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    Spencer & Leigh Estate Agents are situated in the heart of Portslade Village, occupying a prominent corner position in the village. This fantastic location enables them to service vendors within Brighton & Hove as a whole.

    Our passionate lettings team work closely together in order to ensure your property needs and expectations are met. Our property consultants are trained to the highest level and are members of The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).
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Meet the Lettings Team
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    Katie Guthrie- Lettings Manager
    Having lived locally in Brighton all of her life, Katie plays an integral part in assisting with the day to day management of our letting department. Katie has a fantastic knowledge of the lettings industry and is always on hand to assist with enquiries, not just from landlords, but also tenants from the very start of a tenancy all the way through to the conclusion. In her spare time, Katie enjoys horse riding and socialising
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    Rachel Marks- Assistant Lettings Manager
    Rachel has worked within the letting industry for the past nine years. Her interest has grown within the world of residential lettings during this time and she enjoys taking pride in assisting landlords and tenants with all aspects of their rental experience. Rachel works alongside Katie and is based at our Patcham branch. Outside of work Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends and has lived locally to Brighton & Hove for many years.
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    Claire Crelley- Maintenance Manager
    Claire heads up the maintenance department at Spencer & Leigh and is based at their Patcham branch. Claire has a vast experience working within the lettings industry, specialising in maintenance related issues for the past 3 years. Claire has a passion for meeting people and is able to pass on her great experience to both her landlords and tenants, whilst assisting with maintenance related issues throughout their tenancy to ensure the best experience possible. Claire lives locally in the Brighton area and has done for many years. In her free time, Claire enjoys socialising with friends, horse riding and taking part in sponsored charity events.
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    Vanessa Cheal- Lettings Administrator
    Having been a pro-active member of the lettings team for 4 ½ years, Vanessa started her career late in life but has developed an extensive knowledge of the lettings industry. Vanessa knows too well that no two days are the same and lettings is a diverse, fast paced industry. Vanessa is often in constant contact with tenants and landlords on a daily basis. In her spare time she likes to tend to her garden, volunteer at a local Cat Rescue Centre and looks after and plays with her grandchildren.
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    Where we're active

    Our Branch

    Our Branch

    Current Properties

    Previously Marketed Properties

    Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

    Find us

    10 South Street,
    Portslade,
    BN41 2LE

    Telephone us

    Buying: 01273 839295  Local call rate
    Letting: 01273 839296  Local call rate

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    The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

    *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.”

    Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton on 01273 421777.


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      Spencer and Leigh opened their first Brighton office in 2003, specialising in Residential Sales, Land and New Homes, Residential Letting and Property Management. As a modern, progressive company, they are members of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) ensuring they provide the highest professional standards available within the industry. They combine the latest technology with a friendly hands on approach to ensure your property experience is successful and stress free.
      Over the years Spencer & Leigh have been recognised as a market leader due to the high level of service they provide. This is reflected in the large number of recommendations and repeat business which they receive along with endorsements from other property professionals.

      Our high quality marketing material includes glossy designer brochures with professional photography, detailed floorplans and energy performance certificates ensuring your home is displayed to a superior standard over our competitors. Our extensive range of properties are advertised on high profile property portals, in addition to monthly glossy lifestyle magazines and weekly publications.

      The key asset to our company is our staff. They themselves are local residents enabling them to provide, not only useful property advice but also lifestyle information ranging from schools and transport links to the café's and restaurants.

      We would be delighted to chat with you about your personal requirements.
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    Stress-Free Selling, with Spencer & Leigh
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      Selling your home with Spencer & Leigh
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      SELLING YOUR HOME

      Selling your home can be stressful so it is important to choose an agent you can trust who will make this process as smooth as possible. We at Spencer & Leigh aim to eliminate the stress and make the experience as easy as possible.

      What to Do Next

      Selling? Do you know the true value of your home? If not, the next step is to book a valuation. Please contact Spencer & Leigh for advice or click here.

      In the meantime, here are a few guidelines which we hope will assist:

      Valuation

      At Spencer & Leigh we can offer you a free, no obligation, factual and accurate appraisal of the current market value of your home. Our experienced property valuers will provide you with a valuation based not only on their in depth knowledge of Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas, but also utilising our extensive database of recent properties sold.

      Instruction of the Agent/Property Details

      Having received your valuation, and provided that you are satisfied with it, we will then proceed to prepare full sales details of your property. Bearing in mind the importance of presentation, we will ensure that your sales details highlight the vitally important aspects of your property and ensure that your home is shown to its best possible advantage. We will employ the use of full colour particulars incorporating internal photographs and floor plans where required.

      Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

      At this point we will instruct a local energy surveyor to undertake a survey on your property which in turn will provide us with your energy efficiency results. This survey must be instructed within 28 days of your property being placed on the market. The certificate is valid for 10 years.

      Marketing

      Once you have seen and approved the particulars of your home, you will then be in a position to receive prospective buyers. Appointments to view your property are made in advance by Spencer & Leigh and accompanied viewings are arranged to show prospective buyers around your home. Feedback from the viewer is often relayed within 24 hours.

      Your property is now ready to market and we offer the following:

      For Sales Board - This is the most simple and effective marketing tool, available 24 hours a day.

      Office and Window Display - External and internal photographs will be prominently displayed in our premises in order to optimise exposure to the market place. In addition, your property will appear on our internal projector screen ensuring additional coverage to passing trade.

      Email - Wherever possible, all prospective buyers who register with us are asked to provide email addresses in order to ensure that they are notified of any new properties as soon as possible within 24 hours of receiving your instruction.

      Mail Shots - We will contact registered prospective buyers as soon as possible after receiving your instruction and your details will be forwarded to any new registered buyers immediately via a mail shot and SMS text message.

      Website - This is updated daily and full colour details of your home are placed on our website, often within 24 hours of being placed on the market.

      We also have an optional 360 degree/virtual tour which can assist to further enhance your property.

      Besides the exposure on our own site, www.spencerandleigh.co.uk is also affiliated with the following national property websites which will feature your home:

      • www.rightmove.co.uk
      • www.onthemarket.com
      Advertising

      We provide regular prominent advertisement of your property in both the Portfolio and the Latest Homes. We endeavour to advertise your property on a regular basis until a sale is agreed to ensure that your home is fully marketed. In addition, we may provide additional space in Sussex Life, Brighton & Hove Life.

      Updating On Your Sale

      At Spencer & Leigh, we pride ourselves on our conscientious sales management. We aim to keep you regularly appraised of your sales process right through to completion and liaise with your purchaser, the legal representatives, surveyors and mortgage lenders in order to ensure that your sale is progressed as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.

      Offers

      Any offers we receive are promptly verbally notified and then followed up in writing. Our competent sales team will negotiate between you and your prospective applicant in order to achieve the strongest buyer.

      We will inform you of the position of the buyers and liaise with you until an accepted offer has been agreed.

      Should you require your sale to be completed by a certain date, this is when you should notify us and we will endeavour to satisfy your request wherever possible.

      At this stage, you should also provide your list of Fixture and Fittings which will be negotiated separately between the solicitors and forms part of the final contract.

      Agreed Sale

      At this point (if you have not already done so), you will need to instruct a solicitor and, should you require assistance, Spencer & Leigh will only be too pleased to recommend local firms.

      The solicitors will then write to all parties and the buyers will instruct a surveyor to conduct a survey of your property (the "agreed sale" is subject to the contract and any survey) and the buyers' mortgage offer (if required) will also be subject to the results of the survey.

      The sellers' solicitors will request the TITLE DEEDS from the lender (if appropriate) or yourselves as the seller and the FIXTURES AND FITTINGS form must be completed at this stage.

      The solicitors draw up the DRAFT CONTRACT which sets of the Terms of the Sale and sends it to the buyers' solicitor together with all relevant documents. Any enquiries will then be raised, the Title Deeds and Lease (if applicable) will be checked and LOCAL SEARCHES carried out.

      Once the draft contracts have been approved, it can be signed by both parties.

      Exchange of Contracts

      As long as the mortgage offer has been received and cleared funds placed with your buyer's solicitor, a mutually convenient date can be agreed upon for the exchange of contracts.

      Completion

      The completion and your actual house move may take between 7 to 28 days depending on the buyers, sellers and their respective solicitors.

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    Buy in confidence, with Spencer & Leigh
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      BUYING YOUR NEW HOME

      Spencer & Leigh recognises the fact the purchase of your home is the most important and expensive transaction you are likely to undergo.

      Our database features a number of properties and we are sure that with our local knowledge and expertise, we will be able to find you a property to suit your needs.

      Please click here to see a list of our current properties.

      To enable you to unravel the complexities of buying your home, we have set out below an overview of the various procedures involved:

      Registration:

      The first requirement is for you to register your details and property specifications which can be achieved in a number of ways i.e. by email, phone, in person or by completing our registration form. This will give us an insight into your personal requirements, thereby enabling us to modify the details sent to you.

      Once registered, you are then in a position to receive details from us either directly in person, via mail, email or by downloading the particulars directly from our website. We also offer an SMS text service direct to your mobile phone.

      Viewing:

      Our friendly team are available to arrange those all important viewings of your selected properties. Our offices are open 6 days a week from 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. on Saturday. Please contact us to arrange a mutually convenient time to view on; Patcham office: 01273 565566, Portslade office: 01273 421777.

      Mortgage:

      In order to speed up your house buying process, it is advisable wherever possible, to get a mortgage agreed in principle before any final decision on your new property is made. This has the advantage of providing you with a clear indication of what is affordable and the fact that you have a mortgage agreed in principle is also attractive to sellers. For independent advice an appointment can be made with The Finance Planning Group mortgage adviser.

      Making Your Offer:

      Once you have located your ideal property, your offer will be submitted by us to the vendor for their consideration. This is done both verbally and in writing.

      NB: Please note that all offers are "subject to contract" and therefore neither party is legally bound until the contract is actually signed.

      Accepted Offer/Instructing Solicitors:

      As soon as your offer has been accepted by the vendor, you should instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf. Your solicitor will handle all legal requirements of your purchase (property conveyancing).

      At this point, you also need to formally proceed with your mortgage application and instruct your mortgage consultant/broker accordingly.

      Survey:

      The next step is to obtain the Mortgage Valuation, as required by law. This will be conducted by a Chartered Surveyor acting for your Lender. The report is to provide a Valuation i.e. determine whether the amount to be loaned is secure and also deals with the basic condition of the property. Since you as the buyer are also provided with a copy, it allows both parties to evaluate the findings prior to entering into a commitment to purchase.

      NB: However, we would not recommend that a buyer relies solely on the Mortgage Valuation survey as the inspection is limited and although it may cost a little more to obtain a more detailed report yourself, this could in the long run save you from making a costly mistake.

      There are two types of survey available:

      1. Homebuyer Survey/Valuation

      This is the mid-range option as it is more expensive than the Mortgage Valuation but less than the Building Survey (see below).

      It is a basic service and therefore more appropriate to properties in apparently good condition and conventionally constructed. The survey's purpose is to highlight any pressing or significant defects and problems which are likely to have an overall impact on the value of the property.

      The objective of the Homebuyer Survey is to provide a more in depth report which will assist the buyer in making an informed decision whether to proceed with the purchase and also whether the agreed price reflects the actual value. Moreover, the professional opinion of the surveyor as contained in his report will also set out particular features of the property which may possibly have an affect on the present value and potential future marketability.

      2. Building Survey

      Unlike the Homebuyer Survey, this is suitable for all types of property whether conventional or unconventional. The term "unconventional" encompasses properties that have an unusual construction, are historic or Listed Buildings, have been extensively altered or where major work is planned.

      The Building Survey is comprehensive and lists full technical details of the construction, materials and condition. It highlights the full spectrum of defects from the more serious down to the insignificant and the terms of the survey are therefore tailored to fit the client's specific needs. However, it should be noted that this does not include a valuation and is only conducted by prior agreement.

      Draft Contracts:

      The draft contract is drawn up by the seller's solicitor and is forwarded to the buyer's solicitor for consideration alongside the HIP. Any additional queries or questions will be asked and answered and the contract amended accordingly, subject to final approval.

      Mortgage Offer:

      The Lender is now in possession of the Mortgage Valuation survey and, subject to the findings of this report; receipt/approval of the mortgage application and provided all references and checks have been conducted satisfactorily, the Lender will send a formal mortgage offer to the buyer and their solicitor. The document is then signed and returned and funds requested by the buyer's solicitor.

      Exchange of Contracts:

      Once the contract has been signed by both parties, a deposit (normally a small percentage of the purchase price) is paid by either bank transfer or banker's draft. At this stage, the parties agree on a date for completion.

      Completion:

      Completion usually follows a few days or weeks after exchange of contracts. The balance of the purchase price is transferred by the buyer's solicitor to the seller's solicitor and the keys released - Congratulations! You are now the owner of your new home!

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      Mortgage Advice
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      Mortgage Advice is provided through our association with The Finance Planning Group

      The Financial Planning Group Limited undertakes credit broking and is not a lender. We source from the whole of the market, with the exception of bridging loans and home reversion plans. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

      We do not charge a fee for our advice, instead we charge for arranging your mortgage. Our typical fee is 1% of the mortgage amount, depending on your circumstances.

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      Why choose Spencer & Leigh?
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      WHY US?
      WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY
      Choosing the right estate agent is a difficult and sometimes daunting decision to make. Here at Spencer & Leigh we have been doing more than your average estate agent since 2003. Now with two offices covering the city of Brighton & Hove, both Spencer Turner and Leigh Brand along with their expert team are on hand to get you moving.
      HELPFUL ADVICE
      Using our experience built up over 25 years we are able to guide you through each step of your property transaction - at Spencer & Leigh you can expect genuine advice and practical guidance based on market expertise and local insight.
      REALSITIC VALUATIONS
      We consider many factors prior to presenting a valuation on a property. Inflated asking prices can seem exciting but they waste your time and mislead potential buyers. Accurate and logical valuations are the key to getting the best price for your home within a timeframe that suits you.
      WORKING TOGETHER
      We view you not only as a client, but as a partner. It is important we work closely with you to understand your needs and always keep you informed. If your property is not attracting interest, we find out why and offer practical solutions.
      OUR PRO-ACTIVE TEAM
      Our passionate team work closely together in order to ensure your property needs and expectations are met. Our property consultants are trained to the highest level and are members of The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).
      WELCOME
      Speak to the people who can help you most. Visit either our Patcham or Portslade office and enquire first-hand with our friendly team.
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    Meet Our Team
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      James Morris MNAEA- Branch Manager
      Having grown up in Portslade and lived all his life locally, James has an unrivalled and in depth knowledge of the area. James joined Spencer & Leigh in 2003, having previously worked for a corporate agent in Brighton. He now heads up the Portslade Branch with his friendly and personable approach really epitomising our ethos. His enthusiasm for the role is unbeatable and James prides himself on the high level of recommendations he receives from clients old and new.
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      Sarah Marshall- Senior Sales Consultant
      Sarah has a vast experience as an Estate Agent having started her career more than 20 years ago. You will find her enthusiasm infectious and her dynamic and personable approach extremely refreshing. After meeting Sarah many clients find her hard to forget and insisting on recommending her to friends and family. Sarah can assist in every aspect of your move.
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      Leanne Hart- Sales Administrator
      Being a born and bred Brightonian, Leanne has worked for various companies in different industries' and brings a unique skill set to the role. She has a distinct passion for making sure every clients particulars and presentation of their property is just right and an exacting eye for detail. Leanne looks after all aspects of administration within the branch.
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      Where we're active

      Our Branch

      Our Branch

      Current Properties

      Recently Sold Properties

      Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

      Find us

      10 South Street,
      Portslade,
      BN41 2LE

      Telephone us

      Buying: 01273 839295  Local call rate
      Letting: 01273 839296  Local call rate

      Email us

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      Read what our customers say about us.....

      Testimonials from Sellers

      • Seller Testimonial

        communication with all parties concerned
        I recently moved for the first time in twenty-five years. I did at first consider the option of the concept of the 'non-high street' estate agent for a lower fee. However, I am very glad that I did not, as James and his team were absolutely invaluable in communication with all parties concerned in the post-sold period. Yes, it's great to get a buyer, but that's when any complications and stalled communications are likely to arise if they are going to, and that's where Spencer & Leigh excelled in keeping everything on track.
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        I was recommended Spencer and Leigh by a friend
        As executor of somebody else's property and not having sold a property previously I did not know who to use to make the sale. I was recommended Spencer and Leigh by a friend and it was a very wise choice. I had plenty to do managing the estate and must say that James and his staff took a lot of problems regarding the sale off of my shoulders. They kept me informed at all times and their advice on how to proceed on different aspects was most useful. I would not have any difficulty in recommending Spencer and Leigh. A first class agency always acting in ones own best interest. Many Thanks.
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        Top quality service from a top quality agent
        Top quality service from a top quality estate agent. Right from the beginning we have always felt wanted and looked after by the superb team of Sarah and James at Spencer and Leigh. The photo's of our flat were absolutely stunning and the open day proved popular with multiple offers. Usually always available to talk too, (and they will ring you back if not). We really cannot recommend this Estate Agent enough - use them you will not regret it.

      Testimonials from Buyers

      • Buyer Testimonial

        James is genuinely the most sincere estate agent 
        James and Sarah were great throughout our buying process, patiently letting us do 3rd and 4th viewings and stepping in to support when things were challenging with solicitors' communication. James is genuinely the most sincere estate agent I have worked with - helpful, honest and knowledgable, easy to connect with and quick to respond-highly recommend!
      • Buyer Testimonial

        highly professional and knowledgeable
        As first time buyers, James and the team were extremely helpful when buying our home. They were highly professional and knowledgeable throughout the process and were always available by phone or email to answer any questions promptly. Thank you!
      • Buyer Testimonial

        very professional and kind
        Sarah and James at Spencer & Leigh helped us buy our first home. They were very professional and kind and couldn't of been more helpful with any queries that we had. Will definitely recommend them to our friends!
      • Buyer Testimonial

        very impressed with Spencer and Leigh
        We were very impressed with Spencer and Leigh when we purchased our recent Shoreham property. James Morris and his team were very professional, approachable and knowledgeable. Calls/emails were returned promptly, and updates were forthcoming and regular. We would have no hesitation buying or selling property with Spencer & Leigh in the future. Thanks very much James. Stuart & Kirsty.
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      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *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.”

      Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton on 01273 421777.


      Welcome to Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton

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      Find Us

      Branch address

      10 South Street,
      Portslade,
      BN41 2LE

      Get in touch

      Buying: 01273 839295  Local call rate
      Letting: 01273 839296  Local call rate

      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *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.”

      Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Spencer & Leigh, Portslade, Brighton on 01273 421777.