Call us today: 01722 322683

CONTACT US

May Property Market Update

Selling This Spring? What to expect and top viewing tips

Lou Fletcher from Piccolo Sales and Lettings in Salisbury provides our May Property Market Update. This month, she looks at what the property market is doing this Spring. And, top viewing tips to help get your property sold.

Spring is famously the busiest season for buying and selling, and not just because our thoughts turn to spending more time outside in summer. Now is when families start planning their move for the next school year, an immovable and non-negotiable deadline that brings more homes to the market.

Zoopla has already seen a slight increase in the number of properties for sale, up 3.5% in the four weeks to 20th March. That’s a welcome relief for buyers who’ve been waiting in the wings through winter’s supply shortage, but what does it mean for sellers?

WHAT’S THE MARKET DOING?

“The imbalance between high buyer demand compared to low available property supply is the greatest we have ever seen for the start of a spring market.” Those are the words of Rightmove director Tim Bannister.

Although very few homes are on the market (at least, officially), it isn’t because nobody wants to move. The fear of not finding somewhere to go has made sellers hold off, keeping portals like Rightmove short on listings.

However, behind the scenes, sales are still happening. Estate agents have been piecing chains together from a small selection of hand-picked buyers and introducing them to off-market homes. In fact, 1 in 10 sales in the UK have been off-market this year.

So how do you get to know about these secret properties? Well, to be at the top of the list, you need to be ready to go. That means either having no property to sell, or having a sale already agreed on your current home.

Accepting an offer today doesn’t mean moving out tomorrow. But without a buyer in place, you’ll miss out on the homes that never make it to the market.

SPRING VIEWING PREP

Now that the clocks have gone forward, more viewings happen in the daylight, which means buyers often make their decision on their initial visit. This makes it essential to get things right the first time around, and our seasonal viewing tips will ensure your home is filled with the joys of spring.

  • Clear the decks

Google searches for decluttering went up by 700% at the end of 2021, so perhaps you’re already ahead. Getting rid of clutter isn’t about stripping away personality; think of it as treasuring the things you love, displaying them with purpose, and organising your everyday essentials – all in a way that allows your home to shine.

  • Live in the light

With brighter and sunnier days, every detail of your home is thrown into sharp relief. Make the most of it by opening and dusting blinds, pulling curtains back, polishing windows, mirrors and surfaces, and keeping internal doors open to lighten every corner.

  • Make perfect scents

Fresh air is your friend, so keep a couple of windows slightly and securely ajar to remove any reminders of last night’s takeaway. Then add a zing of spring with a single vase of seasonal blooms and let their natural fragrance permeate your home.

  • Think all-weather welcomes

Spring blue skies are lovely, but there are no guarantees with the British weather. Give your viewers somewhere to wipe their feet, hang their jackets, drop an umbrella and leave their shoes if it’s tipping it down.

What’s your next step?

Piccolo Sales and LettingsHave you read something in this May Property Market Update? Would you like to sell your home soon, but you’re concerned about finding your next one? Perhaps you’re wondering whether it’s better to keep holding off or get the ball rolling? Whatever you’re feeling right now, Piccolo Sales and Lettings are available for a chat.

Give them a call on 01722 580059, visit their website or email them at info@piccoloproperty.co.uk for friendly and expert advice.

Contact    Back to Blog

Please note. While we take care in choosing local property partners to recommend to our clients, we cannot be held responsible for the service they provide.

  • Our Customers

    We’ve been helping people with their mortgage and protection needs for over 15 years. Find out what our happy customers have to say about us.

    More info
  • Recommend Us

    At Your Mortgage Expert, we believe that something good is worth sharing. So, if you’re happy with our service, why not tell a friend?

    More info
  • Contact Us

    If you would like to speak to us about your mortgage and protection needs, please get in touch

    Contact us

Our handy mortgage calculator

Our mortgage calculator can help you get a better idea of how much you can afford to borrow, and how much your mortgage will cost you in monthly repayments.

CALCULATE NOW

Useful Resources

  • Legal and privacy information

    Your Mortgage Expert Ltd is an appointed representative of Mortgage Advice Bureau which are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

    FIND OUT MORE
  • 5 Reasons to use a mortgage broker

    We often get asked why use an Impartial Mortgage Broker like Your Mortgage Expert. Here’s our five top reasons.

    FIND OUT MORE
  • 5 Tips for remortgaging your property

    Adam Nanson from Your Mortgage Expert shares his top five tips for remortgaging. These will help ensure you save time, money and stress.

    FIND OUT MORE
  • 5 Reasons to remortgage your home

    Thinking about remortgaging but not sure whether it’s for you? Read our handy guide to find out if a remortgage is suitable for you.

    FIND OUT MORE
  • “This was knight in shining armour stuff. Our conscientious mortgage broker was a delight to deal with from the off and the key to our dream home.”

    Max and Martha, First Time Buyer customers from Cardiff

  • “Being in the Armed Forces I am away a lot, meaning it can be hard to attend meetings, answer emails and especially hard to fill in forms. Adam and his team were extremely helpful and understanding of our situation and provided help wherever they could. After our initial meeting where we provided our required details, we actually did very little of the hard work, apart from signing a couple of papers.”

    Callum and Verena, First Time Buyer Armed Forces Mortgage Customer from Salisbury

  • “I expect my circumstances were fairly rare, but the help and guidance I received from you was invaluable. I feel that the personal touch you provide offers something that appeals to the soldier in me.  During my service I always liked to have a point of contact, someone who was the “go to” specialist in their field.  This provides a degree of assurance about a situation and it was refreshing to find that same degree of certainty transitioning to civilian life, particularly with something as important as a mortgage and buying our family home.”

    Andrew and Helen, Armed Forces Mortgage Customers from Salisbury

  • “Even though we were used to having a mortgage on the rental property, paying a mortgage on your own home was still a bit of a shock after years of having married quarter rental deducted from your pay at source. But, at every step along the way, we felt reassured, understood and that we really mattered to Adam. Trust is an important concept for military families and we trusted Adam.”

    Fiona and Graham, Armed Forces Mortgage Customers from Wilton

  • “As a contractor, it was difficult for me to obtain a mortgage through normal channels so it was great to find a mortgage adviser that specialised in contractor remortgages and understood the challenges. In addition, I had fairly tight timescales, so wanted someone who could make the process quick and hassle free.”

    Andrea, Contractor Mortgage Customer from Warminster

  • “I am a contractor, therefore require specialist mortgage advice. Adam has now concluded two mortgages for us (new mortgage then a contractor remortgage), and is currently arranging a buy-to-let mortgage for us. He also arranged our life insurance for us. We keep returning to him for some great reasons – he is always available, and ready to help. He provides great advice, and always ensures that he meets our requirements exactly. He is prepared to explain things in such a way that even a lummox like me can understand, and his level of service has remained consistently good over the last three years.”

    Matt, Contractor Mortgage Customer from Southampton

  • “Adam’s advice on the different types of critical illness and life insurance were really useful. He also worked with us to decide the best combination of policies that would work with our existing policies to cover our needs. When doing this he happily tweaked quotes for us until we came out with an arrangement that was both affordable and would provide us with the level of cover we thought appropriate.”

    Hannah and Steve, Protection Insurance Customers from Stamford

  • “Adam provided us with factual advice and also with options of which we were unaware. The advice on gifted equity was something we hadn’t heard about and this assisted us hugely to ensure repayments worked within our affordability. He provided us with a very personal service that made the journey from initial call, to mortgage offer and completion hassle free. We have already recommended Adam to someone and will continue to recommend his services in the future.”

    Saul and Laura, Home Mover Mortgage Customers from Salisbury

  • “Mike and I collected the keys to our flat this weekend and we couldn’t be happier. It’s been a long time coming but we got there! We just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for everything you have done for us so far. We’ve really appreciated all the help, advice and reassurance you’ve given us all the way through this process. It’s really nice to have a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.”

    Mike and Bethan, First Time Buyer Mortgage Customers from London

  • “Without question Adam found me a deal the estate agent’s broker couldn’t. He was very easy to contact whenever I needed him and he took time to explain the ins and outs of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme mortgage that he found me. I would rate him five out of five and will be back to use him when the time comes to remortgage or move.”

    Chris, Help to Buy Mortgage Customer from Southampton

Monday to Friday: 9am – 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday: Closed

We will use your name, email address and contact number (‘personal information’) to contact you about the services you have requested or respond to an enquiry you have submitted, which will require us to share your personal information with financial institutions who can assist in the provision of financial services to you including product providers, lenders, banks, insurers, fund managers, platform providers and third party para-planners. For further information on how your information is used, including disclosure to third parties, how we maintain security of your information and your rights in relation to the information we hold about you, please see our Privacy Policy: https://your-mortgage-expert.co.uk/about-us/legal-privacy-information/

Your Mortgage Expert is a trading name of Your Mortgage Expert Limited which is an appointed representative of Mortgage Advice Bureau Limited and Mortgage Advice Bureau (Derby) Limited which are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Registered Office Address: 18 New Canal, Salisbury, England, SP1 2AQ. Registered in England Number: 08924507.

Sorry to see you go

Please note, by clicking on the link you will be departing from the regulated site of Your Mortgage Expert Ltd. Neither Your Mortgage Expert Ltd nor Mortgage Advice Bureau are responsible for the accuracy of the information contained within the non-regulated site.

NO, GO BACK