If you are either selling or buying a property in Sidcup, there are a few reasons why it may be taking some time to sell your Sidcup home or find that perfect place to call your new home. It may be taking longer than you thought to find a buyer for your home because of the current state of the property market or finding that perfect Sidcup home may be taking too long because of a lack of properties to buy.
So, taking everything into consideration, all of these factors invite an obvious question; how long is too long to persist in the Sidcup property market?
If you are looking to sell your Sidcup property, it may have become infuriating when your home has been on the market for longer than you anticipated. Perhaps the property market is purely in a position where it’s challenging to get a property sold quickly, or sold at the price you want to achieve for it. If you do live in a Sidcup home that is towards the upper reaches of the price band, you have to be open to the idea that because it’s worth so much more than the average property in Sidcup and so more than most individuals can afford, you will have to wait longer to get it sold.
Your Sidcup home might be taking longer to sell because your asking price is simply too high. Even if you are prepared to take a realistic offer if you have an unrealistic asking price your overpriced Sidcup property will undoubtedly turn off potential buyers from even being inclined to book a viewing.
Looking at the market in Sidcup compared to a year ago makes very interesting reading
When it comes to the average length of time on the market, it’s the detached and semi-detached homes in Sidcup that appear to be taking longer to sell, yet the length of time Sidcup terraced homes and apartments seem to be on the market has dropped.
The overall average length of time a Sidcup property remains on the market has dropped by 8.2%, from 88 days a year to 79 days today
The question that remains is if you are having no luck selling should you leave your Sidcup property on the market or not? This is basically down to your personal circumstances – a big decider has to be if you are moving upmarket or downsizing.
Buyers will compare your Sidcup property to all the other homes on the market using the portals such as Rightmove, On the Market and Zoopla and even if your asking price is realistic, if your marketing (brochures, pictures, even video walkthrough) isn’t a top dollar, they will dismiss your property.
Remember, the average buyer only views 4.5 properties before they buy and on average, each buyer will only spend just over 25 minutes viewing each home …
The more properties that are on the market, the greater the choice for buyers (yet more competition for house sellers), so we wanted to look at how many homes were for sale in Sidcup now, compared to 12 months ago.
As you can see, there are hardly any differences between the property types in Sidcup.
As for buying a Sidcup property, searching for that dream house can take time as you have to consider the needs of your spouse, children, schooling, etc., what you can realistically afford and whether your current location can accommodate you until you find that perfect Sidcup home.
Don’t forget that upwards of 10% of homes do not make it to the portals (the portals are Rightmove, Zoopla and On the Market), so don’t just rely on the portals to let you know what is coming on the market. The number of times I speak to disappointed buyers who missed out because other buyers registered directly with the agent for the property, whilst they relied on the portals.
When it comes to buying a Sidcup home, and so you do not make any decisions you will regret later on, taking your time is always the more practical option. The amount of money that is involved in buying a home and all the costs connected with it means that you should not rush into buying or selling without due consideration.
If you are an existing landlord with us (or even another agent in Sidcup) or someone thinking of becoming a first time Sidcup landlord looking for advice and opinion and what (or not to buy in Sidcup), one source of information is the Sidcup Property Blog http://sidcuppropertyblog.co.uk/ or drop me an email or phone call and let’s start a conversation – I don’t bite and I don’t do hard sell … and maybe, just maybe, I could help you get better returns from your property portfolio.
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Paul Long (Director & Author of The Sidcup Property Blog)