Investing vv speculating.

Investing vv speculating.

Just recently I have been asked to help a string of new clients wanting to invest in residential property. As with all clients I start by trying to understand what their brief is so that I can sketch options and advise on a course of action. Maybe it is just because I have had half a dozen in the last month but I heard myself […]

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London house prices on the slide?

London house prices on the slide?

My comments to BBC London’s Vanessa Feltz on house prices in and around the Capital.

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BBC Breakfast 22nd Oct 2017

BBC Breakfast 22nd Oct 2017

To Manchester to discuss the Governments rather strange decision to launch an 8 week consultation on a Sunday into the process of buying and selling a home with contributions from Dipti Tait, a first time buyer and Paula Higgins from The Home Owners Alliance. Two ‘hits’ mean that there was some repetition but an important topic albeit at a time many might have preferred the […]

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I told you so…

I told you so…

  When she was property editor at The Telegraph Anna White wrote a piece in August 2014 in which she questioned the prevailing wisdom that the market could continue to roar ahead, stoked by Government initiatives like Help to Buy and continuing record low interest rates. She had spoken to agents, research folk and to lenders and it was becoming clear that there was some nervousness. […]

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Buyers, take your time!

Buyers, take your time!

In interesting survey from mortgage lender First Direct has found that the typical home buyer spends just 30 minutes at a property before making a bid. Basic details are not checked like the service history of the boiler leading to additional costs once they have bought. The survey suggests that by failing to ask basic questions the typical home buyer spends an extra £7,500 on […]

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You & Yours – 14th Sept 2017

You & Yours – 14th Sept 2017

Frustrated Marco Nardi has had to reduce his asking price for his Kensington home by £1m. What does this mean for the wider market asks the lovely Shari Vahl on You & Yours and for those renting too? Marco’s home was on the market first with Chesterton at £4.75m but is now being offered for sale by Knight Frank.  

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Good legal advisors

Good legal advisors

People often under-estimate just how important a good property conveyancer is to the house moving process. I’ve worked with hundreds over the years and whilst there are many who I would recommend (like Messrs Waugh & Cº) that you should steer clear of the following individuals have done sterling work for clients in the past and I would heartily recommend them. Just like agents some […]

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Good financial help

Good financial help

A mortgage broker and a top financial planner can make or break a deal and whilst there seem to be more than half that are ‘below average’ there are surprisingly few that I have had first hand experience of and can heartily recommend. I beg you NEVER to use a mortgage advisor that an estate agency or developer has in-house, the potential conflicts are just […]

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“Price is what you ask, value is what you (eventually) get”

“Price is what you ask, value is what you (eventually) get”

There’s been a lot of talk this past week of the third of all homes on the market that have had their asking price reduced at least once. Reading apparently is where this is happening the most and on the big website Zoopla you can see evidence of these reductions displayed for all to see. I maintain that the asking price is usually just an indication […]

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Ignore asking prices

Ignore asking prices

I frequently remind people that there are no rules or laws covering what you can ask for a property. I tend to assume that what I see quoted is either an indication of the greed of the owners or a demonstration of the agents enthusiasm to get the job. A guide price isn’t a “if you offer me this then I’ll sell it” figure, it […]

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