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Stourbridge is one of the best places to live within the entire West Midlands. This vibrant town not only has a rich history, but also has excellent transport links, infrastructure, and amenities that have cemented its place as a commercial and residential hotspot of the West Midlands. These are just some of the reasons we decided to open up our latest branch in Stourbridge, and as many of the AP Morgan staff across all of our offices are locals to the area, we decided to get some insider knowledge on what they love about their hometown.
1. It’s great for kids
As many of us with young families across the residential property teams at AP Morgan have realised, making sure everything is perfect for your children is crucial, and with the headache that school catchment areas and public transport often cause, it’s extra important to make sure you’re in the right place well ahead of time. Stourbridge and Dudley have some of the highest performing educational establishments in the entire country – King Edwards and Oldswinford Hospital standing out even amongst tough competition, but others such as Stourbridge College and Halesowen College are amongst some of the best in the West Midlands. With all of these great schools and further education options right on the doorstep, it means that your family have no need to worry when the time comes.
2. The best of city life and the countryside
Stourbridge enjoys all of the main benefits of being part of a large city (as part of the wider West Midlands Metropolitan area) with great transport links by road and rail into the main cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton, providing a world of entertainment, days out, and nights on the tiles, along with the more boring benefits like excellent links to and from work, and plenty of employment opportunities too. Alongside this, Stourbridge directly borders one of the UK’s largest stretches of green belt land, which stretches all the way to the Welsh coastline and encompasses some of Britain’s most beautiful and majestic countryside. But you don’t have to travel far to find areas of astounding beauty – Kinver and the Clent Hills overlook the town and are popular destinations not only for locals, but they also attract people from all over the country.
3. It has everything you need
Most of the time, we find ourselves without much reason to even leave Stourbridge – it’s one of the few areas any of us have experienced where it seems as if it truly does have everything you need – from your standard amenities such as post offices, shops, and of course local pubs! All the way to having the incredibly convenient Merry Hill centre on your doorstep in Brierley Hill with everything you could ever need, as one of the largest shopping centres in the West Midlands with every kind of shop, restaurant, and department store you could ever dream of needing!
So, there are our top reasons why we love living in Stourbridge – want some more? Feel free to call our Stourbridge office on 01384 319 400 or pop into our town centre office to come and see us!
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Now the world cup's over and the rain's back, it may seem as if summer is nearly over. But there's still plenty of time left this summer, and plenty of reasons why summer is the best time to sell your home.
1. Kerb appeal
It's a fact that most houses look their best during the summer. The long days and (usual) British showers result in lush lawns, blooming flowers, and beautiful looking trees. By spending a little bit more time on your landscaping, it's so easy to make your home look that little bit better and secure those excellent first impressions not only of those coming to view the property, but also people who are just passing by.
2. More people out and about
Whilst the kids are off school (and especially in towns like Redditch and Bromsgrove) we see a lot more foot traffic - when you have a 'for sale' board out of the front of your house, more and more people are seeing your house for the first time in the best possible way - in person. Not only that, but the high streets see a lot more footfall, and when you advertise with an agent that has a high street presence like AP Morgan, you get a lot more people seeing your property and speaking to an agent that can get them booked in.
3. Familes move during the summer
When the kids are off school parents often find it's the ideal time to move home. Not only does it give the kids a natural break to settle in before starting a new school year, it also often makes for a quicker sale, as parents want to be in their new home before their kids are back at school.
4. Longer days means more viewings
Longer days means more people will be willing to view your property in the evening, enabling your agent to get more people through the door and potentially create even more demand for your property, ensuring you get the best possible price for your home. It also allows more flexibility for you, if you want to be present at the property as those viewings take place, you're not confined to the few daylight hours in the winter.
5. More demand
More people look for a new home during the summer than any other time of year, for many of the same reasons we've mentioned above. Because of this, it's best to get out there as soon as possible and take advantage of the high demand in the market before your ideal buyer looks elsewhere.
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Joe Phillips, partner of AP Morgan Estate Agents in Redditch & Bromsgrove has pledged to take part in a national white-collar charity boxing match in aid of Cancer Research UK.
As a business we are proud to support Joe in his mission to raise as much money as possible. We will be donating £10 from every instruction from February right through to fight-night on the 31st of March 2018.
Most of us have sadly been affected by the devastation that cancer causes to families. Unfortunately, Joe lost his father to cancer in 2014. He hopes to raise as much money as possible in Farther's memory, so that more can be done to research into the causes and treatments for the disease.
On the 31st of March 2018, Joe will join fellow boxers in the ring to battle it out for this great cause. AP Morgan Redditch & Bromsgrove would like to wish him the best of luck on the night and of course we will all be rooting for him ring-side.
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We may be a few weeks into Spring, but it’s almost starting to feel like it in Worcestershire now! With the weather expected to go upwards of 20°C next week we expect things in the Redditch and Bromsgrove property markets to start heating up soon too. If you want to catch the springtime rush, now is the perfect time to instruct us and start selling your home.
“Didn't quite believe that a buyer would be found within a week, as predicted by Joe at valuation, but I should have had more faith!”
We believe that every home has a perfect buyer out there looking for a property like yours at a price you want to sell – and we know that nobody can find your perfect buyer quicker than at AP Morgan. Every year as we head into spring we see an influx of properties coming onto the market – by instructing us early you can be sure your perfect buyer won’t miss out on your home.
Recent reports show that UK house prices rose more in March than any of the previous six months (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/apr/09/uk-march-house-prices-post-biggest-monthly-increase-for-six-months) so being able to sell quickly is crucial if you want to get the most for your property and secure your chances of moving into your dream home.
Not only will getting on the market now improve your properties value, it also makes it more marketable. The longer a property is on the market, the more buyers become disinterested. Not only that but being one of the first to come on the market during Spring means you have a wonderful opportunity to get brilliant, vibrant, sunny photos that make your property stand out amongst other photos taken during the dreary Winter months.
We can start your home selling process as soon as you want, just call us to arrange a free, no obligation market appraisal of your home.
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The team at AP Morgan have always taken pride in using the latest technology to provide a cutting edge service to our customers. It's so ingrained into our company culture, that it's even part of our mission statement:
"...we embrace the latest technology and invest heavily to ensure maximum results but we also hang on to the traditional, old-fashioned values that our clients struggle to find elsewhere..."
This has lead to us now offering our own online estate agency service for those customers that need it - AP Morgan Online. True to our goal of always being on the cutting edge of technology, we're the first independent estate agents in Redditch and Bromsgrove to do so. We recognise that some people need more control over the sale of their house. That could be how viewings take place, or how you can contact your agent, or when, where, and how offers are made on your property. AP Morgan Online gives you an online portal to manage your sale that is accessible 24/7 by sellers, buyers, and your agent, allowing all parties to progress your sale at any time of day or night. It's not just an online service - it's a service that puts you in control.
Of course, the award-winning service provided by our teams in our Redditch and Bromsgrove high street offices isn't going anywhere - we will continue to provide the same level of high quality traditional estate agency services that we know home sellers in Redditch and Bromsgrove have come to expect from us. If you want to book a valuation for our traditional high street service or our online service, you can do so on our homepage.