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2014  What a start to the year!

I’ve been on my travels all week and maybe these things just happen to me, but when I sat down to write this weeks entry I was desperate to talk about my evening with Popeye at a karaoke bar, but considering my boss is probably reading this, I best not!

What I can write about is the tremendous housing market we are experiencing (I know, the Popeye story is far more exciting!) as 2014 has started as strongly as 2013 finished. Over recent years, it has been mainly London that has been experiencing strong trading conditions, but not any more. Across our national network (plug plug) branch activity is strong. This includes buyer registration & viewings and that has to be a great sign for things to come.

I would air slight caution though, particularly to any sellers reading this as it’s not all as rosy as it had been pre recession, so a couple of warnings for you:

PRICING IS KEY

In fact I would say pricing is absolutely critical and when the market hots up its tempting to push the asking price. Don’t be fooled by that and make sure you/your agent properly researches the local market to get the price spot on.

LET THE AGENT DO THEIR JOB

Driving interest and creating an auction style “frenzy” can really help, so choosing an agent that has multiple buyers and are good at driving viewing numbers to your property is vital in achieving a sale closer to your asking price, at the timescale you are looking for.

All Hunters staff are fully trained to maximise these basic rules and (I know I’m going to say it) I cant push the network strongly enough, so if you’re thinking of moving, check out our branch directory http://www.huntersnet.co.uk/offices and give us a call, our valuations are free and without obligation, you have nothing to lose.

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As for the Karaoke bar, my new best friend Bob and I had a great time, particularly as the guy running the karaoke was called Tony Macaroni – you just couldn’t make it up!

Andy Bushell