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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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Feature property

£575,000

Contemporary Design Fontmell Park, Ashford

This unusual detached property offers all the space you need for comfortable family living, a prestigious road within walking distance of the town centre. The detached garage and workshop/office are an added bonus. • Detached House • Four Bedrooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room

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• Workshop/Office • Detached Garage • Prestigious Location

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Feature property

£565,000

Prestigious Road Parkland Grove, Ashford

Extended five bedroom detached property benefiting from a good size rear garden. Off street parking to front leading to integral garage. Lounge to front, conservatory, kitchen/dining room overlooking rear garden, study and ground floor cloakroom. • Detached House • Five Bedrooms • Kitchen/Dining Room

• En Suite Bathroom • Conservatory • Close To Station HRT009306413

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SALES

Call us now on: 01784 256131 8am - 10pm everyday £460,000

Room To Expand Salcombe Road, Ashford

Room for all the family at this detached house that is situated within walking distance of the town centre amenities and railway station. Providing lounge/dining room, conservatory, study, kitchen and ground floor cloakroom. Four bedrooms and bathroom to first floor. • Detached House • Four Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms

• Lounge/Dining Area • Conservatory • Side & Rear Gardens

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Character Extended Semi Fordbridge Road, Ashford £460,000

• Semi Detached House • Three Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms • Dates From 1930's • Utility Room • Enclosed Rear Garden

A great opportunity to make this extended 1930's semi detached house a home for your family. In a desirable road, within walking distance of Ashford Town Centre. Two separate reception rooms and a study.

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Call us now on: 01784 256131 8am - 10pm everyday Feel At Home Linkscroft Avenue, Ashford £345,000 A beautifully presented three bedroom extended home ideal for entertaining family and friends. Open plan aspect to ground floor overlooking enclosed, decked patio and lawned garden and a master bedroom with en suite.

• Semi Detached • Three Bedrooms • En Suite

• Open Plan • Kitchen/Dining • Close To Town HRT009306512

Perfect Position The Wickets, Ashford £342,500 Situated in a popular residential development next to a small local park, this modern three bedroom family home is within walking distance of Ashford Town Centre and railway station. • Semi Detached House • Three Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms

• Conservatory • Modern Throughout • Great Travel Links

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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

Call us now on: 01784 256131 8am - 10pm everyday £325,000

Secluded Garden Parkfield Road, Feltham

You'll love to come home to this detached three bedroom bungalow with lounge leading to a delightful secluded rear garden. Containing Features such as a refitted kitchen, bathroom, driveway and situated within walking distance of Feltham Town Centre. • Detached Bungalow • Three Bedrooms • Refited Kitchen

• Mature Gardens • Storage Building • Close To Town Centre

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Extended Family Home Maxwell Road, Ashford £300,000

• End Of Terrace House • Three Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms • Study/Nursery • Open Plan Living • No Onward Chain

Great size, extended family home with three double bedrooms and study/nursery, large open plan reception area leading to good sized garden with paved patio and lawn to rear and side.

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Call us now on: 01784 256131 8am - 10pm everyday Far From Ordinary Kenyngton Drive, Sunbury On Thames £299,950 This well presented extended family home offers spacious accommodation with the added benefit of a versatile annexe and separate office. Close to local shool and bus routes.

• Semi Detached • Three Bedrooms • Versatile Annexe

• Seperate Office • Open Plan • Close To Shops HRT009306500

Welcome Home Stainford Close, Ashford £275,000 This semi-detached house is set in a quiet cul de sac within a short distance from local shops, bus routes and schools. It has three bedrooms, two reception areas, kitchen and bathroom. • Semi Detached House • Three Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms

• Courtyard Style Gardens • Ample Parking • No Onward Chain

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Spring 2013

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