Monthly Archives: January, 2017

Esale Crowd Funding – What The Papers Say!

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FAST GROWING ONLINE PROPERTY FIRM ANNOUNCES SEARCH FOR INVESTORS

The no-nonsense Yorkshire based online estate agent esaleuk.com has announced it is ready to step onto the national stage – and wants YOU as a partner.

Launched in 2012, the company has been quietly earning itself an enviable reputation in the industry, chalking up second place in the UK for customer service on Trustpilot’s independently compiled rankings, thanks largely to a no-quibble money-back guarantee and competitive, easy-to-understand packages for vendors.

Links with the ProperStar network also mean homes for sale with esaleuk.com can be seen on 80 websites in 51 countries – and in 19 languages around the world.

Today (Monday 30th January 2017), the company has unveiled its most ambitious project to date – a strategy which it hopes will secure its place among the UK’s big-hitters when it comes to selling property online.

In order to expand its operations Esale has engaged leading crowdfunding platform Crowd for Angels for help in its search for backers large or small. The company is looking to raise a minimum of £45,000, with the maximum fundraise set at £90,000. Investors can pledge as little as £30 to be part of the company’s future.

Regardless of the amount invested, and in addition to potential future dividends, HMRC has confirmed that qualifying investors will be able to claim 30% of their investment back as part of their taxable income under the Enterprise Investment Scheme*. So, a qualifying investor pledging £1,000 for example, will be able to claim £300 back from HMRC.

“At the moment, the online market is still quite small – between 5% and 7% of homes sold in the UK have been through an online agent,” said Managing Director David Rook. “However, experts agree – just like other forms of internet shopping – that figure is likely to increase dramatically over the coming decade.”

“There are already a handful of firms doing quite nicely using the online business model and we firmly believe we now have all the pieces in place to allow us to join them. All we need are forward-thinking investors who can see the huge potential offered by the online property market – and the vision to help us harness it.”

Traditionally, barriers deterring vendors from instructing an online estate agent have included up-front fees, the lack of one-to-one engagement and the fact sellers have frequently found they have to conduct their own viewings.

However, those who instruct Esale can chose to pay either up-front or on completion, can always expect pro-active action to speed their sale through and, if required, they can request an agent to help with viewings, regardless of where they are.

“We’re determined not to be just another estate agent, with a nice line in sales patter and a branded car to drive around in. We know just how stressful – and how exciting – selling a home can be and we want to be there for our customers every step of the way,” said Mr Rook.

Mr Rook concluded: “We don’t believe in jargon and have won praise both for our plain speaking and for offering packages which are both easy to understand and are offered with no hidden extras. We are versatile, flexible and open to both new ideas and the changes in media such as 3D and drone technology which we anticipate having an impact on the property market in the not-too-distant future.”

“All we lack is a partner or partners with financial clout and with the same vision and belief in the future of the UK’s property market and its ability to bend and shape itself to the world where new technology is bound to take us.”

“If you think that’s you and you are willing to consider investment, we look forward to welcoming you to the team – and to sharing the rewards in years to come.”

To see the full pitch visit https://crowdforangels.com/company/Esale-UK-Ltd-130

 

CONTACT

Esale David Rook david.rook@esaleuk.com 01423 62 33 33 / 0800 025 3451

Crowd for Angels Tony De Nazareth, Director tony@crowdforangels.com 0207 437 2413

* The availability of any tax relief, including EIS and SEIS, depends on the individual circumstances of each investor and of the company concerned, and may be subject to change in the future. If you are in any doubt about the availability of any tax reliefs, or the tax treatment of your investment, you should obtain independent tax advice before proceeding with your investment.

Moving Home and Pets.

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PETS ON THE MOVE … A FEW TIPS

So let’s say you’re second-steppers; you were lucky to get on the property ladder before prices started to spiral but now it’s time to move on. Your first home was ideal 15 years ago and has some happy memories of life BC (before children) but it’s now too small for your growing family.

You’ve found the ideal property which ticks all your boxes, you have a buyer for your old house, your exchange date is set, the removal firm is booked and it’s all you can do to stop yourself packing things in boxes.

It’s often at this stage someone says: “The dog’s going to find everything a bit different in the new place.” And suddenly, you realise you’ve been so busy you haven’t really given a great deal of thought to how the family pets are going to adjust to life away from everything familiar – in fact away from everything they’ve probably ever known.

It’s easy to shrug, park the problem and persuade yourself the animals will be fine given time and lots of reassurance – but there is actually more you can do in advance of The Big Day to make moving home less stressful for your pet too.

First of all, try not to disrupt their routine too much. If you can walk them or feed them at the same time as you usually would despite everything going on around you, it helps to reassure them that things are pretty normal after all. There’s nothing more likely to unsettle your pet than to make sudden and dramatic changes to their routine.

Closer to moving time, have you thought of trying out dog walks around your new home? Of course, it might not be practical if the property is a distance away but, if it’s in the same town or even a reasonable drive, why not visit the area and do a bit of exploring? If the house you’re moving to is empty, even better. You could always visit at let the pets explore the inside of the new property first. While you’re there, you can also check the security of the garden. Can dogs escape easily or, from a feline perspective, is it easy for unwelcome doggie guests to get in? Knowing the answers to questions like these – and having a plan – is reassuring and actually makes the move that bit more exciting.

When it comes to The Big Move itself, the important thing is to try to ensure you don’t get too animated. There’s often something which crops up which puts a crimp on the day, despite all the work you’ve done in advance but animals do pick up on anxiety and stress so, if something – or someone – frustrates you, then it might be worth finding a quiet spot on your own to vent and not do it in front of the dog!

Also, if you can, make the pets’ stuff the last thing you move; that way, the disruption of their own life is minimised. Also, it might be best to resist the temptation to make a clean start and wash all their bedding before you go. Scent is really important as a familiar so, if you can also sacrifice an old jumper which is likely to smell of you (in the nicest possible sense) then it could be an idea to let them have that in their basket or bed too.

We’re an estate agent though and not experts on animal welfare so we’d recommend a little more research too. If you’d like a bit more detail, the Blue Cross has advice on its website which you can find here: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/moving-house-and-travelling-dogs If you’re looking for more advice on moving from a people perspective, we’d love to hear from you. Just give us a call or drop us a line at info@esaleuk.com

When is the best time to put my house on the market?

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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO NOW…?

So, we’re already a little way into 2017 and, before we know it, we’ll be on the other side of Valentine’s Day, the nights will be getting shorter and there will be daffodils in the garden. And, if you were thinking of selling your home in the spring, you’ll be edging closer still to the time when you have to make a decision.

If you read the papers every day, no one could blame you for being a little perplexed at the moment. On the one hand, there’s still plenty of doom-mongering over the impact of the Brexit vote but, on the other, some commentators are enjoying the lack of any real evidence of any kind of financial crash. So where does that leave you?

Inevitably, it means you have to make a choice about who you believe but something which may be overlooked is that potential property vendors are not necessarily powerless victims of whatever the fates have in store over the next six to 12 months. There are avenues to be explored which could help you to establish cold, hard facts which may then make a decision about whether you go to market that little bit easier.

Firstly, you can check out the property portals to see if anything is shifting in your area. Both Rightmove and Zoopla have apps you can use which allow you to check what’s sold recently and for how much. It’s true that prime property in London has been struggling for some time now but there are still hot spots across the UK where homes are being snapped up quickly – particularly when they’re priced realistically. You may be living in one of them …

Something else you could try is social media. Have you thought of asking Twitter if anyone in your area has any experience of selling their home recently? Not only is it possible that you may be able to tap into a resource of recent first-hand experience of the property market, you may also get some pointers about suppliers you may like to use – solicitors, removal firms or even estate agents (although, naturally, as you’re reading our blog, we hope you’ll check us out as well!).

And, although it may seem obvious, your third option could be to speak to estate agents themselves and see what advice they’re offering. Of course, friends and family may have their favourites but we’d suggest contacting at least three, not necessarily to compare price but to establish what they think the market in your area is doing at the moment. After all, agents live and breathe the property market every day and should be able to offer some guidance – even though it’s possible they may not all have quite the same take on it as, like in just about every walk of life, opinions can differ when there are so many variable involved.

Whatever you decide in 2017, we wish you the very best and, of course, if you think we can help further, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us a line or give us a call.

 

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About esale

eSale  Estate Agents, founded in 2012, bringing a fresh, clear and easy approach to online estate agency in England and Wales. We are a group of professionals with years of experience in helping people sell and buy property.

We have the skills to ensure the correct price is set for your property and we can negotiate the right sale price between buyer and seller.

Additionally, we can arrange accompanied viewings and also see the sale through to completion.

Your property will feature on Rightmove , Zoopla  and Primelocation esale have a wide advertising network, come and join our approach to selling a property, no matter what your property value is.