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Meet the Check 4 Houses team: Julie

Selling your property can be a very stressful time but it doesn’t always need to be.  At Check 4 Houses we go out of our way to offer you the best advice, guiding and updating you through each stage of your property sale.  We offer dedicated, personalised contact from start to finish wherever you are in England, from our head office in Fleet, Hampshire.

Here’s a little more about Julie who joined the Check 4 Houses team last year, having spent her entire career working in the Property industry.

Name: Julie

Job role: Conducting viewings, managing the sales process and general administration

When & why did you join Check 4 Houses:  I joined Check 4 Houses in May 2015 after having a career break following the birth of my twins.  I was genuinely excited at the prospect of joining a progressive company which was changing people’s idea of how homes could be sold.  With the emergence of more internet based estate agents I felt that Check 4 Houses offer the best of both worlds – local knowledge and expertise paired with internet pricing, all backed up with excellent customer service.

What did you do before you joined Check 4 Houses:  I have always worked in the property industry starting my career as a trainee in a residential letting agency before working as a PA for a number of leading property companies.  I finally settled into a career in the City of London working as a Client Services Manager for a fund management company.

Best thing about working for Check 4 Houses:  I believe the best part of working at Check 4 Houses is making a difference to people’s home buying/selling experience.  Not only can we save sellers money but I take an enormous amount of satisfaction in helping people find the right buyer for their home.  We aim to make  the buying and selling process as stress-free as possible.

Best thing about living in Fleet:  I have lived in Crookham Village just outside of Fleet for nearly 10 years.  Before that I was a bit of a nomad having lived in Eversley, Aldershot, Ash Vale and different parts of Camberley.   We are so lucky to live this area – we have great countryside on our doorstep, excellent schools and a great choice of local shopping.  Most importantly for me, we have a real sense of belonging to an amazing community.

Plans for the future:  Professionally I would like gain more experience and to help grow and expand the business.  Personally I love to travel and now that my children are a little older, I would like to show them some more of the world!

If you are thinking of selling your property and buying your next home then we can help.  With all the knowledge of a local high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent we can sell your property from as little as £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

Paul Hemmings, Check 4 Houses

Meet the Check 4 Houses team: Paul Hemmings

Selling your property can be a very stressful time but it doesn’t always need to be.  At Check 4 Houses we go out of our way to offer you the best advice, guiding and updating you through each stage of your property sale.  We offer dedicated, personalised contact from start to finish wherever you are in England, from our head office in Fleet, Hampshire.

Here’s a little more about Paul who founded Check 4 Houses in 2010, aiming to deliver a genuine, reliable and professional service for half the cost of a traditional high street agent.

Name: Paul HemmingsIMG-20140727-00407 - cropped

Job role: Founder and Director.  Dealing with valuations, meeting clients, conducting viewings and managing sales through the process.

When & why did you join Check 4 Houses: I started Check 4 Houses back in 2010 after becoming increasingly frustrated by the behaviour of many high street estate agents.  I felt that sometimes they unnecessarily complicated the selling or purchase of a property for customers.  I wanted to create a flexible and reliable service for customers that was as stress free as possible.  With the advance of the internet, there was a real opportunity to create a new way of buying and selling houses, without the high costs of high street rents and newspaper based advertising.   A genuine alternative to the traditional high street agent – at a significantly reduced cost, savings customers thousands of pounds.

What did you do before you joined Check 4 Houses: I started my career in sales, working for a major brewery company, which helped me gain an extensive knowledge of the South East region.  I also started buying and selling a few properties both in the UK and Europe, which opened my eyes to the world of estate agents and the sometimes fraught process of buying and selling houses.

Best thing about working for Check 4 Houses: Saving our customers thousands! It is gratifying to know what a difference we have made to our customers being able to afford the property they want.  Sometimes we are lucky and sales fly through (we actually managed to take on a house and sell it within less than 24 hours) but in a way the most gratifying sales are the ones that take longer to complete.  We had one sale that took over a year to go through due to various issues in the chain, but when we finally got there it was such an achievement for the customer who was at last able to move on to the property they wanted.

Best thing about living in Fleet:  I have lived in Fleet since I was 4 years old and have seen it evolve and grow over the last 35+ years.  Not only does Fleet offer great transport links, great schools and a safe place to live there is also a unique community and spirit, with fun community events such as the annual carnival.

Plans for the future: To continue to grow the business.  We are lucky that much of our business comes from referrals and for people coming back to us.  In the six years since I started the business online estate agency has really become so much more mainstream and clients are much more aware of the benefits.  Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, football and boating which is a great way to get a break from the office (as much as you can these days!).

If you are thinking of selling your property and buying your next home then we can help.  With all the knowledge of a local high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent we can sell your property from as little as £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

 

Top estate agent in Fleet on estate agent 4 me -May 2016

Best performing estate agent in Fleet … Check 4 Houses

We were delighted to see that today we were the best performing estate agent in Fleet across all three criteria on comparison website estateagent4me.

Estate agent 4 me helps you find the best estate agent in your local area.  It compares estate agents against 4 key indicators:

  • Fees they charge
  • Average time to sell a property like yours
  • How close they might get to achieving an asking price
  • How successful they are at selling similar homes

The tool was set up in partnership with the HomeOwners Alliance.  The complex statistical engine is fed on a daily basis with property data from over 18,000 estate agents across thousands of different websites.  It provides accurate comparison data which is free and impartial.

We are delighted that Check 4 Houses was the best performing estate agent in Fleet, delivering an 82% success rate of selling homes, taking an average of 16 days and achieving 98% of the asking price.

At Check 4 Houses we deliver a genuine, reliable and professional house selling service for up to half the cost of a traditional high street agent.  From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, Farnham and further afield across England, from just £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving our customers thousands.  Despite being internet based, we offer dedicated personal contact from start to finish.  We work together with our customers to ensure the house selling process is as stress free as possible.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

 

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Congratulations to all the Fleet Half Marathon runners

This year’s Fleet Half marathon took place on Sunday 20th March and was another fantastic running event.

Celebrating its’ 35th Anniversary this year, the Fleet Half Marathon has always been a popular pre-London marathon race.  The event is designed for runners of all abilities and is well supported by local residents.  Since the first event in 1982, thousands of runners have completed the race and it has become a highlight of the local sporting calendar.

The gently undulating 13 mile route is traffic free and finishes in the delightful Calthorpe Park area, with good local support along the way.  The fully marshalled course travels over a mix of urban and rural roads through the town centre and surrounding countryside and provides a rewarding challenge in itself, as well as being for some a vital part of their London marathon preparations.

This year the race supported two main charities – Bloodwise (formally known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) and Arise All Saints, for the restoration of All Saints Church, following the fire.  Around 3,500 runners entered the race supporting more than 60 charities in total, with some runners choosing to fundraise for their own charities.

If you didn’t quite make the Fleet Half Marathon but are feeling inspired to start running, the Fleet 5k and 10k takes place on Sunday 23rd October so you have plenty of time to get your entry in and start training.  You can find out more at www.fleet10k.co.uk

Based in Fleet, at Check 4 Houses we offer all the knowledge of a local high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent.  If you are looking to move within Fleet, Farnborough or further afield we can sell your property from as little as £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

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Has anyone used an online estate agent before?

This was a question asked yesterday on a well-known social media site and we were delighted by the people of Fleet’s response.

A number of people said they had used online estate agents including ourselves at Check 4 Houses, with kind comments such as: ‘Whole process was very smooth & transparent & we saved thousands I would say’ and ‘the best experience in selling’.

One gentleman who had moved several times before said ‘(Check 4 Houses) was the best service by far, irrespective of the cost if I had known I’d have happily paid the “normal” rates … the fact it saved us over £3000 was just a massive bonus (literally!)’

The rise of internet has changed the way people buy and sell property completely.  Today the majority of people start searching for their next move online using websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location and you don’t need the high rental costs of a high street office to get a property listed on those websites.

With lower overheads, online estate agents such as Check 4 Houses can sell your property from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT, saving you thousands and giving you more money to spend on your new home.

At Check 4 Houses we aim not just to sell your house, flat, apartment or bungalow for a cheaper price but to deliver the best of both worlds – the price of an online estate agent with the local knowledge and customer service of a high street agent.  Please contact us today to find out how we can help.

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Is the buy-to-let boom over yet or not?

The buy-to-let market continues to grow with lending in this sector up 40% since 2008, according to the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Committee (FPC).  Over the same period, owner occupier mortgage lending has risen just 2%.

In a recent statement the FPC expressed concerns that the growing buy-to-let property market in the UK could post a threat to wider financial stability, having the potential to “amplify” a housing boom and bust.

“The FPC is alert to the rapid growth of the market and potential developments in underwriting standards,” the committee said.  “As the market continues to grow, particularly if driven by loosening of underwriting standards, the sector could pose risks to broader financial stability, both through credit risk to banks and the amplification of movements in the housing market.”

The Bank said that buy-to-let landlords were more likely to sell if there was a significant drop in house prices, accelerating the dive in property values further.  A similar amplified effect could occur should prices go up sharply.  “Any increase in buy-to-let activity in an upswing could add further pressure to house prices. This could prompt owner-occupier buyers to take on even larger loans, thereby increasing overall risks to financial stability,” the FPC said.

So it appears that the buy-to-let boom is far from over yet but there are risks of sharp increases or decreases ahead.  If you have any concerns about your buy-to-let portfolio and want any advice about capitalising on existing high prices to release equity from some of your properties then please contact us on 01252 819725 or email us at info@check4houses.co.uk.  We can sell your property from as little as 0.5% or £499+VAT, putting more of your equity in your pocket.

What to look for when upsizing your home

As a local estate agent in an area so popular with families, we meet a lot of local people who are looking to upsize their home with their next move.  From couples moving in together, new baby arrivals to established families coming together – and even three generation households, these prospective buyers are all looking for more space to accommodate their growing needs.

Read our top tips for to get the best value for money from your upsizing move, in our recent article in Farnborough and Fleet Connection magazines.  Please click on the image to read the full article.

Article on upsizing your home in Connection Magazine
Connection Magazine article July 2015
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Housing market demand hits 11 year high

The latest housing market report by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) shows that interest in house buying is at its highest for over a decade.  According to the report 439 house hunters were registered on average per NAEA member branch in June, 15% more than in May when 383 house hunters were registered per branch and the highest since August 2004 when 582 were recorded.

This increase in demand appears to be driven by a number of factors including continued low interest rates, with buyers keen to move now and secure low rate mortgage deals before interest rates rise – expected at the turn of the year.  Mark Hayward, managing director, National Association of Estate Agents said: “Buyers are feeling more confident and those who put their plans on hold over the Election and political aftermath have kicked off their hunt, causing this massive jump in demand.”

The report echoes what we have seen in our local market, with demand continuing to outstrip supply.  The past few months have been busier than ever, with properties being sold in record time and for record prices.  Our local area of Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey continues to be a popular place to live with excellent schools, commuter links and leisure facilities.  Prices continue to rise due to high demand and low supply so you might be surprised just how much your home is now worth.  Any home you are looking to buy will also have increased in value, however there are ways to save thousands in estate agency fees that can ensure more money in your new house pot and allow you to move to the home of your choice.

To take advantage of the high demand for properties we can deliver a free valuation of your home as well as sell your property from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT, giving you thousands more to spend on your new home.  Simply give us a call on 01252 819725 or email us at info@check4houses.co.uk to find out more.

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Why are online estate agents so much cheaper than high street estate agents?

The internet has changed the way we live – from how we shop to how we communicate with our friends.  Social media has become part of our everyday lives and online shopping is now a multibillion pound industry, taking an increasing share of our overall spending.  These changes apply not just to how we buy and sell books or music, but to how we buy and sell much larger, more expensive items including houses and cars.  With 90% of property buyers now searching online, the effect of the internet cannot be ignored.

The good news is that this increasing influence of the internet has opened up a whole new market for online estate agents, who can sell your property just as effectively as a traditional high street agents but at a fraction of the cost.

Historically, high street agents needed to invest in costly newspaper advertising to market your home.  Even though these costs are now significantly reduced with the impact of online advertising, high street agents still need to cover the large costs of rents and overheads for expensive high street offices.  But look what covering the high costs of rent did to our high streets when the likes of Amazon came along; huge retail firms like MFI, Woolworths, HMV and Blockbuster all struggled to adapt, with savvy shoppers not prepared to pay higher prices for the same goods and services they could get online at cheaper prices.

At online estate agents like Check 4 Houses we are able to combine the experience and knowledge of a traditional high street estate agent with the flexibility, advantages and costs of the internet.  Local experts, we know the towns and cities of Fleet, FarnboroughAldershotBasingstoke, Camberley, Yateley and Farnham inside out, yet we also recognise that 90% of property searches in the UK take place online.  Our internet based approach enables you to save thousands in agency fees – giving you more to spend on your new home whilst still benefitting from personal service from start to finish, with accompanied viewings and all the services you would expect from a local high street agent.

If you are looking to sell your home then why not check out our competitive packages.  We can sell your home from as little as £499 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please contact us on 01252 819725 for a free valuation or drop us an email and we’ll be in touch.

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Is having buyers ‘on the books’ the key to an estate agent selling your home?

For years estate agents have claimed that having buyers registered ‘on their books’ is the key to selling your home.  They say they have a stock of buyers whom they can pick up the phone to within minutes, who they know will want to buy your home.

For some people this can be very persuasive.  The business of buying and selling your home can be a stressful one and if an estate agent says that you might not even need to worry about advertising it, then this might seem like the perfect answer.

In some cases this approach can work out perfectly but in the majority of situations, getting your property advertised as quickly as possible to the widest audience is the best way to generate maximum interest in your property, giving you the best chance of securing the highest possible price.

The way we search for property to buy and sell has now changed for good, with the vast majority of house searches starting online.  Many serious buyers are signed up to property alerts from the major property portal websites like Rightmove and Zoopla and are ready to pick up the phone the minute they see a suitable property come through.

Of course personal contact is still important and automated search can never completely replace the work of an estate agent.  However it does do a vital job of advertising your property to the most amount of people.  The personal contact then kicks in to ensure viewings are accompanied and handled professionally, that negotiations can be conducted and both sellers and vendors supported by one personal point of contact throughout the whole process.

If you are looking to sell your home then why not check out our competitive packages.  We can sell your home from as little as £499 or 0.5% + VAT, saving you thousands in estate agency fees when compared to high street agents.  Yet we offer all the personal, local service you would expect and can rely on. Please contact us on 01252 819725 for a free valuation or drop us an email and we’ll be in touch.