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We all know that Canary Wharf, and the E14 area in general, is going through a period of unprecedented change right now, but are you actually finding it difficult to rent your property?
Whilst we have written this article with the E14 area at the forefront of our minds, we do believe it contains advice which is transferrable across different sets of market conditions and geographical areas.
1. Excessive stock levels mean everything is taking longer to let
We’ve worked in all kinds of rental markets over the years, in different geographical areas across London, so whilst we’ll stop short of saying that we’ve seen it all, we have seen a fair bit.
When any large new development completes there are always those landlords that get ‘lucky’ and rent their property very quickly, but by the same token there are always landlords that get unlucky and it takes longer for their property to let. And often there’s no particular reason why some properties take longer than others – its purely down to over-supply of a particular unit type in a distinct geographical location.
Supply is one of E14’s biggest problems right now, particularly an over-supply of two bedroom apartments, but it will rent eventually. Let’s put some numbers behind it so you can see where we’re coming from.
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Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Life is full of them.
There are everyday ones like what to have for dinner.
Or slightly bigger ones including which box set to start watching.
And there are the really big choices such as who to settle down with or which career to pursue.
And while deciding which estate agent to sell or rent your property is a big decision it’s certainly not life or death, but it will have an influence on how successful your move is, or how profitable your rental investment is..
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We’re not the most loved of professions, estate agents, but why is that?
Is it the perception of underhand sales tactics? The unreturned phone calls and emails? Lateness to appointments? Or, perhaps, the needless flashy suits and the general ‘geezer’ image?
To be honest, we don’t care, because we’re not like that, and to be fair we don’t think there are many who fit the approve profile left (but there are a few, so be warned!)
A good estate agent should be your ‘trusted advisor’. A person who knows his or her area, knows the market, knows the ins and outs of the legalities, and isn’t afraid to pick up the phone when the news is bad (funnily enough, we all find it easy to make ‘good news’ phone calls).
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As an estate agency currently tracking at 5 out of 5 stars with our Feefo reviews you might think that we think we’ve got this selling and renting lark down to a tee. But do we? No.
OK, so that might be a bit overly-humble – we do know what we’re doing of course – but the point is this: do we, as estate agents, truly understand what our customers want from us?