Welcome to Essex Country and Village Homes
We specialise in complete solutions for the sale, acquisition, letting and management of residential property throughout North Essex and Suffolk (CO and IP postcodes).
The mature and experienced team at Essex Country and Village Homes invests significant time and resources into understanding your needs and producing superior online listings for every property that is brought to market. By fully embracing internet marketing techniques we are able to efficiently manage our overheads without compromising on reaching the widest audience possible. We can therefore charge fairer fees for a genuine first-rate service.
Our independently owned offices are strategically located in Thorpe-Le-Soken and Manningtree but we also work with like-minded partners throughout the A12 corridor and London who actively promote all our properties to their own retained clients. Partner offices in Frinton on Sea, Holland on Sea, Clacton, Harwich, Walton on the Naze and Coggeshall ensure that local coverage is second to none.
On average we achieve more than 98% of our client's asking prices (1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016) with the average time to book a sale being less than 28 days.
With many years of individual and collective experience, we understand the pressures of moving. Our experts are there to support you at every key step of the process ensuring that you are kept fully up to date and that the transaction moves along to your satisfaction.
If you are thinking of selling your home, we understand that employing the right agent is absolutely fundamental to achieving the sale of your property within a suitable timescale at the very best price. We frequently evaluate our approach to ensure that our service uses the best available modern tools available ensuring that your property advert stands out from the crowd and exceeds your expectations.
Forward Thinking, Traditional Methods
EssexCountryHomes.com receives on average more than 120 unique visitors per day. Our brand organically reaches a large and affluent London demographic searching for a better quality of life in our well connected and desirable catchment area. We invest heavily in property portals to ensure that our properties are 'featured' for location searches with 'Premium Listing Upgrades' so that your property will stand out from the crowd. We embrace social media and pay for targeted adverts that engage potential buyers of an appropriate demographic. Professional photographs and floorplans are standard for each advertisement and additional services such as aerial photography or videography in conjunction with 'Open Days' really can maximise early interest.
Our terms of contract are fair and reasonable. There are no long 'exclusivity' periods (7 days notice is required for a change of terms) which keeps the focus on us to deliver prompt feedback, a steady flow of potential buyers and intelligent suggestions to increase the chances of success. Other than a mandatory Energy Performance Certificate there are no upfront costs and we charge no exit fees. Transparency and accountability is really important to us.
Email enquiries are monitored 24 hours a day and we aim to respond within working hours to all enquiries within twenty minutes. All requests for further information are provided by a member of the team who knows your property first hand. Feedback on viewings is prompt and comprehensive so in the event that visits do not materialise in an offer, you are empowered with useful knowledge as to why and what you can do.
Sales progression is treated as a hands-on process. Chain and conveyancer management is paramount to a successful transaction. There are often many stakeholders involved in even the shortest of chains, each with their own agenda - synchronising the many parties involved and overcoming unanticipated problems and objections is an invaluable skill that you should not underestimate.
We are very proud to boast of many retained clients who speak highly of us and recommend our services to others. A quick internet search of our offices will reveal many glowing reviews from previous clients who have appreciated the value we have added to their (often stressful) move. Furthermore you can be assured that we adhere to industry standards as we are members of the Property Ombudsman licensed by Trading Standards, APIP, UKALA and Safe Agent.
You have the best chance of receiving the best price for your property during the first six weeks of marketing. There is usually a premium to explore in this time in strong market conditions but there is also a fine line between receiving maximum footfall and achieving the very best price. Ultimately you will set the marketing price; our valuations will be supported with insightful market evidence that will allow you to plan with absolute confidence.
Local Market Knowledge
Being well established we can add significant value to your potential buyers search. Advice on schools, commutes, recreational facilities and local services really reinforces us as local experts. As you would expect we hold an extensive database of potential buyers. All the members of the team live in the area so really do have the local in depth knowledge that you can rely upon.
A Nothing is Impossible Attitude
We have a strong desire to grow our business through client satisfaction and recommendation so we approach our work in an attentive way striving to go that extra mile. No two transactions are ever the same and tailor making a service specific to your needs is something that we pride ourselves upon. Subject to the right expectations, anything is possible and we share a genuine sense of personal satisfaction for each job well done.
Essex Country and Village Homes offers a bespoke lettings service and manages a large portfolio of properties ranging from studio flats to expansive country retreats throughout the CO and IP postcodes.
With such a diverse array of clients and properties, you can be assured that we can offer a full range of services to cater for your specific needs. In addition to introducing high quality well vetted tenants our professional lettings team is also able to offer guidance on relevant legislation and recommend reliable and fair value contractors to make sure that your property is fully compliant with the latest (forever evolving!) regulations.
Thinking of buying to let?
We can offer insightful advice on the style and type of property that you should be considering to buy alongside accurate property investment advice on locations, target market type, general market conditions and expected margins.
There are many reasons to choose us to execute your letting requirements and these include:
• Highly experienced in our field and regulated and licensed by UKALA
• Qualified members of APIP
• Licensed & approved members of The Property Ombudsman
• Comprehensive Professional Liability Insurance
• We hold & manage segregated and compliant client accounts
• Our Fees are always Competitive, fair and transparent
• According to our clients we have the best Professional Inventory & Schedule of Condition on the market
Our Let- Only service includes the following:
• Full advice on maximising market value and guidance on marketing
• Inspections. Showing of your property on a flexible basis six days a week and vetting of suitable tenant's family and employment status. Money laundering, identity, affordability/credit checks and full third party professional referencing via Homelet.
• Inventory and schedule and condition. One of the most important and comprehensive, legally binding documents (APIP approved) that lays out in extensive detail the condition of your property prior to the tenants arrival. This document is invaluable and critical to protecting your position as a landlord.
• Preparation and execution of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements.
• Collection of the first month's rent and protection of the deposit with MyDepoists, a government approved deposit scheme, giving you and your tenant absolute peace of mind.
• Reading of utility meters, informing Utility companies of a change in occupant at 'check in' and 'check out'.
• Once a tenancy agreement is signed we are able to offer a monthly rent collection service for a nominal fee.
In addition to the Let-Only option our Property Management offers professional Landlords a hassle free and comprehensive full management service that is focused on removing the stress and worry of day to day issues whilst protecting the condition of your property and, as importantly, keeping your tenant happy so they want to stay.
Our Full Property Management Service includes:
• Periodic Inspections and inventory checks. You can rest assured that we will be on top of any issues relating to any impact the lifestyle of your tenant has on your property
• Responding to Maintenance Issues Efficiently and Effectively. We offer support to you and your tenant when things do go wrong. We give them the confidence that we wish to make their stay as trouble free and as comfortable as possible and you the assurance that your property is being cared for. Over the years we have built up a full range of highly professional and good value contractors whose work is of the highest standard.
• Collection of rent and the provision of monthly landlords statements
• Production of annual Landlord Statements for tax purposes
• Regular inspections and written reports
• Management property maintenance up to the value of £500
• Arrangement of mandatory annual gas inspections
• Conducting an Annual Rent Review so you can be assured that full market value is always being obtained
• Tenancy Renewal to the Existing Tenant
• Full checkout including deposit return and negotiation of the deposit where issues have been noted.
Don't take our word for it?
"I cannot recommend Essex Country and Village Homes enough. My property had previously sat on the market for nearly a year and was neglected by a well known high street agency.
Darryl provided clear, realistic and outstanding advice from day one and placing the sale of my property in his hands was the best decision I've made.
With appropriate marketing the viewings followed quickly, I was fully informed at all times and a suitable offer was soon received.
Considering this was an investment property sale it was handled well from start to completion with a very competitive rate. If you want an honest agency who actually care and deliver I have no hesitation in recommending them.
Thank you Darryl and Essex Country and Village Homes, one very happy customer!"
Sarah Jacklin 22nd March 2016
Firstly I would like to say Darryl & Essex Country and Village have truly been exceptional. Darryl was able to sell our property within a tight 2 week window enabling me to purchase our dream property. Despite all odds being against this becoming a possibility, we successfully exchanged yesterday.
Darryl was always there throughout a very stressful 8 week process and he was offering assistance and support at all times to ensure a smooth transaction.
I wouldn't hesitate in using Darryl & Essex Country and Village homes services again and I will be highly recommending them to friends, family and the local community.
Mr Adam Smith 9th November 2016
A truly fantastic service from Darryl and the team. I have never been so willing to pay my estate agent fees. Darryl earned every penny (twice over).
I wouldn't normally do reviews like this but wanted to share our experience and recommend others to take advantage of this excellent company.
I brought Darryl on board after a week of frustration with a different agent. My previous agent had messed me around for a week in their efforts to produce a very mediocre set of sales particulars. I invited Darryl around and he demonstrated that he had an eye for detail and managed to produce first class sales particulars with stunning photos, 100% correct on first draft.
He found a large number of prospective buyers and bent over backwards to accommodate viewings if we were unable to do them. I had total confidence in his ability to showcase our home.
Darryl's hard work paid off and we found a buyer and agreed a great price. This is where Darryl really came into his own. His efforts after sale were much appreciated and were in stark contrast to the efforts of other agents in the chain and other agents I've dealt with in the past. He was always available to get the updates I wanted and to help push things along as required. He does so well to juggle all of the people he is dealing with and make you confident that your own situation is important to him.
I've already recommended Darryl to a family member and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others.
If you are looking for a great agent, then look no further. You will not be disappointed.
Mr Tony Burton 16th November 2016
Fantastic selling experience with Essex Country & Village Homes in Manningtree. Darryl and the team worked their socks off to complete our sale very quickly and efficiently. It's the easiest moving process we have ever experienced. Thanks Guys. We would highly recommend them.
Mr Gary Brown 30th August 2016
I thought selling my home would be a stressful experience after using other estate agents in the past but with Darryl managing the sale at Essex Country and village homes it was so easy. Fantastic customer service, even helped when our seller's estate agents couldn't. I cannot fault the service provided, I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone.
Ms Gemma Rapley 5th October 2016
I had a straight forward easy house purchase and this was thanks to Darryl, who has restored my faith in estate agents. Very professional and customer focused, always kept me up to date without me even have to ask or chase anything. Made my life so much easier, a lovely new home, Thank you to the very customer focused and honest approach and stress free purchase.
Ms Anita Francis 7th June 2016
It's difficult to put into words just how much time, support, understanding and advice Darryl and his colleagues at Essex Country and Village Homes have put into our sale and purchase!! Darryl is for us a rare find these days in the world of estate agency as his passion, dedication and genuine kindness really do shine through every step of the way, making you feel like you truly have an Estate Agent working with you. We couldn't recommend Darryl and his colleagues enough. In fact we feel Essex and Country Homes is the best there is!
Thank you so so much again
Rebecca and Colin Moxham 31st March 2016
Darryl and his team at Essex Country & Village Homes could not have been more helpful or professional with my house sale; absolutely the best customer service I have experienced, Darryl made the sale and completion happen and provided support in what was a stressful time! I would absolutely recommend to anyone buying or selling.
Mrs Nina Wright 14th October 2016
Best Estate Agent by far. Had a long complicated sale and every step of the way Darryl was there, our problems were his problems and he did his utmost to ease our difficulties. Nothing was too much for him, he went above and beyond what other agents do. Great genuine guy with lots of integrity, would highly recommend.
Ms Sophia Danylenko 20th April 2016
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Essex and Suffolk Office, 2 The Lane, Manningtree, CO11 1AW