The secret to winning high value homes

What does your stock list look like at the moment?

If it’s like that of most other independent agents in the UK, it looks something like this:

Let’s say you currently have 50 properties on the market.

1 over £1 million (2%)
5 at £500,000 – £1 million (10%)
25 between £250,000 – £500,000 (50%)
19 under £250,000 (38%)

Total value of listed fees at 1%: around £170,000

Now imagine you could attract TEN new, high value homes, in addition to your current stock, AND at a higher fee. Say, 1.5%.

5 over £1 million (8%)
11 at £500,000 – £1 million (18%)
25 between £250,000 – £500,000 (42%)
19 under £250,000 (32%)

Total value of listed fees at 1%: around £170,000
New 10 high value homes at 1.5%: £123,000
Total new stock value: £293,000

That’s a rise in listed fees of 172%. For just TEN new homes.

The difference? These are high value homes. And listed at high value fees.

But how do you attract and win high value homes, without sacrificing any of your core revenue? After all, your bread and butter sales pay for office and payroll, so you need to make sure you still get the 2-bed terraces, and 3-bed semis.

These new homes are ADDITIONAL fees. And the best news is that you can attract, win and sell these homes with no additional resources.


Want to know how?

The answer is simple – but not easy. You need the very best property marketing.

The best photography, copywriting, brochures and boards. You also need to offer services your competitors probably don’t, like visual branding, home styling and twilight photography.


Bespoke property marketing

The following is a list of the elements of bespoke property marketing that we offer in our agency, AshdownJones:

  • Lifestyle photography
  • Drone photography
  • Twilight imagery
  • Professional copywriting
  • Vendor interview
  • Property styling
  • Property bespoke logo/branding
  • Printed magazine-style brochures, up to 20 pages
  • Specialist print finishes and formats
  • Bespoke for sale board

Opening in a new area, with 57 competitors, all competing for the same instructions, meant we had to do something different – radically and visibly different.

Set out to completely disrupt the market. We decided to attack with a three-pronged attack that formed our guiding principles:

1. We will only sell the very best homes in the very best places

2. People don’t want better, they want different

3. We need a niche of a sub-market – the sub-market is the unique homes, and the niche: we will only work with clients who truly love our marketing.

The majority of estate agents pursue mass market share, which results in lower fees secured, and a high resource cost; thus, lower profit. We made the decision to avoid the low fee cycle. Knowing that by charging the highest fees (1.5% against the highest competitor’s fee of 1%), we can afford the very best property marketing, and therefore attract the best properties and clients. By being selective and charging high fees, we don’t need to take on many clients each year, leaving us free to spend time with our small selection of clients, giving them a VIP experience, as well as time on growth strategies and success planning.

We knew we could differentiate ourselves most easily, quickly and effectively by creating a completely new level of property marketing.

The professional photography offered by our competitors is no longer a differentiator; we create lifestyle images of beautifully-styled homes.

A Ravensworth laminated tent-fold no longer impresses; a bespoke, magazine-style 16-page brochure wins us the very best fees.

A standard branded for sale board wouldn’t catch the eye of the homeowners we really want to notice us, so we created beautiful, bespoke boards, and our clients love them.

The secret to winning high value homes

Taking your property marketing to a whole new level can make your brand more aspirational, and so give you the confidence you need to walk into a £2million-plus home and win the instruction.

If you do what other agents are doing, you’ll get what other agents get. Don’t you want more for you, your team and your brand?


If you’re not sure where to start with bespoke property marketing, we can help.

My co-director Phil Jones and I are launching a new property marketing brand. Our mission – to enable and empower you to win the best fees from the best homes in your area.

We’re offering a ready-packaged service of bespoke property marketing, including:

  • Luxury brochure templates
  • Property styling training pack
  • Photographer sourcing
  • Copywriting services
  • Property branding
  • Bespoke board designs.

…all done for you. All you need to do is to offer it to your 14% of market. And we can even help you with that.

The secret to winning high value homes

We started from scratch, with no reputation, contacts or history of estate agency in our area.

By using bespoke marketing, to attract and win high value homes, we listed 50 homes in our first year, with a combined listing value of half a million pounds.  And now we are ready to offer it to independent agents, on an exclusive area basis.


Register your interest now

The Registration of Interest commits you to nothing at the moment, it’s just to enable us to manage the demand and make sure we don’t exceed our capacity. We’ll book a call to discuss the finer details, so you know exactly what the membership covers and if it’s a good fit for you. Then, once we’re ready to issue contracts, we will ask for a deposit to secure your membership.

Just answer a few questions about your agency here, and if I don’t already have a Registration of Interest for your area, you’ll get first refusal as soon as we go live. If you don’t register now, you risk your competitor getting in first, and you’ll soon be wondering how they are scooping up all the best instructions in your area!

We’re offering just ten foundation memberships, at a substantial discount. They will be offered to the first ten people that register, so take a minute out of your busy day and do it now, before you miss out.

Look forward to speaking to you soon

Sam and Phil

The secret to winning high value homes

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  1. John Ward 10 months ago

    Hi Sam
    We have a project in North Lancashire with beachfront properties in the mix. We are looking for new ideas to market and complete sales on these.