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Autumn’s All Go

Autumn’s All Go

With the summer now firmly behind us, the market is active once again, and we actually find that we currently have far more buyers than we do stock but predict that there will be a run of properties coming onto the market in the run up to Christmas especially with the Stamp Duty deadline looming. […]

September Market Update

September Market Update

We’re not surprised that house prices, according to the Halifax, rose 1.6% last month That’s nearly 20% per annum when annualised (but don’t do that)! The combination of at least three months of pent-up demand, coupled with stalling supply as people hunkered down during lockdown made such an increase inevitable, especially when compounded by the […]

Proactivity Rules

Proactivity Rules

Estate Agents are generally an up-beat type. Selling property to the right buyer, quickly and at an impressive price requires a “can do, will do” approach that is unlikely to be found in a pessimist. Agents with a positive attitude are more likely to be able to identify opportunities on behalf of our clients. Combine […]

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link

Many property transactions form part of a chain of related sales. Of course, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and, as a national statistic, unfortunately one in every three chains will fall apart, often at the eleventh hour. This happens for a variety of reasons from one party’s mortgage glitch to […]

Save the Sale

Save the Sale

It is well documented that, nationally, around 30% of all sales arranged fail to reach a successful exchange of contracts. Fortunately, our success rate is much better than this average! However, the sales cycle can be frustratingly slow and the longer the sale takes, the greater the chance of it falling through. This makes it […]

August Market Update

August Market Update

As soon as the Brexit decision was “concluded” late last year, we were hit by the pandemic. Four years of uncertainty was condensed into a bottle neck of demand, which was then frustrated by three months of lockdown – and longer hair! But three months of hair growth does not require three haircuts – yet […]

When to pack?

When to pack?

You have decided to sell, but the thought of packing your home up can be daunting, especially if you have lived in the same property for many years. It is well known that a property sells more readily when it looks and feels like a home, rather than just bricks and mortar, so it could […]

Smarter ways of getting your price

Smarter ways of getting your price

One of estate agency’s fundamental tasks is to secure the highest price that an able purchaser will pay for your property in a given market. In an ideal world, we would have a hot-line to The National Lottery who would feed us with a regular supply of winners prepared to pay ridiculous prices for modest […]

Buy first or sell?

Buy first or sell?

For homeowners wishing to sell their property and buy another, it’s the classic dilemma; which do you do first – buy or sell? Typically, people initially investigate the market to find out what they can buy for their money. Inevitably, during this research they fall in love with the “ideal” property. As they have yet […]

STAMP DUTY

STAMP DUTY

Finally, after the pent-up frustrations of lockdown, we have some very good news to report: Firstly, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a substantial boost for the housing market with the raising of the SDLT (Stamp Duty) threshold from £125,000 to £500,000. This really is quite incredible and will save buyers up […]