Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buyers Are Still Househunting at Christmas, Say Agents

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buyers Are Still Househunting at Christmas, Say Agents

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Byline: Vicky Robson

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner but you can still sell your home at this time of year, according to North East estate agents.

While plenty of people may be preoccupied with the festive period, regional experts say there are still scores of active buyers looking to purchase a home during the winter months.

Although traditionally a slower period for the property market, sellers are being reminded that they can still clinch a sale by following a few simple tips this season.

Duncan Young, of Sanderson Young, said: "I was confused five years ago as to why November was our busiest sales month in the year and yet here we are again in 2015 and the same has happened with Sanderson Young selling more houses in November than any other month in the year.

"This market continues to be unpredictable and even though most houses are now preparing their interiors for Christmas trees, flashing lights and scented candles, there are still good buyers around and active sales taking place.

"It is important that the gardens are given their final winter clean removing fallen apples and dead leaves and ensuring that they look at their best for the dormant months ahead. Internally they should be clean, neat and tidy and ready for the festivities that lie ahead.

"Often houses can look particularly attractive at this time of the year and very appealing with the bright and colourful Christmas decorations.

"It is, however, important to have the usual January early spring clean and prepare the New Year with fresh rooms and a little touch up of new paint where necessary to make the best impact.

"We are often very busy in early January with new buyers registering and some good new stock, as it is a good time to bring to the market some super new opportunities."

According to The National Association of Estate Agents, the winter months can provide an opportune moment for buyers to focus their property search. …

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