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Streets Ahead is a Bristol Estate Agent with a difference

If your looking to buy, sell or let your property in Bristol you have come to the right place.

“Location, location, location” may be the cornerstone of wise property investment, yet many people are unaware of the importance of location in making the right choice of estate agent.

Estate agency is an intensely local business. At Streets Ahead, we are more conscious than most of the over riding importance of providing a local service, delivered passionately by local people.

Our combination of experience and local expertise delivers unsurpassed market knowledge of the immediate Bristol area, so whether you’re buying, selling or letting in BS7, BS5, BS6 and BS9 and surrounding areas you can expect to receive the most relevant and up to date comment and opinion when it comes to property valuation, market intelligence and strategic marketing advice.

We believe that close customer contact, regular communication and straight-talking expert advice is what you deserve. This can only be delivered via a wholeheartedly independent estate agent with its clients’ best interests at heart.  You have a choice of Estate Agent, so choose wisely! Choose Streets Ahead Ltd.


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02Aug


Karen Manning Director of Streets Ahead looks at how important customer service is in when buying or selling your home.


95% of homeowners still prefer to use the tried and tested estate agency model – and with good reason. Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents, believes that the true points of difference are not latest technology or enticements of low fees, but proven professionals who are connected to their communities and who are financially committed to successfully selling your property.


Rather than focusing just on winning an instruction and putting it on the internet, a successful agent is intrinsically involved in qualifying buyers, compelling property presentation, constant re-assessment of local prices, matching databases, managing chains of buyers and sellers, dealing with solicitors and surveyors, and literally holding together complex deals over the 18 weeks it currently takes on average to complete a transaction.


Put succinctly, they are not paid until and unless they achieve a successful result for their client(s).


Marcus commented, ‘you won’t find this on the TV adverts, but the smart money will look for strong personal commitment, experience, expertise, great levels of service, and consistent, positive outcomes for clients.’


Karen Manning, director of Streets Ahead added: ‘As trusted agents we offer a bespoke service. This means listening to our clients’ needs and responding with sound, structured advice. Our local knowledge is second to none, all of the Directors at Streets Ahead have lived in Bristol for years and know the City and local housing market inside out.  Our interests are aligned with our clients and we strive to secure the best possible price for our vendors.


Like us, many estate agents are part of a national network, such as The Guild of Professional Estate Agents. This enables joint marketing across up to a thousand other similar offices. Through this network we can put together purchasers and sellers.’


If you are interested in selling your home contact Streets Ahead on 0117 9520829 or visit our website www.bestreetsahead.co.uk









      12Apr


      This month, many new regulations are coming into force that will affect the property industry. Karen Manning, Director of Streets Ahead, Bristol, highlights these key laws and discusses what impact they could have on the UK's housing market.


      April is a game changing month for the industry due to a number of new laws coming into force. Here is a brief overview of the changes that you can expect to see this month.


      The recent budget confirmed that an additional 3% of Stamp Duty will be introduced on second homes, in an attempt to curb the growth of the private rental market.


      Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents believes that this will have an impact on prices: ‘When the cost of buying a private rental property increases, rents would normally follow suit as landlords seek to maintain their margins / returns. For that reason, one likely effect is a rise in prices and rents.’


      The government has also announced that HMRC is removing the ability of landlords to deduct ‘wear and tear’ from rental receipts before income tax is applicable. Again, it is thought to possibly increase the price of rents as Marcus Whewell explains, ‘Although many landlords have complained that this could dramatically reduce the yields from such properties, in a free market, rents could simply adjust to cover this extra risk.’


      Other imminent changes include an increase of an average £58 for Council Tax on properties in Band D. This is the consequence of hundreds of councils around the country increasing rates by up to 4% - the largest Council Tax increase for eight years. On the other hand, properties that are rented from a housing association or the council will see a rent decrease by 1% each year for the next four years, starting from April.


      Karen Manning says, Bristol still remains a great place for property investment with a large number of professionals renting property throughout the area.  Bristol has strong finance and commercial sectors in the City Centre, retail centres both in the City Centre and out of town, Business and Science parks to the north of the City along with the new super hospital at Southmead all of this and the very large student population from both University of Bristol and University of West of England create a very buoyant rental market all over the region.


      Streets Ahead, 415 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8TS. 0117 9520829


      www.bestreetsahead.co.uk


      Member of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents (The Guild) The Guild is a national network of approximately 800 carefully selected independent estate agents, working together to consistently raise standards of excellence and professionalism in the industry. The Guild facilitates and supports its members providing marketing, business and technology solutions to ensure a ‘best in class’ service delivering a key competitive advantage: trust and confidence.


      07Mar

      Importance of having a for sale board


      Now that we are moving into a more digital based marketplace, it may be said that some people think that there is no need to promote a property with a for sale sign at the property but this is certainly not the case. There are a number of strong benefits that come from placing a for sale sign at your property if you are motivated to sell your home.


      Of course, we understand that there may be mitigating circumstances for not displaying a board but these should be discussed with your estate agent at the earliest opportunity.


      You can alert your neighbours to your sale


      Whilst many people will have close relationships with their neighbours and that they may have already informed them of their intention to move however your next door neighbours can certainly help you find a buyer.  If your neighbour is not aware of your intentions then a for sale board may spring them into action by discussing it with their friends and family who have always said that they wanted to move to that area. After all, your neighbour lives there so that is a strong endorsement.


      You never know who is passing by


      One of the most important reasons for vendors having a for sale sign outside of their property is that you never know who is passing by your home. Someone who passes by on their commute, who is visiting friends, may not be actively looking to move but may like the area and decide to act on impulse. While a property is not the best example of an impulsive purchase (unlike a TV or a new car) but you will often hear people say “If a property comes up in that area I would be interested to move there”. A for sale board will trigger this process.


      You can provide information with a for sale sign


      A board at your property not only advertises the fact that your home is for sale, it can provide a phone number to call the estate agent, a website address for those looking to read more before making contact, or even a QR code, all of which will allow potential buyers to learn more about your property without enquiring with you directly. It used to be that a for sale sign would lead to people coming to your home, knocking on your door and asking questions but a well designed for sale sign can provide valuable information to potential buyers, minimising the fuss a property owner may have to deal with.