After 26 years of being retained by clients to help them find, negotiate and acquire property, at PPS we are used to interpreting our client’s property needs and requirements.
Across the prime London and commuter zone, markets rents continue to soften, but to a lesser extent than seen previously. Demand remains high for properties of the best condition and price.
According to a new study, the City of Cambridge is one of the most sought after, popular cities to live in as it is the most gentrified UK city!
According to a recent study of the least affordable places to live, Oxford, Guildford and Winchester are again high on the list, as are several other University Cities.
Over the past twenty six years, those seeking property in London, the Home Counties and commutable distances from the Capital have been increasingly utilising the services offered by Property Search Agents.
In the second of our 2 part series on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), we discuss the alternatives to it. There is no such thing as an ‘ideal’ tax—all taxes involve some element of compromise.
In one form or another Stamp Duty Land Tax has been a feature of the English taxation system for hundreds of years. It raises significant revenue for the Exchequer, is easy and cheap to administer, and does not affect most taxpayers.
In this first blog of two, we outline some key facts about Stamp Duty Land Tax and how it affects the UK housing market as a whole.
So, you have your planning approval for your extension to your residential home, now you need to find out precisely how much is it going to cost and which builder to choose. This is called going out to ‘tender’ for the building works that are required.
The first quarter of 2018 has been one of the best starts to a new year for many years; there is business to be had, business to be done and we are very busy!
The general rule in adding value is simple; create living accommodation and you maintain and add value.
Most vendors and their selling agents appear to be helpful with their building and planning advice. But in the main they merely want the deal agreed for the maximum price, and will, more often than not say that it would possible to extend but, is ‘subject to planning consent’.
The preparation for entrance into chosen schools in September 2018 starts early.
Due to the huge demand for places at the top Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset schools; many pupils sit entrance exams or make applications during January, February and March enabling the selection process to begin.
Mark and Jane Carter contacted Premier Property Search in September 2017 as the family were moving back to Hampshire from Melbourne after emigrating nine years previously.
There are many property ‘analysts, property writers and expert consultants’ who are never afraid of predicting how the residential property market will perform at this time of a new year.
As we prepare for 2018, we believe the next 12 months is probably more multifarious than ever.
As man’s best friend; this Christmas, why not invest in a new house for your dog? It’ll certainly save on stamp duty…
More recently beautiful smells have started to play a major role when viewing a property. This is due to nearly everyone having an array of flickering premium scented candles and reed diffusers. But do lit scented candles and diffusers really make a difference?
Accompanying clients to viewings of high-quality houses comes with its share of challenges and some incidents are quite memorable…
There are many benefits as to why people choose to use a professional property search agent to help them invest in one of the single most expensive purchases they are likely to make.
Should homeowners who have instructed a selling agent to sell their property, be at home, when a prospective buyer comes to view their home? Will the owners ‘help or hinder’ the sale to a potential buyer? Should the showing of a property be left to the professionals?
Flats and houses near tube stations which are just a couple of stops apart can differ significantly in price. But, do people actually base their decisions to either rent or buy on the proximity of a tube station?
There has, as always, been conflicting remarks from property commentators about how the residential housing market has been performing and what the future holds. Doom and gloom in one paper and another stating the future is looking buoyant.
At Premier Property Search we pride ourselves on fulfilling the ‘dreams and aspirations’ of our clients. These are varied, sometimes humorous and occasionally quite challenging, but, if it exists or it can be created, then we will do our best.
Not everyone can afford, and nor would they wish, to have an original painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali or Pablo Picasso. However, with a little guidance and creativity you can choose art that looks lovely and complements its surroundings. Selecting the right artwork can make a real difference to the look and feel of your home.
Unusual requests are par for the course at Premier Property Search and we are familiar with fulfilling any type of requirement. However the most flamboyant request came from a client with a Tiger Moth aeroplane who needed a country house with a landing strip!
As a property acquisition consultancy, we are frequently asked by our clients to recommend a professional solicitor to act for them. Guy Hurst from Eric Robinson solicitors is one of a number that we feel comfortable in recommending and he recently wrote the following very interesting article on SDLT.
PRESS RELEASE: Nigel and Barbara Sellers, the principle directors of Premier Property Search and Premier Corporate Relocation Services, are celebrating 25 years of providing an integrated property search and corporate relocation service.
More and more owners of properties that wish to sell, choose not to openly market their homes with estate agents. Their preference for ‘off market’ - not actively marketing the property through the normal methods - can sometimes prove very successful
Winter is well and truly here, and us Brits just revel in an opportunity to talk about the weather, particularly when it is as beautiful as the sunshine on frost has been recently.
On reflection, the residential property market in 2016 has been like no other year!
It was always destined to be difficult following the announcement by the Government that there was to be a referendum to stay in, or opt out of the EU.
Its getting really cold now and all predictions point to the coldest winter in 5 years. There are some essential steps that should be taken now to avoid finding problems later on.
Winchester is a vibrant heritage destination just an hour south west of London, with fabulous attractions and beautiful architecture. The city has a magnificent Cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops. This culturally rich medieval city is surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the fabulous rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park.
Barn conversions have continued to become very popular, principally for their open plan living style combined with their countryside setting, a common consequence of their former use. Besides wooden features or beautiful brickwork they usually have vaulted ceilings, which give a lovely sense of space inside.
If you own or are considering purchasing a flat as a second home, it may well be a leasehold property. If it is, the inherent value of the flat is linked to the length of its lease. This is an area which many fail to appreciate until they come to sell, often finding out the hard way that they should have tackled the issue proactively.
Arguably the most important room in the house. Too often people find their ideal home but reject the house based on the kitchen not being modern enough or lacking a certain feature. However, if everything else with the property, particularly its location, is what you are looking for, then the kitchen should not necessarily be a stumbling block to your new home.
Ringing school bells across the country signal the start of another academic year. For many parents, when planning on purchasing or renting a property, living near to a good school is one of the most important factors.
Brexit will long be remembered for the arguments, the lies, debates and the many false promises; paradoxically this was just the actions and behaviour between Ministers of the UK Government and MEP’s.
For the optimistic, positive and forward thinking, let’s get on with the exit and make the best of it! We now need to rebuild confidence and stability.
If you have, or are thinking about buying a property which has room for a tennis court you may be wondering if it is a wise investment.
For many, trying to find and buy your perfect house to meet your exacting standards, specifications and aspirations can be a tough and time consuming job. Some people give up and try to find other methods or solutions to finding their perfect home, while others have a desire from the outset to take on a project and build something themselves.
Following on from last week’s blog, you may have the vision and have found what you consider to be the ideal property, so now you want to negotiate the right price and make some changes.
Buying a property for the majority is a stressful, nerve racking and intimidating experience. Finding a suitable property, handling the negotiation and then worrying about the legal conveyance process is time consuming and complex enough before you add to that the confusion and perplexity of adapting your ideal property to meet your needs and vision.
You need to act quickly to secure the house you wish to rent, in the current climate. Demand for rental property is at an all-time high, especially for houses and apartments in London and the South East of England.
In the UK, the buyer is not responsible for paying the estate agent. The estate agent is working on behalf of the vendor to sell the property and is paid accordingly.
As a buyer, you will need to pay the agreed negotiated price for the property to the vendor through your solicitors, whilst the vendor pays their own solicitors for professional fees and their selling agent a commission.
For the 3rd year running, we are delighted to announce that Premier Property Search have been named as one of Eprivateclient’s 2016 Top 25 Residential property buyers. This accolade, of being recognised as one of the best independent property search and buying companies in the UK, is judged by a panel of experts shortlisting more than 65 firms nationwide.
On 23rd June the UK is set to go to the polls to decide on whether we want to remain part of the growing European Union. From a housing perspective, we believe a vote to leave can only have a negative impact on the private rental sector and the wider residential property market.
Whilst a number of estate agents are still waiting for the seasonal increase in activity to get going this Spring, Premier Property Search saw a flurry of activity towards the end of the first quarter.
Clients who move from the suburbs of London, who have small gardens and sometimes only patios, see the grounds at some properties they are viewing and automatically plan to install a tennis court or a swimming pool.
Many people have never used, or had the need to use a solicitor prior to buying a property.
If you are moving from overseas you may have used alternatives to a solicitor, such as a “Settlement Agent”. It is essential that in the UK, a solicitor who specialises in residential property conveyancing is used by both the purchaser and seller to handle the necessary legal work properly.
The uncertainty of how the Yes vote or No vote could affect the residential property market is pure speculation at this early stage. However, some say it may lead to fewer residential transactions and could even have an impact on planned housing development schemes.
“Listed Property” means that the house is on the national register and classed as a property of architectural or historic importance.
In simple terms your home is considered of special architectural or historic interest, the listing of which protects the whole of the building both inside and outside.
One of the key services that Premier Property Search can perform on your behalf is the negotiation process. We have many years of experience negotiating fair prices and we can bring that experience and industry knowledge to bear on your behalf.
As we approach our 25th year in business we remain one of only a few companies in the UK who run both a property search and corporate relocation business. We are very proud to have helped and advised so many private individuals and families buy or rent properties over such a sustained and continuous period of time.
Whilst technology has radically changed the way properties are sourced, the same basic principles of how we ‘stay ahead of the market’ in identifying and finding those special 'off-market’ properties for our clients – that never make it onto Rightmove and OnTheMarket.com – has fundamentally not changed.
In his recent autumn statement, the Chancellor George Osborne announced that from April 2016 buyers of buy to let properties and second homes will have to pay an additional 3 per cent stamp duty.
In the last three weeks since the announcement we have experienced a surge in enquiries from private clients trying to secure and invest their money before the April deadline.
Often, the key to finding the right property is the timing. We make it our business to keep in touch with a network of property agents and many other property professionals on a regular basis. In this case study, the Williams Family fournd their dream Old Rectory home just hours before boarding a flight for Australia and they put their trust in us, Premier Property Search to undertake the consequent negotiation and secure the property on their behalf.
For many years, property experts have believed that valuing a property is a formula including both science and art – as there are many factors that influence value which are quite complicated to measure and not at all scientific.
For many people, especially families who live and work in London, this is the key question to consider. The disruption to family life, the potential huge cost and effort that is involved weighed up against the potential benefits to be gained are major considerations with major implications.
The press often take an interest in the top properties, particularly at a local level, and are keen to know who bought what property and for how much. It is therefore not surprising that both clients and vendors would rather keep their private lives private.
We are often asked how we find and buy some of the best properties that are ostensibly never advertised. Over the last 25 years we have built a reputation for finding ‘off-market’ properties - to both buy and rent – through our network of contacts, experience and market knowledge. This white paper answers the key questions that our clients often ask us before deciding to retain our services in their hunt for a new home.
Many of the top selling agents are being advised by their marketing and research teams that the residential property market across the majority of sectors is finally growing - or should we say ‘recovering’ - particularly in the more sought after areas where there is high demand for quality properties.
Since our last blog about Stamp Duty in February, the changes to the bands announced in December have had a number of knock-on effects to the market.
Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said he has observed that, “stamp duty changes have reduced bunching at key price points.”
For many years as property professionals we have often had to think outside the box when we are gathering information, particularly about properties we get to know about that are not yet on the open-market.
Driving around country roads, peering into people’s entrance ways and even ‘accidently’ steering up a drive to take a sneaky peaky at a property has occurred more than on one occasion over the years.
The fifth most common reason for moving home is planning for one's retirement. With low interest rates predicted to continue for some time, clients are looking for other ways of investing their monies as an alternative to other income streams. Planning for the future is a key part of property ownership and buying a second home as an investment, with a view to retirement, is still an important part of the residential property market.
Former clergy houses have continued to be the most sought after properties our clients wish to own, particularly families wishing to move from London to the country. Why? Because they typify the quintessence of living in the British countryside outside of a hectic city lifestyle.
In a blog first published on 24th June on Plentific, a property information portal, Nigel Sellers of Premier Property Search was asked about his views on the best time of year to market your property.
“Traditionally, it was considered that Spring, going into the warmer summer months, was the first of two seasonal and best times to market your property with a second shorter period of Autumn, around September and October. However...."
We are delighted to have been named for the second year running as one of eprivateclient’s 2015 Top 25 Residential Property Buyers. Being recognised as one of the best independent property search and buying companies in the UK is especially pleasing given that the accolade is given by a judging panel of acknowledged experts who survey a short-list of over 65 firms throughout the UK.
In the first part of this two part series we looked at the five key things an astute property buyer looks for when viewing a property to rent or buy. In this the second part we look from a vendor perspective as to what you should show and tell a prospective buyer when they visit your property.
This fantastically evocative sculpture by Zenos Frudakis also simply known as ‘Freedom’ is a statement about the struggle for achievement of freedom through the creative process. It depicts a human figure evolving and emerging from cocoon-like beginnings in a wall, until three iterations later it runs free, arms aloft across the pavement.
The old ‘adage’ for a vendor or landlord to pop a pot of coffee on the stove or have the aroma of cakes or bread baking is old-hat nowadays but will this influence or persuade the buyer or future tenant?
In this the first part of a two part series we explore what some property buyers look for when looking for a property to rent or buy.
In this spring election report we have tried to predict which political party will help Britain’s homeowners the most. The one common denominator amongst all political parties is that the property market and housing will be a big issue at the election on 7th May.
In the last two blogs, we explored the biggest motivator for people moving home – education and working from home. The third most prevalent reason is the desire for a change in lifestyle and the ever-shrinking commute-time is making it possible for more families to live in the suburbs or the country and enjoying the benefits that this brings while still working in the city.
In the last blog we explored the biggest motivator for families needing to move home – education. The second most prevalent reason is that working from home is becoming more and more accepted and encouraged, meaning that working families no longer need to be so close to the office and can avoid the daily commute.
Over the last 25 years by far and away the most common reason given by our clients for moving home is that they need to move out of London to find appropriate schooling for their children – principally to private schools although in recent years we have seen an increasing tendency for our clients to be considering both state and private education.
As we approach our 25th year of business providing property search, negotiation, acquisition and corporate relocation services, we are delighted to announce and draw to your attention to the launch of our two new Property Search and Corporate Relocation web sites.
According to the recent Halifax Quality of Life Survey the district known as Hart in north-east Hampshire is occupying the top spot once again.
It scored highly on a number of measures, including residents' health and well-being, education, employment levels, low crime rates, good weather and good broadband access.
This wonderful sculpture is called First Generation and was created by Chong Fah Cheong. First Generation was unveiled on December 31st 2000 and depicts a group of boys jumping into the Singapore River near the Fullerton Hotel. It was created as part of a series of sculptures by various sculptors, in the Open Air Interpretative Centre project by the Singapore Tourism Board.
For those of you who have been left scratching your heads following the recent changes to the Stamp Duty and Land Tax (SDLT) bands we thought it would be helpful to prospective buyers to provide a SDLT calculator for easy maths!
All you need to do is enter the purchase price of your property and press Calculate and your SDLT will be revealed.
February 2015 Property Market Update: Political turmoil dominates the residential housing market. Despite the positive spin that many property journalists and professionals are predicting, the property markets in early 2015 are bound to be dominated by one event in less than 100 days time – the General Election
Moving house is rated as the most stressful undertaking in life second only to divorce. With this in mind you are likely to be met with some reservations and barriers by your staff to the idea of a move. It inevitably means upheaval for their family, a new home and new schools for the children, possibly a new job for the spouse, as well as an enormous amount of time and heartache in organising the entire process.