Has the market run out of steam or will house prices be going up this year? Whilst activity levels may have improved over autumn 2005 on the back of more realistic pricing, it does not automatically follow that prices will start to rise.
Predictions from industry pundits like the Halifax put property inflation more or less in line with inflation. About 3%. So how can you make sure you are one of the “movers” in 2006.
Choose the right agent! This market has divided the good from the mediocre. It is clear that there are two different kinds of agent - those who REACT and those who RESPOND.
Today's market has changed from a sellers market to a buyers market. Reactive agents continue to focus wholeheartedly on increasing stock. They often believe they are moving ahead, even gaining market share, but they are unwittingly tricked into taking on the unsaleable properties dumped at their door by the responsive agents.
Responsive agents, on the other hand, are much more discerning and only take on property that they, and their buyers, like. This usually means well-presented, attractively priced homes that look good value compared to other agents and sell quickly.
At Jessops, we don't advertise "free valuations" as we don't want to be judged on valuation. We want people to choose our service because of the value we bring to your house move.
We have one of the highest regarded reputations in the business. Our advertising and website were voted No.1 and Highly Commended in the 2005 Lancaster & Morecambe Newspapers Property Awards. Strong marketing like this does not just make our competitors look like amateurs, it attracts more buyers.
Since 1996, when I first opened Jessops, we have been committed to doing one thing well. Looking after our customers. When you are buying or selling you have a choice. Give us a try and experience the difference. We respond not simply react.