as ones that were registered with our offices before we locked ourselves away, are eagerly looking to make up for lost time and secure purchases before the end of the school year and when the traditional holiday season might have started.

In the three weeks or so since we have been back trading more normally, we have seen new buyers and viewing numbers pretty much returning to pre-covid levels, with many new sales being agreed in all price ranges. The number of buyers looking for flats and apartments has certainly surprised us, but it is a very welcome and significant boost, as the activity lower down the market stimulates and fuels the middle and upper ends. That said, we have also made some significant new sales of more expensive properties during lockdown and just after it, which include a £7M sale just off Parkside, a trophy house in the Village and two sales at around the £2.5M mark have just been agreed on quick turnaround exchange targets. We were also fortunate enough to re-agree a sale that fell through during lockdown almost immediately to a new buyer who, despite the hurdles, was able to exchange contracts in only 14 working days!

With the number of sales currently progressing and much lower volumes of new properties coming to the market, stock is in short supply, so if you are considering selling, this would be a great time to market your property.  Because of the need to keep our clients, as well as our employees, safe at the forefront of our minds, we are now able to offer virtual valuations as well as physical valuations for prospective sellers.  Also as part of our service to new clients we can now offer not only professional photographs and floorplans but also virtual tours which are vital to show the property in its best light, whilst helping to reduce the number of physical viewings, keeping everyone safe and protecting our wonderful NHS and easing the strain on front line workers.  Should you be interested in booking either a virtual or physical valuation of your property then please click Here

If you would like to know more about how we are dealing with our work post lockdown or to get more information on the property market in general and some of the fantastic buyers that we have registered, then please contact me direct at sparsons@as-r.co.uk or call me on 0208 971 6780 so that we can see how we can help you.

 

Double Award Winners !! – Andrew Scott Robertson Wins The British Property Letting Awards

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Our Lettings Department at Andrew Scott Robertson have just become double award winners of

The British Property Letting Awards for both SW19 and South London

Our team performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period, which focused on customer service levels.

Andrew Scott Robertson have now been shortlisted for a number of national awards which will be announced later in the year.

The British Property Awards provide agents throughout the UK with an invaluable opportunity to compare the service that they provide against the service provided by their local, regional and national competition.

Agents who go that extra mile and provide outstanding levels of customer service are rewarded with this accolade, which acts as a beacon to highlight these attributes to their local marketplace.

THE BRITISH PROPERTY AWARDS are one of the most inclusive estate agency awards providers as they do not charge to enter. This has enabled their award to be structured in a manner that ensures maximum participation, on average judging over 90% of agents that meet their minimum criteria on a local level.

The Awards team personally mystery shops every estate agent against a set of 25 criteria to obtain a balanced overview of their customer service levels. The judging criteria is periods to ensure that agents have been rigorously and fairly judged.

Robert McLean from The British Property Awards said “Our awards has been specifically designed to be attainable to all agents, removing common barriers to entry, such as cost, to ensure that we have the most inclusive awards. Our award has also been designed to remove any opportunity for bias or manipulation. If an agent has been attributed with one of our awards, it is simply down to the fantastic customer service levels that they have demonstrated across a prolonged period of time. Winning agents should be proud that their customer service levels provide a benchmark for their local, regional and national competition”.

What to do about bats in your rafters

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Increasingly, bats are choosing to roost in residential properties – old and new – as the number of traditional woodland habitats has fallen. As creatures of habit, they will often return to the same spot time and again.

Wimbledon Common is home to several bat species. While living nearby means that nature really is on your doorstep, if you find the bats have moved closer to your home than you might like, what should you do?

Firstly, it is important to remember that it is rare for bats to cause damage to a home. You may not even notice they are there, especially during the winter months when they are less active, seeking refuge from the weather in roofs and outbuildings while they rear their young.

The problem comes if you wish to sell or renovate your property, as bats are a protected species under UK law. Jack Parker, of Cornerstone Barristers explained: “The legal protection afforded to bats means that it is not only a criminal offence to kill a bat, you also commit an offence if you ‘disturb’ a bat [for example, by interfering with its habitat] or if you damage or destroy a bat’s roost [where they rest and breed].”

If you are selling a property with bats, you must inform your potential buyers. Withholding this information could lead to a claim for compensation later on – if the buyers are unable to renovate the property as they would have liked, for example.

The other issue comes if you wish to carry out building work, as celebrities including musician Noel Gallagher and radio presenter Kelly Brook have recently found.

Having bats doesn’t necessarily mean your renovation plans will be permanently scuppered. Kelly Brook applied to build two bat boxes in the chimney of her Kent home, following an ecology survey, which found long-eared and pipistrelle bats living in the roof.

According to Jack Parker: “Various measures can be used to avoid any impact on bats, such as carrying out work at certain times of year when bats aren’t present; by incorporating bat roosts into the development in question, or by making sure that artificial lighting is designed in a way which does not affect bats.

“Work which would disturb bats may only be carried out with a licence, which will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.”

Read more about this story in the Evening Standard Homes & Property and Property Reporter. For more about bats, visit bats.org.uk .

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