Independently family owned and run, Moores Estate Agents has over three decades of agency experience, making the rm the property specialists ‘in the know’ for Rutland, Stamford, the Welland Valley and the Vale of Belvoir. Managing Director Vernon Moore shares his latest advice on property trends across the region with Amander Meade.
The homeworking heartland
Moores have long been specialists in promoting the bene ts of our region to buyers in London and the South East, but it was the dramatic e ects of the pandemic that accelerated the process and created a ‘homeworking heartland’ for commuters across the area.
Vernon explains: ‘Almost overnight, workers nationwide were forced to reassess their working practices, and those who had never worked from home discovered all the bene ts in doing so – including the opportunity to live outside of the capital and other major cities. The tremendous lifestyle and educational opportunities on o er in our region proved irresistible to professionals who no longer needed to be in their o ces ve days a week. At the height of the pandemic, we were receiving up to 200 calls per day from potential buyers who were seeking a new way of life by capitalising on the value of their homes and moving to the country. That interest shows no sign of waning now that homeworking has become the norm for so many, and our various regional railway stations o er such convenient transport links that living here presents the best of both worlds for those needing to visit o ces in the South once or twice a week.’
A positive outlook for vendors
Despite observers predicting a dip in property valuations nationally, Vernon believes this region has always bucked those trends, and the doom and gloom simply doesn’t apply here. ‘Trends in this part of the country have always been a law unto themselves,’ he states. ‘For many reasons based around the popularity of the standard of living here, the regional outlook remains extremely positive. In fact, our biggest problem at Moores is keeping up with demand for homes. Our discreet listing service for vendors who prefer not to go onto the open market has never been more popular, and, as soon as properties are registered with us, we have buyers waiting to view. My advice to anyone thinking of selling is to contact us for a con dential and no obligation valuation – nine times out of ten homeowners are very pleasantly surprised by how much their home is worth, as house prices have risen year on year by as much as 15%.’
Don’t delay – buyers are waiting
Vernon also advises vendors to act swiftly and ignore outdated assumptions around selling. ‘Decades ago, vendors tended to wait until March or April to market their home, but with so many buyers on waiting lists there’s no need to wait. There’s a huge surge in online property searches between Christmas and the end of January, and Moores experience the greatest number of new registrations from potential buyers during that period, with many cash buyers among them. It’s frustrating to hear that some vendors feel they need to wait until spring before marketing their home, which is simply not the case at all. The early months of the year are the ideal time to capture the attention of our newly registered buyers. Additionally, we are o ering reduced fees for openly marketed homes, so there’s never been a better time to capitalise on the equity in your home. If the time feels right for you to sell, we have buyers ready to move.’
As we enter 2022, the Moores team is ready to o er free valuations and advice on all aspects of buying, selling and letting property. Why not call today to nd out how much your home is worth?
• Oakham and the Rutland Water villages (at Moores Property Hub) 01572 757979
• Uppingham and the Welland Valley 01572 821935
• Stamford and the A1 corridor 01780 484555
• Melton and the Vale of Belvoir 01664 491610
• Grantham and the surrounding villages 01476 855618
Full contact details can be found at www.mooresestateagents.com