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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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Market Update - July

Friday, 8th July 2016

Categories: Market Analysis Sales
Naturally this market update focuses on the historic European referendum vote on 23rd June when the UK voted to leave the European Union. The vote was close 52% to 48% with various geographic areas and demographic age groups being polarised towards the “in or out” decision. Irrespective, in a democratic vote, the UK people have, overall, decided to leave the EU. Everyone wants to know what this means for them, the UK economy, immigration, the housing market etc. and the reality is that, just a couple of weeks after the outcome of the vote, no-one can be completely clear on what the future holds. One thing is for certain though. Any uncertainty leading up to the vote is now behind us and, whilst there will remain some uncertainty going forward, the whole country, irrespective of individual views, now needs to unite behind the decision and make it work. Negative talk could easily undermine the fundamentals of our relatively strong and improving economy and inadvertently deepen any downsides and reduce the height of any upsides.

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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Mortgages

Thursday, 5th May 2016

Categories: Sales
Barclays have caused quite a stir recently, being the first major bank to bring back 100% mortgages since the 2008 financial crisis. A move they say is designed to give hope to those first time buyers who fear the dream of owning their own homes is one that may never come true, but one that has been ‘slammed’ by housing analysts who fear the new proposals are too risky.

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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A Royal Property Overview

Thursday, 21st April 2016

Categories: Miscellaneous Property Prices Sales
The Queen (and the country) celebrates her 90th birthday today, 21st April. During the period since her birth in 1926 the UK has undergone incredible changes, not least in terms of property. From the rollercoaster ups and downs of interest rates, to the meteoric rise of purchase prices, the last 90 years have changed the way we buy, sell, view and finance our properties.

Tony Ryan

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The top 20 things that buyers look for in a home

Wednesday, 6th April 2016

Categories: Sales
According to a new survey from Gocompare.com Mortgages, house-hunters opt for a good, reliable broadband signal over highly-rated schools; off-road parking over a garage and a living room big enough for a large flat screen telly over period features. Warmth and energy efficiency are key priorities for house-hunters – perhaps thanks to the British climate and energy prices. Central heating and double glazing top the list of the nation’s 20 property ‘must-haves’. A good energy efficiency rating and cavity wall insulation are also highly-rated features.

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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