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THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY

Getting Noticed

At times when the market is fairly flat, like we have endured for the last couple of years, vendors have to make their property stand out from the competition in order to make the difference between an also-ran and a real front runner in the property stakes. The most important thing for sure is to have a good set of images available for your agent, whether for display in a window or on the internet. Be aware that they may have visited you on a grey day, with an uninspiring sky. Don’t be afraid to send them something seasonal with a clear blue sky – beware of old images with frost or snow on the ground, and also avoid Christmas decorations. Check your agent’s window or website the next time you can. Check the wording – is it accurate? Could it be improved? Don’t be afraid to offer politely your suggestion. Sometimes it is worth investing in a professional to take elevated photographs or provide you with floor-plans, and these can promote your property ahead of the competition. If your property is a holiday home, make sure that someone cuts the grass and weeds the garden regularly. An uncared for property really does look sad, and no amount of sweet talking by the Estate Agent is going to sell that one. Open shutters for the viewings, even if you would normally have them closed on hot/cold days. Have discreet secondary lights on in some rooms to make the place welcoming. Don’t follow the agent around from room to room.

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Let them get on with the viewing. Several people milling around on a landing & in and out of bedrooms will make the property feel cramped. If the potential buyers don’t seem to particularly like the property accept that, but if they show interest offer them some refreshments. Often vendors can help things along by joining the clients at the end of the viewing to answer questions, such as the distance to local schools or the local taxes etc. Don’t forget to ask for feedback – good agents will automatically provide this to you within 24/48 hours, and take on board their comments. Check with your agent how they promote your property. They should be able to give you details of a few property portals that they use for the internet, ideally appealing to the UK market, French market and other International clients. (We use around 10 different sites for different properties). Do they have a weblog or use Facebook for example? New technology: Our blog: http://allez-francais.blogspot.com/ We are also on Facebook, you can find the link via our website homepage: www.allez-francais.com Mobile barcodes Peter Elias (Agent Commercial). www.allez-francais.com email: sales@allez-francais.com, Tel 05 49 27 01 22

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The Deux-Sèvres Monthly July 2011  

English language magazine for the Deux-Sèvres and surrounding departments in France.

The Deux-Sèvres Monthly July 2011  

English language magazine for the Deux-Sèvres and surrounding departments in France.