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Here you can read all my advice, tips and property market knowledge about buying and selling a high value home in the Wisbech Town & Village area

By Alex at Aboda, Feb 21 2020 10:17AM

It’s not just the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver who love spending time in the kitchen.


During the (many) years I’ve been an estate agent I’ve seen plenty of prospective buyers fall head over heels with a home after laying eyes on a well-designed, stylish kitchen.


If a kitchen has the wow factor buyers often develop the ‘we want it now factor’.


Think about it though for a minute. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, especially if it is spacious enough to include a breakfast /dining area.


It’s often where we start the day, where families socialise and of course it’s a great spot to hang out at a party. It’s been said that life is often created in bedrooms but lived out in kitchens.


We’re often asked by vendors what’s the most important room from a buyer’s perspective. In my experience I’d have to say it’s usually the kitchen.


If you are going to spend money getting your home ready to market think carefully about how your kitchen looks, feels and if it needs upgrading.


Whatever property questions you might have please don’t hesitate to ask for our expert and always honest opinion.


Alex Doggett – ABODA Fine Homes - Owner







By Alex at Aboda, Feb 10 2020 04:15PM

Take a look at our latest Property Market Report, focusing on our local area and nationally too. With 30% house price growth locally and 67,421 mortgage approvals throughout the UK in December - these were at their highest monthly level since July 2017 and up 4.6% on a year ago according to the Bank of England. It is anticipated momentum will continue into the spring with sales volumes anticipated to rise, so if you're thinking of putting your home on the market - get in touch!


Property prices are rising at their strongest level in a year according to the latest UK House Price Index. At £235,298 the average price of a property in November is 2.2% more expensive than a year ago, the highest rate of annual growth since November 2018.


At 76.3% the UK employment rate was at a record high in the three months to November, while wage growth continues to outpace rises in the cost of living. Adjusting for inflation, wages were 1.6% higher than a year ago (including bonuses) and 1.8% higher (excluding bonuses).


Just 9,000 fewer sales took place during 2019 compared to 2018 according to the HMRC. Provisional estimates show 1.18 million property sales took place in 2019. Sales volumes for December are estimated to be significantly higher than a year ago, but it is likely these will be revised downwards.


The rate of annual rental growth across the UK remained unchanged in December at 1.4% (ONS). A shortage of supply and continued demand continues to underpin prices. Hometrack report a 4% reduction in rental supply across the UK since 2017, while demand has increased 8% over 2019.


If you would like to discuss our local property markets in more detail - please feel free to get in touch - we are always happy to help!


Thanks

Alex Doggett - Owner - ABODA Fine Homes


By Alex at Aboda, Feb 5 2020 11:00AM

Ask any agent who knows their stuff about what is the simplest and cheapest thing a seller can do to make their home more attractive to potential buyers and they’ll tell you this.


Declutter.


It’s not rocket science but doing it (or not doing it) can have a huge impact on the price your home achieves.


Here are three fast tips to help you on your way to decluttering delight.


1) Start small – but start

It can seem overwhelming if you have a lot of stuff you don’t actually need, want or use. The easiest way round that is to start small. Focus on a single room, or a cupboard or even a corner of your loft or garage. Also set yourself a time limit of just ten minutes to begin with – many people find once they’ve started they gain momentum and end up decluttering for an hour.


2) Does it bring joy?

A Japanese author called Marie Kondo has written a couple of bestselling books on the ‘art’ of tidying and getting rid of clutter. Her number one tip is simple: If the item doesn’t bring you a sense of joy from owning it, get rid of it. Obviously a vacuum cleaner doesn’t bring a sense of elation to the home so you need to draw the line on some things.


3) Reward yourself

Getting rid of things you’ve had for years can be stressful. You have to decide what goes, what stays and what gets put in your ‘maybe’ box (It’s good to have one of these boxes for stuff you really can’t make your mind up on).


Once you’ve completed a room our advice is to give yourself a reward. A nice lunch with a friend, a ticket to a show or simply putting your feet up for an hour and watching your favourite TV show.


There is loads more information about decluttering your home and indeed your lifestyle on the internet. If you are selling this really needs to come towards the top of your to do list.


Thanks for reading and if you have any property related questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’d love to help you.


Alex Doggett – ABODA Fine Homes - Owner



By Alex at Aboda, Jan 21 2020 02:40PM

New Year, new you, new home?


As we welcomed in 2020 many of us turned our minds to our resolutions and how we will start changing our lives for the better.


A national newspaper recently published a survey of the top 50 New Year’s resolutions made by the British public.


Rather than cover the entire list here’s the top five things people wanted to change about themselves. (By the way, number 32 could have applied to us – eat less biscuits!)


1) Exercise more.

2) Eat more healthily.

3) Cut down on alcohol.

4) Stop smoking.

5) Spend less time on Facebook /the internet.


At ABODA as much as we’d love to, we can’t help you with those, but we can definitely ably assist you with number 14 on the list – move to a new home.


Contrary to a general misconception January is a good time to put your property on the market for several reasons. Firstly the turn of the year, as shown by the aforementioned survey, is when people take stock of their lives and think of moving.


Secondly, many people wait to the spring before putting their property on the market and in doing so they join what’s traditionally a very congested market place. Your property will stand out from the crowd because at this time of the year there isn’t much of a crowd to speak of.


Last, but not least, potential buyers are surfing the internet daily looking for their next new home. In our experience spring and summer viewers can be made up of a lot of ‘window shoppers’. People who aren’t sure of their moving plans but are just having a look at what’s out there.


People who are looking for property in the winter tend to fall into the serious buyer category and we find more places are sold with less viewings during this time.


So good luck with your 2020 resolutions, and if moving tops your to do list give us at ABODA a call as we’d be delighted to help.


Feel free to get in touch if you'd like any help or advice about what's happening in our local property market - we are always happy to help!


Alex Doggett – ABODA Fine Homes - Owner




By Alex at Aboda, Jan 6 2020 01:21PM

A new decade has begun, an ideal time to look back at the housing market over the past 10 years.


In England and Wales, the average price of a property has risen by £72,000 over the past decade. Across the South East, South West and London, average property prices have increased by over £100,000. All but one region have seen double digit house price growth.


Official figures indicate 30% of dwellings are now rented privately from registered providers or with a job or business. This equates to an extra 1.3 million dwellings compared to a decade ago.


Changing demographics and family structures have seen the number of households rise at a higher rate than the population since 2010, a trend that looks set to continue. What will the next decade hold? Only time will tell.


Get in touch if you would like to know more about what's happening in our local property market - we are always happy to help!


Alex Doggett - Owner - ABODA Fine Homes

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