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Be competitive. Never give up. Obey the rules.

These are the words of our founder, John Fisk. They perfectly encapsulate the powerful competitive spirit that helped him launch Fisks over 50 years ago and continue to guide us to this day. Just like John, we get the job done with honesty and integrity, and won't stop until we achieve our goals.

As Estate Agents in Castle Point and members of PropertyMark, as both estate agents and letting agents, Fisks are experts in the sale, letting and management of residential property. Drawing on almost 60 years of local experience and based from high street offices in Benfleet and Canvey, our specialists can advise on all property with specific knowledge of the surrounding areas, local land and property development opportunities along the North Bank of the Thames.

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Buying property investment on your own? Here's what you need to know!

You can actually invest in property such as buy to let and benefit from both rental income and increased equity as the piece of real estate increases in value. Interest rates are quite low and the potential of property increasing in value is so high today that buying a house might turn out to be a very rewarding exercise. Even so, before you put in your money there’re a number of things you need to know. Take time to understand the market fully Investment experts recommend that no matter how lucrative and potentially rewarding a property is you take time to understand it.  You must understand the benefits fully and the potential risks there in.  For instance, if you’re interested in buy-to-let, ensure it’s absolutely what you want and that your investment isn’t better elsewhere. Buying a house might involve committing lots of money to a piece of property and seeking a mortgage. In future, increase in house prices will see you making huge gains from the mortgage debt while a fall in prices will see your deposit severely hit without a change in the mortgage. Investing in property has worked for many. To understand what awaits you, take some time to talk to a friend or acquaintance who’ve invested in property before. Location is key  Investing in a property mean you must mind the location. For buy-to-lets, it must be a very attractive and safe place to live in for all types of potential tenants and property buyers, not necessarily yourself. If the area is crime ridden and lacking in critical amenities it won’t draw anyone’s interest. Essentially, you must ask yourself why anyone would love to live in the area and in that property. Perhaps it’s ease in accessing public transport or proximity to good schools. Be fully convinced about the factors that make the property a prime investment. Understand the maths involved  Prior to committing yourself to search for a house to buy take time to understand the prices of houses you’ve in mind and rent involved if you decide to let. For instance, most investors in buy to let seek a rent covering 125% of their mortgage repayments to about 150% and would require 25% in deposits or more. Once you’re clear about the possible rent and potential mortgage rate decide whether the investment is worth it, factoring in maintenance work involved. Don’t forget insurance After purchasing a property with lots of expensive and appealing features most people just want to have it insured. Even so, most insurers will only cover damages for houses that haven’t been occupied for about a month. If you can’t practically occupy the new property you could go for unoccupied home cover available for three to nine months. Hands on or hands off? Do make up your mind whether an agent is better off managing the property for you or if you’ve the time to do it yourself. Note that management fee will be required if you decide to use an agency but you won’t have to deal with emerging problems such as searching for plumbers, painters or electricians. If you did it yourself, you’ll need time for repairs, promoting the property, availing yourself for viewing among others. Make up your mind how hands on you want to be....

The history of Benfleet

By learning more about the past of where we live, we can all appreciate and love certain landmarks and historic sites more than ever. So here’s a brief overview of the history of Benfleet and how it came to be the town it is today! Benfleet from the start Up until the time of the first Great War, Benfleet was a country townlet of four to five hundred people. Most of them lived in cottages grouped about the lovely (mainly 13th century) Church, with three inns – the Hoy, the Crown and the Anchor – as focal points. Below the Church was the railway station on the main line from Fenchurch Street to Southend. Beyond that was the Creek separating Canvey Island from the “mainland”. Behind the village rose the wooded hill near the top of which the Vicarage had been built in 1852. There were a few outlying farms and a scattering of houses; but the main impression must have been of a sleepy, isolated country parish, overlooking Canvey to the broad waters of the Thames Estuary. The inhabitants mostly made their living by agriculture, with a few boatmen and boat-builders and small tradesfolk. Canvey Island Canvey Island was once little more than a mud-flat, reaching out into the Estuary, partially covered by water at high tide.  In the 18th century, Dutch engineers built a strong earth wall all round it, where half a dozen farmers tilled the rescued soil. Growth of the population After the war the attractions of both Benfleet and Canvey as places to retire to brought along an increasing number of residents, mostly from the eastern parts of London; others found that, with a one-hour train service to London, it was practicable to live in the country and work in town. Further, Canvey’s possibilities as a seaside resort were discovered and exploited to good effect.  For the East End Cockney there was a lot to be said for beaches little more than an hour’s journey from Bethnal Green. By 1927 this post-war “development” was in full spate. Planning was primitive to non-existent; restrictions on type and quality of building were ignored. A dozen or so tracks, compact of grass, weeds or dust in summer, and of squelchy mud in winter, were designated as roads and lined irregularly by bungalows and villas, often of the cheapest materials and crudest design. So it was that by 1927 Benfleet’s population had risen to two thousand, and the majority were new-comers. The Battle of Benfleet The Battle of Benfleet took place between the Vikings and Saxons in 894 A.D. This was towards the end of the Saxon period, and the Thames and other waterways made the area vulnerable to Viking attacks. Benfleet was used as a Viking base. However the Vikings were defeated in the battle by the army of King Alfred under the command of his son Edward the Elder and his son-in-law Earl Aethelred of Mercia. Subsequently a church was built by the Saxons in thanksgiving for the victory over the Vikings. St Mary's church is the most recent church building occupying this site. South Benfleet School South Benfleet School was opened on its current site on April 9th 1926 as an ‘all age’ school, to serve the educational needs of the whole of South Benfleet. The school was built to replace the 'Old School' situated in School Lane near the station (now a car park!). Benfleet Downs The Benfleet Downs are also known as Hadleigh Downs, and they form an escarpment overlooking Benfleet creek and Hadleigh Marshes. The public had been allowed access to Benfleet Downs by the Barnes family who owned some of it. One of the last acts of the Benfleet Parish Council was to purchase 30 acres of The Downs in 1929, with a view to it becoming a public open space. Today the downs and the marshes form part of the Hadleigh Country Park, or Hadleigh Castle Country Park, which affords walks, cycle routes and bridle ways. They give an impressive panorama over the River Thames to the hills of Kent and imposing views of Hadleigh Castle....

BOOST your property’s kerb appeal

If you didn’t know by now, first impressions count. That “WOW” factor is essential to turn heads. Growing plants is one of the most sure-fire ways to increase that all-important kerb appeal. Height matters Now is the time of year that sweet pea seeds can be sown outside - preferable in a pot with a wigwam to crawl up. You can easily construct your very own wigwam with bamboo and a bit of twine. This is cheap and cheerful but always looks shop-bought. Sweet peas are also great cut flowers, too - before showing off your amazing property, why not pop a few of them in a vase around your home to connect your outdoor and indoor spaces better. Think again when thinking of dahlias and begonias Even though they are fan favourites, summer flowers like dahlias and begonias don’t handle the cold weather very well, and therefore might not be your best choices when planting this time of year. If you want to plant them then keep them sheltered - pot them in the garden shed until the cold weather is out the way for good. Self-sufficient If you’re a landlord and looking for something that’s low maintenance, then look no further than daylilies. Beautiful, bright, and tough, these come in many different colours and look immediately at home along a pathway. If your new tenant doesn’t have a green thumb, these flowers will keep their kerb appeal with no effort needed. For quick colour This is the perfect time of year to start removing those dying (or dead) winter plants. While you’re cleaning up your garden beds and planting your new flowers, why not consider where you’d put things like hanging baskets and new garden pots. Next month, around mid-May, you should consider things that are easily removable if you’re planning to sell. Filling that pot When it comes to looking for plants for your pots, we’re all different, but we all probably want something tall, colourful, and attention-grabbing. Here’s how to plant a pot accordingly... The Thriller The thriller should bring the height - which is why ornamental grasses are often used here. This is a great opportunity to naturally set the theme and colour of the pot. The Spiller The spiller is something that cascades over the edges of the pot. Ivy or trailing begonia will make the whole display feel more bountiful and eye-catching. The Filler The filler’s aim is to fill out the display and cover any bare spots. Lobelia, petunia, and coleus are all great choices here....

WHY CHOOSE FISKS AS YOUR ESTATE AGENT WHEN SELLING

When it comes to selling your property, choosing the right estate agent can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth and successful transaction. With numerous options available in the market, it's essential to select an agent who not only understands your needs but also has the expertise and resources to maximise the value of your home. Extensive Market Knowledge Our estate agents at Fisks have a deep understanding of the local property market and trends. They actively monitor fluctuations in prices, demand, and property types, allowing them to provide accurate valuations and recommend competitive selling prices. By tapping into this knowledge, you can optimise your property's potential and attract serious buyers. Wide Network of Buyers Owing to their extensive experience in the industry, Fisks have developed strong connections within the local market. They maintain a database of potential buyers actively seeking properties, enabling them to match your home with qualified purchasers efficiently. This network gives you an advantage, ensuring your property reaches the right audience within a short timeframe. Tailored Marketing Strategies Effective marketing plays a critical role in creating interest and demand for your property. Fisks employ a range of marketing strategies tailored to your unique needs. From professional photography and virtual tours to targeted online advertising on social media, our approach increases your property's visibility and enhances its appeal to prospective buyers. Negotiation Skills Negotiating a fair price is a crucial aspect of any property transaction. Our estate agents possess excellent negotiation skills, honed through years of experience in handling various deals. They will negotiate on your behalf, ensuring you achieve the best possible price for your property. Efficient and Smooth Transactions Selling a property involves various legal and administrative procedures, which can be overwhelming for someone unfamiliar with the process. Fisks are well-versed in the necessary paperwork, ensuring that all legal requirements are met, contracts are drawn up accurately, and deadlines are adhered to. Their expertise minimises delays and uncertainties, facilitating a smooth and hassle-free transaction. Expert Advice and Guidance Navigating the complexities of the property market requires expert guidance, and our team are here to provide it. They will offer tailored advice on enhancing your property's marketability, suggest cost-effective improvements, and guide you on how to present your home in the best possible light to attract potential buyers. With their industry insights, you can make informed decisions at every step of the selling process. Continuous Support Selling a property can be a time-consuming and emotional journey. Fisks provide constant support, guiding you from the initial valuation to completion. They will keep you informed about market updates, buyer feedback, and provide regular progress reports. Their dedication ensures you remain well-informed and supported throughout the entire selling process. Conclusion Selling a property can be a daunting task, but with the assistance of Fisks, the entire process becomes more manageable and rewarding. Their extensive market knowledge, wide network of buyers, tailored marketing strategies, negotiation skills, efficient transactions, expert advice, and continuous support ensure that you achieve the best outcome for your property sale. Entrusting your property to our estate agents will not only save you time and effort but also maximise your property's potential and facilitate a smooth selling experience....