What a week here at DM & Co., the last 7 days has seen a sharp rise in the number of properties coming to market.

I had referenced on social media during the week my gratefulness for the hardworking and commitment that the media team has shown over the last 18 months - leading to some incredibly exciting conversations that are taking place across the business and inparticular in B93 with sellers that are welcoming such a refreshing approach to agency and marketing. Saying that you’re different is one thing, evidencing it is really where we are starting to excel and stand out - so thank you, again to the team and those that are supporting the business.

As a business owner, it is a wonderful feeling that you get when a client stops you in public and thanks you for helping them, congratulating your staff and generally praising the team for all that they have done.

It was lovely to pop into The Forest in Dorridge after work yesterday, I am still on the alcohol free beers (day 50 today!)  and bumping into familiar faces and listening to the plans that the new owners have - if you haven’t already been, go and take a look!

Right, that’s enough from me, here’s the round-up from across the business!

“Over the last 12 months, the average rent achieved for properties let in Shirley - B90 3 was £973 per month. This is a +10% change on the previous 12-month period. So, we have really focused our attention in seeking more properties in this area with investors & applicants suggesting that there is a high demand for homes within the primary catchment area of Tudor Grange Academy. 40% of properties let in the past 12 months were flats, achieving an average rental value of £669 per month. Houses achieved an average rent of £1,248 per month. WOW! Have a property sitting vacant in this patch? I would love to hear from you and if you aren’t yet a member of The Landlord Club - why aren’t you?! - click to join here.- Gabrielle Argue, Lettings Manager

“Thank you - a great big thank you! The people that I have met this week, what a pleasure - you have all been so nice to meet and work with. Of the three properties that I took to market last week, two now have accepted offers on them. I have two new instructions coming to market next week and lots of fresh interest in existing properties. I am looking for more properties, especially in the £1m - £1.5m bracket, I have lots of buyers desperately seeking their forever home! The pace of the £1m+ market has certainly picked up with lots of families sat on equity and looking to jump whilst interest rates remain low.” - Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium

“Activity within B93 is still high with the team marketing 10 new properties so far in February, and 5 sales agreed this month so far before hitting Rightmove. We have homes across all price ranges so the buyers out there should be happy! The market is still fast paced, with sellers taking the plunge, and buyers waiting in anticipation. So far this year, across all offices we have seen over 1000 new buyers register with DM & Co., and in Dorridge alone 40% are first time buyers! This explains the high competition for those houses under £500,000, and most sales been agreed by best and final offers. It is so important to call the teams if you are searching for a property so that you don’t miss out!” - Lisa Smith, Sales Director - Dorridge

“It has been a great week for the Solihull office, stacked out viewing days on our pre-marketed stock! This is the very best way to view properties if you are in a proceed-able position. In particular the ever in demand properties for us are the 3 and 4 bed semi and detached properties in the B90/B91/B92 postcodes and the £350-600k price bracket.  If you have a property that you are looking to sell, please get in touch - saying you are different and being different are two very different things!” - Jo Sanders, Branch Manager - Solihull

“A week of proactive searching for more development opportunities to supply the current demand has been a successful one! Next week, we’ll be lining up buyers for five new sites in and around Solihull, four to be dealt with off market, one on. Interest in higher value new build property remains strong with a very positive response to our Links Drive, Solihull development in particular. Offers in at asking price for developer deliberation!” - Chris Evans, Land & New Homes Manager

Let’s be honest - selling your home is never going to be easy, there will always be something that doesn’t quite go to plan - what is incredibly important is how your agent reacts to these instances. If you would like to learn more about how we operate, please get in touch with the Solihull or Dorridge office on 0121 775 0101 or 01564 777 314 respectively.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Dominic Murphy

Managing Director – DM & Co. Homes

P.S. - For those that would like to get behind Solihull Moors F.C. - the home game on Tuesday evening has had ticket prices scrapped in favour of an ‘honesty box’ - find out more by following this link.