Henry Pryor

Not exactly news…

Not exactly news…

The central London market has been under pressure since 2014 when the Government made changes to Stamp Duty and yet the subsequent fall in prices only seems to have shown up in the data now. Along with others I suggested that the market had peaked four years ago and since then have highlighted the gap between what sellers have been asking and buyers have paid. […]

How to make money in property?

How to make money in property?

Anyone who has been reading my blog or who follows me on Twitter will know that whilst I see some significant challenges ahead I still think you can make money in property. It may not be as easy as it once was – you can’t just buy something, sit on it and find it’s worth more six months later even if some people will accidentally […]

How to negotiate a house price.

How to negotiate a house price.

My friend Phil Spencer has written this useful guide for his new MoveIQ business. A bit like my Quick Check service MoveIQ will provide a tailored report on a property that you may be interested in purchasing. There are some great ‘how to’ videos and lots of Phil on camera explaining the in’s and out’s. So, where to start? Contrary to popular opinion – finding the home […]

Structural surveyors

Structural surveyors

I always recommend to clients that they commission a full structural survey of the property they are thinking of buying, it helps to ensure they sleep well having bought it! Some surveyors are, to be honest, dull and seem to struggle at a human level. What most people want is someone who can confirm what the state of the property is, report in layman’s terms […]

Home ownership just a dream for Millenials

Home ownership just a dream for Millenials

A report from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies published today suggested that middle earners (those on £24k-£36k a year incomes) were now half as likely to own a home as the previous generation but is this really that surprising and what if anything can be done about it? I spoke to LBC, to the BBC, to Eamonn Holmes on TalkRadio and finally to Lucrezia […]

Big discounts on top-end London property

Big discounts on top-end London property

An article in the FT today might be of interest to anyone concerned about the present market – in central London at least. It’s behind their paywall so I am reluctant to reproduce it here but would encourage you to subscribe if you don’t already. Of particular note is the paragraph that says “In 2017 homes in the most exclusive postcodes were sold at an […]

Stamp Duty receipts rose in 2017

Stamp Duty receipts rose in 2017

Despite warnings of a fall in transaction volumes and a slump in Stamp Duty receipts the latest numbers published by HMRC show a 16% rise in tax take to £9.5bn and an increase in the number of homes sold between £1m-£2m. Even for sales of homes over £2m there hasn’t been the predicted fall. I debated the warnings on the Today Program in December 2016 […]

What the papers say

What the papers say

The papers this week were full of property stories, some commenting in general, some on specific markets. The FT had an excellent summary of what’s going on in St James’s but it’s not exactly mainstream. Earlier in the week they provided a global round up in which they had been kind enough to invite me to comment. “That said, the top end of the London […]

Britains top 50 buying agents

Britains top 50 buying agents

Good news, there are at least eight better buying agents than me. Bad news, you’re going to need to subscribe to PrimeResi to find them! The second year of the incredibly helpful list of Britain’s top 50 buying agents ensures that the public has one place to go to find the very best advisors to help them source, evaluate and negotiate for the property they […]

BBC Business Live – 12th Jan 2018

BBC Business Live – 12th Jan 2018

Bovis Homes provide a trading update following a challenging 2017 with quality issues and Boardroom changes. Are they really making the most of the massive tailwind that comes from Government demands for more houses, action to simplify planning and the assistance that their consumers are getting from controversial Help to Buy? My comments to BBC Business Live.