Hello Boxpark, welcome to Croydon

Sitting in MEATLiquor on the top floor of Boxpark Croydon, you could easily think you were in central London for the evening. Tucking into a cheese burger with all the extras and a cold beer, you look out across at the food court of refitted shipping containers and think you could be in Shoreditch or Brixton. But then when you come to leave (if you are a Croydon local) you realise that instead of negotiating tubes and train times, you are just a short walk, bus ride or drive to your own front door. The London experience in the CR0.

 

Based next door to East Croydon station (the gateway to London, the coast and beyond) Boxpark is ideal for commuters and locals alike. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat before heading home after work, a spot to invite clients to for a breakfast meeting (we hear the all day brunches at the Breakfast Club are a must try) or somewhere to meet friends for lunch on a Saturday, then Boxpark has a shipping container for you.

 

We love the relaxed, quirky vibe of Boxpark and how it has become a must-visit destination for locals in the area. Time Out says that one of the food court’s best assets is its ‘warm community feel’ and we couldn’t agree more. There’s a real buzz around this new foodie destination and everyone we speak to has had a different experience and plans to go back to try a different restaurant or dish. Boxpark is home to more than 30 micro-restaurants so you really are spoilt for choice whether you fancy Caribbean food one day or Vietnamese the next.

 

We’re also pleased to find out that Boxpark is set to become the destination not just for diners but also event-goers. It will host over 200 events a year including weekly markets, workshops, masterclasses, launch parties and shows. We think the acoustic afternoons on Sundays will particularly prove to be a big hit. Good food and good music, yes please!

 

It’s an exciting time for Croydon at the moment with new developments like Westfield Croydon planned as well as a growing start-up and tech industry. The launch of Boxpark feels like the beginning of the next chapter for Croydon and the community and we can’t wait to see what’s next. 

 

For more information about properties in the area visit http://buy.paul-oshea.co.uk/buy

Reducing the stress of moving home

Many people talk about the stress of moving home.  The time the whole process takes, the constant tidying up so that your property is presentable for viewings and losing out on your dream home are just some of the things that contribute to making what should be an exciting time a living nightmare.  have put together a few simple tips to help make your move a lot easier...

TIMESCALES

Whatever you do try not to set a timescale.  Your move will depend on many external factors and third parties, such as waiting for a suitable buyer to make an offer, solicitors paperwork and mortgage lenders.  These and many other aspects of the move are out of your control.  I've noticed over the years vendors who are used to having control of situations at work or at home often find moving more stressful, if this is you it’s advisable to acknowledge that this situation needs to be handled differently given the many external factors involved. Your move is likely to be long term (the average time in a property is 13 years), so aiming to move in before Christmas is not always realistic. You will have many more Christmases to come in your new home and if your sale completes in the first week of January is that going to be the end of the world?  Probably not.

 

Think of your sale as a project which might take 3 months, 6 months or 12 and during that time you may experience some ups and downs.  Relaxing timescale expectations will make a huge difference to your mindset and stress levels.

 

SOLICITORS

Invest in a good solicitor.  I'll repeat that,  invest in a good solicitor.  If you search for a solicitor on the internet in my experience you will find large firms who have an outstanding sales team, a low charge and they seem like the dream ticket.  Often the sales team are very easy to get hold of but when you instruct the solicitors to go ahead you find it hard to contact the representative who is dealing with your case, that is usually because they are buried in paperwork (some solicitors deal with upwards of 50 sales at one time) thanks to being high on Google rankings, and that slick sales team and low fee.  You will want to be able to speak with your solicitor fairly regularly, so ask how many sales they are dealing with right now and also make a point of asking them how quickly they can get back to you (same day? 3 working days?)

 

Ask your estate agent to recommend a solicitor.  It's likely that they work with a firm they are able to communicate with regularly and this will speed up the whole process.  You will probably pay around £200-£300 more for a good, communicative solicitor compared with the internet search options.  This is the best investment you will make (apart from your estate agent of course!!)

 

PLAY YOUR PART

Be flexible as you can, give your agent a key so they can do short notice viewings, that viewing could well be your buyer.  Sellers make the mistake of thinking that buyers will come back and view their property another day 'if they like it enough they will come back', no they won't, not always.  Sometimes they will buy a house which isn't as good as yours, the house the could view that day that ticks nearly all their boxes.  They will never know that yours was better for them, because they've seen another one and they've compromised on the south facing garden.

 Once you have agreed a sale don't delay in returning your paperwork to your solicitor. Yes, it's mountainous and yes, you don’t know any of the answers, but do you best to get stuck into it and get it back to your solicitor within 2/3 days maximum.  Time saved at this end of the transaction will be a huge gain.

FORGET ABOUT THE MONEY

OK, obviously you can't forget about the money completely, but try to rationalise it.  It always intrigues me as an agent how generally speaking in the UK we are not big on negotiating, we don't haggle when we go to the shops to buy food, clothes or jewellery.  But when it comes to property (and cars I guess) we become or try to become hardcore negotiators.  If you are selling a property for £500,000 and someone makes you an offer of £475,000 think about this for a moment.  If you were selling a suit on eBay for £50 and someone offered you £47.50 would you take it?  If you were selling a sofa for £500 and were offered £475 would you take it?  If you were selling a second hand car for £5000 and were offered £4750 would you take it? Chances are you would.  I'm not saying you should just accept low offers, your agent should be working hard to negotiate you the best price, but try to think about what you are trying to achieve.  It could be that you are trying to secure your dream home which your family will live in for the next 15-20 years, if you have to go up by £10,000 or drop by £10,000 to make this happen, be decisive and eradicate the stress think about how you'll feel once you've got your dream home. (£10,000 on mortgage illustration).

 

For me these are the main factors to take into consideration mood when selling, if you can bear these in mind it will go a long way to helping your move to be exciting and not stressful!

 

Happy Moving!!

 

Why we love Croydon

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Whether you’re local to the area or considering Croydon as the place for your next move, we think (or rather we know) you’ll find that Croydon has plenty to offer. As locals ourselves, we’re always uncovering hidden gems and finding new reasons to love Croydon. Here are just a few of our favourites.

 

It’s very well connected

Whether you commute daily into London, head regularly to Gatwick airport or fancy popping down to the coast on the weekend then you are perfectly positioned in Croydon. You can reach major London stations within 20 minutes from East Croydon or tuck into some fish and chips on Brighton beach in less than 45 minutes. With tram connections to Wimbledon, Beckenham and iconic IKEA the world of CR0 and beyond is your oyster.

 

There’s always something on

From heritage festivals to theatre performances to village fetes, there’s always something going on in Croydon. Croydon Clocktower is always worth a visit with its exhibitions and festivals and there’s often something on at Lloyd Park (even if you just fancy joining in the park run!).

 

It’s one for the foodies

With the recent addition of Box Park alongside the Restaurant Quarter and Surrey street market, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to food. Whether you want to brunch with friends, enjoy a Saturday night drink or choose some tasty vegetables from the market then Croydon won’t disappoint.  

 

It’s ideal for family life

The boroughs of Croydon are packed with great places to raise a family. Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham and Selsdon are just a few examples of locations with good schools, parks and communities where you can happily settle with your family.

 

 

 

There are lots of green spaces

Whilst Croydon is known for its proximity to London, it is also packed with, and is very close to, lots of green spaces.  If you’re looking for somewhere to get some fresh air you’ll find parks, woodland, golf clubs, gardens and nature walks aplenty across the boroughs of Croydon. Wettern Tree Garden in South Croydon is one hidden gem we would recommend to our clients.

 

First night in your new home checklist

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It’s an exciting day when you move into your new home. After weeks of preparation, packing and phone calls, you finally have the keys. You may have moved across the world, across the country or even just across the road. Wherever you’ve moved from, all you will want to do on your first night is put your feet up on some boxes, order a takeaway and crack open the champagne.

 

We recommend packing a first night box or bag to make that first night as easy for you and your family as possible. After all, who wants to be digging through ten boxes just to find some cutlery or the toothpaste? Here’s a handy list of some items you will want to have to hand.

 

Important documents

  • Contracts
  • Passport/ driver’s license/ birth certificate
  • Bank details

 

The practical stuff

  • Bin liners
  • Toilet rolls
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Rubber gloves
  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Toolbox
  • Pen and paper
  • Phone chargers

     

     

 

Food and drink

  • Kettle
  • Tea and coffee
  • Soft drinks
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Enough bowls and plates for a day (paper bowls and plates might work well)
  • Snacks (something for your removal team!)
  • Breakfast food
  • Pet food (if needed)
  • Dinner or the takeaway menu!
  • Corkscrew
  • Champagne
  • Glasses

 

What you might need

  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • PJs
  • Bedding

 

What the kids might need

  • Change of clothes
  • Bedding
  • PJs
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Favourite toys
  • Night light
  • Entertainment (magazines, colouring or access to TV!)

Happy Moving!

 

How will Brexit impact UK house prices?

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2016 has most certainly been a year to remember. If you had waged in the new year that Leicester would top the Premier League, the UK would vote in favour of Brexit and Donald Trump would be elected as America’s next President, well, you would be a very rich person right now. It’s unsurprising then that such big political events, namely Brexit, (it’s still too early to tell about the Trump effect…) will have an impact on the UK housing market.

 

Property group JLL has recently forecast that in response to Brexit, and the uncertainty surrounding the negotiations, house price growth will be ‘subdued’ and largely flat until 2019. JLL has predicted that across the UK there will be a 0.5% price increase in 2017, increasing to 1% in 2018 and then to 2% in 2019. As confidence grows, house prices could then rise by 4% in 2020.

 

This corresponds with house price growth predictions for the most expensive properties in London with Greater London property prices likely to rise by 3% in 2019. House prices in other areas i.e.  Wales, the north-east and the south-west are all predicted to grow at the slowest rates in the country.

 

It is hoped that by 2018 there will be more clarity on the direction of the Brexit negotiations and, as confidence grows, this will be reflected in house prices. An increase in confidence should also help to improve the number of properties being built.

 

Neil Chegwidden, JLL, highlighted concerns that “house builder activity could pull back from current rates of construction. Although levels of new housing delivery were still woefully low prior to the referendum at least the direction of travel was positive and encouraging. This will now fall back again."

 

The lack of supply of new homes will only add to the increasing demand within the UK house market and could be one of the key factors in 2018 to boost house prices. 

 

Whether your looking to buy or sell in the Croydon area and are interested in how this might affect you then please do get in touch with our team.

 

 

First night in your new home checklist

 

 

 

It’s an exciting day when you move into your new home. After weeks of preparation, packing and phone calls, you finally have the keys. You may have moved across the world, across the country or even just across the road. Wherever you’ve moved from, all you will want to do on your first night is put your feet up on some boxes, order a takeaway and crack open the champagne.

 

We recommend packing a first night box or bag to make that first night as easy for you and your family as possible. After all, who wants to be digging through ten boxes just to find some cutlery or the toothpaste? Here’s a handy list of some items you will want to have to hand.

 

Important documents

  • Contracts
  • Passport/ driver’s license/ birth certificate
  • Bank details

 

The practical stuff

  • Bin liners
  • Toilet rolls
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Rubber gloves
  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Toolbox
  • Pen and paper
  • Phone chargers

     Food and drink
  • Kettle
  • Tea and coffee
  • Soft drinks
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Enough bowls and plates for a day (paper bowls and plates might work well)
  • Snacks (something for your removal team!)
  • Breakfast food
  • Pet food (if needed)
  • Dinner or the takeaway menu!
  • Corkscrew
  • Champagne
  • Glasses

 

What you might need

  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • PJs
  • Bedding

 

What the kids might need

  • Change of clothes
  • Bedding
  • PJs
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Favourite toys
  • Night light
  • Entertainment (magazines, colouring or access to TV!)

Happy Moving!

 

 

Property House prices in Croydon jump 10 per cent and this is how much buying a home will cost you now

 

I was delighted to contribute to a recent feature in the Croydon Guardian, where I commented on the current property market:

Paul O’Shea, MNAE, Paul O‘Shea Estate Agency

Post Brexit we were concerned the market would stall, with buyers and sellers racked with indecision, but that doesn't seem to have happened.

Although we have seen a slight decrease in viewings, both sales numbers and prices are still very strong.

In general buyers appear very positive about Croydon which is largely due to the significant investment in schemes such as Boxpark, Westfield and the regeneration of Fairfield Halls.

It certainly helps that mortgage rates are so cheap and it looks as though we will be in an extremely low interest rate environment for the foreseeable future. Going into 2017 we are expecting prices to remain firm due to the overall lack of properties for sale and strong demand.

Full article here

 

 

Five ways to give your house kerb appeal

When you’re planning on selling your home, you want your property to appear welcoming and in order before potential buyers have even stepped through the door. Before listing your property for sale and having photographs taken, it’s a good time to address any exterior issues and look at simple ways to spruce up the front of your house. Of course if you have concerns around any major refurbishments that might need doing then discuss these with your agent.

We’ve pulled together a round up of five easy and low budget ways to help your property make a good first impression.

 

Paint the front door

When was the last time you gave your front door a lick of paint? If you can’t remember or the paintwork is looking a bit tired, then now’s the time to paint the front door a fresh shade. Take a look at your house in line with other properties in the road and choose a shade that will compliment its surroundings. Make sure that the weather is due to stay dry for the next day or so to allow plenty of drying time.

Get floral

An easy way to improve your home’s appearance is to add some flowers. Depending on the style of your property try adding a floral display to brighten up the front of your house. Pop along to your local garden centre for a bit of inspiration. You can add hanging baskets, window boxes or plant topiary trees in pots. These are all easy to take care of and will add a bit of greenery to your property.

Clean the drive

If you have a driveway, path or any paving then get the pressure washer out and give the surface a good clean. It will also help get rid of any moss or weeds that may have started growing.

Tidy up

If you have a lawn, then make sure it is regularly mown and that any plants or hedges aren’t overgrown. It’s good to show how easy the garden is to look after. Regularly check for litter that may have blown in from the street. Also, have a look at the position of your recycling bins and try to keep them neatly tucked away.

The finishing touches

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It’s the small things can make the big difference. Use this opportunity to get any little niggles sorted. Check that any outdoor lights are working and that the doorbell is ringing away too. Have a look at your street number and make sure it is clearly visible from the road. Replace your welcome mat if it’s looking a bit worn down and make sure your windows have been cleaned recently.

 

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Home Staging

Making your home look great for viewings is an important part of the sales process. Paul O’Shea from Paul OShea Homes gives some tips on home staging.

“Home staging” is not a new term, but the concept of professional home staging may not be something you think about until it comes time to promote your property.  In the past, homeowners, in liaison with estate agents, have been left to fend for themselves as far as preparing for home showings. As estate agents, we usually know exactly what factors can help sell a home, but sometimes it’s worth considering bringing in someone else as a design consultant.

Professional home stagers are practiced in the art of preparing a home for sale. They work with the flow and feel of a home, eliminating clutter, editing and arranging furniture, and assisting in enhancing curb-appeal.  They can help immensely in giving your home that extra ‘oomph’ to make a notable first impression on potential homebuyers. 

The first impression is the key factor in selling your home. Statistics show that staged homes sell faster and for more money than those that are unstaged. Only a small percentage of prospective buyers can visualise a home looking any different than how they see it, so staging can guide them to that all-important favourable impression.

Staging is basically visual merchandising that draws on the fundamentals of interior design. The object is to present the property in way that highlights its strengths, without being too obvious. A good home stager will concentrate on making your home appeal to a broad range of tastes. They can also make your home look great in photographs, leading potential buyers to your door.

Unlike America, home staging in the UK involves spending the smallest amount of money possible to get the highest return on investment. In order to keep the budget down, home stagers work mostly with what the home owner already has, only bringing in new soft furnishings and accessories if necessary.

Why would you pay for a home stager when you could do it yourself? Firstly, it’s a fresh set of eyes. When you’ve lived in a house for a long time, it can be hard to see the small faults that buyers will notice. Secondly, well-staged homes tend to sell faster. They also sell for a higher price. It’s these factors that can make home staging worthwhile, particularly if you need a quick sale.