Why is it a good time to sell right now?

The most common reasons why people decide to sell their homes include changes to their financial status, change of employment, a growing family or retirement. Today's low interest rates also make this the ideal time to 'move up' to a larger home.

Whatever your reason, selling a house can be a complicated procedure so it's imperative that you instruct an experienced Estate Agent, with excellent local knowledge, a positive attitude, and most important of all, staff that are willing and able to provide you with the highest standards of service, all of which Brown and Brooke are proud to say we offer.

The property market is the subject to the law of supply and demand which creates cycles in the market. A shortage of homes generally means a price rise. This cycle is commonly known as a 'sellers market'. Alternately, a surplus of homes can result in a slow down or even reduction in prices and is often referred to as a 'buyers market'. Fortunately we are in an area that is very desirable for a number of reasons, excellent transport links into London and Docklands, beautiful open spaces and vibrant restaurants and bars to name just a few things that attract people to buy here.

We currently appear to be in a 'sellers market' which will give you the best chance of selling quickly and achieving the highest possible price, it is also possible we will have healthy competition for your property sometimes resulting in multiple offers. It is important however that you are priced correctly for the market as it is a fine balance between getting you the best price and generating interest on the property. Market for too much and people simply just won't come to view.

The last thing to consider is the seasonality, as the weather can affect buyer demand. For example, fewer buyers may be out looking during the cold and snowy months, but as a seller you will be competing with fewer homes on the market. Spring tends to be a popular time for marketing your property due to the gardens starting to look nice again and maybe a little more sunshine.

Buyers of school aged children sometimes like to purchase in the spring so they can move in over the summer months. Having said all this, homes sell throughout the year so think of the season as only one factor when deciding to sell your home.

Whenever you decide to sell, Brown and Brooke would be delighted to be given the opportunity to help you to find the best buyer, at the best price, and make the experience a pleasurable one. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free no obligation market appraisal and we will be happy to talk to you in more detail about why you should choose us to sell your home.

Written by Brown & Brooke

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As a fully qualified ARLA agency, we are able to offer a thorough, comprehensive and legally compliant tenant finding service for our local landlord clients. We feel fortunate to have so many repeat clients that come to us whenever they need new tenants.

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Brown & Brooke Tenant Charges

At Brown & Brooke we like to keep it simple and straight forward so there are no hidden fees or hidden costs. So Tenants, below are the permitted payments that you may incur before, during or after your tenancy:

Holding Deposit
A holding deposit is what is required to reserve a property once a rental offer is agreed. A holding deposit will be withheld should a tenant or guarantor fail any reference or Right-To-Rent check, if any misleading or false information is given or the tenant does not sign a tenancy agreement within 15 calendar days (unless mutually agreed in writing otherwise).
One weeks rent (per tenancy)
Rent in AdvanceOne month
Security Deposit 
Per Tenancy, rent under £50,000 per year5 weeks rent
Per Tenancy, rent above £50,000 per year6 weeks rent
Unpaid RentAny unpaid rent will be charged at 3% above the Bank of England base rate from the Rent Due Date in order to pursue the non-payment of rent until the amount outstanding is paid.
Loss of Keys, Access/Security DeviceTenants will be charged and are liable for the costs of replacing any keys, access or security devices. In a result of a loss where a lock is required to be changed, the costs of a locksmith, a new lock and keys needed for any relevant party will all be charged to the tenant.
Variation of contract any time 
To cover costs for preparations and execution of new documents required£50 (Incl. VAT)
Change of Sharer or Replacement Tenant at any time£50 (Incl. VAT)
To cover costs for any costs for referencing and Right-To-Rent checks on new tenants, deposit registration and preparation and execution of new documents required 
Early TerminationShould a tenant wish to leave a property early, when there is no break-clause in place, the tenant will be liable for all rent due under the tenancy until the start date of a new tenancy as well as costs for re-letting of the property. This cost will not be any more than the maximum amount of rent outstanding on the tenancy.

 

Brown & Brooke calculate rent per week and per calendar month from the annual rental income for the chosen property. Please note deposit amounts will vary from property to property, but the rest of our fees are fixed for every tenancy. Please contact us if you have any questions. Brown & Brooke are happy to provide complimentary rental advice for both Landlords and Tenants.

Refundable Holding deposit - Capped at 1 weeks rent

Security Deposit - Capped at 5 weeks rent for annual rental under £50,000, or 6 weeks rent for annual rental over £50,000

Rent - The agreed monthly rent

Changes to tenancy - Capped at £50 inc VAT

Early termination charge - Not exceeding the landlord’s financial losses

Late payment of rent - Interest of 3% above BoE base rate for each day the rent is late, once it is 14 days overdue

Replacement keys - Reasonable costs or give the tenant the option to purchase themselves

Utilities, council tax, communication services, TV Licence etc - Tenants own responsibility unless otherwise stated in contract

Client Money Protection Scheme Membership details - C0129184

Property Redress Scheme  Membership details - The law requires your membership details