Henry Pryor

Foreign buyers could be hit with more stamp duty

Foreign buyers could be hit with more stamp duty

First announced at the Tory party conference last September foreign buyers who speculate or just buy a property in the UK could be forced to pay a higher stamp duty rate of 1% under government proposals. Theresa May will launch a consultation this week on an extra level of tax for non-UK residents and companies who buy homes in Britain. As has been the case […]

How to talk down the price

How to talk down the price

Hugo Cox has written a piece in the Financial Times about the best ways to negotiate a deal when buying a house including suggestions from me and Property Vision. Buyers can bargain for a discount — no matter what their budget Securing big discounts on property is not only for the super-rich looking to swoop on a troubled market. Although the sale of mega mansions […]

Top Buying Agents – 2019

Top Buying Agents – 2019

Once again PrimeResi have computed the top 50 buying agents and listed them online. The 50 most influential, successful & connected prime residential property acquisition specialists in Britain, 2019

📻 Today program.

📻 Today program.

“Lower house prices doesn’t mean that they are more affordable” I explained to John Humphrys – as RICS issues a downbeat market update Today want to know what the impact of Brexit might be. I’m in the studio with Simon Rubinsohn from RICS.

My services for 2019

My services for 2019

Deals done in 2018

Deals done in 2018

Over half of my business now comes from the internet with 30% from Twitter so I pay a lot of attention to this new media and to Google. Over Christmas I put together a short summary of some of the deals I did in 2018 and used Twitter to promote it.

Don’t give up!

Don’t give up!

Buying a new home has the reputation for being as much fun as bereavement or relationship breakdown. Having to deal with huge amounts of money, people letting you down, having to do much of the work yourself and the nagging worry of Brexit or of a Corbyn-led government makes many people consider renting or just staying put. But courage, there is a market and for […]

“Let’s be clear: we’re not selling anything at asking price.”

“Let’s be clear: we’re not selling anything at asking price.”

A great article by Hugo Cox in the FT this morning may be of interest to anyone thinking of buying or selling and it goes a long way towards explaining whats happening not just in London but more widely across the South East. What is happening here now is what I think many other areas can expect in 2019. The FT operate a paywall so […]

Buy-to-let and tax

Buy-to-let and tax

I’d like to share a really useful and unusually clear note from St James’s Place Wealth Management that I was sent this week. It answers a question I am often asked – “what’s the situation with buy-to-let and tax these days?”. I hope you will find this as helpful as I have;- WHAT IS STAMP DUTY LAND TAX? Stamp Duty Land Tax is payable on […]

Nothing to see here?

Nothing to see here?

The Halifax (part of Lloyds Banking Group) have declared a drought – “Fewer homes have been on the market in 2018 than in any year of the past decade”, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender has said but is this the whole story and does it matter?  As I often remind people, always look at whose data is being used or quoted in a news story […]