How does a viewing work? Will I need to be there or it or is it handled by the Estate Agent?

Posted on Dec 13 2017 | by Elaine Kerr, Director of Property

One of the most important parts of the home-selling process is showing your home. You may be apprehensive showing strangers around your property, but bear in mind that the viewers may also be anxious, as they are in a strange environment.

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How does a viewing work? Do I need to make an appointment or can I just turn up?

Posted on Nov 29 2017 | by Elaine Kerr, Director of Property

As a buyer, you usually will need to contact the selling agent to arrange a viewing at an agreed time. Try to go during daylight hours so that you can see the property in its best light and spot any potential defects. If the property is in a busy location, go at different times of the day to see if there are any parking issues, or to see whether the traffic noise might be a problem for you.

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What’s the benefit of having my property photographed professionally?

Posted on Nov 01 2017 | by Kevin McGillivray, Valuation Manager

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. In today’s market, buyers are likely to get their first look at your home as they browse through property listings online. Often using mobile devices, they have very high visual expectations, short attention spans and they require clear information instantly. Quality photography matters more today than ever before.

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What kind of costs do I need to budget for when I am buying a property?

Posted on Oct 18 2017 | by Amanda Frenz, Partner

When you buy a property and move home, there are some upfront fees to think about, as well as your mortgage costs. Make sure you include all of these when you work out your overall budget.

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What kind of costs do I need to budget for when I am selling a property?

Posted on Sep 20 2017 | by Kevin McGillivray, Valuation Manager

Following the property appraisal, you will receive, in writing, an estimate of the agent’s fees. This will clearly show what is required to be paid, some of which may be upfront, and the remainder from the sale proceeds.

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How long does a house purchase take and when can I expect to be in my new house?

Posted on Sep 06 2017 | by Amanda Frenz, Partner

I’ll get my crystal ball out! Much can be down to the desirability of a property, what price range the property is in and what is moving in the local marketplace at a particular point in time.

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What things do I need to do to get my property ready for sale?

Posted on Aug 23 2017 | by Kevin McGillivray, Valuation Manager

Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add to its value.

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If I am looking to buy, should I put my current property on the market first? What if I am left homeless?

Posted on Aug 09 2017 | by Amanda Frenz, Partner

Most people will sell first simply because they have a mortgage and therefore they need to sell their property before they can purchase another, usually with the help of a mortgage. It is important to ensure that you are aware of any cost implications involved with the redemption of any mortgage or loan that you have on your property. We can arrange for you to meet with an independent mortgage adviser to assist with this.

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How much is my property worth? How do I get my property valued?

Posted on Jul 26 2017 | by Elaine Kerr, Director of Property

An Estate Agency valuation is not a detailed survey, but rather an informed idea of how much your property can, or should, sell for in the current market. What your property is valued at matters. Get it wrong and it might sell for less than the property is worth. And, while you will want to maximise the sale value of your property, if it's over-priced it may be difficult to sell.

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When should I speak to a mortgage provider? Should I have my finances in place before I start looking?

Posted on Jul 12 2017 | by Amanda Frenz

A lot of homebuyers end up losing their dream home because they left sorting out the mortgage too late. Arranging your mortgage as early as possible can put you in a stronger position with sellers and reduce the amount of stress.

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