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14Nov

As the year draws into its final quarter, we reflect on the activity within the housing market both locally and nationally. Prices achieved on property has remained strong, this has been due to a lack of housing stock available and favourable mortgage rates still on offer. Homes in the very best locations, priced realistically have proved to be most popular. Asking prices continue to rise, albeit at a much slower rate, giving sellers the confidence to bring their property to the market. On average we have achieved around 98% of asking prices for our clients, with an average time to sell of less than a month.


For the coming year, we envisage a steady flow of new instructions coming to the market with sellers being aware of the need for accurate pricing in a market place that is stabilising. It is vital that you canvass the opinion of the expert valuation team here at Bentons, to ensure the optimum result on the sale of your property, through our unrivalled advertising and bespoke marketing campaigns.


06Nov


The Bank of England has increased interest rates for the first time in 10 years with the new rate edging up to 0.5%. Although unwelcome news for homeowners, it is worth remembering the base rate is now back to what it was last Summer and still represents the record low cost of mortgages.


Nevertheless, those with tracker mortgages will see an immediate rise in real terms, with those on lenders standard variable rates bracing themselves for the impending increase. Borrowers with fixed rate deals can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being. As an example, those on a 2% tracker mortgage of £200,000 will see an increase of £25 a month.


Overall, money is still cheap to borrow, we have been as busy as ever over the last week, with many homebuyers appreciating the benefit of moving house and fixing their mortgage rate. Those bringing their house to the market now are likely to sell during November/December. Those looking to sell in 2018 should get their Estate Agent to talk to them now about launching over the Christmas period when property websites are at their busiest on Boxing Day and New Years Day!


02Nov

BENTONS LOOKS FORWARD TO NATIONAL ESTATE AGENCY CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

The Bentons team will soon be heading to London for the Relocation Agent Network National Conference and Exhibition. Taking place on 17 November, estate agents from across England, Scotland and Wales will attend the business Conference and evening Awards Dinner. The event is exclusively for Relocation Agent Network members (including us!) and is a great opportunity to find out the very latest industry best practices and innovations.

Taking place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, the Conference will welcome keynote speakers including; top business consultant and former Managing Director of Robert Half International, Jeff Grout; Hamish Taylor, founder of the Skills Exchange Network, which enables organisations to achieve innovations by looking outside their industry; and economist, Roger Martin-Fagg.

This year’s official Conference Mobile App gives delegates the chance to network with one another in the lead up to the event. On the day, the App will allow delegates to take part in live polling during Conference sessions. Designed to enhance the ‘delegate experience’ these interactive sessions will produce results shown instantly on stage, providing real insight into how attending Relocation Agent Network members, like Bentons, view key industry topics.

How does OUR Network membership help YOU?
We have been specially selected to join Relocation Agent Network, who chose us to be the area’s Local Expert. To gain a Network invitation, estate agents must lead their local market in quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism.

Through its affiliation with Cartus, the premier provider of global relocation services, Relocation Agent Network members help Cartus move relocating families in and out of areas across England, Scotland and Wales. This offers Bentons customers an additional channel of buyer when selling their property. Network members can also help their customers through the ‘Referral Network’, which helps those relocating, by referring them to a fellow Relocation Agent Network member in the area they are moving to.

This year’s National Conference ends with a black tie evening Awards Dinner, hosted by well-known comedian and TV presenter, Sue Perkins. We can’t wait to meet up with our fellow members to celebrate the successes of 2017.


04Jul



The marketing offered at Bentons, Melton Mowbray is second to none, with coverage across web and print locally, regionally and nationally, with the added showcasing of houses through the Park Lane Office in London.

Here are two of our latest promotional products that have just come back from print - Our latest in-house magazine 'Life' and our most recent 'Mini-Mags'. Both magazines showcase some of our most recent properties that have been instructed, helping to generate more potential buyers for our vendors by reaching out to a wider market.

Our 'Mini-Mags' are area and location specific, covering our specialist areas within the East Midlands. In particular Charnwood Forest and surrounding villages, Vale of Belvoir, Wreake Valley, Rural Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, County of Rutland and Melton Mowbray. 

If you haven't received your copy of our Life Magazine or one of our promotional property 'Mini-Mags' then just give the office a call and we will be happy to pop one in the post to you or put one aside for you to come in and collect.







04Jul



As we pass over the halfway point of what has been an interesting year both on the world stage and with the property market, we are pleased to report a healthy flow of new instructions coming to the market in many areas, with the most popular of locations still selling particularly well. The most important part of marketing your property correctly is choosing the right price and the right estate agent. At Bentons, we have a wealth of experience from our property valuation team, with many years of dealing with property right across the East Midlands, ensuring that your property is priced well to attract maximum interest and achieve the very best price. The marketing offered at Bentons is second to none, with coverage across web and print locally, regionally and nationally, with the added showcasing of houses through the Park Lane Office in London.

If you are thinking of moving before the end of the year, then make sure you talk to one of the experts at Bentons, we have over 30 team members with a wealth of experience gained over many years of providing outstanding service to the people of the East Midlands.

At Bentons, we specialise in the sale of properties across the East Midlands, particularly Charnwood Forest & Villages, Vale of Belvoir, Wreake Valley, Rural Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire, County of Rutland and Melton Mowbray itself. Much of our business is from repeat clients and recommendation.


Why Bentons is the best choice for selling your home –


  • - Established, privately owned business since the 1970's
  • - Passionate about customer service
  • - The most experienced valuation team in Leicestershire
  • - Dedicated about customer service
  • - Urivalled marketing coverage locally, regionally and nationally
  • - Office open and expert accompanied viewings 7 days a week
  • - Property videos, aerial drone photography & professional photography
  • - National press advertising, 5 regional newspapers and three magazines covering 3 counties
  • - Outstanding website portal coverage
  • - Exclusive link to 2 national networks of over 1,200 independant offices
  • - Dedicated Park Lane London office


22Jun

Out latest e-zine is out!!


Click below to see 19 - that's 19!!!! New properties we have been instructed to put on the market. Your new home could be one of them!


If you would like any more info on anything you see or would like to book your own property valuation then please do not hesitate to contact us.


01664 563892 or email on sales@bentons.co.uk


CLICK HERE TO VIEW BENTONS E-ZINE



01Jun

  • 12% jump in number of available rental properties leads to slowest annual rate of increase since 2014
  • Overhang of last year’s buy-to-let surge leads to more choice for tenants and slower annual rate of increase in rents
  • Number of available rental properties on Rightmove up 12% compared to the same period last year
  • Annual asking rent growth of 1.8% is the lowest since Q4 2014, and less than half the annual growth of 3.9% recorded a year ago in Q1 2016
  • Uplift in available properties means it is taking 10% longer for letting agents to secure suitable tenants than this time last year, and almost 20% longer in London

    Click here to read the full Rightmove article


01Jun


We are excited to announce that we will be holding a stand at the 2017 Rutland County Show on Sunday 4th June!


As Bentons continues to expand its property expertise across the Leicestershire border into Rutland, what better way to support the County by popping along to the County Show!


Members of the Bentons team will be on hand to meet and greet the residents of Rutland and hand out goodie bags, showcase properties For Sale and Rent and also hold a competition – Guess how many Balloons are in the Bentons Mini!


For a BONUS extra entry into the competition simply upload a picture of our balloon filled Mini onto Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #bentonsmini and tagging us so that we can see your entry @bentonsmelton


Find us on Instagram by clicking HERE! alternatively seach using @bentonsmelton

Find us on Facebook by clicking HERE! alternatively seach using @bentonsmelton or Bentons - Melton Mowbray LTD


We look forward to seeing you there on the day, for more information about the show and what's on visit Rutland County Show 2017


01Jun

When the Prime Minister called a snap General Election a few weeks ago many property professionals will have groaned, as historically the last nine General Elections have caused a slight dip in activity pre-election. The difference this time is that we have only had a run up of around 7 weeks, instead of the usual 6 months!


Perhaps this has caused a buck in the activity trend, at Bentons we have certainly seen activity levels stronger than we would have expected. Many potential buyers and sellers have not had time to let the usual doubts and uncertainty dampen their intentions to move house. This, coupled with a continuing lack of property available, cheap mortgage deals and a robust property market overall, has meant that transaction levels are as strong as ever.


There is also more sunshine on the way, and not just in terms of the weather! Traditionally, the number of sales in the market place are higher in the three months immediately after an election, so if you are considering a move, there couldn’t be a better time.


That certainly gets our vote!



01Feb

Bentons was presented with The Guild of Property Professionals ‘Midlands Estate Agent of the Year 2017’ at The Guild gala dinner and awards ceremony, which was held at The Vox conference centre in Birmingham on Friday 27 January.

Bentons were proud to be chosen to receive the award which was collected by James Warne, Maria DiGioia, Melissa Hopson and Richard Harrison on stage in front of around 500 estate agents.

"We are thrilled to receive this award for the second year in a row, which is testament to the continuing hard work by the team" said James Warne, Director of Bentons. "The Guild has been an invaluable marketing partner for our business and through a number of different initiatives we have continued to see Bentons market share grow and affirm our position as a market leading agent across the Midlands."

The awards were presented by Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild, and property TV presenter Melissa Porter and sponsored by The Telegraph, who commented: "As the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper, The Telegraph is looked to by its readers as a trusted source of expertise. It is therefore fitting that we are able to celebrate excellence in the property industry by sponsoring the awards ceremony at The Guild of Property Professionals."

Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, said: "The annual Guild awards and gala dinner was another huge success. It was great to be able to unite and celebrate excellence within our network. Very many congratulations to all the award recipients who richly deserve their success."


01Feb

As we reflect on 2016 as a year of significant change and disruption on the world stage, we are pleased to report that the property market in general has remained as robust and reliable as ever. Back in the summer we saw little effect from the Brexit vote with the demand for homes in fact surging immediately after the result. Whilst prices have remained strong in the most sought after locations, many vendors will need to price realistically to ensure they sell in 2017. It is imperative to canvass the opinion of honest property professionals. Bad advice i.e. overvaluing or undervaluing can cost you thousands in the long run.

At Bentons, we understand that selling your home is likely to be one of the most important transactions you may experience. Therefore it is crucial to employ the services of a reputable and experienced local Estate Agent with a pedigree in dealing with a wide range of property. A good Estate Agent will not only produce the highest quality marketing materials and cover every advertising medium available to them, but also endeavor to provide the very best service to both buyers and sellers. With Bentons, you can be sure that you are dealing with the very best team of property experts there is, to guide you through the whole process.

We specialise in the sale of properties across the East Midlands, particularly Charnwood Forest & Villages, Vale of Belvoir, Wreake Valley, Rural Leicestershire, County of Rutland and Melton Mowbray itself. Much of our business is from repeat clients and recommendation.

Why Bentons is the best choice for selling your home –

  • Established, privately owned business since the 1970s
  • Passionate about customer service
  • The most experienced valuation team in Leicestershire
  • Dedicated professionals with years of agency experience
  • Unrivalled marketing coverage locally, Regionally and Nationally
  • Office open and expert accompanied viewings 7 days a week
  • Property videos, Aerial drone photography & Professional photography
  • National Press advertising, 5 Regional newspapers & 3 magazines covering 3 Counties
  • Outstanding website portal coverage
  • Exclusive link to a National network of over 1,200 independent offices
  • Park Lane, London office


01Feb

As we all know, Quorn is one of the most sought after places to live in the area. So what happens when the demand for houses far outstrips supply? A number of things can, and have happened in the Quorn property market. Available property for sale has fallen, with 50% of property on the web in Quorn currently ‘sold subject to contract’. This lack of readily available housing stock can cause a temporary inflation in prices, according to land registry data, prices have increased by almost 3% in the last 12 months. Semi-detached homes in Quorn are the biggest winners with an increase in value of 4.5% in the last 12 months. The average price of a home in Quorn is now £322,461. The speed at which houses have been selling has also increased, with many properties selling in ‘hours and days’ rather than ‘weeks and months’. It is crucial to employ the services of a reputable and established Estate Agent with expert knowledge to guide you through the process of pricing, marketing and selling your home. With interest rates set to stay low for the time being, a natural increase in property available through late Spring and early Summer, 2017 could be the year to make your move!