Blog Archive

MOVE OR IMPROVE: SHOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOME OR STAY AND EXTEND?

Some questions in life are unavoidable. Aside from whether the chicken or the egg came first, at some point along the line you'll begin to wonder if your home can evolve with you, or if it's time to say goodbye and find somewhere new.

Written by: Vince Laurella

MOVE BY CHRISTMAS: SELL YOUR HOME AND BE IN YOUR NEW PLACE BY THE END OF 2021

If you've been dreaming of selling up and moving by Christmas, the good news is that you still have time.

Written by: Vince Laurella

STRUGGLING TO SELL: IS IT YOUR PRICE, OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE?

Despite the strongest market in a decade with property selling faster than ever, there are still homes in Leytonstone, Wanstead, Leyton and Forest Gate that have not sold.

Written by: Vince Laurella

DECORATING WITH COLOUR TO ENHANCE YOUR MOOD

Do you tend to choose your home colour schemes based on pretty pictures you’ve seen on social media or in magazines, rather than considering how you want your room to make you feel then working outwards from there?

Written by: Vince Laurella

MAGIC MOMENTS: MAKE YOUR HOME AN UNFORGETTABLE VIEWING EXPERIENCE

Have you ever drunk a smoothie? They're wonderfully delicious, but it can be challenging to identify each individual flavour when strawberry, spinach, ginger, honey and turmeric are all vying for your attention.

Written by: Vince Laurella

SMOOTH MOVES: ELIMINATE THE STRESS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

Most moves have a lot riding on them, and, if you're thinking of selling your home, there's probably a good reason behind it.

Written by: Vince Laurella

THE TIME IS NOW: SELL YOUR HOME IN THE BEST MARKET FOR A DECADE

We cannot remember a market like this. Record high demand, record short supply, record low interest rates, record speeds of sale and record high prices have created one of the strongest seller's markets in memory.

Written by: Vince Laurella

SUMMER VIEWINGS: STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD IN THE BEST SEASON FOR SELLING

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the best time of the year to sell your home (and to be an estate agent!).

Written by: Vince Laurella

BRINGING TEXTURE INTO THE HOME

We often hear interior designers talk about the importance of bringing texture into an interiors scheme – but why does this matter, and what does it look like in practice? This month, we’ve turned to our resident interiors....

Written by: Vince Laurella

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: USING THE UNTAPPED VALUE OF YOUR HOME FOR SELLING POINTS

Potential is a magic word in property, and no wonder. As our home lives continue to evolve, we're examining every corner for how it can offer...

Written by: Vince Laurella

HOW TO CREATE AN ECO-FRIENDLY INTERIOR

If there’s one thing we can universally agree on, it’s the calming, wellbeing benefits being out in nature has brought us over this challenging past year. But with lockdown continuing to ease, and more options opening up for how we spend our time, it's important we don't turn our backs on...

Written by: Vince Laurella

BACK ON THE MARKET: CAN CHANGING YOUR ESTATE AGENT RESTART YOUR MOVE?

Nobody wants to feel left on the shelf. Seeing your neighbours sell and move out while you’re stuck on the market for months, can be disheartening and confusing. And when you’ve poured your heart and soul into your home...

Written by: Vince Laurella

SETTING THE SCENE: HOW TO BE READY FOR VIEWINGS EVERY DAY

No matter how neat and tidy they are, people always ask us how their home should look on viewings and whether they can improve their presentation.

Written by: Vince Laurella

THE NEW MINDFUL HOME: THREE WAYS TO DESIGN A HOME THAT SUPPORTS YOUR WELLBEING

So often, we decorate our homes based around how we want them to look and function – but have you ever stopped to think about the actual feeling you’d like your space to invoke?

Written by: Vince Laurella

THE PERFECT BUYER: HOW DO WE FIND YOURS?

Being an estate agent is a bit like running a dating agency: playing Cupid every day, cultivating commitment and building long-term relationships that lead to living together. It's more than marketing; it's matchmaking!

Written by: Vince Laurella

GARDEN REVIVALS: SIMPLE & INSTANT TIPS TO BE READY FOR SPRING VIEWINGS

The weather may be confusing, but one thing is for sure: Spring is springing. One of the biggest effects of lockdown on the 2020 property market was a massive surge of interest among buyers for gardens and balconies, and...

Written by: Vince Laurella

WHAT DO BUYERS WANT? FIVE FUNDAMENTAL FACTORS THAT TURN VIEWINGS INTO SALES

We've all had that sense of all-consuming joy when finding the home of our dreams, and what a feeling it is! Excitement, anticipation and nerves all rolled into a single moment, and much of it unquantifiable.

Written by: Vince Laurella

IN WITH THE OLD: SEVEN REASONS WHY PERIOD HOMES ARE PERFECT FOR MODERN LIVING

It’s no secret round these parts that we love a good period property: so much so that we’ve made them our speciality. There’s a huge variety of Victorian and Edwardian homes in Leyton, Leytonstone and Forest Gate...

Written by: Vince Laurella

PROFESSIONAL PRIDE: WHY BEING AN ESTATE AGENT IS A REAL PRIVILEGE

Have you ever listed all the things you love about your work? It’s an illuminating exercise in clarifying all the reasons you do what you do. For some people, it can even be the catalyst for a change of career.

Written by: Vince Laurella

INCREASE YOUR YIELD: BETTER BUSINESS TIPS FOR LOCAL LANDLORDS

Is your rental property working as hard as it could for you? As a landlord, you'll want to ensure that your investment is performing well and continues to make good business sense throughout the time you own it.

Written by: Vince Laurella

BEHIND THE SCENES: WHAT DOES AN ESTATE AGENT DO FOR YOUR MONEY?

“Put it on the Internet and wait for the phone to ring”. That’s perhaps how many people see an estate agent’s life, and there’s undoubtedly some mystery around precisely what agents do beyond putting a property on the market and showing people around.

Written by: Vince Laurella

DEPOSIT DISPUTES: WHY DO SO MANY LANDLORDS LOSE?

Ending up in a dispute at the end of a tenancy is one of the least inviting prospects of being a landlord, and thankfully most tenancies end perfectly amicably. But when they do end in disagreement, many landlords manage to lose their claim, leading them to feel that the system is weighted against them.

Written by: Vince Laurella

TIMING YOUR MOVE: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT MOMENT TO SELL

Have you ever wondered how to pick the perfect time to sell your home? It’s probably the question we’re asked the most when talking to people about their move.

Written by: Vince Laurella

BUILD A PORTFOLIO OF POPULAR & PROFITABLE LETTINGS

Do you think it’s impossible to be popular AND profitable as a landlord? Perhaps you feel that one cancels out the other; that it’s a choice between hard-nosed business and being nice, but that the two are fundamentally incompatible?

Written by: Vince Laurella

WARM WELCOMES: TURN COLD VIEWERS INTO HOT BUYERS

There are still two months of winter before spring hits on March 21st, so if you’re selling your home in the chilly season, it’s essential to extend the warmest of welcomes to potential buyers when they visit.

Written by: Vince Laurella

PROS OR CONS: IS A MANAGING AGENT WORTH YOUR MONEY?

It takes a certain character to be a managing agent: the job has a reputation as a thankless task with days full of complaints, emergencies, breakdowns and hassle. And if we’re honest, rarely does anyone call with news that everything’s just fine.

Written by: Vince Laurella

SWIFT, SAFE AND SURE: SELLING YOUR HOME IN LOCKDOWN

If you’d been waiting until the new year to put your moving plans into action, you might be wondering whether to put them back on hold. But if you do that, when will you be able to think about moving again?

Written by: Vince Laurella

GET ORGANISED: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR LANDLORDS

From giving up smoking to a change of diet to getting in some exercise, now is the time of year when all sorts of new year’s resolutions are being made and declared. Health and fitness are the usual areas we concentrate on, but you should also consider your wellbeing as a landlord.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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