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Client Testimonials

September 25, 2018 , Blog

Never heard of this agent before so I was a bit apprehensive. Registering and waiting to hear back from the vendor was fine to organise viewing the property. Though there were a few communication issues during the process, I am still quite happy with the service Ownersellers provided

 

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Client Testimonials

March 20, 2018 , Blog

Dear Joanne
, thanks for your email. Yes the buyer came through your site.

We received several good quality enquiries through Ownersellers from people who were genuinely interested. We are very pleased to have sold what is quite a niche business through your site. The whole experience on your site was straightforward. Thanks for your help.

 

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Client Testimonials

March 19, 2018 , Blog

Rhys Davies of Wheeler Homes recently sang the praises of www.ownersellers.com . Rhys is a property developer and builder in Denbigshire, Wales who had listed his development of five houses on www.ownersellers.com

There is no downside to dealing with Ownersellers,” he said. “It was extremely simple, professional and very efficient. Although I am a developer it’s perfectly easy for mum and dad vendors to use”.

As affirmation for his support of Ownersellers he is now listing another 6 properties on the website.

 

Dennis Grant was an equally happy vendor who had used Ownersellers. He said: “This company is I believe fairly new but it is very professional in the way it systematically goes about selling your home. The photos taken were some of the best I have seen compared to many other agents photos of houses they are trying to sell. They keep in touch and answer you almost by return and the cost is competitive to say the least. So glad we were with them.”

Claire Williamson enthused “Joanne, who we have dealt with has been incredibly helpful and more efficient than any estate agent we have ever dealt with!”

 

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House prices higher near airports

December 20, 2016 , Blog House prices higher near airports

House prices higher near airports

Homes near airports outside London cost more despite the noise and air pollution, research from free online estate agent OwnerSellers has found.

Homes in the same postcode as Manchester Airport cost 73% more than the surrounding area, living near Birmingham International Airport incurs a 43% premium and homes near East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire cost 25% more.

Airports can fuel the local jobs market and boost infrastructure such as transport from the airport to city centre.

Rupert Cattell, founder of Ownersellers, said: “Homeowners have always considered areas near airports a disadvantage because of noise and traffic, however, this research conclusively demonstrates house prices near airports are undoubtedly soaring.

“Airports are almost always excellently linked to city centres and business hubs by train and road networks, giving residents who live in the area a great advantage when it comes to travelling and commuting.

“Anybody planning to grow their investment should not dismiss areas near airports – this could be a gateway to significant capital growth.”

House price premiums in other cities were 18% for Leeds, 13% for Bristol, 8% for Edinburgh, 7% for Luton, 5% for Newcastle and 2% for Liverpool.

An OwnerSellers spokesman said the trend is unlikely to apply to the London airports of Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick.

 

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Airport Properties Flying

December 12, 2016 , Blog Airport Properties Prices Flying

Airport Properties Flying

Buy to let property investors will be interested to hear that homes near airports carry a premium price, despite apparent drawbacks such as noise and air pollution, according to research from online estate agent OwnerSellers.

The survey found that houses within the same postcode as Manchester Airport cost 73 per cent more than similar properties in the surrounding area. Meanwhile, living near Birmingham International Airport bolsters prices by 43 per cent, whilst homes near East Midlands Airport can add up to 25 per cent to property prices.

Although the trend was found unlikely to affect properties near the London airports of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead, the presence of an airport in an area can boost the local jobs market and improve infrastructure, often making the postcode more desirable.

House price premiums in other airport cities were found to be 18 per cent for Leeds, 13 per cent for Bristol, 8 per cent for Edinburgh, 7 per cent for Luton, 5 per cent for Newcastle and 2 per cent for Liverpool.

Founder of Ownersellers, Rupert Cattell, said: ‘Homeowners have always considered areas near airports a disadvantage because of noise and traffic, however, this research conclusively demonstrates house prices near airports are undoubtedly soaring. Airports are almost always excellently linked to city centres and business hubs by train and road networks, giving residents who live in the area a great advantage when it comes to travelling and commuting. Anybody planning to grow their investment should not dismiss areas near airports – this could be a gateway to significant capital growth.’

 

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Focus On Holloway: How the area went from "no-go area" to a thriving hotspot for independent businesses

October 28, 2016 , Blog Ownersellers-Blog

Holloway may be one of the oldest neighbourhoods in north London, but it hasn’t always been popular.

Londoners who weren’t Arsenal fans might only pass through to get on to the M1 and its infamous women’s prison on Parkhurst Road hardly does wonders for its reputation. For a long time, its only cultural claim to fame was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams in a house on Kingsdown Road.

“Look back a decade and Holloway was a no-go area,” says Rupert Cattell, founder of online estate agent OwnerSellers.com. But, in the Nobel prize-winning words of Bob Dylan, times they are a-changin’. The opening of the Emirates Stadium in 2006 kick started a regeneration project to transform some 60 acres in N7 and N5, bringing new business and 3,000 homes to the area.

And nowhere is this more apparent than on Holloway Road, the main artery that runs through the area. “The two mile road is home to the third largest concentration of independent retailers in the capital and its diverse mix of shops closely reflects the area’s changing fortunes,” says David Fell, research analyst at estate agent Hamptons International.

“It runs through the heart of Holloway and marks where the development of North London began in the 1820s. Architects from every era have since made their mark leaving five storey Victorian townhouses jostling for space with 1960s offices and 90s flats.”

You can chart this change in the area’s landmarks, from the Victorian prison, to the grand Odeon cinema bombed during WWII to the brutalist modernity of Daniel Libeskind’s London Metropolitan University building.

The proliferation of restaurants along Holloway Road has led to it being described as an extension of Upper Street in Angel. Alex Leigh, a local Foxtons agent, says independent cafes like The Barn and Le Peche Mignon, pizzeria Zia Lucia and vegan, gluten-free dessert shop Cookies and Scream are changing perceptions and bringing new people to the area.

For the prospective homeowner, there’s a home to suit almost every taste and it’s much cheaper than its neighbours. People who would normally be house-hunting in Islington and Highbury “are now looking at Holloway as a very good value alternative where they can get more for their money,” according to buying consultant Jamie Burnhope from Black Brick.

Young professionals and first time buyers are drawn to the area’s relative affordability as well as young families looking to upsize. One bedroom flats can be bought for around £350,000, but family houses, which rarely come up for sale, are in higher demand, tipping prices over the £1m mark.

Its period conversions, particularly in the area’s two main protected areas, prove the most popular with buyers, says Cattell. “Holloway has streets of period Victorian houses that attract young couples and growing families, and two main conservation areas: the Hillmarton conservation area off Caledonian Road, while the Mercers Road/Tavistock Terrace conservation area is in Upper Holloway boasting several open green spaces.”

Many contemporary homes are coming, too, with new developments dotted on and around Holloway Road and on the site of the now closed Holloway prison – killed off by George Osborne in his last Autumn Statement – which has the potential to provide 5,000 new homes.

The burgeoning property market in Holloway may be north London’s best kept secret, but it wasn’t one it could keep locked up for long.

Area Highlights

The neon-topped Savoy cinema on Holloway Road became The Coronet in 1979 then showed its last film four years later. Now, it’s a pub in the shadow of Emirates Stadium and probably one of the most architecturally-interesting Wetherspoons you’re likely to visit. Speaking of the Gunners, the 60,000 seater stadium is a huge draw for the area and has been undergoing an ‘Arsenalisation’ since 2009 to restore the football club’s history to the stadium. And what’s a football match without a meaty pie? Piebury Corner on Holloway Road sells 13 gourmet pies all named after Arsenal players. For a refreshing pint, head to Swimmer at the Grafton Arms, a high-ceilinged pub with a decent selection of real ales. Take the kids to a working urban farm on Sheringham Road – Freightliners City Farm is a small community run project with rare breed animals to visit and a bee hive.

 

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Rightmove accused of shutting down competition by removing free online estate agent from its site

October 14, 2016 , Blog

Rightmove has been accused of trying to shut down its competition by removing a free online estate agent from its property listings.

Owner Sellers, an estate agent which charges no commission, has been de-listed from Rightmove for allegedly breaching its terms and conditions, but has said the allegations are false.

Rightmove has accused Owner Sellers of putting vendor contact details on sales boards outside houses, and of putting Rightmove's logo on its boards.

It's the fifth time Rightmove has taken steps against Owner Sellers in the last year.

"We can only assume that Rightmove sees us as an existential threat to their business model and to that of many high street agents, and they are doing their level best to stop us from delivering a service that vendors want," said Rupert Cattell, founder of Owner Sellers, said.

"This is the future of estate agency and clearly Rightmove doesn't like it."

The fifth audit of Owner Sellers by Rightmove is "a gross abuse of their position", Cattell said.

Rightmove and the traditional estate agents represent "Rip-Off Britain", according to Cattell, because they make vendors pay a commission for selling their home.

Owner Sellers charges for creating flooplans and for doing professional photography, but the vendors are in charge of organising viewings and marketing the property, meaning they can advertise on more than one property portal such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

Rightmove has been approached for comment.

 

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Making an exit: how to prepare your business for sale

September 20, 2016 , Blog

Making an exit: how to prepare your business for sale

As in most things in life, a successful outcome depends on good preparation. If you decide to sell a business, you will need to be thorough in your preparation. Here are some top tips to guide you through the process:

Plan well in advance

The earlier you plan the more time you will have to put in place the many things needed to make a successful sale. For example, financial records should be consistent, so a buyer can see good performance over several years.

Due diligence

Make sure you have a comprehensive and understandable set of accounts. Then there are contracts; a buyer will want to know the details of supplier contracts and other contractual obligations, such as employment contracts, will all need to be reviewed. Not to be forgotten in the due diligence process, are licences, leases, patents and health and safety certification.

Clear the decks

It is important to settle any significant unresolved legal disputes as they could put off buyers.

Appoint professionals early

As a part of due diligence it is essential to get professional advice early on in the process. This means you will need an accountant and a lawyer experienced in handling company sales who understand what buyers will be looking for in the figures and to help you through the legal and due diligence part of a sale.

Be clear on your aims

Before commencing the sales process and any negotiation, you must be realistic in setting the minimum price you’ll accept. You must also be prepared to be flexible in the type of deal you will accept. No single business sale is quite the same as another and you should be prepared to meet the market and compromise with your buyer in order to achieve a sale.

Plan for succession

Buyers want a successfully running business that will carry on performing after you have left. This means nurturing people within the business and/or recruiting people from outside to run it, and all of this requires long-term planning.

Identify the type of buyer you want

It is important to have in mind what type of buyer will be interested in your business. This way you will be able to present the business in the right way, highlighting the information that they want to know.

Having a good figure

Work at cutting business costs. Buyers want to see improving businesses with rising profitability. And keep the momentum going to win new sales, so buyers can see rising revenues.

 

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Annual house price growth slows to 6.9%, says Halifax

September 8, 2016 , Blog Selling your business

Annual house price growth slows to 6.9%, says Halifax

The annual rate of UK house price growth cooled further in August, after slowing the previous month, fresh data shows.

Halifax said that the average price of a home in the UK slowed from 8.4% in July to 6.9% in August, continuing a downward trend from March when the growth rate reached 10%, caused primarily by growing affordability issues, as price increases continue to exceed wage growth, which has curbed housing demand and caused price growth to ease.

The latest figures reveal that property prices fell by 0.2% last month after dropping by 1.1% in July, reducing the average cost of a UK home by almost £3,000 to £213,930.

Despite the month-on-month decline in home values, prices in the three months to the end of August were 0.7% higher than the previous quarter, although this also marked a slowdown in the pace of growth.

“House price growth continued the trend of the past few months in August with a further moderation in both the annual and quarterly rates of increase. There are also signs of a softening in sales activity,” said Martin Ellis, housing economist at the Halifax.

“The slowdown in the rate of house price growth is consistent with the forecast that we made at the end of 2015. Increasing difficulties in purchasing a home as house prices continued to increase more quickly than earnings were expected to constrain demand, curbing house price growth,” he added.

The Halifax measure follows on from the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ report which also shows that falling property prices and a significant fall in the average mortgage approval value to £171,000 in July, from a peak of £184,000 in January.

But any fears that there would be a dramatic housing market crash, largely as a consequence of Brexit, have been “drowned out”, according to Rupert Cattell, founder of online estate agent Ownersellers.com

He said: “With employment still high, the cost of living low, and a chronic shortage of stock, property prices were never going to plummet into freefall.

“Instead, prices have taken a mere pause for breath as the traditional summer lull kicked in forcing transactions to drop and instructions to fall too.”

Rob Weaver, director of investments at residential property crowdfunding platform Property Partner, agrees that it is now clear that the residential property market has “not fallen off a cliff post-Brexit” as some had predicted.

“Quite the opposite, these latest Halifax figures show stability and a degree of resilience,” he said.

Despite the general dip in house prices with the backdrop of uncertainty over leaving the EU, Weaver says that they continue to be supported by the structural defects in the market.

He continued: “Any fall in demand after the stamp duty hike in April has been offset by the lack of supply in the summer months. While the market has slowed to a degree since the referendum, the annual and quarterly rates of growth are positive signs for investors.

“According to the Bank of England’s chief economist, owning property is a better bet than a pension. And the government is preparing a multi-billion pound package to support house building longer term and stimulate the economy - a clear indication of the significance of the housing market to the UK’s prosperity.

“The Bank of England’s base rate cut last month has provided a much-needed confidence boost and eased some of the jitters over Brexit.”

 

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How flaws in the capped commission model are taking investors for a ride

June 8, 2016 , Blog

How flaws in the capped commission model are taking investors for a ride

Savills recently bought an undisclosed stake in YOPA, lending credence to the shift towards an online estate agency model. The property giant acknowledged what we’ve known for some time – buyers and sellers explore their options after hours and on weekends, and are keen to use self-service features if it will save them money.

The real estate industry is watching with baited breath as millions are pumped into hybrid estate agencies such as Purple Bricks and YOPA. Touted as revolutionary disruptions to the industry, they offer vendors the opportunity to self-manage their listing in exchange for a capped commission from £780 and upwards. Obviously, this is fantastic news for sellers who save thousands, but the maths simply don’t add up.

There are two reasons for this:

• Estate agencies operate on the 80/20 principle. 80% of their profits come from 20% of their property sales. The smaller commission fees pay their overheads but it’s the big fees that make the profits. However in an on-line agency there is never that opportunity to earn a big fee. All their fees are small and yet they have the same or in fact bigger overheads than high street agencies. The more properties an on-line agency lists the more salespeople they have to employ and the bigger their overheads. Their costs and their revenue lines never decouple.

• On-line agencies cannot achieve economies of scale because customers expect the same service as is offered by high street agencies even though they are paying a fraction of the fees. In fact because they’re paying an upfront fee they expect a higher level of service from an on-line agency than a high street agency such as night-time and week-end email and telephone answering, which increases the overhead costs further.

How a free online estate agency is different

Ownersellers examined the existing agency model and rejected it. Rather than trying to run an agency with high overheads, a large employed salesforce and a low, flat revenue stream, Ownersellers minimises its overheads while still having one salesperson per property dedicated to selling that property. That salesperson is the property owner, who is motivated and committed to achieving the best sale price.

By creating the world’s first service enabling people to sell homes online for free, we’ve broken free of the scalability problem that will soon see the other on-line agencies dropping out. Operating completely online and with growth based on providing exceptional value, we believe that Ownersellers will be around long after the capped commission ride is over.

 

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Why ‘you get what you pay for’ is a myth

May 24, 2016 , Blog

Why ‘you get what you pay for’ is a myth

It seems that whenever things aren’t going quite as planned, there’s always someone in the wings, ready to pop out and say it’s because you didn’t spend enough. The truth is price and value have long since parted ways, and paying more for something no longer provides the same guarantee of value it once did.

Quite the opposite actually. Some of the best, most successful and VITAL services being used today are free. In fact, if they tried to start charging even a single pound, users would riot.

Not because the services aren’t providing sufficient value, but because the benchmark has been set at zero cost.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…all free.

Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo…all free.

LinkedIn, Jobsite, Monster…all free.

We couldn’t even imagine life without these services, yet flat out refuse to consider a user-pays system. Their value has nothing to do with the price.

There are some in the real estate industry who are challenging the benchmark of high commissions, realising that the way buyers and sellers interact has changed and the old system is no longer viable. Some allow commission haggling, some charge a fixed commission, while some others charge a flat listing fee. While any estate agent that challenges the status quo of archaic years gone by is to be applauded, we believe they don’t go far enough.

The year ‘free’ became the new normal

Ownersellers is the first agency in the world to not just re-evaluate the old commission system, but to forcibly wipe it out. We’re doing exactly the same things as other agents who have attempted to be more competitive, but we’ve gone even further. To zero commission. Free.

We don’t believe sellers should pay 1.5-2% commission + VAT just to put a listing on the major estate sites. We don’t even believe sellers should pay £700 like other online agencies charge. You’re doing the work to sell your property – why should any hand be taking money from your pocket?

Ownersellers gives back the control and sets a new benchmark for the industry. Free.

You have full flexibility of viewing times, there are no hidden catches or fine print, and you still get the same service that used to cost thousands.

We’re real people, providing real value. We just happen to be the first.

Sell your property for free.

 

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5 tips for writing an advert that turns browsers into buyers

April 22, 2016 , Blog

5 tips for writing an advert that turns browsers into buyers

It’s so exciting, you’re ready to make a change and move to a new property! But before you can get stuck into planning your new décor, you have to tell the world how great your current home is and convince them to make a great offer.

Brainstorm everything you know, love and loathe about it

This includes the good, the bad, and the indifferent.

4 bed, 2 bath? Great.

Catches warm morning light in the breakfast nook? Awesome.

Drive a little overrun with plants? Not a deal breaker.

Providing concrete facts and capturing the buyer’s imagination is what makes a listing great, so arm yourself with knowledge and the next steps will be more fun than you realise.

Identify key info you plan to include

Certain facts about the property must go in, so start with them. Size, location, expected features. Lay them out clearly.

It may seem better to leave off some details (like your wildly overrun driveway), a buyer could potentially find charm in them, so try and make interesting points instead. The drive isn’t overrun, it’s naturally private and secluded.

Focus on the positive!

Using historic information or other unique facts about the property and surrounds to give it character.

Target Audience

Consider the potential buyer you want to attract. Is your property best suited for a busy executive? Or do you want to attract a larger family?

Writing a narrative will help customise your advert to attract the audience you think will be best suited to your property. Set the scene for imagination so potential buyers can view themselves making it their home.

Don’t forget to leave them wanting more by leaving some mystery – think about your target audience and what would make them pick up the phone. For example, a children’s playhouse is a great value-add for a young family property, so hint at how amazing it is by referring to it as a “tea-party paradise”. You’re allowed to have a little fun with your listing body!

Make It Easy

Make it easy for the buyer to find answers to their questions. Chances are, if you wonder certain things about a property, so do they.

Take this chance to overcome objections before they become a negative, this is the section to mention your private and secluded (overrun) driveway.

Think about any reason a buyer would drive past your property and decide not to stop after all. Think about reasons they would give for leaving without falling in love.

Take those reasons and address them positively.

Create a Headline

Naturally you are going to want to write a headline that attracts the buyers’ attention! Create a good structure headline— not too long, not too vague.

A good example would be: Historic Craftsman 4 Bedroom House.

It’s clean, quick to the point and gives a clear description of the property.

You’ve brainstormed, culled the key information and written a description that makes buyers imagine themselves living there. The only hard part now is handing over the key!

List your property today. Pay no commission.

 

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You should never pay estate commission, and here’s why

April 18, 2016 , Blog

You should never pay estate commission, and here’s why

Selling your house? Two things jump right out:

“I need to get it listed on RightMove,” and “I’ll have to pay a fortune in commissions.”

Only one of these statements is true.

Online listings reach buyers worldwide

Buyers are online, searching listings from far and wide, browsing for one which captures their imagination and they can see themselves living happily in. They enter their criteria and consume the photos hungrily, knowing their ideal property is just one click away.

Buyers are not lining up at the local agency office, begging to see the big book of listings.

The market has changed, because buyer expectations have changed.

Why haven’t seller expectations changed with them? The days of calling the local agent and having them over for a coffee are gone. To be listed on RightMove you do need to go through an agency, but it definitely doesn’t need to be a commission hungry agency stuck in an old fashioned billing model.

What does your commission really get you?

Photos: During the valuation, the agent may take photos for your online listing. We say may, because believe it or not, some sellers have been told their property isn’t worth an agent visit. Either they’re too far away, their listings are already saturated with that type of property, or they’re understaffed.

Description: A stock standard description written to template. Charming 2bed cottage. Executive 4bd home. Same old, same old. No imagination shown.

Middle man: Buyers call the agent to arrange viewings and check open house times. The agent then calls you.

Contract: In this case, a template is perfectly reasonable, but how much does it really cost to click ‘print’?

Buyer gift: Sometimes the agency will give the buyer a gift basket when they collect the keys. A nice touch, but worth a large commission?

Legals: Not included. You still need to arrange and pay for conveyancing.

Are there enough personal touches to warrant the commission?

As a seller, would you pay thousands of dollars for:

• A handshake?

• Someone to sign people into an open house?

• A voice on the phone?

No. That’s a crazy expectation! We don’t think you should pay it either.

The buyer’s expectations don’t support the commission model

Buyers prefer to search for properties themselves, in the comfort of their own home. They crave unique listings which transform a flat image of a house into a multi-dimensional home, complete with emotions and experiences.

Buyers have willingly taken on many of the roles of the traditional estate agent but you’re still paying for those extra services!

We flip this model on its head and focus on how buyers and sellers work today, not 50 years ago. No commission. Full support.

Complete respect and value.

Buyers are ready. List your property today.

 

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Selling your business? Avoid exaggerating the facts

December 13, 2015 , Blog Selling your business

Selling your business? Avoid exaggerating the facts

Although it is completely understandable that you want to put your business in the most favourable light, you don’t want to be accused of misrepresentation. No matter how much you are tempted, it is also the best policy to be scrupulously honest. Honesty breeds trust and all deals require trust.

 

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Selling tip of the day - Don't skimp on listing photos

December 12, 2015 , Blog Selling tip of the day

Selling tip of the day - Don't skimp on listing photos

So many buyers look for homes online these days and so many of those homes have photos that you'll be doing yourself a real disservice if you don't offer photos as well.

Good photos should be crisp and clear, should taken during the day when there is plenty of natural light available, and should showcase your home's best assets.

Consider using a wide-angle lens if possible - this will allow you to give potential buyers a better idea of what entire rooms look like.

 

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Ownersellers House Newsletter Preview

December 11, 2015 , Blog Ownersellers House Newsletter

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Property tip of the day: Location, Location, Location

December 11, 2015 , Blog Ownersellers Property Tips

Property tip of the day: Location, Location, Location

When looking for the area in which to make your property purchase, look out for transport links, good road access, nearby amenities. There’s nothing worse than finding a property but then realising you have a 20mins walk to catch a train!

 

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Ownersellers Business Newsletter Preview

December 10, 2015 , Blog Ownersellers Business Newsletter

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Property tip of the day

December 10, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Property tip of the day: If you are entering the BTL market then identify your target market

When developing your business plan, always have in mind who you are aiming to let to or sell to once you have refurbished your property. If you are looking to target a high quality market, think about the design of your build. More bedrooms do not necessarily make for a more valuable property; generally buyers want more quality space rather than cramped living conditions.

You should focus on the layout of their project, ensuring that the rooms flow together and there is a balance of entertainment space, utility rooms and bedrooms. Additionally, do not be tempted to scrimp on the quality of interior or exterior. Choose appliances, fixtures and fittings carefully, and be especially careful when designing your exterior as the majority of buyers will decide if they want the property even before they have entered the building.

 

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Looking to sell your business?

December 5, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Looking to sell your business? Grow it first! It is always easier to sell a business whose sales are growing than one in a downward trend or even flat. Buyers generally want to invest in a company that will provide them with a good return, so they’re willing to pay more for a business that has a positive trend and outlook.

If the company's future success appears to be threatened (a competitor entering the market, technological advances outdating company products, etc.), the value of the business will be affected. The marketability of the firm may decline as well.

 

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Planning to sell your business? Don’t underestimate the power of the brand!

December 4, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Planning to sell your business? Don’t underestimate the power of the brand!

Your brand should reflect everything that you do, use it to portray your strengths to the world. If you want to project yourself, get a brand made up and take time to create a logo which reflects you, your business and its culture. Popping to the local printers doesn’t count!

 

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Struggling to sell? Doubting your asking price?

December 3, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Struggling to sell? Doubting your asking price? Here are three reasons not to drop it:

• If you don’t believe in your asking price, why should your buyer? Be confident your home is worth what you’re asking. Your confidence will be infectious, and be transmitted to your viewers via your agents.

• It’s a downward spiral – where will it all end? You don’t want to give it away. Make sure you sell on value, not on price.

• It doesn’t work! Sellers who contact us have almost always already dropped their price, sometimes several times, but they still haven’t sold their homes. Who wants to buy something at a falling price?

 

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Want to add value to your home?

December 2, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Want to add value to your home?

Not all home improvement projects add value. Some can make your property more saleable (quicker and easier to sell), but they won’t necessarily increase its sale price.

Put simply, the amount you spend on a project won’t necessarily add the same amount to its value. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you think about improving your home.

Reconfiguring the upstairs floor plan is a cost effective way of creating more bedrooms. A builder will be able to re-design the floor plan to make the most of the space available. You can hire a builderto install a partition stud for around £800. Providing the rooms created are of adequate size, and the space in the original ones hasn’t been overly compromised, a well thought through reconfiguration can add value to your property - a three bedroom property is likely to be valued £30,000 higher than a similar two bedroom property.

 

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Tip of the day: Think 'curb appeal’ when you sell!

December 1, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Tip of the day: Think 'curb appeal’ when you sell!

Be ruthless in cleaning and repairing and if need be hire professionals, such as home stagers who can arrange your home attractively, painters and other contractors. because it’s hard to take less-than-flattering critiques of your home

 

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Thinking of selling a property but have decided to wait until January?

November 30, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Thinking of selling a property but have decided to wait until January? Listen up - change your strategy and set the wheels in motion now.

Putting your property on the market before you dig into your turkey and Christmas pudding maximises your chances of getting the best price, fast and without little fuss– oh, and of course for no agent fee.

 

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Tip of the day - moving day!

November 28, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

1) Separate the essentials -Pack an overnight bag for each family member and use a clear plastic box to keep your daily essentials together (kettle, mugs, teabags etc) so you can access them easily during and after the move.

2) Label Label Label -Buy a pack of parcel labels in different sizes, colour coded if you’re really serious, and label every box with the room and main contents. You can also use labels on chargers and cables to remember what goes with which device, as well as labelling items that are to be donated to charity, binned or sold.

3) Invest in good boxes -Decent boxes can be used time and time again, folded down or used to keep your loft tidy. So buying good quality boxes is always a solid investment. You may even be able to source these for free from shops but make sure they’re strong and not too large otherwise you won’t be able to move them once they’re full.

 

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Fun Fact Friday: Here's five things about Shrewsbury

November 27, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

•Charles Darwin was born here and went to Shrewsbury School.

•Shrewsbury sits 9 miles from the Welsh border.

•Shrewsbury was used as the setting for 1984 film ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Scrooge’s grave still remains at St Chad’s Church.

•A person from this area is called a ‘Salopian’.

•England goalkeeper Joe Hart is from Shrewsbury.

 

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Few things you can do to drive the sale of your home

November 26, 2015 , Blog sell your home

There’s a month until we start opening our Christmas presents and consume an mammoth amount of food drink, however, if you want to sell and move into your new home in time to get that turkey in the oven, here are a few things you can do to drive the sale of your home:

1. Use a Good Solicitor. Choose a professional solicitor who is organised and has a reputation for keeping you well guided and informed. Solicitors who are disorganised and slow can cause buyers to lose interest and withdraw from a purchase.

2. Presentation. Yes it might sound simple but many people forget something so basic! Present your property well. Ensure all property photographs inside and out show a tidy property which is well presented and makes your property stand out.

3. Invest in attractive photography. Ensure you have attractive photographs and a well-written concise description will help promote your property. The description should highlight key features which will be attractive to your buyer as well as local amenities such as schools and transport links. It is also worth adding why you purchased the property initially and what you enjoy about the local area living there.

4. Viewings. Be friendly but not overly interfering. Some home owners are excellent at talking to buyers, others can be easily offended and fall out with potentially interested parties. Be prepared to be flexible with times as the buyers are ultimately your priority.

5. Communication. It is important to keep in contact with your agent and solicitor, informing them of timescales, your requirements and concerns. If you do not understand any part of the home selling and buying experience, you should feel at ease talking to both parties to help guide you through this exciting time.

 

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How to Sell a Business efficiently for the Maximum Value

October 30, 2015 , Blog

Not sure what an EPC is?

November 25, 2015 , Blog Energy Performance Certificate

Not sure what an EPC is? Well here's a 1min run down:

You are required by law to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which can be obtained via an accredited assessor.

The EPC certificate will be specific for your home and rates energy consumption, as well as making recommendations on how to reduce consumption. The rating provided within the certificate takes form in a sliding scale of A being the most efficient through to G being the least.

Having your EPC completed at this early stage in the process now gives you time to make relevant changes to improve your property energy performance if needed. Always shop around for the best price as some accreditors are cheaper than agents.

 

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OwnerSellers is the UK’s first online estate and business transfer agency offering 0% commission

October 30, 2015 , Blog

OwnerSellers is the UK’s first online estate and business transfer agency offering 0% commission to sellers of properties and businesses. Our vendors can save £000’s in commission by taking in control of their sale and advertising their property or business to a worldwide audience.

 

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How to Sell a Business efficiently for the Maximum Value

October 30, 2015 , Blog

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October 30, 2015 , Blog

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