Springbok Properties Reviews

Springbok Properties Reviews

Here are our latest video reviews for those interesting buying or selling property in the UK. Whatever your budget or location, contact us for a free consultation.

Springbok Properties break the traditional rules and sell your property how it should be sold!

Sell in days or weeks, not months (or years)
Free property valuation
Better advertising with wider reach than you’ve ever thought possible
Fast deal completion that beats traditional estate agents, hands down
Get the best possible price for your property
No compromise, no worries, no hassle
Property experts to handle every stage of the process
UK-wide coverage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Fixed price, no commission and a “no sale, no fee” option so you can’t lose
Normal English – no legalese to confuse you
We work for you, not for our own self-interest!

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Guide to Selling Your Home

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Welcome to Springbok Properties, the fast sell property experts. Here is our guide on how to sell your home fast. People invest more than money into their homes, it’s where they grow up and establish personal connections. When it comes to sell it can be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven’t moved home in a long time. The emotional attachment you feel can get in the way of the goal you are trying to achieve – selling your home.

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An estate agent will assess your home from a professional perspective. But every property is unique and it’s the details that makes the difference. Your personal experience of your home can highlight the best features of your property and help your estate agent sell it. Be realistic about your asking price and don’t automatically chose the agent that gives the highest valuation. A property has to be pitched at the correct value to generate the maximum amount of interest. See what evidence they have to justify their property valuation. What are the local houses selling for?

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Pre-plan your sale and instruct your solicitor before going to market. This will prevent any unnecessary delays once a buyers been found. Make sure you have all your deeds and planning permissions in order. Understand your motivation to sell so you can have a timeline which you discuss with your estate agent. Be clear about you goals. Find out more on the Springbok Properties website. Follow Springbok Properties on Twitter for their latest updates or connect with Springbok Properties on Linkedin here. You can also watch this video here:

 

 

 

Outsourcing Property Management

Outsourcing Property Management with Springbok Properties

Most people think they can manage their property on their own and don’t need the help of a property manager. However, there are numerous benefits to having one work for you. You have to consider the value of your time. What is your hourly rate for your job and how much do you spend managing your property? If you consider the time you are spending in effect of the time you are going to work it is clear you need a property manager.
Your home has to be managed professionally. With the new legislation that came into force in October 2015, you have to keep a record of all maintenance issues that your tenant has in the property. If the council have to get involved it can be costly, and you need to serve a section 21 at the end of a tenancy. At Springbok we have a telephone recording system, ensuring that they are all recorded too.
We also have a 24 hour emergency contact number for issues like lost keys that need to be addressed any time. We also have a landlord portable so you can keep on top of maintenance and rental payments. Our property managers have limited portfolios and so will be dedicated and knowledgeable of your property and it’s needs. If you need to chase the rent, we can help you do this effectively.

Find out more about us and read Springbok Properties reviews on our website and claim your free property health check. Follow Springbok Properties on Twitter for the latest industry updates and Like us on Facebook where you can find the latest Springbok Properties on the market. For more information about us, speak to one of our trained consultants who have years of experience helping both tenants and landlords with their property issues.

New Springbok Properties Video Reviews

Springbok Properties, the fast sell property experts, have released a set of new testimonial videos from their recent clients. They were very pleased with the service they received and took the time to share their experiences with us.

On their website, Springbok Properties list their main attributes which set them apart from the competition:

Springbok Properties break the traditional rules and sell your property how it should be sold!

  • Sell in days or weeks, not months (or years)
  • Free property valuation
  • Better advertising with wider reach than you’ve ever thought possible
  • Fast deal completion that beats traditional estate agents, hands down
  • Get the best possible price for your property
  • No compromise, no worries, no hassle
  • Property experts to handle every stage of the process
  • UK-wide coverage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Fixed price, no commission and a “no sale, no fee” option so you can’t lose
  • Normal English – no legalese to confuse you
  • We work for you, not for our own self-interest!

Springbok Properties sell properties all over the UK, not just London or major cities. They can work with landlords, tenants and those looking to buy a property of any size or price. Here are some video reviews from their clients:

Samantha from Warrington Reviews Springbok Properties

Nicola from Nottingham Reviews Springbok Properties

Megan from Huddersfield Reviews Springbok Properties

Click here for more Springbok Properties reviews. Find out more about Springbok Properties on their About.me page and the Springbok Properties Soundcloud page.

 

 

 

Selling in Scotland

Read Springbok Properties tips about selling in Scotland

The process for selling property in the UK depends on where the property is. If you’re selling in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, the process is the same.

But Scotland is different.

In Scotland, putting your property on the market contractually binds you to completing the purchase if you receive an offer.

Springbok Tip: we operate throughout the UK, so there’s no need to worry about selling in Scotland. We’ll take care of everything for you and explain anything you don’t understand. It’s the same positive Springbok experience, wherever you sell!

Solicitors start early

Traditionally, the Scottish process is quicker than the rest of the UK and, despite recent changes that make things a bit more difficult, this is still frequently true. The main reason for this is that your solicitor gets involved right from the start, before you even put the property on the market.

In Scotland, the selling process consists of five major parts:

  1. Appoint a solicitor
  2. Confirm the sales particulars
  3. Receive offers
  4. Missives negotiation
  5. Complete the sale

These parts all occur in order, with the property going on the market between Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Stage 1: Appoint a solicitor

This part of the selling process works the same as elsewhere in the UK.

Before you market your property, you need a solicitor. Fees in Scotland work in the same way as anywhere else. A solicitor may charge for time, a fixed fee or a percentage of the property price. Make sure you check which method yours uses and only sign if you’re happy with the quoted figures.

You should also use this time to prepare your property for sale and sort out the Home Report. This is an information pack that contains three documents required by the government for any property sale:

  1. A Single Survey containing detailed information about the property’s condition, in a similar way to the Homebuyer’s Report used elsewhere.
  2. An up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate, the same as everywhere else in the UK, which must be displayed in the property.
  3. A Property Questionnaire, which covers 16 different areas of information, from council tax band to issues that have affected the property in the past (asbestos, fire, storm damage, etc.), any changes that have been made to the property, and details of other issues which will affect the new owner.

Once this is all in motion and the solicitor confirms, you can contact an estate agent and put the property up for sale. Of course, if you’re using Springbok, call us first and we’ll sort everything out with much less hassle!

Stage 2: Confirm the sales particulars

Your solicitor will send you a draft of the sales particulars. It is vital that this document be accurate, or you’ll run into trouble under the Property Misdescriptions Act. Go through the document carefully, make any changes, sign and date it and return it to the solicitor.

Stage 3: Receive offers

The viewing process in Scotland is just the same as elsewhere: interested individuals make an appointment through your chosen estate agent, visit the property and walk around. Read the section on getting the most out of viewings to ensure buyers are encouraged as much as possible!

Offers work differently in Scotland.

When a buyer makes an offer in Scotland, they make a legally-binding contract with you to purchase your property. As soon as an official, written offer is received by your solicitor, the property is effectively sold and everything else is down to the details. Offers may be made “subject to survey”, which some buyers use to make sure there’s a safe exit, though often it’s just because they really want to check the survey results.

Upon receipt of an offer or a note of interest (see below), many Scottish homeowners set a “closing date”. This is the final date by which any further offers must arrive. The obvious advantage of this is that the seller can leave the property on the market for a while to see if there’s more interest, rather than accepting the first offer that comes along.

Noting interest.

Because offers are binding, there’s an additional stage in the process, called “noting interest”.

Instead of diving in headlong and making an offer, buyers who are interested send your solicitor a “note of interest” through their solicitor. This document says that the buyer is interested in the property and would appreciate the opportunity to make an offer.

Noting interest does not guarantee that the buyer will make an offer, nor does it stop you from accepting an offer from another buyer, though this is considered bad practice if there are active notes – especially if there’s also a closing date.

Stage 4: Missives negotiation

Once you have received all the offers and reached the “closing date” (if you set one), you must choose which offer to accept. You don’t have to accept the first offer or the highest offer, but you do have to accept one of those available.

Your solicitor then sends a “written qualified acceptance” which accepts the offered price (usually), but qualifies this acceptance with a list of legal clauses. In other words, you accept in principle but still get to hammer out the details.

The solicitors take over from this point. In the best of all possible situations, the buyer agrees to the legal clauses your solicitor included in your acceptance. Their solicitor sends an acceptance and everything moves on to conveyancing and completion.

Of course, this doesn’t happen very often. Normally, the two solicitors send each other a lot of official letters, called “missives”, negotiating every clause and disagreement. This back-and-forth negotiation can be short, but it can drag on for ages.

Once everything is sorted out – the “conclusion of missives” – you and the buyer have an agreed, binding legal contract for the sale. You can now book your removals company and advise people of your change of address. It’s the equivalent of the exchange of contracts stage elsewhere in the UK: the sale is certain.

Stage 5: Complete the sale

Scottish property law has roots in feudal systems, rather than the Roman-based law used everywhere else in the UK. However, modern conveyancing is very similar, so you can refer to our section on this for more details. The few minor differences do not change the overall process.

All that remains is for the completion day to arrive, which is handled the same as elsewhere in the UK. Congratulations on your property sale in Scotland!

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Exchanging Contracts

Read Springbok Properties advice about exchanging contracts

Although it’s a normal part of the conveyancing process, the exchange of contracts is a big deal for property sellers. That’s because it’s the “point of no return”.

Once the contracts are exchanged and signed, anyone pulling out of the property deal is financially liable and will lose money. It is therefore the most important moment, when both the buyer and seller really agree to the sale and legal ownership is all but guaranteed to change hands.

Before you sign

Your solicitor will have worked on all the legal documents and responded to all the buyer’s questions and concerns. Before they ask you to sign the finalised contracts, they will check that:

  •  All enquiries have been returned and answered to the solicitor’s and your satisfaction.
  • A completion date has been agreed.

For your part, you should make sure you have no misgivings and are ready to commit to the sale:

  • The contract terms have been hashed out and agreed.
  • You understand everything in the contract.
  • The completion date is correct and appropriate.

You should also make sure that there’s no new damage to the building and that all the fixtures and fittings are present and accounted for. The buyer is likely to want to visit and double-check this for themselves.

Assuming you’re happy with everything, you sign the contract.

Exchange of contracts

The exchange of contracts looks odd to normal people. It usually consists of your and the buyer’s solicitors reading out their signed contracts over the phone (and being recorded doing it) to make sure they’re the same. They then send the documents to each other.

If you’re in a chain, the same thing happens but the contracts are not sent until everyone in the chain is happy to proceed. This is why property chains are so annoying: if a single person delays, everyone gets delayed.

As soon as the signed contracts are exchanged, everyone is committed to the deal. If the buyer pulls out, they lose their deposit. If you pull out, you risk serious legal implications: the buyer can force you to sell or sue to reclaim their deposit (and get compensation). After exchange, you are tied to the contract – you cannot accept another offer, even if it’s higher.

Springbok Tip: we make sure all our buyers have their finances in place at the start because it makes the process so much smoother. They are much less likely to pull out if they’ve already jumped through hoops to get a mortgage agreement in principle, and there are far fewer chain delays as well.

You now have a date for completion, so you can start to organise your move, if you need to. Bear in mind that there can still be problems, so make sure you get dates pencilled in, rather than confirmed.

All that remains is for the sale to complete!

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What Affects Property Prices?

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The first question everyone asks when they decide to sell a property is “How much is it worth”?
This is a surprisingly difficult question to answer, because every property is different. What we can do, however, is look at the factors which affect house prices.
When push comes to shove, your home is worth what someone will pay for it.Valuers try to figure out that price by comparing the property to similar homes currently on the market, recent sales and their stock of experience over the years,  balanced by the current market conditions.
There are three main methods valuers use to estimate a property’s market price: comparable sales, income and cost.
  • Comparable sales method: the most common of the three methods, this one is also called inferred analysis because the valuer infers the price of your property based on current market sales of similar homes. Adjustments are made based on sale dates, the speed of the sales, relative property sizes and conditions, location and a variety of other factors. If the valuer is experienced and has good local knowledge, this method is very accurate. Most valuers mix in a bit of the income method as well, to give a better overview of the property’s value.
  • Income method: an unusual method which looks at the future income potential of the property (from renting or reselling, for example) instead of an intrinsic market value. Valuers use this method when assessing a property that’s being bought as an investment rather than as a home, to give them an
    overview of how the investment will pan out.
  • Cost method: most frequently used as part of a survey, this method looks at the building as a set of components and values it based on the cost of rebuilding and refitting from scratch. The valuer takes the market price of the land, adds the price of rebuilding everything on that land, then subtracts depreciation.
Whatever method the valuer uses, they will always take into account a wide range of factors. The biggest effects on your property’s price come from two things over which you have little, if any, control: “the market” and your location. However, a good valuer always takes your property’s individual characteristics into account,including:
  • Age: older homes are generally worth less than new builds, though there are exceptions. Listed buildings and historical locations can add to a property’s price tag, provided the building is well-maintained.
  • Size: a bigger property costs more money than a smaller one, assuming
    everything else is equal.
  • Number of bedrooms:
    while the total number of rooms is important, almost
    everyone buys based on the number of bedrooms. More bedrooms means a higher price. A room must meet certain specifications to be considered a bedroom –you can’t just label your walk-in wardrobe as one and add a few grand to your property price!
  • Room layout: a cramped, dingy home will almost always fetch a lower price than one with well-lit, airy spaces. Unusual building layouts can also be very hard to sell, especially if their oddities are inconvenient (e.g. if the kitchen is a long way away from the nearest room with enough space to eat).
  • Structural integrity:vital in older properties, but important in any home.
    Structural defects can be extremely expensive to repair, not to mention dangerous for the home’s inhabitants, and they will be detected by a survey.Structurally sound properties sell much better and for more money.
  • Wear and tear: even if the structure is sound, battered walls, worn floors and
    old windows will reduce the market price. The same goes for any fixtures and
    fittings included in the sale, such as built-in cupboards, carpets, boiler, water
    tank and so on.
  • Garden: a garden, even if it’s concreted over, is a big asset for almost any
    property.
  • Garage or parking space: a place to put the car–or multiple vehicles–is
    becoming increasingly rare, especially in larger towns and in
    cities. If you have a garage or an off-road parking space, your property’s value instantly
    increases. The same goes for dedicated on-road parking (though it’s less impressive).
  • Extras: this is the difficult part. Any renovation or extension adds value to a
    property, but most of them don’t add as much as you wish they would.
    Kitchen and bathroom renovations are great. Energy efficiency improvements
    add value, too. An additional bedroom is good, but converting an existing
    bedroom into a study or games room is generally bad.

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