In a helpful article in The Times property editor Carole Lewis has some useful tips for people thinking of buying or selling in the current market. Buyers1. Make friends with estate agents, consider employing a buying agent, you need to do everything you can to get first sight of properties preferablyContinue Reading

Data out this morning from Rightmove highlights the shortage of homes for sale across the country. Newmarket tops the list. The town has seen a surge of 79% in sales agreed over the last year and a 49% drop in new sellers. Parts of Britain are so short of homesContinue Reading

From time to time we are asked if we know anyone who can… So here is a list of tradesmen* and others who we or our clients have used in the past. Asbestos Surveyors – Kim Francis at AzMatt https://www.asmattltd.co.uk Japanese Knotweed – Richard Slade at Environet https://www.environetuk.com Electrical testContinue Reading

Friday 13th wasn’t ill-fated for us it turned out. We had four exchanges in one day making five in total for the week with two other purchases completing. £10m worth of homes on one day. Rosie got two deals over the line making three in total for her. The firstContinue Reading

A selection of the 30+ homes that we have helped acquire during the Covid pandemic totalling over £75m. 25% were ‘off market’, 75% agreed below asking price.Continue Reading

House prices are still rising just not quite as fast as they were earlier this year according the Halifax. This month the ‘average’ house is currently £261,221 and leaving prices 7.6% higher than at the same time last year. In a blizzard of half year results estate agents and houseContinue Reading

Like everyone else I’ve been stuck, often locked down for eighteen months and l’m dying for some sunshine. I’m in Italy for two weeks leaving Rosie and Kate in charge. If you need anything please email, text or phone.Continue Reading

The latest monthly RICS survey of their members who sell homes says that price rises are slowing but that a shortage of homes for sale is a large part of what is keeping prices boiling. There is no expectation that prices will fall, just that the pace at which theyContinue Reading

The monthly RICS housing sentiment survey is widely reported this morning highlighting two things – that prices are up and that the supply of homes for sale is down. I keep my own tally of unique listings drawn from Rightmove and Zoopla. It’s not an exact science but having strippedContinue Reading

The government has rejected calls to introduce a permanent stamp duty holiday for property purchasers. In a document published on 26th May, it said that the tax, which raised £8.4bn for the public purse in 2019-20, was an important source of revenue at a time when it needed to replaceContinue Reading