The Difference Between “Under Offer” and “Sold STC”

By Tom Bloomfield We are often asked to explain the difference between a house which is described as “UNDER OFFER” and one that is “SOLD SUBJECT TO CONTRACT”, so we thought we would shed some light on the matter. In practice there is no meaningful difference between the phrases which both describe a situation where … Continued

Viewings From Buyers Who Cannot Proceed.

By Emma Johnson We had a good number of requests in 2017 from vendors asking us to restrict viewings from buyers who have houses to sell which are not yet on the market, and occasionally requests to do the same for buyers who are not at least under offer. Understandably any house seller wants to … Continued

The Downsides of Discreet Marketing.

By Tom Bloomfield.   Discreet Marketing is where an estate agent deliberately restricts a property’s exposure by holding it back from online advertising on sites like rightmove, often in favour of emailing it to their buyer database only. It’s an increasingly popular method of marketing which is normally deployed in the hope that buyers may … Continued

Can You Speed Up a Local Search?

By Emma Johnston. If your solicitor is applying to a Local Authority for a Local Search on a property (required for most residential purchases), then at busy times it can take a Local Authority up to six weeks to return the result to your solicitor, which is less than ideal. We are often asked by … Continued

Why We Love Stoke By Nayland

By Susie Bullman. You’d only want to live here if you like peace combined with a lively sense of community. A Suffolk village, with protected ‘Constable’ views. You can hear the cows, and the church bells, and the sound of leather on cricket bat. You’re still on the grid but you’re away from it all… … Continued

Win Some Excellent “Grey” Wine.

It has been a year since Bloomfield Grey launched its first property for sale and we want to mark the occasion with a competition for one of our clients, buyers or facebook followers to win a 2013 Grey Carménère and a 2014 Grey Chardonnay – two bottles of excellent wine which should keep one of … Continued

What is the Best Mortgage Currently Available?

“What is the BEST Mortgage currently available”? By Mark Alefounder of Optimum Financial Advisers.   I keep getting asked the same question so I thought I should share an article again that I originally published via Property Tribes. So what is that Question? It’s this one. “What is the BEST Mortgage currently available”? Good question? It’s … Continued

Why Would Anyone Want to Live in East Bergholt?

This isn’t just any old chocolate box village; this is Constable Country. Beautiful countryside, friendly pubs, a church and shop plus some of the country’s most revered natural beauty spots on your doorstep… the question should be ‘why wouldn’t you?’     If you like the idea of stepping out on a sunny day, perhaps … Continued

What Happened When We Turned Purple.

At the end of 2016 we temporarily put aside our commission based charging structure to experiment with an upfront marketing fee. The experiment was limited to just three clients and here is how we got on: The Terms. We charged the clients £1500.00 (inc. VAT) upfront to provide the exact same service and marketing that … Continued

East-of-England House Prices Ahead of the Rest of the UK

Recently released Land Registry data showed that as of June 2017 the average house price in the UK is £223,257 after UK property prices rose by 4.9% compared to the previous year. Perhaps more interesting to clients of Bloomfield Grey is that the East-of-England experienced the greatest increase in average property prices at 7.2%. London … Continued