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An interesting and successful year for West Country Auction House. The Devon and Cornwall branch of Auction House UK report a very successful 2018 and look forward to an even busier New Year. According to auctioneer Adam Cook, the Exeter based Auction House Devon and Cornwall has had an “interesting and successful year” with some intriguing lots going under the hammer including a South West visitor attraction “The Golden Hind Museum Ship” in Brixham as well as “plenty of barns a ...

Thank you very much

Jan 14 2019
Thank you very much

Gracias. Danke. Grazie. Cheers. Dhanyabad. All different ways of saying thank you, the last one will come in handy if you ever visit the beautiful country of Nepal. We regularly get Thank you cards, emails and online reviews from clients we’ve helped buy, sell or let a property. We recently received a lovely review from a client who we helped sell for the second time in just three years. It read: “Second sale I have used WG for in three years and couldn’t be happier with the se ...

New Year, new you, new home?

Happy New Year! As we welcomed in 2019 many of us turned our minds to our resolutions and how we will start changing our lives for the better. A national newspaper recently published a survey of the top 50 New Year’s resolutions made by the British public. Rather than cover the entire list here’s the top five things people wanted to change about themselves. (By the way, number 32 could have applied to our office – eat less biscuits.) Exercise more. Eat more healthily. C ...

Christmas may be behind us but there are still a few turkeys around! At Wilkinson Grant & Co. we know that when you’ve made up your mind to sell your property it’s a time to make the right decisions and choices. You are selling your most valuable asset. It’s important that the people helping you to achieve your goals are the best for the job. You’ve chosen a great estate agent (hopefully, Wilkinson Grant & Co). Now it’s time to instruct a solicitor. Sometimes referr ...

Wilkinson Grant & Co receives national recognition at the EA Masters 2018 event

Wilkinson Grant & Co has attained the high standards necessary to be awarded with a brand new mark of excellence in estate agency. ...

When cheap isn’t very cheerful

Estate agents’ fees for selling a property can vary wildly. In many parts of central London 2.5 per cent is a standard fee. It can vary considerably, depending where you are in the UK. However, I’ve seen agents advertising fees as low as 0.75 % or even a flat rate of £900. There is no way any agent doing their job properly can charge £500 and make money. They would have to cut more corners than a Grand Prix driver in several key areas, just to break even or reduce their losses. Fo ...

Ready to Sell , chain-free property sales with “No Gazump”

Award Winning West Country Independent Agents, Wilkinson Grant & Co have launched a new initiative, designed to give committed sellers a marketing edge over other re-sale homes. James Mold of the Agency’s main office in Exeter says: Buyers are increasingly looking for properties with committed sellers who can offer a speedy sale without tying it in with the purchase of another property. There are plenty of sellers that fall in to this category and equally committed buyers. To addr ...

How ‘Available’ is Your Estate Agent?

One thing the team here at Wilkinson Grant & Co has in common is that we’ve all bought and sold homes in the past. This means we have walked a mile in our clients’ shoes and can see our business from their perspective. We were discussing this in our office this week. One of the biggest frustrations we each had with our individual dealings with estate agents was how hard it often was to speak with them. Basic stuff, but very important when you’re making what will probably be the b ...

Black Friday? No thanks!

Black Friday sales are living proof the world’s gone mad. Why do people queue up for hours, then grapple with each other like they’re recreating a wildlife scene from a Sir David Attenborough show and all for the sake of a marginally cheaper telly baffles me. At Wilkinson Grant & Co we enjoy a bit of retail therapy like most people but when it comes to Black Friday we say thanks, but no thanks. It’s not just Amazon sellers, supermarkets and other online retailers, who believe ...

So we’re heading out of the EU – Or, ARE WE? We live in uncertain times but one thing is for sure – the whole Brexit business could certainly have been dealt with better. There’s been a LOT of meetings and a LOT of talking. Having spent the past forty years negotiating property sales here are some tips I feel we should have shared Theresa May’s negotiation team. The principles also apply to buying or selling a property. Be diplomatic – You’re acting with our nation’s ...