Onthemarket: the new home of property

 

There's a new property website launching in January called Onthemarket.com.  It's owned and backed by many thousands of the UK's estate agents (and growing).

As well as being heavily promoted by each all of its member agents, Onthemarket will be advertised on TV and in the press, making it, we believe, THE PLACE where people will search for property.

As one of those agents backing Onthemarket.com, all of our properties will be featured on the site when it launches on 26th January.

At a recent meeting to preview the site, I must say it looked impressive with some nice functionality in there, and we are looking forward to it launching to the market.

To make sure your property is properly 'onthemarket', when the site launches, make sure you give us a call to discuss your sale or letting.

Renovating: what buyers look for

 

The vast array of property-related TV programmes proliferating our screens is certainly an indication of our appetite for home improvement. Presumably this has something to do with pride of ownership and making the most out of “an Englishman’s home is his castle”.

However, once you come to sell, you may understandably be more focused on your next property than the one you are leaving. It is surprising how many properties we see offered for sale where the vendor has not taken advantage of some simple things that can be done to increase their chances of selling whilst maximising their price.

Bear in mind that we are not just selling bricks and mortar, but an aspirational lifestyle, as most people purchase a better property than the one they are leaving.

A recent survey among estate agents identified key aspects of property presentation that they regard as important to get right when selling:

  • 77% said that decluttering the interior was among their top three tips
  • 68% included a thorough interior clean
  • 48% highlighted the need to tidy the garden
  • 40% suggested neutral decoration
  • 35% recommended a fresh coat of exterior paint, and
  • 24% felt a new kitchen or bathroom was important.

Interestingly, gadgets, technology and security features ranked surprisingly low, with less than 1% of agents citing these as important, presumably as these are things that can easily be added at a later date as required although broadband is of course important.

A survey by Rightmove suggested that homes with slower broadband tended to sell for up to 20% less than those with fast broadband! It is interesting to note that, apart from the broadband issue, the above figures overwhelmingly point to the need to create a strong first visual impression, and this concurs with our own findings that whilst buyers do not always know precisely what they want, they certainly know it when they see it.

 

The truth about long contracts

Most estate agents make similar claims about their ability to secure the highest possible price, in the shortest possible time, with the least possible inconvenience.

These things are easy to say, although in reality many agents do not always find them easy to deliver. Indeed, such claims set a level of expectation that can sometimes be followed by disappointment.

To add insult to injury, most agents also expect you to sign up for a long period of sole agency with them. Whilst there is no doubt that a sole agency is far preferable to asking two agents to market your property, particularly in terms of accountability, many agents insist on a sole agency tie-in period of 8, 12, 16 or even 26-weeks! Our question is….why?

In our opinion, a long period of sole agency suggests a lack of confidence on the agent’s part, and it’s a way of preventing the seller from sacking them if they fail to deliver! What sort of accountability is that?! It means that the agent can say whatever the seller wants to hear in order to secure the property on their books, and then wait for the property to sell itself. Indeed, some agents take on properties under a long-term sole agency agreement, only to recommend a price reduction shortly after the initial marketing period. Sole agency periods protect agents not sellers!

We are breaking the mould in this area, as we believe property sellers deserve better. We’ll give you an honest assessment of your property’s value, backed up with evidence of similar properties that have sold nearby, and we’ll ask for a fair number of weeks to try to achieve a sale at that price.

However we never forget that it’s your asset, not ours, and if you have a price in mind that’s more than our valuation, we’ll work hard to achieve that – although in return we might ask for a slightly longer period of exclusivity in order to achieve your price ambitions.

Either way, we make sure that it’s our good service that ties you to us, not the law!

 

Newhaven: what's on in January

Thanks to the brilliant Newhaven Town and the Newhaven Town Council websites for these listings. Click to find out more details on each event.

Inclusive Multi-Sport Club                                
Date: Wednesdays 
Time: 4.30 - 6.00pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Vajrasti Yoga with Rosie Waters
Date: Thursdays
Time: 6.15pm
Where: The Summerhayes Centre, Marshall Lane, BN9 9RB

Meeching Amateur Dramatics
If you are interested in treading the boards see www.meechingamateurdramatics.co.uk
Where: Meeching Hall, South Street, BN9 9QE

Newhaven Social Club
Date: Monday-Sunday
Time: 10am – 11pm
Where:  2-4 Bridge Street, BN9 9PH

Drop in for adults and children with learning disabilities, carers and families
Date: Mondays
Time: 10am-2.30pm
Where: Riverside Hall

Norcross Dance 
Tel: 01273 516906 for details of classes
Where: Denton & Mount Pleasant Social Centre, Denton Road, Denton

Studio Tempo Dance Centre
Tel: 07852323990 or 07875084111
Where: 33 High Street, Newhaven BN9 9PA

Connexions 360. Drop in for 11-18 year olds
Date: Monday – Friday   
Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Where: Denton Idland COmmunity Centre
Tel:  Kay Watts 01273 517250 or Email: kayw@ncda.org.uk for details

2nd Denton & South Heighton Beaver Scout Group (6-8 years)
Date: Fridays 
Time: 5pm 
Where: St Leonard’s Church Hall, Denton

3rd Newhaven Beaver Scout Group (6-8yrs)
Date: Thursdays 
Time: 5.00pm – 6.15pm 
Where: The Scout Hut, Fort Road Recreation Ground, Fort Road, Newhaven  

2nd Denton & South Heighton “Ralph Reader’s Own” Cub Scout Group (8-11yrs)
Date: Fridays 
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm 
Where: St Leonard’s Church Hall, Denton
 
3rd Newhaven Cub Scout Group (8-10 1/2yrs) 
Date: Thursdays 
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm 
Where: The Scout Hut, Fort Road Recreation Ground, Fort Road, Newhaven

2nd Denton & South Heighton Scout Group (10 1/2-14yrs)
Date: Monday 
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm 
Where: St Leonard’s Church Hall, Denton

Air Training Corps, Newhaven
Date: Mondays & Thursdays 
Time: 5.00pm – 9.30pm
Where: PATC Hut, Transit Road, Newhaven, BN9 0BB

Cycle Seahaven - cycle club
http://www.cycleseahaven.org.uk 

Denton & South Heighton Junior Football Club (ages 6-16)
Paula Woolven Tel: 07710426321.  Email:  paulawoolven@hotmail.com

Hillcrest Amateur Boxing Club
Date: Every week night
Time: various
Where: Hillcrest Boxing Gym, Hillcrest Community Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven

Newhaven Archery Club (10-18 year olds)
email: newhaven_archery@yahoo.co.uk

Newhaven Football Club
Under 18s male youth team 
Contact Andy Lloyd Tel: 01273 517691
           
Newhaven Tennis Club - Juniors, youth and adult
Where: Court Farm Road, Newhaven 
www.newhaventennisclub.co.uk 
 
Seahaven Harriers girls football club
www.seahavenharriers.co.uk

Denton & South Heighton Youth Club (ages 11-16)
Date: Every Friday during term time only
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
Where: Denton & Mount Pleasant Social Centre, Denton Road, Denton                

Lewes Road Hut Youth Club (ages 8-12)
Date: Monday Evenings 
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm 
Date: Wednesdays (ages 13 - 18)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm in term time 
Where: Lewes Road Hut, Lewes Rd Recreation Ground                                          

Nippers After School club (ages 4-17)
Date: Monday-Friday
Time: 3pm-6pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Teen Zumba (ages 14-18)
Date: Mondays
Time: 2.30-3.30pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Rising Sun Karate
Date: Tuesdays
Time: 4pm-5pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Sama Karate
Date: Thursdays
Time: 5pm-6pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Marching Band
Date: Thursdays
Time: 6.30pm-8pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Rock Solid Youth Club
Date: Thursdays
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Dance Moves
Date: Fridays
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Where: Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, BN9 9DL

Start Art and Smart Art
Date: Thursday evenings term time only
Time:  5-11 years 5.20pm-6.50pm, 9-16 years 7.15pm-8.30pm
Where: Hillcrest Community Centre, Hillcrest Road, BN9 9EA

Castle Hill Conservation Group
Date: First Sunday of the month
Time: 10am-12 noon
Where: Top Car Park near the Fort

Vajrasti Yoga with Rosie Waters
Date: Thursdays
Time: 6.15pm
Where: The Summerhayes Centre, Marshall Lane, BN9 9RB

Meeching Amateur Dramatics
If you are interested in treading the boards see www.meechingamateurdramatics.co.uk
Where: Meeching Hall, South Street, BN9 9QE

Newhaven Social Club
Date: Monday-Sunday
Time: 10am – 11pm
Where:  2-4 Bridge Street, BN9 9PH

Drop in for adults and children with learning disabilities, carers and families.
Date: Mondays
Time: 10am-2.30pm
Where: Riverside Hall

 

Seaford: what's on in January

Thanks to the brilliant Seaford Town, East Sussex.gov and the saltdean.info websites for these listings. Click here to find out more details on each event.

Seaford Community Garden volunteering
Date: Wednesday mornings
Time: between 9.30am-12.30pm
Where: Seaford Community Garden, behind the Peace Garden off East Street

Jewellery Classes
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays
Time: daytime and evening classes
Contact: Sam Le Prevost on 07952 195 341

Hearing Resource Centre - "Hearing Difficulties"
Date: Thursday 08 January 2015 
Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Where: Broad Street 

Seaford Hard of Hearing Club
Date: Last Friday of the month
Time: 2pm
Where: St James’ House,  Blatchington Road, Seaford

Seaford Community Cinema present: 'Pride' Cert 15
Date: Friday 09 January 2015 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 

Aladdin - The Seaford Musical Theatre
Date: (Starts) Friday 16 January 2015 - Sunday 18 January 2015 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 

Seaford Cinema presents ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'. Cert 15.
Date: Friday 30 January 2015
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL

Nordic Walking for health
see website for details 
http://nordicwalkingforhealth.co.uk/

 

Peacehaven: what's on in January

Thanks to the brilliant Peacehaven Town, East Sussex.gov and the saltdean.info websites for these listings. Click here to find out more details on each event.

Full Council Meeting
Date: 3rd Weds in January
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Telscombe Council Councillors' Surgery
Date: First Saturday of each month
Time: 10-11am
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Peacehaven and Telscombe Women’s Institute
Date: 2nd Weds each month
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Telscombe Residents Association
Date:1st Thursday each month
Time: 7.30 pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting
Date: 1st Wednesday each month
Time: 1.00pm - 3.30pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Gentle Hatha Yoga Classes 
Date: Every Monday
Time: 6.30pm
Where:Telscombe Civic Centre

Zumba Class
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 7 - 7.45 pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Pilates  
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 10-11am
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Fitness Pilates
Date: Every Monday and Thursday
Time: Mon 9.30-10.30am.  Thurs 7.30-8.30pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club
Date: Third Weds of each month
Time: 2pm for 2.30pm start
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

'Lushtums' pregnancy yoga class 
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 6-7.30pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

Quiz night 
Date: Friday 23rd January 2015
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre

First Years Parent & Toddler Group (0-5yrs)
When: Every Thursday
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Where: Peacehaven Leisure Centre

Tikes and Trikes Parent and Toddler
When: Thursdays (Term time only)
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Where: Church Hall, The Church of the Ascension, Bramber Avenue, BN10 8HR

Rainbow Plus – Parent & Toddler Group (0-school age)
When: Tuesdays (Term time only) 
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Where: The Rainbow Room, The Friendship Centre, Mayfield Avenue, BN10 8SP

Harlequin Parent & Baby Group
When: Fridays (Term time only)
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Where: The Joff, Roderick Avenue, BN10 8BL

Peacehaven and Telscombe Chess Club
When: Mondays
Time: 7pm
Where: House Project, South Coast Road (next to Popletts)

Shadows Slimming Club
When: Tuesdays
Time: 7pm
Where: Anzac Room, Community House

Care for the Carers
When: Tuesdays
Time: 2pm
Where: Roderick Avenue Clinic meeting room

 

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