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 and take place in what agents sometimes refer to as the ‘Grey’ market. There aren’t always sales particulars, photo’s or plans but a credible, genuine buyer sometimes gets access to these homes either via buying agents or by being on the right agents mailing list. Some say that there may be upContinue 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 out that we don’t have the tradesmen or the raw materials to build 200,000 new homes even if we wanted to. It’s also worth remembering that whilst 75% of people think there is a housing crisis nearly half don’t actually think that there is a housing crisis where they live! The now famousContinue 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 devoted to the talents of the equally important buyer. Hopefully the program will air in 2016 but the process gave me the inspiration to look at other things that people might want assistance with from buying companies and cars to private planes or yachts. Whether it’s fine art or bloodstock many people try andContinue 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 relief on their mortgage interest payments at their marginal rate of tax – so 40% relief for higher rate taxpayers and 45% for the most well off. From April2017 this will gradually be reduced to a flat rate of 20%, phased in over four years. Nationwide building society estimates someone withContinue 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 war appears to have been declared on buy-to-let investors. Changes made in the 2014 Autumn Statement (presented in December for some reason) have had a major impact on the market in London with transactions in some post codes down by as much as 30%. Agents have squealed about a need toContinue 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 April 2016. Was it, asked the Guardian, bye-bye to Buy-to-Let and selling agents rushed their favourite papers to bemoan a savage Chancellor whose response to their pleas for a re-think on the top rate of SDLT announced in the previous Autumn Statement instead delivered a kick in the basement! Could London’s place inContinue 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 year or so I have been delighted to recommend firms I have worked for, worked with or whom I have been impressed by. Some have sold clients properties, let them or managed them and in each case I felt they were the best people to ask. They included; Savills – houses to sell in Bucks, Cheshire,Continue Reading