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Why now is a good time to sell

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INTELLIGENT ADVICE FROM HAART: WHY NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO SELL As the housing market gathers momentum, we have reacted quickly by launching an innovative consumer advice series to keep customers up-to-date with fast-moving changes. Here, haart Chief Executive Paul Smith explains why now is a good time to sell...

Deciding WHEN to sell your property is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll ever have to make in life. Should you sell when property prices are increasing in value or should you wait until they’ve hit their peak? At haart, we have a dedicated team who watch and analyse the market and can give you the top quality advice you need to make that crucial decision of … WHEN. And all the indicators are pointing to NOW being the right time to put your home up for sale. The recent announcement by the Governor of the Bank of England that interest rates are to remain low for the foreseeable future means people are looking to invest in property, not save. The feelgood factor has returned to the property market, the economy is back on an even keel and there’s a lot of pent up demand for property combined with a desperate shortage of homes for sale, particularly in London and the south east of England.

We recognise that different sectors of the market are impacted in different ways depending on where you live and how many similar types of property are for sale. First time buyers, for example, have been struggling to get on the ladder for some time. But from January, the Government will be extending its Help to Buy scheme to help home buyers get a mortgage, and that’s going to create a buying frenzy. So here’s our advice from haart… • Sell when everyone else isn’t – people will quickly realise the property market is moving again so all those people who’ve been putting their move on hold will start selling too – just like you. • Demand for property is fierce in many parts of the UK. • Property prices are increasing, so you’ll get a good price for your home – while still being able to afford the next step up.

Just look at the facts: • At haart, we have 9 people chasing every property on our books. • We’re achieving 98.9% on average of the asking price. • And prices have increased by 6.7% on average for a 3-bed property Source: Spicerhaart Data 2013

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THERE’S A LOT OF PENT UP DEMAND FOR PROPERTY COMBINED WITH A DESPERATE SHORTAGE OF HOMES FOR SALE

• Interest rates are to remain low; which means more people will now be able to afford your property. • The economy is picking up, with two successive quarters of economic growth; that’s helped bring confidence back to the market. • Unemployment is falling – and that usually signals higher wages as companies compete for good staff; and more money means more people can afford to buy. Finally, if you’re looking to get the BEST price for your property, you need to allow time for it to be marketed effectively. The market is very buoyant and we’ve been achieving record prices. So call us at haart for a free valuation. You’ll be pleasantly surprised, your home is worth more than you think. * Our new advice series is the latest in haart’s innovative marketing techniques; you can view our video and blog at haart.co.uk and facebook.com/haart. estate.agents


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£785,000

A Special Family Home Abbots Road, Abbots Langley

Only occasionally do we come across such a special property as this one. Four years ago this was a modest bungalow but now it's grown! All is shiny and sparkling and built to a great specification. The owners have created a masterpiece! Just to be able to sit in that fabulous lounge looking out across that amazing garden is such a pleasure. • Five Bedrooms • Detached House • Stunning Lounge • Great Outlook

• Beautiful Kitchen/Breakfast • Dining Room • Solar Water Heating • 200ft Southerly Garden HRT000106955

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Call us now on: 01923 269444 8am - 10pm everyday Let Your Family Grow Abbots Road, Abbots Langley

£625,000

The current owner has worked some real magic on this wonderful family home. It's just had a fabulous new kitchen fitted, all gleaming and shiny and the same goes for the new family bathroom. • Four Bedrooms • Detached House • En Suite To Master • Fabulous Kitchen/Diner

• Two Receptions • Garage • Driveway • Lovely Garden SM000105684

Welcome To Paradise South Riding, Bricket Wood Guide Price £559,950 Wonderful, modern and contemporary designed family home. Perfectly located in this sought after street in Bricket Wood. Two spacious bedrooms and a stunning bathroom upstairs with the other two bedrooms and reception rooms downstairs.

• Four Bedrooms • Detached House • Refitted Kitchen • Study • Conservatory • Summer House • Driveway

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Call us now on: 01923 269444 8am - 10pm everyday Best Buy High Road, Leavesden £525,000 Wonderful four double bedroom detached family home. A real famly home with room for all and it has even more potential to extend if you wanted to do so. (STPP) Plus it has that double garage and a lovely garden.

• Four Bedrooms • Detached Home • Cellar • Family Home

• Conservatory • Log Burning Fire • Stunning Garden • Double Garage SM000106145

A Home For All Reasons Lauderdale Road, Hunton Bridge £529,950 Marvelous family home, with great character and practicality which has been much loved and enjoyed by the current owners and their rapidly growing children. With four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a lovely garden, life here is very good indeed! • Four Bedrooms • Detached House • Three Receptions • Two Bathrooms

• Cloakroom • Dining Room • Breakfast Room • Study

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Call us now on: 01923 269444 8am - 10pm everyday Versatile Family Home Dell Meadow, Abbots Langley

£490,000

Welcome to Dell Meadow, which is such a lovely cul de sac, only a short walk from the village centre. This detached family home is in nice order throughout but is just at that stage where some updating would be desired. Wonderful terrace gardens. • Five Bedrooms • Detached House • Dining Room • Study

• Well Designed Kitchen • Double Glazing • Garge • Superb Location SM000105904

The Good Life Harthall Lane, Pimlico £650,000 Thirty five years ago the current owners came across a small cottage down this lovely beautiful rural lane and they knew it had to be theirs. It was a cottage then, but now it's grown! Now it's stunning and so very impressive family home.

• Four Bedrooms • Detached House • Shower Room • Family Bathroom • Open Plan Lounge • Kitchen/Breakfast • Workshop • Carriage Driveway

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Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes INGREDIENTS Sponge 500g plain flour 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda 1/2 tsp. salt 225g butter 200g caster sugar 3 beaten eggs 1 lemon zest only 490g soured cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract 120g fresh blueberries Cream Cheese Frosting 225g butter 225g cream cheese 1 tsp. vanilla extract Juice and zest of 1 lemon 950g icing sugar 24 blueberries Blue food colour, optional METHOD To make the cupcakes: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. 2. Line a 24-cup cupcake tin with cupcake cases. 3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together into a large a bowl. 4. Place the butter into a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy and very pale - now add sugar. 5. Next add the beaten eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly in between each. 6. It is now time to add some flavours; pour in the vanilla and lemon zest and mix. 7. Add the dry ingredients in three or four phases, in between each add some of the sour cream and leave a little flour mix so you can end with the dry ingredients - do not over mix at this point. 8. Lastly stir in the blueberries. 9. Now fill each of your cupcake cases two-thirds full with the mixture. 10. Bake in your pre-heated oven for 16 to 20 minutes - test your cakes with a cocktail stick inserted in the centre; it should comes out clean. 11. Cool the cakes on a rack. Now you have delicate and light cupcakes, it is time to get FROSTING!

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SALES

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Wonderful Family Home Kindersley Way, Abbots Langley £415,000 Here in one of the village's most sought after streets, is this wonderful family home which has been thoughtfully extended and improved. The garden is a sun lovers delight with room for the avid gardener and for the children to run and play. • Three Bedrooms • Semi Detached • Extended Lounge • Lovely Kitchen

• Cloakroom • Garage • Driveway • 100ft Garden (STMS)

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The Perfect Modern Home Campion Close, Watford £383,000 Here for sale is the perfect package and ideal for anyone wanting an easy life. Four bedrooms and all the bells and whistles. Just what you have been looking for is a superbly built log cabin in the garden perfect for a home office, gym or even to run a business from. • Four Bedrooms • Link Detached • Two Receptions • Two Bathrooms

• Cloakroom • Dining Room • En Suite • Log Cabin

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Call us now on: 01923 269444 8am - 10pm everyday It's Loaded With Extras... Green View Court, School Mead

£225,000

Welcome to Greenview Court. Stunning, spacious, light filled and sophisticated. All in all a wonderful apartment, handy for local shops, has lift access to make your life easier and for peace of mind there is secure parking to rear. Marvelous! • Two Bedrooms • Second Floor Apartment • Lift Access • Secure Parking

• En Suite • Fitted Kitchen • Granite Work Surfaces • Westerly Views HRT000106909

One Of The Best Abbotsbury Court, The Brow £175,000

• Two Bedrooms • Apartment • First Floor • Lounge/Diner • New Bathroom • Ideal Investment

Light, bright and airy, nicely describes this fabulous apartment. It doesn't matter whether it's the brand new bathroom or simply the spacious rooms that attracts you, all we know is that it's a good one!

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