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16Nov

Buying a property can be complicated, and so getting it right is pivotal to speeding up the process. Whether you are a first-time buyer, or an experienced home owner, our Guild agents are here to help. We have collected our secret tips to help you sell and move in before the holidays.


1. Preparation

Preparation is always key when it comes to selling your home. Simon Davies from Norman F Brown said: “Make sure your photos are taken before Christmas decorations go up and be prepared to accept viewings. Don’t put off launching your home until spring as lots of properties are launched in the new year and it may get lost amongst other properties.

Statistically, most homes take on average 10-11 viewings to sell between January and November. In December, that drops to four or five viewings as the quality of the buyer increases. The busiest week of the year on the internet is Christmas time as the vast majority of people are off work.”

John Newhouse from Roseberry Newhouse said: “With an antiquated conveyancing system, having all your paperwork relating to your property prepared in advance will help speed the process up. Choosing a property with no onward chain will also significantly improve your chances of getting moved quickly.”


2. Is the price right?

It may seem obvious, but ensuring your property is priced correctly and competitively will save you a lot of time in the long run. It is often overlooked by many and is one of the primary reasons for a slow-moving property. Your agent will give you the best advice based on the market and current demand.

Steve Wayne from Benjamin Stevens Estate Agents said: “Listen to your agent. If you are being advised correctly, then it shouldn’t matter what time of year you are trying to sell. If your agent is working hard for you then there should be no ‘quiet periods’ in the housing market. Make sure your agent is marketing your property on all the online outlets as well as their own social media outlets. The idea is to catch a buyer before they start thinking about festive spending.”


3. Make sure agents have immediate access

When conducting viewings, it is imperative that your home is accessible for the agent to arrange these appointments. You never know who might want to view your home last minute, or when you are unavailable to the agent.


4. Present your property properly

Stephen Wayne from Benjamin Stevens Estate Agents said: “It may seem a tiny detail, but nothing puts off a potential buyer more than seeing little things that already need fixing, so make sure all the light bulbs work and your curtains are open if it’s during the day or lights are on during the late afternoon. If a buyer’s first impression is that the property is dark, then within 20 seconds the rest of the viewing is often pointless as this is the lasting impression they have.

To ensure you’re in your new home by the end of the year, have a good de-clutter. Clear out any stuff you’re not proposing to take with you when you move. Remove anything hanging on or placed behind doors. If a door can’t be opened fully, it gives the illusion that the room is smaller.”


5. Have an efficient solicitor

The more efficient your solicitor is, the quicker you can get things moving. There’s nothing worse than waiting weeks for paperwork, or lack of communication. You could save a lot of time once an offer has been accepted if you are organised.

Aimee Fancourt from Wooster & Stock said: “Instruct a solicitor and provide all the necessary identification and initial paperwork. This way your solicitor can prepare the contract pack in advance and it will be ready to send over to your buyer’s solicitors once you go under offer. This could potentially speed up the process by two weeks.”

Jonathan Keegan from Bryan & Keegan said: “Have quotes ready and  your questionnaire forms filled out in plenty of time. From experience, it is money well spent using an established solicitor rather than looking to save a few hundred pounds.”


6. Sort out your mortgage provider


Your estate agent can put you in touch with the right mortgage provider, or you can do the research yourself to find the best for you. Your mortgage provider will talk you through the steps of getting a loan and calculating how much you can afford for your property. 


Are you looking to sell your home? Contact your local Guild Member for help through the moving process.

15Nov

While most people aspire to become homeowners, research has revealed that around 80% of people who have purchased a property have at least one noteworthy regret regarding their home buying decision. Staggering numbers considering buying a property is often the largest financial decision a person is likely to make in their life time. 

So why do so many people have something they regret after they buy a home? According to data compiled by an online estate agency, it takes people an average of 38 minutes to decide on the home they want to buy. Around two thirds of home buyers will view a property twice before making an offer, while some make an offer after seeing the property just once. Making a large financial decision in less time than it takes to prepare the average dinner could result in a few issues. 

It is easy to get caught up in the emotional aspect of buying a home, which could lead to you possibly overlooking certain key elements. It is often only once you have moved in and everything settles down, that you start to see things you might have previously only glossed over or missed. If you are not fully prepared and do not have an idea of exactly what you are looking for, it could be easy to miss something or make an incorrect decision.

Here are a few tips you can use to avoid regretting your purchase:

Separate the needs from the wants

Before you set out looking for the ideal property, make a list of what you need and what you want. Make the must-have a priority and note the features or aspects you are willing to compromise on. 

Keep focused

It’s important to remain focused on your must-haves and not get distracted by your wants.  A property might tick many of the boxes on your wants list, but if it does not meet your main objectives – it can’t be the right home. It is likely that you will stay in the property for at least a few years, which means dealing with your compromises for that long. It is better to rather make the right decision upfront, than have to deal with living in a home that just isn’t right. 

Look at your finances, and then check them again

Often one of the main reasons that buyers have regrets is the unexpected costs of owning a property. It is vital that you calculate what you can afford considering all costs such as council tax, insurance, service charge, maintenance and ground rent if the property is leasehold.

The bank, mortgage lender or professional financial adviser will be able to provide you with a list of costs that you can expect to pay when purchasing a home.

Get another opinion

Hire someone to have a look at the property to give you an idea of the type of repairs you may need to address and budget for beforehand. If you don’t want to hire someone, at least have a trusted friend or family member have a look at the property to give you an unbiased, objective opinion. 

Make sure you choose the right solicitor

All the legal aspects of buying a home will be handled by a solicitor or conveyancer. It is vital to choose and work with a solicitor that you trust and feel comfortable with, rather than one you have been forced into using by the agent. A good solicitor will ensure you are kept informed and will help guide you through the home buying process. The service you receive from your solicitor can make all the difference in how easy or difficult the all experience is for you, so choose carefully.

Don’t engage in a bidding war

Competition from another prospective buyer could make the property seem more attractive than it is and could lead you to put in a higher offer. However, it is important to remain focused on the main objective, which is finding the right home and not winning a contest. Rather walk away from the deal, than overpay. A higher price will mean a larger deposit, higher fees and thousands in additional interest on a larger mortgage. Another downside is that it will take much longer to build up any equity.

Buying a home is the largest financial decision that most people will make in their lives. While finding the right home will be an emotional journey, remember to keep things in perspective and focus on what matters most.

To find a home you won’t regret, visit www.guildproperty.co.uk  

01Nov

Security and economic crime minister Ben Wallace has revealed that the Home Office will start targeting the property industry harder to bolster its crusade against money laundering. He pointed out that the reason for this is that too few estate agents are currently reporting suspicious transactions. 

Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, said: “With the government setting their sights on the property industry and heavily clamping down on Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) violations, the need for estate agents to have far stricter measures in place and ensure compliance is paramount.”

While the focus was initially on banks, the government has opened up its scope and is singling out ‘high end’ estates in particular, because the UK’s prime properties are seen around the world as a “mark of wealth and respectability”. According to Wallace, criminally acquired cash is still being funnelled through the country’s financial system, and the government sees estate agents as weak point in the nation’s defences against economic crime. He has urged estate agents to up their game with regard to reporting suspicious activities, failing which sever penalties and prosecutions would follow. 

“We absolutely support making our members/businesses aware of their obligations under Money Laundering Regulations and in particular providing clarity of the roles and responsibilities of appointed officers and all members of the team in undertaking customer due diligence checks and on how to identify a suspicious activity. We have available in-branch training, online training and webinars all aimed to build robust processes and controls to reduce financial crime transactions becoming a reality,” adds McKenzie.

If you need advice or guidance on meeting compliance requirements contact The Guild

30Oct

Briefly discussing the housing market in his third Budget as chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced that he will extend the cancellation of stamp duty for first-time homebuyers on properties up to £300,000 to first-time buyers of shared ownership properties valued up to £500,000.  He also stated that the measure would be retrospective, so that any first-buyer who has bought a home since the last Budget will benefit.

According to Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, removing Stamp Duty on all shared equity purchases up to £500,000 is great news for prospective homebuyers getting into the market for the first time, but will do little for those who currently own property and wish to trade up. “Since the abolishment of the stamp duty for first-time buyers, many more people have been able to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder. In fact, as Hammond announced, the number of first-time buyers purchasing property is at an 11-year high. However, it seems that the last two first-time buyer incentives have been designed to drive the focus away from the traditional second-hand market. Initially Help to Buy and now the incentive to buy shared equity property,” he says.

More money for Housing Infrastructure Fund

Hammond also announced that he will give a further £500m to the Housing Infrastructure Fund, which is designed to enable a further 650,000 homes to be built. “The demand for housing in the UK has long outweighed the number of available properties. This further allocation of funds will assist the government in addressing the housing shortage and will create more opportunities for people to become homeowners,” said McKenzie. 

Housing on the high street

McKenzie adds that another interesting point that the Chancellor made was turning unused commercial spaces on the high streets into residential housing, again in a bid to ease the burden of the housing shortage, as well as rejuvenating the high-street and creating more foot traffic past high-street businesses. An amount of £675 million will be put into a future high street fund to redevelop un used areas and help the high streets adapt and increase interest for local businesses.  

Lettings relief limited

In the Budget, Hammond said that from April 2020 lettings relief would be limited to properties where the owner is in shared occupancy with the tenant. “The lettings relief is often used by people who have difficulty selling their home, whereby a maximum of £40,000 of gain per owner is exempt if the property is rented out. It seems that small landlords are being targeted again with the reformation of the lettings relief, as it is only available where the owner and tenant are in shared occupation,” adds McKenzie.

International investment

Permanent tax relief has increased from £200,000 to £1 million for 2 years to encourage more investment. “With many international property investors adopting a wait-and-see attitude towards the UK before the Brexit decision, a tax relief could be a great incentive to allure them back in and encourage further investment in the country. However, the extent of this will remain to be seen,” said McKenzie. 

“Overall an encouraging Budget for housing in the short term, but the real question remains. What is the government’s long-term strategy? More still needs to be done to encourage transactional volumes and price growth in all sectors,” he concludes.

25Oct


When it comes to selling your property, making a good first impression is imperative. Our Guild agents share their expertise and identify the top 10 biggest turn-offs for prospective buyers and how to avoid them.

1. Clutter

Clutter is not only distracting, but it could indicate that the property does not have adequate storage. 

Nick Manson from Mansons Newcastle upon Tyne said: “De-cluttering is a great way to increase your chances of completing a sale, but that doesn’t mean that you have to part with your prized possessions. You can box them up and store them in the loft or garage. If this is not an option, ask family or friends to store them. Failing that, there is always the option of self-storage.”

Creating a clutter-free, minimalistic environment will help buyers visualize themselves living in your home. Additionally, too much furniture can make a property seem a lot smaller than it is. 

2. Smells

No matter how pleasant your home appears, persistent odours such as the smell of pets, cigarettes, or pungent food can be detrimental when it comes to selling your property.

Simon Bradbury from Thomas Morris Cambridgeshire explains: “An unpleasant odour is sure to put off a prospective purchaser or tenant. Whether it’s the whiff of stale food, pets or even something more… ‘human’… make sure that your property is free of unwanted smells. Ask a trusted friend to give your home a ‘sniff test’!”

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so we suggest opening your windows to air out your property before a viewing and use air freshener or light a candle to ensure your home doesn’t smell unpleasant.

3. An untidy exterior

Overgrown, unkempt gardens are a big no-no. Abby Wheeler from Keats Estate Agents Haslemere said: “The first thing viewers see is the exterior. Ensure your bins are not overflowing and your pathway is weed free. Do whatever you can to make your home feel inviting from the outset. Don’t forget, our viewers have probably already done a drive-by before making an appointment.”

4. Noise

Most people expect their home to be a place of peace and tranquility. It may not always be preventable, but there are steps you can take to reduce unwanted noise from your property.

Mandy Thomas from Keats Estate Agents Haslemere said: “Upgrade your glazing or install sound proof fencing. Alternatively, try to avoid organising viewings at busy times of the day such as rush hour, when traffic will be particularly bad.”

5. No natural light

Light and warmth are two of the most important factors to attract a buyer for your home, especially in the colder months of the year. Angie Kraft from Simmons & Sons Henley-on-Thames explains: “A cold or poorly lit home can be an instant turn-off  to potential buyers by making the property appear dingy and dark in places. If this is the case, it gives the impression of a house that is unloved and uncared for.”

Resolving this issue can be simple. Philip Trollen from Keats Estate Agents Haslemere said: “Natural light is very important as dark rooms are always off-putting. Ensuring the room is well lit, whether that be naturally or with staged lighting is quite simple to do. Make sure the curtains are open and remove those net curtains!”

6. Bad décor

Avoid controversial or quirky décor in your home as it is not to everyone’s taste. What you think is retro, others may consider dated. Bold colours and patterns can turn-off a prospective buyer, as it is important for them to see themselves living there and décor plays a huge part in this.

Simon Miller from Holroyd Miller Wakefield said: “Replace heavily patterned retro carpets, when purchasers are greeted with such a carpet all they see is decades of dirt and grim – I can guarantee the viewer will want to leave as soon as they’ve stepped through the door.”

7. Nightmare neighbours

Nobody enjoys noisy or messy neighbours, especially not a potential buyer. This is something you cannot change, but it is something you can manage. Whether their garden hasn’t been cleaned in years, or their pet dogs incessantly bark, get to know your neighbour and perhaps they may be able to help. If all else fails, organising viewings for when they are not home might be beneficial, too.

8. Poor presentation

Poor attention to detail such as: flaking paint on soffits, grubby kitchen units, tatty net curtains, unemptied ashtrays and nicotine stained walls are taken into consideration when viewing a property.

Lizanne Simmons from Penny & Sinclair Oxford said: “First impressions are massive and we often find ourselves apologising for the sights of the less cared for properties. We always arrive early to a viewing to open the windows, curtains, close the lids to the toilets and pull a duvet into position here and there.”

Simon Bradbury from Thomas Morris Cambridgeshire said: “Dirty kitchens or bathrooms are not a nice thought and certainly not something that a viewer will want to see. My best advice: have the property professionally cleaned before going to market.”

Small and affordable fixes such as: freshening up the paint work, or having your home professionally cleaned will make a world of difference and worth it in the long run.

9. An unexpected problem

Martin Moore from Morris Marshall & Poole Mid Wales said: “There is nothing worse for a viewer than turning up to find there is a significant issue with a property which they were not aware of such as a structural defect, a problem with something in the neighbourhood or compromised accommodation. It is a wise precaution to maintain compliance with Consumer Protection Regulations, but it also makes good business sense – the viewers are more trusting of us and willing to discuss the issues and the available solutions.

10. An over zealous vendor

It is common for a vendor to want to take part in the viewing or show off their DIY aspects of the property. However, vendors being present at viewings may not always be a good thing. 

Stephen Ingram from Penny & Sinclair Oxford said: “A seller that follows the viewer around is never well-received. With the best intentions, those scenarios always highlight why it’s best to leave it to your agent.”

Take a step back and let your agent do the work, it is their job after all and you will thank them later.


Are you looking to sell your home? Contact your local Guild Member for help through the moving process.

19Oct

There is no doubt that Brexit has already had an impact on the property market with many adopting a wait-and-see approach until the final deal has been made. As March 2019 and a final decision edges closer, many people are wondering whether they should take advantage of the current situation and buy or trade up, while house prices have subsided. On the other hand, some people are conscious that a hard Brexit could see the housing market slow down and are trying to decide whether now is a good time to sell. 

We asked Members of The Guild to give their advice about what they think homeowners should do. Here’s what they said:  

It remains a case of supply and demand

Andy Goundry of Goundrys said: “Interestingly, where we are in Mid Cornwall, it appears that people have taken two different views. We have had potential buyers saying they will wait until the uncertainty is over as they feel prices may well reduce and so they will wait. Conversely, we have had some sellers place their property on the market in the hope if they sell now, they may obtain a better price than if they wait until next year. In our area, as always, it remains a case of supply and demand. We have seen a decrease in the number of buyers. However, the dearth of available property still means that a realistically priced property is agreeing a sale within a matter of days.”

Andy adds that if people are trading up or down, then it remains a matter of relative price differential and makes little difference whether that is in a falling or rising market. “Certainly, if the property isn’t on the market, then I guarantee it won’t sell!”

Good stock is being secured quickly

Director of Maguire Jackson in Birmingham, Philip Jackson, says that the Brexit question has undoubtedly injected some caution in recent weeks into the local market, taking some of the projected growth out of the market. “However, it hasn’t completely stopped the annual growth we have witnessed over the past three years. There are indications this autumn that some vendors are making the decision now to sell, in the anticipation that the sales market going forward into 2019 might become more difficult.  For purchasers, it means there is more stock coming into the market and positively slightly more choice, however, good stock is still being secured quickly, helped by continuing anticipated overall price growth.”

We will begin to prosper again

According to Ben Dreher of Mansbridge Balment, the current uncertainty in the market has caused a drop in sales volumes and an increase in available property. “For the first time in many years, buyers now have the upper hand and as such, there is more scope for negotiation - so yes, they should buy now if they can. Once Brexit is agreed and as a country, we begin to prosper, house prices will undoubtedly start to increase again, so buying now could prove to be a very wise move.”  

The ideal time to trade up

Residential Sales Manager of Rickman Properties, Stuart Mills, says that when the market is sluggish, and prices are proving more flexible, this is the ideal time to trade up. “The gap between higher and lower priced properties narrows considerably, for instance, if selling at £500,000 and buying at £1,000,000 the difference is £500,000. However, if the market were to come down 10%, the figures look different you are now selling at £450,000 and buying at £900,000, the difference is now £450,000. It’s the same properties, but you are saving £50,000. Looking forward, when the market goes back up 10% your old property is worth £495,000 and your new property is worth £990,000, so you have gained £45,000, making a total saving and gain of £95,000.”

He adds that more than ever this is a great opportunity to trade up, for those who hesitate, and wait until the market is back and moving forward they will see the gap between the more expensive properties and their own grow, and perhaps become unaffordable. 

“Another factor to bear in mind is that if you buy a property now, the value becomes unimportant, it only becomes a factor when you sell. Most properties these days are owned for 10-12 years and longer. A property should be a home and enjoyed as such, if you like it and can afford it, and it’s what you want, buy it.”

The markets and economy will take time to adjust

Avin Jay, Director at Mansell McTaggart, agrees that now is a great time to sell and trade up if you are playing the percentage game. “Whatever the outcome, the markets and economy will take time to adjust. Very much the same when interest rates rise,” he explains. “I think there are two types of buyers out there, the ones who want to make a profit and the ones who make that emotional purchase. The real problem in the market is overvaluing and Stamp Duty, the additional 3 per cent required when purchasing a second home has got to go.”  

Property prices in the UK will always increase

Fine & Country’s Adam Tahir, says that very few people truly understand Brexit and what will or won’t happen across all public and private sectors. “Having worked through two prior recessions, there has always been one clear outcome, property prices in the UK will always increase. This comes down to the lack of supply and the ever-increasing demand of homes available. Over the next few years, uncertainty is the key feature here, however, with interest rates lower than they have ever been before, pre-Brexit remains to be a good time to sell, buy or upgrade,” he says. 

“Some buyers have lost the meaning of buying a property now. Too many people buy a property for one price because it will be worth a higher price in six months. Over the next five years, we need to go back to buying properties as homes and stop focusing on the appreciation value. Brexit will be another blip, another reason for prices to come down or ‘balance’ so to speak, but eventually prices will increase again and when they do another situation or scenario will arise and the entire cycle will start again.”

Brexit, No Brexit, Hard Brexit…people still need a roof over their head

According to Steve Wayne of Benjamin Stevens in Edgware, the property market is largely influenced by interest rates and salaries.  

“Brexit, No Brexit, Hard Brexit…in the whole scheme of things, it will be another footnote to history in a decade. We have survived the Oil Crisis, 20%+ Hyperinflation in the 1970’s, Mass Unemployment in the 1980s, Interest Rates of 15% in 1990s, the Global Financial Crash in 2009, whatever happens, happens. People still need houses and a roof over their head. If property values drop, it is only a paper drop in value because you lose when you sell. Long term, we aren’t building enough homes, and so, property is a long game no matter what happens – the property market will always come good,” he concludes.

Are you looking for your first property? Contact one of our Guild agents today. Find your nearest office here.

18Oct

From palatial master en-suites to private powder rooms, beautiful bathrooms are a statement and unique feature that are often considered to be one of the most important rooms in a home. We look at some of the best bathrooms on the market.

1.Virginia Water, Surrey - £7,500,000

Set within the heart of the Wentworth Estate, this seven-bedroom detached family home, which is arranged over four floors, has been completed to an extremely high specification. Located at the end of a private road, the property sits in a stunning quiet spot of approximately 1.5 acres, moments away from Wentworth Golf Club.

On the first floor, the master suite overlooks the garden. It incorporates a seating area and separate dressing room, which leads through to the very generous en-suite with his and hers basins. The bathroom’s contemporary design and clean lines blends seamlessly with the home’s overall styling. 


For sale through Seymours (sales@seymours-westbyfleet.co.uk, 01932 354494).

2. Upper Farm Close, Norton St Philip - £600,000

Those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city living will find solace in this versatile five-bedroom detached home, which is in the charming village of Norton St Philip, eight miles south of Bath. The luxury suite compromises a large bedroom and separate dressing area. The en-suite bathroom features a panelled bath with electric shower overhead and a heated towel radiator which is perfect for cold winter nights.  

For sale through Fidelis (info@fidelisinbath.co.uk, 01225 421000).

3. Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol - £1,795,000

Looking for privacy? Look no further. Built by Magenta Properties, this impressive new detached residence of 4,000 sq. ft. is situated in a private setting behind automated gates on the edge of the city. The five-bedroom house occupies a commanding, elevated one-acre plot, parts of which offer far reaching views across the Yeo Valley to the Mendip Hills and Bristol Channel on the horizon. Recently completed to the highest standard, careful consideration has been given to the choice of materials used in home, such as the tiles and fittings in each of the three bathrooms. The master en-suite is modern and uncomplicated in its design, featuring a frameless custom-built shower and floating vanity with his and hers counter-top basins. 

For sale through Hydes of Bristol (post@hydes.co.uk, 0117 9731516).

4. The Townhouse, Squirrel Works - £625,000

An industrial façade fuses with contemporary cool in The Townhouse in Squirrel Works. The Grade II Listed, three-storey, Arts and Crafts factory was designed by Architect John G. Dunn and constructed in 1912 for SJ Levi and Company. Exposed brickwork, timber joists and steel beams add interest and character to the two-bedroom, New York style home. The en-suite bathroom remains true to the overall styling of the home, with subway tiles from floor to ceiling, Duravit sanitaryware and Hansgrohe chrome finish brassware.

For sale through Maguire Jackson (bham@maguirejackson.com, 0121 634 1520).

5. Westbury Sub Mendip, Nr. Wells - £1,200,000

Located minutes from the Cathedral City of Wells, the design of this six-bedroom new-build house is strongly influenced by Saxon architecture with post and crunk framing and oak timbers. One of five bathrooms in the home: the en-suite bathroom, features a marble-tiled floor and large shower area with peacock coloured wall tiles and two showerheads. 


For sale through Roderick Thomas (wedmore@roderickthomas.co.uk, 01934 710220).

6. Yealm Road, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth, Devon - £1,600,000

This detached, six-bedroom, contemporary home in the sought-after village of Newton Ferrars offers panoramic estuary views over the River Yealm. The home has been designed to maximise both views of the beautiful surroundings, as well as the natural light flowing through the interior. A prime example is the skylight in the main bathroom, offering night time sky views for the avid stargazer. A large mirror and step-down bathtub complete the design of this modern bathroom. 

For sale through Marchand Petit (newtonferrers@marchandpetit.co.uk, 01752 873 311).

18Oct

For many, the ideal garden is a perfect blend of manicured lawns, flowerbeds overflowing with abundance, trimmed topiary and box hedges. An escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, gardens can be a refuge designed to suit any lifestyle. From small kitchen gardens to grand country grounds, each has its own character and can be a place of serenity amid the daily routines of life. We look at a few properties with gorgeous gardens guaranteed to inspire.

1.Edford, Exeter - £1,000,000A superbly appointed detached Regency residence reputedly built in the 1820s, Ebford House has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and modernisation programme creating a grand home of distinction and great character. Located in a highly desirable hamlet close to Topsham, Edford House’s gardens wrap around the home with an array of mature trees and shrubs. To one side is a woodland style area with an old oak tree and Douglas fir and an area of lawn with raised beds, a greenhouse and garden shed. To the front of the property is a veranda terrace with wisteria. Steps from the terrace lead down to a gravel pathway which in turn has steps down to a good-sized lawn with mature planted borders and trees.

For sale through Wilkinson Grant & Co (topsham@wilkinsongrant.co.uk, 01392 875000).

2. Grove Park, Camberwell - £2,875,000

On a sizeable corner plot in Rylstone, this seven-bedroom Victorian home is somewhat of a hidden gem. Named in honour of William Wordsworth's poem 'The White Doe of Rylstone', the property enjoys many original features, including stained glass, textured Ashlar coving, fireplaces and decorative wooden detail. Another standout feature are the three separate garden areas, which each supply a peaceful space to unwind. Tall trees on both sides of the garden afford it privacy, while still allowing for plenty of sunlight. Adding to the charm of the home, mature creepers make their way the up the walls alongside wide bays of sash and casement windows. Not just aesthetically beautiful, but functional as well, the paved patio garden area outside the kitchen is where the current owners cultivate all manner of vegetables and herbs. 

For sale through Wooster & Stock (sales@woosterstock.co.uk, 020 7952 0595).

3. Dennis Lane, Stanmore - £2,395,000 

Located in beautiful grounds of just over three quarters of an acre, the garden of this seven-bedroom detached home in sought-after Dennis Lane, Stanmore, offers plenty of space for entertaining or enjoying outdoor activities. The west-facing rear garden of the country-style family home, complete with sun-trap terrace and heated swimming pool, features ample lawn area and high mature trees and scrubs providing both privacy and shade. 

For sale through Breslauer (sales@breslauer.co.uk, 0208 954 2200). 

4. Sussex Square, Brighton - £575,000

Located in the Kemp Town Conservation area, this three-bedroom apartment in Sussex Square looks out across the greenery of the beautiful landscaped gardens of Kemp Town Enclosures. A communal garden, Kemp Town Enclosures is owned collectively by the freeholders of 105 houses that make up the Kemp Town Estate. Residents have access to these private enclosed gardens and can enjoy easy direct access to the seafront without crossing the coastal road via its secret tunnel.

Local horticulturist, Henry Phillips was responsible for landscaping the gardens in 1828, around the same time that the Kemp Town Estate was being constructed. The tunnel to the esplanade was added later in about 1830. Royalty such as William IV and Queen Adelaide, and later Victoria and Albert, enjoyed walks in the gardens on their visits to Brighton.  In 1908, the gardens were set aside for the exclusive pleasure of Edward VII when he and his daughter stayed at 1 Lewes Crescent.

For sale through Sawyer and Co. (brighton@sawyerandco.co.uk, 01273 685111).

5. Valley Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol - £1,600,000

A magnificent six-bedroom Edwardian home in a leafy private road on the very edge of the city, in the enviable location of Leigh Woods. Three Gables was built for the Wills family in 1908 in a bespoke style and now occupies an outstandingly beautiful plot of around a quarter of an acre. The beautifully manicured gardens in the front and rear of the home have an array of mature tree and plant specimens alongside impressive, well-tended lawns and have clearly been a labour of love. 

The front garden enjoys a southerly aspect, while the rear faces a north westerly direction. With the overall plot measuring just over a quarter of an acre, there is ample space for interesting features such as the hexagonal summer house to located on the western boundary of the rear garden. 

For sale through Hydes (post@hydes.co.uk, 0117 973 1516).

28Sep

Buying a home for the first time can be an emotionally driven experience, especially when you consider the various elements that need to be taken into account. While there are several new and exciting things that go into buying a home, it can be a complicated process to negotiate. Often, it’s easy to focus on the smaller details and lose sight of the larger picture while possibly making mistakes.

Here's what you need to avoid along the way:

Not getting a mortgage in principle

Once you have made the decision to buy a property, the temptation to jump into the search with both feet will be overwhelming. However, rushing in before speaking to your bank about the mortgage they are prepared to offer you could lead to disappointment. Imagine you find a house you love, only to learn it is not within your price range when applying for the mortgage. While not a requirement or guarantee, getting a Mortgage in Principle will provide you with a written estimate from a lender, giving an indication of what you can borrow. 

It’s possible to apply for a Mortgage in Principle through a mortgage adviser such as L&C or directly with a lender. They will provide you with the reassurance that you are looking at properties within your price range and they will let the seller know you are serious and qualify to buy the property.  

Not working out what you can afford


There might be a difference between the mortgage you qualify for and what you can comfortably afford in real terms. It is always advisable that you leave some cushioning in the budget. Look at your finances and make a list of your expenses before determining a budget for a property to gain a clear idea of what you can afford. Don’t stretch your finances too thin, as this will make you vulnerable if unforeseen circumstances rear their head.

Focusing on the flaws

You shouldn’t compromise on your ‘must-haves’ but placing too much focus on the home’s flaws might have you miss the things that really matter. Fixtures can be replaced, rooms can be made open-plan or walls can be added to create your dream home with a property that meets your essential criteria.   

Falling in love blindly


On the other end of the spectrum, you shouldn’t overlook a home because of its flaws, but don’t completely ignore them either. The look of a home is one thing, but more serious issues such as structural damage are quite another. Often, once a buyer sees a home that they think is the one, their decisions will be based on the emotional connection rather than the facts. Be fully aware of all the property’s issues before you put in an offer. Ask your Guild agent to explain all a property’s past and current major or structural issues, or seek advice from a surveyor.

Waiting too long

It is crucial to make an informed decision when choosing the right home, but don’t take too long, otherwise, you could lose out to a faster buyer. Once you have found the right home, be decisive and take action to avoid disappointment. 

Not thinking about the future


Consider aspects such as the home’s resale potential as well as your future plans. It might seem strange to think about selling the home before you have bought it but much of the home’s potential return on investment is based on decisions you make when buying, not selling. 

Factors that will affect the home’s resale value include:

Location

Condition

Type of property 

Number of bedrooms  

Garage or off-street parking. 

Investments in infrastructure, like HS2

Also, consider whether the home will meet your needs in the future. For example, you may not have children now but plan to shortly - this means needing an extra bedroom or ensuring that you purchase near a school with the desired Ofsted rating. Think about whether the home meets your situation now, but also if it can meet your evolving needs.

Are you looking for your first property? Contact one of our Guild agents today. Find your nearest office here.

27Sep

On 20th September The Guild of Property Professionals hosted an invitation-only launch event at the iconic Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland. The event welcomed The Guild’s first Member in the region, Wilsons Auctions, and was a great opportunity to engage with potential new Members in Northern Ireland.

The event kicked off with an address by Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild, who introduced The Guild and highlighted the benefits that becoming a Member could offer independent estate agents in Northern Ireland. 

Since its inception 25 years ago, The Guild of Property Professionals has seen substantial growth in both England and Wales, a pattern that is likely to continue with the expansion into the Northern Ireland region. “The turn out and interest at the event was phenomenal,” said Iain, “We had independent estate agents covering over 30 territories who recognised the advantage membership to The Guild offers and showed serious interest in being a part of our expanding network.”

Regional Manager, Kris McLean, who will be looking after the Northern Ireland Members, spoke on the topic, ‘How The Guild works for you.’ He explained the details of how The Guild’s unique offering of over 38 products and services can help agents to save money and increase their revenue and market share in their local market. 

One of the many benefits of becoming a Member of The Guild is assistance to remain compliant in the often-complicated estate agency industry. This is achieved by providing Members with access to, among other things, Paul Offley - The Guild’s in-house compliance officer. Paul provided the attendees at the event with crucial advice on how to be fully compliant as an estate agent in the UK. 

Rounding off the official speeches before the commencement of the celebratory drinks, Iain McKenzie expressed his gratitude to those who attended. “It is an exciting time for The Guild and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with estate agents in Northern Ireland. This is a new chapter for The Guild, we are eager to see its growth and development in the future.” 

For more information regarding membership to The Guild of Property Professionals email parklane@guildproperty.co.uk or to see more click here.

20Sep

In celebration of our launch in Northern Ireland today, we spoke with Ian Wilson, Managing Director of Wilsons Auctions, our first official member in Northern Ireland:

How long have you worked at Wilsons Auctions?

Over 50 years.


Why did you join The Guild of Property Professionals?

We joined The Guild in the hope it will offer Wilsons Auctions an opportunity to work closer with Northern Ireland Estate Agents, allowing us to work together and assist each other to help our clients achieve a successful sale. 


Tell us a little about Wilsons…

Wilsons Auctions is a family-owned business, established in 1936, it now has branches across the UK and Ireland. We are delighted to be able to conduct a significant number of auctions across our branches including property and private treaty auctions which we have developed over recent years. 


If you became the Housing Minister for a day, what would you change?

I think I would have to take a sick day!


Can you give six tips for anyone who wants to work in the property sector?

You need to have a love for property, enthusiasm, an eye for detail, good communication skills, enjoy working with people and in today’s market you need to be digitally able.


What is the cheapest and most expensive property to go under the hammer with Wilsons Auctions?

We sold a derelict cottage in Dromore, County Down for £7,500 which has been the cheapest property sold, while a few months ago we were involved in the sale of quarries in the Republic of Ireland by auction which achieved a total of €7.22 million. 


Where are the three best places to invest in Northern Ireland and why?

East Belfast, Glengormley and Lisburn would be the best places to invest as all have high demand for rental properties. Most of our buyers are rental investors or developers looking to upgrade and flip a property.


Any tips for first time bidders?

Do your homework, make sure you view the property you are interested in and do due diligence with your solicitor on the Legal Pack. Research properties in the locality, and get a feel for what is selling, who to and for what price.


What is the fastest you have sold a home at auction?

Often we would sell properties instructed late into an auction, sometimes less than two weeks. We recently completed on a house in Ballymena, Co. Antrim in 14 days, the house had a guide price of £110,000 and we were delighted to say it made £167,000 at the fall of the hammer. 


How can people calm their nerves during auction day?

For the vendor I would say to have full confidence in the agent who is selling the property. For buyers, try and enjoy the thrill of the auction, get to the auction hall in plenty of time to get a feel of the auction before the property you are interested is due to be sold. Don’t be scared to ask any staff for assistance or advice. Preparation is key; come prepared with an idea of your maximum bid. It is important that the auctioneer can see you, so choose your seat wisely and bid early.


What is next for the Northern Ireland property market?

It seems to change on a daily basis when you listen to the news, however, in Northern Ireland we have survived through some adverse times and no matter what’s thrown at us we always get through.


What makes the perfect home for you?

The perfect partner to share it with.


For more information regarding membership to The Guild of Property Professionals email parklane@guildproperty.co.uk or to see more click here.


11Sep

There are several reasons why friendly and sociable Northern Ireland is considered to be one of the happiest places to live in the UK. The country has a lot to offer, from beautiful scenery to a low cost of living and great employment opportunities, not to mention the countless beaches, world famous golf courses and wealth of public parks and forests. All of which make Northern Ireland an amazing place to put down roots. 

In fact, Northern Ireland is so blessed with beautiful regions, dramatic coastlines, castles, landmarks and mountains, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to things to marvel at. 

Here are just some of the reasons that Northern Ireland is an amazing place to live:

Belfast


Considered one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals, Belfast has been described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’. The vibrant and thriving capital has undergone an era of regeneration and features a wide array of award-winning restaurants, bars and tourist attractions such as the Titanic Belfast Centre. Belfast is also a short drive from a number of Northern Ireland’s other attractions such as the legendary Giant’s Causeway, which is the number one Irish attraction in the list of the world’s top tourist spots, the Lakelands of Fermanagh, the Walls of Derry, the majestic Mountains of Mourne and the Glens of Antrim. 

Best places to live

According to The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, five places in Northern Ireland were named among the best places to live in Britain, with Ballyhackamore in Belfast topping the list in Northern Ireland. A wide range of factors are considered when compiling the list from jobs, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, to compile the definitive top locations to live. Other Northern Ireland locations on the list include Holywood in Co Down, Newcastle in Co Down, Portrush in Co Antrim, and Strangford in Co Down.

Property market

During the first quarter of this year, Northern Ireland led to house price growth across the UK with a 7.9% increase on last year. However, with unemployment now at a 10-year low, inflation falling and wages increasing, property prices remain more affordable in Northern Ireland than in many other regions. 

Economy

Millions are being invested in regeneration and Northern Ireland’s towns and cities are thriving, with the new industries being created giving the economy a new lease on life. Outside of London, Northern Ireland is the leading UK region for attracting inward investment. In fact, Belfast is the world’s top destination city for financial services technologies investments. Business in Northern Ireland is also supported by a strong infrastructure, with the region boasting the highest availability of superfast broadband in the UK.

Outdoor Activities 


The country has not one, but two world-renowned golf courses at Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, not to mention the numerous other golf courses throughout the region. Royal County Down is located in Newcastle, a small holiday town at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, while Portrush stands on a rocky promontory that juts out into the Atlantic. Both courses offer spectacular views and greens that blend into the landscape perfectly. 

Not a golfer, don’t worry there are plenty of other activities in Northern Ireland to keep you busy, such as a walk along one of the breath-taking beaches. Some of Europe’s most remarkable beaches are in Northern Ireland, with the naturally beautiful formations of coastline providing long stretches of golden sand. 


Arts and culture

Northern Ireland is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. Home to several fascinating museums, the country has also produced a wealth of world-renowned writers, among them Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, C.S Lewis, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett. Northern Ireland has also given the world musical legends such as Van Morrison, Gary Moore, James Galway, Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy, The Undertones, Ash, Stiff Little Fingers and Snow Patrol.

During more recent years, the country’s film industry has enjoyed much success as the base for a number of large-scale productions which include Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold and the BBC drama series ‘The Fall’. Northern Ireland’s scenic locations and host of talented actors have made it a sought-after destination for production companies. 

Northern Ireland has a lot to celebrate and offer and continues to attract both tourists and settlers alike. In the words of Liam Neeson: “I’ve always maintained that Northern Ireland is the world’s best-kept secret, both in the character of its people and its scenery.”

07Sep

On 20th September, The Guild will officially be expanding to Northern Ireland for the first time. With our launch fast approaching, we are on the hunt for the prettiest places to live in Northern Ireland. We are giving away a luxury hamper from Regency Hampers to the lucky winner with the most delightful submission. Simply message us on Facebook or Twitter with a photograph and the location for your chance to win.



The hamper includes: 

A Hand-Made Lidded Willow Picnic Basket with Leather Fittings (36 x 26 x 15cm)

Two Guinness, Original Irish Stout, 500ml

Snowdonia, Select Extra Mature Cheddar Truckle, 100g

Snowdonia, Select Mature Cheddar With Garlic & Garden Herbs, 100g

Simon Weaver, Organic Cotswold Brie, 100g

Cottage Delight, Caramelised Onion Chutney, 105g

Mondovino, Spicy Moroccan Seed & Nut Crackers, 125g

The Dormen, Zesty Lime & Fiery Chilli Peanut & Cashew Mix, 50g

Four Anjels, Cotswold Luxury Shortbread, 100g

Cottage Delight, Strawberry Extra Jam, 113g

Cole's, Strawberry Steamed Pudding, 227g

Lindt, Swiss Luxury Chocolate Selection, 145g

A Protective Cardboard Outer (480 x 310 x 260 mm)

How to Enter

Message us on Facebook or Twitter with a photograph of your submission and the location.

Important dates

The closing date for entries is on Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 5pm. The winner will be contacted within 24 hours and will be announced on social media when they accept their prize. 

Terms & Conditions

Competition closes Wednesday 19th September 2018. Any entry made after this date will be invalid. 

By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

1. The Guild Luxury Hamper Competition is open to mainland UK and Northern Ireland residents only. 

2. The competition is free to enter.

3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age, or under 18 with the permission of a parent or guardian.

4. There is one step required to successfully enter the competition; to comment below the competition post on Facebook.

Once all steps are completed, you will be entered into the competition.

5. The information explaining how to enter the competition forms part of these terms and conditions. Entrants to the competition are bound by the entirety of these terms and conditions.

6. Winners will be chosen at random by the Guild team.

7. There will be one winner. They will be contacted via private message through The Guild Facebook page. They will have 24 hours from when the message is sent to respond, claiming the prize. Failure to do so may result in a secondary winner being chosen. 

8. The winner will receive one luxury hamper from Regency Hampers delivered to their home address. No cash alternative will be provided, and the prize is non-refundable and non–transferrable. There will not be option of choice between hampers.

9. In the event that the selected prize cannot be delivered, The Guild will attempt to find a suitable replacement. A change in prize value due to reasons beyond the control of The Guild cannot be contested by the winner. Finding a replacement is at the sole discretion of The Guild. 

10. The Guild cannot be held responsible for any issue arising from the fault of Regency Hampers or their delivery service. This includes, but is not limited to, any issues with delivery, damage to the product, quality complaints, or missing products. 

11. Entrants may be required to take part in media activity surrounding the competition. By taking part in the competition, entrants consent to the participation in such activity fully.

12. No responsibility is taken for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete due to server functions or failures, virus, bugs, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any other causes outside the control of The Guild.

13. Events may occur that render the competition itself, or the awarding of the prize, impossible due to reasons beyond the control of The Guild. Accordingly, The Guild may at their absolute discretion vary or amend the competition, and the entrant agrees that no liability shall be attached to The Guild as a result thereof.

14. This competition is organised and operated The Guild Limited of 121 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7AG.

15. In the event of any dispute regarding these terms and conditions, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the Competition the decision of The Guild shall be final and no correspondence or discussions shall be entered into.

16. Contest not open to The Guild employees and their immediate family members.

17. The Guild Luxury Hamper Competition is bound to The Guild’s terms and conditions, which can be found here: https://www.guildproperty.co.uk/legal/terms 

04Sep

With a growing network of almost 800 independent estate agents, The Guild of Property Professionals has enjoyed a strong presence in both England and Wales for 25 years and now believes that its unique offering will perfectly compliment the best independent agents in Northern Ireland. In June this year, The Guild signed independent auction company Wilsons Auctions as the first Member of its expansion into Northern Ireland. Their connections and extensive reach throughout Ireland will greatly enhance The Guild’s referral network and create many business opportunities for Members.  

Membership to The Guild of Property Professionals focuses on three principles. Saving them money, making them money and helping them remain compliant. This is achieved by giving Members access to a range of marketing solutions, additional revenue generators, such as the nationwide referral programme and Paul Offley, The Guild’s compliance officer. 

The growth also has huge benefits to the consumer. With more than 73,000 listings within the network, buyers should always bookmark The Guild’s own portal as part of their property search. Also, if they are moving out of their immediate area, we are able to refer them to a Guild Member in the location that they are looking to move to, ensuring that they are dealing with an agent that adheres to the same high standards and ethics. 

We are excited to work with agents in Northern Ireland and will be asking them to help us shape our network, both locally and nationally. Our Marketing Committee and National Advisory Council will have Northern Ireland representation. It is an exciting time for The Guild and we are delighted to be embarking on a new journey into previously uncharted territory. 

The Guild is thrilled about the expansion into Northern Ireland and will be hosting an invitation-only launch event at the iconic Titanic Belfast at the end of September. 

For more information regarding membership to The Guild of Property Professionals email parklane@guildproperty.co.uk or to see more click here.


24Jul

Most property viewings happen in the first month of marketing a property. What can you do if your home isn’t attracting much attention? 

Here are five tips to make sure your property has more viewings in 24 hours. 



1. Run a social media campaign 

Ask your agent to boost your property on Facebook. They will be able to target people who live in your local area to generate attention. Make sure people can easily book a viewing from the post. 


2. Host an open house 

Set a date for an open house and invite interested people to attend. Most open houses run from about 11am to 1pm on a Saturday. You could get up to 30 people through the door on just one day. 


3. Stage your home 

Are your interiors inspiring? Hire a homestaging firm to help declutter and present your home in the best possible light. This is particularly important if your property isn’t furnished. 


4. Reduce the price 

This is a big decision, but a reduced price will get a lot of new attention. If you need to sell quickly, this is a good option. 


Are you looking to sell your home? Contact your local Guild Member for help through the moving process.

23Jul

When you step into a house there is naturally one room which buyers gravitate towards. The important question is, which room convinces you to buy? If you’re looking to sell your home it is useful to know which room to prioritise for open houses, images of the property or facts about your home. 

Read what some of our Guild agents had to say about their experiences of which rooms convinces people to buy.


Simon Davies, Branch Manager of Norman F Brown said: “I believe the kitchen is the heart of a home. The current trend is a space where everyone can be together. Historically this was the sitting room, but recently there is a shift to living kitchens, especially if there is an open-plan design with the sitting room. The best kitchen I have seen interlinks the garden with French Doors or Modern Bi Folds to bring the outside in and make the garden more inclusive.”


Simon Bradbury, Managing Director of Thomas Morris said: “The room which I believe most convinces a buyer to purchase a home is the hallway, although it’s not technically a “room”. Normally, it’s the very first internal part of a property that a buyer will see. Therefore, the hallways establishes the tone for their experience with the rest of the property by setting a positive or negative level of expectancy. The hall should be bright and feel warm (or cool depending on the time of year) and inviting. Clutter should be put away to make the area appear more spacious. Air fresheners, diffusers, scented candles or flowers are simple, but effective methods to enhance a buyer’s first impression of a property.”


Simon Miller, Partner of Holroyd Miller said: “Open-plan kitchens create the lifestyle of family and friends coming together in a space that can accommodate eating, drinking and socialising. The kitchen is normally the most expensive and time-consuming room in a home to decorate or renovate. A kitchen already supplied with good quality appliances and high-end worktops are favourable. Buyers are usually looking for minimum effort, focusing on moving in and opening a celebratory chilled bottle of fizz.”


Steve Wayne, Director of Benjamin Stevens Estate Agents said: “The centre of any home is often thought of as the kitchen. Depending on the size of your kitchen, it can often be the social hub of any home. It is where loved ones come together and a space in which you can get creative, both in design and culinary delights. The advantage of an eat-in kitchen allows for communal meals and socialising. Good food and communication makes for a happy household.”


Jenny Owen, Head of Marketing for Sawyer & Co. said: “A room with a view is always a great selling point for buyers. A well-fitted, spacious bathroom is really popular and at the moment.” 


Pav Lotay, Account Manager for the Guild of Property Professionals Head office said: “For me, the living room is the most social space in a property and the area which I spend the most time in. This is the room that stands out the most and would convince me to buy. I look for a homely property: a spacious living room where I can see myself having guests to visit and putting up a Christmas tree.”


Are you looking to sell your property? Contact one of our Guild agents today. Find your nearest office here


11Jul

Between packing your things and preparing for your first night in a new home, moving house takes a lot of organisation, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips to take the stress out of moving. 



Stay organised 

Pack by room and decide when and how you will organise your things. Organise your belongings into boxes and plan how they will fit in the moving van. 

Start packing as soon as you can. Choose non-essential items first, then pack your essentials like furniture and kitchenware on the week of the move. 


Take your time

Feeling rushed will make your stress levels skyrocket, so being slow and methodical is the best way to combat moving worry. 


Have a backup plan

When you’re planning your move, take a small amount of time to think about the things that could go wrong and write them down, then think of ways to overcome these problems.


Enlist help

Ask for help from your friends and family to take the pressure off on moving day. 


Take care of yourself

A healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help take the edge off your moving stress. Taking care of yourself also means that you deserve a treat every now and then, so consider a takeaway on your first night in the new home to reward yourself for all the hard work!


Do you want to move house? Talk to your local Guild Member today at guildproperty.co.uk/find-a-guild-member


04Jul

Converting a derelict property into a beautiful home is a dream for many. But what do you need to know before embarking on a renovation project? 



Renovation projects can be few and far between. When one comes on the market, many people may try to snap it up to make a profit or create their dream home. 

Register your interest with your local Guild Member to hear about suitable properties as soon as they come on the market. Also, check your local auction house. 

If you have seen Grand Designs, you know that building projects often go over budget. Plan realistically and have a large contingency budget. 

There is a lot of legal work to do before starting a build. Check building restrictions in the area or on the property itself and apply for planning permission. 

Conduct several surveys before building starts to assess the building and work out exactly what you need to do. 

Who is going to project manage the build? A professional could do everything for you, or you could do it yourself. From coordinating tradespeople to liaising with the planning department, arranging inspections, organising paperwork and get everything signed off. 

The Guild is a network of the best 800 independent estate agents around the country. Find out why you should choose them to sell your home. 


Click here to find your closest Guild Member.

28Jun

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching in Northern Ireland for the first time.

The Guild carefully selects independent estate agents to join their network of almost 800 Members across England and Wales, and now in Northern Ireland.

Wilsons Auctions are the first Members in Northern Ireland. They are the largest independent auction company in the UK and Ireland. The company auction everything from land to cars, commercial vehicles, plant and machinery and prestigious items from super cars and planes to high-value watches, designer goods and much more. 

Peter Johnston, Group Operations Director at Wilsons Auctions said: “We are thrilled to be the first Member from Northern Ireland to have been signed by The Guild. This is a fantastic opportunity for Wilsons Auctions to be part of such a prestigious network of members across the UK and to lead the way for estate agents in Northern Ireland to benefit from their expert services.” 

The Guild operates on an exclusive basis, so there can only be one Member in each territory. The agent is selected on their quality of service, so it is a great way for customers to decide which estate agent to instruct. 

“We are delighted to have launched in Northern Ireland,” said Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild. “It is a milestone in our development and marks an exciting opportunity to expand in a country we have not reached before.” 

The Guild will host an exclusive event at Titanic Belfast to launch The Guild in Northern Ireland to local estate agents.



22Jun

To celebrate The Guild’s 25th birthday, we are running our first competition! To celebrate the anniversary, we are giving three people the chance to join our birthday celebrations with a delicious cake from the English Cheescake Company. 

Simply like and share our pinned competition post on Facebook or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a delicious cake. 

Are you looking to move home? The Guild has been a mark of excellence in the property industry for 25 years. Find your local Guild Member today. 


How to enter: 

On Facebook - Share the competition post pinned at the top of the page AND like The Guild’s Facebook page

On Twitter - Retweet our pinned tweet about the competition AND follow @GuildProperty


Important dates

The closing date for entries is on Thursday 19th July 2018. The winners will be contacted shortly after, and they will be announced on social media once they have collected the prize. 



 

Terms & Conditions

By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

1. The Guild’s Cake Competition is open to residents of mainland UK only. 

2. The competition is free to enter.

3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age, or under 18 with the permission of a parent or guardian.

4. There are two steps required to successfully enter the competition; to share the competition post, and to follow/like The Guild page. To participate, you need to either;

a.       Retweet on twitter or share on Facebook the competition post that is pinned at the top of the page.

b.    Follow us on twitter or like the page on Facebook

Once all steps are completed, you will be entered into the competition.

5. The information explaining how to enter the competition forms part of these terms and conditions. Entrants to the competition are bound by the entirety of these terms and conditions.

6. Winners will be chosen at random by The Guild of Property Professionals team.

7. There will be three winners. They will be contacted via private message through The Guild of Property Professionals Facebook and/or Twitter pages.

8. The three winners will each receive one birthday cake with approximately 10 servings posted to their address. The prize will be delivered on a weekday (Tuesday to Friday) in July or August. Please note that cakes will arrive frozen and require eight hours of defrosting in a fridge before they can be eaten. No cash alternative will be provided and the prize is non-refundable and non–transferrable. 

9. The Guild of Property Professionals cannot be held responsible for any issue arising from the fault of English Cheesecake. This includes, but is not limited to, a faulty cake being delivered, allergic reactions as a result of consumption, and the cake not being able to be delivered to the home for any reason (including delivery to remote locations and failed delivery resulting in a spoiled cake). 

10. Entrants may be required to take part in media activity surrounding the competition. By taking part in the competition, entrants consent to the participation in such activity fully.

11. No responsibility is taken for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete due to server functions or failures, virus, bugs, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any other causes outside the control of The Guild of Property Professionals.

12. Events may occur that render the competition itself, or the awarding of the prizes, impossible due to reasons beyond the control of The Guild of Property Professionals. Accordingly, The Guild of Property Professionals may at their absolute discretion vary or amend the competition, and the entrant agrees that no liability shall be attached to The Guild of Property Professionals as a result thereof.

13. This competition is organised and operated by The Guild of Property Professionals of 121 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7AG.

14. In the event of any dispute regarding these terms and conditions, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the Competition the decision of The Guild of Property Professionals shall be final and no correspondence or discussions shall be entered into.

15. Contest not open to The Guild of Property Professionals employees and their immediate family members.

16. These terms and conditions also include the full terms and conditions found at https://www.guildproperty.co.uk/legal/terms. 

 

The Guild of Property Professionals Head Office

Tel: 020 7079 1515 Email: mediacentre@guildproperty.co.uk. 

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