How to stand out as a buyer
Buying a property in London or any other booming city requires a steady hand a brimming wallet. It may be an exciting time, but it can also be a nail-biting one as you queue up with other buyers to view properties.
The time taken from a home being advertised for sale to going under offer has fallen to its lowest level since 2007. In the last three months of 2013, it took, on average, less than eight and a half weeks to agree a price, almost two weeks less than in the same period of 2012.
As a buyer in a competitive market, it is important to be the most attractive candidate. Click Here to discover the experts important tips.
Mark Howell Director & Branch Manager
Mark has over 10 years of property experience and more specifically in Battersea. With both a strong sales and lettings background, Mark is well versed to advise on the ideal marketing strategy for your property in order to achieve your aims. Mark graduated in 2002 with a degree in Economics and Marketing and has worked in property ever since. He has only recently finished heading up the riverside lettings department for Knight Frank and is a qualified member of ARLA, so is the person to speak to about your letting investment. In his spare time Mark is a keen sportsman, loves cooking and can often be seen playing his guitar with his band! …Read more
Russell Smith Assistant Manager
Russell has worked in the Battersea market for seven years and has recently moved to help form the new and exciting team at the Battersea office. He consequently has huge local knowledge which is vital in advising both purchasers and clients alike. Russell has viewed and sold literally hundreds of properties in the Battersea area over the last few years which has helped him build an enviable reputation for providing accurate and professional information on values as well as the best marketing strategies for your home. Another total sports enthusiast, Russell has a degree in Criminology, and outside of work still finds time to play both tennis and football. …Read more
Tom Ward Director
Tom became the Director of aspire Fulham at the beginning of 2009. He has extensive knowledge of the Battersea & Fulham market having run two successful offices in the areas previously. He has worked in SW London for ten years.
Backed by his excellent and experienced teams, Tom has successfully grown market share and established aspire as the market leader wherever he has worked. Tom has one clear goal for the company, which is to make it the best it can be, both in forms of revenue and service.
On the rare occasion Tom is not actually at work, he is usually found spending quality family time with his wife Sara and daughter Lola-Rose.
Tom Firkin Negotiator
After graduating from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Sports and Coaching, Tom spent three years working for a recruitment and headhunting firm in the city. Working in a recruitment environment allowed him to develop many transferable business skills including negotiation and organisation. Outside the office Tom regularly plays tennis and rugby to a high standard and during the winter months skiing as much as possible. …Read more
Sophie Dobson Office and Administration Manager
After graduating with a degree in Child Psychology, Sophie went on to do a business course at Quest and we are extremely pleased she decided to start her career in property with aspire. Throughout her later life she has shown herself to have a steely determination to succeed and is extraordinarily organized. Her professional and enthusiastic approach to her job, coupled with her organization skills mean that aspire's Battersea office is in extremely capable hands.Out of work Sophie enjoys dance classes with friends and unwinding with yoga. At the weekends she can often be found walking around the beautiful downs and relaxing in the cosy pubs that Hampshire has to offer. …Read more
Vicky Sergeant PA and Marketing Manager
Vicky achieved an honours degree in International Fashion Marketing in Manchester however upon coming back to London she soon gave usurped the fashion industry for property where her natural organisational and communication skills have enabled her to thrive. She joined aspire in 2008 when the Battersea office was first launched. Her main role is to support the Directors and their team ensuring our marketing campaigns and website updates keep us as one of SW London's most successful estate agencies. At the weekend Vicky likes nothing more than a long walk in Richmond Park with her faithful Cockapoo, Nelson! …Read more