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    Thank you for visiting us, we hope we can help.
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    Christophers Estate Agents is an independent estate agency that was started with a view of providing "pure traditional estate agency". The company was established in 2002 and has an experienced team who for many years have dealt with property in this district. As the largest estate agency network in the Helston and Lizard area we can provide unrivaled coverage for properties in this glorious part of South West Cornwall.
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    "We will get you moving"
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    If you are considering selling your property then we will be delighted to visit your home to provide a FREE market appraisal without any obligation. We are proud to offer a No Sale : No Fee service. Just call 01326 565566 to book an appointment or for a friendly informative chat.
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    For Your Peace Of Mind
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    We are proud to be one of the few estate agencies in Cornwall to have the necessary credentials to be members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors  (RICS) and are consequently governed by their strict rules of professional conduct.
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    Vendors


    1. First impressions

    2. Inside the property

    3. Creating the right atmosphere

    4. Outside the property

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    General infomation

    If you are going to be selling your home probably the best advice is to try to view it as a buyer will.

    Once a prospective purchaser has received details of your property from the estate agent they will often carry out a "drive by" to assess the area and to also look at your home "in the flesh". Based on this they will decide if they want to arrange a formal viewing. It would be difficult for you to influence the area very much but you have total control over making your home look the best it possibly can. So we would suggest you carry out a "drive by" yourself. Sit in your car on the street and actually look at what you see. It is often quite surprising what you will notice when you carry out this exercise. We can all miss things on a normal day to day basis because we simply become used to them being there but for the first time viewer bad points can stick out like a sore thumb.

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    1. First impressions
    First impressions are so important so make sure the front garden looks as good as it can including all your fences and hedges. If your property is painted make sure it is in good order and that windows and window cills are clean. Unless you answer the door quickly when purchasers arrive they are going to be spending some time looking at it so make sure the front door is in as good a condition as it can be and as clean as it can be. Make sure if you have a door bell that it is working correctly.
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    2. Inside the property
    When it comes to the interior of the property we have all been advised to "declutter". It is good advice to try to do this as much as you can. Once again first impressions are extremely important so watch out for items cluttering the reception area. If you hang coats in the hall and put boots and shoes there it might be worth thinking about not doing this when you are offering your property for sale - keep it as clear as possible. It goes without saying that the decoration should be as good as you can make it and if needs be have the carpets professionally cleaned.
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    3. Creating the right atmosphere
    The property should be fresh smelling, those with pets will need to take extra precautions in that respect. Not everyone likes or feels safe with dogs so if they can be removed for the viewing that will be a good policy. Kitchen worktops should be kept as clear as possible and bathrooms should be thoroughly cleaned. Try to get the temperature right and in the darker months have lighting on to enhance the appeal. Background music can create a very pleasant ambience but make sure it is appropriate for the viewers - we would suggest light classical is usually the best choice.
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    4. Outside the property
    Outside get your garden looking as good as you possibly can, make sure at least the grass is cut. Don't forget that often shrubs which have grown too big can make your garden look smaller than it actually is. Many properties that are being marketed could be enhanced by their shrubs being pruned to instantly produce a bigger garden. However do be careful because most people do like privacy in their back garden so if you are pruning back then leave a screen between you and next door. Whilst your property is on the market keep thinking you are viewing your property, be very critical and by taking simple courses of action you can often enhance your chances of selling many times.
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Buyers
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    1. First time buyer?

    2. Already own a property?

    3. Property to sell?

    4. Searching a property?

    5. Viewing a property?

    6. Putting in an offer?

    7. Exchanging contracts and contract completion!

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    1. First time buyer?


    If you are a first time buyer this will involve a visit to a mortgage advisor or Building Society to assess how much you can borrow and how much deposit you will need in order to proceed with the purchase. The deposit is the amount you can put towards the purchase yourself. The amount of deposit required will vary between the different lending institutions and on the economic climate at that particular time.

    As a general rule the more deposit you can put down the more attractive the interest rate you will be charged on your loan. This is because the Bank or Building Society will feel more secure in the knowledge that their investment in the property is not for the full value of the dwelling so that even if house prices fall they should be able to get their money back.

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    2. Already own a property?


    People who already own a property and are seeking to move to a new one will also need to calculate how much they can afford. This will be a two stage process. First will be to work out approximately how much your existing property is worth and this is usually done by contacting an estate agent (see panel to the right). If you have not got a mortgage on the property and are able to purchase the type of dwelling you require without a new mortgage then you have all the information you need to start searching

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    3. Property to sell?
    If you have a property to sell you will have to make a decision as to when you put your property on the market. It is our experience that those who are most successful in buying and selling properties tend to do both things at the same time. That is if you are serious about finding a new home then it is sensible to have your property up for sale at the same time.
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    4. Searching for property?

    Once you have decided on the features that you require in your new home and the price range in which you are able to look then it is a case of beginning your search. These days it can start on sites such as this and you will be able to put in the criteria of the property you are searching for and instantly obtain a list of available dwellings. It is also worth looking in the local papers for the area that you are seeking a home and also contacting local Estate Agents to be put on their books.

    We would use a word of caution if you are limiting your search to the internet in that if you put in a search criteria and stick to it then you may miss out on properties which are a little bit above the price range you have suggested or do not quite have all the features you are looking for. This is where visiting Estate Agents can be extremely helpful in that they will be able to advise you of properties where the owners might negotiate a little bit more on their price or are able to elaborate more on the details of a particular property and let you know that although the property does not have the specific feature you are looking for it could possibly be adapted to provide it.

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    5. Viewing a property?
    Once you have drawn up a short list it is then a case of making arrangements to view the properties and it is wise to view as many as you can that have the majority of features you are looking for. You will soon be able to build up in your own mind what, in your opinion, are the best value for money properties and these will probably be worth a second visit.
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    6. Putting in an offer?

    Once you have found a property that you would like to purchase it is then a case of putting in an offer to the estate agent and hoping that you will be able to agree a mutually acceptable figure between you and the owner. Once this has been agreed it will then be a case of advising your Bank or Building Society, who will undertake a mortgage valuation. If you wish to have a more in-depth survey carried out, most will be able to organise this for you at an extra cost. If you are purchasing with cash then you will need to decide whether a survey would be prudent. There are many independant surveyors who will be able to carry this out for you.

    You will then also need to choose a solicitor and we would always strongly recommend that you use a solicitor local to the area in which you live or local to the area in which you are buying.

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    7  Exchange & completion

    If everything is okay with the mortgage valuation and your solicitor is happy with everything from the legal side then you will be in a position to exchange contracts and this is when a deposit is paid by you to your solicitor for them to pass onto the owner's solicitor. At this point the deal becomes legally binding. Up until that moment the vendor and purchaser are able to withdraw from the agreement.

    At the time of exchange of contracts the completion will be set. This is a mutually agreed date between all parties involved and will be the date on which you actually move home.

    As a purchaser you will be required to pay stamp duty to the Government. For the current stamp duty rates please contact us.

    At the end of this process you will hopefully be able to then relax in the home of your dreams.


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CHRISTOPHERS ESTATE AGENTS TEAM
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    Trisha Christophers
    Like my husband Alan I was born in Helston and I supported him in starting Christophers estate agency in 2002. From the begining I worked in a part time capacity and in 2004 I became full time. I am mainly responsible for the accounts and contacting prospective purchasers. I attended Halwin Primary school in Porkellis then Helston Comprehensive and undertook further education under the University of Plymouth studying Special Educational Needs graduating in 2003, this was followed by a BA Hons degree in Education from the University of Worcester graduating in 2013.

    I was previously employed in the sales industry and also worked in interior design. This has complemented the house sales business immensely and gave me an interest in house staging which has proved to be particularly useful to encourage extra viewings. Helston Flora Day is extremely important to me and in 2005 I was honoured to be chosen to be part of the leading set for the Midday Dance. What made it even better was that both of my children were playing in Helston Town band a few yards ahead of me. My hobbies include painting and textiles using the beautiful scenery around Helston and the coastal areas for inspirational ideas.
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    Garry Tremayne
    I was born and still live in the coastal village of Mullion. I am married to Lisa and have two grown up children, Gemma and Ben and have been blessed to have two grandsons and two granddaughters.My hobbies are cricket and football and in my spare time I coach the youngsters of The Lizard peninsula cricket at Mullion cricket club along with running the under 15s team and on occasions I still turn out for the village seconds on a Saturday. If I am not found down at the club I am on the coastal footpath or on Dartmoor walking my two dogs Freddie (Flintoff) and Lilly.When I left school I worked at the Polurrian hotel where I eventually became manager but in 1997 I decided it was time for a career change so I joined a corporate estate agency and I worked with Alan Christophers for 5 years, I was delighted when Alan and Patricia announced that they were setting up Christophers and offered me the job as branch manager in Mullion.

    I have been exceptionally lucky to work for such great employers who allow us, the staff, to use the best of our abilities to ensure our clients are given the best advice with their interests our absolute priority.We do not sell mortgages/finance or conveyancing, just houses through basic old fashioned estate agency! I have been very proud and privileged to work from our Mullion office which covers the whole of The Lizard peninsula and thank everyone for all there support and trust which has been shown to me over the past years.
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    Verna Newbury
    I have worked at Christophers since November 2006 when I was invited to join the expanding team. I have always been interested in property and I love meeting people: so this job combines both and I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity of meeting so many lovely people while working in such a beautiful place.I moved to Porthleven from Helston on my 3rd birthday and grew up in the village, one of my grandparents was a fisherman and one a farmer, so I think it's fair to say my roots are truly 'Cornish'. The local knowledge I have, has proved to be invaluable to prospective purchasers and vendors alike.

    I am married to Steve and have a grown up daughter and son. In my leisure time I love spending time with my family, walking our dog across the cliffs; especially on a windy day when you can 'blow the cobwebs away', kayaking around our beautiful coastline, swimming, meeting up with friends, listening to music, cooking, dancing and reading. I have taken part in various crazy charity fund raising activities from pushing a car from Helston to Penzance, cycling 36 miles in the pouring rain and howling wind as well as power walking a marathon around London in the middle of the night!In my work I always try to remember that I am not dealing with houses but peoples HOMES!
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    Ian Jones
    I have lived and worked in Helston for most of my life and was educated locally. I am married to Louise and have two young children. I joined Christophers in 2011 having worked for another local Cornish Company for 26 years in various sales environments. In this time I have amassed a wealth of knowledge which I now bring to the Christophers name.I like the outdoors whether it being walking, cycling or enjoying all that our beautiful County offers. I am also a big sports fan - none more so than the glorious Manchester United, which I hope will not deter any prospective clients!I am very enthusiastic and pride myself on delivering the highest standards of customer service.
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    Anita Callar
    I was born and brought up in Porthleven and moved into Helston in 2004. I worked for a solicitors in Falmouth for two years then a position in a local solicitors in Helston came up and I worked for them for a further two years. I left the solicitors to have my daughter and to concentrate on being a mum. In the new year of 2010 I was itching to go back to work and I joined Christophers in the February.
     
    As I am from Porthleven I know the village very well and have strong local knowledge which I am pleased to pass on to our clients..I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising, shopping and currently training for the Brighton marathon 2017!
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    Tom Bassett
    I joined Christophers Estate Agents in October 2011 after returning to Cornwall from University. I grew up in Porthleven and attended Porthleven and Helston School where I had the honour of being Head Boy. I have always had an interest in property and am passionate about the area in which I live. I was excited about joining Christophers at such an exciting time for the company.Outside of estate agency my main love is music and have played for many local Brass Bands as well as School and County Ensembles.

    In 2006 I went to Birmingham Conservatoire to study musical composition where I achieved a first class honours degree. In 2010 I continued my studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where I was awarded a Masters degree in Music. My music has been performed at various venues across the country including Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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    Debbie Carruthers
    Following our move to Cornwall from Sussex in 2007, my husband Steve and I have grown to love the way of life here and enjoy all the delights that it has to offer. I have always taken a very keen interest in property and worked for nearly 4 years for a residential letting agency in Helston and then a short period in the conveyancing department in a Helston solicitors office.

    I started working for Christophers in April 2012 in the Mullion office and have enjoyed getting to know the properties on the Lizard whether it be a modern 3 bedroom semi or a traditional Cornish cottage. When not working I spend as much time as possible walking the coast path, on the beach and exploring this beautiful part of the word.
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    Helen Hunt
    I spent most of my childhood in St Keverne attending the local school and then Helston Comprehensive. Following this I went on to further education at Camborne College.Having worked in the building trade for many years and moving home numerous times it gave me a passion for properties. I decided to make the most of this enthusiasm by seeking employment in estate agency.

    I secured a position with Christophers in 2007.I now live in Helston with my daughter who shares my interest in properties and is interested in interior design. My favourite activities, other than watching house programmes, include regular sessions at the gym, walking, cinema and chilling out with family and friends.
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    Hilary Hale
    I was born and educated in Penzance. After attending the Penzance Grammar School for Girls, I then went on to complete a two year secretarial course at Camborne College (now Cornwall College). My very first full-time employment was at an estate agent in Penzance. I spent five happy years there before moving to Helston, at the age of twenty-two, to get married and raise a family. I am very lucky to have two children - a daughter and a son - and one grandson (to date!). I have now lived in my adopted town of Helston for over thirty years and have worked in the town in both the private and public sectors; first as a secretary in a firm of solicitors and later, when both my children were established in primary school, in a teaching support role at the College. In January 2018 I was very pleased to be invited to join the team at Christophers', a local company whose reputation for warm and friendly service is combined with a traditional and professional approach. I look forward to contributing towards their continued success. When not working alongside my colleagues, I enjoy cooking at home with my partner and dining out together with family and friends. We love travelling overseas but equally enjoy long coastal walks here in Cornwall, during the autumn and winter, and endless sun filled days spent reading and relaxing on our fabulous sandy beaches in the summer time.
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    Carole Jeffery
    Born in Cardiff, I first came to Cornwall as a fifteen year old accompanying my friend and her family who originated from the county. I loved what I saw and decided I would like to live here. In 1981 I was able to make the move, my two sons were educated here but have had to move away to follow their chosen careers.My husband Clive is a third generation builder from a family firm located just outside Helston and we share an interest in property and architecture.I retired from Cornwall Council after over 25 years service with no intention of further employment. However when an opportunity arose to work for Christophers, I was excited at the prospect as it was something I had always wanted to do. I bring enthusiasm tempered with an understanding about the many reasons people have for moving from one home to another.I enjoy walking the coast path and love to spend time on the beaches. A keen member of Helston and District U3A I enjoy various activities ranging from Table Tennis to learning (!) Mandarin.
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    Alan Christophers
    I was born in Helston and at the age of two moved to Newlyn. I returned to Helston just after I failed my eleven plus and attended secondary school there. I started in estate agency in 1977 and trained to be a surveyor.I was one of the original team at Christophers alongside my wife Patricia , Garry and Sheila without whose support and help the company would not have started.I have two children and I am fortunate to combine my two main hobbies of sport and photograpy with my pictures of Helston teams appearing form time to time in the local press. I have followed Manchester United since 1966 but was connected to them from birth having been named after Duncan Edwards who had shortly before lost his life in the Munich air crash. In my younger years I played cricket and football for Helston. I enjoy listening to music particularly The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon and Coldplay.
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      Thank you to everyone who has used our company

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      Sound advice, from the areas leading estate agency
      Sound advice, from the areas leading estate agency with regular feedback and a friendly approach to help the process run smoothly. - Highly recommended! Good luck and all best wishes.   Andrew Orchard
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      friendly,helpful and kept in touch at all times
      We would like to thank the great team at Christophers for the service provided when selling our property,friendly,helpful and kept in touch at all times. A local company employing local people, what could be better!  Bert and Pam Kitchen
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      Thank you  for what has been a fantastic service.
      Thank you so much for what has been a fantastic service. In all of our years dealing with estate agents you have been a breath of fresh air. Professional and friendly. A joy to deal with.  Charles Holt
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      You sell houses really fast.
      You sell houses really fast.  Gracie Ball (aged 4)
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      A really professional service.
      Many thanks for all your help and kindness. A really professional service.  Graham and Margaret Flinders
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      friendly, courteous and helpful at every stage.
      Christophers  handled the sale of my property and I cannot recommend them enough. The staff have been friendly, courteous and helpful at every stage. Maria Williams.
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      Excellent! What more can we say?
      Excellent! What more can we say?  Mr and Mrs Tripp.
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      highly recommend them, I cannot thank them enough.
      Exceptional service. I bought and sold through Christophers and cannot fault the staff or the service I received. My house was under offer within one day of it being on the market, which I couldn't believe, and the whole process ran very smoothly. I received tremendous support from Christophers and would highly recommend them, I cannot thank them enough. Mrs Peters.

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      Christophers have done a great job
      Christophers have done a great job in getting us in the house that has given us the best Christmas present ever! Clive and Nina Perrin
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      Communication between all parties was fantastic
      We would like to thank Christophers for their support with our purchase. Communication between all parties was fantastic thanks to you. This made the process so much easier. Mr and Mrs Hamlyn
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      delighted with the purchase and  service received
      I was delighted with the purchase and the service I received from Christophers Estate Agents which made the whole process go smoothly. Mr J Rowe
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      informative advice and friendly service  received
      Being first time buyers we were very pleased with the informative advice and friendly service we received from all the staff at Christophers. Thomas, Donna and Bump Morris
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