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    Woodlands Estate Agents are one of Horsham's longest serving estate agents. The business has been successfully selling and letting homes and land in the area since it was established in 1991 by David Jeffrey and Stephen Muggridge, providing you with the reassurance of dealing with a long established independent agent who pride themselves on offering a highly personal, friendly, flexible and motivated service backed by a track record of success.

    The Horsham office is run by Directors, David Jeffrey and Simon Ley and Senior Sales Consultants Lauren Woods (currently on maternity leave) and Iain Campbell . There is part -time assistance from Claire Perry, Leanne Smith and Samantha Franks and secretarial support provided by Lynda Downes.
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    Why Choose Woodlands?
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    • We are fully independent, with a Director based within each office, offering a personalised service tailored to your individual requirements.
    • We have over 90 years experience of proven local knowledge in selling homes like yours.
    • We are members of the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, as well as members of the NAEA and ARLA.
    • Our offices are located in prime town centre locations. We have fully trained, mature staff and we have long opening hours.
    • We work on a no sale, no fee basis.
    • All viewings, where possible, will be accompanied by our staff, which ensures stress free marketing and seizes every opportunity to get you a buyer.

     

    AN HONEST AND OPEN OPINION ON VALUE
    A property usually sells quicker and at a higher figure if initally priced correctly, than if it is marketed at a higher figure and later reduced. Beware of any agents attempting to flatter you with an inflated price in order to get your house on the market. Unfortunately things which seem too good to be true, inevitably are!

    SELLING HOMES IN YOUR AREA
    Horsham and its surrounding villages have evolved from historic origins into an exciting, modern place to live and work with thriving communities and renowned countryside.
    Our wide local knowledge will enable us to ensure your potential buyers know why their chosen area suits them and their needs.

    THE DEVELOPERS CHOICE
    We have been chosen to represent New Homes Developers to market their flagship multi million pound developments including George Wimpey, Bellway Homes, Halbren Homes, Oakdene Homes, Persimmon and Hillreed and Charles Church. They believe in our service and the job we can do.

    DEDICATED SALES PROGRESSION
    We are experienced to guide you through the pitfalls of selling to ensure your move is successful.

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SELLING YOUR HOME
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    If you are considering selling your home or property then let our local expertise work in your favour. We will work with you to agree a marketing plan to suit the needs of your property, designed to achieve the best possible price for your home. When selling your house we will consider every aspect of the transaction, working within the timescales available and in relation to the market conditions in the area. One of the main benefits of selling your property through our agency is that the details of your home will be published online reaching not only local buyers, but also regional and national home movers.

    We are fully committed to providing the highest quality selling service in the property market. We provide this at competitive commission rates, delivered on a no sale, no fee basis. Please do not hesitate to contact us via phone, fax or email so we can contact you without delay to assist selling your property.

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BUYING A PROPERTY
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    We understand how daunting buying a property can be and this is why we ensure we provide the best service possible to transform this stress into an exciting and memorable experience. Our buying service is designed to take you through the process step-by-step, providing a property service to suit all your needs.

    We work hard to ensure that you are able to locate and purchase your dream house at a price suited to your specific budget.

    We also provide top property-buying tips to provide you with some key purchasing points. Alternatively, you can scroll through our recommended properties to find the perfect home for you.
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MOVING HOUSE INFORMATION
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    Guide to Conveyancing

    To help you understand the legal process that occurs in a property transaction we have provided you with a step by step guide, as seen below:

    Step by step guide

    • Sale of your property - Once your sale has been agreed, you should inform us of your conveyancing solicitor's details so that we can send them the relevant paperwork.
    • Getting started - Initially the conveyancer will provide you with a formal instruction form and other documents which will enable them to gather all of the relevant details about you and your house. Once you confirm your interest in working with the conveyancer, they will proceed with the transaction.
    • Purchase of your property - The conveyancer can also carry out all of the legal work involved in the purchase of your property. Initially, all you need to do is provide us and your mortgage broker with the conveyancing solicitor's details. Your selling agent's solicitor/conveyancer will then be able to contact your solicitor to confirm instructions.
    • Searches on your purchase - Once your newly appointed conveyancing solicitor has received the contract documentation from your sellers' solicitor, they will be able to affect the necessary searches of the Local Authority, Water Authority and Environmental Agency.
    • Mortgage details - Your lender will send you and your conveyancing solicitor the mortgage offer. The solicitor is responsible for explaining the terms and conditions of your mortgage offer. The Contract documentation and Mortgage Deed will then be sent to you for approval and signature.
    • Exchange of contracts - Exchange of contracts takes place between the two parties' solicitors, usually by telephone. Following exchange, your signed contact is forwarded to the other party's solicitor/conveyancer and they in turn will send their party's signed contract to your solicitor. At this stage, you and your seller/buyer will be legally committed to the transaction.

    Completion of your move

    On the day of legal completion, your conveyancing solicitor will:

    • Arrange legal paperwork
    • Discharge your mortgage and/or draw-down funds for your new mortgage
    • Pay your fees as per the Terms of Agency Agreement you have signed
    • Arrange the legal documentation to be signed for the transfer of the property at H M Land Registry and register your ownership
    • Arrange your Stamp Duty payment, payable to the Inland Revenue

    Payment of fees

    Prior to legal completion, your conveyancing solicitor will require any monies due to them to be cleared funds in time for legal completion. They will deduct their fees and disbursement costs and stamp duty from the balance at legal completion. Finally, you will liaise with your agent for the release of the keys to the property.

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    Your Questions Answered
    How long will it take?

    Conveyancing is one of the most time consuming aspects of any home move. If the property is empty and the buyer does not require a mortgage, a sale or purchase can be completed within a few days. However, this is very unusual and it is more likely a mortgage will need to be approved and there will be a chain of transactions to contend with. If this is the case, then it usually takes 4-6 weeks to exchange contracts and then another 2-4 weeks between exchange of contracts and completion. This makes the process a total of 6-10 from start to finish. We understand the pressured timescales involved in property transactions and we do all we can to progress the transaction as quickly as possible.

    How soon do I need to pay any money?

    If you are buying a property, your solicitor will usually ask you for approximately £125.00 at the beginning to cover the search fees that will be paid out on your behalf. The balance of the price and the solicitor's cost, as well as any additional charges, will be payable shortly before completion of the deal. If you are borrowing more than 90% of the purchase price then you may be required to pay prior to the exchange of contracts.

    If you are selling then you should not need to pay any money in advance. The costs and agent fees will be paid out from the sale proceeds on completion before any balance is sent to you.

    Do I need a survey?

    If you are obtaining a mortgage, a valuer will inspect the property on behalf of the lender. Although his report should give you an indication as to whether he thinks the property is worth the amount that you have asked to borrow, it will probably not be a reliable source if things went wrong. For an additional fee, you will usually be offered the option to arrange for the same valuer to carry out a more detailed 'Home Buyers Report'. This can be relied on if, at some later date, you discover a problem not mentioned in the report that you wish to take up with the valuer.

    If the property is quite old and you are particularly concerned with its condition, you can always obtain a full structural report that is much more detailed.

    There is a golden rule when it comes to this - "let the buyer beware" so, provided you have not been misled, you will be the one liable for any problems you discover after the exchange of contracts.

    How much deposit will I need?

    It is normal for a deposit to be paid on exchange of contracts. If you are buying and selling, we can usually use your buyers deposit in connection with your purchase so you will not have to find anything. If you are just buying, the amount of the deposit will usually depend upon the size of your mortgage (if any). If it is less than 90%, you will usually need to find 10% but if you are borrowing more than this, we can often persuade the seller to accept whatever amount you are putting in or even just the amount of our costs and disbursements - only if you are borrowing 100%.

    If I have any questions, should I ask the Agent or the Solicitor?

    If you have any questions regarding the legal aspect of moving, we recommend speaking to your Conveyancer. However, your agent will also be aware of how the sale or purchase is proceeding and should be able to cover any general queries you have.

    Can I exchange contracts before I receive my mortgage offer?

    If for any reason the mortgage offer is declined or delayed or it contains any conditions that you cannot comply with, the money may not be available when required so it would be extremely dangerous to exchange contracts without it and any competent solicitor would strongly advise you not to do so.

    When do I need to arrange buildings insurance?

    Unless the building insurance is being arranged by your lender or it is a leasehold property and the insurance is dealt with by the freeholder, you must arrange buildings insurance from exchange of contracts as the property will be at your risk from that time. The amount of cover should be the estimated cost of re-building the property if it burns to the ground which is not necessarily the same as the current market value. If you had a survey or you are obtaining a mortgage, your surveyor or the lender's valuer will usually have suggested a minimum amount of cover in their report.

    What happens with the keys?

    These are usually left with the estate agents (if any) and the buyer collects them once the money has been paid over on the day of completion. If there are no estate agents (or this is not convenient), the seller will hand them directly to the buyer. Either way, it is important that arrangements are made in advance to prevent the possibility of the buyer having to wait outside with the removal van! Although your solicitor will always try to ensure that everything is finalised as early as possible on the day of completion - and usually this is dealt with by midday - there can sometimes be a delay if, for example, your solicitor is still waiting for the mortgage monies to arrive or there is a particularly long chain. If this happens, please don't panic or become upset because your solicitor will invariably resolve the problem by early afternoon - if not sooner!
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MEET THE TEAM AT HORSHAM
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    David Jeffrey - Director
    I have been in the industry since 1986 so I feel I have a wealth of experience and expertise to offer our clients. I love living and working in Horsham and have made many friends of clients over the years. I have 3 children and my wife Sally and I enjoy visiting all of the local restaurants Horsham has to offer! Football is my leisure time hobby.
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    Simon Ley - Director
    I have been with Woodlands since 2005 and have worked exclusively in the Horsham and surrounding area. I have always prided myself in providing professional advice, excellent service and going the extra mile, all of which are core values of Woodlands. I'm married with 2 young children and have a great passion for rugby and apparently a dreadful taste in music. As our client, you will always be at the centre of what we do. I believe in making our relationship personable and transparent with clear effective communication and patience. I very much look forward to working with you.
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    Iain Campbell - Senior Sales Consultant
    I've now worked in Estate Agency for a number of years, having previously worked for a large corporate firm where I won sales and customer service awards. I love helping customers find their dream home whilst exceeding expectations, and as an independent agent, we can give an unrivalled personal and professional approach to our clients. I have lived in the Horsham area for most of my life and at Woodlands we understand how important local knowledge is, but living locally also means I get to enjoy the fantastic bars and restaurants Horsham has to offer!
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    Claire Perry - Part Time Sales Consultant
    Having had a variety of part-time positions while bringing up my family, I wish I had found this career much sooner. Viewing properties is so enjoyable, especially the older ones that are filled with character, the quirkier the better! My favourite time of year is Christmas, and I would much rather be snowed in huddled round a fire, than sunning myself on a beach.
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    Lynda Downes - Branch Secretary
    I joined Woodlands in 2000 and I pride myself in being the backbone of the office. I love what I do from general office duties to the more creative side of preparing the property details. I am married and have 2 young children so my hours work around them but that's what I love about this job, the flexibility - which means I can then be in contact with clients both during the day and in the evenings. I have lived in Horsham all my life and love the town. Out of work my kids keep me busy as well as our dog so you will often see me walking over Denne Hill!
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    Karen Loy - Lettings Manager
    I have worked in the property market for 28 years and in residential lettings for 20 plus of those years and so have a wealth of experience. I am West Sussex born and bred and so have an excellent knowledge of the area. When I'm not at work I have two almost grown up daughters who I love spending time with as well as socialising with my friends.
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    Carolyn Horner-Hill - Senior Lettings Consultant
    I have over nine years' experience in Estate Agency. I joined Woodlands a year ago and thoroughly enjoy being immersed in Lettings after a break to bring up my two children. Woodlands is a fantastic company to work for, being at the cutting edge of progress whilst retaining a traditional, friendly but professional approach. Outside the office, I have many hobbies including interior design and tennis.
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    Wendy Sikora - Part Time Lettings Consultant
    I have always wanted to work at an Estate Agents and have been at Woodlands since July 2015. I have lived in Horsham most of my life and so know and love the area. I especially like meeting new people and every Saturday is different and enjoyable.
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    SEE WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US

    Testimonials from Sellers

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      "Efficient, friendly staff at this estate agents enabled me and my daughter to sell and purchase 2 apartments with minimum fuss, nothing to much trouble, a quick phone call resolved last minute problems. Well done Woodlands will definitely recommend you to anyone thinking of moving. Thank you!"
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      "What can I say about Woodlands Estate Agents. Well when we came to sell our flat we had a buyer within two weeks at the expected value we hoped to achieve, guided by the team. Admittedly, it fell through, and they had it sold again, in another two weeks. After experiencing other agents and their so called 'customer service' we found ourselves increasingly drawn to the Woodlands team with their genuine care and want to find us a new home. This they did and we are very pleased with all the wizardry and care all the team put in to our very particular specifications. To sum up;if you want your property sold, these are the team for you. If you want to find the house that you want to live in, these are the team for you. Thank you to all the Team and the Wizard!"
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      "David Jeffrey was an absolute breathe of fresh air, honest, friendly and professional - a rarity in real estate!"
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      "A very big "Thank You" Iain! and a 5* review for you. A highly recommendable, professional and friendly firm. Always informative with constant updates, which made selling a property a quick, completely stress-free experience."
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      "I chose Woodlands to act as my Agent through the recommendation of a friend. As a remote seller, I appreciated the advocacy that the team demonstrated in assisting through the sale process and in communicating updates. I always felt that my best interests were considered by David and the rest of the team. I was very happy with the final price that the team were able to secure and I would happily recommend Woodlands Estate Agents to other sellers in the area. Thanks!"
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      "Simon was lovely and made me feel absolutely confident. Jennie has been a great combination of tenacious and understanding - I am very grateful for all your help!"
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      "A very professional and personal service and we would highly recommend to others ."
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      "Delighted with Woodlands Horsham Estate Agents whom we have used twice, once for a purchase and once for a sale. Simon, Iain and their support team all provided an excellent professional service leading to a successful property sale. We would have no hesitation in recommending Woodlands unreservedly to anyone looking to sell or purchase a property in Horsham and the surrounding area."

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      "We have just purchased a property through Woodlands Estate Agents and I have decided to leave a review (without being prompted) because I am genuinely impressed with the service and communication I have received from Iain throughout the process. He has gone above and beyond to help us with our purchase communicating with our own estate agent and solicitor with exceptionally quick response times. Thanks Iain!!"
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      "I cannot rate these folk highly enough. I bought a property through them, and I had real problems with other parties involved. All the staff were brilliant and helpful, especially David, who went above and beyond his obligations. In fact I got more help from him than my own solicitor. So yes, I can thoroughly recommend Woodlands Estate Agents."
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      "David pulled out all the stops to make sure the sale completed, in very difficult circumstances."
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      "Compared with other agents, we have dealt with Woodlands offer a more personal and professional service who also keeps us informed at all times. Keep up the good work."
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