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PropertyLive.co.uk Regional Press Release
2 June 2009
FIRST REGULATED PROPERTY SEARCH SITE LAUNCHED
Propertylive.co.uk goes live in Dumbarton and Alexandria
The National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP) has launched the first web portal to guarantee users that they will only deal with a qualified agent.
Propertylive.co.uk will be the only site to offer peace of mind, as consumers have a guarantee that they will be dealing with one of more than 13,000 accredited professionals.
PropertyLive.co.uk features both residential and commercial rental and sales properties from across the UK and overseas.
David Muir of David Muir Estate Agents said: “As we all know too well, the next few months promise to be very challenging, but there is some hope as there are more buyers entering the market in the local area.
“Sellers need to ensure that there property is marketed professionally by agents who have knowledge of their local market, but also access to a national database such as propertylive.co.uk.”
All agents have satisfied the high standards that membership demands to create the property search web site. With access to more than 13,000 agents, users will be able to reach local agents with specialist knowledge of the markets they operate in.
“As the only site that is run by accredited professionals, the portal will be unique in guaranteeing that any agent displaying a property is bound by strict codes of practice – this will ensure that the highest standards and professionalism is maintained,” explained David Muir.
Unlike many other portals, agents who are members of NAEA, ARLA, ICBA and NAVA will be able to give feedback to the site, to improve local awareness and ensure that it offers the best service to users.
Every agency in the country with a Principal, Partner, or Director NFOPP member will be invited to subscribe to upload properties. PropertyLive.co.uk will provide the most extensive selection of residential and commercial properties in the UK and overseas.
Aimed at people wanting to buy or rent properties, the site has been designed to improve the ways in which the property community can effectively communicate with their customers. PropertyLive.co.uk will also endeavour to link back to agents sites wherever possible and will provide a comprehensive online resource for consumers.
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For further information please contact:
David Muir MNAEA
David Muir and Company
For further information on NFOPP or PropertyLive.co.uk please contact:
Tel: 020 3128 8140
Mob: 07875 705 732
Home Report Properties
Home Report Properties
All of our Home Reports are available on line to assist interested buyers in making a decision faster and in the knowledge that they have available the full facts available before they purchase.
David Muir & Company is a family owned business, established in 1992
David Muir & Company is a family owned business, established in 1992. Our reputation is paramount and we continue to maintain extremely high standards. To this aim we are proud to be members of the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) and as such abide by strict rules of conduct and ethics, as well as a commitment to training, development and new technology.
10 Reasons to use David Muir & Company
1. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
David Muir, MNAEA, the owner of the business, has been dealing with property matters for 25 years and has an in-depth knowledge of the local property market.
2. FREE PRE SALE ADVICE & VALUATION
Selling your home is one thing, getting the best price is another. Achieving a result within a given timetable may also be an important consideration. The first step in selling is market appraisal. In their haste to obtain an instruction from you, other agents may provide you with an inaccurate and unrealistic valuation. All of our valuations are backed by experience of local market conditions and comparable reports, ensuring thorough appraisal with diligence & care.
3. BRANCH OFFICES LOCATED IN VERY PROMINENT POSITIONS
This means that anyone seriously looking to buy property in the area is likely to call into us. If your property is on our books then it will be offered to all of the prospective buyers, resulting in a quick sale and at the best price. We are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to noon Saturday.
We operate sophisticated, targeted marketing, which produces excellent results.
We use various methods to achieve this including:
· Local Journals
· Specialist Publications
· Direct Marketing
5. MEMBERS OF OEA
OEA Scheme Members agree to abide by the OEA Code of Practice. This sets out a framework within which Members must operate and sets the standards of service they should provide.
6. MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ESTATE AGENTS (NAEA)
Why choose Second Best
David Muir and Company is delighted to advise that each and every member of their Estate Agency staff has qualified as members of the NAEA.
By choosing David Muir and Company to sell your home you are guaranteed to be dealing with an expert.
Not every Estate Agent can say this!
7. NO HARD SALES TACTICS
We understand that moving home can often be a traumatic experience, and some people need more time than others before making a decision to buy and/or sell. Consequently we pride ourselves in offering as much help and advice as you need, but never try to push you into making a rushed decision.
8. TECHNICAL RESOURCES
Whether you are buying or selling, fast efficient communication is the quickest route to a successful outcome. David Muir & Company keep pace with the ever changing IT world, we are totally computerised, with an easy to use website (www.davidmuirestates.com.uk ), colour detail emailing, sms texting for new property instructions, laser printing, virtual tours, virtual private network for inter office processing and communication. Our property management system has state of the art technology and allows buyers and sellers alike to access property details, images, floor plans and maps at the touch of a button. David Muir & Company won the e-business company of the year (2005) category at the Scottish Enterprise (Dunbartonshire) awards.
9. FAIR FEES
Like most things, you get what you pay for. We offer a professional and friendly service at a reasonable price, but we are not a cut price agency. When dealing with a property that is worth tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, it is not worth taking a risk to save a few hundred.
Senior staff have unrivalled experience and knowledge acquired over many years of living and working in the local area.
Does your estate agent measure up
Whether buying or selling, make sure you use an NAEA member
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is the UK’s leading professional body for estate agency personnel, representing the interests of over 10,000 members who practice across all aspects of property services both in the UK and overseas. These include residential and commercial sales and lettings, property management, business transfer and auctioneering.
Whether you are looking to buy, sell, let or rent a property, the first principle when searching for an agent is to check that they belong to a professional body like the NAEA. This is because all members have to complete a minimum entry qualification and are bound by rules of conduct to offer you a fair deal, without overvaluing your home. They also provide access to a complaints procedure and a solid understanding of the market. Selecting an agent who is a member will ensure your peace of mind, as well as the highest level of integrity and service.
The National Association of Estate Agents is dedicated to the goal of professionalism within high street estate agency. Its aim is to reassure the general public that by appointing an NAEA member to represent them they will receive in return the highest level of integrity and service in both sales and lettings. So whether you are looking for a local estate agent, or one further a field, start here by selecting a member from the NAEA list.
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a complaint is made and to abide by whatever that judgement is.”
Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire’s 12th Annual Business Excellence Awards
David Muir & Company are one of several companies throughout West Dunbartonshire celebrating, after scooping honours in a top annual business awards scheme. Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire’s 12th annual business excellence awards highlighted the success of of large and small firms throughout the area.
The event held at Balloch’s Cameron House Hotel, hosted by television presenter Jackie Bird attracted entries from around 200 companies, many of them local. One winner was chosen from 3 finalists in each of the nine award categories, showcasing business talent and drive.
Dave Anderson, chief executive, Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire, said “The awards continue to underline the diversity of companies in our local community.”
David Muir & Company won the award for excellence in e-business as they were deemed to have embraced and adopted digital technologies to transform the way they do business, shown successful implementation of new technologies and demonstrated an improvement in business performance as a result.
As the winning organization were judged to have researched and implemented e-business technologies to fulfill a need – either to improve internal effectiveness or to create new and better ways of interacting with customers. The success of implementation has been effectively measured, and the impact on the overall business performance clearly identified.
David Muir & Company are looking at how to continue this investment by monitoring and implementing appropriate new technologies as they emerge in the market place.
Get the Asking Price Right
Get the Asking Price Right
A recent survey by WHICH? Showed that valuations can differ by up to 63 per cent on the same property. Don’t be flattered by a high valuation, be sceptical. Former estate agent Davis Davies says, ‘When an agent values your property, get him to show you details of comparable properties recently sold at that price. If he can’t, choose another agent.’
The golden rule is to aim for a competitive asking price. ‘The more competitive it is, the more interest you will have, and the more interest you have in your property, the better price you will sell for,’ explains Richard Hair, former President of the National Association of Estate Agents(NAEA).
‘Also, don’t tell agents what you think your property is worth until they’ve given their opinion,’ says Richard. ‘Otherwise they may quote a figure just above yours and then, once your property has been on their books for a week or so, simply reduce the price.’
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