DHP Croft Property consultant Toby Cockcroft on a challenging but successful year

PUBLISHED: 16:20 25 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 20 February 2013

Toby Cockcroft (second from left) with his DHP Croft colleagues

Toby Cockcroft (second from left) with his DHP Croft colleagues

Property consultant Toby Cockcroft looks back over a challenging but successful year

It has now been a little over a year since I took the plunge and founded DHP Croft, a residential agency and property consultancy in Yorkshire, and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable if challenging experience.

I knew it wasnt going to be easy, as the residential property market is still emerging from the doldrums of 2008 - 2010, but I have been heartened by the support of a wide range of clients old and new, colleagues and friends.

In the last 12 months, Ive noticed there still remains a call for quality homes in the county and that top end houses priced realistically will sell. However, a large range of property remains unsold, usually because people having unrealistic perceptions about its value. Vendors must listen carefully to valuation advice if they want a successful sale.

Since launching last year, we have dealt with a wide range of properties from aspirational family homes to city centre apartments, picture-postcard cottages, mews flats, country houses and estates together with development sites and land.

As always, focused marketing, lateral thinking and attractive locations have been paramount to every success.

During the past year, there have been a number of transactions which have given me particular pleasure. One was Field House in the pretty village of Nun Monkton, between York and Harrogate, which went under offer within 24 hours. It sold for 745,000, which was a sensible price for a superb new-build family home in a brilliant location.

I have always loved Sandsend, one of the prettiest villages on Englands coastline, and the sale of cottages there, some of which were second homes, was particularly satisfying. The off-market acquisition of a Georgian farmhouse with land for 1.25m was a coup too.

Im now looking forward to the coming year, with hope that more success will follow. The next 12 months will be difficult in the market as a whole with pressures from Europe and on money-lending causing nervousness and prevention of property purchasing.

But there are still a good number of people who want their dream home and others who have to sell for personal or work-related reasons. Transactions will continue to take place and as long as the parameters between selling and purchasing remain at a level where people are comfortable, the Yorkshire property markets wheels will continue to turn.

For more information on DHP Croft, please visit dhpcroft.co.uk, email toby@dhpcroft.co.uk or call 01904 238222.

The print version of this article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life

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