It must be the people.
The systems, the advertising, the website are all tools to be used by the people who work at Collinson Hall - the tools are good, we aim to use the best. But with an unrivalled breadth of knowledge, exceptional experience and (when required) a sense of humour, the team really are very good at what they do. These are people who have made a career from selling property and enjoy an excellent personal reputation as well as being part of the successful Collinson Hall team.....
......This translates into a better experience for our clients where we can draw on that experience to pitch our marketing strategy to your timing and financial needs and ultimately deliver the results that you want. We have placed a number of testimonials on the website as examples of how people, who have employed Collinson Hall, have found us.
It is never too early to start a conversation about moving. Some of our clients have spent years in formulating their plans and we are pleased to keep in touch along the way with updates on the market and values. It really is not a problem.
We can also help with ideas around how to make a property more saleable. It can be difficult to be objective about your own property and we can give some guidance on how a purchaser might view the property and how that perception can be improved/enhanced.
Our terms of business are clear and based on the best practice principles provided by the National Association of Estate Agents. We believe in being fair and our fees are set at a competitive rate.
Should there ever be a dispute we are member of The Property Ombudsman scheme to whom any issue can be referred should we not be able to resolve it ourselves. Not all agents are a member of this scheme or members of the National Association of Estate Agents. Consequently there is no dispute resolution of redress mechanism for these agents. This is not a great situation and not something that people understand fully until such time as they have need to seek redress. To back this up we hold professional indemnity insurance to the value of £1m.
Despite the emergence of propoerty portals as a major factor in property sales we do still recognise a significant place for traditional print media. For a purchaser to see a property on the internet they will need to be registered with a portal such as Rightmove. It follows that if someone is not registered they will not know about properties coming to the market. The paper on the other hand comes through the door weekly and is something that people will browse even if they are not thinking of moving or registered for property searches. To be sure of complete coverage we believe it to still be importnant to advertise in the paper.
Be assured that Collinson Hall works to the highest standards in providing 21st Century Estate Agency to St Albans, Chiswell Green and the surrounding villages and constantly work towards being the best at everything we do. We are confident that we are the best choice for selling your property.
The good news is that we are more than happy to offer our opinion on the value of your property free of any charge or obligation.....
..... We (or any valuer) will need to visit the property to properly assess its value. There are too many variables for there to be any real accuracy with an online valuation and we often find that owners are keen to hear about our tailored marketing proposals and how to get the most from the property.
If you would like to speak to someone about a visit please call us on 01727 843222
When asked to give a "valuation" we will offer you our opinion of the likely figure you should expect to achieve should the property be put to the market.We will also discuss with you our recommended approach to marketing your property. This being tailored to your personal circumstances & timescale.
Although commonly referred to as "valuations", the term is misleading. More accurately they should be termed "market appraisals" - but maybe this is a bit too "agent-speak".
A true "valuation" would be provided by a chartered surveyor or similar and is chargeable. We can do this but it would not, however, take into account current levels of demand or the variation caused by the "good day/bad day" factor that can considerably alter the figures that can be achieved.
Although we would take account of the general condition of the property, an agents valuation does not include a survey and does not take into account factors that might be revealed in the legal paperwork - both of which could influence the ultimate price that is achieved.
We will explain our thinking behind the figures we give. This is primarily drawn from many years of experience and comparable information but will also be influenced by matters affecting the market, demand and trends.
At the end of the valuation/market appraisal we would hope that you have received sufficient information to make an informed decision about the manner in which you wish to proceed.
We do not charge for this advice and you will be under no obligation to use our services.
This article is reproduced from the Home Owners Alliance website hoa.org.uk. We think it is excellent and hopefully a useful guide.
Conveyancing process explained
Conveyancing is the process of legally transferring home ownership from you, the seller, to the buyer. It starts from making an offer and finishes when you hand over the keys to the buyer. Understanding it will help ensure you don’t suffer any nasty surprises.....
Who does the conveyancing?
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is the largest of the industry bodies that regulate the activities of member agents. It is hard to believe that it is not compulsory for an agent to be qualified or regulated in some way but that is the way the law stands at the moment and it is important to understand what that means.....
..... Being a member of the NAEA is about working to a strict code of practice that reflect both the few legal obligations of an agent in parallel to the best practice procedures identified by The Property Ombudsman. For example putting forward offers in writing, declaring a conflict of interest, the way in which a deposit is held.
The NAEA is a memebr of the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP) which also has ARLA as a member. ARLA is the equivalent organisation to the NAEA in the lettings world and we are also members of this as well. This brings consistent procedures and protocols to our activities.
The NAEA also provides ongoin education to its members to address the shifting landscape of property sales. It also gathers statistical information that is used to report on housing trends.
Being a member carries costs and obligations on the member companies but should also give re-assurance to a client consider employing an agent that an NAEA member agent is best placed to act.
For further information please take a look at the NAEA website
Fewer than four in ten home movers end up buying a property they found on a portal.
Consumer organisation Which? said that in research among 2,000 recent home movers, just 37% had discovered their new home by searching a property portal.
However, a further 6% did so via an automated email from a portal and 2% found their new home via a smartphone app notification......
The idea of virtual tours has been around for a while. In practice we found that the demo in the office was often the only time that the quality was of an acceptable standard... until now.... the people we use now for our virtual tours are photographic experts who have refined their skills to deliver an excellent product that enhances the subject property and gives a real added value to our marketing. You can see an .....
..... example here.
There is a real skill to making these look this good and consistently work as well as they do. For instance on an tablet the software links into a motion sensor and will move the image as you move the tablet. It really is very effective.
We are happy to provide these free of charge to our vendors as we know they help in the selling process.
Let us know if you would like a demonstration.
Use the webform below to ask any your question
As at Apr 2016. The standard charge quoted on the Thameslink website is £3,320.00.
Its all got complicated and now depends if you are buying a property as a principle residence. The most up to date info (as Apr 16) is here https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax/residential-property-rates
Tricky as the rules seem to change but we use School Guru who come up with very useful info - this link will take you to their website http://www.schoolguruhertfordshire.co.uk/
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We would be pleased to organise this for you.
It would be very helpful if you would give us more than one time when you would be able to view - this avoids some of the "backward and forward" messaging if your prefered time is unavailable.
If there is more than one property you would like to visit please make it clear in the message box which properties you would like to see and when.
If this doesn't turn out to be the right one we would really appreciate some feedback. It really helps our clients to understand what people think of their property and it will also help us better understand what you are looking for.
We hope you like it and look forward to hearing from you
When asked to give a "valuation" we will offer you our opinion of the likely figure you should expect to achieve should the property be put to the market.... MORE