Do Agents Boards really help advertise properties?

With the advances in advertising does an Estate Agents board still help advertise properties?


An estate agents for sale sign is perhaps one of the few traditional methods of advertising that still exists in today’s hi tech marketing world. The days of having photographs developed and attached to printed sales brochures have definitely been replace by digital photographs, website advertising and online brochures that are available 24 hours a day.

Yet for sale signs have survived the test of time and are still an incredibly valuable marketing tool.

There are lots of reasons why a for sale sign is still so important and why you should really consider having a board up to advertise a property for sale or for rent.


1. A traditional for sale sign can instantly identify that a property is up for sale, or rent, alerting all passing traffic that there is an opportunity to purchase or rent your property. Even your friends and neighbours may be able to recommend your property to people that they know are currently house hunting, and that could generate extra enquiries about your property!

2. Do not under estimate the number of people that still drive round looking at potential areas to help decide where they want to live and looking out for potential houses on the market!

One of the most popular ways for potential buyers to research an area and to see if they like where a property is situated is for people to drive round an area to see it for themselves. This can be especially popular during the summer months as the lighter nights make it much easier. This can be a real bonus as a seller as your home often looks its best during the summer months so make sure you keep the outside of your property clean and tidy … you never know which potential buyers may be looking from the outside!

3. Viewers often forget to jot down your door number ahead of a viewing so we often find viewers head to the street and then rely on your for sale sign to locate your property. Without an agents board it can make it harder to locate your property.

4. Despite the internet being so important you would be surprised how many people still call and say, ‘I have just seen your for sale board at a particular property’. Potential house hunters might see an agents board on the school run, heading to work or perhaps just on their way to the supermarket.

5. If house hunters are viewing another property close by, they often take the opportunity to have a look round the surrounding streets whilst they are there could stumble upon your for sale sign by accident. With Ryder and Dutton’s telephone lines being available until 8.30pm on weeknights we are often on hand to help with such enquiries.

It is surprising just how many benefits an agents for sale or to let board can still offer despite all the advances in marketing and advertising, and just how much it can actually compliment some of the website advertising.


Open Day at Rosehill, Ashmount Drive in Rochdale


We have a beautiful new development in Rochdale accessed via a private road off Ashmount Drive, Rochdale.

The development will comprise of just 4 traditionally constructed new build detached homes with approximately 1800sq ft accommodation including a stunning open plan kitchen/dining and family room, with four good sized bedrooms and and integral garage making them an ideal family purchase.


Rochdale New Development

The show house will be open on Saturday 30th August 2014 between 11am and 12.30pm, so if want to have a look round you can attend with no appointment needed or alternatively contact us on 0161 925 3235 to arrange a convenient appointment.

HELP TO BUY is also available or PART EXCHANGE could be considered at this exciting new development.


Nearly three quarters of buyers pay under the asking price

Rightmove report reveals there could still be room to negotiate on purchases as the majority of buyers pay under the asking price.

Righmove conducted an online survey to establish what exactly purchasers were having to pay for properties.

Buyers were posed the question ‘Regarding the property you have bought in the last twelve months, which of the following statements apply to you?

I paid more than the asking price.

I paid exactly the same as the asking price.

Or I paid less than the asking price.

The report revealed that 72% of respondents had paid below the asking price for their home.

Nationally, 21% paid the asking price, 7% paid over the asking price and 72% had paid below the asking price.

Regionally the figures varied as just 53% of buyers in London paid below the asking price compared with 72% nationally, whereas 17% and 19% of buyers in the North West and Yorkshire respectively confirmed they had paid the asking price for their property, compared to 21% nationally.

‘These results emphasise that talk of a national housing bubble is unfounded and that although prices are rising, most people continue to make offers in line with what they can afford or what they perceive to be the right value,’ said Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst.

‘Even in London, over half of buyers found a property and paid under the asking price,’ he pointed out.

Buyers should never be afraid of making an offer for a property. This is the best way to begin negotiations and, as the report highlights, it is might just be possible to agree a sale below the asking price!


Manchester Auction Catalogue

Our next Auction House Manchester sale will be held at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester City FC, Sport City, Manchester, M11 3FF on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at 2pm.


To see details of open viewings and the legal packs for these lots
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To view the complete catalogue

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Bidding Registration commences 1 hour prior to the auction
Proof of address (within 3 months), photo ID, solicitors details and sufficient funds are required (we accept credit card, debit card or cheque)


Register online at to receive the legal packs for all properties before the Auction.

Please check the ADDENDUM online for late entries, guide reductions and lot amendments

Lots are being sought for our next auction on 21st October 2014.

Call us on 0161 925 3254 for a FREE no obligation Auction appraisal.


The Importance of Kerb Appeal


From the moment they arrive at a property, a potential buyer is asking themselves, ‘Could I live here?’.


Maximise your properties kerb appeal to make sure you don’t lose a potential sale before the viewing has even begun!

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From the moment they arrive at a property, a potential buyer is asking themselves, ‘Could I live here?’ When it comes to buying a house, judging a book by its cover is a phrase that all sellers should be mindful of. Don’t lose the sale before the viewing has even begun!

In a recent survey by estate agent network, Relocation Agent Network, 98% of respondents (including Ryder & Dutton), recommend that sellers ensure outside areas are well presented. From painting the front door to mowing the lawn or planting flowers, according to the majority* of survey respondents, over 60% of sellers do ensure a property’s outside areas are well presented before entering the market. After all, why put your property at a disadvantage for the sake of a cracked gnome or broken fence?

But what’s the most important jobs to complete before selling your property? Network respondents rated the following in order of importance…**

1. Mowing the lawn. Sounds obvious, but a 10-minute job like mowing the lawn can really improve your property’s kerb appeal.
2. Painting the front door. It’s the first thing a buyer will look at, so make sure your door is looking its best.
3. Cleaning windows. It not only improves the property exterior, but also ensures clear views from the inside.
4. Painting the shed. A tired shed at the bottom of the garden is easily improved with a lick of paint.
5. Planting flowers. Flowers can really lift the outside appearance, for small gardens, consider window boxes.

Thinking of selling in 2014?

As a selected member of Relocation Agent Network, we’ve already proven that our customer service is deemed to be the best in our local area (in the Network’s opinion). But if that isn’t enough, through our membership, we can offer sellers a completely unique channel of buyer that no other estate agent in the area can provide. Visit the website to find out more or contact us on 0161 925 3255.


*43% of survey respondents indicated that over 60% of their sellers ensure outside areas of a property are well presented before entering the market.

**Mowed lawn (44%), painted front door (37%), clean windows (6%), painted shed (3%), planted flowers (3%)


Moving in the School Holidays

The school holidays are almost here, so for families moving house over the next few weeks it means the children are likely to be more involved in the move.

We bring you some tips to help ensure a smooth move with the family.


The school holidays are almost here so for families moving house over the next few weeks it means the children are likely to be more involved in the move.

We all know it can be a stressful process so we bring you our top tips to help involve the whole family when moving home!

1. Keep everyone informed

 Keep everyone informed about the house move so they feel involved and have time to get used to the idea. Moving home can be a really big change for children and they are likely to have lots of questions for you. Taking time to answer all their questions can help make them feel involved and ease some of the questions on moving day itself!


2. Be Positive about moving

Moving can be stressful so its good to try and focus on the positives where possible. There is usually something positive to keep the family excited about the up and coming house move. It might be the nice new garden, a new bedroom, moving close to friends or even just starting out on a new adventure! Keeping everyone excited about the move can help ease some of the stress involved.


3. New Bedroom Ideas Scrapbook

 One of the most exciting parts of moving home for children can be the new bedroom they will get! This could be a great opportunity to let them create a scrap book to keep all their ideas together. It could be as simple as what colour do they want their new room to be? Where will their furniture go? This also allows children to start to visualise themselves in their new home which can help them settle in when they arrive there.


4. Involve the family in deciding what to take to the new house

 It can be an ideal time to have a clear out when you are moving home. You might find unwanted items lurking at the back of the kitchen cupboards or under the stairs that you wont necessarily want to take with you when you move. Garages and garden sheds are also notorious hoarding hot spots! It can be a really good chance to do some charity shop runs with toys, games, DVD’s, pots and pans or anything that you don’t want to take to the new house.  Some children may enjoy some input into what they are taking with them too.


5. Make the move as fun as possible!

Try creating games to make moving home fun for all the family by suggesting rewards for completing tasks to keep children interested and motivated. For example once you have packed up a box of your toys you earn a film night in the new house! You could even write a list of jobs that need to be done and pop them in a hat so each family member chooses their task at random … but no peeking! Creative youngsters might enjoy designing labels for their boxes such as ‘My Toys’ or ‘My DVD’s’. There is so much more you can do to make packing more exciting!


Our Final Tip: Allow children to have their own ‘Moving Day Box’ that they can label and pack themselves with their moving day essentials. This could perhaps include their tablets, ipads or mobile phones for older children (don’t forget their chargers!) colouring books and toys for younger children and maybe even a few of their favourite snacks to keep them going.

Having items that are important to children being readily available at the new home can help them settle in and more importantly keep the family occupied, leaving you free to focus on moving!

These boxes can either be packed onto the van last or even be taken in the car with you, to make sure they can use them as soon as they arrive as the new house!

Adults might also want a moving day box but it might be more likely to include documents, tools to build the important items such as beds for the first night and perhaps a bottle of wine for the end of a long day!

Properties sell in record breaking 88 days across Britain

The average time it takes to sell a property in Britain has reduced to 88 days, 16 days faster (15.38%) compared to the same time last year and the fastest selling time recorded since 2007, according to recent research from Move with Us, the residential property group.

The latest data from the Move with Us Market Review showed that properties in Greater London were selling the fastest in the second quarter of 2014 with an average of just 43 days. This was followed by the South East and East Anglia where the selling times for Q2 2014 were the fastest in five years, taking an average of 59 and 68 days respectively.

At the other end of the spectrum, properties were slowest to sell in the North East where the average selling time reached 138 days in the second quarter of 2014. However, this was still 50 days (26.60%) quicker in a yearly comparison and the second biggest change outside of Greater London since 2007.



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Robin King, Director at Move with Us, said: “The market has gained a spring its step thanks to increased confidence and more readily available funding bringing more buyers to the market. Faster selling times have now spread outside Greater London and the South East where competition has always been relatively strong compared to areas such as the East and West Midlands where the market has taken longer to recover.”

“The average selling time is now almost back to the pre-crash levels of 2007. Due to faster timescales, buyers should do all they can to get ahead of the competition and make sure they secure their dream home. Buyers can get financially qualified and legally prepared when they first start looking to buy. This will help to make sure they don’t miss out on their chosen home as they will stand out as a serious buyer and it will have the added benefit of working to reduce timescales.”