Tuesday, 8 November 2011
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Saturday, 15 October 2011
After a frustrating summer of relative inactivity in the market place, autumn has suddenly brought an influx of new potential, motivated & proceedable purchasers. Add in to the mix buyers who have decided to make their move after months of searching and some vendors
finally willing to lower their price expectations, it has given us a buoyant post summer period. These are encouraging signs but recovery is still a work in progress and sellers and buyers alike need to be aware of that. In the meantime, realistic asking prices and lower price expectations are the way forward if you are going to sell in these tough market conditions. And that is not a bad thing. Reports suggest up to half of properties lingering on the market are around 20% over priced, and with the amount of information now available from market commentators, property blogs and media analysts…..buyers know this. Buyer confidence has a massive influence on the state of the market, but realistic pricing is the key. Even in a market such as this, a vendor with sensible expectations and a property with the correct price tag will sell sooner rather than later.
Friday, 7 October 2011
I don’t think I can remember a period in property that has asked so many questions of the market before, and the truth is that with the economic climate as it is the questions aren’t over. Is money safer in property than bonds, guilts, shares or gold? Rumours of toxic bonds, economic collapse, less gold reserves than the traded quantities abound. How many of these will become “toxic” in the coming months?
No one knows! What i know is that I like property. It is real, I can understand it, I can touch it, a banker can’t make it disappear, and in the long term it is always in limited supply.
So property is probably the only investment option for which long term increases are assured, so to my mind, when you find the right property, at a fair price, don’t worry about the market, buy with confidence.
Post by: by Tim Stafford 06/10/11
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
With sales and completions still well below the boom years there has never been a more challenging time for buyers and sellers alike. In our experience making the sale requires a realistic and flexible seller, and a committed buyer.
So should you buy or hold on? Well i think you have to look at why you are buying. Property is a long term investment and what we can be sure of is in the long term, especially with rising inflation, is that property will go up in value. Perhaps what is more useful is to stop focussing on value and look at income. In recent years property incomes have far outstripped savings, and this is likely to continue even with inflation looming. The holiday letting business remains buoyant and is less hassle than most people think, especially if they are willing to hand the management over to some of the local specialists. So my advice, if you see a house you like, now IS the right time to buy.
So is it the right time to sell? Some might say the market is at the bottom, others that a double dip is still not out of the question. I think sellers should evaluate their reasons for selling and if the opportunity value of releasing capital will provide more income, then sell. If one is selling and buying then it really is always the right time to sell as you will be buying in the same market conditions and therefore values are relative. If on the other hand you have a clear value in mind, and will not consider the current market adjustments then the best thing to do is not even to market your property, as one thing that will always demotivate buyers is a glut of overpriced properties with no real intention of negotiating to a realistic price.
My advice is listen to an experienced estate agent or surveyor; we did a few months ago and we sold to the first people who viewed with Jackie and are now happily settled in to our new home.