It is definitely an urban myth that house-hunters and home-sellers drop off the property market radar from early December until late January – at least in latter years.  Understandably, most Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers, and Solicitor practices are closed for a few days invariably from lunchtime on the last  working day before Christmas, which incidentally this year will be Friday 22nd December, and usually the break will extend until the first official day back at work for most of us after New Year’s Day, which will be Tuesday 2nd January 2018.  So yes, there is a natural break of around ten days or so over the actual festive period, but anyone who is seriously looking for their next home will invariably be cruising the websites over this enforced rest period, making vigorous notes of potential properties to view once the last of the New Year champagne has been consumed, and possibly using the time to fill out those endless mortgage questionnaires!  Similarly, those who are keen to sell recognise that there will be a lull during the Christmas break, but nonetheless, once the New Year is upon us, will want to sweep away the tinsel and mistletoe in readiness for future viewings.  So the tip would be  that if you are looking to purchase, use your possible time off to have a drive around the  areas that are of interest to you, making a shortlist of potential streets that are particularly appealing.  Once armed with more information, your web search will help to narrow down the options that are closest to your property criteria, and hopefully you will be ready to view those that are selected as soon as possible.  Likewise, if you are eager to resume the marketing of your property in the New Year, it may be a good opportunity over the break to have a bit of a spring clean and general tidy up, ensuring the outside as well as the inside of your home is showing well.  In general, the beginning of a new year envokes a feeling of moving forward – whether this be in your personal, work, or home life – so whilst you are endeavouring to shift the excess pounds of ‘holiday fayre’ on that treadmill, you are probably also gearing up mentally to move home!

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  • Through the process of initially looking for a property to rent, to then looking for one to buy, and selling my own property, I dealt with 30-40 estate agents over a period of about one year, from the large national companies to the small independents, and Dan Cohen of Real Estates in Woodside Park was outstanding. We bought our house through him, and he was transparent, communicative, kept his word and worked hard to ensure the sale went through, including checking up and updating me on the sale of my flat

    - Dr M
  • We had the pleasure of dealing with Jordan in our recent purchase. He is a credit to Real Estates. He is the utmost professional; delivering on promises, happy to drive to conclusions and isn’t afraid of tough conversations which are needed to resolve underlying issues. Without Jordan leading the transaction we would not have been in the position to move forward at the pace both myself and the vendors were happy with. We couldn’t be any happier with the way that Jordan performed on this transaction and hope he receives the recognition that he deserves. When we look to move again we will be reaching out to Jordan and would ask that he is assigned to our transactions going forward.

    - SR & HR
  • Following our recent purchase, through the professional assistance of Jordan Silver, I would like you to know how very happy we were with the support your senior sales negotiator provided to us.

    - N & SC
  • I just wanted to write to say thank you. I cannot begin to tell you how overjoyed and delighted we are. We have somehow, and against so many odds, been gifted with the most beautiful house, on such a lovely road, with the brook at the bottom of our garden. The last few weeks have been completely agonising, and perhaps one of the most emotional times of my life. The faith you put in us, to stick with us, to provide the support and reassurance, and to get us over the line is something I genuinely will never forget.

    - SA
  • Dear Casey, my husband and I would like to thank you for your kindness and your efficiency. We highly recommend you for your professionalism. We wish you the most successful pursuit in your career with Real Estates, which you have indeed represented very well.

    - FF
  • It’s a big relief to get the exchange done and dusted. We have bought and sold a fair number of flats and houses over the years and I’d like to say that I have never worked with an agent as efficient, canny, courteous and smart as you. I doubt this would have happened without your dogged persistence and we’re both very grateful to you.

    - BB
  • I’m well aware of the efforts you and your team made not only to obtain a sale, but to assist me with a tricky situation. Lock down. Distance. Disrepair. A mess. Clearance.
    Your friendly, supportive, professional service knew no bounds. I’m only too well aware that you went way beyond the call of duty. Words are inadequate to express my gratitude to you, Casey and Tracey. It was a pleasure to meet you and to have you as part of our lives, albeit temporarily.

    - AM
  • Dear Jordan, I really appreciate everything you have done for us over the period of selling our house. You are the best Agent of all! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    - NR
  • We wanted to say a big thank you for all of your help over the last few months. We‘ve already fallen in love with the house and think we’ll be really happy here!

    - J & SH
  • We are absolutely over the moon!! Thank you once again. Your communication throughout has been excellent. This process has been a real pleasure.

    - A & JS