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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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Lets Deal - The only questions that matter when selling your home

Estate agents or online-only wannabes offer cut-price commission rates to tempt sellers, and the press bombards the public with alarming commentary on falling prices, the Brexit effect and the state of the market in central London. But selling a home still only boils down to two questions - how much can I get and how quickly can I get it?

These inescapable questions are often masked by written and spoken nonsense. So we should cut to the chase; how much, how soon are the only questions sellers need to consider. So how does a seller try to ensure a speedy sale and the highest price? Here is a simple three-point plan called DEAL

D stands for desire First your home should be looking as desirable as it is possible for you to make it. Remember, buyers have a choice and sometimes can't look beyond mess - especially if there is a lot of mess to look beyond. So de-clutter, de-personalise, clean, sparkle, paint and polish - not just on day one of your sales campaign but every day until you have a signed contract. Your home has become a commodity and is in competition with other commodities. Make sure yours is looking, feeling and smelling better.

E and A stand for estate agent This is the person who is going to fight for you. This is the person who has - or should have - sold hundreds of properties, many just like yours. This is the person who knows the local market backwards, knows the value of your home, knows the likely buyers and who will be relentless in getting you the very best deal from the very best buyer. Your estate agent should also be a wizard at getting deals across the line. Remember, the real work only starts once you have an agreeable offer. Getting to completion is a long and sometimes tortuous road. So first interview several estate agents, make sure you see eye-to-eye with one of them and then, above all, listen and take advice on making your home as desirable as possible - this applies to fixing a reasonable asking price as much as to the visual delights of your home.

L stands for lawyer Sellers may be surprised to learn that the average property sale in the UK now takes an astonishing 17 weeks. We don't need to go into all the lamentable reasons why it takes this long. But suffice it to say it is a ridiculous state of affairs. So choosing the right lawyer is vitally important. You need one who will work with your estate agent, one who will agitate, push and cajole the sale through to completion.

You most certainly don't want a lawyer or conveyancing administrator who will wait around and let the whole thing take its slow meandering course. Done well, a transaction can be finalised in 8 weeks. That's still too long but it's a start.

So there you have it. Get the DEAL right and you are well on the way to achieving a top price in the shortest time.


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@john_couch John Couch

What a busy week so far! These are just some of the properties we have sold, sale agreed or taken on to the market… https://t.co/s6qUz1pH0d

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@john_couch John Couch

SOLD Torquay £2,250,000 🏡 https://t.co/TKrQylGLL8 #property #sold #realestate #torquay #devon #sea #home https://t.co/rw9lgbdBDd

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