We are constantly learning and enjoy sharing our expertise and insights. Here is where we will talk about hot topics, give ideas and advice on marketing, and tackle customers common questions and challenges.
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And just like that 2019 is almost over!
Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy the festivities celebrating with family and friends, reflect on the highs and lows of the year just gone and start looking forward to 2020 and what the New Year will bring!
Although I feel like my feet haven’t touched the floor again this year, what an amazing second year in business we’ve had.
We have grown our turnover by just shy of 500%, and therefore have helped so many more sellers and buyers on their moving journeys. Making even more friends for life and repeat customers in the process, (which will always be the main reason I personally love estate agency as much as I do), for the many relationships we get to make and cherish along the way!
So, the big question you are probably wondering…. how the hell have we done it?!?
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Harper Williams has been recognised for its outstanding customer service to its clients by the biggest award scheme in the UK residential property industry – The ESTAS Customer Service Awards.
Not only have they been shortlisted within their own category, which is a massive achievement in itself during their first year since launching, but the Sales Director Leanne, has also been shortlisted for the 'People Award' in which the top 25 agents have been selected out of over 4,000 brilliant agents! Wow!
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I have been keen to write this blog for a while, to share our views and shed some light on estate agency etiquette when it comes to getting your home valued. There seems to be a historic myth that if you ring an estate agent to request a valuation/ market appraisal of your home, that you must only do so if you are looking to sell your property!
Why would you waste their time otherwise…seems to be the consensus!
Well, let me poor cold water on this myth once and for all and share with you, some of the key reasons/ circumstances that we would be happy to assist in carrying out a professional appraisal of your property.
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The Warrington based agency received the ‘Best in County’ title for Cheshire and Leanne their Founder was also one of the winners of the toughest category ‘The People Award’ at the prestigious ESTAS 2019. The award was announced by Phil Spencer, the TV property expert at a lavish luncheon & ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane London on 10th May attended by 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals.
The awards, celebrating their 16th year determine the best estate and letting agents in the UK based purely on feedback from customers who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received from their agent, over 45,000 surveys were completed by customers during the competition.
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Can ‘Property Photography’ help generate more interest on Rightmove & Zoopla?
Estate agency is a complex mix of valuation, marketing, lead generation, selling and negotiation skills along with local plus legal industry knowledge. Anyone who has ever sold a house will tell you, generating the right number of viewings is critical, but doing that can be tough when there are so many other competing properties for sale in your area. A recent review by ‘Estate Agent Today’ found that the bulk of agents say that homes which invest in specialist property photography receive more viewings than those without. This is something which home owners shouldn’t ignore, so what exactly are the benefits of professional property photography?
Put simply, “it helps you sell quicker and for more”. Professional property photography helps your listing to stand out when a buyer reviews their search results on portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla.
This has been shown to improve the “click through rate” (the number of times your listing is clicked on by buyers) and more importantly, the number of viewings requested. This obviously will increase the chances of your property selling quickly. But more importantly it can also increase the eventual selling price by creating interest from multiple parties.