The Sales Team

Brannen & Partners are a local family run business which has been established at the Coast for over 20 years. The Brannen family has been synonymous with property on the Coast since the early 1900s – older generations of the family were prolific homebuilders in the area including on the Broadway, Linskill Terrace and Hawkeys Lane. There is also a ‘Brannen Street’ in North Shields, acting as a reminder of how the Brannen family has shaped the Coast brick by brick.

Today we sell rather than build houses from our Whitley Bay and Tynemouth offices. We provide bespoke marketing packages to clients looking to sell including A3 window cards and property particulars, floor plans, a professional photographer to take pictures of your home as well as advertising on property websites. We also have our own Facebook and Twitter pages! With good old fashioned hard work and customer service combined with the latest in technology, we provide our clients with a first class service which we believe is the best on offer at the Coast. We can even send out our latest properties to clients before we are back at the office!

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Accreditations

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) regulate and promote the profession, maintain the highest educational and professional standards, protect clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics and provide impartial advice and guidance.

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The Property Ombudsman (TPO) is a UK government-approved organisation which aims to provide better consumer protection for home buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, by providing independent conflict resolution and raising standards of service in the residential property industry.

Finance

We would strongly recommend you obtain a ‘mortgage in principle’ as soon as possible from your lender, as this will help to speed up the buying process. It would be sensible to speak to an independent financial advisor (IFA) who can show you many alternative mortgage products from a range of different lenders.

We have an IFA we can recommend – please call 0191 2578484 to arrange an appointment.

They will be able to tell you your maximum budget before you begin your search, as well as the amount of deposit that may be required by your lender. When calculating your budget consider your monthly outgoings and don’t forget to allow for additional costs such as Survey Costs, Solicitors Fees, Removal Costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) where appropriate.

We are happy to guide you and make recommendations as to suitable providers who can let you know their costings.

Being in the Best Position

Naturally, if you are already a homeowner, you will be in a much stronger position if your property is already sold prior to viewing potential properties to buy. It can also avoid heartache if you find a property you like, only to miss out because your property isn’t sold.

We would naturally be delighted to provide you with an up to date valuation and to put your property on the market. This can be arranged by calling 0191 2578484.

Register On Our Mailing List

Register with us to be kept up to date with our new properties that come to the market. This way you will be the first to know about properties before they even appear on the internet.

School Catchments

One of the most common reasons for people to move home is to be in the catchment area for a specific school. The Coastal region is well stocked with many excellent Primary, Middle and High Schools which attract families from all over the North East.

Although we try and help as much as possible in terms of advising clients where current school catchment areas are, they are of course subject to change depending on the school and whether they are oversubscribed in any particular year.

The best people to contact are School Admissions on: (0191) 643 8724. Alternatively the website which includes maps of catchment areas and a host of information on admissions can be accessed through http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/125/schools-and-education

One Stop Shop

Brannen & Partners act as a one stop shop for all your property needs. We can help with:

  1. Buying / Selling
  2. Auction
  3. Letting
  4. Buy to Lets
  5. Commercial
  6. Independent Financial Advice
  7. Surveys
  8. Conveyancing (Solicitors)
  9. Removals

For more information please call 0191 2578484

Your home is at risk if you do not keep up with your mortgage payments. Mortgage advice is given by One Finance UK Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA 586084). Brannen & Partners will receive a referral fee should you use our recommended provider. Please remember if you have already instructed another agent on a sole agency basis you may be liable to pay their fee as well as ours. Please check your agency agreement.

Choosing the right agent is paramount when it comes to selling your property. It will affect how long your property is on the market and how much you sell it for! You will notice how a property may sit on the market with one agent before selling with another. So if you think all agents are the same… think again!

The effectiveness of how a property is marketed will often fall into one of three categories: Getting the basics right, Marketing and Customer Service. We believe we are the best at all of these!

Getting the Basics Right – Making your property an attractive proposition

Getting the price right – Effective pricing is key as it is the main determining factor is how much interest your property receives. If you price too high for the current market it will deter potential buyers from viewing.

Presentation – This is how the property is shown off to potential buyers. We offer A3 brochures, window cards and floor plans. We can also hire a professional photographer to take photos of your property. This will help make your property stand out from the crowd.

Marketing– Your property needs to be available to as many potential buyers as possible

  • We have branches in Whitley Bay and Tynemouth
  • We advertise on key property websites
  • We have dedicated Facebook & Twitter pages.

Customer Service – People sell property

With all of the advances in technology it is still people that sell property. Our staff are highly trained with many years of experience in sales and are more than happy to advise clients through the buying and selling process. With a proactive, hardworking approach and a focus on customer service we believe we can put people looking to move in the best possible position.

With our ipads our Valuers can send out new properties to clients before they even get back to the office.

One Stop Shop

We are able to make things hassle free for clients by providing all of their property needs under one roof or through recommending a local provider:

  1. Buying / Selling
  2. Auction
  3. Letting
  4. Property Management
  5. Buy to Lets
  6. Independent Financial Advice
  7. Commercial
  8. Surveys
  9. Conveyancing (Solicitors)
  10. Block Management

Fees

We understand that our fees are an important consideration when going on the market – but it should not be the deciding factor as there are other important things to consider such as marketing material, coverage, access to buyers, reputation, track record, knowledge, experience, honesty and integrity. The cheapest fee does not necessarily result in the best possible price achieved for the property.

We therefore offer a range of packages based on individual client’s circumstances and requirements. If you want us to offer something specific please don’t hesitate to ask.

For more information or to book a free no obligation valuation please call 0191 2578484.

Small details make a big difference in encouraging people back up the path for a second viewing! Making sure the property is clean, tidy, neutral (décor) and has no unpleasant odours will go a long way to making it more sellable. Remember that you are in competition with other similar properties – so you want yours to stand out from the crowd!

Here are my top ten tips for attracting buyers:

  1. First Impressions Count

Stand outside your property… how would you rate it? Would it appeal to you as a buyer or does it need repainting, the garden need tidying and the path weeding? Initial impressions can stay with a potential buyer long after they have viewed a property so the presentation of the outside is just as important as the inside.

  1. A room with a purpose

In the current market, a property needs to clearly justify its value if a buyer is to offer anywhere near the asking price. Without expensive renovations or building works, one of the most straightforward ways to validate the asking price is to appraise each room as if it has a price tag attached to it. Some rooms have a much higher value than others and ‘dual-use’ rooms in particular often don’t appeal.

A dining room may seem charming if doubling up as a playroom but buyers attribute more value to a dining room than a child’s play area so try and keep the toys elsewhere. If a spare upstairs room has become a home office, turn it back into a simple bedroom. Buyers rate the number of bedrooms very highly!

  1. Let the air in

Musty-smelling rooms are off-putting and make people want to get out before they have even noticed the stunning ceiling rose. Don’t forget to air rarely used rooms and teenagers’ bedrooms. They should also be at a comfortable temperature – not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter.

  1. Lighten up

If you have a dark room / hallway make sure all the lights are on – table or floor standing lights can be particularly effective without emphasising the lack of natural light.

  1. Don’t Forget Your Keys!

Buyers will be entering through the front door but they will want to see all areas of the property, including outside spaces and garage so remember to keep all keys with you.  A good viewing should be efficient, simple and friendly. If Vendors are rushing around the house frantically searching for keys the viewing can quickly seem disorganised and muddled, sentiments which can easily be applied to the house itself and put the buyer off.

  1. Smell of Success

You shouldn’t underestimate the power of the sense of smell and how it affects our other senses.  A home that smells fresh and clean is more important than baking bread or brewing coffee (and won’t disguise any stale odours).

  1. Window dressing

People are always drawn towards windows – so make them a real focal point. Apart from ensuring the glass is sparkling (well worth paying a window cleaner), clear junk off window sills and keep curtains pulled well back to make rooms seem lighter and bigger.

  1. Floor space

The tidier the better – it’s particularly important to take everything off the floor as carpet clutter is the quickest way to make a room look smaller.

  1. The pets have to go

Remember not everyone loves your pets as much as you do. Dishes of pet food in the kitchen, especially in warm weather, are a complete turn-off, as are little accidents left on the lawn. Try and take dogs out for walks during viewings, as barking and scratching at doors can be off-putting to someone visiting. Try and remove hair & smells as best you can.

  1. Leave people to browse

Viewers don’t want to be pounced on by owners and over-loaded with information. Allow people to look around the property and ask if they have any specific questions they would like answering.

In summary

Getting the basics right will often help make the property more saleable and achieve the best possible price.

Clean, tidy, neutral (décor) and pleasant smelling are the best principles to adhere to when it comes to property!

Don’t worry about spending a lot of money on a property prior to sale as there is no guarantee you will recoup the outlay or that it will suit potential buyers tastes. Instead, do all the little finishing off bits – touching up of paintwork and neutralising walls from bold colours can often be more cost and time effective without the hassle.

The Brannen Sales Team

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Whether you are looking to buy or sell, with our first class knowledge of the local north east market you can trust us to provide clear, sensible advice and guidance.

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