Estate agent’s record sales set to continue
AS holidaymakers the length and breadth of the M20 corridor head off to sunnier climes for a well-deserved summer break, local estate agent Philip James takes a moment to reflect upon what has been a remarkable first half to 2015 for selling properties in the Didsbury and West Didsbury villages.
Director of the Philip James Group, Rob Kennedy said: “Even though we are hitting the holiday period, sales and activity remains extremely high. This is reflected in record sales throughout May, June and July, with many clients still searching for their perfect home.
“We are currently the market leader in Didsbury and West Didsbury, with a 30 per cent market share.
“This is giving our team the added impetus to negotiate the very best prices for our clients and give a far more informed and professional service to both buyers and sellers alike.
“Similarly, we have sold 30 per cent of all available properties in Didsbury and West Didsbury over the first six months of this year. This proves that our stylish presentation and innovative selling techniques are the best.
“One example is in the marketing of our prestige properties. We have been experimenting with drone photography to produce dynamic aerial pictures; also land registry maps with compass points and plot measurements as standard; and enhanced zoom software for our highly successful moving film video tours.”
West Didsbury is continuing to hit new heights with demand, particularly from first-time buyers attracted by the irrepressible Burton Road, reaching an all-time high. Philip James meets this demand time after time and has a number of apartment developments and mansion house conversions.
Rob continued: “As a result of having the highest staff to property ratio in Didsbury, our property experts will now be visiting all properties over £450,000 prior to them being marketed. This approach is already paying dividends as the team can outline the best selling features and discuss the properties with the confidence of having already viewed them. The local market will continue to canter along nicely despite the spectre of small interest rate rises early next year. I am not envisaging massive price rises in the second half of the year, but the signs are that the market will remain extremely buoyant with increased buy-to-let activity joining the active first-time buyer bracket.
“I was also surprised recently to hear both managers Alexander Mitchell and Carolyn Williams have left Julian Wadden in Didsbury but wanted to wish them every success”
If you want an expert appraisal of your home contact Rob Kennedy on 0161 448 1234 or email rob.kennedy@ philipjames.co.uk
●● Rob Kennedy, director of Philip James Group