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Are you selling your home? Got a viewing coming up? Make sure you get rid of any clutter as it could be the downfall of a potential sale.
Anglian Home Improvements recently conducted some research using eye tracking technology to discover where buyers' eyes are drawn to when viewing a property. During this study, a variety of homebuyers wore eye-tracking glasses while viewing a home so that it could be determined what aspects of a home captured their focus. According to the findings of the study, the largest concern for buyers and taking up 27% of the buyer's focus, was furnishings and décor, closely followed by clutter and mess, which attracted 24% of their focus during the viewing. Although the clutter and mess were not always mentioned when passing on feedback to the agent, it still caught their eye.
Perhaps the most surprising statistic from this study was that only 4% of the viewing time was spent on the property's layout. The results also showed that personal items of the seller such as family photos often distracted the viewer from other aspects of the room. It was also revealed that there were some differences depending on gender as men were more focused on the exterior of the home (32%) while women were more concerned about the interior (16%). It also seems that clutter and mess is less of an issue for men as they only spent 20% of their time focusing on it, while women averaged 28%.
Head of PR at Anglian Home Improvements, Melanie McDonald, said: “It was very interesting to learn that so little of the participant's behaviour was focused on the building and structural features, apart from the things that needed to be fixed.” McDonald went on to say that “Although it is easy to forget to mend that broken light switch or socket, the fact that all the participants lingered on the badly installed light switch in the study just goes to show these little things are noticed during house viewings and will make the idea of them living in the property seem much further away. “With nearly a fifth of the house hunters’ time spent looking out the window, one of the top tips from this experiment is to make sure the view from your windows is up to scratch.”
Five staff members are celebrating having achieved recognised industry qualifications. Gaynor Haywood, Emma Waring and Lauren Andrews of the lettings department have all successfully passed Propertymark Qualifications NFoPP QCF Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management.
Samantha Simkins and Liz Owen have both achieved the Propertymark Qualifications NFoPP QCF Level 3 Technical Award in The Sale of Residential Property.
The Technical Award, which is a nationally recognised industry qualification, meets both NAEA and ARLA Propertymark membership requirements for those looking to join the Association as a member agent. Propertymark are the UK's foremost professional body for Sales and Letting agents. It aims to promote better regulation and higher practice standards within the industry.
Royston and Lund are among a growing number of agents across the UK working with Propertymark and Propertymark Qualifications to become qualified and raise standards within the industry.
Gary Lund, Director, said “I am thrilled for all 5 members of the team, who through hard work and determination have all passed their exams with flying colours. Not only is this a great personal achievement for all the staff members involved, but also a mark of professionalism and trust; it provides reassurance to consumers that Royston and Lund adheres to the highest professional standards, and that employees are qualified and knowledgeable estate agents. We are proud that our number of qualified staff members is increasing, with the lettings department having 6 members and sales now having 7. ”
We are proud to announce that Lauren Andrews, Lettings Negotiator has passed her NFOPP Technical Award with flying colours and is now a qualified member of A.R.L.A (Association of Residential Letting Agents).
Stephanie Caine, Lettings Director says “I am delighted for Lauren, all her hard work has paid which has shown in her exam results. This is also great recognition for the team and confirms our extensive knowledge of the industry as Lauren is now our sixth member of staff to become ARLA qualified.”
During the month of April 2017 the UK saw a total of 99,910 residential transactions resulting in a huge 20.3% rise in transactions when compared to the same time last year. In addition to residential transactions almost breaking the 100,000 mark, the month of April also saw 9,980 non-residential sales according to recent data released by HMRC. It was also revealed in the latest information published by HMRC, that overall transactions are down 3.2% in comparison to the previous month, however, the current number of transactions are still seen as strong progress for the UK property market.
This large leap in transactions could be attributed to the introduction of extra stamp duty land tax in April 2016, which certainly had a dampening effect on the market at the time. While some may have anticipated a further slowdown in transactions in April of this year due to the tax changes for landlords, recent statistics show the resilience of the market.
We were honoured to have recently presented the latest R & L Sporting Achievement Award to Louie Gordon at Abbey Road Primary. As usual it was fantastic to be involved with the school and Louie was clearly a popular winner with his peers; when his name was announced as the winner, the roof nearly came off! Louie is a talented sportsman and excels in many sports but perhaps his greatest talent is in offering his team mates support and encouragement. A cheque for £200 was presented to Louie for him to spend on sporting equipment for the school and he was also given a trophy. We have been making this award for 7 years now and it is great that we can help the locals schools in this way. Pictured is Director Gary Lund with Louie.
Figures just released for May 2017 show leading local agent, Royston and Lund are still at the top of their game and are continuing to lead the way in property sales.
Listing more properties in May than any other month since 2011 confirms that the property market is extremely buoyant. Graham Sheardown, Senior Valuer comments: “We are delighted with how strong the market is, although we are busy across the whole spectrum, there seems to be certain pockets within the market which are performing extremely well. Traditional semis in central West Bridgford and Lady Bay are an example of this with young couples and families who are keen on moving to or within the area, as well as 2 and 3 bed semi’s in Compton Acres and Gamston which are proving to be popular with first time buyers and buy-to-let investors alike.”
Steven Gray, Senior Valuer, also comments: “The top end of the market is moving extremely well, particularly in sought after addresses such as Dovedale Road and Selby Road. We are experiencing more sealed bids than ever before and exceeding asking prices by large amounts, in some instances by over £100,000.”
Val Shakespeare, Director, concludes: “Having seen the highest level of viewings in the last 5 years, we are not surprised that this has resulted in the huge amount of sales which have been agreed for the month of May; according to Rightmove, this figure is three times higher than any other local agent proving our expertise and service standards are still ensuring that we sell the lion’s share of the local housing stock.”
Not only do our landlords and tenants have the reassurance of Royston & Lund’s Lettings Department having full expertise in all that they do, we are now proud to announce that two more members of the Lettings team have become ARLA members as a result of passing their NFOPP level 2 in Property Management. This is great recognition for the team, backing our knowledge of the legal aspects and procedures for Lettings and Property Management.
The Award, which is a nationally recognised industry qualification, meets the Association of Residential Letting Agents’ (ARLA) membership requirements to join the Association as a member agent. ARLA is the UK's foremost professional body for letting agents. It aims to promote better regulation and higher practice standards in the UK private rented sector.
“The NFoPP QCF Level 2 Award demonstrates a knowledge in the key areas related to residential letting and property management within the lettings sector. The NFoPP Awarding Body is committed to raising standards within the residential letting and property management sector through the provision of accredited, nationally recognised qualifications, such as the Award Emma and Gaynor have achieved.”
“I congratulate Emma and Gaynor on their achievement of the Level 2 qualification and hope to welcome them both to full ARLA membership.
“ARLA strives for better regulation in the private rented sector; with the support of letting agents across the UK recognising the need for higher standards and integrity in the sector, gaining an NFoPP qualification counts as a real stamp of professionalism and supports the drive for better practice within the industry.”
Please note that our offices will be closed this coming Bank Holiday Monday 29th May. Normal office ours will resume on Tuesday 30th May.