Why Instruct a Franchised Agent?

Every size and shape of estate agency is represented in East Kent, from the sleepy one-man band, to the independent firm and the national “corporate” operator, with each having their respective merits. The one-man band who’s been in the area for years knows everyone, and has probably visited numerous local...

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How Serious is my Buyer?

As the internet has become the first port of call for most prospective buyers, estate agents can feel somewhat swamped with buyers. The issue is not a lack of enquiries, but which of those enquiries will turn out to be serious. This is because many estate agency websites are simply...

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WARNING! Upfront estate agency fees do not add up!

If you’re thinking of moving, beware of the latest ploy, being used by some desperate agents. BY: John Bird, Director, Open House Kent Coast Estate Agents It works like this… An agent advertises a surprisingly low commission; They may even ‘throw-in’ the VAT, conveyancing and EPC costs. All designed to...

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Independence Day

On 4thJuly each year Americans go to town on celebrating their national pride on Independence Day. And well they might, as independence is wonderful thing – whatever your views on Brexit/Trump etc! As independent estate and letting agents we experience daily what it is to be free of the constraints...

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The First Steps in Letting

When letting your property, your primary objective is simple – you want to find a reliable tenant who pays the rent regularly and looks after your property as you would yourself.    The reality is usually more complex than this. Letting your property comes with legal obligations and social responsibilities,...

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Too Hot to Handle?

“Phew, what a scorcher” as the tabloids would say. The current hot weather is a mixed blessing; if you’re on holiday, then the warm sunny days certainly bring out the best of the British coast and countryside. But if you’re working either outside or in a non-air-conditioned office then life...

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Guide to Stress-Free Completion

How to acheive a stress free completion when selling your home. One of the frustrations with the system of property transfer in this country is that moving day invariably coincides with the formal completion of a sale. Usually, the buyer cannot move out, and the seller cannot move in until...

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Property Chains – Fixing the Weakest Link?

Many property transactions form part of a chain of related sales. Of course a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and, as a national statistic, unfortunately one in every three chains will fall apart, often at the eleventh hour. This happens for a variety of reasons from...

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The Advertising Myth

It would not be unreasonable to assume that as a property comes onto the market, the instructed estate agent will post the property details on various property portals and wait for the enquiries to roll in. However, this approach is somewhat simplistic! We take a much more strategic and proactive...

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