Activity levels in the property market have definitely increased, according to the Alnwick branch of Rook Matthews Sayer.
Valuer Jane Young has been out and about across the county giving advice on valuation and marketing.
Since the start of the year, it has listed 18 new properties, bringing the current stock levels up to a much more healthy level.
These range from first-time-buyer-type flats and small houses in Alnwick, to large detached properties in the countryside and ideal holiday let-type properties up and down the coast.
Branch manager Sarah Stoddart and her team of Brenda Simpson and Julie Powell plus administrator Karen McCarthy have had a very successful start to the year, having agreed sales on 17 different properties already.
Although it is unlikely that prices will increase to any large degree, if trading continues at this rate, confidence levels will improve.
It is becoming slightly easier for first-time buyers to borrow money and although buyers remain cautious, the signs indicate a much better year.
Sales initially by internet sites continue to dominate, with properties listed on a minimum of 10 different websites in addition to press advertising and direct contact to applicants.
Jane said: “As the only valuer in Alnwick with four full-time sales staff in the branch, we continue to provide high levels of customer service which lead to more sales.
“Auctions have also proved highly successful giving another string to our bow in conjunction with Agents Property auction.”
Rook Matthews Sayer has 17 branches in the North East, including Alnwick and Amble, offering expert advice on auctions, mortgages, surveys, valuations and EPC certificates, with a specialist business sales department.