Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 39
BUYING AND SELLING ▲
'MAKE SURE YOU HAVE
ORGANISED IN PRINCIPLE
BEFORE YOU MAKE AN
OFFER ON A PROPERTY'
In a fast moving market, people need to be more realistic
about budgets and how much they are prepared to spend.
one are the days when you could o er
asking price and be taken seriously.
While the market has slowed somewhat in the past few
months, the majority of properties under
for the asking price, or for a sum very close to that figure.
ake sure you have your mortgage organised in principle,
and an o er on your own property if you are selling, before
you make an o er on a property. If you aren't properly
prepared, agents won't take you seriously.'
ou'd be ama ed by the number of viewings we do where the
house is in a right old state. idy up before we come to take
the photos and again before each viewing.
ome people really don't have much vision, but if you
can present a cosy, stylish home, they will warm to it much
more easily and will be more likely to make an o er. If you
really can't sort out your house yourself, consider hiring a
declutter specialist or professional stager - it could pay for
itself as it can add thousands to the asking price.'
ON I E
ost houses are sold within three weeks of being listed,
so always consider the first o er carefully. It may be less
than you would want in an ideal world, but if it stops your
home languishing on the market for a year or more, it
could be worth taking the hit.'
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