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UK Property Market Strengthens Two Years On From Brexit Vote

Two years on from the Brexit vote, the UK property market continues to strengthen, providing sellers with a positive opportunity to move their property, a report in the Global Banking and Finance Report notes. 

The vote on 23 June 2016 paved the way for the UK's potential exit from the European Union. In the time since, house prices have steadily risen, giving home sellers an opportunity to walk away with more pounds from selling their property. 

Though some Britons initially feared chaos in housing and other markets after the Brexit vote, so far the fears have proven to be without merit. the demand for property is rising, and the UK government continues to explore ways to address the nation's housing needs. What's more, the UK economy continues to enjoy healthy growth. That's positive news for UK home sellers. 

Property Prices Continue to Rise 
Since 2016, UK property prices have continued to rise steadily, according to 
a report from Office for National Statistics (ONS). Today UK home sellers can expect an average of £14,000 more on the asking price of their home than they could in June 2016. 

The ONS report also details other positives that have come to the UK property market since the 2016 Brexit vote. 
Among the report's findings: 


  • From June 2016 to April 2018, the average UK property sell price went from £212,887 to £226,906 -- an increase of 6.6 per cent.
  • English home prices increased by an average £15,209, from £228,430 in June 2016 to £243,639 in April of this year.
  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland saw an average house price increase of £8,514 during the period of June 2016 to April 2018. Property sellers in Wales saw the most increase in their sale prices, gaining nearly £10,048 extra, whilst those in Scotland and Northern Ireland sold for an average of £8,718 and £6,777 more, respectively.

Deadline March 2019 
Barring future referendums, Brexit's official two-year deadline is set for March 2019. For UK property owners, that means the time to sell is now. Doorsteps offer free 
house valuations online, as well as in-person valuations of your property. Contact us to see how we can help you sell your home today. 

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Property Selling Can Supplement Pensioner Income

Many UK home-owning pensioners will want to hear this good news. 

According to data provided by the Equity Release Council, Great Britain homeowners who have owned their house for an average of 23 years have seen their overall home value grow by £159,129, or £6,918 a year. And the news gets even better, depending on where you live:

  • London: The average London pensioner has seen their home equity make gains of nearly £14,257 annually, more than double that of the national average.
  • East Anglia: The average home saw an average annual gain of £11,467 or about £206,415 in the past 18 years.
  • South East: Homes in this region fell close behind East Anglia, growing by nearly £11,080 in equity gains over a 21 year period.
Good News For Pensioners 
Whilst the Equity Release Council's data is good no matter your age, those older than 65 years may benefit most from the continued year-over-year growth. Most pensioners -- usually asset-rich but cash-poor -- can use the equity on their homes to boost their retirement income, and many do. The Council reports that in the first quarter of 2018, pensioners withdrew nearly £10m of property wealth each day. That's more than double the amount withdrawn in the same period in 2016. 

Property Ownership Gives Pensioners -- And Others -- Options 
No matter your current age, property ownership can give you financial leverage and a potential stream of income for years to come. Whether you're a young person looking to buy cheap homes for sale to purchase as an asset, or you're a pensioner looking to earn additional income through an equity release on your home or by selling your house for a profit, online property sell websites offer a way to earn additional income. 

Doorsteps property agents are available to walk you through the process of selling your home online. To learn more about our service offerings, 
visit our website today.

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3 Online Property Selling Myths Debunked

There's a lot to know about selling your home online. At times it may even seem overwhelming. Understanding which sites are best for listing, how to entice online property buyers with a compelling property description, and all the technical knowledge needed to make your listing live are just some of the things you should consider when selling your home online. 

One thing you shouldn't have to worry about is the myths surrounding online home selling. Here are the real facts about three common online home selling myths to help you feel at ease when selling your home online. 

Myth #1: Online estate agents charge a large commission for listing. 
Whilst it's true that some online home estate agents might charge you a large commission for listing, there are alternatives. Doorsteps offers all-in online estate agent services starting at £99 -- no commission fees added. What's more, a reputable online estate agent will help you do all the necessary legwork to complete your online home sell, including helping you write a property description and post it on the property sell websites sure to bring you traffic. If you're looking for one of the best 
Rightmove estate agents UK has to offer, look no further than Doorsteps. 

Myth #2: Overpricing your home in an online listing is the way to make more money. 
The truth is, overpricing your home can drive potential buyers away, leaving you with unsold property for long periods of time. Luckily, there are resources to help you make sure you are pricing your home competitively. Doorsteps offers an 
online property valuation to get you started. 

Myth #3: Preparing your house for selling online is expensive. 
As we've noted in previous blog posts, preparing and staging your house does not have to be expensive. Here are a few low-cost ideas we've featured that will help you prepare your house for selling:

  • Try these four easy ideas to help you increase your home's kerb appeal.
  • Pick a paint colour that's neutral but still fits with your home, then give your house a whole new look for only a few pounds.
  • Purchase a couple suitable mirrors, then strategically place them throughout your home to make your house look bigger
Now that you know the truths about these three common online houses sell myths, you're ready to sell your home. Contact Doorsteps to get started today.

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Property Asking Prices On The Rise in the UK

UK property owners take note: asking prices on British homes are on the rise. 

According to a recent house price index released by online property sell website Rightmove, the average UK house sale price in early June was £309,439. That's a rise of nearly 0.4 per cent over the previous month. 

Owners who've told themselves, 'I should 
sell my property soon,' could stand to benefit from a sell right now. As the market sees its third consecutive month of property sell price increases, more Britons are making more pounds on their properties. 

Northern Property Market Especially Lucrative 
Property owners in the UK's northern regions may bring in the largest monetary returns on their property sell. According to 
Mansion Global, the inventory of homes for sale in the northern part of the country has shrunk by nearly 4.3 per cent over the past year. As a result, home buyers have fewer buying options and sellers have more asking price power. 

Other UK regions have seen an increase in the amount of property inventory being placed on the market, though asking prices have continued to rise in these areas as well.
Some inventory statistics of note by region: 

  • Southern UK: Property inventory has risen by 17.5 per cent in the last year. Though the increase in available homes for sale is higher here than in the northern regions, the market remains strong. Homeowners could see a significant profit on their property sell compared with just a few months ago.
  • East of England: This region saw the most significant increase in inventory over the past year, with a total of 24.9 per cent more houses for sale. Still, the average asking price has risen by nearly five per cent since 2017, with detached properties averaging £458,795, according to Rightmove.
  • Scotland and Wales: Inventory continues to see a drop in this region. In the past year, both Scotland and Wales have seen a decrease of over 10 per cent in overall housing stock. This decrease in inventory gives sellers the upper hand, paving the way for a significant profit on their home property.
Ready To Sell? 
No matter where you are in the UK now is a great time to sell your property. Doorsteps makes the process easy. Use our free 
online property valuation tool to see how much your property is worth today.

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Save Money Avoiding Expensive Fees with Doorsteps

Every day, high-quality UK property is bought and sold. How much does it cost Real Estate Agents to sell properties? Doorsteps is more efficient and allows you to save money by avoiding expensive fees. 

Efficient Real Estate Service

More efficient 
Real Estate Agents can offer you lower prices. It costs them less money to promote your property, so you can pay lower fees. Doorsteps is a great example of this maxim. They don’t have to create their own network of online websites to promote your property. These Online Property Portals already exist. Doorsteps simply taps into these online networks to improve the efficiency of buying and selling real estate. That is why the Average Sale Agreed is 20 days for Doorsteps. When you give Doorsteps your approval, they will send one of their friendly Local Property Agents to visit your property to take photographs. Within 24 to 48 hours, these pictures are uploaded to many Online Property Portals, such as Rightmove and Zoopla. You can reach millions of buyers in no time flat. Speed is on the side of Doorsteps.

Unleashing Power of Internet

Doorsteps works hard to earn your business. By using the Internet, they have lowered their property fees to only £99 – there are no commissions. Doorsteps gives the citizens of UK the chance to "Join the Revolution." Doorsteps passes the savings on to you. This has garnered Doorsteps a 9.70 out of 10.00 rating from Trustpilot. The Doorsteps Account Managers will handle all of your buyers. They will call you with the latest news. You can sit back and enjoy tea time. Doorsteps will finally assign one Account Manager to book your viewings and negotiate the best possible price. 

More Money for You

You save money due to the low comprehensive fee of Doorsteps. It is easy to get started. Just fill out their simple form or call their 24/7 hotline today. A Doorsteps Agent will be in touch. Doorsteps is enacting many of the revolutionary Real Estate Innovations that everyone wants. You can "Join the Revolution" with Doorsteps and keep more money for yourself.

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Award-Winning Online Real Estate Service Recognised by BBC, Mirror & Sun

How does a real estate service startup earn numerous awards in its first year? It provides the high-quality services and low fees that consumers want. Learn why the award-winning Doorsteps Online Real Estate Agency is gaining prominence by offering a better way of buying and selling properties. 

Award Winning Doorsteps

Innovative UK Real Estate Agents can see what the market offers. Then, they offer superior services at a lower price. That is exactly what Doorsteps has done. They offer a £99 All In One Comprehensive Pricing Plan. The price is upfront. There are no hassles. There are no commissions. They have realised that there is a better way of doing business. The Doorsteps business model uses the power of the internet. They send a Local Property Agent to take photographs of your house. Then, within 24 to 48 hours, they upload the picture to the Internet. 

Online Market Breadth

After that, your property is promoted on hundreds of the top UK Property Portals. You reach millions of potential buyers from around the world. These features have won Doorsteps the “2017 Startup of the Year” Award. And, now the British media is on board. Doorsteps has been featured on the BBC, the Mirror, Mail Online and the Sun. This is a legitimate, cutting-edge property conveyance company that is improving real estate conveyance efficiency. Trustpilot has given Doorsteps a 9.70 rating out of 10.00 and All Agents have given Doorsteps a 4.90 rating out of 5.00 after only one year. Doorsteps has had one year in the industry and is already the 14th largest Estate Agent in the UK. Their business model resonates with the public. 

Serving UK Clients

Due to its speed, efficiency and services, the Average Sale Agreed on Doorsteps is 20 days. British buyers and sellers appreciate the best brands. The award-winning Doorsteps is turning the Real Estate Industry on its head. 

 

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How Does Doorsteps Use the Internet to Improve Real Estate Sales?

It is hard to believe that some companies are still slow to use the Internet to their advantage. Thankfully, Doorsteps is not one of them. Learn how Doorsteps uses the Internet to improve real estate sales. 

Superior Service

Doesn’t it seem like the world is moving faster with the Internet? You can get Breaking News in a minute from the other side of the world. The Internet includes hundreds of Real Estate Portals that will post your property. This increases the number of buyers who can view it. This is key to the success of Doorsteps. Once you give them approval, they will send a 
Doorsteps Local Property Consultant to meet you at your home. They will take pictures and draw up a floorplan, right away. Then, within 24 to 48 hours, your property will be loaded up to one of the leading Property Portals of Britain – Rightmove, Zoopla and others. Isn’t that the best way to do business? This speed has led to an Average Sale Agreed at Doorsteps of only 20 days. You get quick resolution due to the speed of the Internet. 

Lower Price

Online property buyers love the convenience of the system. They don’t have to leave their homes and waste money on petrol. Doorsteps include beautiful pictures of the property, so they can see all of the features. Online property conveyance has improved the efficiency of buying and selling United Kingdom property. This efficiency has enabled Doorsteps to keep their fees low. Doorsteps are transparent with their pricing. They compete by offering you a lower price on real estate services. Doorsteps charge no commissions. And furthermore, Doorsteps only charges an All In One Comprehensive Fee of £99. You don’t need to worry about the hidden costs of other Real Estate Agents. Doorsteps has calculated that the High Street Agent’s current average fee is £6,202. Save money with Doorsteps. 

Doorsteps Customer Service Excellence

Doorsteps is ready to wait on you 24/7. They offer transparent, hassle-free pricing and great customer service. Trustpilot has given Doorsteps a 9.70 out of 10.00 rating. Discover a more efficient way to buy and 
sell property in UK

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What Are Advantages of Rightmove Featured Property Listing?

The internet has so many websites that it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Why do some think that a Rightmove Featured Property Listing is superior? What are the advantages of Rightmove Featured Property Listings?

Highlight Property

There are many properties to buy or sell in the United Kingdom. Some might only have a lawn sign. Unless you drive down that street, you would never know it was available. How do others ensure that their properties are noticed online? They might pay for a Rightmove Featured Property Listing. Rightmove is the UK’s largest property portal. This Featured Property Listing is moved to the top of the search page results. Of course, most people will only check out the first page of search results. If they find what they want, that is all they need. Rightmove has stated that on average 40% more people are likely to click on a Featured Property Listing over a Standard Property Advertisement. This allows you to highlight your property features and catch the eye of prospective buyers.

Getting Noticed

What do Featured Listings include? You will have a larger photograph than other ads. Of course, this will grab people's attention. If they like what they see, they can click on it for more information. 
Online property searches reach a large number of people. You could have millions of views from prospective house hunters.

Moving Property Quickly

Another benefit of the Rightmove Featured Property Listing is that it increases your prestige. People will naturally assume your property is high-quality because it is being featured so prominently. There are even different types of packages for your Rightmove Featured Property Listing. If your property is competing with similar ones, you might be noticed. Higher visibility should lead to more enquiries, more viewings and a higher sale price for you.

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How to Sell Your Home When You Don’t Know Where To Begin

Sometimes selling your home can feel overwhelming. If you've never sold a property before, you may not even know where to begin. We've prepared this guide specifically for new UK home sellers like yourself who may want some guidance in the property sale process. Follow these steps to easily list and sell your property.

Prepare Your Home For Sale
Before you can even begin to sell your home, you first need to do some initial preparation work. In order to get the most from your home valuation, you'll want to begin by doing the following:

  1. Fix minor cosmetic issues. Paint chipped walls, replace torn carpets, and repair anything broken in the home. Doing so now will prevent you from scrambling once the house is listed, and can affect your asking price.
  2. Enlist the help of professionals to fix bigger issues. For bigger breaks or issues -- leaking faucets, for instance, or a broken boiler -- enlist the help of a trained professional. Most home buyers will expect these repairs to be made before they purchase.
  3. Get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Not only is it required by British law, it's also a great resource to help you evaluate what you can improve before listing.

Complete A Property Valuation
After you've prepared your home for sale and made any necessary fixes, you should then complete a property valuation. Doorsteps offer a free instant online home valuation. You can access the feature 
on our website.

List Your Home
You've completed the prep work and received your valuation. It's now time to list your home. Your listing should include:

  • A 250 word written property description with an eye-catching headline.
  • Professional photos and/or videos of your property (smartphone snaps will usually not suffice).
  • A 2D property floor plan, to help buyers visualise your house's layout.
  • The asking price for your property.
  • A contact method where you can be reached at most anytime. If you're providing a phone number, make sure you have your answerphone set up so you won't miss a sale!

Show Your Home and Negotiate Offers
Now that your home is listed, you'll soon be receiving enquiries and offers from potential buyers. Provide property showings to those most interested, and negotiate the final sale price as necessary. 

Finalise the Sell
Once you've received your best offer, it's time to finalise the sale. Complete the required documents, title deeds, and so on, then receive your property payment from the buyer.

After completing all these steps, your property sale is complete. If you still feel confused, or you'd like the help of a professional agent for £99 all-in, then 
reach out to Doorsteps today.

 

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3 Reasons Houses May Sell Quicker Online

The internet has brought about great change in the world these past few decades, and that change has reached the property sell market as well. It's easier than ever to sell your property thanks to advances in technology, and with a decline in traditional media and advert models, the prospects for online property sales grow greater with each day. There are many reasons your house might sell quicker online than elsewhere. Here are three reasons why.

1. The internet has a wider audience reach than traditional advert models. 
According to 
data provided by the UK's Office For National Statistics, nearly 89% of all adults in the UK actively use the internet. Of that number, virtually all persons aged 16 to 34 -- a whopping great 99% -- use the internet regularly. To say that the internet has a wide reach is not an exaggeration. 

With the rise of internet use comes a shift in the advert models. More and more property sellers are moving away from traditional newspaper classified listings to listing houses on property sell websites. As the shift in advert platforms continue, so does the demand for such websites.

2. People are actively seeking property sells online.
Aligned with the shift in advert models moving to the internet comes the throngs of UK internet users who now go online to find property for sale. Property sell sites like Zoopla and Rightmove continue to see record numbers of monthly website traffic and users. They're also seeing an equivalent increase in online property sales, a testament to people actively seeking property sells online.

3. The internet makes it easy to list your advert on multiple sites simultaneously.
There are literally hundreds of property listing sites on the web. Many sites are trafficked specifically by UK users, while others have a more international audience. Consequently, it is now easier than ever to list your property advert on multiple sites simultaneously, significantly increasing your potential buyer pool.

The internet is a great catalyst for launching property sales. The professional agents at Doorsteps can guide you through the online property listing process from initial listing to final sale. To learn more about how we can help, 
visit our website.

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