Property News

Updating you with the latest happenings in the property market.

2019 Review of the Year

It was a year of change in the local estate agency market too with 3 agents closing offices in Newtownards and at least one internet based agent arriving with a fanfare and quietly disappearing again with a wimper.

The "Unsuccessful Bidder".

Over the years we have had very few complaints against our company but where we have it has almost always been from a buyer who "missed out" on the property they wanted. There seems to be a suspicion amongst unsuccessful bidders that the reason they missed out on the property was due to some "un...

Making Sense of Estate Agents Fees

Estate Agents Fees can be very confusing and often leave you unclear as to what you will actually pay. Our video explains some of the tactics used and why Grant Estate Agents prefer to quote you a fixed fee that includes marketing fees, our commission, Energy Performance Certificate and VAT so th...

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) now available.

Every property being marketed for sale or let in the UK requires an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If you're selling your home with Grant Estate Agents then the EPC is included within our sale fees at no additional cost to vendors. Many agents charge in the region of 70- 100 for an EPC ...

Can you trust that Estate Agents valuation?

Estate Agents don't determine the value of property so signing up with the agent who gives you the highest valuation could be a big mistake. When valuing a property the agent should use their extensive knowledge of the local property market, particularly sales of similar properties, to accuratel...

First time Buyers

You will significantly improve your situation if you have done the financial work first. A mortgage agreement in principle can be like gold dust when it comes to establishing your credibility with agents and vendors alike but statistics also show that First time buyers in particular are often not confident when making offers and can pay more than necessary to secure a property.