A new property recession?

A new property recession?

Writing in The Times yesterday Tom Knowles pondered the state of the housing market as we head into the Election next week. He was kind enough to include a comment from me as well as some reaction from the likes of Johnny Morris, head of research at Countrywide and Bricks & Mortar editor Anne Ashworth. As always, it’s never easy (or sensible) to generalise about the […]

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“and the Property Commentator of the Year 2017 is…”

“and the Property Commentator of the Year 2017 is…”

No cock-ups of a Price Waterhouse Coopers Oscars scale at the swish Property Press Awards this year which I attended as a judge on Tuesday. Along with catching up with some old friends I was amazed to be given the Property Commentator of the Year award. I was embarrassed to receive this the last time it was awarded in 2015 so this was both a surprise and a […]

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‘To buy, or not to buy’

‘To buy, or not to buy’

With apologies to the Bard, I wonder, if like many, you are trying to make sense of the housing market? Should you sell, should you buy or is it all just too uncertain to make the commitment? I can’t pretend that I am certain about the answer but as a professional buyer I can share my approach and perhaps you can take advantage of my experience […]

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The power of recommendations

The power of recommendations

My daughter told me that I should include a feedback section on my website & include some testimonials. Being of an age that finds this kind of ‘user generated content’ slightly uncomfortable I had my doubts but I must admit to being won over. I have encouraged users of both my Quick Check and Pocket agent services to add a comment on the service they […]

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Sales volumes are tumbling but is it Brexit, Stamp Duty or a lack of stock?

Sales volumes are tumbling but is it Brexit, Stamp Duty or a lack of stock?

The latest house price indices have been published by both Rightmove and The Office for National Statistics this week. We have also had an update from HMRC on the number of homes sold in February. In summary;- Average asking prices are up 2.3% over the last year. Average sale prices are up 6.2% over the past year. The number of homes sold last month (seasonally […]

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Policing Estate Agents

Policing Estate Agents

An article on the BBC News website following yesterdays You and Yours program on Radio 4 highlighted the continuing problems that consumers face with rogue letting agents. Despite the efforts of many including ARLA to get some sort of licensing or registration of letting agents and a change in the law requiring letting agents to sign up to a redress scheme as selling agents must […]

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A shortage of homes for sale

A shortage of homes for sale

Apparently there’s a shortage of homes for sale which is helping to push up prices. This is classic spin from estate agency groups looking to talk up their book. Preying on potential sellers worries that they may not find a buyer quickly there’s nothing like a “there are 11 buyers for every home” headline to get new business in. Except this isn’t really the case. […]

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Cash buyers

Cash buyers

The Nationwide published their month house price update but included some really interesting data on ‘cash’ buyers – those presumably that the Nationwide doesn’t count as customers or include in their housing data. What is important to note is just how many people are now buying a property without a mortgage. The implications are important – it means Government has less control over the market […]

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February market update

February market update

The Times published a pretty scary front page over the weekend and whilst many sellers will argue with the sentiment there is some evidence to substantiate their concerns. An industry update from estate agents last month suggested that the average office had 41 homes for sale but sold just 6. Not impressive when you consider that they were reported to have 390 buyers registered. The […]

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A question of tenure

A question of tenure

I’ve mentioned this in the past but there’s a ticking time bomb and it’s getting louder. In our rush to build more and subsequently to buy new houses developers are often offering just a ‘leasehold’ rather than the ‘freehold’ interest in the new home, something that in some cases may be a problem for todays buyers when they come to sell in due course. There are some good […]

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