We have only got 7 working days left until Christmas, and keys are flying out the door to people wanting to make sure they are settled in their new homes in time for Christmas Day. This time of the year is normally quiet with viewings, but sales progression and communication with solicitors is keeping us extremely busy!!
Later this week, we will be enjoying dinner and drinks with the conveyancing team from our preferred solicitors Quality Solicitors Chambers Fletcher. It’s always great fun and an excellent end to a year of speaking with each other weekly (and sometimes daily) on the phone during sales progression. Following this, it will also be the annual J Lord & Co Christmas party, this year in Chester! We are really excited to go out as a team and celebrate the success of 2016. Follow us on Facebook if you want to see any photos of the fun!
December has seen the Davenham Christmas light switch on, a really fun event which saw the whole local community come together and enjoy a fabulous evening (the rain even stayed off!) which we all came along to. We also joined in by having our office Christmas tree and lights up too!
At this time of year we always like to take advantage of the slightly quieter market by doing something for a good cause. Last year, instead of sending Christmas cards to all our clients and suppliers, we made a donation to the local charity The Joshua Tree.
This year we have turned our attention to an activity which we hoped would bring the whole community together for a good cause. The office has been running a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’, which basically means we are donating an item of food to a box every day during December, which we will put together to form one large donation at the end of the month, to take to our local food bank. Our story was featured in the local newspaper, The Northwich Guardian, who also ran the article online. We also publicised it ourselves, and we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response! We still have a week left, and the amount we have gathered so far has surpassed our expectations. It has been lovely to meet all the different people who have been into the office with their donations, and we can’t wait to take it all along to the food bank on Friday 23rd December.
The best Christmas present that the J Lord and Co team could receive, is good news about our hard work paying off. This has come early, in the form of statistics released by www.rightmove.com this week, confirming that for the whole of 2016, we held the market share for sales agreed in CW9 8! We led the way with a 28% share of overall sales, with our next competitor having only 14%.
A further bonus came in the form of rightmove tweeting about one of our very own properties, ‘The Lodge’ on London Road in Davenham. The property was selected by rightmove out of all the properties currently on the market in the UK! We were so happy that they singled it out for its individuality and we hope that it has helped to raise awareness of this fantastic home to potential buyers.
Finally, our monthly top tip will obviously centre around Christmas, as its December! It’s a short and simple tip – if you are on the market and your Christmas tree is up in your photographs, make sure your agent comes back to re-photograph when the tree is down! It will ‘time stamp’ your photos which may have an impact if your house is still for sale later in the year.
We will be back in January 2017, raring to go, and eager to help anyone looking to buy or sell their home. In the meantime, thank you for reading our blog throughout 2016, and on behalf of the whole team, have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! x