Crystal balls!

Crystal balls!

It’s that time of year again when people who should know better challenge for the Roger Bootle house price prediction cup and set themselves up for a fall in 12 months time. Last year I predicted sales of 1.2m (which looks like it will be about right) and house price growth of 2%. It is a struggle to find an index that would support this […]

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Property experts

Property experts

Whether you share Michael Gove’s suspicions of ‘experts’ the housing market and wider property industry is a complicated and often confusing place and it can be very helpful to have a professional guide to help interpret and understand what might be going on and where things may be heading. Broadcasters, journalists, content editors, blogs & brands are always looking for the best & the most authoritative and […]

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Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Digging around in an box of old brochures I came across an advert from the Cambridge Evening News which I have used this year both electronically in emails and via TouchNote as cards. The years have been kinder to me than to Nick Redmayne sadly but Veronique hasn’t aged a day since working at @Savills back in 1986 but it’s not easy keeping my Peter Pan looks! One kind […]

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The best selling agents

The best selling agents

I don’t sell property. I don’t think you can buy and sell and retain credibility although there are many I know who disagree. When asked to recommend a lawyer, builder or architect I’m not tempted to have a go myself and I don’t try to sell homes either. In the past year or so I have been delighted to recommend firms I have worked for, worked with […]

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An listener writes..

An listener writes..

One of the pluses of radio is the instant reaction one can get as listeners respond – usually of course to enquire why the broadcaster has invited me on! After a 15 minute chat with Vanessa Feltz on BBC London this charming response from an agent who had been listening in.  

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Real market value?

Real market value?

There are many who would argue that an auction is the best way to establish ‘market value’ despite the fact that the only people who can bid must be ‘cash’ buyers with borrowings in place if necessary but with the ability to put down 10% when the gavel goes down and to pay the balance and complete usually 28 days later. This excludes bidders who […]

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Top 40 Buying Agents

Top 40 Buying Agents

I’m flattered to be included in the Prime Resi list of Top 40 Buying Agents they have just published. With reports that a third of buying firms giving up over the past year it is a relief to find so many of friends and colleagues still busy and flying the flag for our side of the business. You can find the full list here.  

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More people getting a ‘Quick check’

More people getting a ‘Quick check’

Earlier this year I added a ‘Quick Check’ service to my more formal buying agency business. Costing clients just £100 (inc VAT) I check a property that someone is thinking of buying to make sure their biggest single purchase isn’t their most expensive. I wasn’t sure if it would take off but I’ve been doing two or three a week. With 100,000 people buying a […]

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Market stats that may surprise you.

Market stats that may surprise you.

A couple of statistics out this week may surprise you but may give frustrated buyers some optimism. Half of all homes for sale fail to sell. You won’t find many estate agents admitting this and of course each will claim that their own statistics are much better. There are some regional differences inevitably but there are around 650,000 homes in total for sale today across […]

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Are we all agreed – we’ve seen the peak of the current market?

Are we all agreed – we’ve seen the peak of the current market?

Using articles by Anna White, Prudence Ivey, and James Pickford and quotes from Lonres and Savills I have tried to look back at the faltering market of the past two years and at the impact of the Brexit vote. Produced using Apple’s Keynote software        

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