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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Good news, there are officially at least eight better buying agents than me and if you subscribe to PrimeResi you will be able 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 are […]
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.
Kicking of the New Year Andrew Ellson in The Times was kind enough to give me front page billing on the problems facing those trying to sell in the £1m – £3m market. Contributions from others like Lonres, Rightmove together with comments from Charlie Ellingworth of PropertyVision and Lucian Cook of Savills help explain what’s going on and why this is important. I’m afraid the […]
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 […]
My comments to BBC London’s Vanessa Feltz on house prices in and around the Capital.