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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


SALES

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Feature property

O.I.E.O £1,500,000

Aura Of Elegance Benfleet Road, Benfleet

This exclusive and sought after location is home to our vendor's stunning family home. Set back from the road they have designed a fabulous detached house with secluded rear garden and swimming pool. • Five Bedrooms • Detached House • Three Receptions • Three Bathrooms

• Study • Dining Room • Dressing Room • Swimming Pool SM000706565

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Call us now on: 01268 756177 8am - 10pm everyday O.I.E.O £750,000

Welcome Home Vicarage Hill, Benfleet

Highly sought after location and nestled in woodland is this impressive, five bedroom detached family house with double garage and ample parking. Close to Boyce Hill Private Golf Club and ideal for Benfleet. • Five Bedrooms • Detached House • Three Receptions • Five Bathrooms

• Dining Room • Kitchen/Diner • Double Garage • Ample Parking SM000705710

A Happy Home Vicarage Hill, Benfleet £500,000

• Five Bedrooms • Detached Home • Three Receptions • Three Bathroms • Local School • Station Access

The property is situated close to schools, shops and local amenities and is in a very sought after location. In the King John School catchment area and ideal for Benfleet Station. Benefits include off road parking and a garage.

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Call us now on: 01268 756177 8am - 10pm everyday Expect To Be Envied Clarence Road, Bowers Gifford £370,000 - £390,000 This fantastic family home is situated in a semi rural position with views across farmland yet with good transport routes, shops and local amenities nearby. On a plot measuring approx. 215ft x 79ft and with a heated swimming pool, we strongly recommend an early internal inspection.

• Three Bedrooms • Bungalow • Semi Rural

• Dining Room • Double Garage • Rear Garden SM000705766

Stop - Circle - Call Fernlea Road, Benfleet £300,000 The property is located within the sought after South Benfleet area. Benefits include being within the King John School catchment area and close to the High Street shops and Benfleet Station. • Four Bedrooms • Detached House • Two Receptions

• Quiet Location • Double Glazing • Garage

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Call us now on: 01268 756177 8am - 10pm everyday Look No More Church Road, Benfleet £270,000 - £290,000

Feature property

The property is situated in a popular location, close to schools, shops and local amenities. With good transport routes close by, plenty of off road parking and an integral garage with a south facing rear garden. • Four Bedrooms • Detached House • Two Receptions • Two Bathrooms • Breakfast Room • En Suite SM000706409

The Lap Of Luxury Essex Way, Benfleet £220,000 - £235,000 This lovely two bedroom bungalow is positioned perfectly for Benfleet Train Station and also offers excellent road links to Southend and Canvey Island. You will find this family home presented in excellent decorative order with a landscaped rear garden to enjoy. • Two Bedrooms • Bungalow • Well Presented • Station Access • Garden

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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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Star Quality Seamore Avenue, Benfleet £215,000 Our vendors have loved living in their family home and have spent lots of time and money getting it just right. Now's the time to move on, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labour! • Three Bedrooms • Semi Detached • Two Receptions • Dining Room

• Utility Room • Cloakroom • Rear Garden • Garage

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Room For The Family Seamore Avenue, Benfleet £220,000 - £230,000 Room to extend, subject to planning permission! If you need a good size property with lots of parking to the front and ready to move straight into, view this home now! Lots of scope to extend! (STPP)

• Three Bedrooms • Semi Detached • Two Receptions

• Extend (STPP) • Great Location • Transport Links

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Call us now on: 01268 756177 8am - 10pm everyday Stunning Home Sherwood Crescent, Benfleet £235,000 - £240,000

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The current vendor purchased this property because of it's location. You will find this property to be presented to a an excellent standard, with a refitted kitchen and bathroom and two good size bedrooms each with bespoke fitted wardrobes. • Two Bedrooms • Bungalow • Two Receptions • Conservatory • Well Presented • Rear Garden SM000706526

The Good Life Coley Court, High Road £123,500 - £135,000 A beautifully presented and modern ground floor apartment with security entry phone system and an allocated parking space as well as two visitor parking spaces. If you are looking to join the property ladder you can't go wrong with this! • One Bedroom • Apartment • Ground Floor • Entry Phone System • Station Access • Allocated Parking

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Spring 2013

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"We have told our friends and family about the real estate agent work haart does." Michelle Amos

"The house was sold within 10 days of going on the market."

"The service with haart is superb, nothing was too much trouble." Ian Gathercole

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