As Melissa Lawford points out in The Telegraph today there are signs that some buyers are starting to put rural relocations on hold as lockdown eases, while newly-vaccinated downsizers enter the market, boosting supply. Rightmove reckons that supply of available property is at a record low – I think we’reContinue Reading

The latest guidance from the Government confirms that you are free to move home. However, you may find the process of searching for and moving into a new home is different, as property agents, conveyancers and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from COVID-19. InitialContinue Reading

I invite all clients to leave feedback on the services I offer, good or bad. These days not only do people expect to be able to but potential clients often read the reviews before deciding if they want help. If you want to see what people think of my £100Continue Reading

Like most people my old firm has been wrong-footed by the Pandemic and more importantly the extraordinary support that the Government has shown towards the housing sector. Last week’s budget saw an extension the the Stamp Duty holiday and a new (or should I say renewed) version of Help toContinue Reading

The stamp duty holiday on house purchases has been extended for a further three months, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his Budget. The property purchase tax has been suspended on the first £500,000 of all sales in England and Northern Ireland since 8th July last year. The tax break forContinue Reading

If you’re struggling to find a home don’t panic. Rightmove calculates that they are showing 20% fewer properties. More will come once the vaccine gives older owners confidence to allow strangers around their homes. Many of those who would have sold in Q1 this year will join the usual supplyContinue Reading

My old friend Phil Spencer was kind enough to ask me to join him in Lockdown 3 and to look at the year ahead for his clever MoveIQ business. Together we agree (about how important it is that buyers get more support), disagree (about the Stamp Duty holiday) and shootContinue Reading

Can you view houses in lockdown? The government says people are allowed to view properties during the lockdown in England. It encourages buyers to do their initial property searches online and advises that initial viewings should be done virtually wherever possible.  For viewings taking place in person, the government says theseContinue Reading

A tad dramatic, perhaps but if you are looking for a new home and feel like there isn’t much choice at the moment then that’s because there isn’t. The three Lockdowns in England mean that a lot of homes that would have been put up for sale haven’t. Some sellersContinue Reading

An annual property tax set at 0.48% of the value of the home is being floated by a Think Tank close to the Treasury according to The Sunday Times. While there will be no radical change to property taxes in this budget according to Tim Shipman, ministers and officials areContinue Reading

Lots of people calling for the Stamp Duty holiday to be extended despite the Government stating that they won’t indeed the Telegraph have started a campaign. When ig was originally announced in July last year it was clearly signed that it would end in March 2021. Estate agents, conveyancers, mortgageContinue Reading