Trusted local estate agents for Edgbaston and Birmingham City Centre since 2008

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10 year

Davidson Estates 10year Anniversary

22.06.18

Thank you to everyone who attended the Davidson Estates 10 year anniversary party.

We had a fantastic time chatting to our valued landlords, buyers and vendors over a few glasses of champagne and canapes and were thoroughly entertained by local magician George Billingham and  musician Chris.

We’d like to thank all those who bought a raffle ticket, you’ve helped us raise £100 for the Brain Tumour Charity, a fantastic charity who are committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts through research and support to save lives and improve quality of life.

A massive thank you to Boston Tea Party, The High Field, Loki Wine and Neptune for donating some wonderful raffle prizes, your generosity is very much appreciated.

 

 

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Let’s Celebrate

25.05.18

Davidson Estates is now into it’s tenth year of business and to celebrate this milestone we are throwing a party at our office on 16th June.

My team and I have worked endlessly to build the business and our reputation, and with the support of our clients we are now regarded as one of the premium property agents in Edgbaston and the City Centre.

As a thank you, we would love to invite our valued landlords, buyers, vendors and homeowners looking to sell or let their properties to our event. This is also a great opportunity for all those budding property investors to come and meet the team and find out more about the fabulous investment opportunities we have to offer.

Come and join us for champagne, canapes, live music and magic from up and coming local magician, George Billingham. We’ll also be holding a raffle with all proceeds going to our chosen charity, The Brain Tumour Trust.

Please feel free to contact us should you require further information about the event or if you’d like to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Event details:

Date:       16th June 2018
Time:      12:00 – 14:00
Venue:    Davidson Estates Ltd, 14a Frederick Road, Edgbaston, B15 1JD
RSVP:     
Hieng.li@davidsonestates.co.uk

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Davidson Estates adds the finishing touches

13.04.18

Davidson Estates are now offering quality furniture packages to provide a cost effective and hassle free furniture solution to all our clients.

We offer a range of beds, sofas, dining table and chairs in a range of modern colours and styles as well as smaller items like coffee tables and bedside tables.

Our experienced team will deliver and assemble the furniture packs. We will also dress the property to give it that wow factor and homely feel, making it more appealing for potential buyers and tenants.

We’ve had the pleasure of furnishing a couple of new apartments in readiness for rental viewings, here’s a sneak peak Davidson Estates Furniture Packs

For more information or a free quotation, contact us on 0121 455 7727.

 

 

House valuation

Organising the house valuation

26.07.16

Preparing for a house valuation can be difficult. The decision to put your house up for sale and move is probably one of the biggest you will make in your life. The process of selling you house all starts with an initial house valuation, and this is often the stage that many people hold their breath as they find out what their house is truly worth. Whilst a house valuation can sometimes compromise of factors beyond your control (e.g. the area you are selling in), there are definitely things you can do to help or present your house in a better way. In this article we look at some of these points.

1) Timing
When are you deciding to move? Selling in the middle of a recession or in the cold winter months probably isn’t the best idea (but that doesn’t mean to say that houses don’t sell during these times, and sell well, too!). Confidence in the market and economy can vary widely, and it is a good idea to keep this in mind and capitalise on the ‘good times’. This can affect your house valuation in a positive way.

2) Inner presentation
How your house is presented can make a very important difference to your house valuation. No one likes a house which is dirty or full of clutter as it gives off an unsavoury impression. Not only can this put off potential buyers, but it can also affect the valuer, resulting in them giving you a lower amount.

3) Inside
Following from the above it is a common misconception that it is just the bricks that sell a house and give it its worth. When you move, you will take all of your possessions with you; but many things will remain – the kitchen and its working area, the bathroom etc. If these are dated, heavily damaged, or unappealing in some way, your house valuation is likely to suffer. These days, it doesn’t cost much to spruce a house up where its needed and, whilst you may not like the idea of spending money, ultimately you will get this back (and probably more) in your house valuation estimate.

4) Outside
Many people forget the outside, but this should not be forgotten. Remember that first impressions count, and the exterior of the property will be the first thing anyone sees when viewing your house. The same is true of the person giving you the house valuation. Ensure any gardens are maintained, driveways cleared of excessive weeds and paintwork on the front of the property is attended to. All these things can make a big difference.

5) Ask questions
It is a good idea to make sure you leave yourself enough time to have the house valuation, rather than it being a quick appointment during your lunch hour. This is an important step and you’ll want to make sure you take your time. Have a list of questions you may like to ask as this can often make things much clearer.

6) Be sensible
It is perfectly natural to want the best and highest price for your house, and estate agents are well aware of this. Therefore, if you feel slightly unhappy with your house valuation quote, discuss this with the valuer – they should be able to set your mind at rest as to how they arrived at their figure. However, remember to be sensible. Theoretically, you can put your house up for sale for whatever amount you like, but a wise person will take account of the result of the valuation.

We hope that this article has provided you with some invaluable tips, and given you greater confidence when deciding to get your home valued. Good luck!

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Our office-warming

27.04.16

In light of our recent relocation and new staff members joining our team, we are inviting all of our valued landlords, vendors, buyers, investors and homeowners who are looking to sell/let their property to join us for an office-warming on Saturday 4th June 2016. The event will take place at our office on Frederick Road, between 12pm and 2pm. We will be welcoming our guests with Champagne & canapés, and even a close-up magician to dazzle us all with his mind-boggling slight of hand tricks.

The gathering will provide us all with a great opportunity to put faces to names, and to have a chat about the local property market with our property professionals. There is ample availability for parking outside of our office for the duration of the event. The full address for our office is:

The Coach House
14a Frederick Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 1JD

Feel free to get in touch should you require any further information about the event, or you would like to let us know that you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Property Investors Show London

20.04.16

Last weekend, our very own Director, Ben, and our Investments Manager, David, were flying the Davidson Estates flag alongside Pinnacle Alliance at the Property Investors Show at the ExCeL in London. The event took place over two days – Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April, and brought together estate agents and property investors from all over the country. Approximately 70 seminars, presentations and panel debates were held, bringing us face-to-face with 5000+ serious property buyers. Ben and David set off for the Big Smoke on Thursday afternoon to set up the stand and prepare themselves for the crowds of property enthusiasts flooding the convention centre over the two days. From what we’ve heard, it was hard but rewarding work, and they both feel that they gained some valuable contacts.

Pinnacle Alliance, a leading property company in the UK with whom we are working very closely, offer a selection of off plan student accommodation and residential developments across the UK, with current developments located in Salford Quays, Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Chester, Canterbury, Leeds and Sheffield. Paul Renton, Business Development Manager at the company, is pictured with Ben and David at the show.

If you are interested in property investments including off-plan developments nationwide, or you would like more information to explore the opportunities we and Pinnacle Alliance have to offer, give us a call and ask to speak to David Ashley.

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The latest at Davidson Estates

12.04.16

The last couple of months here at Davidson Estates has seen a few changes. We’ve moved to our shiny new office, and we’ve also gained 3 new members of staff.

Taking care of the property management side of things is Andrew, our new Property & Maintenance Manager. Andrew has come to us from a background of high volume and complex maintenance issues, and brings with him 5 years of experience in nationwide property management. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of our portfolio of fully managed properties and, having worked with him for a month now, we can honestly say he never stops going the extra mile to keep our tenants and landlords happy!

Additionally, as of Monday this week, we have had a new Sales Manager and a Sales Assistant join us – David and Tanya. Together, they will be in charge of sales appraisals and negotiations, and will be the first point of contact for any sales enquiries.

We’re thrilled to see our team growing, and to see our company moving forward. We’re very excited for what the future holds for us, and we look forward to building many new relationships as well as continuing the ones we have built over the years with many valued contacts.

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Top 10 tips for buyers

03.02.16

Searching for a property to buy can be a lengthy and stressful process. After all, you are buying your next home, of course you want everything about it to be perfect! There are numerous important questions to ask when viewing a house.

Well, in the hope that we can help you buying your dream home, we’ve listed our top 10 things to check when you’re viewing:

  1. Check for any damp on the walls. – obvious reasons.
  2. Check for any condensation on the windows – there could be an insulation problem, as well as danger of a damp problem to follow.
  3. Check how much space there is available for storage – will you have enough space for your belongings?
  4. Watch out for staging – don’t be fooled by cleverly placed mirrors, good smells, strategic lighting, cosy fires etc. Apparently, some owners even go as far as to borrow their neighbours’ pets to make the home seem more like “home”!
  5. Make sure you note which way the house faces, or even find out before you view it. If you’re a sun lover, you’re more than likely looking for a south-facing garden. Don’t settle for south-east, you don’t want to be unhappy with your purchase.
  6. Cracked window panes – check for these and check that the double glazing is intact. This could tell you a lot about how energy efficient the property is.
  7. Check that there are enough power points – if there aren’t enough, this will obviously be an extra cost you’ll face on top of the existing costs for any renovations you may want to carry out.
  8. Check that the plumbing is up to scratch – turn on a tap and see what the water pressure is like.
  9. Check what the surrounding area is like – speak to the current owners of the property if they’re present at the viewing. Other than that, your estate agent will have plenty of knowledge of the area.
  10. Finally, make sure to clarify what fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. You don’t want to come to the end of the sale and find that those light fittings you loved in the living room aren’t included because the owners bought them to replace the original ones!

Following the above guidelines should ensure a perfect sale and that you secure your perfect property. We are, of course, experienced in many property sales, and feel that the point above would help even the most particular of purchasers.

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Propcision

21.01.16

Word of a new add-on for the Rightmove website has been announced, a service called Propcision. This service will be available as an add-on to the website for Chrome and Firefox internet browsers, and Microsoft Internet Explorer soon enough, and will allow users to view extra statistics on properties for sale. The tool is only available to use for properties for sale in London at present.

For buyers in the market, this must sound like an incredible tool, and will surely save so much time in your search, especially when all you want to find out is the estimated rental income of a property. However, if a property has been unfortunate enough to have had a couple of drastic price reductions or a sale which fell through, statistics such as these will also be on show for all to see. Of course, price reductions don’t always mean bad things. The conclusion that most people jump to when they see price reductions is that the agent has been struggling to sell it, which may lead to suspicions that the property is not in the best condition and needs some work, thus incurring more costs post-sale for renovations. This (obviously) isn’t always the case, and there’s often a story behind the marketing history.

To conclude, in our opinion, good, old-fashioned communication with the estate agent will always give you the best idea of the property, its surrounding area and why it’s an all round good purchase.

What are your thoughts?

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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.