Moving Stories – The Blumers
Andrew and Pauline Blumer had been trying to sell their beautiful Grade ll Listed cottage in the heart of Walberton, West Sussex for a number of months, without success.
They decided to change Estate Agents and approached Sims Williams, who have operated in the village for a considerable number of years, to value their home and explain how they would market their very individual property.
Thirteen viewings were arranged and within a matter of weeks, a sale was secured at 98.2% of the asking price.
After helping Mr and Mrs Blumer to sell their property, Sims Williams went one step further and found the couple their perfect next home.
Mr and Mrs Blumer were keen to stay in Walberton and Sims Williams helped, including notifying the couple about suitable properties before they were launched to market.
Pauline says, “Richard rang us one day and simply said, “I’ve found it!” and, he was right!
“He showed us a bungalow in exactly the part of the village we wanted to live and we knew straight away that it was the right property for us.
“It’s pretty impressive when your estate agent just “knows” they’ve found you the perfect property!” says Pauline.
Accurate valuation was vital
Before marketing Mr and Mrs Blumer’s cottage, Sims Williams partner Richard Moores explained individual older properties with the restrictions that come with being Listed do not appeal to everyone.
Identifying genuine potential buyers, proactive marketing and providing an accurate valuation, based on sales of similar properties, is vital.
Providing honest, professional advice
Pauline says, “Sims Williams explained our lovely cottage wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea and the asking price needed to reflect the number of potential buyers who would want to take on an older Listed property.”
“The Walberton team took on the challenge of marketing and selling our property with real enthusiasm and, knowing they were in our corner made the roller-coaster ride of selling a house far easier.
“Everyone in the Sims Williams Walberton team was so friendly and knowledgeable and, once they found our buyer, Lin Peter progressed the sale and kept the chain moving – especially when the sale nearly fell through,” says Pauline.
Respect for our clients
Richard says, “At Sims Williams, we believe serving our clients means treating them with respect and providing honest, professional advice. This includes recommending a realistic asking price, rather than inflating a valuation just to get business.
“When clients place their trust in us, we work hard to earn our commission and that means really taking care of our clients and understanding their property needs,” says Richard.