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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Testimonials

  • 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
  • Tracey, thank you so much for your help, you really are a fantastic agent and we have recommended you to our friends who are looking in the Woodside Park/Totteridge area.

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

    - A & LT
  • We just wanted to thank you so much for all your interventions and hard work in selling our house. All the Team worked so hard including Jordan and Casey. You certainly went beyond what is considered normal negotiations with our Buyer, calling in to see her personally when things got a little ‘tricky’ and smoothing the way forward. We really appreciate all your efforts in the sale and also securing our rental in Mill Hill. We will have no hesitation in recommending REAL ESTATES where appropriate, as you are the best, excellent, professional, friendly Team who get results. Again, THANK YOU for all your hard work during this difficult time.

    - K & BS
  • I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Tracey and Casey for all your hard work and advice in helping us to get Northiam. Although there is a lot of work to do to the house, we have moved in and plans are almost finalised and actually the place already feels like home. I think it will be an amazing home for us all and we appreciate so much the lengths you all went to in order to make this happen. Tracey deserves a special mention. She put up with me (dealt with me / tolerated me) amazingly well! If she hasn’t had one already, she definitely deserves a huge New Year’s pay rise!

    - SC