“Sold” – what does it really mean?

When is a property sold? City investment firm Jefferies hit the headlines last week when publishing a report focussing on criticising claims made by online agent Purplebricks; Jefferies’ analysis of Purplebricks data found that it had sold 51.6pc of the homes listed in November 2016 within 10 months, versus the company’s claims that 78pc of… Read More



Brochures – how properly checking yours can really pay off

You’ve chosen your estate agent. The measuring and photos are done so I’d hope the next step is for your agent to send you the brochures to approve. Given the information below, they certainly should; Code of Practice for Residential Estate Agents Section 7 clause J – “Prior to commencement of marketing, the written details… Read More



November Bath property market data

November is a month packed with festivals and traditions, from All Saints Day and Armistice Day to Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving and St Andrews Day.  Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in November (1922) and two first flights took place in November (the first helicopter in 1907 and the first hot air balloon in 1783). November is also the… Read More



How to make your viewers feel welcome

Making your viewers feel welcome to your home is a team effort between you and your agent but the results are crucial to a successful sale or let. First impressions start with the photos your agent takes but there’s also the inevitable drive by inspections before viewings and then the viewings themselves. Whether you’re looking… Read More



Don’t believe the hype

Paging through this weeks property paper, it seems we’re yet again in the season for selective language used by some advertisers to “educate”, “inform” or simply blatantly sell their services. Some prime examples below of the latest spin plucked from the pages of the Chronicle; “Many agents rely on just one website…” – Really? I can’t… Read More



Paper advertising vs property websites – August 2013 case study

At Madison Oakley, we are always keen to use all types of media for our clients properties. In many cases, we even delay the start of viewings until we’re certain the property has been exposed to the market and a representative selection of buyers have had a good chance to spot it. However, we also… Read More



How do you find the best estate agent for you?

So, you’ve decided to use an estate agent* to sell your property ? How do you find the one that’s right for you and your home? (For the purposes of this article, I’m drawing on experience from estate agents in Bath – no doubt most cities and towns will have a similar property industry. The steps… Read More



What puts you off a property on Rightmove?

Opinions needed! When you’re looking at properties on the internet, what puts you off contacting the agent/requesting more details? We’ve been discussing this issue with our clients over the past month and have already heard some interesting opinions, so we thought it would be a good time to collect together some opinions and see if… Read More