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Property prices are on the rise – Is your home?

Peter Higham, director of Gascoigne Halman, said houses worth £200,000 are selling at very fast rate with the market for homes worth £1m or more has seen a real improvement.

He said: “Because it was a particularly hard last two or three years we’ve seen change because the market below has been a lot better and we have had very good sales which has moved people onward and upward.

“A person selling a £600,000 – £700,000 property asking ‘should I move upward?’ has now got more confidence in the market.”

Peter said houses worth £1m plus usually stay on the market for no more than six months.

He said: “It’s all about presentation. Ask the right price and it will sell.

“In the past many people have pushed some of the prices but this year I believe people have been more sensible in their approach to selling so homes have been selling quicker.”

Peter said the market at the lower end of the price range is even stronger especially for properties priced between £200,000 to £800,000.

He said: “There’s a lack of supply at the moment. When people are looking to buy there is a lot of competition from other buyers because of this lack of supply.

“The more people sell the better the market will become.”

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Housing supply dries up

My newspaper this morning predicted that house prices could rise by as much as 25% over the next five years following a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) report. The report shows that the number of homes for sale has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1978.

It is suggested that this shortage of supply comes as a consequence of people living longer and moving house less frequently.   Low cost mortgages are also a factor where people have taken advantage of the cheapest ever interest rates and locked into a long term deal rather than moving home.

This reduction in available properties is puzzling as the General Election result was expected to provide a much needed boost in confidence and a consequential increase in the activity levels.  Instead, whilst sales and rentals have been active, properties which have been sold or let have not been replaced by new properties coming to the market and, as a consequence, we have seen prices rising in all of the most popular residential districts locally.

RICS has also predicted that people’s lifestyles may be changing. One particular new trend is that parents, conscious of the difficulties facing young people getting onto the property ladder, rather than move, have chosen to release some equity from their property to help their offspring. Alternatively they are purchasing a Buy to Let property.

For our part, the declining number of available properties is also a direct result of a shortage of housing in our country and the problems related to the lack of new building over the last twenty years. These factors are now coming home to roost.  Not only is there pressure on house prices but there is also pressure on rent levels with properties being let often within a matter of hours of becoming available and at ever increasing rent levels.

All of our towns and villages face pressures of development with nobody enjoying the prospect of green belt encroachment.  Unfortunately however, without some selective relaxation, the onward increase in house prices and rent levels is inevitable.

John Halman is Managing Director of Gascoigne Halman, an estate agent with eighteen offices in South Manchester and is the North West Regional Residential Spokesman for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

More tips on preparing your home for a speedy sale

This is the second in our advice series on preparing your home for a speedy sale. In this issue we also look at things to consider during viewings.

When it comes to property sales in Cheshire, South Manchester or the High Peak we have many years’ experience assisting homeowners to achieve a speedy property sale.

We have developed some golden rules that are certainly worth remembering when it comes to selling and presenting your home for a speedy property sale.

Top tips 6 to 10:

6. Curb appeal: First impressions count. Try to ensure that the front of your home looks as inviting as possible. If you have a front garden ensure it is weed free! If you don’t then consider some planters to add colour and greenery. 

7. Do that DIY: Tending to those small tasks now can save big money in the long run. Whether it’s a tile that needs replacing, or a leaky tap that needs mending, remember that buyers are always on the look-out for problems. Try to make sure that potential buyers have nothing to worry about. 

8. Make it look pretty: Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down. A carefully placed vase of flowers brings colour and life to a room and can also smell delicious. 

And during the viewing…

9. Don’t hover: If you are conducting the viewing yourself, being on hand in case a viewer would like to ask a question is a great idea, but try to keep your distance so that viewers don’t feel hurried or pressured. 

If the viewing is being conducted by the estate agent then let them get on with it.

10. Pets: As much as we love our furry friends some prospective buyers may not! Try to make arrangements for a friend or neighbour to look after them until the viewing is over.

 

 

Some top tips for selling your home

Some top tips for selling your home

When it comes to property sales in Cheshire, South Manchester or the High Peak we have many years’ experience assisting homeowners to achieve a speedy property sale.

If you are selling your home you want to present it at its best and ensure that prospective buyers are charmed by your property.

We have developed some golden rules that are certainly worth remembering when it comes to selling and presenting your home for a speedy property sale.

Here’s our top 5:

1. Depersonalise: As much as you love your children’s drawings on the fridge and the pencil artwork on the wallpaper, chances are your prospective buyers may not. In order to allow buyers to picture themselves living in your house, try to create a blank canvas wherever possible.

2. Declutter: When it comes to selling your home, the more clear surfaces you have, the better. It will make your home look larger and cleaner.

3. Disassociate yourself: Prepare your home for a viewing, step outside and re-enter the house with the mind-set of a potential buyer. Look for any possible flaws or limitations and do your best to address them.

4. Define every space: You may use a bedroom as a gym or storage area but portraying a room like this will bamboozle your prospective buyers. Each room should have a clear and distinct purpose.

5. Lighting: Dark corridors and pokey bedrooms can be brought to life in a second with a flick of a switch. Never underestimate the power of lighting and ensure that all the required lights are turned on before anyone comes to view.

Watch out for a future article with more top home selling tips!

Estate Agent to share £25,000 with local community

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Photo caption: John Halman, managing director (left of banner) and Peter Higham, operations director (right of banner) with staff members

Independent estate agent, Gascoigne Halman, has set up a £25,000 fund which is to be shared out amongst organisations, charities and groups doing good work in the local community.

The fund has been set up to celebratethe company’s 25th Anniversary this year.

The estate agent is calling the scheme the ‘£25k Community Challenge’. Launched this month, Gascoigne Halman is inviting local charities, organisations and community help groups to apply for a slice of the fund.

Speaking about the Challenge, managing director of Gascoigne Halman, John Halman said, “We were keen to mark our 25th anniversary in a meaningful way. Over the past eight years we have raised over sixty six thousand pounds for a number of charities and it has become part of what we do as a business. Each year we focused on a different charity.

“However, to celebrate working in the area with so many local people for 25 years we decided to take a different approach. We wanted to help and support a large number of organisations and in particular we wanted to help the smaller groups working at grass roots level. And so the idea of the Gascoigne Halman £25k Community Challenge was born.

“We envisage making probably around 10 donations but that is in no way fixed, it’s up to organisations, charities and local groups to tell us what they need in terms of funding, why they want it and who will benefit. It’s possible that we end up giving 25 smaller donations – it’s up to the public now.”

More information and an application form can be found at any Gascoigne Halman office or at their website. Applications can be made online from February 16th up to Friday 17th July 2015.

The company will announce a shortlist in September and those applicants invited to make a short presentation to the judging panel in November prior to the successful applicants being announced later that month.

In closing, John said, “We are really excited about hearing from many local groups.

“We are putting together a judging panel of prominent local people who will work with us to make decisions about who is shortlisted and where the money eventually goes. I would urge local groups, no matter how large or small, to get in touch.”

Intrepid Duo walks for local hospices

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Photo caption (l-r): Leighton Snow, Manager of Cheadle Office, Abigail Biggs, Matthew Clark, and Moharram Shah from the Bramhall Office, and Peter Higham, Operations Director

The intrepid duo of Peter Higham and Leighton Snow from Gascoigne Halman, have just completed a walk from East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield to St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green – a distance of approximately 15 miles, raising £2300 for these two very worthy hospices.

The pair completed the walk as the final fundraising event of 2014, which has seen the estate agency raise over £10,000 for East Cheshire, St Ann’s, and St Rocco’s Hospices.

Peter and Leighton called into Gascoigne Halman offices in Prestbury, Poynton and Bramhall along the way for refreshments and support from their colleagues, family, and friends.

These exceptionally spirited members of the Gascoigne Halman team have also been involved in many of the company’s fundraising challenges this year including a 5-a-side football match, ‘It’s a Knockout’ challenge, charity bike ride, Wilmslow Half Marathon, a duck race, a Bakethon, and a sponsored walk at Lyme Park.

Commenting on the year of fundraising, Peter Higham, Operations Director of Gascoigne Halman, said: “We’re are really pleased to have supported these local hospices throughout the year.  They do such great work and truly deserve a helping hand. Leighton and I would like to thank everyone for supporting us and for your kind donations.”

Gascoigne Halman Named Best Agent in the Cheshire & North Wales Region

Photo Caption (L-R): Stephen Mangan, The Gascoigne Halman Team, and Richard Tucker. Independent estate agent, Gascoigne Halman is delighted to announce that they have won Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 2014 Best Agent Cheshire & North Wales Regional Award at the Network’s annual National Conference, held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 14 November.

The annual prize gives the winning agency the title of ‘Best Agent in the Cheshire & North Wales Region’ and is awarded on a number of criteria measuring the agent’s overall contribution to Relocation Agent Network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction, a strong market share locally and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move both in and out of the area.

The National Conference culminated in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by acclaimed comedy actor, Stephen Mangan, best known for his role as the delusional and arrogant anesthetist, Guy Secretan in the hit Channel 4 hospital sitcom, Green Wing. Currently he stars in the BBC 2 comedy, Episodes with Matt LeBlanc. Stephen announced Gascoigne Halman’s award win.

John Halman comments, “We are really proud to be named the region’s best Relocation Agent Network member as it recognises the hard work and combined effort of everyone here at Gascoigne Halman. The award win clearly demonstrates to our buying and selling customers that we are one of Cheshire’s leading estate agents.”

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director said, “Gascoigne Halman’s outstanding customer service, independent business initiatives, local market share and commitment to our Network principles means that this award is thoroughly deserved. Congratulations to all the team at Gascoigne Halman.”

Information about Gascoigne Halman can be found by visiting their website http://www.gascoignehalman.co.uk/

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