What do you love most about living in Exeter?
I love Exeter because as a City it continues to grow and evolve. Having watched Exeter grow from the 70’s when I was young, to the vibrant destination or hometown it is now, has been nothing short of remarkable. Exeter University is now ranked in the top 100 universities in the world coming in at 93 for 2016 with further ambitious plan for expansion. The City centre itself enjoys a café style culture with numerous restaurants, bars and cafés; some of which can be found in sight of our beautiful Norman Cathedral. Steeped in history, Exeter has lots to see and do and simply put, is a wonderful place to live and work. We are also home to Exeter Chiefs Rugby (I am a big fan) who are riding high in the Aviva Premiership.
What would be your top tips for increasing the value of your home?
My top tip for adding value to your home is: Stop and think what to do next, take a moment to stand back and think if I was a buyer, what would be missing from my home to add value and secure a sale. Is what I am thinking of doing going to add value that I am going to benefit from? For instance, is it worth having a loft conversion done if I am thinking of moving in a year or two where I might not be able to recover the costs? Take as much free advice that is available; most estate agents will offer you an opinion so listen to what they have to offer then make up your own mind. Shop around and hit the sales. New Year is a fantastic time to pick up kitchen and bathroom bargains when most people are just getting over the turkey and tinsel.
How would you describe the property market in Exeter at the moment?
Exeter’s property market continues to grow, partly buoyed by external interest in the city with companies relocating to the area, additional purchases for those coming to study in the city and a thriving local economy and community. Home to the Met Office and Exeter Science Park, Exeter has seen considerable investment in industry over the twenty years and its convenience of location, just over two hours on the train to London Paddington and a reasonable drive on the M5 and M4 contributes to Exeter’s ongoing growth and expansion. This is reflected in the newly created Town of Cranbrook on the outskirts of the city to support its continued growth. Let us not forget the market is also driven by the fact it really is a great place to live and enjoy the benefits of living in a major town without some of the usual drawbacks.
What advice would you give to first-time buyers?
For first time buyers I would suggest simply get the right advice; don’t just shop the high street for your mortgage and conveyancing needs; talk to a qualified adviser with a wide range of products at their disposal. Most importantly starting saving now and check out the Government Help to Buy ISA as its basically free money to help you buy your first home.
How would you describe the culture at Hatched?
Progressive, supportive and transparent for our culture.
Can you describe yourself in two words?
Passionate (for all things property) and driven.
In one sentence, describe your dream home
A converted former railway station or signal box!
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I like trains and wearing flip flops.
What’s your favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption.
If you could meet anybody in the world, who would it be?
Alive today would be Morgan Freeman and no longer with us, Martin Luther King.
Best place you’ve been?
Best place I have been is where I got married, Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Who is the best estate agent?
Best estate agent is you! No one knows your home better than you do, then I am a close second.
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