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Market Update February 2017

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Property Prices Sales Selling Tips
After a year of enormous change both politically and economically in 2016, we entered 2017 more certain about many things and less certain about others. The next few weeks will see the British Government trigger article 50 and commence the formal process of leaving the EU....

Charlotte Delph

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Market Update - October 2016

Thursday, 13th October 2016

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Property Prices Sales
September was “back to school” month and I’m sure we have all noticed the increased traffic levels during the “school runs” at the start and end of the day. For many people it followed a property move that enabled them to access a particular school catchment area –one of the major factors in choosing a home. The property market was largely steady and is now settling into a more “normalised” pattern following the pre and immediate post Brexit furore. The real impact, if there is to be one, of Brexit is likely to be some three years away when our exit from Europe will actually takes place and it looks as though the market will conform to the usual drivers of supply and demand, affordability and availability of money in the interim.

Tony Ryan

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Market Update September 2016

Tuesday, 13th September 2016

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Property Prices Sales
As we write, it is now some two months since the Brexit referendum result and whilst there remain more questions than answers as to what this means in the future, the immediate property market continues with those motivated to move still looking to do so and taking a positive medium to longer term view. A change of Prime Minister and turmoil in the official opposition has also left much of the political landscape in need of some clear direction.

Tony Ryan

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Peter Barry June 2016 Newsletter

Thursday, 16th June 2016

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Sales
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Tony Ryan

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Market Update - June 2016

Thursday, 9th June 2016

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Sales
The property market is currently showing some signs of uncertainty particularly as we lead up to, and await, the outcome of the European referendum on 23rd June, the outcome of which is being hotly debated at the moment across the media and social networks. Markets of all types dislike uncertainty and a certain amount of “sitting on hands” is currently being shown.

Tony Ryan

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Market Update - May

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Sales
Spring is always a prime time for the property market with lighter evenings making viewings easier to undertake and gardens and outside spaces starting to look at their best. With many people looking ahead to school intakes in the autumn, the spring market is always a busy time. 2016 is proving no exception and, correctly priced and well marketed properties are attracting good interest from buyers keen to take advantage of continuing low mortgage interest rates and secure a loan ahead of any uncertainty that may be caused by the outcome of the European referendum in June.

Tony Ryan

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Market Update - April

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Sales
April 1st is known as April Fool’s Day but it was no joke for those investors who were hoping to complete a purchase transaction and avoid the punitive 3% increase in stamp duty on second home purchases that has now come into effect. With Rightmove reporting that average asking prices now exceed £300,000 nationally this stamp duty change would add around £9000 to the cost of purchase. Fortunately most investors managed to complete their transactions in time with the help of conveyancers who undoubtedly worked long hours to ensure that their clients achieved their goals.

Tony Ryan

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Tax changes for UK residential property investors

Thursday, 17th March 2016

Categories: Lettings Property Prices Sales
April 2016 sees changes to UK tax rules that will affect UK residential landlords and property investors. These changes follow the changes in Capital Gains Tax rules that came into force for non-resident UK property owners in April last year and will be followed by changes to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgages from April 2017. Landlords need to fully understand these changes as they will affect the costs of acquisition and of borrowing to invest and therefore need to be taken into account when calculating investment returns (yield).

Charlotte Delph

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New Buy-to-let Stamp Duty Laws from April

Wednesday, 10th February 2016

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Property Prices Sales
As buy-to-let landlords come to terms with the new Right to Rent legislation, they’ll also need to get their financial heads around the April changes to stamp duty laws. Chancellor George Osborne has introduced new stamp duty rates for purchases of second homes and buy-to-let properties. The new rates mean that each property value band will incur a rate increase of 3%, no small amount especially when margins for buy-to-let investments can rest on a percentage point or two.

Tony Ryan

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Landlords Gear up for Legislation Change

Tuesday, 26th January 2016

Categories: Lettings
From 16 February, landlords will be required to seek proof from would-be tenants that they are legally allowed to reside in Britain. The ‘Right to Rent’ scheme is the most recent act by the Home Office to attempt to stem the tide of illegal immigrants into the UK. By asking tenants to show documentation of their legal status, it is believed that the UK will become a less attractive and more difficult destination to settle in illegally. Original documents must be provided and, should the tenant require a renewed visa at any point during their tenancy, it is also the landlord’s responsibility to check this has been obtained.

Charlotte Delph

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Is your Home Ready for Winter?

Monday, 23rd November 2015

Categories: Lettings Property Management
We’ve been lulled into a false sense of security in the UK this year with the unusually clement autumn. However, while we’ve been busy sipping alfresco cappuccinos and keeping the summer wardrobe to hand, winter has been quietly creeping up on us and is set to hit with a vengeance any day soon. Just as we all love to spring clean our homes to freshen them up after months of central heating and the accumulation of hibernation debris, so we should be preparing our properties for the onslaught of colder climes and making sure we’re ready to face everything that the weather gods have to throw at us.

Charlotte Delph

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Shortage of Residential Property

Wednesday, 18th November 2015

Categories: Lettings Market Analysis Property Prices Sales
It’s no secret that London is experiencing a property shortage. With a rising population living in a finite amount of space there’s always going to be pressure placed on the capital to match supply with demand. And although the boundaries of Greater London have constantly shifted over the decades to accommodate its swelling population, people will always want – and need – to be located centrally for work.

Justin Burns

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