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Newsletter March 2014

SIMPLE CHANGES TO INCREASE SALEABILITY OF YOUR PROPERTY DURING BAD WEATHER For the best chance to sell your property during the cold, wet and dark months it’s important to make your property stand out. Winter and start of Spring can be cold, dark and wet, which often means properties are unable to promote some of their best features. By incorporating a few simple tips, sellers can enhance their property’s look and feel and increase their chance of attracting an offer. First impressions really do count - Bad weather can often make front gardens and paths look dull and uninviting. Ensuring these are clean and clear of leaves and dirt can often improve the attractiveness of the property. Making sure the doorway, entrance stairs or porch are well lit can help create an inviting home and help give a great first impression to buyers. Warm and friendly – It’s important to make your house feel warm and homely. If a buyer enters a property that is cold, they’re unlikely to stay long. Ensure the property is adequately heated before buyers arrive to view the property, even if it means using the timer to pre-heat your house if you’re at work during a viewing. It is also worthwhile highlighting any energy saving features you have in your home such as double glazed windows, insulation or if you have a particularly energy efficient boiler. With the cost of running a home ever increasing, knowing a property is equipped with features that will help save money will increase the attractiveness to the buyer. Bright and beautiful – Ensure your home is well lit. This means making sure all of your

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Having clean windows will also help light enter the property and allow buyers to look out into the garden if the weather is bad, portraying a clean well looked after home. Clear the garden – Make sure your garden is presentable. This means packing any garden furniture away if it is inclement weather and clearing leaves and debris from the patio and garden paths. A messy garden can signal the need for too much work and effort and thus detract buyers from making an offer. Can you smell the sale? – It is also worth noting that our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any other senses* so it is equally important that the property smells nice. Remove any damp footwear from the entrance-way and even consider opening a few windows in the days before a viewing to freshen up the property. What’s the weather? – Always try and arrange a viewing on a day that will show your property in the best possible light. If there’s a storm on its way it may be best to re-arrange a viewing once the storm has passed. Allow adequate time to fix any damage such as falling fences. Source: naea.co.uk

PROPERTY OF THE MONTH

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New sellers ramp up asking prices by 3.3% (+£8,103) this month

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Average property coming to market now priced at £251,964, 6.9% (+£16,223) more than a year ago which is the highest annual rate for over six years

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New listing numbers jump by 18% this month compared to a year ago, but the supply shortage continues as they fail to keep pace with numbers coming off the market

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Buyers with a property ‘yet-to-sell’ are the losers as the market heats up, with agents reporting buyers able to ‘proceed-with-speed’ winning the property battle

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Market momentum continues to build with all of Rightmove’s ten busiest ever days being in January this year, breaking 50 million pages in a day for the first time Avg. Price Jan 13

lights work including the security lights, before a viewing takes place. If a viewing takes place during the day, open all of the curtains and blinds to ensure as much natural light as possible enters the home. This will often add to the atmosphere and make the home look bright and airy.

Avg. Price Feb 14

Avg. Price Jan 14

Monthly Change

Annual Change

Bexley

£250,993

£233,448

7.5%

£226,610

10.8%

Bromley

£391,521

£362,280

8.1%

£353,232

10.8%

As Featured On Front Page … Conveniently located in a good residential area with convenient access to amenities. We are delighted to offer for sale this circa 1890 period detached two bedroom house with many period features. The property has been tastefully improved to provide modern living with a period feel. Maintained to a high standard, the centrally heated accommodation comprises: entrance porch, entrance hall, bay fronted lounge, dual aspect dining room with double doors to fitted kitchen (13’5 x 8’3), which overlooks an established, well tended garden. To the first floor are 2 double bedrooms and large bathroom with separate shower cubicle. The spacious landing has the potential for a loft conversion subject to the usual permissions. We consider this property to be an excellent opportunity to purchase a period home and would recommend early internal viewing.

Northcote Road, Sidcup DA14 6PN Price: £335,000


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BEXLEY Guide Price: £435,000 Upton Road South, Bexley, DA5 1QU

BEXLEY Guide Price: £430,000 Bridgen Road, Bexley, DA5 1JE

Spacious 3 bed, halls adjoining, semi det house, requiring some updating, but with great potential to extend (STPP). 2 receptions. Kitchen. D/s clkrm. D/s study. 3 bedrooms. Bathroom & sep wc. Garden & driveway to front. Attached garage. 85’ established rear garden. Walking distance of Bexley Village, Bexley Station, schools and bus routes. http://tinyurl.com/oe2b3pt (ref 3445).

4 bed detached house, located within easy reach of Bexley Village, Bexley station and sought after schools. An ideal family home, but still with the potential to further extend the downstairs living space (STPP). 2 receptions. D/s wc. Modern kitchen. 4 bedrooms. Family bathroom. Front & rear gardens. OSP. Garage. CHAIN FREE. http://tinyurl.com/pzvz3pk (ref 3611).

SIDCUP £385,000 The Drive, Sidcup, DA14 4HG

SIDCUP Guide Price: £205,000 - £215,000 Acacia Way, The Hollies, Sidcup, DA15 8WW

3 bedroom detached house in sought after location. Requiring some updating, but would make an ideal family home. 2 receptions. Kitchen. D/s wc. 2 dble and 1 single bedroom. Bathroom. 2 garages. OSP to front. Garden. CHAIN FREE. http://tinyurl.com/pdang7e (ref 3674).

One bed Edwardian first floor apartment located in the sought after “Hollies” development. 18’0 x 12’3 lounge opening onto kitchen. 15’7 x 9’ bedroom. Bathroom. Communal grounds. Tall ceilings. High standard of decor. Easy access to Sidcup station and local shops. Membership to onsite gym (separate charge). http://tinyurl.com/pdxwtgp (ref 3180).

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SIDCUP £575,000 The Drive, Sidcup, DA14 4ER

SIDCUP £455,000 Manor Road, Sidcup, DA15 7HT

SIDCUP £450,000 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7DU

Unique 4 bed s/det Edwardian house. Stunning condition. Elegantly & tastefully decorated t/out. Entrance vestibule. Lounge with corner bay. Modern kitchen open to dining area. D/s bthm & U/s shower rm. Master bedrm with corner bay. 3 further beds. Gravel driveway & att garage. Astro turfed lawn to rear garden. Early viewing a must. http://tinyurl.com/7lvuwar (ref 2736).

3 bed det house, much improved by the current owner. Located in prime residential location, convenient for Sidcup station. Attractive thru lounge opening onto well tended garden. DG conservatory. Extended fit kitchen. 3 bedrooms. Family bathroom. Attached garage with own driveway. Early viewing recommended. http://tinyurl.com/m5g4l57 (ref 3508).

Generously proportioned 5 bed, 3 rec end of terrace house arranged over 3 floors. Ideal for large family or conversion (STPP). GCH. DG. Parking for 4 cars. Approx 96’ rear garden. Situated in the heart of Sidcup, close to station and local amenities. Early viewing recommended. http://tinyurl.com/cy4htnq (ref 1245).

SIDCUP £299,950 Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ

SIDCUP £245,000 Kemnal Court, 285 Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6QL

Brand new, two bed EOT house, completed to high specification and offered in immaculate condition t/out. GCH. DG. Solar roof panels. Through lounge. D/s wc. Superbly fitted kitchen with built-in appliances. Master bedroom with fitted wardrobe. 2nd bedroom. Luxury bathroom. Gardens to front and rear. Ready to move into. Early viewing highly recommended. http://tinyurl.com/pscc7kc (ref 3269).

2 bed first floor flat – built only 3 years ago. Spacious, light accommodation in excellent condition t/out. GCH. DG. 20’ dual aspect lounge. High quality fitted kitchen. 2 double bedrooms (one with ensuite). Modern bathroom. Allocated parking space to rear. Communal gardens. Easy access to amenities. Early viewing recommended. Chain Free. http://tinyurl.com/725zqrl (ref 3028).

SIDCUP £225,000 The Clockhouse, 62 Rowanwood Avenue, The Hollies, Sidcup, DA15 8WN 1 bed ground floor galleried apartment within the historic Clockhouse building on the sought after “Hollies” development. Well presented by the current owner. Much character – Large arched windows & galleried bedroom. Lounge open plan to kitchen. Modern bathroom. Allocated parking. Access to private gym complex. Chain Free. http://tinyurl.com/qjzvyod (ref 3604).

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SIDCUP £595,000

Firside Grove, The Hollies, Sidcup, DA15 8WB Superb 4 bed detached house situated in secluded position on “The Hollies” development with own private drive. Lounge. Luxury fitted kitchen. D/s 4th bed/3rd rec with ensuite shower room, ideal for elderly relative or professional working at home. Master bedroom. 2 further bedrooms. Family bathroom. Front driveway with parking for several cars. Detached garage. Rear garden. Easy access to local shops, schools & Sidcup station. http://tinyurl.com/nz84b8c (ref 264)

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SIDCUP £725 PCM The Firs, 162 Longlands Road, Sidcup, DA15 7LG

SIDCUP £875 PCM Freeland Court, 41 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EF

SIDCUP £900 PCM Morland Court, 13 Hatherley Road, Sidcup, DA14 4FF

CRAYFORD £1,000 PCM Wolsley Close, Crayford, Dartford, DA1 4BB

1 bed purpose built ground floor flat, situated in popular and residential location, close to shops, schools and station. GCH. DG. Lounge. Kitchen. Double bedrooms. Bathroom. Communal gardens. Garage en bloc. Available early March. Unfurnished. http://tinyurl.com/odknfmn (ref 516).

Good size 2 bed ground floor apartment. Popular residential location, close to shops, schools, bus routes and short walk to Sidcup station. GCH. DG. Lounge/diner. Modern kitchen. 2 bedrooms. Modern bathroom. Allocated parking space. Garage en bloc. Available now. Unfurnished. http://tinyurl.com/njb7del (ref 3683).

1 bed ground floor luxury apartment with private terrace area. Walking distance of Sidcup station. Close to shops, schools and High St. GCH. DG. E/phone. Lift. Lounge. Modern open plan kitchen. Larger than average bedroom. Luxury bathroom. Communal gardens. Allocated parking space. Available early April. http://tinyurl.com/crvb8hn (ref 3166).

Spacious & well maintained 3 bed terrace house. Close to shops, Crayford High St, schools, bus routes and Crayford station. GCH. DG. New carpets. Neutral decor. D/s clkrm. Lounge with doors to garden. Kitchen. 2 dble & 1 single bedroom. Bathroom. Small garden to rear. Available now. Unfurnished. http://tinyurl.com/pqb4uhr (ref 3671).

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SIDCUP £1,150 PCM Langford Place, Sidcup, DA14 4AY

SIDCUP £1,650 PCM Cleeve Park Gardens, Sidcup, DA14 4JL

Good size 3 bed terrace house. Close to schools, shops, bus routes and walking distance to Sidcup station. GCH. DG. Lounge. Kitchen. Dining area. 2 double and 1 single bedroom. Modern bathroom. Courtyard garden to rear. Single garage. Available end Feb/early March. Unfurnished. http://tinyurl.com/a6tds2r (ref 3362).

Spacious 5 bed det house in residential cul-de-sac and close to shops, schools, bus routes and motorway links. Walking distance of Sidcup station. GCH. DG. D/s clkrm. Spacious living room. Separate dining room. D/s study. Kitchen. Utility area. Master bedrm with ensuite. 2 further double bedrooms and 2 single bedrooms. Bathroom. Garden to rear. OSP for 2 cars. Double garage. Available early February. Unfurnished. http://tinyurl.com/q867p66 (ref 3567).

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THE HOLLIES, SIDCUP Guide Price: £625,000 - £650,000

Maple Leaf Drive, Sidcup, DA15 8WA Attractive 4 bed det house on “wider than average” plot on the sought after “Hollies” development. Through lounge. dining rm. Study. Kitchen. Sep utility area. Master bed with ensuite bthrm. 3 further bedrooms. Family bthrm. Rear garden. Driveway and double width garage. Easy access to Sidcup station, shops and schools. CHAIN FREE SALE. http://tinyurl.com/ptn4xrx (ref 3595).

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THE HOLLIES, SIDCUP £330,000

The Clockhouse, 66 Rowanwood Avenue, Sidcup, DA15 8WN – 2 bed galleried apartment located in the iconic Clockhouse building on the popular “Hollies” development. Presented to a high standard with a modern feel, but yet retaining character features such as tall ceilings and feature windows. Lounge. Modern kitchen. Stylish d/s bathroom. Master bedroom with ensuite shower room. Second bedroom. Communal grounds. 2 parking spaces. http://tinyurl.com/pm2ot42 (ref 3347).

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Contact Us Banks announce mortgage relief for flood victims

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Several banks are announcing support to those affected by the floods. RBS, NatWest, Santander and HSBC are offering payment holidays and extended credit to customers and small businesses.

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These pledges have followed strong Whitehall pressure and David Cameron’s declaration that “money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed for, it will be spent”. The PM also called for a united “great national effort” in repairing the devastation caused by the floods.

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RBS and Natwest – “Thousands of families and businesses will battle short-term financial difficulties as they work to recover from the floods. I hope the steps we are taking will make a meaningful difference to the communities that are working so hard to manage through the floods and then recover from them.” Deloitte insurance has estimated that the average flood damage insurance claim is likely to be between £30,000 and £40,000, while estimates for the total cost of cleaning up have hit £1 billion. Source: naea.co.uk

1 in 5 households will live in rented accommodation by 2018 according to CBI

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The CBI have issued a press release highlighting research showing that, by 2018, one in five households will live in private rented accommodation and, if demand for private renting continues, £57 billion of investment a year will be needed by 2016. The CBI have called on the Government to reduce the VAT rate on repair and renovation to lower costs, and councils to do more to drive investment from larger institutions. Commenting, CBI Chief Policy Director Katja Hall, said: “Despite the rapid rise of the private rented sector, generation rent is often an afterthought when it comes to housing policy. While it's right to support first-time buyers, we must make sure people who rent are not forgotten. “The rental sector offers huge opportunities for growth in the economy and more large-scale institutional investment is needed. A VAT reduction on repair and renovation would really help push investment decisions over the line.” Source: arla.co.uk

Why use Drewery Property Consultants? Established Agent: Drewery are the most established agent in the local area (est 1946) with a proven track record and membership of the NAEA & ARLA. Prime Office Location: Drewery occupy an unrivalled, prime location, close to Sidcup Station and major supermarket. Experienced Sales Team: Drewery employ the most experienced sales & letting team locally with over 15 members of staff. Maximum Internet Exposure: Drewery has the most dominant internet exposure locally including Rightmove, Primelocation & Zoopla, plus over 30 other property websites.

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Holy Trinity Lamorbey CE Primary School Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent. DA15 9DB Phone: 020 8300 3613 • website: www.htl.bexley.sch.uk Declared ‘Good’ by OFSTED (Nov 2012) We offer a Christian framework to develop pupils confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities (for pupils aged 3-11). We have fantastic resources, which includes a library, computer suite, sports field and modern interactive classroom facilities. A broad and balanced curriculum, including trips and residential visits. Experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, including specialist sports coaches and music teachers. Close and long established links to local Secondary Schools, including both Grammar and High Schools. High academic achievement, but also support for children with special needs. Parents of prospective entrants are welcome to visit the nursery and can arrange to do so by making an appointment to see the Head Teacher. Open Days for prospective parents to look around the nursery whilst it is in session will be held on the following dates: Thursday 13 March 2014 at 10.30 am—11.45 am Tuesday 18 March 2014 at 10.30 am—11.45 am 170 yrs of Christian Education in Sidcup

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