Advertising a house for sale, isnt the same as selling it....
Estate Agents have a dreadful rep. Some of it deserved, some of it slightly unfair, but I'm pleased to be able to report that despite there still being some that are less than scrupled, we wouldn’t all sell our Grannies!
Our aim at Granger & Oaks is to be a little different than the average. I think it's what serious buyers really want. For instance, if you’re looking for off-the-wall over-inflated valuations, and property sat on Rightmove for months on end, you’ve come to the wrong place. Call us old-fashioned, but our ethos is very much based on honesty, and delivering what we promise.
We aim to give our vendors an honest appraisal of their property. We provide you with honest comparable data to back up our findings, and we give you an honest expectation of what we'll hope to achieve.
We’ve all seen the house at the end of the street that has been on the market for so long that the For Sale board has become part of the garden. With us, that wouldnt happen. If we can't sell it, we'll tell you and we'll take the board down. Having a property sat on the market for months on end does nothing for the vendor, and not much for the rest of the street either come to that. The only people that benefit are the agent - sadly for many, their priority is the number of boards up, not the percengtage that are sold.
At Granger & Oaks, we have a bit of a mantra. If we put a board outside it, we sell it!
We're a small independent agent with a habit of doing as we say. We work hard to produce attractive property listings with first rate photographs, and listing a property properly isn't a 5 minute job. If I'm going to the trouble of doing all that work, I want to make sure I get paid for it, so selling the house is of upmost importance.
Whilst some agents happily list all manner of properties for sale speculatively, we work differently. We have an outstanding record for selling what we advertise and achieving the asking price, and that's not done by plucking a price out of thin-air, doing a quick 5 minute write-up and taking a few quick snaps.
The trick is to do your research and get the price right 1st time. Properties generally achieve their highest price within the first 3 weeks of coming to market. Fact. So, taking a wild stab in the dark at a price that nobody of sound mind is going to pay, can only be folly.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Not everything sells in 3 weeks flat – some houses do take a while longer, but they are the exception to the rule. Before you start thinking about reducing the price, it’s important to remember that you’re only looking for one person, and that person may be away when you first come to market, or, they may have already seen it but were put off for some reason.
Selling prices for property can swing considerably, and some properties can see substantial increases from one year to the next, so if you are contemplating making a move imminently, it’s worth revisiting your homes valuation even if you’ve had a quote within the last few years.
Whichever stage you are at in your home selling plan, always remember, in most instances, if a house is priced and presented properly, you will find a buyer inside the first few months of marketing. The key is getting the price & presentation right.
If you’re seriously thinking of selling, it pays dividend to choose an agent that gets deals over the line, not just one that’s telling you what (they think) you want to hear.
Talk to a few agents and ask them how many of their properties actually sell. Can they prove it? If you can get a straight answer, you may be a little surprised? Do some research yourself by taking a look on Rightmove – open up an agents listing page and see how old their adverts are. If there is an abundance of unsold property languishing for months, you can fairly safely assume that their market prices are possibly a little adrift of reality.
Getting the price, and the presentation right, is key to straightforward sale, so if you’d like our opinion of the saleability of your property, we’d love to help you get moving.
To get the ball rolling, why not get an initial Instant Valuation. It isnt perfect for every property, but for the vast majority it can give you a good benchmark. We can then follow it up with a more thorough marketing valuation so you have a clear picture of what you're likley to achieve. Instant Valuations cost nothing more than a minute of your time, and there is no obligation to see anybody if you aren't ready.
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