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November 3, 2016

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When Less is More

After a subdued 3 months post the referendum we crossed our fingers that we would see a pick-up of activity heading towards the Christmas period. Our expectations, or rather our hopes, have been realised this week as we have received more offers on our properties than we’ve seen in the last quarter. We are finding that offers coming in on properties which have already had a price reduction are within 5-10% of the new asking prices.  However, those properties which have seen no price reductions throughout their marketing period are failing to receive offers or are receiving offers 20%-30% below their asking prices. This seems to dovetail in quite nicely with recent data released by LonRes for Autumn 2016 which shows that.

 


October 21, 2016

In The Media

What Does the Future Hold for Stamp Duty

After the first full year under the new stamp duty system it would seem that HMRC has had a small gain in revenue. However these figures are somewhat deceiving, and if one extrapolates the increase in transaction in March 2016 to beat the extra 3%  stamp duty on secondary homes, then the net SDLT receipts will show a loss. We believe that next quarter’s figures will paint a bleaker picture as the pronounced slow-down in transactions in the South East starts to trickle down through the rest of the country which up until now had still been seeing continued price growth. Impacted by onerous transaction taxes, and further compounded by economic uncertainty, the UK’s super-prime market has been under downward pressure since SDLT.

 


October 14, 2016

In The Media

The Waiting Game

Due to the fall in prices in PCL over this year, coupled with the sharp, post Brexit fall in sterling against the dollar and the euro, we are beginning to see more buyers stepping into the market and beginning to make offers. As we mentioned recently, we are finding that vendors who are pricing their properties correctly in line with current market conditions are achieving offers at asking or very close to it. There are, of course, other types of buyers out there: those who want to buy but who feel that prices and sterling will continue to fall, and then those who are trying it on and putting forward ridiculous offers. For those buyers waiting for a further fall in prices and.

 


October 4, 2016

In The Media

Post Conservative Conference Comment: Sterling Reaches New Low

Following yesterday’s conservative conference, and Theresa May’s speech confirming that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be invoked no later than March 2017, we have seen sterling reach a 3 year low against the euro (£1 =€1.1460) and a 31 year low against the $ (£1 = $1.2796). The devaluation of sterling, as well as further vulnerability in the weeks ahead, bodes well for foreign buyers looking to take advantage and step into the PCL market this autumn. However, if the government wants to see inward investment to help prop up the market in PCL to bring transaction levels back in line with figures seen over the past couple of years then the chancellor is also going to have.

 


October 3, 2016

In The Media

Generation Rent

Generation Rent is no longer simply theoretical. It’s here to stay for another decade, according to PWC, who say that by 2025 only 40% of Londoners will own their own home. That marks a U-turn on the situation in 2000, when 60% of Londoners were homeowners. By 2025, say PWC, the majority of 20-39 year olds will be renters. This is standard practice in the rest of Europe and tenants will be looking to get greater security of tenure with rental contracts often lasting 5-10 years. Besides the security that offers to the tenant, landlords will have the benefit of tenants they know and can trust over a long period; no void periods to worry about; none of the expense and.