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Horror stories of real estate and how to avoid them

Spooky looking house

Have you ever wondered about haunted houses or scary sales? Buying and selling houses can be stressful, and sometimes horror stories occur in the real estate industry too!

Of course, Pilkington Estates makes sure nothing scary happens when you engage them, but to celebrate Halloween we’re focusing on some real estate spooky stories that you want to avoid! These scenarios are very rare and haven’t happened in our experience, but they make entertaining stories for the Halloween season!

Keep reading to give yourself a good scare.

The horror of selling

While these stores may make your skin crawl, remember that they’re only ghost stories and this doesn’t happen in Plymouth! When you work with the team at Pilkington Estates you’re always in safe hands.

Skeleton Home

When you’re selling your home you want to keep it as presentable as possible to attract new buyers, this includes making sure there aren’t any rodents or pests in the house! 

A common story on real estate blogs explains how one Pennsylvanian resident moved homes but was greeted with a scary surprise once settled in. When new resident Liz Spikol was in her new home, she realized there was blue dust falling from the ceiling. After some investigation, Liz had to open her ceilings and found they were full of dead mice, skeletons, and blue powder to poison them! 

Let this be a warning to be thorough when cleaning your house and always investigate a home before moving in. 

Hidden In The Walls

Imagine moving into a new home, and finding a large snake in the crawl space. Well, that’s exactly what happened during a home inspection in the U.S. Philadelphia agents found a whopping 4.5 metres boa constrictor hidden in a house that was for sale. It’s safe to say this additional feature was not listed in the property marketing!

Some may call this situation a free pet adoption, however, it’s a nightmare for others. Watch out for anything that goes “slither” in the night!

A Little Haunting

Another U.S real estate horror story involves a resident listing that his home is “slightly haunted”, and you can expect knocking, footsteps, and occasional screams when living there. Of course, this listing went viral and paranormal experts worldwide wanted to visit. 

Disappointingly, it turns out the home wasn’t haunted, but his honest listing and the increased interest in the house prove a few ghosts don’t scare buyers off! Always check with your real estate agent before you start telling buyers your house is haunted though. 

Quiet Neighbours  

Some agents like to promote their properties by adding information about the neighbours as this gives buyers a good idea of the area. However, if you ever see “quiet neighbours” on a house listing, make sure you double-check the location as in the past agents have used this to describe graveyards!

While this isn’t a false description, it’s good to be open about your property’s location. Some view this as good humour. Whereas some clients may be put-off by this take on professional property marketing. Either way, always check where your potential new home is located! 

Selling your home doesn’t have to be scary

For some, selling can be a stressful situation, however, it doesn’t have to be this way. With our team’s expert professional property marketing skills and experience in the industry, we can guide you through the selling process with ease. Buying and selling with Pilkington Estates is never scary! 


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When is the best season to sell my house in Plymouth?

Dart on calendar with writing 'sell house!'

While it’s not the be-all and end-all to a sale, choosing the right time to market your property can affect the selling process. The market does fluctuate throughout the year and this can help or hinder a potential move. 

To make the most of your experience, you should consider “when do I want to sell my house” and how this season will affect the local market. Read on to find out more about seasonal selling and how this affects the Plymouth market!

Why do seasons affect house sales?

Many don’t realise how the time of year can affect sales, but it’s important that you consider seasons when you want to move. Not all buyers and sellers will have the ability to choose a time of year to sell, but if possible you should. 

Of course, there isn’t one month that fits all when selling, as different properties will be in demand at different times of the year. From family homes to urban flats, each is marketed to a different audience who may want to move at different times of the year. For example, summer is an easier month to move in if you are a family as school is out. 

We’ve investigated the general trends season by season to help give some insight into property trends. If you want to find out more, contact us today online here to learn more!

Read on for a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of selling in each season!

Summer

Summer is a popular season to sell in, and some reasons may surprise you. Firstly, summer has better weather, allowing for more home viewings and better property marketing. It’s also a time of year when people generally use up their holiday days so have more time to attend viewings too – however, this may also mean some buyers aren’t focused on the market. 

If buyers have children in school, they often tend to want to get them settled into a new home before school starts in the autumn. This sense of urgency pushes more family home sales in the summer months and helps larger families to avoid the stress of school time sales. 

Buyers are also more likely to make more competitive offers and close faster during the warmer months. Selling your home in summer leaves you with more data and information from the spring months on how to price your home, too.  

Autumn

If you sell in autumn, this can be advantageous to those who don’t want extra competition from large family homes. Also, general trends show that home maintenance costs are lower, and you’ll be able to fix up any issues without waiting for a booking. In the autumn you’ll also have access to serious buyers that haven’t purchased in the spring or summer, this group often tends to close faster before the holiday months. 

On the other hand, you sometimes find that buyers can become more demanding as there is less competition on the market. Landscaping and any outdoor home marketing can become harder as the season gets colder and wetter, too. 

Winter

In general, winter is considered to be the toughest month to sell in. With colder weather and shorter days, many avoid this time of the year as the moving process seems more difficult. It’s also close to the Christmas holidays, and many avoid significant changes during this time of the year. 

It’s not impossible to sell in winter though, and many do make sales. Some need to move for a new job and these often start in the new year. There’s also lower competition for buyer attention at this time of the year, too. 

Spring

Many regard spring as the best season to sell in, so if you want to make a sale based on positive trends, try this season. Some reasons for this include the fact the weather gets warmer and the days start getting longer. With the return of trees and flowers, this is promoting a more attractive garden space for most homes. 

If you sell in late spring, you can take advantage of families that want to move just as the school year ends. Buyers also view spring as the best season to move in, meaning more are likely to purchase at this time. Many use spring to beat the competition that comes in the summer months, too. 

Spring also has some disadvantages, though, as competition can be fierce, and your property will need to be in perfect condition. Also, for those that have children, they may need to take them out of school to move. 

What if I’m not ready to sell my house in my desired season?

While selling in a particular season may improve your chances of a quick sale, it’s not the end of the world if you’re not ready for spring or summer. It’s more important to work on a timescale that suits your needs to make sure your home is prepared and marketed well. Making sure your home looks great will affect your sale much more than the season will!

Takeaway

Selling your house will always come down to supply vs. demand. This can never truly be predicted. However, if you want to use strategy and previous trends, selling your property at certain times of the year can help you sell quickly at a higher price.


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    Plymouth rental housing among UK’s most in-demand after 10% increase

    Terraced houses in Plymouth

    Recent research has shown that rental demand is slowly increasing across most UK cities during the third quarter of 2021. Plymouth is among the many major cities, proving that the demand for urban areas is starting to rise once again. Statistics taken from the Barrows and Forrester Rental Demand Index showcase the changes in rental demand across the nation and provide an average score for each city. 

    Read on to explore the changes in rental demand over the last quarter of 2021.

    Why is rental demand increasing?

    As we slowly return to the workplace and lockdown measures keep easing, many are making returns to populated cities. This is a slow and steady return, so it might not seem that Plymouth is suddenly busy, but the statistics show it will be soon!

    Plymouth has seen a 10.8% increase in rental demand between the second (Q2) and third (Q3)  quarters of 2021. This increase sits slightly higher than the average UK increase of 9.9% between the quarters. This is great news for those who miss the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 

    However, compared to last year’s 2020 Q2 data, the rental demand in Plymouth has actually decreased by 0.4%. This isn’t a large decrease at all, yet it may signal some are still tentative about moving into densely populated areas again. 

    What does this mean for Plymouth?

    An increase in rental demand for Plymouth is an overall good sign. With tourism and commerce down due to the pandemic, an increase in traffic and population will boost the local economy and bring more life to the city! 

    Since Plymouth has the 9th highest increase in demand, we can expect to see this rental demand increase as the year ends as more tenants want a new location to work from and a breath of fresh air. With remote work and work from home measures continuing, renters have more mobility than ever! 

    The Plymouth housing market will see an increase in city-based homes in particular. This is good news as the market slowly starts to stabilize after a difficult period. During the lockdowns, many landlords were forced to decrease rental incomes to secure a tenant, however, an increase in demand should bring these rental prices back to their past price. 

    Plymouth market outpacing London

    Plymouth was in the top 10 UK cities with an increase in rental demands, but what about the other cities?

    Cardiff and Glasgow saw the largest quarterly changes with a 22.1% increase. This impressive statistic was followed by Bristol (21.9%), Edinburgh (21.5%), Cambridge (19.6), and Manchester (14.8%). Newcastle and Southampton also sit above Plymouth with an 11.2% and 10.9% increase. London reported an 8.0% increase, perhaps signalling many workers want to move elsewhere after years of busy city life. 

    On the other hand, at the bottom of the table, Belfast only saw a 1.7% increase and Newport saw a -5.2% decrease since the last quarter.

    Takeaway

    An increase in rental demand is a good sign for investors looking for buy to let Plymouth properties. With more interest in the area, we can expect to see this trend slowly rise as we approach the end of the year. Many tenants are expected to secure properties ahead of 2022 in time for a fresh start and new location. 

    Contact us now for a free consultation on buy to let properties in and around Plymouth!