paragraphWEEKLY UPDATE - 24TH AUGUSTGreetings from Banner Cross! This week has seen our team pick up 2 properties from our competitors that we initially valued 3 months ago. With 66 agents operating on our patch and less properties available than in 2015 you can imagine how hard it is for our valuer to win instructions, when you consider many of these agents don't have as good a market share as others you can see why some agents resort to under hand tactics to win these instructions to improve their share of the market and offer cheap fees and an inflated asking price. Both these new instructions were valued honestly by ELR 3 months ago and the figures were backed up by sensible comparables. Unfortunately we lost the initial instruction as the chosen agent offered a very cheap fee and a very high asking price, we cant blame the seller for having their heads turned but what we can tell you is that they have unfortunately had 3 months of inactivity on their property. Numerous excuses from the agent about the summer holidays slowing the market down and not to mention the dreaded BREXIT having a similiar effect (both nonsense) and have had enough and have now changed agent to ELR. When the September market is such a critical time to sell (people wanting to be in before Christmas and in many cases moved in time for choosing schools) you have to ask yourself if ambitious pricing and a cheap fee is really the best option for you, what if you were still for sale in November/December with no interest? At ELR we are committed to giving the best advice to our prospective clients and crucially this includes getting the price right, with Sheffield agents being able to disclose offers you dont need to be asking a high figure as the chances are more than likely that you will get more than your asking price if you are on a figure that attracts viewings. After all without viewings you arent going to get any offers are you?This approach really pays dividends when you look at the ratio between our listed price and sale price and saves a lot of time for buyers and sellers alike. When you combine this with our award winning customer service and excellent marketing you can see why our staff don't make excuses for not selling our clients houses we just get on and sell them! If you are thinking of moving maybe you would consider speaking to our valuer about selling your property or even just come into the office for a chat with our friendly team, we would love to discuss how we could help you with any of your property requirements. Thanks and see you next week. All at Banner Cross
paragraphWEEKLY UPDATE - 18TH AUGUST 2016Hello from all at ELR Banner Cross on this lovely day.This weeks news is that the holidays are coming towards their end and people are once again gearing up to sell their properties, maybe with an eye for a pre Christmas move or perhaps to get into an area in time to register the kids for the local schools. Either way we have received 18 instructions to sell already this month (1 a day) and we have a full weekend of open viewings already booked in. This weeks new instructions include a beautiful Victorian semi on Totley Brook Road in Dore for £475,000 a 3 bed semi on Burlington Road set in the most beautiful garden with bags of room to extend for £350,000 and a fab, extended detached on Newfield Lane with a finish to die for which we are asking £589,950 for. All the vendors are motivated to sell and we have viewings already booked but more time to accommodate any stragglers so please don't delay give us a call and grab your time slot as we are sure you will be impressed. More news next week.
paragraphWEEKLY UPDATE - 3rd of AugustHi, our apologies for not being in touch, holidays and a very busy office are to blame! So here we are in August and we have 16 houses lined up for sale in the south west suburbs already, this is promising to be our busiest month of the year with regards listings so make sure you have your Rightmove alerts set to get news on them before anyone else.
We wanted to focus on moving this week, the question we always here is 'whats best to do, put our house on the market and then find somewhere or find somewhere and then put our house on the market'?The answer is simple if you look at it from outside the box. When you are looking to buy in such a thriving market place you must ensure you are in the very best position to get an offer accepted when the house of your dreams comes on the market or you risk the real danger of not being accepted and someone else buying it instead.This is obviously not what you want so you must consider the end result. What DO you actually want? If it is to move then you have to take the plunge and market your house and get it sold subject to contract as this gives you a complete chain and any offer you are then going to place will be seriously considered by the seller.If you don't there is always going to be someone ahead of you when it comes to that property you have your eye on. Most of our new listings are attracting multiple bids (see 14 Rundle Road with 12 offers over the asking price) so how do you expect to stand out being dependent on a sale? Obviously you advise your prospective purchaser that they will have to wait for you but bearing in mind they are probably buying the house of their dreams when they look at yours you will find that most of the time they will be prepared to wait for a lot longer than you can imagine!We have recently had a number of clients who have always been reluctant to sell 1st but after seeing countless deals fall by the way side have finally agreed to listen to our advice and for the most part these clients are now happily SOLD and moved on to pastures new. (Hello to David in Anglesey from the team by the way) so please if you are considering how to play it why don't you arrange to meet us for a discussion to see how we can help you? We will back with more info next week until then 'stay classy Sheffield'.
paragraphWEEKLY UPDATE - 4th of July 2016Hello again, just like the Americans must have felt all those years ago on July the 4th it seems like we are all in a state of shock that Brexit actually happened, in or out either way I don't suppose many of us saw that coming, in Sheffield 136,000 people as opposed to 130,000 people voted for the UK to leave so we were definitely showing our 'Northern Powerhouse' colours. It will certainly be interesting to see how this will affect our industry but for now things seem to be 'business as usual'. Rightmove intel states that in the last 2 weeks ELR have been instructed to sell more properties (14) than any of our other competitors across our key areas (S7, S10, S11 and S17) and crucially we are also top of the table for selling property as well with 10 sales agreed. We have 5 more instructions geared up and nearly ready to go and the office has sold another 2 properties this morning so it seems that the good people of Sheffield are happy with their decision after all and the perceived slow down isn't happening here. Lets see what happens next week though! Maybe if you are thinking of buying or selling you may consider asking us to come out and give you some much needed advice, we would of course be keen to hear from you so please don't hesitate to get in touch.We will be back in touch next week, all at Banner Cross.
paragraphOur sales directors 7 favorite things in Sheffield
1 - Beautiful downtown Bramall Lane! Like all fans I'll never forget my first visit to watch Utd, it was a night match, the grass looked so green, the ground so big and it was a real assault to the senses. I have spent many a happy time there over the years, the atmosphere on a big game day is incredible and much better than many so called superior stadiums. I love singing 'you fill up my senses' at kick off and I can't wait until my son is old enough for me to take him down 'the lane' and enjoy it the way I have and do still. UTB!
2 - I was born in Dore, I live in Dore and I work in Dore. Dore Village is in my blood, my Mum still lives here, I got married in the church and my office is right in the centre. I love the Village And have seen it change so much over the last 40 years. My 1st job was as a paperboy on Causeway Head Road but I covered for several other rounds and in doing so I discovered all the 'hidden gem' properties that I now get asked out to value and sell. When you combine that with all the exploring I did on my bike as a boy, the secret gennels that criss cross the village and all the other places I shouldn't have been going It has given me a superb knowledge of the area and I find this really helps in my job when out at peoples houses. Dore is where I am at my most comfortable when I'm valuing property and because I know a lot of people in the area its always easy to find willing buyers.
3 - Blackamoor. Blackamoor was always the go to place when I was younger, out on walks with my family or again with friends on our bikes and It's here that I now take my reluctant children at the weekend when I want to stretch my legs. The Moor is always beautiful, whatever the season. Be it in Summer when the Bracken is at head height and the trails are hard to follow, or in Winter when the rain comes down sideways or its covered in snow it's always somewhere to visit and another of those hidden gems, it always astounds me that the Moors aren't full of people as the views are fantastic, I love the contrast between the natural beauty of the moor and the city of Sheffield which is visible from some of the higher areas. My favourite times to visit though is in the late Summer when the Blackberries and Blueberries are out and we can be out all day. A stop off in The Cricket Inn or The Crown is always included and I can't honestly think of many things that are better than a day spent in this way.
4 - The Cutlers Hall on Church Street. I first went here for an NSPCC Ball while at school and was amazed by its main staircase and the grandeur of the whole place with everyone dressed in Black Tie. I have since visited on numerous occasions with Solicitors for the law society do, The Sheffield Clubs Christmas lunch and a couple of great weddings and have always enjoyed the surroundings and architecture. It reminds me of a private members club in New York or London (something Sheffield desperately needs in my opinion) and is a great setting for any fine occasion.
5 - The Botanical Gardens, I love this place, my earliest memories of 'The Botanics' were when my Gran used to take us to see the Piranha in the Victorian Glass Pavilions before they were renovated and of course the bear pit which always fascinated me as a young child. Since the lottery funded renovations these Pavilions are now beautifully restored and house some fine plant specimens and I now take my own children to the bear pit which now has a very realistic bronze statue of an actual bear. There is also a Riddle Trail to follow which takes you around all the best sites like the Pan statue, bear pit and ponds. My wife introduced me to the 'Music in the Gardens' about 8 years ago and I loved being surrounded by the lovely plant life while sitting down, eating a picnic and listening to live music. This mini festival has got larger as the years have gone by and I am looking forward to watching James and UB40 play this year however I really did enjoy the earlier shows as they were a lot more laid back and there was also a lot more room for the picnic table!
6 - Loving food I also appreciate a great restaurant, Sheffield has got better and better in recent years and the choice is staggering. I do love Sharrowvale and Nonnas on Ecclesall Road though. The atmosphere in Nonnas is always great and this continues on the food side of things, I think it's a fabulous Italian restaurant and have never been let down with the food or service. I celebrated my 40th birthday here with my wife this year, I regularly go with my Mum for lunch, I took my eldest daughter there for cake on her birthday and have spent many nights drinking with my friends here in the evening either inside the busy bar area or outside 'people watching' on the terrace.
7 - Padley Gorge and Grindleford Café - Another place where we go to walk in all weather conditions, the Summer brings large crowds out and it becomes Sheffields Beach so I prefer it when it's a bit colder. When I was young we used to catch the bus from The Dore Moor Inn and walk down from The Surprise or The Fox House and base ourselves at the head of the gorge on the massive boulders watching the fast flowing black water tumble by. These days it's more likely that we will catch the train from Dore station to Grindleford and walk up the gorge on one side and then back down the other, stopping off at the café with all its bluntly written signs about ordering for some hearty food and refreshment before getting the train home.