The obsession of many to constantly check on their valuation is easy to understand, but the new obsession of browsing for property as you would in a shoe shop is somewhat different.
It seems we are not content with what we have and aspirations make us see ourselves as property tycoons and local property experts, and why not? As a nation we seem to know more about where we would like to move next, than at any other time before. We already know (thanks to the large national property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla) where the best schools, least crime and most desirable areas are, and credit to us for taking the time to commit to sourcing our next home.
However, what about the home we are living in? So many when looking to the future forget about the now. It seems that we forget to do the appropriate research on our own home. Property sites are a great source of information, but by far the best way of finding out your own property value is to get an expert’s opinion. We asked 1st Avenue Estate Agents to come and value our property after researching the property portals for a trusted and independent company that could guide us. Having already got an idea from the portals after snooping on listed property in our area, we thought we already knew the valuation. What we did not anticipate was being so wrong! 1st Avenue Estate agents gave us information about the local market, then guided us to the figure that was 25% higher than we had thought. With careful consideration we instructed the agents to market our property on the major property portals, at the price they had recommended. Firstly, they appointed a surveyor to carry out the home report and a professional photographer (more on that later) to carry out the necessary work. Within a little while the property was up and running on the major sites. The photographs were stunning, we could not believe that our house looked so good, when we were researching other homes we could not see passed our own. The quality of the marketing was obvious.
The proof of the pudding was that to our astonishment we received an offer on the property after only five days on the market, at the exact price 1st Avenue had recommended, so although we had done our fair share of snooping on property that was for sale and thought we knew what was best, we would have undersold ourselves by going alone or even using other agents locally. We think that next time we will just get 1st Avenue Estate Agents around in the first place.
As if getting on the ladder isn’t hard enough, taking the next step up the property ladder seems almost impossible