Basildon is a New Town which has expanded remarkably over the years and now has around 70,000 households of all types across its district. Basildon’s ‘typical’ household is a three bedroom terraced house of which thousands were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s, many by Basildon Development Corporation, a forerunner to registered social landlords.
Many of these properties have been purchased under Margaret Thatcher’s ‘right to buy’ scheme and which helped coin the phrase, ‘Basildon Man’. Basildon is a political barometer, as the Member of Parliament elected to it each General election temds to mirror the party that then forms the Government thereafter. The current MP is Steven Metcalfe, elected in May 2010, and his predecessor is Angela Smith who held the seat from 1997 until being defeated at the end of Labour’s last term of office. Mrs Smith is now Lady Smith, an honour bestowed upon her by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a tribute to her as his Parliamentary Private Secretary.
Famous Basildon types include Denise van Outen, the boxing champ Terry Marsh, Brian Bellow of Big ‘Bruvver’ ‘fame’, Depeche Mode and Alison Moyet.
Two of the eMoov team have previously plied their property careers in Basildon, competing with the likes of Kingswood Estates, Bairstow Eves, Douglas Allen and Abbotts, who are all relatively expensive estate agents charging around 1.25% to 1.5% in selling fees on average. This is in stark contrast to low cost estate agents such as eMoov who typically charge just £295.00 for much the same service…. photos posted on Rightmove, and many other property websites.
So this week, the eMoov team are delighted to have sold not one but TWO Basildon properties. First, a house in Great Knightleys, Lee Chapel North and just two days later a similar two bedroom property in rantree Fold, Lee Chapel South.
The total selling fee saving to those clients? £4808.00!
Why would you pay a Basildon estate agent any more?