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Pop into your local haart branch to see how we can help you Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Our typical fee for arranging a mortgage is ÂŁ495. The actual amount payable will depend on your circumstances. H0134741

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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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£300,000 - £325,000

Need More Space Linden Street, Romford

Viewing is a must to see and appreciate the space on offer in this enlarged character home. Being ideally located to Romford Town Centre with its main line station. With features including three bedrooms, three receptions and lots of living space. • Three Bedrooms • Semi Detached House • Sun Lounge

• Character Style Home • Close To Town Centre • Great Transport Links hrt019507922

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Call us now on: 01708 730599 8am - 10pm everyday Rare Find Ainsley Avenue £230,000

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This semi detached bungalow offers three bedrooms and a lounge/diner. The garage is at the side with it's own driveway leading up to it. It Is offered with no onward chain which will help speed up the moving process.

• Semi Detached Bungalow • Three Bedrooms • Large Double Garage • Mature Gardens • No Onward Chain

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Personality Plus Havering Road, Romford £250,000 Having been well decorated throughout, this lovely three bedroom semi detached house is set back from the road with driveway to front as well as double garage to rear and being located ideally for transport, shops, school and local parks. • Three Bedrooms • Semi Detached House • Well Decorated Throughout • Double Garage • Close To Schools And Parks

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£270,000

Family Home Knighton Road, Romford

This well presented family home is in a popular part of Romford as it is within walking distance of Romford Town Centre and all of its amenities. The areas local schools nearby making this a great home for the family. A must see to appreciate the size. • Semi Detached House • Three Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms

• Close To Amenities • School Catchment Area • Off Street Parking HRT019508108

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SALES

Call us now on: 01708 730599 8am - 10pm everyday £330,000

The Good Life Mawney Road, Romford

Come and experience this four bedroom semi detached house with it's own driveway and double side gates leading to a 120ft rear garden. This house was built in 1928 is close to the main station and town centre. • Four Bedrooms • Semi Detached House • 120ft Rear Garden

• Built in 1928 • Close To Romford Station • Conservatory

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Wow Factor Gorseway, Romford £325,000

• End Of Terrace House • Four Bedrooms • Open Plan Ground Floor • En Suite

This property includes brilliant features on the ground floor such as a bedroom with shower suite and an open plan living space extended to the rear which has increased the over all size of the kitchen. The first floor offers features such as three double bedrooms and an en suite.

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£375,000

Room For The Whole Family Mawney Road, Romford

This five bedroom detached house is in a prime location for a family as it is within easy access to local schools and shops, offering three reception rooms, open plan kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, ground floor cloakroom and en suite. A must see! • Detached House • Five Bedrooms • Three Reception Rooms

• Two En Suites • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room HRT019508043

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Call us now on: 01708 730599 8am - 10pm everyday Size Will Surprise Sims Close, Romford £250,000

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This three bedroom town house is situated within 0.7 miles to Romford Train Station and Town Centre. The property has many benefits including integral garage and driveway, 25 ft rear garden, three bedrooms, separate WC and bathroom and en suite to the master bedroom. • Mid Terrace House • Three Bedrooms • Integral Garage • En Suite Bathroom • Views of Lodge Farm Park

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The Good Life Rose Court, Romford £250,000 Right on the doorstep to this lovely two bedroom retirement apartment are local doctors and dentist surgeries, a popular supermarket, a wide range of shops and cafes, and Romford's historic marketplace. Offered with no onward chain. • Retirement Apartment • Two Bedrooms • Close To Historic Marketplace • Well Maintained

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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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£250,000 - £270,000

Charm And Warmth Medora Road, Romford

This will make a lovely home and being located within walking distance to Romford Town Centre. This character three bedroom semi detached home has three good size bedrooms as well as through lounge and kitchen/breakfast room. • Semi Detached House • Three Bedrooms • Character Features

• Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Beautiful Rear Garden • Close To Romford Town HRT019508113

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Call us now on: 01708 730599 8am - 10pm everyday Five Star Value Lantivet, Romford £2,400 PCM

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This four/five bedroom detached family home in an excellent location. Accommodation comprises a 28ft, open plan kitchen/lounge/diner with solid oak flooring, ground floor bathroom, fourth and fifth bedroom and more! • Detached House • Four/Five Bedrooms • Open Plan Living • Two Reception Rooms

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Looks Like Home Pettits Lane, Romford £1,400 PCM Stunning three double bedroom semi detached house within walking distance of Romford Town Centre and Station. This property benefits from features such as two large reception rooms, newly fitted kitchen and three double bedrooms. • Semi Detached House • Three Double Bedrooms • Close To Town And Station • Two Large Reception Rooms

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IF YOU FOLLOW THE ROUTE, YOU EARN A GIVEN NUMBER OF POINTS WHICH YOU CAN USE TO BUY ITEMS OR FOOD AT COMPANIES SUCH AS M&S

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LETTINGS

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£1,550 PCM

Sublime Havering Road, Romford

Expect to be impressed when you enter this sublime four double bedroom, semi detached family home. The accommodation comprises of a large lounge with bay window and fireplace, ample off street parking and plenty of living space. • Semi Detached House • Four Double Bedrooms • Beautiful Fitted Kitchen

• Loft Conversion • Attached Garage • Full Of Character And Charm HRT047706235

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Call us now on: 01708 730599 8am - 10pm everyday Not The Least Bit Ordinary Kingswood Lodge, Romford

£1,100 PCM

Beautiful conversion apartment situated off of Main Road, Gidea Park situated 0.6 miles to the station! The property boasts high ceilings, bay windows and parking. Large hallway, lounge with bay windows and a kitchen. Contemporary bathroom suite and two double bedrooms. • Conversion Apartment • Two Double Bedrooms • 0.6 Miles From The Station

• Contemporary Bathroom • Allocated Parking • High Ceilings

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Stunning! Byron Mansions, Romford £1,050 PCM

• First Floor Flat • Two Double Bedrooms • Close To Upminster Station • Balcony • Comes Fully Furnished

Offered to let, this two double bedroom first floor flat on Corbets Tey Road within walking distance to Upminster Station and local amenities. The property consists of a hallway with modern bathroom, a large lounge with balcony, modern kitchen and two double bedrooms.

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£1,200 PCM

Stunning! Index Apartments, Romford

Stunning sixth floor apartment within the ever popular Index Apartments complex. With residents gymnasium and also a concierge, this flat will be the envy of friends and family. The property is provided fully furnished and benefits from two double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms! Call today and get there first. Parking not included. • Sixth Floor Apartment • Two Double Bedrooms • Two Bathrooms

• Concierge • Fully Furnished • Residents Gym HRT047706064

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Call us now on: 01708 730599 8am - 10pm everyday Spoil Yourself Hezeleigh House, Romford £850 PCM

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Stunning one bedroom ground floor apartment within walking distance of Romford Station. This property benefits from an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, one large double bedroom and separate bathroom.

• Ground Floor Apartment • One Double Bedroom • Close To Romford Station • Open Plan Living • Fully Furnished

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WOW! Meridien, Romford £950 PCM Stunning two double bedroom, two bathroom maisonette within a 10 minute walk to Romford Station and Town Centre. Large open plan kitchen/diner, lounge, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Property benefits allocated parking. • Maisonette • Two Double Bedrooms • Close To Town Centre • Open Plan Kitchen/Diner • Allocated Parking

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£1,500 PCM

Save This Ad Tindall Close, Romford

A large four bedroom detached house in Harold Wood, within walking distance to Harold Wood Station and local shops. The property comprises of four good size bedrooms, en suite to master, dining room, a large kitchen with appliances, a good size lounge, conservatory, a large garden and parking. • Detached House • Four Bedrooms • Close To Amenities

• En Suite Bathroom • Large Rear Garden • Conservatory HRT047705851

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£1,950 PCM

Luxury On A Grand Scale The Coppice, Romford

This stunning three/four bedroom, detached property in Stapleford Abbotts situated on Oak Hill Road benefits from a large kitchen/diner, separate utility area, large reception room and a downstairs shower room. On the first floor there are three good size bedrooms; the master benefits from a walk in wardrobe. • Detached House • Four Bedrooms • Large Reception Room

• Large Kitchen/Diner • Beautiful Rear Garden • High Standard Decoration HRT047706242

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The quarterly property magazine from haart

Another happy customer…

Spring 2013

Bathroom bliss Soakaway your troubles with one of the best reads of 2013 Page 03

"It was the best experience we've had of moving in Rayleigh, and we've had quite a few." Chris Cain

"I’ve never had a gap between a tenant leaving and one moving in which is ideal for any landlord."

"I?ve never had a gap between a tenant leaving and one moving in which is ideal for any landlord." John Baker

Fresh to the market 100’s of great properties to buy or rent

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These are just a few of the 1000s of people who’ve successfully sold or let their homes with us in recent months.

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