Move fast

Phil Spencer’s top tips to sell your home by Christ­mas

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Front Page -

It’s now a buy­ers’ mar­ket across much of the UK. In cities in­clud­ing Lon­don, Cam­bridge and Ox­ford, many sell­ers are ac­cept­ing large dis­counts for their prop­er­ties. Data by Home­track found that in some ar­eas of cen­tral Lon­don, buy­ers are snap­ping up prop­erty with a 10 per cent re­duc­tion on the ask­ing price. And with in­ter­est rates still low, now could be a good time to buy a home.

This all makes it tougher for home­own­ers who want to sell their ex­ist­ing home and trade up. Red tape and fickle buy­ers can also de­lay or de­rail plans.

But even in the cur­rent frag­ile mar­ket – where the num­ber of ac­tive sell­ers and buy­ers is hov­er­ing around record low lev­els, ac­cord­ing to the Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors – is it still pos­si­ble to sell your home quickly, with­out slash­ing the price?

“As the nights start draw­ing in, a Christ­mas move tar­get is am­bi­tious but still achiev­able,” says TV prop­erty guru Phil Spencer who, for al­most 20 years, has been on our TV screens pre­sent­ing prop­erty shows on Chan­nel 4.

“The key to sell­ing quickly is get­ting the process mov­ing,” says Spencer, who has launched a home movers’ plat­form, Move iQ, to help buy­ers nav­i­gate the prop­erty mar­ket. “There are a few sim­ple steps you can take to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary de­lays to the sale of your cur­rent home.”

So how can sell­ers make sure their homes get snapped up in time for Christ­mas? Here are Spencer’s top tips to find that elu­sive buyer.

Phil Spencer has started Move iQ, to help buy­ers in the mar­ket THE RIGHT MOVES

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