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Our special edition guide for the latest Open House Weekend event
We e k e n d event takes the hassle out of home viewings
Sellers open their doors to potential buyers on Saturday and Sunday
elcome to this Property Guide special edition for the latest Open House event, which is happening this
weekend across Hull and the East Riding. This issue is packed with
properties across the region that will be opening their doors to potential buyers on Saturday and Sunday. Browse among the properties in this supplement and find the homes you would like to visit this weekend, check their opening times and just go along and have a look. There is no need to make an
appointment – simply turn up. The Open House Weekend is the fifth to be held by The Property Guide, in conjunction with participating agents, and aims to bring benefits to both buyers and s e l l e r s. The last event, held last September, was a huge success with several homes enjoying numerous viewings. This year we have up to 100
properties taking part, and we are expecting another excellent response from buyers. Searching for the property of your
dreams can often be a time- consuming task. Many people have to take time off work or squeeze in appointments during lunch breaks or in the evening. But with the Open House Weekend, there isn’t the hassle of arranging viewings. Not only will the event bring benefits to those looking for a new home but it will provide a fantastic opportunity for people who are trying to sell a property. Potential buyers will be able to get a good look around your property and the fact they don’t have to make an appointment means you will probably get more people through the d o o r.
Local agents have praised the Open House events over the past few months and encourage buyers and sellers to take part. They are a means of breaking down barriers and making it easier for potential buyers to view properties. People selling properties benefit,
WELCOME: Up to 100 properties are taking part this year.
openhouseweekend Agents will always get the best price S
pring is traditionally a busy time in the housing market, so
here are some tips to help you sell your property. The first step to selling
your home is to find an estate agent who can put your property on the market – it is their job to sell your house. They will get you the best possible price for your proper ty. Estate agents charge a
fee for acting on your behalf, so make sure you choose carefully and employ a reputable firm. When choosing an agent
there are several points you need to take into account: ● Always check their terms and conditions, be sure of what you are paying for and how much you are getting for your m o n e y. ● Ensure the agent is going to market your property both in print in the Mail’s Property Guide
found and a price agreed, you need to employ a solicitor to handle the legal aspects of selling your property. Finally, when selling
your property, there are several costs you need to consider. Estate agents fees are taken out of the sale price of your property. These vary from agent
RIGHT AGENT FOR YOU: Always check the estate agent’s terms and conditions before signing anything.
and online at www.fi
, to reach the widest audience possible. ● Once your house is on
too, as the event gets more people through the door in a short space of t i m e. Jane Smallwood, the Mail’s
property advertising manager, said: “The Open House Weekend is a great way to boost interest in your property and make it accessible to more potential buyers. “Plus, as a buyer, you can plan a
full weekend of viewings, with the freedom to come and go as you p l e a s e. ”
the market and a marketing price is agreed with your agent, buyers will put in offers, usually
So, what are you waiting for?
Check out the properties in this special edition and go and view them this weekend. All the information on the
properties taking part can also be found in an ebook, which will be available all weekend online by visiting www.th
isishullandeast r i d i n g . c o. u k / o p e n h o u s e Here is our guide to making the most of your viewing weekend: ● Circle the properties in this
to agent, so you need to check this at the start of the process. Solicitors will also typically charge about 1 per cent of the total agreed price for their s e r v i c e s.
supplement that you would like to view over the weekend. ● Visit www.findaproperty.com/hull
to view the full brochure of the property, see additional photographs, floor plans and a map of how to find the property. ● Check the time your chosen properties are open to view over the we e ke n d . ● Simply turn up and don’t forget to leave your contact details with the ve n d o r.
below the asking price. Negotiation over making and accepting offers can be a lengthy process. Your estate agent will forward any offers on to you and how much you are willing to accept is up to you, although the agent will advise and negotiate with seller and buyer in order to reach an agreed price. When a buyer has been
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before you set off.
Getting the most out of special event
HERE are some handy tips on getting the most out of the Open House Weekend: ● Take this supplement with you, so you have a record of which houses are open in which area. That way you can get around as many as possible in the time you have. ● Have some questions ready to ask the vendors at each property. Anything, such as council tax bands, local schools and even what the neighbours are like, could go some way to helping you make a decision. ● If you plan to view a few properties, take a notepad with you so you can jot down your thoughts and concerns on each one you see. That way you can look back at the ones that had most impact without the risk of them all blending into one. ● Don’t be put off by the asking price. If a property is just outside your budget, it might still be worth a look as the vendors may be willing to accept offers.
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