Here Chris explains the effects these ‘won’t sell worries’ are having on the property market.
Our research suggests that some homeowners are shying away from a step up the property ladder because they fear that putting their home up for sale will be a waste of time. Many worried that nobody would make a serious offer for their property, and that it would take such a long time to complete that they’d miss out on the new home they had fallen for.
The good news is that this nervousness to put houses on the market is often unwarranted – with many overestimating the amount of time it will take to sell their property by as much as 90 days.
At Morris we’ve seen strong visitor levels to developments during the first two months of 2013 as increasing mortgage availability and a rise in first time buyers gets the market moving.
We’ve also seen an increase in enquiries about moving schemes such as part exchange, which cut out property chains – enabling homeowners to move in a matter of weeks rather than months.
It’s important that housebuilders and the wider industry work together to ensure that would-be movers get a true picture of the market and are made aware of the options that exist to get them moving.
Mark Harriott, an aerospace engineer, and his partner Vicky, a teacher, were stuck in a long property chain when they fell in love with a four-bed detached property at Castle Gate in Tamworth.
Rather than letting their worries about selling interfere with their plans they decided to take advantage of Morris’ part exchange scheme to speed up the move.
Morris purchased the family’s existing property for 100 per cent of its market value, meaning Mark and Vicky escaped their chain and unpacked at their new build home less than two months later.
“Tamworth is a fantastic area to live in, and Castle Gate is in a great location for access to schools and work. On our initial visit to the development we were impressed with the stunning downstairs living space of the property, and we knew straight away that it was the perfect home for our three children to grow up in.
“We were keen to move quickly, so we used Morris’ part exchange scheme, which is a great solution for buyers looking for a hassle-free move. Even so, we still didn’t expect everything to be completed so smoothly, which is a testament to the fantastic help we received from the team at Morris.”
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