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.
To Manchester to discuss the Governments rather strange decision to launch an 8 week consultation on a Sunday into the process of buying and selling a home with contributions from Dipti Tait, a first time buyer and Paula Higgins from The Home Owners Alliance. Two ‘hits’ mean that there was some repetition but an important topic albeit at a time many might have preferred the […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 NOT recommend (like Messrs Waugh & Cº) the following individuals have done sterling work for clients in the past and I would heartily recommend them. Just like agents some of these firms are more […]