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Being an Estate Agent may start with property, but that is only the beginning, we are passionate about property and our aim is to provide a level of service beyond expectations. Under John's watchful eye, we have become one of the leading Estate Agents in the South West, our reputation allowing us to open the doors of many of the areas finest homes.

Completely independent we offer a personal and bespoke marketing solution, our professional approach helping you in every step of the way, making moving home a seamless experience, understanding that buying or selling a property is one of the most important decisions you will make. We offer objective, qualified advice and operate to the highest standards we can seek - beginning with ourselves.

We are creative, innovative and people oriented, a talented and experienced team of people, our years of combined experience in estate agency frightening in its length, refreshing it is attitude to always go that extra mile. We are always available to handle any enquiry with total professionalism and meticulous attention to detail. Technology today enables us to ensure the properties we are selling reach every part of the country and indeed the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but as wonderful as technology can be we are determined never to loose the human touch. Through our link with Mayfair Office, a London based specialist marketing office, we benefit from a strong network of more than 450 associated offices worldwide, keeping us at the forefront of estate agency across the globe.

All of the team live in Torquay, our office has been located in Wellswood since we started business. This enables us to have an extensive and in depth knowledge of our local and surrounding areas, our insight invaluable to you, sharing our experience of a seaside lifestyle in one of the UK's most beautiful coastal areas.

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To Brexit and Beyond

 

There was a time before 1973, the year of the UK's first big property boom, when houses and flats were seen as investments, but hardly as commodities. They were mostly regarded as homes that would be paid for by the time their owners retired - providing security in later years and perhaps even the means to move to a bungalow by the coast.

 

In the four decades since that first boom, attitudes and expectations have altered a great deal. Retirees are now as likely to want a modern, city centre, lock-and-leave apartment as a seaside bungalow.

 

The housing market has changed also. It has become big business. The post-war generation, the baby boomers, have profited greatly from the waves of boom and bust that followed that first housing bubble. It is hard to envision the subsequent generations taking as much from the property market as their parents. But of course, in property, one never really knows.

 

So where will it go from here? What does the New Year hold in store? Certainly those in the property industry are very unsure. The elephant in the room is, of course, Brexit. Nobody can quite know how this national tumult will affect the property market - or any other markets for that matter.

 

What we do know is that large numbers of professional landlords are bailing out of the buy-to let sector - deterred less by Brexit than by increased taxation and legislation. Fortunately first time buyers can now benefit from motivated sellers and more choice in a time of low interest rates and high employment.

 

Estate agents also know that sellers have a choice. They have a choice of which agent to turn to when it comes to selling. So sellers can expect better service and transparency in future. Over the past few years a number of high-spending online agents have been tempting sellers with extra low fees and a method of-up front payment that promises big results for little cost. We are learning, through plummeting shares and company failures in this sector, that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is too good to be true. At this time of year we are reminded that all that glistens is not gold. The enticingly wrapped socks at Christmas are still socks.

 

So if you are thinking about moving in 2019 you have choices. Consider them wisely. But also recognise that this is an extraordinary time. Nothing is certain. Don't bank on the killer sale. Do aim for a great purchase. Be realistic. Price, price, price is as important as location, location, location. Don't put your biggest asset in the hands of the inexperienced. Finally, remember the name of the game is moving: selling and/or buying is just a part of that bigger picture.

 

Nobody quite knows where he or she is in this Brexit year. But at least everyone should know where they want to be - and use an established, professional estate agent to help get them there.

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