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Property market advice from Sussex Life

PUBLISHED: 13:07 23 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:52 20 February 2013

Property market advice from Sussex Life

Property market advice from Sussex Life

There are conflicting reports in the media on the state of the property market. We ask four of those who are really in the know for their views...


Dont rely on the so-called experts!

Buyers and sellers frequently make life decisions influenced by media reports, but if everyone believes property is poised for boom or bust, then you simply fuel the trend. I say look at the micro-market for your sale and purchase.

The adage your front path & hall are the first and last places to create the right impression still holds good and because good marketing is vital, consider the easy steps for your property and garden to look their best. We provide a marketing review service and there's no need to spend a fortune.

What counts is your property; your plans & your timescale. We take an enthusiastic, realistic view there are lots of buyers still searching for country property this year; and others wanting to move from rented accommodation between now and early 2011.

Clive Pightling

Clarke & Charlesworth

Storrington


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There are conflicting reports in the media on the state of the property market. We ask four of those who are really in the know for their views...

Dont rely on the so-called experts!Buyers and sellers frequently make life decisions influenced by media reports, but if everyone believes property is poised for boom or bust, then you simply fuel the trend. I say look at the micro-market for your sale and purchase.The adage your front path & hall are the first and last places to create the right impression still holds good and because good marketing is vital, consider the easy steps for your property and garden to look their best. We provide a marketing review service and there's no need to spend a fortune.What counts is your property; your plans & your timescale. We take an enthusiastic, realistic view there are lots of buyers still searching for country property this year; and others wanting to move from rented accommodation between now and early 2011.
Clive PightlingClarke & CharlesworthStorrington



With all the doom and gloom and talk of double dip recession being pushed through the various media channels, there is every reason to shy away from one of, if not the the largest financial decision you make in your life.

The truth of the matter is that within Sussex, prices achieved for good quality homes have reached and indeed in certain instances exceeded peak 2007 levels, so the financial element is largely dealt with.

Everybodys motivation to sell is different and the one piece of advice I would impart is thoroughly examine the reasons why you are considering selling. For different reasons you will then discover if your heart rules your head or vice versa. The sense of relief will be very real and 99 times out of 100 it will be the right decision for you at that moment in time.

Whichever way you decide to jump good luck!

Edward Jackson



Strutt & Parker, Horsham





What single piece of advice would we give to somebody considering whether to sell or buy property this October?

As experienced estate agents we are largely unimpressed by the constant media speculation about the state of the property market. Lets face it: bad news sells so naturally the media has a vested interest in trying to depress us all!

However...our own recent experience is very positive August was one of the best months for property sales for a long time. September is getting busier but there are fewer ready buyers around ...and they have more choice...

October should be a busy time so this is our advice:

To sellers: Price correctly and present well






To buyers: Dont be afraid to offer at a level at which you feel comfortable..





Simon James and Michael Comyn,



Comyn & James
















The property market is largely influenced by local and not just national factors, often differing from village to village and even street to street.

Estate agency has always been a local business and always will be. Eye catching headlines and national statistics in the press or media can often be misleading and may not tell the whole story on what's happening where you live.

When trying to decide on the best time to sell, many people are influenced by these headlines and perhaps too much emphasis is placed on what the papers say as opposed to the knowledgeable advice from an experienced local estate agent.

It goes without saying that the reasons for selling will be a major factor and there will be occasions when the best advice is to delay coming to the market.

However for many prospective vendors, coming to the market in October is just as likely to result in a sale as it would at any other time of the year.

Before making a decision, the best advice I can give, is to take advice.


Alan Frost,




Head of Residential Sales




Henry Adams LLP.




Bognor Regis














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