Home buying activity continues in 2014, says Sharman Quinney

The housing market is booming according to estate agency Sharman Quinney.

The agency's branches across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire recorded an almost 30% hike in home sales at the start of the year, testimony to the rising numbers of home buyers with greater access to mortgages and schemes like Help to Buy.

Sharman Quinney also saw a 16% rise in the number of sellers putting their properties on the market at the beginning of 2014 although this increase falls far short in terms of satisfying demand from buyers. According to the agent the appetite to purchase a property is in full force so it’s a great time for home owners who have been thinking of moving to market their home.

“It’s no secret that the housing market is stronger and more active than it has been in many years,” says Sharman Quinney Managing Director Mike Sharman. “It’s fantastic to see decisive and confident buyers coming into the market, especially those who are purchasing a home for the first time and getting onto the property ladder.

“In 2014 we need to see a greater supply of homes coming onto the market in order to fulfil the level of demand we are now seeing,” Mike continues. “I would urge anyone who has been thinking of selling their home to get in touch and arrange a free market appraisal of their property.”

Sharman Quinney recently launched its ‘Ready to Sell’ service which helps sellers get the best price for their property by holding an open day event. In the current market, open houses are an effective way of showcasing vendors’ properties and helping to achieve the best price.

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About Sharman Quinney
Established in Peterborough in 1989 by founders Mike Sharman and Steve Quinney, Sharman Quinney now has 17 estate agency branches across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. In 2003, 75 per cent of Sharman Quinney was acquired by the Connells Group. Mike Sharman and Steve Quinney retain a 20 per cent share in the company, remain as operational directors and sit on the Sharman Quinney Board of Directors. As part of the Connells Group, Sharman Quinney benefits from the financial strength and infrastructure of one of the UK’s largest and most profitable estate agency networks. This means it can offer customers a trusted, local service with the added benefit of industry-leading support functions including Connells Compliance and Legal Services team, its in-house marketing and PR teams and its Mortgage Services model. The experience, expertise and breadth of services that come with being part of a larger corporate group, puts Sharman Quinney far ahead of many of its local competitors in terms of what it can offer its customers. For more information please visit: www.sharmanquinney.com

Sharman Quinney Holdings Limited is registered in England and Wales under company number 4174227, Registered Office is Cumbria House, 16-20 Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1GN.  VAT Registration Number is 500 2481 05. 
For activities relating to regulated mortgages and non-investment insurance contracts, Sharman Quinney Holdings Limited is an appointed representative of Connells Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  Connells Limited’s Financial Services Register number is 302221.  

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