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June 2016

Selling your rural home? Ironing out your property creases…


Selling your Rural Property? Imagine this – you are selling your rural property, your estate agent has arranged plenty of viewings and you have received an offer which you are delighted to accept. Fantastic, excitement all round and you can start making plans now that you have found a willing buyer. However, there is still [...]

Selling your rural home? Ironing out your property creases…2018-02-27T14:54:29+00:00

March 2016

The race for equestrian property


As country based estate agents, we frequently receive enquiries about equestrian property for sale. These range from requests for modest cottages with enough land for keeping a pony to grand country houses with extensive acreage and all the facilities that the pampered thoroughbred requires. Despite being in a rural area, it is actually quite difficult to [...]

The race for equestrian property2017-01-19T14:28:51+00:00

December 2015

The end of second home buying?


Last year the Chancellor of the Exchequer was the home buyer’s friend when he overhauled the way Stamp Duty on the purchase of residential property is calculated. He is now seen as the pantomime villain with his further tinkering of this already unpopular and insidious tax in the latest autumn statement. From the 1st April [...]

The end of second home buying?2018-02-27T15:16:40+00:00

October 2015

Estate Agents: High street or on-line?


Walking up and down Castle Street in the otherwise lovely historic cathedral city of Salisbury, Wiltshire is surely one of the most soulless experiences with the complete dominance of estate agency offices and this comes from someone who is an estate agent himself! Napoleon once famously described Britain as being a nation of shop keepers, now it [...]

Estate Agents: High street or on-line?2018-02-27T15:20:33+00:00

September 2015

Delays in a property sale


When buying a new property, most people spend a tremendous amount of time, thought, effort and emotion in choosing the right property. It can take many hours of scrutinising the internet portals for suitable properties, carrying out viewings and deliberating before finally making a decision as to which property would make the perfect home. After [...]

Delays in a property sale2018-02-27T15:31:54+00:00

July 2015

The new inheritance tax proposals


The recent budget has been described as one of the most progressive for years and one of the headline grabbing changes relates to the passing on of family homes and inheritance tax. From April 2017 if you own a property worth up to £1m you will be able to leave it to children or grandchildren [...]

The new inheritance tax proposals2018-02-27T15:44:01+00:00

June 2015

Property News – mid way through 2015


To misquote Albert Arkwright in Open All Hours, so far it’s been a funny old year. Speaking to property buyers, sellers and agents up and down the country, broadly speaking, most seem to share our experience of the housing market over the course of the first half of 2015 in that it’s been something of [...]

Property News – mid way through 20152018-02-27T15:45:47+00:00

January 2015

2015 housing market predictions


As 2015 gets underway, we look to the year ahead and wonder what it has in store for us. At the moment there is a good deal of uncertainty as to how the housing sector will perform this year. The collapse of oil prices, free falling values of some of the World's major currencies and [...]

2015 housing market predictions2018-02-27T16:22:13+00:00

On the market – battle of the property portals!


For some years now the vast majority of home buyers have house hunted almost exclusively on-line. The days of relying just on advertisements in the local press or popping into the estate agent on the High Street have all but gone and in this digital age the mouse is king! Bearing in mind the number [...]

On the market – battle of the property portals!2018-02-27T16:23:37+00:00

December 2014

How the stamp duty changes affect you


As has been widely reported, the headline news in yesterday’s autumn statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer was the much needed overhaul of the way Stamp Duty is calculated. The new system is much fairer and the vast majority (reputedly 98%) of buyers will now pay significantly less tax on residential property purchases that complete from today, 4th [...]

How the stamp duty changes affect you2018-02-27T16:25:39+00:00