William Gleave (now part of the JH Group) is a fully independent firm of estate agents based in Buckley, and covering the Flintshire area.
We cover all of Flintshire and the surrounding areas such as Buckley, Mold and Connahs Quay.
Residential sales. Lettings. Property management. New homes. Land. Investments.
At William Gleave, we are more than just a name above the door. The directors are actively involved in all aspects of the business, and are always available to discuss your requirements on a one–to–one basis.
We have cherry–picked the best staff in the area, and we also invest heavily in their training to ensure that we are always able to offer our clients the best advice and assistance.
Our sophisticated computer network gives us fingertip access to extensive databases covering every aspect of the local property market.
William Gleave (now part of JH National) have a wealth of experience when it comes to finding you a new home. Below we have put together this quick buyers guide.
Advice for first time buyers
Consider buying with a partner. Your preferred home and area becomes a more affordable proposition when you share the costs between you.
To ascertain if you would make suitable partners in a joint mortgage agreement, we recommend that you rent together first.
Always keep in mind the financial risks. If, for some reason, your partner were to become unable to meet her or his obligations, you and any other partners would be responsible for making up the shortfall.
We recommend taking out health insurance or critical illness cover.
Never, ever, enter into a mortgage agreement of any kind without drawing up a legal contract to cover any eventuality.
Making an offer
You may wish to haggle, but it may be wiser to offer the full asking price. This way, you will be seen as a serious buyer and may well avoid the risk of being gazumped.
Once your offer has been accepted, insist that the property is taken off the market. To discourage interest from other would–be buyers, have a ‘Sold’ board put up outside the property.
Keeping the chain intact
Every property is a link in the chain between buyers and sellers. If one or more of the parties involved drops out, the chain falls apart and everyone has to start the process all over again.
To minimise this risk, it’s important for everyone concerned to keep talking to each other so that potential problems can be spotted and sorted out before things go wrong. Make sure you stay in regular contact with your solicitor and estate agent so you know exactly where you stand at every stage of the process.
Be flexible. If you need to move in with your relatives or even rent another place on a short–term basis, do so. Anything to keep that chain intact and keep things moving smoothly.
Don’t be gazumped
There’s nothing more horrendous than being pipped at the post by a rival who comes in with a higher offer at the last moment. Here are a few suggestions that may reduce or even eliminate this nightmare:
Offer the full asking price and insist that the property is taken off the market.
Be reasonable with the seller and don’t make a big deal over minor points.
Emphasise that you’re happy to complete on a date which meets their timescale.
Keep it friendly! If they find you pleasant, honest and easy to deal with, they’re less likely to let you down.
Take out insurance. You’re obliged to do this before you instruct a solicitor, but it is very much in your favour as, if you are gazumped, you can be refunded all the fees you’ve laid out so far.
A few small changes to the layout, colour schemes and lighting in a home can make your property a magnet for buyers.
Advice on selling your house
Appearances count! A clean, recently decorated home will always score over a property that looks run down and in need of expensive refurbishment.
Look out for and repair a dripping tap or the odd cracked tile. Little touches like these can make all the difference between sale and no–sale.
While your house is on the market, it won’t hurt to call in a professional cleaning team on a weekly basis. Don’t forget to keep those windows sparkling, too.
Go for neutral colours. Face the fact that once you put your home up for sale, it’s no longer your home. This means getting rid of all those things that reflect your personal tastes. What pleases you may be off–putting to potential buyers. So go for neutral shades that won’t offend anybody, and chuck out or store any personal, religious or political objects.
De–clutter. It’s amazing the amount of stuff we accumulate over the years. But things that mean a lot to us may just be junk to others. Even worse, too much stuff takes up too much valuable space. Get rid, and instantly your home will look bigger, more organised and altogether more appealing.
At William Gleave we offer a wide array of rented properties. We offer advice to all our tenants, here is our quick guide to renting:
Advice for landlords
To safeguard your property, you need to choose a letting agent who understands the local market and who operates to the highest possible standards at all times. William Gleave meet both of these criteria. Because we use well–honed, consistent procedures coupled to tight training procedures we know no stone will be left un–turned and nothing will be left to chance.
We handle property from studio apartments to large detached country residences and over the years we’ve dealt with virtually every style of property in between. We know exactly what needs to be done to successfully let your property, agreeing the terms and length of tenancy, dealing with complex legal issues when dealing with large multi-national companies.
One of the keys to our success is professional marketing. Every property is available through our website which has links from search engines as Google and Yahoo and property related portals such as Rightmove.
We don’t just rely on our web advertising. We have regular features in the local press, highly visible ‘high street’ offices; sleek sign–written cars and smart to let boards. All of this means we are first choice for people looking to rent a home and this is great news for you!
If you would like any further help in finding the perfect rental property, why not arrange a meeting.
William Gleave Mortgages
Finding your ideal home or property investment is intrinsically linked to the most suitable method of financing it, at William Gleave Mortgage Services we can help you in this quest.
The recent financial upheaval has changed the mortgage market. Lenders are more cautious about what and to whom they will lend. Our mortgage advisers provide practical advice on how to get the most suitable mortgage.
Prior to making a recommendation we consider all available lenders in the market, tailoring the lender to meet the needs of either first time buyers, home movers or buy to let landlords.
There are many types of mortgage advisers, some only advise on the products of one company such as bank or building society advisers. Others operate using a limited panel of lenders this restricts the choice their clients have.
Our mortgage advisers look for suitable mortgage products across the whole market.
Our qualified advisers will discuss your requirements and then using our sophisticated system will find the most suitable mortgage for your personal circumstances.
With regards to mortgage protection for either life, critical illness and Income Protection we look across the whole of the market which means that our advisers can find the most suitable product for you.
Please call 01978 504023 for initial advice or use the contact form here.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
Flintshire Office Details
1-3 Mold Road, Buckley,
1-3, Mold Road, Wales, CH7 2JA, United Kingdom.