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 mortgage brokers

Good mortgage brokers

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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The Leasehold Scandal

The Leasehold Scandal

After much hard work and pressure from the likes of Sebastian o’Kelly and others the scandal of leasehold houses and the abuse of the system has caught the public attention. Speeches by Peter Bottomley in the House of Commons and newspaper articles have all shown the worst excesses and there have been a lot of case studies that have come forward to highlight the issue. […]

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Ten years of commentary

Ten years of commentary

It was a slow New Year when the FT filled a valuable space on page 3 with my musings on the state of the market that led to my first interview in January 2007 on the Today program. Through the Credit Crunch, the coalition Government, three General Elections, Autumn Statements, Budgets, changes to tax, the introduction of Help to Buy I’ve been invited to comment […]

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RiCS monthly housing survey

RiCS monthly housing survey

Every month we get data from various organisations about the health of the housing market, on asking prices from Rightmove, from the ONS on sale prices, both the Halifax and Nationwide give a lenders perspective and we get data on mortgage advances from the Bank of England and the Council of Mortgage Lenders. We also get what I would describe as a ‘sentiment’ survey from […]

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