Selling a property every 12 minutes is an impressive statistic and it’s the online property revolution that’s allowed one agency to achieve this figure.
So whether you are looking to buy bigger, downsize, relocate or stay local, award-winning estate agents Yopa can ensure your journey is well managed and in safe hands and that’s great news if you live in South Wales and are looking to sell.
The hybrid online company, which launched in 2016 has helped more than 42,000 people buy or sell in the UK and its unique way of working makes it an ideal choice if you are looking for a change of scenery.
Selling a property no longer takes lots of time and Yopa can help maximise interest and demand, helping you get the best price, all with a smooth and positive service that could include everything from finding your mortgage deal to helping you source a conveyancer.
What about the area?
South Wales has a population of around 2.2 million people, which is close to 75 per cent of the country’s entire population. And these people live in diverse communities dating back to the Bronze Age to urban conurbations such as Cardiff, Swansea and Newport.
To the east of the region lie the counties of Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent, areas that were once industrial heartlands for the nation and today remain blessed with exceptional natural beauty, being close to both the Brecon National Park and the Bristol Channel.
Ebbw Vale, once home to a thriving steel industry now has a broad range of employment opportunities and a younger population. The majority of properties are owned rather than rented. The average asking price for a three-bed semi-detached is around £140,000 and up to £100,000 for a three-bed terrace. The town is considered one of the better value places to set up home in the south-east of Wales.
It should come as no surprise that a town named in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide should carry one of the highest average property prices in the region. Located on the River Wye and bordering Gloustershire Chepstow is home to the Welsh National horse race and a former Norman stronghold.
The average property price is in excess of £440,000, which is no surprise as around 75% of homes are three-bed or larger. Chepstow’s scenic views and proximity to Bristol also make it an attractive proposition.
With a selection of Victoria terraces, mid-century family homes and more modern and new build developments available, Wales’ third-largest city Newport is popular with homebuyers.
Newport’s position on the M4 and proximity to both the Severn Bridge and Prince of Wales Bridge means it is extremely well connected, with speedy rail services to Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol and other major UK hubs to boot.
Again, three-bed and above dominate the market, although those seeking something smaller are well catered for with more than 20 per cent of properties being two-bed. As for prices, the average sits at £269,000, which will open the door to a three-bed semi. One-bed apartments are available for around £90,000.
Fair fixed fees
While some estate agents charge a commission, a percentage of the final sale price, with Yopa, no matter what a property’s value, you will pay a fixed fee.
It means you could save thousands of pounds in fees* – potentially £2,872 when choosing Yopa’s fee of £999 based on a typical UK high street commission of 1.51% and an average UK house price of £256,405.
You will get the same if not better service you would expect from the high street and Yopa will market your property for a minimum of 10 months whichever bundle you select.
Not only that but for extra peace of mind there are three basic property sales bundles to choose from, so Yopa is sure to have one to suit your requirements.
There are three main packages to choose from with modifications to each – Core and Premium.
Pay Now: Priced from £999 (Core) it includes a dedicated agent, professional advert including floorplans and high-quality photos, access to an online control centre, For Sale board and listing on Rightmove, Zoopla, and PrimeLocation.
Pay Later: Again, priced from £999 and with everything above and payable after 10 months of the listing going live
No Sale, No Fee: The final option is flexibly priced, contact Daniel for more information. The package also includes a Viewing Pack for buyers and a Premium Listing on the major property websites.
Boost your bundles: You can add extras such as Agent-led viewings £300; Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) £85; Featured Property £149; Premium Listings from £99.
First up, a local agent will arrange to visit you and decide on a selling price for the property, explaining how and why they’ve arrived at that estimate.
Then it’s up to you to decide how to proceed. If you go ahead with the sale through Yopa, let the agent know and leave the rest to them.
True local agents
Yopa agents live locally and don’t work from an office, this means instead of customers spending their lunch break going to the high street agency, they will come to you.
Should you be considering moving to the Newport region, Daniel Pavitt is the Yopa agent to speak to. Born and raised in Newport, Daniel now lives in the Rogerstone/Bassaleg area with his wife, son, daughter, and four hens.
A true local who has been here for 26 years, Daniel plans to send his children to the same school he and his wife attended. As well as his extensive knowledge of the area, Daniel has six years of experience as a local estate agent.
“My area has everything a buyer could need, from lush green valleys and scenery to easy access to the English border and train links into Newport city centre.
“The city centre boasts a variety of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. The transport links are also excellent, with Cardiff only 10 minutes away by train.”
It is the mix of property and lifestyle opportunities that Daniel feels makes the area the ideal place to settle.
“You have everything from a lively city centre culture to rural, affluent villages as well as smaller populations offering unbelievable value for money.
“I particularly love Ridgeway/Allt-yr-yn, which has some amazing Victorian style character properties, views across the Welsh countryside and yet is a stone’s throw away from the city centre.
“Further up the valley you will also find a huge amount of terraced style properties offering great value for money”, he said.
Stay up to date every day (or night, or holiday) with YopaHub, your simple online tool. It’s easy to use, and it means you’ll never feel like you’re in the dark.
Just log in to see requested viewings, feedback from buyers, your valuation report, messages between you and buyers, and more.
YopaHub doesn’t replace your agent, and you don’t need to use it to talk to them; they’ll also be there on the phone and in person.
You can see the progress of the sale at any time, managing viewings, message the agent or interested buyers, review offers on the property as they come in and review the advert before it appears on UK’s major property portals, including Rightmove and Zoopla.
Yopa has one of the largest buyer databases in the country, which helps local agents match people to properties. This means sellers could find their buyer even sooner than expected.
The company can also support sellers with finding mortgage deals and sourcing a conveyancer, removing additional headaches as they navigate the process.
Daniel said: “Yopa can not only maximise interest and demand ensuring you get the best price for your property, but can also deliver fantastic service and help with the entire process ensuring a smooth move.”
Yopa has a number of titles under its belt, including best online agent 2019 in the ESTAS, best online and hybrid agent 2019 in the allAgents awards, gold winner of the 2019 UK Contact Centre Forums Awards and named the Best Online Agent by OnlineAgentPicker.
It is also rated excellent on Trustpilot based on more than 13,000 customer reviews.
For more details visit the website.