First-time buy­ers are push­ing up de­mand

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

AC­CORD­ING to the lat­est First-Time Buyer Opin­ion Barom­e­ter from lo­cal es­tate agent Reeds Rains, the num­ber of first-time buyer house com­ple­tions in the UK rose seven per cent year on year in Au­gust.*

In ad­di­tion, Reeds Rains be­lieves that 93 per cent of ten­ants want to be­come home­own­ers and 17pc ex­pect to buy be­fore the end of the year.

Steven Cooke, re­gional op­er­a­tions man­ager for Reeds Rains, said: “First-time buy­ers re­main keen to get a foot on the hous­ing lad­der.

“Lo­cally, prop­erty is com­ing on to the mar­ket which is suit­able for first-time buy­ers, but more is needed to meet the de­mand of the in­creased num­bers of buy­ers we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see more first-time buy­ers able to af­ford a prop­erty.

“The fact is that Reeds Rains was es­tab­lished over 140 years ago; in that time, it has be­come one of the UK’s largest es­tate agen­cies, with an ex­pand­ing net­work of branches cov­er­ing Eng­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land.

“We’ve never lost sight of the need for lo­cal ex­per­tise or moved away from our prin­ci­ples that build­ing great re­la­tion­ships, be­ing gen­uinely in­ter­ested in our cus­tomers and get­ting the job done is the way to achieve suc­cess.

“And it’s this that we think puts us in the per­fect place to re­spond to the lo­cal mar­ket ac­tiv­ity.”

To­day, thou­sands of home­own­ers around the UK en­trust Reeds Rains to sell their homes.

Steven con­tin­ued: “Reeds Rains invest mil­lions of pounds ev­ery year on mar­ket­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing homes for sale.

“For most ad­dresses we al­ready have a list of buy­ers regis­tered with us who are cur­rently look­ing in that area.

“So, as soon as we have com­pleted the prop­erty de­tails, we can email and phone po­ten­tial buy­ers with the view to achieve a quick sale.

“Ba­sic tips I would of­fer for sell­ing your home are that first im­pres­sions do count and a fresh coat of paint, tidy­ing the gar­den and de-clut­ter­ing the rooms can make all the dif­fer­ence.

“Be open-minded too: you don’t have to ac­cept the first of­fer and you can dis­cuss with us whether we think more could be achieved by wait­ing.

“We en­cour­age lo­cal sell­ers to take ad­van­tage of the fact that 41pc of ten­ants want to be­come home­own­ers within five years and think a trip to your lo­cal Reeds Rains would prove ex­tremely worth­while.”

Visit www.reed­srains. for more de­tails. * LSL Prop­erty Ser­vices – First-Time Buyer Opin­ion Barom­e­ter – Septem­ber 2014

●● Reeds Rains says 17 per cent of ten­ants are ex­pect­ing to buy their own home be­fore the end of the year. Right, Steven Cooke, the company’s re­gional op­er­a­tions man­ager, says more prop­er­ties are needed to meet the de­mand from first-time buy­ers

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