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The last few months have been an incredibly busy time for us as the housing market has continued to grow and gain strength. This trend has been seen across the county as the economy has seen signs of recovery and new schemes, such as the Help To Buy scheme, have helped first time buyers get onto the property ladder. May has traditionally been a busy month for estate agents and this year the month saw the highest house price increase ever recorded in May. Here in the office we have seen a big increase in the number of buyers and sellers looking for houses here in Norfolk and in our previous blog post we looked at why so many people choose to live in this part of the country. So, if you decide that you want to move to a new house in Norfolk where is the best place to start?

From the bustling city of Norwich to the choice of beautiful beaches it is no surprise that people who visit Norfolk often end up staying here permanently. For people who have lived in London all their life it can be quite a surprise when they visit East Anglia. The city of Norwich is very friendly with a huge range of restaurants, bars, cinemas and shopping centres. It is also a very safe city and has been voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK. Travelling around Norwich is very easy with regular buses and lots of cabs firms all at a much cheaper price than you would find in London.

With property prices rising and an increase in the number of mortgage applications being approved the housing market is continuing to grow at a fast rate. New figures reveal that in February average house prices rose by 0.7% and there has been a huge increase in the number of properties coming on to the market. This surge has meant that it is imperative that you ensure your house stands out when it is being marketed by your estate agent.

Our recent blog post discussed the important extras that should be added to your property viewing checklist such as finding out the broadband speed available at the property as well as whether you get a good phone signal. This week's blog post discusses the property viewing from the opposite perspective: how should you, as the owner of the house, prepare your property for viewings? It is important to be prepared when you know you have people coming round who are interested in your property. If you are selling your house it is very likely that you will be looking to purchase another property.

There was an interesting article in the Daily Telegraph this week about the role Google Glass can play in property viewings. If you have not heard of Google Glass before it is a new technology which is essentially a pair of glasses with a camera attached which projects a virtual display for the wearer to interact with. There has been a lot of discussion in the technology world about the role this new product could play due to the fact that the video it records is entirely from the perspective of the wearer. When it comes to selling houses estate agents have traditionally adopted new technology, such as QR Codes and smartphone apps, relatively early on and incorporated them into their business.

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