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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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£600,000

A Piece Of Paradise Main Road, Orpington

What a fantastic home this will be for any family looking for space and character. There are reception rooms, a wonderful kitchen/diner, four bedrooms, one with an en suite and one with a balcony offering views over the garden and River Cray. • Detached Home • Four Bedrooms • Character Features

• Four Receptions • En Suite • Cloakroom • No Forward Chain HRT018705456

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£895,000

What A Find Marlings Park Avenue, Chislehurst

This imposing house comprises of, five bedrooms, two reception rooms and an approx. 100ft rear garden lending itself to the potential to extend further (STPP). Found in a popular residential location this would suit any family moving to area. • Five Bedrooms • Detached House • Two Receptions • 100ft Garden (STMS)

• Popular Location • Transport Links • Extend (STPP) • For The Family HRT018705459

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Call us now on: 01689 898899 8am - 10pm everyday Welcome To Paradise Rock Hill, Orpington Guide Price £570,000 What a wonderful location this four bedroom extended detached family home is set within. There are fantastic views over farmland and open fields with much wildlife. All this and only a short distance from shops, schools and stations.

• Detached Home • Four Bedrooms • Two Receptions

• En Suite • Quiet Location • Rural Position HRT018705442

Going, Going, Gone! St. Pauls Wood Hill, Orpington O.I.E.O £220,000 Well Positioned in an excellent location and presented beautifully. You will not want to miss out on this lovely two double bedroom terrace house. Ideal for first time buyers and investors alike. • Two Bedrooms • Terrace House • Well Presented

• 30' Garden (STMS) • First Time Buyers • Investors

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Semi Detached Bungalow Edmunds Avenue, Orpington £200,000 - £215,000 Two bedroom semi detached bungalow that offers easy access to shops, schools, motorway links and the Mainline Station. To be sold with no chain this home would suit anyone looking for a family home or a couple looking to downsize. • Two Bedrooms • Semi Detached • Bungalow

• Quiet Location • No Chain • Don't Miss This

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Looks Like Home Goodmead Road, Orpington £279,995 Located within walking distance to Orpington High Street this two bedroom semi detached bungalow offers great access to shops, schools and the Mainline Station. There is also space to extend to the rear of the property subject to planning.

• Two Bedrooms • Bungalow • Wet Room

• Double Glazing • Amenities Access • Rear 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

Call us now on: 01689 898899 8am - 10pm everyday £224,995

Move Straight In Wesley Close, Orpington

Having been refurbished throughout by the current owner this two bedroom, extended, semi detached bungalow is offered to the market with no forward chain. There is ample off street parking, lounge and conservatory overlooking the garden. • Semi Detached House • Two Bedrooms • Extended To Rear

• No Chain • Off Street Parking • Amenities Access

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Pick Of The Week Elmcroft Road, Orpington £175,000

• Two Bedrooms • Maisonette • Ground Floor • Station Access • Own Garden

Ground floor two double bedroom maisonette located within walking distance of High Street shops, schools, bus routes and the Mainline Station. To the front there is parking for approx. three cars and to the rear is your own garden.

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Call us now on: 01689 898899 8am - 10pm everyday What A Great Location Bark Hart Road, Orpington £395,000 Found within walking distance of Orpington High Street, this extended four bedroom home offers fantastic living space with two reception rooms, master bedroom with an en suite, ample off street parking and an approx. 150 ft rear garden.

• Semi Detached • Four Bedrooms • Two Receptions

• En Suite • Rear Garden • Garage HRT018705384

Perfect For Commuting Hollingbourne Tower, Westwell Close O.I.E.O £135,000 Located to the seventh floor is this charming two double bedroom apartment with fantastic views over Orpington and views into London. The property has been well maintained by the current owner and would suit a couple or investor. • Seventh Floor • Two Bedrooms • Lift

• Well Maintained • Station Access • Bus Routes

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