Blog - Residential sales
Thursday, March 14, 2019
After the warmest February day on record, spring is in the air and it’s an exciting time for homeowners; an ideal time to think seriously about selling or letting and making plans for the year ahead. Spring often prompts a flurry of activity in the property market and more properties tend to start coming to the market for sale or rental. Whilst political uncertainty is sure to be having some impact on the property market, it has almost become the ‘new norm’ in the UK such that both buyers and sellers are reaching the conclusion that now is as good a time as any to make a move especially while interest rates are still relatively low and whilst a shortage of property in the UK maintains a high level of demand. First time buyers in particular are enjoying record low interest rates and incentives to purchase and, while this continues, it is a good time to get their first foot on the property ladder.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
With the clocks going forward at the end of March, and the “bank holiday season” almost upon us, around 75% of UK homeowners start making home improvements this month. Whether you’re moving or improving, it’s important to weigh up the cost of a project and the potential value it may add. A good estate agent can advise you on this and what improvements could sell your home quickly or at a higher price in your neighbourhood. If you’re selling, it makes sense to present your property well to avoid any negotiation on price. Often buyers overestimate the time and cost to refurbish a house and reduce their offer accordingly.
Friday, March 8, 2019
Spotlight on Slough – our estate agents view. Home to some of the best known names in business - Mars, Amazon, Honda, O2 to name but a few - and with over £700m output in manufacturing, Slough is one of the top 3 most productive towns in the UK outside of London. The town has undergone a transformation with over £450m investment through The Heart of Slough development creating 1,600 new homes, 70,000 sqm of office space, a 120 bed hotel, bus station, retail/leisure opportunities and the £22m cultural hub project “The Curve” which was recently completed. Not surprising then that Slough was named “Britain’s boomtown” by The Observer and in 2017 it was named as the best place to live and work in the UK in a survey by employment website Glassdoor.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
With political uncertainty the new norm in the UK, it’s more important than ever before to make sure that, if you are thinking of selling or letting your home, you market your property with someone you can trust, not just to do a good job but to protect your funds in the process and still be there for you when you reach completion day. The property market is changing, and in selecting your agent you need to weigh up the pros and cons and think seriously about the risks.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
With love in the air for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, if you are mid-property search and not finding your perfect property, it may just be worth looking at things afresh and, with a little love and inspiration, you might find your dream home is closer than you think. Look again at the properties you’ve viewed. What did you love or hate about them? Could you change the things you didn’t like? Or is your best option to stay put and improve? Here are some great ways to rediscover the heart of your home.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
From thatched cottages to barn conversions, if you buy a listed building, you’re not just buying a new home, but a piece of national heritage and with a sympathetic approach you can create your dream home. From décor to garden design, everyone wants to make their mark on a property but if it’s listed you need to understand exactly what’s involved from the outset. Any alterations without proper consents are a criminal offence which could cost thousands to remedy. Planning permission may be difficult, but not impossible; around 90% of applications are approved. It’s important to work with planners, architects and engineers and to be realistic about what you want to achieve.