Sell or let this AutumnIf you are looking to sell by Christmas or early next year time is of the essence when it comes to putting your house on the market.

With less than 75 days to Christmas, if you are hoping to sell this side of New Year you must seriously consider putting your house on the market as soon as possible.

Research from Rightmove shows the average time to secure a buyer in the UK is 65 days (41 days for London and 88 days in the North East)1, we believe our local average is far less than the national average but still urge serious sellers to consider coming to the market promptly and at an accurate price to secure a sale this year.

Even if you are not hoping to secure a buyer in 2014 we highly recommend you start the valuation process now with a view to bringing your property to the market before Christmas and the school holidays. Last year popular property website Rightmove saw a 20% increase in people looking for a home between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day 2013 compared with 20122.

On Rightmove on Christmas Day 2013 there were nearly 14 million page views and over 10,000 people sent emails to estate agents2. On Boxing Day page views jumped to over 25 million and on New Year’s Day over 38 million page views2.

On our own www.mackenziesmith.co.uk website we also observed a notable uplift when comparing the period of Christmas Eve to New Years Day 2012 / 2013 and 2013 / 2014 showing 26% more unique users and 24% more page views3. We anticipate being even busier this year!

So don’t delay, whether selling or letting, contact your nearest branch or visit our website to arrange your free property valuation, market appraisal and to discuss how we can help you sell your home within your desired timescale. Make sure your property is ready for the Christmas online searching peak.

Contact Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents Fleet 01252 812121 fleet@mackenziesmith.co.uk

Contact Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents Farnborough 01252 375999 farnborough@mackenziesmith.co.uk

Contact Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents Ash Vale 01252 353030 ashvale@mackenziesmith.co.uk

Contact Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents Hook 01256 764666 hook@mackenziesmith.co.uk

Contact Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents Hartley Wintney 01252 844015 hartleywintney@mackenziesmith.co.uk

1http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/planning-to-sell-up-before-christmas-research-shows-youll-need-to-get-going-in-october

2http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/rightmove-news/festive-house-hunting-sees-20-increase-in-people-looking-for-a-home

3Mackenzie Smith Analytics Data 24.12.12 – 1.1.13 compared to 24.12.13 – 1.1.14