(PRWEB UK) 30 April 2012
After years of stagnation, the housing market in Scotland is showing tangible – and encouraging - signs of recovery.
Barry Chuwen, director of the country’s newest estate agency Move Quick claims that the market is being stimulated by house owners being realistic about their price aspirations.
Following almost five years of sluggish sales, a new realism is sweeping the streets of Scotland and Move Quick is making the most of it.
“Our sales figures for Spring 2012 have been nothing short of remarkable,” said Barry, who established Move Quick last year.
“We have given realistic and honest advice to customers who have struggled for years to sell their home.
“In some cases, based on our advice, they have managed to attract a purchaser within 24 hours.
“One house owner said that we had produced a line of people outside his door like a bus queue.”
A combination of events is producing some of the most promising house sale conditions in years.
Since the recession began in 2007, a huge backlog of demand has been allowed to build up. People have not suddenly lost the need or desire to move house; many have been forced to bide their time as the market recovers.
Interest rates have remained at an historic low for several years, providing stability which is now being seen by greater house sale activity in Scotland’s major cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Said Barry: "Residential sales across Scotland were up 12 per cent in January and February 2012, compared to the same two months last year.
“Realistic home owners will find it easier to attract buyers than those who hold out for frankly over-ambitious prices.
“We are producing a steady stream of viewers for our customers and finding that the transactions are going through in days, rather than weeks or months.”
That was exactly the experience of house seller, James Menzies, from Airdrie in Lanarkshire.
He said:” We wanted to move but knew that the climate in the house-buying market was against us. Two houses in our street had been up for sale for two years so we were not too hopeful.
“I am a taxi driver and I heard Move Quick’s advert on Smooth Radio, so I decided to give them a try. I was really surprised – and delighted – that our house sold in just 10 days. I know they’re called Move Quick but I didn’t think things would move that quick!"
“We had plenty of viewers through the door and soon someone put in an offer.”
The process was even quicker for journalist Jane Hamilton, from Edinburgh.
Jane said:” Because of the state of the housing market, we had despaired of selling mum's house after dad passed away.
“We tried other estate agents but it all seemed too much like hard work and for them it was merely another property on their already-flooded books. “Move Quick assured me the process would be painless and the house would sell quickly, with minimum of fuss. True to his word, Barry & his staff were well organised, friendly, helpful and kept us up-to-date with the situation in an efficient but unobtrusive manner.
“And to our delight, the house was only on the market 24 hours before Move Quick found our first and only viewer. The house sale was completed within 3 weeks and the bonus is that Move Quick fees are nowhere near as outrageous as other more well-known companies.
“I have no hesitation in recommending Move Quick for all your property needs.”