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Exodus west!

Posted on Saturday, September 4, 2021

Berkshire and the home counties have always been a natural draw for those ready to part company with London life, but this year we have seen a greater demand than ever before.  The reasons for this are obvious and stem from the COVID-19 pandemic.  A disproportionate amount of time spent indoors highlighted inadequacies in people’s current accommodation and prompted many people to re-evaluate their short and medium-term housing plans.  

Market Update - July 2021

Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The first half of 2021 has been extremely busy, with demand outstripping supply particularly in the house market.  This led to significant price rises of 10-13% in RG40 and RG41 postcodes over the past 12 months as buyers looked to upgrade from their current property or move out of the rental sector.  The various lockdowns experienced due to COVID-19, and the consequential amount of time spent indoors highlighted inadequacies in people’s current home in terms of space, condition, access to a garden and the ability to work from home.  Couple this with the government incentive of a Stamp Duty holiday and it was no wonder the market saw activity go through the roof.  

The work-from-home revolution!

Posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

There are many things that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed and one of those is the working-from-home revolution.  Whilst initially it came about from necessity, many companies have now seen the benefit of offering their people greater flexibility of working arrangements and employees have seen the advantages to less travel, more time with children and family, cheaper accommodation options geographically and better work-life balance.  One thing’s for sure, it’s here to stay.

The Power of the Board

Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2021

I am often asked whether a ‘For Sale’ or ‘To Let’ sign is still necessary in a predominantly digital world.   “Surely everyone looks on the property search sites?”,   “I live in a quiet street so what’s the point?”  and  “I don’t want the neighbours to know I am selling”  are the three most common objections from clients when they first come to market.  It’s understandable, because on the face of it they are all perfectly valid comments but dig a little deeper and there are more reasons to have a board than to not have one.

A Question of Timing

Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2021

The average person will sell a property three to four times in their lifetime and the impact of such an infrequent event can be significant, even life changing.  Given that property is likely to be your largest personal asset, you will want to get the best result, but getting your timing wrong could mean losing out on thousands of pounds.

The Final Countdown

Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

There are just 83 days until 30th June. Whilst not a perennially significant date in the calendar, this year 30th June represents a deadline which can save property purchasers up to £15,000 in Stamp Duty if completion takes place by midnight.

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