Devon Sales & Lettings have been specialising in the residential property market since 1995 and have built a business that focuses on customer relations and a high class service, with a majority of our business coming from personal referrals.
The directors Graham Carter & Rupert Geering have been involved in the Residential Property market all of their working lives, including Sales, Lettings, Property Management & Mortgages and therefore are able to offer an unrivalled level of experience and advice.
As per our service charter we aim to offer a tailored individual service based on an honest appraisal of your property and you can be assured that we will abide by the high level of service expected of members of the National Association of Estate Agents, The Property Ombudsman and the Association of Residential Letting Agents.
If instructed to market your property we will prepare full colour details and circulate these amongst our register of applicants, in local publications, as well as within our high profile office and on leading property websites including findaproperty, primelocation and globrix, as well as our newly designed website www.devonsalesandlettings.co.uk
Our Sole Agency rate is 1.5% plus VAT of the purchase price for Sole Agency Instructions (Please note that most agents use the Term Sole Selling Rights, which is misunderstood by most sellers and means that you will have to pay the estate agents fees if the property is sold to any one, even if that buyer is not by the agent! This includes having to pay their fee even if you sell the property to someone known personally to you or a close friend or relative!)
Sole Agency means we are the only agency you instruct, and you only have to pay us if we introduce the buyer (Please see our full terms and conditions for details) & we offer a strict No Sale, No Fee Arrangement & a Free No Obligation Valuation
Joint Sole Agency
If you decide to use us as a joint sole agent, you may instruct one other agent, our No Sale, No Fee Arrangement still applies. Our fee increases in this instance to 2.5% plus VAT of the purchase price.
If you decide to use us as a multiple agent you may instruct as many agents as you wish, in this instance our fee increases to 2.75% plus VAT of the purchase price.
- We will act in an Honest & Professional manner at all times
- We will provide regular feedback on viewings and interest in your property
- We will abide by all the requirements of the NAEA & Property Ombudsman
- We will confirm all offers in writing to you within 48 hours
- We will not give false or misleading information to you or your buyer in order to obtain or facilitate a sale
- We will keep in regular contact with all parties in the sale & buying process to make sure that your sale goes through as quickly and hassle free as possible
- We will deal with any complaints (in the unlikely event that they occur) in a quick and professional manner and if they cannot be resolved they will be referred to the Property Ombudsman
In the current market, preparation is the key to successful selling. Try to take an unbiased look at your property and consider what you might need to do to ensure that viewings turn to offers.
- First impressions really do count, give your front door a fresh coat of paint, or clean.
- Make sure the buyer is able to sweep into rooms, move furniture to make a clear path to the centre of the room.
- If it is a dull, dark day switch lights and lamps on, make sure all the bulbs are working though! If you have a fireplace, light a fire, this gives a cosy and homely feel to the property.
- If it is a bright, sunny day pull the curtains right back, open the windows and let the natural light pour in. Make sure your windows have been recently cleaned though!
- The smallest imperfections don’t go unnoticed, if a window needs painting, the doorbell needs new batteries or the garden gate needs rehanging now is the time to do it! The buyer may feel the property needs work and could use this to negotiate when submitting an offer.
- Make sure the garden is as well kept and tidy as the house.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is generally payable on the purchase or transfer of property or land in the UK where the amount paid is above a certain threshold. In addition most UK land and property transactions must be notified to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on a Stamp Duty Land Tax return within a certain time limit – even if no tax is due.
Various rules apply for working out how much, if any, SDLT is payable. The calculation – which is based on a value called the ‘chargeable consideration’ – can vary depending on whether the land is residential or non-residential, freehold or leasehold, or on other factors such as whether several transactions are linked.
There are also some types of transactions that are exempt from SDLT, or where reliefs can reduce the amount payable.