House buyers and sellers throughout Mid Wales and Shropshire have realised the strengths of their local estate agents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
House sales have jumped in Mid Wales and Shropshire over the past six months with the reduction in Stamp Duty and Land Transaction Tax costs.
And while home buyers and sellers have had to adapt to new ways of viewing or valuing properties, high street estate agents have been praised for maintaining their quality of service and professionalism during the coronavirus pandemic.
People want to deal with a person when selling their home
“What has come out of the pandemic is that homebuyers and sellers want to be able to deal with a person at an estate agent and not just an online portal,” said Andrew Turner, a Partner at Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd.
“The changing circumstances and regulations created some confusion in the market, but those buying or selling through us have said the personal service offered has helped ensure the process is as smooth as possible.
“The ability to market properties nationally through our online networks, as well as regionally and locally through our offices and team, combines the best of both worlds.”
One example was the purchaser of a property through our Welshpool office.
“I was a purchaser of a property in September 2020 and the vendor was your client. I have had a lot of positive contact with Bryan Jarman. Suffice to say that my 'old school' perception of customer service was not only met but I also received after care.
“…I would thoroughly recommend MMP. Between the both of us we were able to drive the completion seven days before Christmas. I'm impressed that during this global pandemic my emails/phone calls were managed with excellence in relation to time frame set by Bryan.”
Local service with national reach
“We have seen people who thought a flat fee online sale agent would be an easy way to sell their home coming to us months later to take over the sale arrangements.
“For one, most estate agents such as us offer a no sale, no fee approach. Our clients deal with a person who lives locally and who undertakes the appraisal, photography and promotion of the property. They know everything is in hand and being taken care of.
“With online only estate agents, a lot of the legwork, photos and viewing arrangements have to be undertaken by the vendor. And they’re paying for that upfront.”
Mr Turner said there was strong demand for residential property throughout Powys, Ceredigion, Shropshire and Gwynedd.
“We’re inundated with enquiries for good quality property. In many cases people want additional space, possibly because they’re working from home. Outdoor areas, the ability to access walks and recreational areas and a sense of community are other major factors,” he said.
The buoyant property market continues
“There is no doubt the Stamp Duty and Land Transaction Tax holiday has helped, but the market remains strong and buoyant and anyone considering selling their property should contact us for a free appraisal.”
MMP/NL can undertake a free appraisal of a property and market it to potential buyers throughout the UK through its online marketing tools and being a member of the Guild of Property Professionals.
MMP/NL has offices in eight towns, including Newtown, Oswestry, Aberystwyth, Welshpool, Llanidloes, Rhayader, Tywyn, Machynlleth and a showroom at Aberdyfi. It also has a specialist Rural Team based at Welshpool Livestock Sales and an associate office in London.
For more information, contact one of its local offices by visiting www.morrismarshall.co.uk