Not everybody wants their home advertised on websites or in an estate agents window. Some people will only sell if they get the right buyer. Agents see many more homes than they publicly promote and sometimes they can get buyers around homes they are not actively marketing. These are known as ‘off-market‘ deals andContinue Reading

A recent report in Estates Gazette wondered aloud what the impact of building 2m homes might have given the endless cries to build more homes to solve what we are told is a national housing crisis. In another article in The Economist the author questions the building bandwagon itself and points outContinue Reading

Much is made of the skill required to be a good ‘seller’ but I’ve spent the past six months working on a tv program looking at the flip side of any successful deal – the business of buying. Whilst much is made of how to be a great salesman little time is devotedContinue Reading

In the Budget the Chancellor announced changes to the tax and allowances for landlords and in the Autumn Statement added a 3% additional Stamp Duty bill to anyone buying a second home. What are these changes? • Tax relief As things stand, people buying to let can claim tax reliefContinue Reading

A time for reflection and for some analysis. It’s been a busy year with property high up the media and political agenda. A General Election providing a majority Conservative Government perhaps the biggest surprise and has provided the backdrop for much of the debate. No feared Mansion Tax, instead warContinue Reading

The media has been full of predictions of the end of the (buy-to-let) world since George Osborne sat down having delivered his 2015 Autumn Statement. The wrecking ball announcement was the 3% additional Stamp Duty Land Tax that any buyer of an additional home would be charged from 1st AprilContinue Reading

I don’t sell property. I don’t think you can buy and sell and retain credibility although there are many I know who disagree. When asked to recommend a lawyer, builder or architect I’m not tempted to have a go myself and I don’t try to sell homes either. In the past yearContinue Reading