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Month: December 2015

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Merry Christmas everyone!

22.12.15

It is most definitely the most wonderful time of the year, and we would like to take this opportunity to send out our warmest Christmas wishes to each and everyone of you. May your turkey be roasted to perfection, your gifts well-received and your mistletoe be placed in abundance throughout your house (insert winky-face emoji here).

We have had a wonderful year here, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming in the new one. We’ve met a few new faces and started some new relationships throughout the year, and continued to provide our best possible service to our existing clients. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with each and every one of you, and long may it continue. But, now that the festive period is officially upon us, we know we won’t be the only ones glad of a few lazy mornings and time to spend with our loved ones.

Our office will be closed from 4:00 pm on 22nd December right through to 4th January, so let us also wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Right, we’re off to The Edgbaston Cocktail Lounge for our Christmas party! See you all next year…….x

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It’s December – Christmas movie time!

09.12.15

It’s officially an acceptable time of year to start watching your favourite Christmas movies to get you in the festive mood. Here are our top 10 reasons why we love the run-up to Christmas:

  1. First of all, let’s start with a clear favourite of everyone’s – Love Actually. Because we all actually love love, don’t we? And who doesn’t love a film which tells a bunch of heartstring-tugging love stories all at the same time, the majority of which we can all relate to. You’ve got the cute schoolboy with a huge crush, you’ve got the unrequited love situation (which actually turns out not so unrequited, when she gives him that much needed peace of mind by planting one on his lips), and you’ve got the one where the handsome Prime Minister falls for a member of the household staff, then fires her, then goes knocking the doors of every house in the road she lives in to get her to be his girlfriend. Oh, you’ve never had that?… Well, anyway, this brilliant film just seems to touch so many emotions all at the same time. And the best thing about it is that not all of the tales told are the usual stereotypical love stories, but they still manage to warm our hearts all the same, and remind us that love is always present in one form or another.
  2. It’s A Wonderful Life – what is Christmas without this classic? This one is always high on people’s list of festive favourites, instilling the beauty of humanity in all of us.
  3. Home Alone – just a staple must-watch for every 90s kid at Christmas, this movie brings floods of nostalgia every time.
  4. Elf – Will Ferrell is simply hilarious in everything he does! What a genius. And what better way to fill your heart with that good old Christmas spirit than a grown man who was raised as, and still very much is one of Santa’s elves?
  5. The Holiday – because Jude Law.
  6. The Grinch – because of Jim Carey and the constant energy he brings to every character, not even just this one. And, because the Grinch eventually finds the true meaning of Christmas, AND he gets the girl!
  7. The Muppet Christmas Carol – you can learn a lot of important lessons from this film. Like: don’t be a mean boss! Jim Henson’s adaptation of the 1843 Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol was a great way to bring the story to kids of the 90s.
  8. Miracle On 34th Street – another childhood classic, nostalgic and magical.
  9. The Santa Clause – just imagine if your dad became Santa Clause, wouldn’t it just be the best thing ever!?
  10. Die Hard – we just love this romantic, action-packed heart warmer of a movie.

How warm and fuzzy do you feel right now? Bet you can’t wait to get into your fluffy slippers and whack on a Christmas film when you get back home tonight!

NB: The writer of this blog really loves Loves Actually.

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Market your property this Christmas

01.12.15

We know, sounds crazy! Right?

Well, Rightmove seem to think it’s a splendid idea; especially being as, last year, they had over one million visitors to their website on Christmas Day alone, and it appears that millions of property hunters visit the site throughout the whole Christmas period. It seems that, as soon as the dinner’s been eaten and the Queen’s speech is over, people jump straight back into the property search. Perhaps it’s because the Christmas period is actually the only free time they have had to have a proper look at the market. Or, maybe they feel that they make their best decisions after a couple of glasses of mulled wine. Either way, the statistics show that December and January are not as quiet as you may think, and that it may just be a great idea to pop your property on the market for the festive season.

When you think about it, it makes sense to get your property out there for people to look at over the festive period, when everyone is home from work and generally not as busy as usual. People tend to just find themselves half watching what’s on TV and half browsing through properties for sale on Rightmove and Zoopla. Well, it makes sense to us, anyway.

If you are considering putting your property up for sale, simply contact us to arrange for a visit from our Sales Director for a valuation. Similarly, if you have a property to rent out, our Lettings Manager will provide you with an estimation on rental income and guide you through marketing the property through us.