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    Breckon & Breckon is an independent firm of Estate Agents established in 1947 and now operating from a network of six offices in the county of Oxfordshire.

    We are property professionals with many years of experience in the local market. Whilst we are constantly recommended by many firms of solicitors, high street banks and other institutions, we are very proud of the fact that the majority of our new business comes from the personal recommendations of past clients.

    As a privately owned company we are able to react quickly to changes in the market. We constantly review our marketing, often setting new standards for other estate agents to follow. As an established agent we have a large database of prospective buyers that is shared throughout our network of offices. This database is accessed through our state of the art computer system enabling us to match properties to buyers without delay. However, none of this innovation means a great deal if it is not backed up with the right staff. Breckon & Breckon has an enviable reputation and is seen as one of the most sought after companies to work for. Our staff are quite simply some of the most experienced property professionals that Oxfordshire has to offer.

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Top 10 tips to selling your home
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    We fully understand the importance of an individually tailored market appraisal. We would love the opportunity to meet with you to demonstrate why we might be best placed to serve your needs, it's never too early to call us out for a free valuation. In the meantime, why not have a read through our top 10 tips to selling your home.

    Breckon & Breckon currently conduct in the region of 400 viewings a week and have been in the business of selling property since 1947. It is quite interesting that despite the many thousands of viewings we carry out each year across all price ranges, the same few tips seem to help our clients achieve the best price. Lets face it, we all love the Sarah Beeny / Phil Spencer type T.V. shows. They too have a great deal of property experience but from a national perspective. What we would like to do is share with you some local knowledge and let you in on the top 10 most relevant tips to assist with the sale of your property in Witney and the surrounding West Oxfordshire villages.

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    1. The Golden Minute

    We can pretty much tell within one minute of the prospective buyer arriving how they feel about the property. First impressions are really important. Take a friend or family member to the opposite side of your road and look back at your home, what do you see? Consider the good and bad. Deal with bad to enhance the good. Remove wheely bins, trim the hedge, rehang the gate etc. and then make the entrance hall as clutter free and inviting as you can. Remember that golden minute.

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    2. If it's broke - Fix it!

    Todays hectic lifestyle means that for most people those niggley little DIY jobs never get done. Now is the time! We certainly are not talking about redecorating throughout, but more in line with fixing that cupboard door in the kitchen, replacing the cracked window pane or the sealant around the bath. Maybe your helpful friend could point these bits out to you. Don't take offence but do take action.

    3. De-clutter

    Ok, so you've made it through the first minute, your buyers are still smiling, we need to keep it that way. Ask the same person that looked at your home from across the road to come inside and wander around with you, room by room, and point out all of the bits of clutter that you perhaps no longer see but have learnt to live with. If you come to realise you haven't used it for the last few months, why not demote it to the loft, or better still, sell it on eBay? Rooms look bigger with furniture but considerably smaller when cluttered.

    4. Stay away!

    One of the most important things when showing a buyer around is to make them feel at home. If the owner is around, even if in a different room it can make the buyer feel a little uneasy which is certainly not what we want. These days estate agents tend to accompany most viewings, make sure your estate agent accompanies them all! Try to stay out of the way for at least half an hour per visit. You'll also find that the feedback is more accurate when given to the estate agent without the owner present.

    5. Listen to feedback

    It's quite likely that not everybody will feel the same way about your home as you do. This in itself is not a bad thing. Encourage detailed conversations with your estate agent after each and every viewing and get to the real reason why the buyer is not going to take it any further. If you haven't found a buyer after the first 10 viewings and you do nothing it is quite likely the next 10 viewings will result in similar outcomes. Listen to the recurring objections, work out ways to overcome them and put your plan in to action.

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    6. Bits you love

    Just before your willing helper disappears, give them a pad and a pen and go back around your property once again. There will be at least one special feature in every room that may have been a contributing factor when you bought the property in the first place, or that you have come to know and love in your time there. This could be anything from a spectacular view from the bedroom to a stunning stone fireplace. It is essential that each and every special feature is pointed out to your buyer on their first visit.

    7. Actively encourage offers

    It is far better to have received a low offer that you turn down than to have no offers at all. Both sellers and estate agents have their own opinions as to what a reasonable price may be. In reality it is down to the prevailing market conditions and how buyers feel about your property that determines the level of any offer. Every negotiation has to start somewhere and without an offer, your agent has nothing to work with. Furthermore this gives your agent the opportunity to inform other potential buyers that offers have been made but not yet accepted.

    8. Pricing

    Never underestimate the importance of your asking price. We have been brought up to believe that when it comes to property, it's LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. We all fully accept the importance of location, but at the moment a correct pricing strategy is paramount. Getting the best price for your property is not about setting the highest asking price, but about attracting the buyer or buyers that are ready willing and able to pay the top price. Underpricing your property is almost as dangerous as overpricing it, so don't be tempted to go down either route! Thoroughly research the market before setting your price, or better still make sure your estate agent has done this research for you.

     

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    9. Marketing

    If you have taken on board a lot of what has been covered above, the most important thing now is to take your property to the market and expose it to as many people as possible. Most agents have a low key marketing option which works in certain circumstances, however, if you are looking to get the best price for your property you need to shout about it. Estate agents introduce buyers through one of three channels, the internet, their database and more traditional forms of advertising (newspapers, window displays, For Sale boards etc.). Most property websites have upgrade options to make your home stand out from the crowd, make sure you take every upgrade on offer! Look through the local property paper to see which adverts stand out. Rows and rows of tiny property pictures crammed on to one page does not work well. For Sale signs need to be eye catching and the sales brochures used by your estate agent must be the best in the business with professional photography and a floor plan.

    10. Choosing your Estate Agent

    A common mistake when choosing an estate agent is picking the one that offered the highest valuation or perhaps the one that suggested the middle of three prices. Whilst their guide to pricing is important it is more pertinent to select the estate agent that you genuinely feel is best placed to deliver your expectation. These expectations should be centered around everything that is important to you and may include communication skills, feedback, professionalism, honesty, integrity and dogged determination to ultimately deliver the best possible price. Don't just take their word for it, put them to the test. A little mystery shopping goes a long way!

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Market Update Videos
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    We study the property market in Witney and the surrounding villages everyday, it's what we do. Once a month I record a short video bringing clients right up to date with local property news. To watch the latest video update please copy and paste this web link into your browser. https://vimeo.com/147831154 

    We run an advanced notification email service for clients that would like to receive the update before it appears on Rightmove, please send me your EMail address if you would like to be included.

    Thank you for watching, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Tim

    tim@breckon.co.uk



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It's always nice to put a face to a name...
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    Timothy J May FNAEA, Director
    Most Estate Agents have a story to tell about how they first got into the business, none more bizarre than Timothy's! 29 years on there are not many market conditions that he has not experienced before. In 1983 he started as a junior negotiator in Northamptonshire, and before joining Breckon & Breckon spent 15 years as a Regional Director managing 21 branches in Central and West London. Timothy lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, triplets and toddler, and if you want to know how he first got into Estate Agency, you will need to ask him for yourself!
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    Sarah Thomas
    Since her career began in Estate Agency with Buckell and Ballard in Witney she brings with her ten years of experience gained while working across Oxfordshire. Her personable yet professional nature is an ideal match to the Breckon & Breckon ethos and Sarah's calm and friendly manner has provided many clients with the level of service that puts Breckon & Breckon head and shoulders above the rest.
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    Julia Briggs
    Julia has lived in Witney all of her life and has enjoyed 25 years in estate agency. Joining Breckon & Breckon in 2008 Julia previously spent 11 years with Buckell & Ballard honing her administration and organisational skills, which are second to none and helping to bring a feel of calm and order to a very lively sales environment. Julia leaves us in no doubt who actually runs the office.
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    Rebecca Sherwood
    Rebecca has worked in Estate Agency since 2012 and has lived in the Witney area all her life. With a wealth of local knowledge and a passion for property she fits in nicely with the Breckon & Breckon team. In her spare time Rebecca likes going on long walks with her dogs and socialising at her local.
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    Martin Roberts, Consultant
    Martin is delighted to return to Witney, and to Corn Street in particular as this is where he started his estate agency career in 1976! At one point Martin actually worked in the same building that Breckon & Breckon now occupy, a real home from home! He has, for the large part of his career, specialised in West Oxfordshire property - an area he knows and loves. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our well established team. Martin is married with four grown-up children and two granddaughters, he lives in Stanton Harcourt and is a keen tennis player and is interested in most other sports.
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    John Bouwer, Branch Manager
    John has been in the sales environment since he finished school in South Africa where he was born and raised. He has a huge passion for property and delivering first class customer service. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He likes to follow the Rugby and plays Cricket for his local team in Stanton Harcourt.
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    Alicia McCauley
    Alicia has been working within estate agency since 2014. Having lived in Witney her whole life, Alicia's fantastic local knowledge and can-do attitude make her the first port of call for any new or existing customer of Breckon & Breckon. She prides herself on being approachable and has her clients' interests at heart whether they are looking for their very first home or a retirement property. She very much hopes she can be your agent for life.
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    21 Corn Street,
    Witney,
    OX28 6DB

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    A reputation to uphold...
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      As a leading West Oxfordshire independent estate agent we know the importance of referrals and recommendations. We therefore choose not to lock our clients in to long term sole agency contracts but retain their instructions through the quality of service that all of our people provide.

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      ...extremely helpful...

      Mr and Mrs N sold their 3 bedroom detached home in Freeland: "All your staff are extremely helpful and friendly"

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      ...polite, efficient & friendly...

      Mrs R sold her 2 bedroom first floor apartment in Witney: "Everyone was very polite, efficient, helpful and friendly"

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      Good communication, attentive and cheerful...

      Mr and Mrs R sold their 3 bedroom period home in Witney: "Everyone in the office is to be highly commended. Good communication and attentiveness and constant cheerfulness in the face of numerous frustrations!"

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      ...should have come to you first...
      Mrs P sold her Farmhouse in Northleigh:  "A quick sale where two other agents had failed! I should have come to you first."

    Testimonials from Buyers

    • Buyer Testimonial

      Nothing was ever too much trouble.

      Mr M purchased an investment property in Witney: "Nothing was ever too much trouble, you gave great advice, were always professional and got the job done. It was nice to have a good cup of coffee when I came in to the office"

    • Buyer Testimonial

      ...extremely helpful...
      Mrs R bought her new home in Long Hanborough: "Sarah Thomas was extremely helpful throughout the negotiations"
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      ...always went the extra mile...
      Mr E and Mrs S bought a 4 bedroom detached home in Freeland: "Andrew Dale was excellent throughout and always went the extra mile!"
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