A positive move

Craig Hughes, director of Hughes Sealey incorporating Fine and Country, on how to choose an estate agent when selling a country home.

Every estate agent loves property but helping clients complete on a sale requires much more than the initial enthusiasm that a beautiful property brings.


According to a report from national home buyer Quick Move Now, 30.6% of house sales in England and Wales fell through before completion during 2018, up 1% on 2017. At Hughes Sealey, we’re proud to say that our figure is much lower* and we have dozens of testimonials from happy clients who have had a positive experience of moving.


Buying a house is the biggest purchase that most of us make and we don’t tend to do it very often. Factor in the finances, divorce or bereavement, survey issues and gazundering and it’s no wonder that it can be stressful as well as exhilarating.


When choosing an agent it’s tempting to simply opt for the one who offers the lowest fee but take care to look further than that. Your choice will have a significant impact on your experience so consider these three key credentials:


Local knowledge

Valuing property is an art not a science. Many prime country homes are unique so there’s little, if any, historic data on which to base a figure. Only an agent with expert knowledge of the local housing market will get the valuation right – and it can make a huge difference.


Hughes Sealey handles some of the most amazing country homes in Gloucestershire and our experienced team has extensive knowledge of the Bredon Hill villages. Home for me since 2013 has been Kemerton where I live with my wife Amanda, also a director, our daughters Beth and Lily, Labradors Pickle and Digger and a handful of chickens.


Personal service

Relationships lie at the heart of any house move and how they function affects the process so an agent needs to know their clients well. As independent agents, we’ve built a large database of buyers and sellers, many of whom bring us repeat business, because we take time to understand their needs and always act with integrity.


Based on The Promenade in Cheltenham, our office has become synonymous with selling prime residential property. We use a blend of creative and intelligent marketing to ensure every home is presented to a large audience and stands out to attract the right buyer. We carefully prepare each house for sale, using photographs and/or video, specialist floor plans and vendor lifestyle interviews, and always accompany viewings.


Our affiliation with Fine and Country gives us links to 300 offices nationally and internationally, including a showroom on Mayfair’s prestigious Park Lane. This award-winning network represents luxury, exclusive and unique homes, incorporating targeted golf, waterside and equestrian divisions which suit our region perfectly.


Active conveyancing

Achieving an offer is great but for a sale to complete smoothly, it needs to be actively progressed at every stage. With close, long standing partnerships with a network of local professionals, we can be confident that everyone is doing their utmost to drive each sale through at every point in the process.


Choose an agent you trust

Moving home should be a positive experience, a new chapter in your story. It’s wise to get several valuations but also take care to do your research, understand the service offered, and appoint an agent you trust. That way you will benefit from the experience of a local property expert, an ally who will ensure you make a smooth and successful move.


For more information or to arrange a free valuation of your home please call 01242 220080 or visit www.hughessealey.co.uk



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