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Author: P D Young, Managing Director
13th October 2014

Personally I can't see a mansion tax being acceptable to the electorate. As we all know the Labour Party has resurrected the old chestnut of a possible mansion tax on all properties worth more than £2 million to fund improvements in the NHS. No one is sure how this 'Robin Hood Tax' against the wealthy will be implemented or even if it is possible to introduce it without seriously disadvantaging pensioners and those who are equity rich but…  more

Author: Tim van der Schyff, Lettings Director
13th October 2014

The third quarter of 2014 most certainly lived up to, and quite frankly surpassed, our expectations. Applications for tenancies and agreed offers reaching record levels, corporate relocations remained active, and with the start of the school year, families were competing to get into school catchment areas. With high property capital values, even homeowners with families needing more space were forced to let their own homes and rent an…  more

Author: P D Young, Managing Director
1st August 2014

Market Prices are Stabilising
The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has just announced that Britain's economic recovery is now outstripping the entire developed world and it is expected to grow by 3.2% in 2014. Additionally the Office for National Statistics has also revealed that our economy is larger than ever before so we, as a nation, go to the top of the class. This is excellent news as confidence in the economy spreads across…  more

Author: Tim van der Schyff, Lettings Director
31st July 2014

The hot summer market is well and truly in full swing and we have never been busier. As mentioned in the last newsletter, the third quarter of the year is always the highlight in the seasonal lettings cycle, mostly because of the start of the new school year in September and the consequential increase in corporate relocations and families moving to be closer to schools.
We have had record levels of corporate relocations and…  more

Author: P D Young, Managing Director
30th June 2014

Correct Pricing is Key
As the summer market has picked up I have been looking at more properties within a 100 miles radius of London for our Country House Department. It is a sad indictment on professional estate agents that many advise their clients to market their properties at well over the market value in order to secure the instruction. The problem is further compounded as, in the country, the norm is for vendors to pay for…  more


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