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A recent announcement has put Lincoln on the commuters map!

Virgin Trains has confirmed in May 2019 every day there will be 5 direct trains to London as well as 6 return trains back to Lincoln. The new virgin Azuma trains, recently unveiled by Sir Richard Branson, are set to cut journey times considerably, ensuring Lincoln will now be considered as a commutable destination for city workers seeking a life outside the big smoke.

Over the years southern and London buyers have obsessively hunted for the ‘hidden’ commuting paradise, the holy grail that ticks all the boxes; quality lifestyle, good schools and of course lots of brick for your buck, all within easy reach of the capital. Properties around Grantham and Newark valued between £300,000 and £800,000 have seen huge increases in what buyers are willing to pay for them, and now Lincoln is the next big deal when it comes to county living.

But will this change make an impression on the Lincoln property market? 2017 saw a huge 8% increase in the Lincoln average house price compared to the 2.7% national average increase. The current average house price in Lincoln stands at £171,926, but how does this stack up against other commuter hot spots?

 

Winchester, Hampshire
Average house price £482,000
Commute average 61 minutes

Price per commuter minute: £7,902

 

Haslemere, Surrey
Average house price £631,976
Commute average 50 minutes

Price per commuter minute: £12,640

 

Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Average house price £313,000
Commute average 26 minutes

Price per commuter minute: £12,038

 

Brighton, Sussex
Average house price £374,662
Commute average 58 minutes

Price per commuter minute: £6,460

 

Sheffield, Essex
Average house price £471,000
Commute average 23 minutes

Price per commuter minute: £20,478

 

Once the new service is up and running, the commuting time is anticipated to be around 1hr 25 mins. Applying the same calculation, this will put Lincoln:

Price per commuter minute: £2,022

This currently makes Lincoln considerably better value and highly attractive to buyers. With supply still remaining low, and demand now set to increase significantly, this can only push prices up and up. Mount & Minster, Lincoln’s award winning estate agents, have already seen signs of this with our London office registering significant interest from wealthier, cash buyers from the capital looking to acquire a home in Lincoln or within 20 minutes of the station.

In recent months Lincoln has been flooded with investment including £29 million bus transport and car parking hub, £35 million Siemens Global Service Operations Centre and a £1 million discover England fund to attract further American tourism.

Coupled with a new speedy commute, tourism investments and attractive property prices, Lincoln and the surrounding villages are now highly sought-after for attracting savvy property buyers. With the 2018 market now in full swing, owners looking to sell are in an excellent position to get a premium price for their property with anyone of our registered buyers from the south and London.

If you would like to discuss selling your home for a premium price then please feel free to contact the Lincoln office on 01522 716204. Or click here.

THE BEAST FROM THE EAST HAS BEEN DEFEATED, THE PEST FROM THE WEST HAS BLOWN THROUGH AND NOW SPRING IS FINALLY ON THE WAY. IT IS POPULAR BELIEF NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO PUT YOUR PROPERTY ON THE MARKET, BUT HOW CAN YOU ENSURE YOUR PROPERTY ACHIEVES THE BEST PRICE?

FOLLOW OUR TOP TEN TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR SALE PRICE POTENTIAL:

1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
Most buyers will make a decision about your property before they have even crossed the threshold. The best local estate agents will talk about “kerb appeal” which is key to first impressions. Is the approach clear and attractive? Is the exterior paint work in good condition? Planting flowers in bloom and driving the old station runner off the drive and round the corner all add to creating a perfect picture for buyers.

2. CREATING SPACE
When it comes to property the general rule is the bigger the better. Remove any unnecessary furniture, clear surfaces, strategically place mirrors to catch the light and removing living space doors are all ways to ensure your square footage is optimised and rooms flow nicely.

3. SHOWCASE YOUR PROPERTY IN THE BEST “LIGHT”
It has long been popular belief fresh flowers and home baked bread are the avant-garde advise to making your property appealing to buyers. It is true making your home light and airy will make it more attractive; freshen the walls with a neutral colour palette, modernise the decor and ensuring the windows are clean will make certain your property is looking its best. Do not be afraid to turn on internal lights, lighting can set the mood of a room for a potential buyer.

4. THE SPRING CLEAN
A dirty house is a deterrent to any buyer. Utilise the Spring Clean and freshen your property from top to bottom. Buyers will be looking at every inch of your home, dirty bathrooms, kitchen sinks and skirting boards are key. Allow your potential buyers to concentrate on the attributes of your property and not be distracted by a television unit laden with dust. If you have a pet, they might be a popular member of your family but not all buyers will see them as a welcome addition to their future property. Keep pet evidence to a minimum, hide food bowels, litter trays and clutter.

5. DEFINE YOUR ROOMS
Is your home four bedrooms, three bedrooms and and gym, office, snug? Present your home as you wish it to be sold. Don’t use your spare bedroom as storage space or use your dining room as a make shift studio. Buyers will see the space as unusable and will make the assumption the room is simply too small for what it is being advertised as, a quick and easy way to depreciate the value of your property.

6. TEMPERATURE
Ensuring your home is a comfortable and welcoming temperature is a key component to any sale. Temperature sets a tone of a house, light the fire if it is cold, open the patio doors if it is warm. Create a space where potential buyers will linger.

7. GROW THE VALUE OF YOUR GARDEN
A garden can be a key selling point for some buyers, make your garden as attractive as possible. Mow the lawn, tidy paths, screen off rubbish bins and removing children’s toys such as trampolines all add to the finesse of your property. Paint the picture of the long awaited British summer, if the weather is kind, dress garden furniture with a cushion, a book and a bottle of wine with two glasses. Set the scene for your buyers to see themselves in this space.

8. PARKING
If parking is limited at your property make sure the potential buyer has an easy customer journey. Move your car to to another location and ensure all available space it given. Do not clutter the driveway with bicycles and BBQ’s. If your parking is on street you might consider requesting your neighbours park further away for a day or so. A buyer who arrives stressed because they couldn’t get near the property is not going to be in a positive frame of mind.

9. KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Potential buyers are not only going to be looking at your property but also at your neighbours. Is their property well kept? Do they have an overgrown garden or a barking dog? Have chat with them and maybe offer some assistance? Making the area or region of your property appealing is an asset to any buyer.

10. DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY
Selling and buying your home is an extremely personal process but when it comes to selling your home your personal style might not be to everyones taste. Family photos, children’s paraphernalia and bric-a-brac that has been with you for years may have even become invisible in everyday life. Take a fresh look and depersonalise your home creating a blank canvas for potential buyers to visualise their life at your property.

Marketing your property at its best and right from the start will make a huge difference. You can’t afford to get it wrong and award winning local estate agents such as Mount & Minster will be able to point you in the right direction and help from start to finish.

In the event you’re thinking of marketing your property this Spring or Summer and would like to discuss how to get the best possible price, then we would be delighted to offer you a free consultation at a time to suit you. You can contact us at either our Lincoln (01522 716 205) or Grantham (01476 515 329) offices and it will be our pleasure to help you further. Alternatively, click here.

Lettings Negotiator

Mount & Minster is seeking a proactive and ambitious Lettings Negotiator.

The job will involve undertaking a variety of tasks, focused on Lettings Agency and Property Management, including but not limited to:

• Lettings Agency – Carrying out valuations and market appraisals, negotiating offers, booking viewings, booking market appraisals, listing properties, conducting viewings, lettings application progression.

• Property Management – Organising and undertaking property inspections, rent collection, managing maintenance schedules, liaising with contactors to undertake works, deal with check in and check out of tenants, service of notices.

• Business Development – Actively promote Mount & Minster, canvassing, lead generation, promotions and events.

Candidates will need:

At least 1 year experience of working in Lettings Agency.
Full Driving Licence and their own vehicle.
Ideally they will have worked for 2+ years in the field and have applicable qualifications i.e. MARLA.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary plus commission and annual bonus.

The right candidate will have the opportunity to progress quickly to Lettings Manager.

For further information, please email your CV to james@mountandminster.co.uk or call 01522 716204.

Mount & Minster have once again been exclusively selected to represent their local clients and home-sellers in this years London & Country Property Show on the 17th April 2018.

The only local agent to be showing, selling and displaying prominent local properties that are available for sale in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, we are pleased to be attending this increasingly popular property exhibition which has grown so much in popularity that it has now relocated from Chelsea Old Town Hall on the King’s Road, to Olympia in Kensington.

This high-profile event is specifically targeted at those currently living in the south east and London who are seeking to move away from the capital. These sought-after buyers are often in a cash position and often pay more for properties which are comparatively much better value compared to where they currently live.

Lincolnshire and the East Midlands is becoming more and more popular with southern buyers who are attracted by stand-out properties which are easily within their reach financially, as well as our proximity to superb transport links, fast rail connections and highly regarded local schools.

Last year, Mount & Minster successfully sold the majority of the properties they pushed at the show and are once again promoting 24 exclusively chosen properties to this special and targeted demographic.

If you think your property would suit a London or southern buyer and you would like to know more about the Show and how Mount & Minster can help successfully market your home and attract a premium price then please feel free to contact anyone of our Chartered property professionals in either the Grantham office (01476 515329) or the Lincoln office (01522 715204). Alternatively, contact us here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.