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Dawsons ValPal digital property valuation service

New house valuation tool proving hit with homeowners

A new digital property valuation service rolled out by Dawsons Estate Agent is proving a big hit with homeowners across the Swansea area.

The ValPal service on Dawsons’ website has only been live for the past couple of months but already it has had a 50 per cent conversion rate with regards new instructions.

The digital tool gives homeowners a free instant online valuation which is based on postcode and area. You can also get a lettings valuation to see what rental you can achieve for your rental property.

“We are delighted at the success so far, and how well received this service has been,” said Ricky Purdy, Dawsons Director of Residential Lettings.

“We knew it was something many people could benefit from and on average we are having a free valuation enquiry every three hours, with many, many market appraisals as a result. What has been fantastic to see is the number of properties now on the market that simply wouldn’t have been without this new service.”

Added Ricky: “We have had a number of clients underestimate the potential value of their home, so with this service providing an above expectation indication, and our physical valuation sporting this their free to make the dream move previously thought out of reach.”

A client who has used the service said: “What a great service it is, so easy and user-friendly. Having a free online valuation encouraged us to book a valuation and there’s been no looking back.”

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Happy Dawsons customer praises local service having failed to sell via online platform

While they present themselves as a cheaper option, online estate agents cannot match the benefits of using a real local estate agent, according to one man who has tried both.

The happy Dawsons customer from Swansea originally placed his property with a well publicised online estate agent, before switching to Dawsons.

“I felt they had a good platform which made it easy to get feedback.  Also, we felt the house we were selling would do most of the work itself,” he said.

However, after two weeks of viewings, he started to doubt his choice.

“My wife and I were conducting the viewings and we were finding that some of the feedback we were getting related to things we had said during the viewings. While we were thinking these were very positive things, people were clearly thinking in a different way to us.”

He started to suspect that he and his wife were not well placed to handle the viewings and to answer potential buyers’ questions in the best way.

“It was making us think that maybe if we had local estate agents dealing with the viewings they would be better equipped to deal with those questions.”

Being keen to sell the house quickly, he put it on the market with Dawsons, and was immediately impressed by their proactive approach.

“Dawsons have a good presence in the area, and I was struck by how proactive they were: they will call people up to tell them they have something that might suit them, and they have a database of people looking to move to the area via the Relocation Agent Network.

“Their estate agents are well equipped to handle the viewing and answer any awkward questions, and I also think people generally feel a bit more relaxed viewing with an agent rather than the people who own the house.”

Just as he hoped, Dawsons secured a buyer very quickly and the sale progressed smoothly. He appreciated having easy, regular contact with Dawsons so that he could keep up to date with what was happening.

“I liked having that personal touch and it was good to have that local point of contact.”

In hindsight, he feels that the apparent cost savings of the online platform did not compare to the benefits of having a local agent on the case.

“The commission we paid Dawsons is a small percentage compared to what you get from the sale of the house so we were willing to take that hit to sell property – and they sold it very, very quickly.

“It’s a nice house in a good area so we were surprised we didn’t quickly get a buyer through the online platform. I think I underestimated the value of a local estate agent compared to an online platform.”

David Parton (pictured), branch manager for Dawsons, said that outperforming an online estate agent comes naturally for Dawsons.

“When the vendor described his issues with his experience to date and what he was looking for, we could clearly see we would be the ideal match for his needs,” he said.

“Our highly experienced Senior Negotiator/Valuer, who has spent 20 years with the company and lives in the area, carried out the market appraisal and clearly laid out what our strong team of 5 would do every step of the way, from ringing out to our database the same day to gain viewings, typing up the sale and progressing the sale up until exchange and completion.”

Although the vendor had paid an up front fee of several hundred pounds to the online estate agent, he could still appreciate that paying Dawsons’ fees, if they agreed a sale, would be well worth his while.

“We lined up six viewings within the first day, and the vendor appreciated the constructive feedback he received from us within 24 hours of them happening.”

Very quickly an offer was made which Dawsons negotiated and agreed the same day.

“Due to the complex nature of the chain and different dates required for different parties within the chain, it took a lot of my 14 years’ industry experience to progress the sale – even over the Christmas break which fell in the middle of it,” said David. “The vendor and I spoke almost daily on the run up to exchange of contracts and he commented at the time that it’s a good job we have a dedicated sales progressor within the team.

Dawsons finally completed the whole process and moved the vendor and his family to their new home.

“We are all thrilled to have been a part of and have enjoyed catch ups with him and his wife as we regularly bump into them within our local shopping area,” he said.

 

 

Tips on selling your house

Top 10 Key Tips on Selling your Home

It is that time when people start considering putting their house on the market – new year, new house. The process of selling your house may begin with appointing a reputable agent, but after that there is plenty you can do to help not only secure a speedy sale, but also to fetch the best possible price.

A key element is how you prepare your house for viewings. This is sometimes called “staging” but it is vital if you are looking for your property to be sold in good time.

Here are our top 10 tips:

  1. First impressions – ‘Kerb appeal’ is one of the most important aspects of selling your home. It is crucial how the property looks for ‘first impressions’. It means having neat front lawns, clean guttering, clean windows, and making sure there are no rogue rubbish/bin bags hanging around.
  2. Give your home a bit of a makeover. For instance, give the walls a fresh lick of paint (preferably neutral) to give the impression of a bigger, lighter room. It will also appeal to the potential buyer because they won’t have to decorate themselves.
  3. Tidy up and remove excess items that might give the impression of cluttering. You may want to remove any large bits of furniture (such as a clunky wardrobe) in order to make a room look bigger.
  4. Repairs – it’s important to repair that cracked window pane or tile. Make sure all your light bulbs are working and that kitchen cupboard isn’t hanging off.
  5. Clean and repair– repair that discoloured tile grout, remove limescale, dust those cobwebs on the ceiling and buy some quality air freshener.
  6. Tidy up the garden – weed the patio, trim that out of control hedge and cut the grass. Basically make the garden look manageable.
  7. Give your kitchen a makeover – the kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. Upgrading cabinets and work tops might appear expensive but can be worth it in the long run. Also, declutter work surfaces and remove bulky appliances.
  8. Make the house feel light and airy – wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter, especially in smaller rooms or hallways. Clean windows inside and out, and ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners.
  9. Get a reputable agent to show potential buyers round – it’s their job to know what things to say, what to highlight and what to downplay. They are also effective at answering those tricky questions about the noisy neighbours.
  10. Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Make sure you clear/unblock drains, wash bins, open windows, and get rid of cooking smells from the kitchen. Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and smell wonderful.

 

Dawsons bathroom feature

Feeling flushed with a quality bathroom

January’s edition of Swansea Life has included a special feature on spectacular bathrooms provided by Dawsons Property.

Here is the feature …

If you ever wondered how important a quality bathroom is to a home consider that the average person spends 18 months of their life in there.

A lovely kitchen is important and a comfortable living room may be crucial, but it is the bathroom where most of us actually start and finish the day.

And when it comes to investing in upgrading or renovating your bathroom it is money very well spent.

“Giving your bathroom a makeover can dramatically increase the value of your home,” insisted Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“Because taking extra time to renovate the bathroom will allow you to recoup most, if not all of the money that you invest in the renovation once it comes to sell.

“It’s all about ending up with a room that is that much more attractive and functional as well as being that much more hygienic.”

Here we look at five different bathrooms that have put added value to each property.

Raglan, St Annes is for sale with Fine & Country for £1,595,000

A bespoke and lifestyle designed customised property situated on Gower coastline in Langland. This truly idyllic location with picturesque sea view provides tranquil living with the sound of the waves crashing onto the golden sandy beach.

Set over three floors with six double bedrooms and vast living space the property welcomes family living with the additional enjoyment of an indoor swimming pool. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with Teuco freestanding bath, walk in shower with waterfall shower provides a beautiful space to relax.

639 Gower Road, Upper Killay is for sale with Fine & Country for £680,000

The perfect, five-bedroom family home situated on the fringes of the Gower Peninsular is set behind a gated entrance with an excellent degree of privacy.

This beautifully presented traditional feel family home offers light, airy, spacious and versatile accommodation with a welcoming and family feel. Deceptively spacious the property sits within a generous plot providing ample parking, garage and drive through driveway with secure telecom entry system.

The spacious family bathroom includes stone tiled encased inset bath and walk in shower area with glass enclosure and waterfall shower. The room is finished with stone tiled walls and floor.

Hawthorn Cottage, Fairwood is for sale with Fine & Country for £589,950

This delightful four-bedroom cottage looks like it has been a part of the surrounding countryside for a hundred years, But Hawthorn Cottage was built approximately 14 years ago and has been cleverly renovated by the current vendor who has captured the essence of a traditional cottage with beamed ceilings and country kitchen melding beautifully with today’s modern luxuries.

And the family bathroom is particularly impressive. It contains a double glazed frosted window to the side, wood floor, panelled bath with shower attachment, towel radiator, pine vanity unit with two stand-alone oblong sinks and pillar taps. It also has half tiled walls, dado rail, low level WC extractor fan and beamed ceiling.

58 Hendrefoilan Road, Sketty is for sale with Dawsons for £475,000

This is an impressively spacious and traditional detached property which has been fully renovated and modernised to a high standard. Situated on a large plot in the desirable area of Sketty offering easy access to Singleton hospital, Swansea University and the sea front.

The family bathroom consists of a stylish white four piece suite comprising low level WC, wash hand basin with stainless steel mixer tap and vanity unit, step in sliding glass shower cubicle with stainless steel mixer shower over with hand held attachment, set in bath with stainless steel centre mixer tap and hand held shower attachment, inset ceiling spotlights, hardwood double glazed Velux window to rear, extractor fan, uPVC double glazed obscured glass window to rear, neutral ceramic wall tiles with stunning 3D feature border tiles, wall mounted chrome towel radiator, neutral ceramic multi ton floor tiles.

25 Hendre Mawr Close, Tycoch is for sale with Dawsons for £324,950

A spacious, detached bungalow, built in 2002, comprises to the ground floor lounge, dining room, study/bedroom, utility room, kitchen/breakfast room, large family bathroom, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite shower room. To the first floor are two further bedrooms and cloakroom.

The property benefits from galleried landing, gas central heating, double glazing, large single garage with electric door and block paved large parking area to the front. There is an enclosed rear garden with level, enclosed paved patio area and with one step down to further lawned area.

The family bathroom comprises of a bath, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC and double shower, airing cupboard with radiator inside, half tiled walls with decorative border, two stainless steel radiators, coving to ceiling, spotlights, ceramic tiled floor, uPVC double glazed window to side, built in mirror with lights, extractor fan, panelled door.

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Dawsons impressive connections ease the worries of UK-wide relocation

Relocating can be a challenge, but for Claire and Steven Morris of Penclawdd, the process will be made easy because their estate agent Dawsons is part of the Relocation Agent Network.

With spectacular views and a pristine interior, 74 Gowerton Road, Penclawdd is a special find. It’s been cherished by owners Claire and Steven Morris for 10 years, but now they are looking to fulfil their dream of moving to Scotland.

Relocation can be a challenge unless you know the area well, but Claire and Steven are confident it will go smoothly because they are planning their move with the help of Dawsons Estate Agent, which is an appointed agent for Relocation Agent Network (RAN).

Claire Morris outside her house in Penclawdd
Claire Morris outside her house in Penclawdd

Dawsons is the only RAN member in the area. RAN carefully selects its agents based on a detailed analysis of what they have to offer, including sending out secret shoppers, so that they are sure they have the best people for the job. They then train each agent’s staff so that they are fully equipped to help customers relocate with ease.

RAN aims to offer customers the inside knowledge and expertise that will help them make the best choice of new home. From choosing the right catchment area to picking a home close to the right shops and amenities, they can help you make your choice like a local, not a newcomer. Better still, the service is free, so having placed their house for sale with Dawsons, Claire and Steven get the full benefit of RAN at no extra cost.

For Claire, an important factor is to stay close to the sea, having loved her current coastal location.

“Ideally we want somewhere very quiet, and near water – either with a loch view or a sea view. There is the possibility of looking for land and building a house on it, but that’s very difficult to do from such a distance, so we’re using RAN to help us find a place to rent in the first instance,” she says.

She’s being assisted by Dawsons sales negotiator David Parton, who is delighted to be able to help with the relocation process as well as the house sale.

“RAN offers the complete package for anyone relocating, and has agents working across the globe, including 700 around Britain,” he says. “Once we’ve had permission from the client we can get them in touch with an agent in area they are looking for and likewise, we help people looking to relocate to Swansea.

“When you’re looking to relocate, it makes a massive difference to have someone on the ground looking on your behalf. We have been able to help hundreds of people a year moving in and out of the area.”

Now Claire and Steven are eagerly waiting to begin their new life in Scotland, confident that when they find a buyer, the guesswork will be taken out of finding their new home.

“We’ve loved living here and I’m sure the new owner will love it as much,” says Claire. “We decided to buy this house as soon as we stepped inside and looked out at the view. We hope we’ll find something as special in Scotland.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leading estate agent appoints new managers

Dawsons have made two key managerial appointments amid a reorganisation of branch managers.

Brett Hampton joins the leading estate agent as the manager of their Llanelli branch, while Kristian Davies is appointed lettings manager at Morriston.

With those significant appointments and the recent promotion to Sales director of Jo Summerfield-Talbot it has meant a change in key personnel.

Taking over Jo’s branch manager role at Gorseinon is Nicola Fulford, whose previous role as Swansea manager is being taken over by Lorraine Evans, who was previously manager at Llanelli.

“I am thrilled to see that staff are recognised for their achievements and these moves enables them to further develop and grow the business from all an already established and successful stand point,” said Jo.

“Brett Hampton is a great addition to our team and we are delighted to welcome him on board.

“It is pleasing that Brett recognises the very high standards and professionalism that Dawsons represents and being Swansea’s leading agent, he chose us over other offers of employment with our competitors.

“Brett is moving his family down from Somerset, where he has worked for leading estate agents and not only brings his passion but a wealth of experience, having worked some 15 years in the business.

“Brett will take up his new role officially on the 4th January 2016 as Manager based at our Llanelli branch, operating both sales and lettings.”

Kristian joins at a managerial level bringing with him several years experience in South Wales along with a great understanding of Dawsons’ immediate catchment and surrounding areas, together with the industry as a whole.

“Kristian strengthens even further our lettings team of more than 45, which use their vast experience and knowledge to provide an unrivalled service,” said Ricky Purdy, Dawsons Lettings Director.

“Several important additions to our lettings department across all offices which include Kristian, from our accounts team through to property management, assures that 2016 will once again be a successful year of accomplishments and achievements.”

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Dawsons shortlisted for award as Best Agent in South Wales

Leading estate agent Dawsons has been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2015 Best Agent Award in the South Wales Region.

The winner will be announced at a black tie evening awards dinner held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday, November 13th –an event being hosted by comedian Tim Vine.

The nomination comes on the back of Dawsons being crowned ‘Sunday Times Rental agent of the Year’.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Regional Award. It really does highlight the team’s effort, commitment and enthusiasm over the past 12 months,” said Dawsons Senior Director Chris Hope.

Relocation Agent Network’s 2015 Best Agent South Wales Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year and offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the South Wales Region’.

To reach this stage of the award programme, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director commented: “As a network of selected estate agents, made up of 16 regions across England, Scotland and Wales, our regional awards recognise those agents that truly demonstrate outstanding customer service and innovative business initiatives. Congratulations to Dawsons for their well deserved nomination.”

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