LAST year brought some real confidence back to the sales market – and already in the first month of 2015 we are seeing the property market show even further signs of recovery, with ‘sold’ signs appearing on every corner!

The Step is urging anyone who is considering selling their home this year to act now.

The Tyldesley-based property agency has decades of experience within the property market and is always happy to give honest advice to any potential vendors.

The expert team at The Step can’t stress enough that homeowners looking to move need to start selling before they start buying – would you accept an offer from a buyer whose own property is not on the market?

By all means, get an idea of what you would like to buy, ensuring your moving plans are viable. But before you start making offers you really need your property to be sold, subject to contract.

Estate agents rarely recommend that their clients accept an offer from a buyer with an incomplete chain.

A rare exception is where a homeowner with a highly saleable property – perhaps one in the catchment of a popular school – is selling to buy in the same area. In this case the seller can afford to sit tight and will probably find an estate agent very keen to get their property on its books.

The leading estate agents at The Step are also urging landlords to come forward on the back of the continued demand for rental properties in the local and surrounding areas.

The recovery of the property market presents a huge opportunity for local landlords, and The Step paints a positive picture for those entrepreneurs and investors who are considering a move into the buy-to-let market.

ARLA member Janeve Sleeman, The Step’s residential lettings specialist, said: “This time last year we were experiencing a severe drought in rental properties, but we are now happy to say that this is no longer the case. Lettings are booming!

“New applications for rental properties are being received on a daily basis, and as soon as a new rental property goes on the market it is getting snapped up.

“The current environment also means we are in a strong position to achieve maximum rental value for your investment.”

The Step specialises in residential sales, commercial and lettings.

Renowned for its professionalism and top quality advice, The Step provides a fully managed letting service which deals with every aspect of property lets, from valuing properties for monthly rentals to marketing, viewings, credit checks, full tenant referencing and production of rental agreements, comprehensive digital inventories and quarterly inspections carried out on a unique iPad app designed by the owners specifically for residential inventories.

The Tyldesley-based firm also provides a 24-hour emergency helpline for tenants and has the latest lettings software, which ensures a flawless service. The team at The Step are excited for the year ahead due to the increasingly impressive firm ending 2014 and beginning 2015 as being ranked the ‘number one agent’ in the local area on the UK’s most popular property portal and hailed as the fastest growing agent in the area.

The Step has also welcomed a new team member, Jason, on board this month and is confident that its success story will continue this year and beyond.

Call The Step now for your free market appraisal on 01942 895940 or call into the office at 188 Elliott Street, Tyldesley, M29 8DS.