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3 Reasons Now Is The Time to Sell Your South London Home

If you own property in South London, now is a great time to sell your home. Market conditions continue to improve in the area, and sellers are now seeing some of the best conditions for making a profit on their home. No matter which of the 12 South London boroughs you live or own property in, here are three reasons why now is the time you should sell. 

1. The average sold price in the area has increased by over 10 per cent in the last year. 
Homeowners in South London stand to gain a lot from selling their home. In the past year, the average sold price of homes in the area has increased by 10.36 per cent, according to data from property firm Foxtons -- and that number continues to rise. For sellers, this increase in price is like a sudden influx of quid; the more pounds you can ask for, the more you can make. So far that's translated into some pretty decent sales numbers, too. 

2. Some South London sellers can fetch up to £947,000 on their property. 
As with any other area of the country, the neighbourhood from which you are selling will often be indicative of how much you can ask from a buyer, but many South London neighbourhoods are doing quite well. Consider Balham, in the Borough of Wandsworth, where the average sold price of a home is £946,916. Currently, the average price for all homes in South London is £590,178. That's an increase of nearly £18,000 from the overall asking prices of a house in the same area in 2017. 

3. Most South London homes sell in less than two months of being on the market. 
Because of South London's relatively robust property sell market, most houses in the area are sold within a matter of two months or less. The average days on market for a South London house so far in June is 58 days, according to data from Rightmove. That's a reduction of nearly two weeks, or 13 days off, the average days on market for similar South London properties in January 2018. 

South London offers some of the most prime property in all of the UK. If you're a property owner in the area, now is the time to sell. Are you looking for 
South London estate agents to help you sell your home? Doorsteps can help you list and sell your property for one set fee -- no commission charges added.

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These UK Cities Sell £1m Properties In A Jiffy

You may think it's rather difficult to sell properties worth £1m or more, but depending on where in the UK you live, it might be easier than you think. In some towns, Britons are selling their million pound homes in 45 days or less. So where are these homes selling the fastest? The answer is it's not in London -- and the actual where may surprise you even more than this fact. 

Million Pound Homes Move Quick in Silicon Fen 
According to property website Rightmove, Cambridge home sellers asking £1m or more for their property receive their asking price the quickest. In fact, the number of days in which a million pound Cambridge home is sold is faster than nearly all other home sells in the UK -- as fast as 45 days in most cases. That's nearly twice the national average. 

Other UK towns that secure buyers of million pound plus homes quickly: Edinburgh and Harpenden. Sellers in those towns can expect to move their million pound properties in around 53 to 54 days, respectively. 

But you don't have to be in Cambridge, Edinburgh or Harpenden to see your million pound property go quick. In fact, in nearly half of the 11 UK regions Rightmove studied, million pound homes are selling faster than a year ago. This includes Scotland, East Midlands, North East and the North West regions of the UK, among many others. 

All of the UK towns that made the million pound top ten list include: 

  1. Cambridge
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Harpenden
  4. Bristol
  5. St Albans
  6. Winchester
  7. Hackney
  8. Golders Green
  9. Woking
  10. Brixton
How Much Is Your Property Worth? 
Though the location is a primary factor in determining how much your property may be worth -- including whether or not it's in on the of the sought-after million pound plus range -- there are other factors that could push your home valuation over a million quid. Are you interested in learning just how much your property could be worth? Doorsteps' free 
online property valuation tool can give you an instant quote today. 

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How to Maximise Hallway Features to Help Sell Your Home

When a potential buyer enters your house or sees an online advert for your property, you'll want them to have a great first impression. After all, as the saying goes, first impressions count. And whilst many people understand that it's important to stage individual rooms to create a lasting and imposing first impression, one often forgot -- but not often overlooked -- areas in your home that you should be staging is the hallway. 

First Steps, First Impressions 
Because most homes are designed so that hallways lead to various rooms, they often act as the initial focus when potential buyers are looking at your home. Since your hallways act as the first impression to your home, you'll want to use them to make the most impact.
To maximise your hallways impact, you'll want to: 

  • Clean your hallway carpets. Dirt and grime will keep potential buyers away. Make your hallways -- and your home -- inviting by tidying up the carpets with your hoover. If your hallway carpets are especially soiled, you may want to replace them entirely before photographing and listing your house.
  • Make sure your coats and other hallway-stored items are tidied away. As with any other room in your home, you'll want to make sure your hallway is free of clutter. This means tidying your coats, shoes and other items often stored in hallways.
  • Remove any superfluous furniture. Some homeowners have furniture and other furnishings in their hallways. Often, this furniture is unnecessary and only makes manoeuvring through the house more difficult. Before listing your property, be sure to remove any superfluous furniture to clear the path for easier manoeuvring and to open the hallway space to make the house seem bigger.
  • Add inviting decor. Strong wall decor will help to make your hallway space feel cosier. Add vibrant, eye-catching photos or artwork to make the space feel inviting, but avoid decor that distracts from the rest of your home.

Maximise Hallways to Maximise Profit 
Once you have maximised your hallway space, you're now ready to photograph and list your home with 
internet estate agents. Doorsteps offers a team of dedicated agents to help guide you through the selling process. To see how the team can help you maximise profit on your home, contact us today. 

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4 Simple Ways to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Perhaps you've just purchased your new home through an online property sales website like Doorsteps. Or maybe you're considering buying a house through an online estate agent. Whether you're looking to buy or have already made the purchase, here are four tips that will help you make that new house feel like home. 

1. Tidy the place. 
The first step in making a house feel like home is to tidy the place. Take out and run the hoover, clear any rubbish left from unpacking, and fluff the settee. Once your house is nice and tidy, you'll be certain you're home. 

2. Utilise each room from the go. 
In order to make your house feel like a lived-in home, you'll want to start creating positive associations with the place. Begin by utilising each room from the time you move in. Make time even whilst unpacking to prepare breakfast in the kitchen, read a good book in the sitting room, and enjoy a nice, luxurious bath. The more you utilise your new living space, the more it'll feel like home. 

3. Hang the family photo. 
Create a sense of ownership by hanging your family photo. Not only will it add character to your new residence, it'll also act as the welcoming element that elevates your new house to a home. 

4. Enjoy a spot of tea. 
Take the time to create memories. Enjoy conversing with your family and friends in your new space whilst having a traditional tea. Enjoy an evening of ale in the garden with your chums. Begin making positive memories in your house to make it feel like a home. 

Making your new house feel like home is simple when you tick these easy-to-do items off your list. If you're still looking for that right house to make a home, try browsing Doorsteps' easy 
online property search. And if you're looking to sell your current property to buy your new home, why not enlist the help of one of Doorsteps' friendly property agents. They'll help you sell your home for as little as £99 -- all in, with no commission fees. 


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How Pollution Could Affect Your Home Sell

The quality of air in your neighbourhood can affect many aspects of your life. Now, some UK home buyers are looking at area pollution levels when considering a home, and with good reason. According to the BBC, nearly 44,000 Britons die each year to conditions relating to the nation's air quality. Luckily, homeowners now have tools to help them determine their area's air quality before putting their home on the market. 

Why Pollution Matters 
Knowing the pollution level surrounding your home is important on many levels. Some of the reasons you may want to know the pollution levels in your neighbourhood before selling or buying include: 

  1. It can have serious effects on your health. Air pollution has been linked to a number of illnesses, some fatal, including chronic heart disease, anxiety and memory loss. Additionally, pollution can have detrimental effects on your skin cells, damaging the way you look and feel.
  2. It can harm your children. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says nearly 3,000 schools in Britain are located in areas with dangerous levels of pollution. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of air pollution, which can affect a child's growth and development and may contribute to conditions such as autism. What's more, mums who are exposed to toxic air are more likely at risk of birthing a baby prematurely.
  3. It can affect the price of a home. Homeowners trying to sell property in an area with significant air pollution can expect nearly 15 per cent less on their overall final sales price than those with a similar home in a less polluted neighbourhood.

Know Your Levels 
Environmental company EarthSense regularly measures and monitors the air quality of towns throughout the UK. In partnership with the BBC, they created 
a free tool to check the air quality levels in your neighbourhood. Simply type your postcode into the tool to reveal your area's air pollution measurements. 

Use Your Knowledge 
Once you've completed your air quality search, you're ready to start selling your property. Doorsteps offer house valuations online to help you competitively price your home. Check out our 
free online valuation tool to get started today.

 

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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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