First time buyers

Stamp Duty reform fuels Housing Demand

The three per cent stamp duty surcharge caused a surge in investors looking to purchase their second homes. The impending stamp duty reforms brought about a stark increase in landlords purchasing new properties before April.  In the latest NAEA survey, 85% of their members declared an increase in the number of people putting serious consideration into purchasing a second home, up from 72% […]

Planning permission approvals rise!

Planning permission for over 195,000 new homes in England has been granted in 2014, a 12% rise on the previous year, from the Home Builders Federation. The number of private homes granted permission also increased by 23%. House building activity has increased significantly over the past 18 month, with the number of new homes started in 2014 was up 36% […]

First-Time Buyers Boosting Sales Market

The number of first-time buyers completing the purchase on their first home increased 11% year-on-year for September (, October 2014), according to data from YourMove. Despite the rising housing costs, first-time buyers are boosting a slowdown in the property market, accounting for 30% of all transactions, according to the NAEA (, October 2014), . The number of new people joining […]

Scottish Referendum Leaves Uncertain Future in Property Market

The Scottish Referendum could have a steep decrease on property prices north of the border, so claim Zoopla (, September 2014). The property portal state that house prices in Scotland have been rising for the last two years, however a Yes vote would almost certainly have an unfavourable effect on the Scottish economy. With uncertainty brewing in the market over […]

A Licence to Bill - The Impoverished Middle Class.

As much as I understand the benefits and desire to see privately rented property maintained to a standard all tenants can be assured on, the implications of landlord licensing dwell dourly for the middle class with the recovering private rental sector. A selection of county councils are implementing ‘Landlord Licensing Fees’ in order to maintain good property management and to […]

First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to selling your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing an early sale at the best possible price. Most buyers have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal style of property. Yet it is often presentation that makes the greatest […]

Don't wait until Spring!

Spring is traditionally a time of change. Brighter and longer daylight hours make house-hunting easier for working people, and sellers naturally want their property to look its best. Anyone who changed jobs with the new year will have by now settled into their new positions and feel confident about upgrading their home. The school year is approaching its final term, […]