As valuable capital assets, London property invariably yields handsome rewards for the astute investor by providing vital building blocks for portfolio expansion and diversification. It is vital, therefore, to regard the selling of a home as a tactical business decision to be undertaken with the aim of reducing costs and increasing the return on investment. The difference between a moderately profitable transaction and a financial windfall is usually down to the timing and levels of preparation that you’re ready to undertake and it’s in these areas that the expertise and advice of an established estate agent becomes an essential resource.
There can be many reasons for selling and some are more time sensitive than others; a career relocation, schools, new addition to the family or even a need or desire to free up capital. Even if there are no time pressures, it helps to set a schedule, so that all the different components of the sale fall into place. Set aside a period for research of, not only the local property market, but also prospective estate agents, conveyance experts and local tradespersons should you need them. Assess the costs involved as well as the time their services will require.
Estate agents who claim that they can sell your property quickly are not necessarily the right people for the job. Agents will be in regular contact with you through what is widely acknowledged to be a pretty intense and stressful period, so it is important you do your homework and choose your agent carefully. You can spot the good ones by their proven experience and willingness to be transparent. Some questions to ask are:
Good agents should be able to market your property readily, as soon as you instruct them. They should also take professional, high quality photographs that show your property in the best light possible, guaranteeing plenty of interest. They’ll also give you tips on getting the rooms ready. Benham and Reeves also provide a video and floorplan, not all agents do, so do ask them what is included, where and how they will be marketing your property to ensure it reaches the maximum audience.
Maintaining a careful balance between attracting buyers and maximising profits should start with a professional and accurate valuation of your property. This serves as a solid base for negotiation and will enable you to budget accurately as you decide how much to spend on getting the property ready for market.
Benham and Reeves offer a free online valuation that can be accessed via our website and this is a good place to start. As you research, you’ll soon recognise that the age, size and location of your home are major factors in any valuation calculation, as is the state of the economy and these are variables that are more or less out of your control. There are, however, some other things that can be done in order to give your property the best chance of attracting the full market price.
Of course, any potential buyer will also be carrying out a survey and that’s where things get a bit more detailed and it’s important to have most of these bases covered. These details are what potential buyers will be looking at:
It should be noted that once you have done your research, a formal valuation should be sought and this is best performed by a qualified agent who will need to visit your property to take a proper look at the size and condition. It is advisable to get the valuation in writing as you may need this if hoping to secure a mortgage loan in principle.Contact us if you would like to arrange a free, no obligation of your property.
So you have a property with great potential, near to vital transport links and full of attractive features. How do you add further value?The next three points focus on cost-effective strategies that can be carried with minimal fuss and bother:
Potential buyers looking for a home in London can be pretty much spoiled for choice, especially when they’re looking at a new build. So it’s wise to ensure you have the competitive edge when selling as there are likely to be other apartments for sale particularly if it’s a large scale property development built over several phases. You don’t have to make major renovations to impress. A selection of stylish and tasteful soft furnishings can transform your property from “Next, please” to “Yes please!”
Some estate agents have close relationships with interior design and furnishings experts and will make helpful suggestions regarding your property. High quality furnishings, accessories and artwork don’t have to cost the earth and their knack of providing eye-catching focal points often prove invaluable.
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Once you have instructed an agent, every viewing of your property should be treated as a potential sale. Keep the property in tip-top condition and take notice of any feedback or suggestions that might come your way; either from the agent or a prospective buyer.
Some agents do not need you to be available for every viewing but in some instances, it can be helpful – be guided by your agent.
Don’t leave the choice of a conveyance solicitor to the last minute or to chance. Your estate agent will be able to point you to any number of experienced professionals who will be able to take on the legal heavy lifting that goes with selling a property.
Getting your property ready involves getting your paperwork ready as well. Good solicitors will have all documentation up to date and accessible before you accept any offer. They’ll then keep in touch with your agent as to the progress of the sale and have contracts ready to sign as soon as both parties are ready.
Before your property can be marketed, you will be required to complete a property information questionnaire. This will ask you to include relevant information relating to any issues you may have regarding your property boundaries or any dispute with neighbours; whether you have appropriate approvals for any building works or freeholder consent for things like loft conversions or extensions. You will also be asked to mention any known defects. It is recommended that you be as transparent as possible from the outset as answers that are vague or incomplete are most likely to come up during the conveyancing process which could delay things and cost you more money in the long run. It could also impact the outcome of your sale.
High professionalism throughout the process
Our experience with Benham & Reeves Hampstead was very pleasant. High professionalism throughout the process, a great valuation and viewing organisation, not to mention that it only took a couple of weeks to get an offer. Jeremy was extremely professional and helpful, so much so that we immediately recommended him to our neighbours.
Experienced and excellent to deal with
I felt it important to express my gratitude to Tom for all his hard work, assistance and understanding in achieving the completion of my property today. Tom is experienced in sales and an excellent person to deal with. He knows how to handle a situation. He is patient and understanding. Due to his coordination with solicitors and myself we were able to push a time limited conveyance through which had a deadline for tomorrow. A genuine asset to Benham & Reeves, Tom is a sheer pleasure to work with, thoroughly reliable and honest. I wish Tom all the success going forward and I hope to deal with him in the future, again.
Sale of my apartment in W1
Throughout the selling process of my apartment which through no fault of B & R was a quite complicated sale, I found the staff of B & R to be efficient, professional and attentive. I have no hesitation in recommending them both as letting agents and selling agents.
Outstanding service by Philip
Philip has been wonderful in our house hunting in London. He listened to our needs and had been so patient in finding that right one. The whole process took a year and he was never discouraged. Instead, he was always very accommodating and positive. Now, we have finally moved into our new place. We highly recommend Philip to anyone who is looking for their dream home. In fact, we have already referred some friends to him. Thank you Philip and we appreciate all your help!
Excellent and professional services
Philip provides professional services and advice on property acquisition. Very friendly and helpful.
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for providing me with an excellent service. You proactively sought out properties that met my investment criteria which led me to purchasing an ideal property. I appreciated your friendly and professional manner and felt I could really trust your judgement, which is something I did not feel with other estate agents. I would highly recommend using your company and will hopefully be purchasing another property through you soon.
A Satisfied Buyer!
I was happy with your service particularly in keeping the sale alive when the vendor was losing faith. My agent (Sofia) was invaluable in overcoming the various hurdles and concluding the sale successfully. Thank you from a satisfied buyer!
中文 The London property market has been an investment hotspot because of its booming population and enhanced infrastructure under a number of redevelopment plans. West Ham is no exception, attracting buyers and tenants with its natural beauty and rising investment potential. Rapid regeneration The regeneration of West Ham has begun with a disused brownfield site. In 2020, the regeneration came into public’s attention when the award-winning developer Berkeley has set out ambitious sustainability goals for the construction process – to transformed disused industrial land into a 3,838-home development called TwelveTrees Park. There are also plans for commercial, education and entertainment facilities on the 26 acres of brownfield. RokhsanaFiaz, mayor of Newham, claimed the development was key to the regeneration of West Ham. Unlike developments that focus primarily on commercial values, TwelveTrees Park cleverly blends greenery and technology into resident’s city living to fulfil to the “connectedness” concept. More than half of the area has been preserved as a landscaped park and green open space, bringing the outdoors to life and rejuvenating residents with amazing natural scenery. WiFi is available in the 4.5-acre park to ensure friends and families are well connected when enjoying a picnic. Everything about TwelveTrees Park is dedicated to the connectedness and well being of residents. With buzzing cafés, bars and restaurants, and the community building hub at the centre, there is always something to do and a place to meet. The new Science School, which focuses on STEM education and caters for up to 1,000 students,offers after-hours events and excellent classes for everyone, while the community hub is the gathering point for a huge range of activities. One of the best-connected districts in London Although West Ham is nature-bounded, it is not an isolated island. It is one of the best-connected districts in London, with two CBDs–the City of London and Canary Wharf –just minutes away from the West Ham Station. As a major interchange connecting five nearby rail and tube lines, West Ham is well-connected to the rest of London and beyond, making getting to and from work and leisure activities simple and convenient. It takes only seven minutes to get from West Ham Station to Canary Wharf, 18 minutes to Liverpool Street Station, and 25 minutes to King’s Cross St Pancras Station. And it’s just a 10-minute ride from the DLR at West Ham Station to London City Airport, providing unrivalled connections from doorstep to destination. With the excellent accessibility to London, vibrant living is within easy reach at West Ham. The Westfield Shopping Centre, a buzzing shopping and leisure hub, with restaurants, bars and a cinema, is located in Stratford, which is only a three-minute ride away. The captivating mall is one of the largest urban shopping and leisure destinations in Europe, with a 17-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley and a 24-hour casino, the biggest of its kind in the UK. Whether you are keen on shopping, eating or drinking, you will never get bored. Sports lovers in Stratford can capture the spirit of 2012 London Olympics at Olympic Park. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now an exceptional public sports and leisure facility in Stratford. As well as treading in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest athletes in a characteristic array of sports venues, including London Stadium, the London Aquatics Centre, the Copper Box Arena and Lee Valley VeloPark, you can explore its parklands, waterways, playgrounds and cafés – or experience the world’s longest tunnel (178m). Take the four-minute ride to North Greenwich and indulge yourself at O2, one of London’s premier sporting venues, as well as a new high-end shopping outlet and 4D cinema. Looking for a real adrenaline hit? Climb up the roof of the dome! Thanks to the outstanding connectivity, world-class education is at your fingertips. Accessible within 30 minutes are the campuses of 12 of the top 100 UK universities, including the LSE, City University and UCL, providing access to further quality tertiary education for your children. It takes only 25 minutes on the tube to get from West Ham to Old Street Station, where Tech City is situated, housing the headquarters and offices of well-known tech giants such as Cisco, Amazon and Adobe, providing plenty of job-hunting opportunities and a convenient work location. High investment potential In addition to the relaxing living environment and the well-established transportation network, the redevelopment plan improved West Ham’s infrastructure and amenities, fuelling a positive investment outlook. Rental yields are expected to reach 2.5% to 4.5%, while housing price are projected an increase 3.5% to 5.2% by 2023. And as sterling has remained weak in recent years, buyers can earn extra return by taking advantage of the exchange rate. TwelveTrees Park was crafted and designed by acclaimed architects Patel Taylor (Masterplan) and Atkins (Phase 1A) and developed by renowned developer Berkeley. Inspired by nature, the designers incorporated modern design into the green areas. Elegant and minimalist interiors in TwelveTrees Park were applied to enduring materials that will age beautifully. The use of soft tones of grey, ecru and white creates a harmonious home feeling for residents. The 24-hour concierge service, multiple co-working areas, open ‘pod’ meeting areas and a private meeting room in the residents’ business lounge make life much better, coupled with a screening room, gym, restaurants and The Hub in the community. A selection of contemporary studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and penthouses are now available for sale. Studio price starts from £479,500, and 1-bed apartment price starts from £529,500. To learn more about the prospects of the West Ham property market and TwelveTrees Park, click here.