The past 18 months has been a rollercoaster, so it is no wonder that anyone thinking that they want to move is confused and bewildered by events over that time. In January 2020 we came back to work after the Christmas break fully expecting to return to a more normal market. The past three years of Brexit shenanigans were over and the uncertainty that surrounded business and the economy as a whole had lifted.
However, little did we know that Covid 19 was on its way and would create even more confusion with lockdowns, causing the market to be paused completely and then an intervention from the Chancellor shortly afterwards that would light the touch paper on a market that was already showing signs of recovery.
These were unprecedented times and most experienced estate agents had never had to deal with a situation like this before. The upturn in the market led to vastly increased activity levels, many occasions where we found ourselves with multiple buyers for property and significant increases in house prices. It also meant that solicitors were overrun with work, surveyors were struggling to keep up, and the situation at times caused a considerable amount of stress as buyers and sellers attempted to take advantage of the Stamp Duty savings before the end of June.
And then before we knew it 30th June had been and gone and surprisingly the demand for property stayed strong and sales have continued to be transacted quickly as new stock comes to the market. Our current issue is that we do not currently have enough properties to meet the demand from our potential buyers.
This means that those looking to move are delaying the process because they can’t find anywhere that they like, there simply isn’t enough coming to the market. It also means that people question the process, and some decide to wait and not put their property on the market until something they like appears in their search criteria. We understand why people worry that they won’t find the home of their dreams but there are a variety of different ways of going about the process.
Firstly, Mishon Mackay offer three different ways of giving you some advice on the value of your home. If it is very early days you can use our Instant Valuation on the home page of our website, this will give you a range and an idea of where you sit in the market. However, it is the least accurate of the options we offer and is generally used by those at the very early stage. You can access the instant valuation by clicking this link: https://valuation.mishonmackay.com/home/2059
Next up is our enhanced valuation option. This allows you to give us more detail on your property, your situation, and even upload photos for us to take a look at. We don’t have to come out to see you if you are not quite ready, but it does allow us to give you a more accurate valuation than the instant option. You can access that by clicking this link: https://mishonmackay.lifesycle.co.uk/social-distancing-valuation
Of course, if you would prefer to sit down and chat to someone about the market, the value of your home, how we go about marketing your property, and to introduce you to the members of our team that would look after you we would be very happy to arrange a time to come out and see you. You can do that by clicking here: https://www.mishonmackay.com/valuation/
There are many ways to approach moving and there isn’t a one size fits all solution. However, in the hands of Brighton, Hove & Mid Sussex’s leading independent estate agent you will benefit from extensive experience, and you will get sound advice that will help you achieve the very best result possible.
We hope to see you soon so that we can chat to you about the best route for you and how this will enable you to sell and move to the home of your dreams.