Sales picking up in Gloucester as Spring approaches, says agency
Sales are picking up at a county estate agency as staff prepare for a bumper spring and summer.
Abigail Howells, a negotiator at Movearound, said instructions and valuations were picking up as March approaches, leading to an increase in sales.
The 25-year-old spent three years in the property industry before studying law at the University of Gloucestershire. She has worked at the Gloucester agency, which deals with a wide range of properties across the city, since September.
"We had a lot of sales in December," she said. "And they have been building up since then."
She added those looking to sell their homes should do so as soon as possible in preparation for busy months ahead.
She encouraged potential buyers to be "open minded" and also look at properties just over their budgets as there was potential to negotiate prices down.
"Be quite open minded with broad horizons," she said. "Prices can come down so be flexible."
Movearound deals with properties ranging from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached homes. Abigail said middle to upper-end properties were selling particularly well, priced £250,000 upwards.
She said sales were strong across the city and confidence was up. She believes that part of the reason were signs of more flexible lending criteria by mortgage providers.
She added diversity and history made Gloucester a great place to live.
"There are all the different suburbs in Gloucester and these communities are all linked to the city centre hub," she said.
Movearound, which is based at Elmbridge Court, particularly focuses on working with families looking to move up the property ladder.