During Lockdown, people have been looking to do things that make them feel better and lift the spirits, and what better way to do so than by looking at a lovely festive Christmas Tree in your home. This year people have been ‘putting up the tree’ much earlier – I did ours nearly two weeks ago and am so glad I did! The tree is the centrepiece of family festivities, albeit those celebrations may look a little different this year depending on the Covid-19 tiers, however we will cover their branches with beautiful baubles, sparkling lights with gifts for friends and family lovingly wrapped underneath. Over 8 million Christmas trees will be purchased this year, so it is important to get your Christmas tree right, so at David Phillip Estate Agents here are a few tips on helping you choose
The internet has brought all things to our fingertips from buying groceries, booking tickets and holidays. During this time of lockdown, people will be shopping online for many of their products as well as researching future products to buy once the lockdown restriction eases. Houses, cars and holidays are likely to be on this list. The internet though has also evolved as a place to read customer reviews, this can help people to determine the services and products they want to buy from people who have already experienced using that company, especially useful during lockdown when people are not as easily able to ‘physically see’ and buy products from shops. With more than 90% of all customers using online reviews as part of their research at a local and national level, this shows that merely informing a potential customer of the availability of a product or service is no longer enough – consumers want to hear about first hand Customer experiences.
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.
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? :-
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.

August Bank Holiday in Leeds

28th August 2020
August Bank Holiday in Leeds Everyone is really looking forward to this Bank Holiday, many people have been in self-isolation, working from home, furloughed or been separated from family and friends as a result of Covid-19.
According to Rightmove, homes advertised as having highly coveted south facing gardens are priced at £22,695 higher on average than homes without, a 7% national asking price premium – there is a trick of course to having photos looking at its very best for pictures and viewings.
UK housing market sees busiest month in 10 years The UK housing market saw £37bn worth of property sales agreed in July, representing the busiest month for home buying since data was first tracked on Rightmove.
The generally accepted definition of a recession in the UK is when GDP falls in 2 successive quarters – the UK economy shrunk by 2.2per cent between January and March and 20.4 per cent between April and June according to the National Office of Statistics. This officially put the UK in recession for the first time since 2009. But this recession is very different to the financial one of 2009 where the Government made the decision to shut down large sections of the economy as a result of Covid-19, but were able to put measures in place such as the Furlough Scheme and Stamp Duty holiday as a result. It also means that the financial system has not frozen in the same way it did during the financial crash of 2008/9 when house prices dived.
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