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Selling your property with Macintyers

We understand that choosing an agent to sell your property is a big decision. On this page you'll find information about our property sales process - if you have any questions please get in touch with a member of our sales team - we'll be happy to help. 

Our team and combined experience is our greatest asset. Ben MacIntyre and the team have over 60 years Estate Agency experience between them and they are supported by an experienced Administration team, most of whom have worked for Macintyers for many years.

Being local, we all have local knowledge to assist buyers with many questions they may have when moving into the area. We also encourage and support our Negotiators to undertake professional training and qualifications through the National Associations of Estate Agents (NAEA). As well as experience, every member of our team has integrity and genuine desire to assist our clients with their move. 

Once you confirm you would like Macintyers to act as your Estate Agent, we will return to your property to take photographs and produce floor plans and particulars. This usually takes between one and two hours, depending on the size of the property. We are great believers that “a picture says a thousand words” and we will endeavour to get good photographs, possibly returning in brighter weather to improve pictures where needed. Likewise, the internal photographs will look better if the house is tidy and uncluttered.

Once draft particulars have been prepared, you will be given these, along with our Terms of Business and a Fact Find sheet to complete and return to us. Once you have read, checked the details and signed the Terms of Business we can proceed with marketing.

At this stage it is advisable to decide which Solicitor or Conveyancer you are going to instruct for your sale. If they are instructed at an early stage then they will be ready to send out a contract to your buyer, as soon as you agree a sale.

You will also require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when your property goes on the market. This is a regulated report on the energy efficiency of your property, with estimated running costs and a Recommendations Report included. This has to be available to potential buyers and we can organise this for you, if required. 

Solicitors will require all paperwork and certificates relating to your property. Preparing these documents when your property goes on the market should avoid complications once you have agreed a sale.

These include:

  • Planning Permission
  • Building Regulations
  • Fensa Certificates (For Replacement windows since 2002)
  • Electrical Certificates where required
  • Boiler Installations Certificates (For boilers installed since 1 April 2005)
  • Buyers Solicitors are increasingly asking for evidence that heating systems have been serviced and if you have not had a recent service it is worth having this done when your home goes on the market. 

Viewings will be arranged by prior appointment with you and we like to accompany wherever possible (always if the property is vacant). This takes the strain away from you, allows buyers to look at the house objectively and allows us to understand the buyers’ needs and reaction to the property.

We will always give you feedback after viewings. We hold keys for most houses we are instructed to sell and these are kept under a secure coded system. We never release keys to potential buyers, until legal completion has taken place. 

The Intenet has become a very powerful marketing tool and details of your property will be circulated to potential buyers and will go “live” on the main internet portals, including

Where requested we will erect a Macintyers “For Sale” board. They let buyers know the property is For Sale and usually bring in enquiries specific to the property.

We will advertise your property in our prominent double fronted illuminated window displays, which we rotate on a regular basis.

Our office locations in the heart of the busy Market Town of Brackley and Middleton Cheney are a great asset for buyers and sellers enabling them to call in, as they wish.

Once a buyer is interested in your property, we will work to negotiate the best price for you. It will always be your decision as to whether you accept, or reject an offer but we will give our advice on the situation of the potential buyer and the figures being offered. We may also be able to assist you in negotiating your purchase.

Once you have agreed a sale, the hard work will often begin. We will confirm the details of your sale to all parties, including the Solicitors. We will then communicate with all parties throughout the transaction, to assist and ensure matters are progressing forward. Again, our combined experience is most important, as many issues that can arise during a transaction will have been encountered before.

Contracts will be exchanged once your buyer and their Solicitor have all of their financial and legal preparations finalised. A completion date will need to be agreed prior to Exchange of Contracts and on exchange, the contract becomes legally binding with a deposit being paid by your buyer.

On Completion Day the balance of monies will be paid from your buyer’s Solicitor to your Solicitor and the transaction will be completed. It is only when we have confirmation from your solicitor that this has occurred, that we will hand over keys to your buyer. This does not happen at a set time but usually takes place between late morning and early afternoon. Prior to completion you will need to have emptied and vacated the property, cleaned and removed any rubbish and unwanted items and read meters. Keys will also need to have been left with us, in readiness for completion.

Macintyers are Members of, and Regulated by, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The RICS is the most respected professional body within the Property Industry and our membership indicates our commitment to working to the highest professional standards in the interests of our clients. This also confirms our commitment to working to high ethical standards, always putting our clients interests before our own.

Macintyers are also members of The Property Ombudsman which is a REDRESS SCHEME requiring adherence to a strict Code of Conduct and offering dispute resolution.

Macintyers are also licensed by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). 

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​Hannah Rawlings
​Hannah Rawlings Senior Negotiator 01280 701001
Frances Reader
Frances Reader Sales & Lettings Assistant 01280 701001
Mary Amos
Mary Amos Part Time Negotiator 01295 710110

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