Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q & a Property; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets John Hulse

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q & a Property; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets John Hulse

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Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry? John Malcolm Hulse, branch manager of Reeds Rains in North Shields. I have been working in the property industry for seven years, all in the coastal region.

I started working as a negotiator then valuer and am now branch manager in my home patch of North Shields - I know the area well and love it. It's a great place to live and work. and I feel I have a good knowledge of properties here and what the area has to offer.

What sparked your interest in the property business? My family has always been into property and it sparked an interest at an early age. I was always fascinated by different property styles and their history. So this truly is a dream job for me, especially as I'm here on my home patch.

What is the best advice you have ever received about property? Seek financial advise prior to looking as you may be able to buy a better property than you initially thought.

And the worst? Simply to just look on the agents individual website. There there are great property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla where many agents advertise properties for sale and for rent. The internet has really widened our choices and experiences.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to enter the industry? Get involved with all aspects of the business as there are many different roles in the industry to suit all career choices and the more jobs you have had, the more you will have to offer to buyers and sellers. You never stop learning.

What should a prospective buyer/ renter look for when choosing an agent? Check out several agents. And only settle on one when you feel confident and believe they will take a genuine interest in your home-buying needs and keep you up to date with new properties and prices. If you're not happy with something, say so. TYOU need to work together.

What are the three most important things people hoping to buy should think about when looking at a home? Location, location, location. Think about where you want to live - and why - and think about the future saleability of the property and the area. Remember, this is where you are going to make your home and you want to be totally comfortable in the area and the property. …

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