21st October 2020
This week the Government introduced the three tier system for England to help control the speed of Covid-19. Regions are now classed as medium, high or very high, which means that many people are living under different local lockdown restrictions. As I am writing, Leeds is currently on Tier 2, meaning that you can’t meet with anybody outside your household or support bubble in an indoor setting but does this mean that you are restricted to buying or selling a home at this time too? The answer is - No, you can move house during local lockdowns even if you are living in a tier 3 (very high) area, which Leeds currently isn’t.
21st October 2020
I recently watched an Interview on Sky TV with Dame Sharon White the CEO of John Lewis which I found fascinating and very re-assuring in terms of the Customer Experience. I wrote down some of her words which are those we totally believe in at David Phillip Estate Agents:- - Be the “leanest, simplest and fastest” - “follow the customer” - “respond rapidly to how customers are wanting to shop” - “trusted brand, principles and values” - “working in partnerships where trust is at the heart of what customers want” - “fair value is never going to go out of fashion”
This is particularly important during the stamp duty holiday with the deadline of March 31st in place for all property completions, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation that may hold things up because you have not chosen the right agent So what should you be asking before you choose? :- This is particularly important during the stamp duty holiday with the deadline of March 31st in place for all property completions, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation that may hold things up because you have not chosen the right agent So what should you be asking before you choose? :-
17th September 2020
When selling your home, at David Phillip Estate Agents we always advise to price your home competitively but realistically, this is even more key during the stamp duty holiday when we have heard of agents overpricing properties because the potential buyer will be making a saving as a result – this potentially could give the property market a false impression around price increases.
20th July 2020
We monitor closely the Rightmove Houseprice index and so are interested to see that the average price of property coming to the Market in July is £320,265 up by an average of 2.4%. The price of property coming to market is an accurate early indicator of demand, evidenced by unique buyer enquiries currently being up 75% so far this month compared to the same period a year ago according to Rightmove.
Home momentum has been building rapidly in the two weeks since the housing market properly re-opened – this had led to a number of records being achieved on Rightmove. Both the number of visits and the amount of time people are spending on Rightmove has achieved new highs. On Wednesday May 27th visits exceeded 6 million in a day for the first time, which is up by 18% on Wednesday May 29th last year. The busiest day for time spent on Rightmove was Saturday May 23rd with over 47 million minutes spent collectively. In the new survey, Rightmove has found a wave of new buyers now entering the market since before lockdown – of those people who had no plans to move earlier in the year, over a quarter of them (28%) are now saying they are planning to move.
At David Phillip Estate Agents, we are delighted that we have been given the green light by the Government to recommence selling properties in North Leeds which includes the undertaking of market appraisals and viewings, however, our delight is edged with some caution. As your local trusted Estate Agent we fully understand that we have a social responsibility to all our clients and this is something that we take very seriously. We also understand and recognise that as a buyer or seller you will also have growing concerns given the ongoing situation of Covid-19. Although some restrictions have been lifted, Covid 19 is still very much here and the way we undertake our business is absolutely key for our team, our clients, but also for the companies we work in partnership with. What was considered normal previously to Covid-19, no longer applies – we are now working with the ‘new’ normal
10th March 2020
The first daffodils of Spring appeared in our garden at the weekend, and the sun was shining too! If you are looking to sell your property at this busy time of year around Easter then it is important to not only get your home market ready but also your garden too. At David Phillip Estate Agents based in Bramhope, North Leeds we have the following tips to ensure your garden looks lovely for any property viewings you may have up to Easter and beyond
The threat of Coronavirus is something that all companies should have plans in place for, both in terms of Customer Expectations as well as the welfare of Employees. At David Phillip Estate Agents we have plans for both, and today we are putting our plans into action as if it were the real thing. When we created our business at the end of 2018, we invested in all the best ‘cloud’ technology to ensure a 24/7 business, running from anywhere (although we do have a small office in Bramhope, North Leeds). So today, we are all working remotely with the following in place:-
25th February 2020
We were pleased to read a couple of days ago via Rightmove that the Yorkshire and Humber area have seen a 5.1% increase in house prices year on year. Miles shipside, the Commercial Director of Rightmove commented:- “Owners coming to the market this Spring face the best-selling prospect for several years with good demand for the right properties at the right price However, he also warned that “sellers should be careful not to get carried away with their pricing, as this still is a price sensitive market with stretched buyer affordability – those who overprice miss out on a window of activity that could run to at least the next Brexit deadline at the end of the year” We totally agree with his sentiment on pricing, and although at David Phillip Estate Agents we price competitively, we also want to be realistic too. Some agents often over-price to win an instruction, only to see a price reduction after a couple of weeks.