As an Estate Agent we were keen to read the House Price Index from Rightmove which gives the picture of house prices and activity over the past few weeks, this latest information was particularly key as Estate Agencies re-open for business after Covid-19. The average asking price of property coming to the market in England was up by an average of 1.9% (+£6,266) compared to March before the housing market was put on hold Over 175,000 missing sellers that couldn’t come to market from March 24th to May 12th have now sprung into action with a record number of owners asking for valuations and daily new listings are now up on Rightmove v last year. The number of sales agreed had recovered from a staggering 97% drop to a daily rate of just 3% down on a year ago. 40,000 new sales have been agreed since the market re-opened on May 13th releasing a flood of pent up demand and the number of people phoning and e-mailing estate agents has hit a new daily record - 40 % above the level seen in early March. The delayed spring market has led to a traffic boom on Rightmove with the portal recording its busiest ever days in May and June, with 955,000 hours collectively on June 6th. At David Phillip Estate Agents, the activity levels since the return from Lockdown has certainly followed the Rightmove statistics with 6 sales agreed stc.
23rd April 2020
When talking to friends and family, it appears that during Covid-19 lockdown, people are having a massive de-clutter of their homes and generally a really good spring clean – this is really helpful if you are looking to sell your property once lockdown is over and the property market returns to some sort of normality. But if you don’t want to be spending day after day doing housework, it is possible to o it all in one day! – so here goes
17th April 2020
I have been watching with interest that some Estate Agents have started to use 3D virtual tours out of necessity due to the Covid-19 virus. At David Phillip Estate Agents though we have been using 3D virtual tours as part of the customer experience since we launched our business – not out of necessity but because we think it enhances the process for both the Buyer and the seller.
14th April 2020
During this time of lockdown during Covid-19, we know from our viewing stats from Rightmove that people are still looking at properties online – you may also be thinking of selling your home at some point too, but due to the Government restrictions are unable to move things forward. Even so, you may want to set the ball rolling by finding out how much your property is currently worth.
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
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.
2nd January 2020
The start of the New Year is a time when people think about the next stages of their careers and perhaps start thinking about looking for a new job. Most people ‘go to work’, but what if you look at it a different way and just ‘work’. Work traditionally may have meant traveling to an office and working from 9am to 5.30 pm, but in a society more focussed around 24/7 and with the benefits of modern technology and techniques, some forward thinking companies may offer working alternatives that not only ensure an improved Customer Experience but also provide employees with a more flexible, productive way of working too.
5th December 2019
Think Christmas is a quiet time for people looking to move home? - you may want to think again! When looking to sell a property, people often think that the New Year is the best time to market their property, and it really is an excellent time, however there is a definite advantage to looking to market your home before Christmas and the New Year rush . Christmas is a time when family and friends are together, plans are formed for the next year and buying a new home, looking for a new job or moving to an area with a good school catchment area may all be on the horizons
29th November 2019
Each year the famous sales weekend which follows Thanksgiving Day and starts on November 29th this year, sees a significant amount of shoppers head to the high street stores and on-line brands in an attempt to find the best deals. Ahead of Black Friday several retailers including Amazon and John Lewis have already launched a range of early offers with more discounts to follow this week But what is the history of Black Friday, that originated in the USA – here are some facts around this day of bargains
28th November 2019
I read with interest an article published today that the RICS this week have launched the new mandatory RICS Home Survey Standard, following an industry and consumer consultation held earlier this year.