Online marketing solutions are working well for buyers and sellers during the current COVID-19 lockdown, as they allow home seekers and vendors to prepare the ground for the predicted surge in the market activity once restrictions are relaxed.
It comes as no surprise as I write this, being a central London estate agent, that the recent Rightmove price index shows a drop in house prices for the fifth month in a row. However slight the drop, it’s the transaction numbers which really tell the story – down by 75,000 compared to June.
A lot has been said recently about why generation rent (the millennials) will not be able to get on the housing ladder. The question is do they actually want to in some cases. Some titter that if they stopped buying coffee at £4 a throw and smashed avocado on toast for a tenner they’d be in a much better position to save up a deposit to buy their own home.
Luxury properties in central London is pretty much expected as standard now for many buyers these days. The word luxury may seem somewhat overused, but many developers are listening to what the consumer (buyers) are looking for.
In or Out of the EU? It must be stated upfront that it is very difficult to quantify the impact of an ‘out’ decision both in the short run and over a longer period.
A little-known tax loophole means some buyers of second homes and buy-to-let investors could be exempt from the higher rates of stamp duty that come into force today. The Budget appeared to leave the new stamp...