Why choose David James?
The reasons that make us different
Here at David James, we aim to be successful. To enable us to do this, we have examined what we can provide to both Vendors and Purchasers to maximise the chances of successfully achieving a sale whilst providing a high quality level of service. We are aware that much of what we do sets us apart from our competitors; here are a number of reasons that make us different.
A dedicated, experienced sales negotiator
We will allocate you an experienced, individual, residential sales negotiator who will be your point of contact from the outset and they will stay with you throughout the sale; from first coming to the market, through negotiation of offer and then the legal element of the transaction. They will begin by visiting your home to gain a full impression of the qualities of your property to enable them to enthuse and knowledgeably recommend the selling points to prospective purchasers. In the estate agency industry, many sales negotiators do not take the opportunity to read a Client’s brochure, never mind take the time to visit their home.
Furthermore your property will be actively marketed by each team member across the three David James branches with everyone in each branch incentivised to sell your property. However, it is your allocated negotiator who will be tasked with keeping you fully informed of the property’s performance and then work with youto agree and then progress the sale of your property.
The experience of your negotiator is key in the current marketplace as only someone with vast experience of the property market will be able to extract the very best price foryour property. You are selling arguably your largest asset, so you need to be sure it is in expert hands and not being sold by someone with very little experience.
As an inclusive service, we can consult with you and even negotiate for you on the property you wish to purchase if you are looking to buy on. Having initially taken time with you to determine your budget and level of interest in your potential purchase, we can give you advice on the value of the home you are looking to buy through researching the property and the marketing history in order to provide guidance to you in respect to the marketing price and potential offer levels.
Armed with this information, you are then able to make offers directly or as property experts we can negotiate on your behalf. The benefit of this is that we are impartial and can remove the emotional attachment you would have to the buying process and combine it with our wealth of negotiating experience; giving us the best chance of successfully obtaining the property you want at the best possible price.
"We found a house we liked but it was out of our reach, David James said 'Right, let's sit down do some maths and find out how we can get this house.' We worked through our figures and established how much we needed for our house, how much we could offer on the next and David James did all the negotiating. We know that we wouldn't be sitting in this house now had it not been for them."
Mr and Mrs T. Arnold
We have a range of really impressive marketing materials. Our brochures are packed with information that purchasers are really interested in when buying a home such as information about the local area, the size and aspect of the rear garden and even the council tax banding. Our window displays are extremely visual and our listings on the major property websites are thorough with all the information presented for prospective purchasers to make a more informed decision about which properties to view.
Full colour floor plans
We use full-colour floor plans, which display fixtures and fittings as well as approximate floor space. This is important as an increasing number of prospective purchasers look more favourably at properties that have floor plans when they are choosing which properties to view, especially on the internet. Our floor plans are not only accurate in providing an outline of layout, but also give the feeling of spatial awareness to the property.
Unquestionably well-taken photography goes a long way in helping to sell a property. Our team have been professionally trained to photograph your property in the best way possible using the best equipment. We will take time at your home to ensure the photography is to a high standard as it is vitally important that this process is correct. Attention to detail is essential especially with prospective purchasers who now make decisions as to which properties to view via the internet.
We also photograph extensively to ensure prospective purchasers get a comprehensive idea of what the property has to offer. Buyers are always suspicious of rooms that are missing from a property’s advertisement and will make an assumption as to a room’s finish; especially if it isn’t shown on the marketing materials. We believe our photography stands us apart from our competition as we can demonstrate a true difference in how your property is presented in our branch, within your brochures and on the internet.
We are the only agent that provides the Vendor’s viewpoint. We gives our Vendor the opportunity to express what they really feel are the property’s most prominent features without the estate agent’s jargon. This gives the sales brochure more than the agent’s aspect and appeals to the emotional element of purchasing a home. By adding the Vendor’s own thoughts, it captures the imagination of the purchaser and helps to make the property appear more of a lifestyle choice than a house purchase.
David James Online
When choosing your estate agent, make sure to browse their website as this will give you a good insight into both the outlook of your agent and exactly how your property will be marketed. David-james.com attracted over 125,000 visits last year from people looking for property in the Nottingham area.
The internet is now one of the primary methods through which property is first seen and it is vital that your agent has a strong web presence; both on the property portals they advertise on and their own website. David James will also advertise you on rightmove.co.uk, zoopla.co.uk and primelocation.com ensuring your property receives extensive advertising and exposure on a national basis.
We have also embraced the world of social media, which is becoming an increasingly important way of offering exposure directly through interested parties. We have well-followed pages on both facebook and twitter; feel free to give us a follow!
Premium Listing and Featured Property on rightmove.co.uk
We will enhance your property’s marketing on rightmove.co.uk, the UK’s biggest property portal. As part of your marketing package, we will provide you with a Premium Listing on both their desktop site and their mobile app. Your property will have a larger listing box attracting more interest and therefore enquiries. The desktop listing will also contain four photographs rather than two to ensure your property stands out, whilst the advertisement on the mobile app will have three photographs and a distinctive green band. Rightmove data demonstrates that thousands more home hunters click on a Premium Listing than a standard one, therefore your property will stand out from the crowd! Whilst Rightmove’s recommended price is £250.00, as part of your David James marketing package we will include this for you FREE OF CHARGE.
We will also ensure that for the first 28 days of the property's marketing cycle, it will automatically be classed as a Featured Property on the rightmove.co.uk website at no extra charge. This tool will give your property even more exposure and ensures it is seen by all buyers searching in the property's price bracket. The first four weeks of a property's marketing is a key time and David James' use of these features on Britain's biggest property website will ensure maximum exposure.
The legal process when selling your home can be bothtime-consuming and costly. The longer a sale takes to progress, the greater the chance of the sale falling through due to numerous factors.
With this is mind, David James offer Legally Prepared. The idea is to complete much of the legal work when you first market your home and before you have found a buyer; with the idea of eliminating many of the pitfalls in the conveyancing process before they arise and avoiding lengthy delays in the progress of a later sale.
Under our Legally Prepared scheme, our dedicated team of conveyancers will carry out the pre-contract work in advance – potentially saving up to 25 days in the legal process.
Not only will this legal work be carried out in advance, our service is NO SALE, NO LEGAL FEE, therefore you have the peace of mind of knowing that should something go wrong you won’t be hit with any unforeseen bills from your solicitor for an abortive sale.
We work closely with our conveyancing partners to ensure a smooth transition through the sales process. Given the strength of our relationship, we can rely upon them for regular updates or demand for a matter to be progressed more quickly if necessary; something that can prove difficult with other conveyancers with whom we do not have this relationship.
Should you opt for our Legally Prepared scheme, we will advertise your property with our distinctive ‘stamp’ logo on your brochure and property office displays as well as on david-james.com and all of the major property portals. In the same way that properties with no upward chain are attractive to potential buyers, being Legally Prepared will have the same effect.
Accompanied viewings 7 days a week.
We carry out accompanied viewings on properties 7 days a week (that includes Sundays!) something which is both well received and appreciated by prospective purchasers.
We can offer buyers extra flexibility to work around their job or family commitments and ensure your property is available for viewing at all times. This is in comparison to many of our competitors who only offer viewings during office hours. This therefore gives us and your property an extra edge in ensuring it is widely available for viewings. In a busy marketplace, buyers won’t wait to be able to view your property if the agent can’t show them around for a few days. Accessibility is therefore vitally important in ensuring we maximise interest and give us the best chance of securing a sale.
We are an independent, family-run business
David James was launched in 1991 and we are proud to be celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. It has taken hard work to become the market-leading agent in the Gedling Borough and we appreciate that good service to our Clients is key to our sustained growth. We are continually inventive, looking at new ways in which we can promote our properties.
We have built our business on our reputation which has been cultivated through hard work and good service. We are accredited through the National Association of Estate Agents and are members of the Property Ombudsman.
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From the start of the process to the finish I was delighted with the service I received from James and his team...Mr King