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    Pestell & Company has been established for 22 years with offices in central locations both in Great Dunmow and Bishops Stortford. The experienced teams offer a professional and personable service, working closely with solicitors and all parties involved to maintain a smooth and prompt progression of sale. Being independently owned allows a freedom and flexibility to work to customer requirements allowing us to provide you with a bespoke service, the experience and expertise required within a modern Estate Agents.

    Here to help.........

    We are contactable 7 days a week, so if you want to view a property or obtain a valuation give us a call on 01279 656400 or drop us an email at post@pestell.co.uk and even if it is out of usual office hours we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.We believe in offering genuine and realistic advice at competitive rates and we don't tie you in to a long contract. So for your free market appraisal call us today and let us help take the stress out of your move.

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    Advice on selling your property

     

    Choosing an Estate Agent!!! Choosing your Estate Agent is the most important decision to make when considering selling your home, so you need to make sure it is the right decision. Don't be flattered by high valuations, make sure they have comparable evidence that backs up what they are saying. Good local knowledge is very important so ensure your Estate Agent has this and a good track record. Personal recommendation is great. Just because you like a property through one Estate Agent don't think you have to sell through them as well. It's your home, and your choice. Think about what you want out of an agent, accompanied viewings, able to contact them out of normal office hours etc and check that your agent can do that.

    Contract Beware of lengthy sole agency contracts and notice periods, you shouldn't need to sign a long fixed contract, you should be able to stay with your agent if you are happy but to change if you are not.

    Fees Is the fee structure clear? Check that you understand the fee structure, not all agents are transparent with their fees, if in doubt ask.

    Showing your Property at its best If you want to get the best price for your home, it is advisable to finish off all those half finished DIY jobs. But don't get carried away, and don't start new ones! The best thing you can do is declutter where possible, as this helps to create a feeling of space, pot plants and flowers are a nice touch and will make the property feel more homely (but only if they are looking alive and healthy!) First impressions count, so keep the front garden looking tidy and grass cut, and maybe give that front door a lick of paint if it is looking tired.The traditional trick of baking bread or perculating some coffee is an idea, but try and avoid cooking anything that will create a strong odour prior to a viewing and if you have pets maybe ask a neighbour or family member to look after them if possible. A delicate air freshener is a good idea, but don't overdo it - You don't want to overpower the prospective buyers!

    Tips If you are doing the viewing, make the potential buyers feel welcome, answer any questions they ask as best you can and offer information on the local area. Be interested but don't ask their life history!

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Advice on selling your property
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    Choosing an Estate Agent!!!

    Choosing your Estate Agent is the most important decision to make when considering selling your home, so you need to make sure it is the right decision. Don't be flattered by high valuations, make sure they have comparable evidence that backs up what they are saying. Good local knowledge is very important so ensure your Estate Agent has this and a good track record. Personal recommendation is great. Just because you like a property through one Estate Agent don't think you have to sell through them as well. It's your home, and your choice. Think about what you want out of an agent, accompanied viewings, able to contact them out of normal office hours etc and check that your agent can do that.

    Contract

    Beware of lengthy sole agency contracts and notice periods, you shouldn't need to sign a long fixed contract, you should be able to stay with your agent if you are happy but to change if you are not. Fees Is the fee structure clear? Check that you understand the fee structure, not all agents are transparent with their fees, if in doubt ask.

    Showing your Property at its best

    If you want to get the best price for your home, it is advisable to finish off all those half finished DIY jobs. But don't get carried away, and don't start new ones! The best thing you can do is declutter where possible, as this helps to create a feeling of space, pot plants and flowers are a nice touch and will make the property feel more homely (but only if they are looking alive and healthy!) First impressions count, so keep the front garden looking tidy and grass cut, and maybe give that front door a lick of paint if it is looking tired.The traditional trick of baking bread or perculating some coffee is an idea, but try and avoid cooking anything that will create a strong odour prior to a viewing and if you have pets maybe ask a neighbour or family member to look after them if possible. A delicate air freshener is a good idea, but don't overdo it - You don't want to overpower the prospective buyers!

    Tips

    If you are doing the viewing, make the potential buyers feel welcome, answer any questions they ask as best you can and offer information on the local area. Be interested but don't ask their life history!

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    First Time Buyer? Don't worry!
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    Get moving with Help To Buy
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    Help to Buy is a government scheme that means you could move home with a deposit as low as 5%. Whether you're taking your first step onto the property ladder or moving up a rung, we've put together everything you need to know about the two options available: Mortgage Guarantee and Equity Loan.
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    What is the Mortgage Guarantee scheme?
    These days many mortgages can seem out of reach. The Mortgage Guarantee scheme makes it possible to purchase a pre-owned or new build property under £600,000 with a 5% deposit. It could get your home-moving ambitions back on track.

    Here's a quick summary of the important bits:
    • Available for pre-owned properties and new builds across the UK - up to the value of £600,000.
    • Both existing homeowners and first-time buyers are eligible.
    • Buyers need a minimum of a 5% deposit.
    • You must occupy the property and it must be your only property.
    • Available across the UK from participating mortgage lenders.


    Find your perfect property, without losing peace of mind
    Help to Buy is a government-backed scheme to support buyers who may previously have struggled to raise a sizeable deposit. It's the same as a traditional mortgage, except the government guarantees a portion of the loan to an affiliated lender (though the agreement is between the lender and the government, not you!). You will barely notice the difference. ]

    So what do you need to know?
    The Mortgage Guarantee scheme can only be used for property you intend to occupy, and must be your only property. A minimum deposit of 5% of the property value will be required. The rest is par for the course - as long as you tick the lender's boxes in terms of credit score and loan-to-income ratios. Another thing to note is that the scheme only applies to repayment mortgages. Interest-only and self-certified mortgages are not included.
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    What is the Equity Loan scheme?
    If you are interested in buying a new build property, the Equity Loan scheme could help. Since April 2013 the scheme has made it possible to borrow up to 20% of the cost of a new build from the government.

    You only need a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest.

    Here's a quick summary of the important bits:
    • Available in England for affiliated new builds with a value up to £600,000.
    • Both first-time buyers and existing homeowners are eligible.
    • Buyers need a minimum deposit of 5%.
    • You must occupy the property and it must be your only property.

    How does it work? With the Equity Loan scheme you can borrow 20% of the purchase price of a new build property valued up to £600,000. You won't have to pay anything on the 20% loan for the first five years. In the sixth year you will be charged 1.75% of the loan's value, which will increase every year by the retail price index plus 1%.
    Unfortunately the scheme is not available for all new builds.
    Your first step should be to check whether the developer that is building your property is taking part in the Equity Loan scheme.

    Most well known developers are. So what do you need to know?

    You will be entitled to sell your home at any time. But, if you do so, you will have to pay back the loan: 20% of the sales price, which may be more than you originally borrowed if your property has increased in value.
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    How much will I be able to borrow?
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    Use this calculator to work out how much a typical mortgage lender might be willing to lend to you, based on your monthly take home pay and any existing loan/credit card commitments.

    Scan the QR code to take you to the Mortgage Affordability Calculator or simply copy the link below and paste it into your search bar.

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The Bishop's Stortford Team......
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    With offices in central locations both in Bishops Stortford and Great Dunmow, the experienced teams offer a professional and personable service, working closely with solicitors and all parties involved to maintain a smooth and prompt progression of sale. Being independently owned allows a freedom and flexibility to work to customer requirements allow us to provide you with a bespoke service.
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    Mark Hoddle - Company Director

    Markhoddle@pestell.co.uk DD: 01279 798461

    Having worked at Pestell & Co for over 15 years and lived in the town for a number of years, Mark has a wealth of experience in the local housing market and great relationships with local businesses and developers. Mark's role is the running of the business and the growth. He is also responsible for property appraisals and is available throughout the sales process for advice, support and assistance.

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    Eben Dunn - Branch Manager

    Ebendunn@pestell.co.uk DD: 01279 798462

    Eben started at Pestell & Co in 2009 as a full time junior negotiator. He grew up in one of the areas many picturesque villages and has gained an in depth knowledge of the local market. Progressing over the past 7 years, he is now a main part of the team . He is vital in all aspects of the business, from undertaking property viewings and valuations to negotiating agreements and carrying them through to completion. Over the years he has built a number of solid relationships with clients, gained a vast knowledge of the local market and helped Pestells expand in recent times.

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    David Rawsthorne - Company Director
    David as a local businessman, became a partner in the Bishops Stortford agency early 2009. Having been involved personally in property investments for many years.
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    Sarah Leggatt - Negotiator

    Sarahleggatt@pestell.co.uk    DD: 01279 656463

    New to Pestell Estate Agency, Sarah has over 20 years administration and management experience in the construction and banking industry. Based on her bubbly personality and positive attitude Sarah thrives on building relationships with clients and customers. Outside of working for Pestell Estate Agency Sarah enjoys working as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Teacher in the Bishop's Stortford area. Sarah has lived in the Bishop's Stortford Area for nearly 10 years.

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    Anne Weekly - Negotiator

    Having filled a variety of wide-ranging roles, including previously working here at Pestells in the lettings department. Ann re-joined us in 2015 and has been invaluable ever since in providing constant support to the team. Having herself been raised and now raising her own family in Bishops Stortford, Ann has still found time for other interests including a love of music, reading, travelling and good people/company.

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    Nicola Jaggard - Negotiator

    Nicola joined the team in 2015 having worked in a wide variety of business related positions. She brings a high level of customer service, and offers a wealth of knowledge of the local area. Nicola's passion for people and property is evident for all to see and would welcome the opportunity to help you with your proposed sale or purchase

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    Bishop's Storford
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      Bishop's Stortford is a historic market town in the county of Hertfordshire. It is situated just west of the M11 motorway, on the county boundary with Essex and is the closest large town to London Stansted Airport and part of the London commuter belt. Bishop's Stortford is 35 miles to the north of London and 27 Miles south of Cambridge. The attractive town centre still has its market on a Thursday alongside a wide range of shopping facilities, restaurants and coffee shops. The town is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside with pretty villages that are only a short drive away. Superb road links including the M11 and A120 provide great access to the rest of the country's road network and a high speed train line runs to London Liverpool Street (38 mins), Cambridge (31 mins) and Stansted Airport (9 mins). Education in the town is particularly strong with an exceptional range of 13 Primary and 5 Secondary schools which are attracting many home movers from outside the area. For more information on these great school reports please go to http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/schools/for-schools/find-school-inspection-report . If you are looking for a safe commuter town with excellent education and great transport links then this could be the ideal town for you to live in.

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    29b North Street,
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    Buying: 01279 949072  Local call rate
    Letting: 01279 656400  Local call rate

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      'Thank you for the efficient and helpful way for sold my property for me. Your friendly attitude made the whole experience easier to bear. I would not hesitate in recommending your company'.

      'After experiencing another Estate Agents when previously buying a property I have realised that Pestells was a far superior agency. The service was outstanding; following the sale right through and giving me regular updates.'

      'What makes Pestell stand out is its endeavour in providing personal service and attention to detail' 'I would like to extend my thanks to Pestell & Co as a whole who I have found to be one of the more professional and efficient Estate Agents. Without a doubt I would highly recommend them to others having found this to be an extremely positive experience overall.'

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    *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

    Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

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    Pestell & Company have been established in the area for many years and are able to provide the experience and expertise required within a modern Estate Agency.
    We are located in prominant high street location’s in the centre of Bishop’s Stortford and Great Dunmow, allowing us to offer an extremely wide range of either large or small properties within the town or surrounding countryside. Between our two office’s, we are able to offer extensive coverage throughout the A120 corridor.

    We pride ourselves on traditional standards of Agency, combined with a forward thinking attitude enabling us to deal with all aspects of a successful sale or purchase of a property within an area of increasing popularity.

    In recent years we have grown from being a young, energetic firm into what is now regarded as a market leading agency in the busy commuter towns of Bishop's Stortford and Great Dunmow and their surrounding areas, dealing with all types of property ranging from first time buyer to multi-million pound Country Estates.

    In order to best service our clients needs we have set up the following specialist departments:-

    'Pestell On The Parks' dealing with the growth of Thorley Park, St. Michaels Mead, Bishops Park and Bishops Gate in Bishop’s Stortford and further Woodlands Park and Oakwood Park in Great Dunmow. Having excellent knowledge of these busy commuter towns offering mainline railway stations at Bishops’ Stortford, Stansted Airport and Chelmsford, along with M11 / M25 access points and the greatly improved A120 corridor and of course London Stansted International Airport.

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    29b North Street, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2LD

    Buying: 01279 949072  Local call rate
    Letting: 01279 656400  Local call rate
    Fax: 01279 656999

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