Hilton King & Locke opened in 2001 and the Directors, Mark Prieg, Leigh Gridley and Jann Prieg have over 50 years of combined estate agency experience. Choosing the right estate agent can be one of the most important decisions that you make. Property is our passion here at Hilton King & Locke and our focus is to always provide an exceptional service and exceed the expectations of our clients. We understand that buying or selling a home can be a stressful time but by offering a personal yet innovative service, moving home need not be such a challenging experience.
We have been careful to select staff we feel convey the professional manner in which the Directors operate at Hilton King & Locke. All of the staff you will deal with will have the same hunger for providing outstanding customer service and a real desire to sell your property for the best possible price. We employ staff who have been trained to an extremely high standard to qualify prospective buyers on their ability, motivation, and financial position to purchase property before allowing them to view your home. In order to ensure we are able to provide excellent local knowledge we are careful to recruit staff that live in the local areas. Our sales team are extremely proactive in contacting all potential buyers for our properties by telephone, email and post to ensure that as many potential buyers as possible are contacted about your property to ensure the very best possible sale price is achieved.
Extensive Internet Advertising on major websites. We also advertise our properties on www.rightmove.co.uk and www.zoopla.co.uk. These sites attract millions of visits from the moving public each month. The sites also offer the facility to feature external and internal photographs, floor plans, and full particulars of our properties which is extremely beneficial.
It goes without saying that the quality of the presentation of your home is extremely important. The first impression of a property is often a lasting one, therefore we are careful to produce high quality property particulars, which are not only accurate and informative, but also eye catching and interesting. They are prepared in full colour and will include excellent professional digital photographs. Once prepared they will be sent to you as the homeowner for approval and then circulated to our database of waiting buyers.
In addition to our high quality standard Property Brochures, we also produce Property Intelligence Packs for the properties we market for sale. A Property Intelligence Pack is a bespoke property brochure providing extensive information on your property including Ofsted results and distance from schools, the proximity of the property to shops and transport, plus other information on the area and planning. Buyers are able to browse through these brochures on line from our website and Rightmove etc. and provide all the information buyers need to make an informed decision about the properties they are interested plus further ensure our properties stand out from the rest. An example of this brochure can be found here.
High quality images are essential in modern day estate agency when most buyers start their search on line, it is essential that their attention is immediately captured by stunning imagery of your property. We work with Professional Photographers and a selection of internal and external professional photographs are taken to illustrate and highlight the best marketing features of your property and these will then be incorporated within the sales particulars, internet website, newspaper advertising and our Hilton King & Locke Facebook Search facility on social media. For those properties that are difficult to photograph we also have the facility to carry out elevated photographs and for the near impossible, the company we employ even has a drone that can fly above the property. If you choose to have professional photographs taken, then you will be required to pay for the photographs up front, but this cost is deducted from our fee when the property is sold by Hilton King & Locke. If however, you decide to take the property off the market with Hilton King & Locke and you have paid for the photograhs, these will be forwarded to you. All of the property images featured on this site are photographs of properties we have sold. Please click here for examples.
Floorplans are of course invaluable for illustrating the size and layout of your property. The photograhers we use, prepare floorplans as part of the professional photography package and therefore if you choose to pay for photographs, the floorplan will be included.
Your property will be featured in our prestigious and eye catching full colour advertisement in the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, covering areas including: Iver, Stoke Poges, Farnham Common, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St Peter, Beaconsfield and other surrounding villages. The description of the properties are carefully written in consultation with the sellers to ensure we attract the right type of buyer who will see the most value in your home. Within the advertisement internal and external photographs are used to ensure the best representation of our properties.
In the third quarter of 2015, it was calculated that more than 20% of the world’s population had an active Facebook account, which is approximately 1.55 Billion users. For the UK this percentage is far higher, with more than half the UK population regular users of Social Media. As a result of these remarkable figures, in 2016 Hilton King & Locke decided to integrate a property search facility into our Facebook page. This facility has proved to be extremely popular, users are not only able to browse properties for sale and to let whilst on Facebook, but also share property pages with their friends and family, who in turn share pages and as a result greatly increase the reach of the advertising for our properties.
Hilton King & Locke has been selected as the best independent estate agent by Relocation Agent Network to represent them in Iver. Relocation Agent Network is a division of Cartus, the premier provider of global relocation services, moving over 100,000 families every year. In the UK, Cartus uses Network members to help buy and sell homes for these relocating families. As a result of being chosen for membership we have access to out of town buyers moving to the area. Cartus limited act for many corporate companies and Hilton King & Locke benefit from being able to sell properties to their relocating employees. As well as relocating families moving with Cartus, the Relocation Agent Network helps house movers in other parts of the country by referring buyers and sellers from one area to another via the network of more than 1000 Estate Agency offices throughout the United Kingdom.
We currently have in excess of 5000 potential purchasers registered across our network of offices. Upon receiving your instructions to market your home, the property will be matched against our client database using our specially designed estate agency software. The system will then automatically provide us with a list of suitable buyers who will be contacted by telephone, and then the sales particulars will be posted or emailed to all interested parties.
Once interest has been generated in the property, appointments for quality prospective purchasers to inspect the property will be arranged at your convenience. We happily accompany prospective buyers around your property. Alternatively, if it is easier for you we are able to hold a key and show buyers around your property for you. We can confirm that our keys are held securely in a coded system, and that a member of staff at Hilton King & Locke will always accompany any prospective purchaser to view your home.
A property is generally most saleable when it first comes to the market and with this mind we recommend that an Open House event should be held to launch the viewings on the property. An Open House is not perhaps what the phrase suggests, potential buyers are still given individual viewing times but are grouped together, one after another, usually 10 – 14 days after marketing commences. The benefits of the Open House are that since viewings are perhaps all on one Saturday afternoon, it is more convenient for the seller, but also the event creates a real buzz around the property and more quality interest which in turn leads to receiving offers at the best possible price.
One of our key objectives is to ensure that at all times our vendors receive the best possible service and advice from us. In order to ensure that this is maintained we guarantee to provide you with a full progress report on a weekly basis. At this point we will discuss the marketing to date and any suggested amendments to our future approach. Our computer system also provides a print out of information on how many particulars have been sent out and viewing appointments have taken place including feedback to date and can be forwarded to you at any time during the marketing.
We guarantee to provide feedback on all viewing appointments the day after the appointment takes place as long as we are able to contact the buyer in question. At this point we will report any comments including feedback to date, this will be relayed to you whether it is positive or negative, as we feel that all feedback is constructive.
All offers received by us will of course be communicated to you at the earliest convenience. At this point we will advise you of the offer amount, the buying position, and relevant timescale of the prospective purchaser. We undertake to negotiate the best possible sale price we can for your property. Once a sale has been agreed we will liaise with the solicitors and estate agents involved in the chain and maintain our regular contact with you keeping you updated of all developments. Our aim is to ensure the sale progresses through to exchange of contracts and completion as smoothly and as quickly as possible.