On Monday night the annual Property Press Awards were held in London. The event, sponsored by LSL Property Services and meticulously arranged by the team at Wriglesworth was heaving with the Great & the Good of what would once have been Fleet Street. I was one of a 37 of judges who siftedContinue Reading

Speaker John Bercow has suggested that repairs and modernisation to the Houses of Parliament are now urgent and that the cost might run to £3bn. Twice the cost of the replacement of the Twin Towers & six times the total cost for the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly combined.Continue Reading

So kind of Matt Pritchett to scribble a cartoon for me in the Telegraph. He’s done so many great property related jokes.Continue Reading

Always flattering to be asked to contribute to someone else’s blog. A great opportunity from the team at Te Atrium provides the chance to talk about the difference between ‘price’ and ‘value’. Read more here.Continue Reading

With publication of the latest Land Registry index we now have all the main numbers including HMRC, Halifax and Rightmove. Here are the trends in asking prices, sale volumes, sold prices and the difference between London and the rest of the country. I’ve also included a look at both theContinue Reading

Easter traditionally marks the start of the main selling season but the damp weather that has hung over many parts of the country in the past month seems to have depressed buyers. Figures published this morning by HMRC suggest that the anticipated pick up in the housing market has not materialised. 72,000Continue Reading

I’d forgotten about the BBC MoneyWatch program broadcast in 2010. Here a sample of my contribution – Alan and Radha want to buy a home in Sheffield. Like many people looking in this recession they’d like to decide what to buy with their head but will they end up fallingContinue Reading

Imagine being able to shave 26% off the asking price of the house of your dreams. Well, it’s taken one client two years to do it but last week we exchanged contracts on a lovely Hertfordshire house that was first marketed at £2.5m back in 2009. Savills had the firstContinue Reading

“My client simply won’t take less” said the bubbly selling agent when I first bid on the pretty four bed flat in Belsize Park. When the flat was first marketed last summer the guide price of £1.65m had produced a little interest. When we first viewed the property the sellingContinue Reading

With the publication of the latest numbers from The Land Registry we can now review the market and see how the year is shaping up. Remember that the samples or ‘baskets’ of properties used by the various brands who provide the data are not all the same and to complicateContinue Reading

As if we didn’t know it London is made up of many different smaller markets and just as there isn’t ‘a national housing market’ it’s not really fair to judge Mayfair along with The Old Kent Road. I have clients who want to live in N1 but not in Nw1,Continue Reading