Henry Pryor

Stamp Duty changes failed to depress the market

Stamp Duty changes failed to depress the market

You may have read headlines warning that the changes to Stamp Duty in England and Wales would knacker the market and that we could expect to see a fall in SDLT revenue to the Exchequer. Headlines last year mirrored comments made on the Today program last December which I challenged at the time. HMRC has now published the latest quarterly statistics and the talk of […]

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Half time in the housing market.

Half time in the housing market.

The latest statistics have been published by Rightmove, Land Registry, Hometrack and HMRC but what do they tell us about the state of the market and where next for house prices and for transaction volumes? It’s half time in the 2017 housing market, how have we coped with the Referendum, with the snap Election and what does the future hold?    

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Market update – June 2017

Market update – June 2017
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Sellers forced to offer discounts.

Sellers forced to offer discounts.

I’ve been warning of a slowing market for some time now but there is growing evidence that it is now harder to sell your existing home than it may be to buy the next one. I was kindly quoted by James Pickford back in May talking about the frustrations than some sellers and their advisors were encountering. As I said to James, “Remember that as a […]

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What the papers say..

What the papers say..

Property has been all over the news in the past month and the papers have asked for comment;- As the market hardens so sellers resort to ever more imaginative ways of trying to flog their home. Most simply refuse to accept that their property might be worth less than they had wanted and many of these wacky ideas are actually more complicated than they might […]

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Beware of listing dates

Beware of listing dates

I have complained about ‘portal juggling’ before and whilst it has abated somewhat as a result of the exposure that rogue agents got for re-listing properties to make them seem fresher and to trigger a new email alert the phenomena still exists even if it’s not quite so deliberate. Take the example of this nice Chorleywood property which had you been looking would have caught your […]

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A house-hunters view

A house-hunters view

As a buying agent, someone who helps people to find, evaluate and to acquire property I often remind people that you make money when you buy, not when you sell. The best you can achieve when you sell is what a buyer will pay but when you are bidding for a property it’s you that controls how much you spend. If someone else wants to […]

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“What’s the plan Prime Minister?”

“What’s the plan Prime Minister?”

Well, that was a mistake! Theresa May called a snap election (having said she wouldn’t) and proceeded to shred a 20 point lead and a Parliamentary majority to end up with a minority Government propped up but some dubious politicians in Northern Ireland. A mistake to rival David Cameron’s a year ago and one that is highly likely to result in another General Election in […]

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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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