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Although the recent temperatures wouldn’t have you feeling like Summer is on it’s way, Spring is well and truly here! The flowers are in bloom and the smell of cut grass is once again filling the air. Always the most popular time of year for selling, Spring traditionally sees a steady increase in the number of new properties listed. Now really is the time to dust away the cobwebs and take the bull by the horns if you are in the frame of mind for moving, give yourself the maximum advantage of the longer evenings and brighter days to make the most out the home you have created for yourself, and hopefully that new buyer!

DEMAND IS UP!

Demand continues to increase for starter homes with properties under £100k selling within weeks, if not days. Homes in reasonably good order with little modernisation required are top of the wish list for the majority of buyers however Investors are continuing their efforts to pick up the odd project for turning around or to turn into a good rental property, also in high demand! There is also a shortage of small bungalows and ground floor apartments to suit the buyers hoping to down size or in need of easy maintenance. Overall, demand is up, supply is low so this really is a good time to organise a market appraisal, free of charge!

PROFESSIONAL IMAGING AND FLOOR PLANS!

Any good agent should continually review their marketing strategies and the services they offer. Here at Norman Morrow & Co we recognise that trends are changing and buyers are expecting a more informative and polished view of the properties they are considering for viewing. On reflection of that we are now working with a professional photographer and floor planner to maximise the potential in the exposure our extensive marketing already provides.  Costs for these additional services are individual to the property and will be negotiated at the point of instruction. Drone imaging and video footage are also options to consider for larger properties and those with additional outside space or land.

FRESHEN UP FOR THE NEW SEASON!

Many of us will have started our spring clean, selling or not but finding time in a busy schedule to do a good clear out can be the lowest of priorities. If you are thinking of selling your property or are already on the market, taking time to de-clutter and give your home a fresh look for Spring/Summer is a must!

Given the increase in demand and the potential of a professional photographer capturing every little detail of your very lovely but lived in home, now’s the time to write that list and get cracking (no pun intended). Here are a few tips:

  • Show each room to its full potential – clear out the junk room, de-clutter as much as possible!
  • Give any room a new look by changing the colour of a wall, buying a new set of curtains or just rearranging the furniture.
  • Clean up grubby walls by wiping them down or if necessary giving them a fresh coat of paint, hallways and staircases are usually the worst culprits.
  • If you haven’t already….Cut the lawn, trim the hedges, pull the dreaded weeds and invest in a few colourful flower beds to add a touch of life to the front of the house. No room for flower beds? Window boxes will have the same effect!
  • Bringing the colour indoors, fresh flowers will brighten any room… just remember to change them when they’ve had their day!
  • Do all the little minor jobs that you’ve been putting off until a wet day, buyers will notice and it will reflect in the price they’re prepared to pay!

Finally, contact us to give you a market appraisal or to discuss any changes you might have in mind for a current sale! Have a great Easter from all the staff!

 

NB The office is closing at 1pm on Friday 14th and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 19th.

We are delighted to be supporting the Cool FM Mission Christmas appeal this year by acting as a drop off point for gifts and donations.

Mission Christmas supports families in Northern Ireland who are disadvantaged by providing gifts to make their Christmas a little more cheerful. 1 in 4 children in Northern Ireland live in poverty and last Christmas 8,864 children  received gifts thanks to the Mission Christmas appeal.

Do your bit to help make these kids dreams a reality, it could be a friend or neighbour, it could be your kids one day. When you’re buying your gifts this year just pick up an extra one for a child aged 0-18, boy or girl, and leave it in to the office unwrapped. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just new and unopened.

Thank you!

As the falling leaves of Autumn begin to clutter the roads and gardens, we realise that Winter is well and truly on its way. The dark nights are drawing in and our winter coats are making their way to the front of the wardrobe. You could be forgiven for thinking that the ‘selling season’ is over but with December 2015 being the busiest in our 37 year history we’ll not sit back and take it easy just yet!

At Norman Morrow & Co. we have seen many peaks and troughs in the market over the years, in the past even putting the clock on for the Winter dip but the last few years have seen a noticeable shift in the ‘seasons for selling’. Not too surprising given the considerable rollercoaster we have experienced in the last 10 years but gone are the days of ‘Spring Cleaning’ in order to catch the market. Sellers should remain focused on maintaining their high standards all year round so that any viewer, even opportunists, can appreciate your biggest asset in all its glory! With these top tips we hope to help you make the most of your property and stay ready for viewers all year round!

  1. KERB APPEAL

Buyers have been known to make a judgement on a property within 10 seconds of walking through the door! Great if you have an interior fit for Homes and Gardens but the appearance of the exterior and front garden is just as important in order to get them through the door! Every property needs some Kerb Appeal – a pretty hanging basket, a welcome mat, a door number and most importantly gardens that are well maintained.

If you’re determined to sell your property, use what opportunity you still have to tidy up the garden and prepare for Winter. Give the grass one last cut to keep it neat and tidy, pull the weeds you’ve walked past each evening and ‘meant to do’, fix the garden gate/fence and if needs be give it a fresh coat of paint. Clear out the gutters, reattach downpipes and ensure drains are free from debris to avoid minor flooding in our typical Northern Irish weather! The crisp leaves with an array of colour are attractive on a bright dry morning but an eyesore on a wet windy one!

  1. KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING

Nothing beats an open fire blazing up the chimney on a cold wet evening. If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire, multi-fuel stove or even an Aga in the kitchen, be sure to have them lit and adding to the warmth of the house when viewers come knocking. A coffee and a chat about the many features of living in your fantastic property are ideally located around the heart of the home, the Aga or the open fire!

  1. BRIGHT AND BREEZY

Winter brings dark days and evening viewings are inevitable for most properties. Ensure each room is well lit with the best lighting to suit the time of day. Try to allow as much natural light in as possible by cutting back overhanging trees or branches and opening all blinds or curtains. A few soft touches are always welcomed in the form of lightly scented candles, fresh flowers and easy listening music playing in the background. An open window allows fresh air to circulate and get rid of any lingering smells from cooking or pets. Smoking outside is a must! A non-smoker will be instantly put off by the smell of stale smoke.

Make the most of your home this Winter and the unexpected may just happen!

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The summer is over (snif snif) and the schools are once again bustling with pupils, Autumn is fast approaching. Before you batten down the hatches and look forward to cosy evenings, spare a few hours to discover what your options are when searching for your first or next family home!

Norman Morrow & Co. are hosting a HOME BUYERS EVENT that will give free, independent advice on buying your next home in the South Antrim area. Buyers keen to investigate a move to the up and coming villages of Glenavy and Crumlin or those hoping to take advantage of the peaceful country lifestyle,  should call in and have a chat with the experts!

In business for nearly 40 years, Norman Morrow & Co. is one of the longest established Estate Agents in the area. If there’s anyone knows South Antrim, it’s us! Whether it be through living or working in the area, we have the best local knowledge to help anyone with their move. Based on the Main Street in Crumlin, we offer services to Sellers and Buyers alike including free valuations for marketing purposes and Independent Financial Advice.

Call in between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 29th September to see some of our showcased properties, perfect for first time buyers and home movers. On hand will also be our Independent Financial Advisor to discuss your individual needs and answer any questions you have about qualifying for a mortgage. Also available will be a representative from the Co-ownership Housing Scheme who can discuss the process and qualifying criteria. Financial resources are constantly changing, you could be surprised at the number of options available to you! Can’t attend? Give us a call and arrange another time!

We look forward to seeing you!