20Nov

Our Chew Magna office will be supporting the Chew Magna Christmas Fayre, which includes a Nativity Photo Booth located in our offices at South Parade.

20Nov

 


Our Wrington office will be supporting the Dickensian Fayre being held in the village of Friday, 8th December. Please come and join us for some liquid refreshments, mince pies and nibbles, and whilst your here, why not pick up your entry form for the Christmas competition of "Where's Reggie" to win a replica "Reggie" soft toy. The fun starts at 5.30 pm. All funds raised will be donated towards the Wrington Mini Bus fund.

20Nov

Donna of Tickenham was the winner of the Backwell office's BBC Children In Need Christmas Hamper, and she was over the moon. She was presented with her prize by the office manager, Joseph Down.

20Nov

Sue Simmonds of Yatton, was the lucky winner of our BBC Children In Need Wrington office Christmas Hamper. Sue, a help at the Wrington WI Country Market, held every Friday in Wrington Scout Hall in School Lane, 10.30am-11.30am, and she bought her ticket when leaving last Friday.

17Nov

 


Debbie Fortune pays a visit to the Chew Magna office on Children In Need Day



Staff at our Backwell office including Scooby-doo selling cakes for BBC's Children In Need....

The team at Wrington including Santa's little helper, a little devil and Capt America....

Reggie joins in the fun chasing feathers from Baby Spice's boa...


16Nov



Come and see us at our three offices tomorrow where staff will be in fancy dress, selling home made cakes, raffle tickets for some fabulous hampers with gifts included from local businesses and an opportunity to win an Amazon tablet. Yes, the 'Spice Girls' are reuniting for one day only at Chew Magna, accompanied by 'David Beckham', there will be an assortment of motley characters at Wrington including a she-devil, and Scooby Doo and Mini Mouse will be making a special appearance at Backwell!

Thank you so much to those who have already donated, if you can't come and see us tomorrow, please donate using our Just Giving page on https://goo.gl/vxSYCM

06Nov


WHAT IS THE 'NO SALE, NO FEE' ESTATE AGENT MODEL?

SELLING The Guild 23rd October 2017
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Do you know about the different ways to sell your home? There are lots of different ways to sell your home, but the main two options are paying a flat-fee up front, which is favoured by DIY models, and the 'no sale, no fee' model, that you'll find on the high street. 


There are different types of estate agent model out there, but at The Guild, we recommend the 'no sale, no fee'. This means that you don't have to pay until your house is sold, so there is no risk of having to pay for no results. 


Watch the video to find out more: 



The 'no sale, no fee' model is used by nearly all 'traditional' estate agents, which means your friendly local estate agent who has a shop on the high street. Be sure to look for this when you decide to sell your home. 


When you choose the 'no sale, no fee' option, it means that your estate agent wants to sell your home as much as you do - they won't get paid if they don't! 


What are the differences?


DIY model 

  • Pay a flat fee up-front 
  • Payment is due no matter if the agent sells your home or not
  • Usually conducted online 


'No sale, no fee' model 

  • No commission is taken until the sale goes through 
  • Agents are paid on commission, so they want the same as you: to sell the home 
  • Usually has a high-street office, giving consumers an in-person point of contact 


The choice is yours, and you are free to pick the model that best suits your needs. At the Guild, we recommend the 'no sale, no fee option because agents with a commission-based fee structure aren’t paid until they get results, meaning their priority is the same as the homeowners: to sell the property. 


Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild, said: “There has been a rise in the number of DIY packages with up-front fees available to consumers, but no-one has truly explained the pros and cons of each service, so we want to educate the public about the different options that are available. 

“At The Guild, we strongly recommend the high-street option of ‘no sale, no fee’ to ensure that the seller gets the best service and best price for their home in the shortest possible time.” 


The Guild is a network of the best 800 independent estate agents around the country. Find out why you should choose them to sell your home. 

Call and speak to someone in one of our three offices located in Backwell, Chew Magna and Wrington for more advice on how we can help!

01Nov


HOW MANY HOMES SHOULD YOU LOOK AT BEFORE MAKING AN OFFER?

BUYING The Guild 31st October 2017

Looking for your perfect property can be an exciting experience. Once you’ve searched online and spoken to your local Guild Member about what you’re looking for, it’s time to start the viewings. But how many should you do before you make an offer? What if your first property seems perfect? Should you keep looking? Guild agents share their top tips. 


Finding the perfect house on the first viewing – what do you do? 

Steve Thompson from Thomas Morris said: “There are difficulties involved in finding what appears to be the perfect property very early in a search; many buyers will be concerned about taking the plunge when they haven’t had the opportunity to shop around and see how other properties compare. 

“Not securing the perfect property however, could come back and haunt you if someone else secures it before you make a decision. So, if you fell its right – go for it! Getting out and viewing a range of properties early on will help to avoid this as it will help to ensure that the perfect property can be identified if it stands out from the crowd.”

Kevan Wimborne from GBP Estates agrees, and he has personally made offers on the first property that he has seen before. 

“Trust your judgement – if it ticks all your boxes, why not go for it?” he asks. “What more are you hoping to find elsewhere? The rest might not match up. Go back for a second visit immediately with a friend or relative for another opinion and if it still excites, make an offer.”

Remember to do your homework before a viewing, says Zoe Hayle from Marshall’s, and there should be no doubt when you find the right home. “If you have done your homework and know the area you want to settle in, then when you find the perfect home you really should offer on it. There is a lack of properties coming to the market now, with many people trying to find one. If you don’t offer, someone else might and if you have missed your favourite then no other property will match up.”




How many viewing should you do per day?

Brian Carlisle from J R Hopper & Co has a recommended number of properties to view per day. 

“View at least two or three homes, preferably with the same agent, on the same day. This allows you to compare and rank properties in terms of ticking the boxes and value. Don’t view more than five or six in a day. You will get exhausted and will not make rational decisions after too many viewings,” he advises. 


Always have a viewing 

Rather than discounting something online, Steve Thompson from Thomas Morris recommends viewing all properties that you are interested in. 

“I do think it’s important that people get out and view a number of properties rather than trying to do their property shopping predominantly on the internet,” he said. “Properties and locations can look and feel very different in the flesh, and there is a risk of passing up an ideal home by discounting it without a visit.”


Make an offer 

Brian Carlisle from J R Hopper & Co points out that it is acceptable to put an offer in on multiple properties. 

“It is perfectly possible to place an offer on more than one property, providing you are happy to go ahead if any of those offers are accepted. Look at your very short list of properties you would buy at the right price. Decide what you are prepared to offer on each and make the offers. Make sure the agents know you are offering on other properties.”




Can you view too many homes? 

Gina Burbidge from Royston & Lund says: “Before making an offer on a property, it is advisable to view as many as possible. Try and view a range of properties in the areas you are considering buying to compare as much as possible.  Although you can’t view too many properties, if you see something you are interested in in a fast-moving market, it would be advisable to make an offer as soon as you could to ensure you don’t miss out.” 

Kevan Wimborne from GBP Estates personally prefers to view fewer properties, but he understands that everyone is different. “By the time you have seen 20 – 30 properties, they begin to all seem similar. Then you possibly decide to ‘settle’ for a property which really wasn’t as good as the first one or second one you saw, but you now need to find something whilst you still have the will,” he jokes. 


Ultimately, there is no right number 

The right number of properties to view will be different for each person, points out Mike Coles, from Debbie Fortune

“The amount of properties you choose to look at really depends on yourself. You could look at hundreds of properties online on the properties portals, view loads through your local agents, but never find the one you have in your mind’s eye. Then again, you could get lucky when you find your dream home at your local Guild agent’s window, and it’s perfect when you view it.

“Don’t be afraid to look into things and ask loads of questions because it will be the largest purchase you might ever make. Remember it’s down to you and listen to the advice given to you by your agent.” 


To discover homes on the market with your local independent property professionals, find your area’s Guild agent here. 

31Oct

Neil Drejer, branch manager of our Wrington office took his children to Farrington's Farm Shop in Farrington Gurney so that they could choose their pumpkin for carving in preparation for tonight's Halloween celebrations...