How to choose Estate Agents in Canford Cliffs, BH13

If you are searching for estate agents in Canford Cliffs, BH13 in Poole, Dorset to sell a house, flat, bungalow or waterside apartment, how do you select the best partner to sell your property?

There are many estate agents in Canford Cliffs. If you are thinking of selling your home in the New Year, some good solid up front research and planning will make for a successful sale in the future. The team at Berkeleys Estate Agents has created this helpful checklist of the 10 ultimate questions all home-owners should consider before making a final selection of property agent to sell your home.

Estate Agents In BH13

Is your estate agent reputable, trusted and financially stable?
It is an important question to ask, particularly in these times of economic uncertainty. Good agency provenance coupled with solid customer references can underpin the most reliable choice of partner. Local solicitors, banks and conveyance firms all make good sources of referrals too.

How long has your estate agent been established in the local area?
A long established estate agent will bring all the benefits of depth of local knowledge, great references and a deep database of potential buyers. Berkeleys was established in 1991. We have over 23 years of local service and knowledge.

Is the estate agent a brand I have heard of?
There is no doubt that selling your home falls into the category of a high value transaction. Choosing to work with a brand that is well-known reduces risks. Ask yourself which local estate agents in Canford Cliffs are recognisable, high profile and pro-active near to you.

Are they registered with any professional property associations?
An estate agent in Canford Cliffs with professional accreditations such as RICS, NAEA, OFT or The Property Ombudsman will be adhering to an industry recognised code of conduct. Look for these accreditations within your agency short-list.

If you are selling, how far do they reach to attract buyers?
Fact. A local estate agent with national and international reach will deliver more interested buyers for your property. Find out whether they are part of a wider group, or belong to a national network like the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, which delivers 750 office links nationwide. Our London office is in Park Lane and we are part of the family with offices in Notting Hill, London too.

Is the estate agent successfully selling in your area?
Success breeds success. If a property agent can show you examples of sold properties in your area, they are also showing you they deliver reliable home valuations and a source of more like-minded potential buyers for your home.

Are they knowledgeable, with solid local research and data?
It’s reassuring to see examples of sold house prices from local property agents, but have you seen more? Information on average house prices, seasonal trends, area values and price fluctuations are helpful insights. This knowledge is invaluable to clients selling and buying because it delivers the confident basis from which offers then follow. Here at Berkeleys we publish property data on our website including all local sold house price data. Search here for BH13 sold house price data now.

Will your property be in good company?
Property agents tend to specialise in different price segments of the market.  Place the sale of your property with an agency working in the same price bracket to your home value. In this way, they will deliver more relevant buyers and an outstanding depth of knowledge in the specific market sector.

How will they market your property?
Look in-depth at examples of the marketing undertaken to sell a property. Your checklist should include traditional marketing examples like beautiful property particulars and photography, local property magazine advertising, property portal listings and direct mail. Today, however, exceptional property marketing needs to live and breathe on the internet. By that we mean:- website content, online property portals, press coverage and editorial, digital marketing and social media. Look for examples of what the industry calls “integrated marketing and communications.” It’s what gets exceptional results in this digital day and age.

Ask yourself, ‘can we work together’?
Finally, after weighing up your fact-based arguments – the I.Q. of the process – don’t forget to add a little E.Q. Building a rapport with your property agent will make the whole experience of selling a good one. Select a partner who you feel you will enjoy working with. After all, there will be plenty of communication to follow, so you want to enjoy the journey.

Have you have answered yes to all these questions regarding estate agents in Canford Cliffs? Then you can reassure yourself you are making the right choice with peace of mind. Go ahead. You are ready for 2015.

Why Established Estate Agency Brands Count In The Canford Cliffs Property Market

In such a small high-end property market, it appears that established estate agency brands really do count in Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset. When Berkeleys Estate Agents opened its doors in 1991, it was one of probably three property agents on Haven Road, Canford Cliffs. Today there are seven, counting bricks and mortar agencies only, but not forgetting online agencies are growing too.

Berkeleys Estate Agents, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset

What does the local property market make of the evolution of estate agency services locally? It has certainly been a decade of change. Local clients have seen new nationals and small independents move into the Village, all offering what appears to be a ‘similar’ service. So what differentiates agents today – service, commission, reach, knowledge, people or perhaps…brand?

With the average house price in the area now exceeding £644,000 this summer, and the number of house and apartment sales transactions in BH13 around 251 over the last 12 months, it’s an interesting market for agents for sure, and a solid one too if you look at the maths.

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Canford Cliffs Estate Agent predictions for the local property market in 2014

Winter in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset has arrived, although we are yet to see a magical snow-scene this year, as pictured below.  In this blog we consider what 2014 holds for property, as seen by the local property experts. The local property market is beginning to move and you should consider your options soon if you are thinking of buying or selling in this beautiful part of coastal Dorset.

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To set the scene, there are just under 2,000 homes in Canford Cliffs and last year (September figures are in from the Land Registry), 58 of them have changed hands – that’s just under 3%; low historically but, interestingly, the number of higher value transactions is increasing and the “domino effect” of consequential moves within the area, (where local buyers jump on the opportunity to pick up a house they’ve had their eyes on, following a sale) is becoming more apparent once more. Something has shifted – and the pundits are probably right in claiming that the financing available at the bottom end of the market is gradually unlocking the logjam which has stifled the middle and upper markets.

Canford Cliffs is primarily a family and retiree’s residential market. Convenience for shopping, access to the beaches, peace and quiet and the provision of services – schools, clubs and transport – are the watchwords for buyers. You will find (November 2013) apartments for sale from £160,000 to £2.5 million and houses from c. £500,000 up to grand mansions of nearly £4 million. So, there’s a large choice, depending of course upon your budget and taste, whether that is for a Saunders bungalow, of which there are still several or a contemporary super-home, of which there are a few, as well as potential sites for them.

This is the time of year when people start researching what they might want to achieve within the next 12 months – have the family finally really fled the nest? do we need to change schools? will I need to change my job? retire? downsize? should we go for single-level living (bungalow of flat)? It’s important when to move; should we improve the kitchen / bathroom before we market? should we agree to buy something before putting our own on the market ? should we move into rental while searching, having once sold ? and that’s before even considering the dynamics of the property market – will it continue ever upwards or will politically inspired jitters take hold as the election timetable draws nearer ? and that’s all before facing up to the costs of such a move – legal fees, estate agent fees , and even worse than that Stamp Duty for buyers.

The table below shows average price decreases (notable for houses rather than apartments) that are indicative of more local market activity generally. In the £700,000 plus price band, the number of flats for sale is increasing, but the number of houses for sale is declining, making it harder for families to find the right home.

Canford Cliffs House Price Data 2013

Canford Cliffs Chart 2013

It’s not just objective advice that’s needed when thinking about buying or selling a home, as well as the “helping hand”. You need to trust your advisors; to feel that they know what they are talking about and not just giving you second-hand, potted (or potty!) advice. The earlier Berkeleys can encourage you to talk to us, the better we’ll be able to assist – we have the information and the experience. Just call us.

In 2013, Berkeleys achieved many extremely successful sales for clients in Lawrence Drive, Cliff Drive, Martello Park and Haven Road, Canford Cliffs to name but a few.

Canford Cliffs Chart 2013 2

If you choose to sell your home through Berkeleys this year, once we are appointed, we’ll take care of matters. We advertise extensively locally and we market nationally, as well as on all the usual internet property portals. That really is what is needed – exposure to as wide an audience as possible. We put in real effort and we don’t just sit back, relax and wait for buyers, once we’ve got your instructions. We’ve had considerable success with both national and international press and PR in digital media.

If you are planning to let or rent in the New Year, it is also timely to mention that we have established a premium lettings and management service from our Haven Road office. Premium long term lettings are a growing market sector, and Berkeleys now offers a lettings and property management service across coastal Poole, Dorset.

The team here, led by Pippa Sole, our Branch Partner, would be delighted to come and see you to discuss your next move. So call us soon let us help you make your next move a successful one.

© Berkeleys 2014