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Our 2017 – From BBC Breakfast To New Appointments

As 2017 draws to a close and the New Year draws closer, we’ve been thinking about what a fantastic year we’ve had here at Wright Marshall…

 

We’ve been delighted to welcome new members to our growing teams across the region. At the start of the year, Florence Logan joined our head office in Tarporley, and has impressed us with her skills and efficiency. Kathryn Clowes has joined the Knutsford team as a Senior Country Homes consultant, and brings with her years of experience in the luxury property market. Nantwich has said hello to Hannah Starkey who recently joined the 56 High Street office and has fit in to the team dynamics in no time. Derbyshire was also treated to a new sales and lettings negotiator when Tanya Beswick came on board, and Sarah Boucker made the move from Whitchurch to Chester.

 

We’ve also dedicated ourselves to involving ourselves even further in the local communities we serve. In October, we really got in to the festive spirit at Knutsford when we took part in the town’s ‘Pumpkin Path’ competition. Our incredibly talented Lynda Kirk worked hard to create the spookiest window on the Princess Street, using pumpkins and rats and crow decorations, and used plenty of cotton wool for the traditional spider web and even a witch! On Hallowe’en night, we opened the office late and gave out treats to over 100 trick or treaters. The entries for the window competition were all put on Facebook and were voted for by the people of Knutsford. It was quite a surprise when the Mayor of Knutsford himself turned up at our offices to announce that we’d won the competition!

 

It’s certainly been an interesting year for the UK’s property market – lettings fees were discussed in the Houses of Parliament, the Government announced more funds would be put towards Help To Buy schemes to help young people get their foot on the property ladder, and the future of leasehold properties were up for debate. Our resident media property expert, Robert Reed, was called upon throughout the year to appear on BBC Breakfast to discuss the hottest property topics of the time. We saw Robert discuss the rise of house prices back in May, where he highlighted that asking prices shouldn’t be the focus, but final sold prices achieved. Later on in August the controversial topic of online estate agents was much discussed, and Robert appeared once more to remind house sellers that although one off online fees may be tempting, it is the final outcome of the selling process which really counts.

 

With the year we’ve had in 2017, we can’t wait to see what to see what 2018 brings! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from everyone here at Wright Marshall.

 

 

Christmas – Selling the Festive Dream

During a house viewing, prospective buyers have so much on their mind – thinking about all kinds of aspects of a house, including the room size, garden, number of bathrooms as well as the location and local amenities.  Here at Wright Marshall, we think if you can imagine yourself spending Christmas in a house, then it can certainly be made a home.  As we’re in the run up to Christmas, we think it’s a great idea to help feed the imagination of house viewers by transforming your house into a stylish winter wonderland.

 

Nothing says winter like a glass of mulled wine, so why not have a pot of it slowly bubbling away on the stove to fill your house with fruity and spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg?  Couple that with a batch of mince pies baking in the oven, the ultimate festive food to make someone feel right at home.  Time your mince pies with the arrival of your potential buyers, serving them up with a sprinkle of icing sugar on the top.

 

Any festive space needs to be topped off with an evergreen spiced fragrance which really creates the perfect Christmas atmosphere – Crabtree and Evelyn’s Noël room spray truly delivers.  It has the scent of fir trees with citrus fruits and mulled spices – in other words, it’s Christmas in a bottle.

 

To give your potential buyers the full “Christmassy” package, perhaps you could play some festive music quietly in the background to help paint the perfect Christmas picture.  If you’re thinking of going traditional, any Christmas Crooners CD that features Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole would do the trick – you certainly can’t go wrong with that.  It’s also the time of year that Michael Bublé’s now-classic Christmas album comes out of hiding, so that would be a strong contender for setting the Christmas scene too.

 

You’ve got the scent, taste and sound of Christmas sorted but this needs to be brought together with the ultimate look of Christmas with some on-trend decorations.  Think of your home as a blank canvas, just waiting to be turned into a winter wonderland.  Tinsel is definitely making a comeback this year and these days, there’s so many different designs – for example, the holly leaf tinsel from John Lewis is certainly unique and would look great along a mantel piece or wrapped around a staircase banister.  You can even get creative with a simple glass vase by putting some fairy lights in it – creating a lovely soft glow for your living room.  Copper, rose gold and bronze are already interior favourites which means this festive season you can really embrace the metallic colour palette and add some sparkle to your decorations, like this stylish hanging decoration from Sass and Belle or these gold baubles from Next.

 

Moving onto flowers, you certainly can’t go wrong with a poinsettia – popular for its red and green foliage at Christmas time, as well as the evergreen Christmas rose.  Before your house viewers have even set foot into the house, give them that festive feeling with a Christmas wreath such as the traditional Winterberry wreath adorned with pinecones and berries from Marks and Spencer.

 

However you choose to prepare your home for house viewings this Christmas time, we hope we’ve offered you a little inspiration and from all of us here at Wright Marshall, we hope you have a merry Christmas.