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Living Al Fresco… Are you making the most of the sun?

Here at Ribston Pippin we have been enjoying the amazing sunshine recently and all the opportunities for some al fresco living… dining, relaxing, gardening and exploring the amazing countryside that we have right here on our doorstep!But, did you know that going out into the garden isn’t just great for fitness, health, wellbeing, leisure and pleasure… but having a well-kept garden can also add value to your property.   This property got snapped up and we think the gorgeous garden had a lot to do with it! https://ribstonpippin.co.uk/property/farnley-road-menston-ls29-6jp/Gardening is an upward trend with households enjoying gardening at an all-time high. It comes as no surprise that the overall gardening retail market is currently worth over an astounding £5bn annually.Outdoor spaces and al fresco living is becoming ever more popular and many more of us jump on the bandwagon when the sun is shining!Last year, a study* was carried out to find out how homeowners can make the most of their garden space to increase their overall property value. It revealed that the garden feature that adds the most value to a property is in fact - a shed or summer house! 82% of property professionals claim a decent-sized shed or summer house is the most cited feature to boost value.Check out the superb garden room at this property in Menston (which also has now sold!) - https://ribstonpippin.co.uk/property/norwood-drive-menston-ls29-6ge/The next on the list was a good quality patio or paving 76% and sturdy decking 62%.  This is crucial to have space to sit and enjoy your garden.  Additionally, comfortable seating is vital if you are trying to create a luxurious outdoor space. Simply bring all the comforts of the indoors to your patio, deck or other outdoor area via furniture, appliances and other amenities designed for alfresco enjoyment.Others that came high up on the list were secure fencing, walls or gates (72%), adequate outdoor lighting (66%) and water features (58%).A combination of these top garden features would come in handy when it comes to selling your property. The right garden can add anywhere between five to 20% to your property's value!Happy gardening! * Study by SellHouseFast.uk - in total they consulted 36 estate agents, garden designers and property professionals from across the UK

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Do we stay or do we go now?!?

At this time of year, many young people have secured places, started preparing and are getting excited to fly the nest to start their university journey. Others are just finishing their university courses and have decided to stay in their university towns and cities…Where does this leave parents, with their family homes starting to feel a bit empty?...Are you experiencing the empty-nest conundrum: do we stay or do we go now?!?Here at Ribston Pippin we know that this step can cultivate an empty-nest conundrum and many start to consider options for the future: do we stay put in our family home or downsize as the kids fly?While some people like the idea of staying put as empty nesters – to ensure they have room for children coming back to visit or space for future grandchildren to stay… a growing number are choosing to downsize and move to cities, retirement communities or bustling villages.Last year, figures showed that nearly 4 million homeowners over 55 plan to downsize – but it is convenience rather than the cash that is their biggest motivation, according to research from Prudential*.  The nationwide study found nearly half (47 per cent) of over-55 homeowners are planning to sell and move to cheaper homes.  Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) rated convenience as their main reason for downsizing compared with just 28 per cent who said they were doing so mainly to release cash for retirement.We understand that managing the emotional stress of downsizing a home can be a very difficult time in your life and the reasons for downsizing a home is not just the empty-nest syndrome but could be; convenience, financial, health issues or moving to be nearer family members who may have stayed in their university towns and cities.We can help you downsize…Change can be good but the transition can still feel uncomfortable.  Our trusted team are on hand to help give advice to those who are considering downsizing now or in the future or to help guide those who feel stuck in an empty-nest conundrum – should we stay or should we go!?!Lisa says: “Customer service is our life blood. We are really proud to be a small independent estate agent. We love that we have great relationships with our clients and that our service levels really are appreciated.  I think it's really key, to take the time to get to know clients and listen to their needs.“People are often afraid of the unknown. We can help you to plan, as best you can, what the future will look like and this can help diminish the emotional stress.“We can help you to identify exactly why you are downsizing, and revisit this goal often as you continue through the process.”  We recently helped Jackie Thomas move out of her family home of 25 years, she said: “Ribston Pippin were fantastic, trust worthy estate agents. Very supportive throughout and all the staff

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5 Years…and £100million…Wow!

You might well think we've been around forever! - but actually, Ribston Pippin was only born 5 years ago.  We're really proud of what we've achieved in that time and have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people find their perfect homes.... Let's have a closer look at what those 5 years have meant..- Human stem cells are successfully cloned...- Prince George of Cambridge was born...- Frozen", the highest-grossing animated film of all time was released... Quite a year wouldn't you agree!We're going to milk this 5 year anniversary malarky after looking over a few stats...!??These made us nearly choke on our cuppa.... We have sold over £100million worth of property The highest value property we sold was at £1,400,000, which we sold within a week Main Street is the most common address we have sold properties on Our most sold type of property is a three bedroom semi-detached property. We have carried out over 5000 viewings. We have sold 713 properties. We have carried out 2139 market appraisals/valuations. Our average asking price is £314065, our average achieved price is £301,480. We average 10 viewings to achieve a sale. We achieve an average price of 95.99% of asking price.Not bad for a little local estate agent eh

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Bank of Mum & Dad..Lisa comments on BBC Radio Leeds

With the news being released that the 'Bank Of Mum & Dad' is now the 9th biggest mortgage lender in the UK,  Lisa was called upon by BBC Radio Leeds to chat about this emerging trend amongst house buyers, as it was announced that  £6.5 billion is being lent by parents to their children this yearLisa wasn't surprised:She said: "I am not surprised - we regularly see substantial sums being offered by parents. They see it as an investment of their savings by helping their children. It is not just first time buyers - 2nd or 3rd time buyers with expanding families have parents who will put their hands in their pocket to help their children"Lisa also talked about the excitement people feel when they pick up the keys to their new home adding that they always give a gift of a bottle of fizz for them to toast their new home. Ribston Pippin really get to know local buyers and sellers so really feel a part of the process and being a part of the local community we get to keep in touch as families settle into the village too - we do love our job!Have a listen to the short interview on BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast

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