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Welcome to Hunters - Fishponds
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    Hunters Estate Agents 
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    Previously well known as Besley Hill Estate Agents who are probably recognized as Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire's foremost Estate Agents with a successful history dating back to the 1970s.

    Recent years have seen the business develop tremendously from a humble beginning with one office in the Kingswood area of the city to offices throughout 4 counties. Further to our success we have now formed part of a new and exciting independently owned network being part of 200 branches across the nation, Bringing lots more in our industry, Hunters Estate Agents.

    Besley Hill's existing teams are still here and continue with our philosophy in the Estate Agency market is a simple one - to offer a professional, honest, friendly and informative advice where great emphasis is placed on high quality service. Our proposition doesn't end there - we are able to offer you a complete property service - including not only Estate Agency, but Financial & Mortgage Services, Lettings & Management & Conveyancing.

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    Fishponds Office 
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    Hunters Estate Agents - Fishponds Office has been run previously as well known Besley Hill Estate Agents which was an Independent family owned business for over 20 years with a history that dates back to the mid 1970's.

    We are still the same well established local property experts team within Fishponds. We have joined a larger Independent family run network with a new and fresh brand, with a brighter and modern path into the future of estate agent industry.

    From the beginning Senior Branch Manager, Mark Symonds and his team of Joel Bennett, Michelle Charnley, Sarah Davies, Ajani Osayande and Allison Firks-Matthews have been responsible for developing an enviable reputation and high quality services throughout the area covering Residential Property Sales, Public Auctions, Professional Survey, Residential Lettings and Mortgage Services.

    Fishponds Office combine established professional best practice with the latest marketing technology, combined with outstanding confidence and a positive service to ensure our customers receive the best experience - always!

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Selling your Property with Hunters, Fishponds
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    Vendors
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    We know that selling a property can be a stressful time, therefore you can rest assured that we will do everything we can do make the process as easy for you as we can. For every property we offer for sale we include the following;

    • Professional Photography
    • Colourful Sales Brochures
    • Extensive Online Advertising
    • Listing On Our Own Website
    • Individual Property Call Out To Our Mailing List
    • Accompanied Viewings
    • In House Sales Progression

    We can also guarantee we will NOT be beaten on fee... so call us today for a free market appraisal!
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    Sales Progression 
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    Our experience has taught us that the most stressful time for you is after the sale has been agreed and we go through the process of progressing your sale to exchange of contracts. It can be an emotional time both as buyer and seller. If there are any problems, you need to now that your agent is doing everything they can to get the sale progressed.

    With Hunters, whichever sales negotiator sells the property, progressed the property, which means you deal with one person, who is experienced with the property, the whole time.

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    Exchange & Completion 
    The exchange of signed contracts take place between solicitors and a completion date will be set. 

    On completion day once Sellers solicitors confirm monies are in, then and only will the authority for key release to the new buyers take place. 
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Buying a Property Through Hunters
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    Arranging your Mortgage 
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    To avoid possible disappointment at a later stage, we strongly recommend that before you start viewing property you speak to a qualified mortgage advisor. Once you know exactly how much you can afford you can make an informed decision on which areas to search, the style of property, the number of bedrooms and if you can afford a garden or garage/parking.

    Accordingly we recommend that you arrange to see our Mortgage Broker Ajani Osayande who has direct access through the Mortgage Advice Bureau to some of the best mortgage deals available, including some exclusive deals not available on the High Street. Once a product is identified Ajani can arrange a Mortgage in Principle (MIP). This document could be very valuable to you at a later date, particularly if you find yourself in competition for your dream home and you have a MIP and the other party have not. In any event, most estate agents will take you far more seriously if you can prove to them that you are a genuine buyer and have this certificate.

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    Getting your Property Sold 
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    In this extremely busy market where activity levels are running at near maximum capacity, we highly recommend that you secure a buyer for your own home before searching for a new property. In fact in certain parts of Bristol due to short supply and unsurpassed demand, there are estate agents who will flatly refuse to show you property unless you are a cash buyer or under offer!

    Please see our Selling Section for more details in selling.
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    Registering with Agents/Websites 
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    With today's technology finding a new home has never been easier and in many cases is just a click away. In addition to the Hunters website we suggest that you register your requirements with the three big players, Rightmove, Zoopla & On the Market. Like Hunters they will send you e-mail alerts of new properties listed in the area your search.

    A quick visit to your local agents is also worthwhile, after all you can't beat the traditional in branch registration where a face can be put to a name and your specific requirements can be discussed in detail.

    To register directly with us means that you will get alerts before the properties go live on all the major websites. Obviously the distinct advantage of this is that you will get your foot in the door before others and potentially you could be one of the first to view.
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    Finding the Right Property 
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    Now that your finances are in place and you have registered with websites & agents, its time to view properties. When you identify a potential property of interest we suggest that rather than email the agent to view you telephone and request a mutually convenient time/date to view..

    When viewing, follow some of our top tips;

    - Drive-by the property. Often this will be a very valuable exercise and may save you wasting your time at a later date
    - Scout the neighbourhood. Drive down one evening and see what the neighbourhood is like.
    - Bring a relative or a friend with you. Its always great to have an extra pair of eyes to spot problems you may have missed
    - Take your time. Its the biggest purchase of your life, so check the lights, water pressure, cupboards, windows, etc . In older properties keep an eye out for potential problems, such as damp or structural movement.
    - Ask questions. Ask the estate agents or the seller questions about the property. If you spot damp patch, ask about its history. Has it been treated? and so on....
    - Be Friendly. Build a relationship with the agent who is probably dealing with dozens of clients, after all you want to be the one the agent calls when he gets a new listing. Often being friendly to the seller/estate agents will be helpful if you offer on the property.
    - Feedback. Please provide the estate agent with feedback when requested, this information is not just valuable for the seller but will also allow your agent to build a picture of your exact requirements. When we repeatedly leave messages requesting feedback from clients who refuse to reply, you are rapidly heading for the achieve bin!
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    Getting your offer accepted 
    Once you have viewed the property and feel that it is the one for you, Its time to make an offer. Contact the negotiator that showed you the property and speak to them about making a suitable offer. Usually they can give you background information about historic offers and what the vendors expectations are.. Don't be afraid to make a lower offer, after all if its too low and rejected, you can always increase. However, do be sensible with what you put forward you don't want to offend the vendor and get off on the wrong foot.

    If you offer through Hunters, you will need to be financially qualified before the offer is submitted to the seller. Make sure you have bank statements, mortgage in principle documents, broker details or chain details ready for us.
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    Instructing a Solicitor 
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    Once you have agreed a purchase price you will need to instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to handle the legal paperwork. Choosing the right solicitor is important for the efficient progression of the sale. If you choose a local, experienced solicitor, you are much more likely to experience a smooth trouble free transaction that if you use a large conveyancing firm on-line. In this respect cheapest is definitely NOT best!

    See Additional Services for more details in Hunters Legal Services.
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    Sales Progression 

    Our experience has taught us that the most stressful time for any sale is in the period leading up to an exchange of contracts. It can be both emotional and frustrating at times when nothing seems to be happening, therefore it is essential to keep good lines of communication open with your agent who will be doing everything possible to progress your sale and keep you informed of developments.

    At Hunters, the most usual arrangement is that the negotiator that agreed the sale will take ownership, progressed the sale and be your point of contact during the process. In so doing you will be dealing with just one person who will have the knowledge and experienced required

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    Exchange & Completion 
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    When you have agreed upon a date, your solicitor will request that you sign the contract and pay your deposit (usually 10%). At this stage your solicitor will exchange contracts and a completion date will be set. Its now time arrange time of work, removal men, pet/child cover & enlist friends/family to help. Once the money has been transferred on the day of completion the estate agent will have authority to release the key to you. Congratulations, you're now home owners.
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    Lettings 
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    Mortgage Advice Bureau is one of the UK's leading independent mortgage brokers with over 700 offices nationwide, and they work with Hunters.

    Their expert financial advisers are able to search 1000's of mortgages from over 80 different lenders to find you the best possible deal. They give totally independent advice specific to your circumstances whether you are moving home, buying a home for the first time, investing in a property to let out, re mortgaging or consolidating debts. They will help you throughout the entire process to ensure that your mortgage application goes through as quickly as possible. For your convenience their adviser will happily meet with you either in one of our offices or at your home.

    Their financial advisers also offer advice on how to protect your home, family and income ensuring that you are covered should the unexpected happen.

    Think carefully before securing debts against your home. You home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

    There will be a fee for mortgage advice. The actual amount you pay will depend upon your circumstances. The fee is up to 1 percent, but a typical fee is 0.3 percent of the amount borrowed.

    For insurance business we offer products from a choice of insurers.

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    Legal Services 
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    Hunters Legal Services has been established to support the Hunters Estate Agency branches to provide all of the other services that will be required in connection with moving home.

    CONVEYANCING SERVICES

    Hunters work with a Panel of local Solicitors that have been chosen for their expertise in conveyancing. A no obligation quotation can be provided to you upon request. We suggest that you obtain this at the time of marketing your property as the information provided will enable you to accurately budget your move.

    All of our Panel Solicitors work closely with our branches to ensure that you receive the highest standard of CUSTOMER CARE to ensure you are kept informed at all times. This close working relationship between our Panel Solicitors and branches can often SPEED up procedures and therefore make your move less stressful.

    Your Hunters branch will be any to provide you with any further information you require and obtain the necessary details from you to provide a quotation.

    REMOVAL SERVICES

    Hunters aim to provide services beyond that of a typical Estate Agent, and to help you with all matters in connection with moving home.

    We work closely with a very established local Removal Company who are happy to provide you with a free quotation for removal services. They offer a comprehensive and fully insured service. We have received an excellent feedback from our many customers who have used this service. Just request a quotation at your branch at any time during your transaction.

    Our Manager of Legal Services, Sue Baker, is also happy to discuss any of the above matters with you and can be reached at Sue.Baker@hunters.com.

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Meet the Fishponds Team 
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    Don't be fooled into thinking that all Estate agents are the same. At Hunters Fishponds, we have created a dedicated, experienced and friendly team essential for the successful sale of any property. But don't just take our word for it, why not put us to the test!
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    Mark Symonds - Senior Branch Manager 
    Mark has developed an impressive reputation within Fishponds since 1995 for being a Property Champion. Having the freedom of the City - Mark chose and has made his professional home in Fishponds for the last 25 years and loves serving the local Community. His knowledge and sales experience have promoted Besley Hill and now Hunters Estate Agents in becoming the No.1 Estate Agent in the area. Mark and his team have unrivalled experience within the area. Our unique 'team spirit', skilled and trained workforce create the perfect blend of Estate Agency friendly qualities. Mark believes the cornerstone of best practise is to develop both trust and communicate with confidence to all our customers and everyone involved in the buying and selling process. Connecting 'People and Property' takes considerable skill and Mark always feels it is a great privilege when clients choose his services. Mark is justifiably proud of our performance - supported by a 4.8 Google Customer satisfaction rating.
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    Joel Bennett - Assistant Branch Manager 
    Having now been in the estate agency business for over 15 years, I have mostly enjoyed the social interaction with buyers and sellers while helping there needs to either acheiving the best possible price on selling there property with excellent marketing or assisting buyers on finding the right home for them to relax and enjoy. Transactions can be forever demanding so I feel it is important to ensure that good advice and communication is given to all parties every step of the way, so in these circumstances having the experience really benefits.
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    Jaime-lee James - Sales Negotiator 
    Jaime-lee is the new young and dynamic member of the team. Working closely with Mark and Joel to add to her already impressive experience in selling homes. She is our online guru and has brought the office into 21st century by enhancing our online marketing and promoting our business on sights such as google, Facebook and Instagram. Jaime-lee is a skilled salesperson and a delight to work with.
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    Michelle Charnley - Admin & Sales Support
    Michelle has been with Besley Hill for 9 years. Michelle is a great asset to the team here at Fishponds. Michelle is simply 'invaluable' to the Fishponds team on Friday's and Saturdays, our busiest days. Michelle completes a significant number of accompanied viewings throughout the day and when she isn't moving from house to house, Michelle deals with a lot of the admin side of things. Michelle's willingness to help and guide prospective buyers to the right homes and the detailed feedback she offers to our sellers and landlords - make her simply irreplaceable! Michelle's attention to detail is second to none. Michelle also works within our Yate Branch too, providing the same invaluable support and commitment across the both offices. Michelle likes the idea of joining Hunters as with the new computer software in place and be able to be linked to all branches across the network makes her admin duties more efficient and makes it all follow suit. 
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    Harry Gould - Saturday Sales Receptionist 
    Harry is our weekends salesperson. Currently studying Real Estate Management MSc and is hoping to go into commercial property after his degree. He is hard working and eager to learn. He is a successful negotiator and is always polite, friendly and happy to help. He has become an asset to us at the weekends and we are glad to have him on the team.
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    Henry the Office Dog 
    My name is Henry and I am a pawsitive addition to the team. I have pawfect manors and like to great people at the door, I may bark but I am ever so friendly. I often sniff around to see how I can help, especially if its cleaning out old food from the bins, my favourite! I am here most weeks Monday to Wednesday so next time you come to Hunters don't forgot to bring me a treat!
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    Allison Firks-Matthews - Director 
    Allison initially joined Besley Hill as a part time member of staff in 1989. During the past 25 years Allison has gained a wide knowledge and understanding of the Estate Agency business and whilst you will rarely see her on viewings and valuations without her the office would be far less efficient as she oversees everything that goes on behind the scenes. Allison is excited to have joined and be part of Hunters Estate Agents as a wider network. Being part of a larger independently owned network will support us going forward in an ever changing modern estate agency. We will also be able to can go that extra mile for our current customers and future customers.
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    Adam Offer - Director
    Adam has been an estate agent since 1979 when he started with Besley Hill Estate Agents in Kingswood. The company at that time had 2 branches the second being in Fishponds. Adam offers branch support to the team and can often be seen in and around the branch assisting on viewings, new home sales, dealing with enquires, making valuation appointments and carrying out viewings if Dave doesn't get to the customer first! Adam is a familiar face in property circles in and around Bristol after all he's been selling houses in the area for nearly 40 years!
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    Testimonials
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      Customer satisfaction and feedback are an essential part of our successful business. We are immensely proud of our reputation and always seek to learn from our customers' experience and how we might better our service. We request from all our customers a 'Google review' - this is an easy, transparent and independent way to provide us with essential feedback. The consistant 5* ratings and complimentary views and opinions from our customers give us the best motivation possible to exceed expectation.

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      5 Stars  - "We have recently sold our house, Jamie and the manager were very helpful throughout the process. When showing people around our home Hunters were very respectful and always provided us with feedback. We would recommend using Hunters to anyone selling their home."
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      5 Stars - "Excellent service from Mark, Joel and the rest of the team. House was sold within the first week of marketing and we were happy with the price achieved. What more can you ask for really! Thank you guys :-)"
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      5 Stars - "Mark Symonds was extremely helpful in finding a buyer and ensuring the sale went ahead smoothly, often going above and beyond to offer advice. Highly recommended."
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      5 Stars - "Found all elements of selling my property with Hunters were dealt with very well. From the very first meeting/Valution all the way to completion. Any small issues were dealt with quickly and appropriatly with clear communication. I was kept informed throughout and I would definately recommend Hunters and specifically the Staff at the fishponds Branch who have a very good understanding of the area and prices."
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      5 Stars - "I have just sold my house using Hunters as the agents. For various reasons (no fault of Hunters), it wasn't the simplest sale. However, Jaime and Joel were amazing in getting the job done. Really good at getting answers to questions and chasing up issues. Great communication and really nice to deal with. To be honest, I couldn't speak more highly of them, as such I will defiantly be using their services again in the future."
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      5 Stars - "Joel and Mark were great to deal with and quickly secured a fantastic buyer for our home. They were professional, helpful and proactive."
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      5 Stars - "A particularly difficult chain to manage, but Mark kept cool throughout when others were loosing theirs. The support he gave was exceptional, and went way beyond what you would reasonably expect from an agent. Second time we have used Hunters (Besley Hill) would absolutely use again"
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      5 Stars - "Great team @ Hunters (Fishponds). Worked hard and quickly and achieved more than we initially thought we would get. Their marketing documents were excellent quality and made sure that we got the sale!"
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      5 Stars - "Excellent customer service, couldn't have been more helpful at a stressful time. Thanks Joel and Jamie"
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      5 Stars - "I recently sold a property with the help of Hunters in Fishponds and found the whole team to be very professional. Mark was extremely proactive and kept me updated throughout. The sale progressed quickly and achieved a price that was significantly-higher than the valuation of another local agent."
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      5 Stars - "Joel Bennett at Hunters was professional and very efficient. He obtained an offer on the house that I was selling after about forty eight hours, at only just under the asking price. I can recommend Hunters."

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      5 Stars - "I purchased a home in Sorrel Place in Stoke Gifford, Bristol. I do not believe things would have gone any smoother and better if Joel Bennet from Hunters was not behind the entire process driving it through. Excellent guy, amazing helpful. Thank you."
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