The West Sussex Property Blog
A blog about West Sussex property matters created to keep our customers and the public up to date with the every day changes and ups and downs of the property market.
As a market leader in the area with years of experience we believe we are well placed to advise customers on the best possible route to sell, buy or rent their property. This blog will hopefully be interesting and at times amusing but most importantly informative. Enjoy...
Posted on 12 December 2018 by Neil MooreConsidering the pressures in the current UK's political and economic climate, it is good to read a positive article in Property Reporter. It seems that Nationwide's recent analysis has shown that the housing market is bearing up.
Posted on 29 November 2018 by Neil MooreNone of us have a crystal ball to look in to the housing market future surrounding Brexit, but it seems that, according to a recent index, during the 2 and a half years since the referendum, there seems to have been limited impact on the housing market.
Posted on 15 November 2018 by Neil MooreIt seems that FTB's are showing no signs of slowing down, with the help of competitive mortgage rates being one of the main reasons.
Posted on 8 November 2018 by Neil MooreThe view from the GL Offices remains positive, especially when we look at a recent article from Property Industry Eye showing research done by The Advisory - the independent customer advice group for house sellers. This tells us that high street agents achieve more viewings, more offers, and in almost three-quarters of cases a 5% better price than online-only firms.
Posted on 31 October 2018 by Peter HossackPhilip Hammond has delivered his third Budget as Chancellor and during this 72 minute speech, he gave details on what could affect the housing market directly. Some positive points for you to look at below, but if you are considering buying or selling your property, please do come in and talk to one of our experienced team, with local knowledge of the market in your area.
Posted on 25 October 2018 by Neil MooreThe front of your house is the first think that potential buyers will see when they do a drive by or come for the viewing appointment. Their first impression will be very important to both them and you, so you should make the most of this important aspect of your property.
Posted on 25 October 2018 by Neil MooreThe latest news from ARLA and other property industry experts and articles, is that average rent is up year on year, in virtually all parts of England and Wales, with the returns to landlords remaining competitive.
Posted on 11 October 2018 by Neil MooreWith October Half Term just around the corner and Halloween soon to be upon us, this is the best time to get out in the countryside and enjoy the Autumn colours.
Posted on 3 October 2018 by Neil MooreThat is the question some property owners are asking themselves with Brexit in mind. Is it right or wrong to sell before Brexit or after Brexit? It seems there is no right or wrong answer according to a very interesting article in the Guardian.
Posted on 26 September 2018 by Neil MooreWhat springs to mind when considering how to make your home 'greener'...solar panels, recycling gadgets?? According to this Property Reporter article, technology is transforming the way we can make our homes greener than ever and not all the ideas are for the rich or fanatical.
Posted on 21 September 2018 by Neil MooreIt seems that one in two people buy their new home after just one viewing! According to figures, 53% of people took only one visit, with another 25% only needing two, before they made their property purchase.
Posted on 17 September 2018 by Neil MooreRecent data has revealed that house prices have fallen but new buyer demand is up year on year.
Posted on 12 September 2018 by Neil MooreYou're considering putting your property up for sale, you want the best possible price but you also want to get your property sold. The prices and services vary from Estate Agent to Estate Agent, so how do you ensure you choose the right one for you and your property sale or property purchase even.
Posted on 10 September 2018 by Neil MooreWe have all spent a considerable amount of time in our gardens this year but have you ever considered the buildings in your garden and whether any planning permission or restrictions should be considered.
Posted on 3 September 2018 by Neil MooreAs we look forward to the autumn season in the 2018 property market the naysayers may well be citing Brexit as reason enough not to make a house move. They may say there is too much uncertainty. They may have would-be movers, wait.
Posted on 3 September 2018 by Neil MooreAccording to an interesting article in Property Industry Eye, there has been a record number leaving the Capital to move out to cheaper areas of the Country. With most of these moving to the South East of England, we are perfectly placed to benefit!
Posted on 29 August 2018 by Neil MooreProperty jargon can be confusing, so a recent onthemarket.com article concentrating on Conveyancing, what it means and how it happens, makes for some very interesting reading. It goes some way to explaining this important area of your solictors work.
Posted on 23 August 2018 by Neil MooreMore than half of buyers and sellers still want face to face, high street Estate Agents to talk to and support them with the sale/purchase of a property, according to a recent survey.
Posted on 15 August 2018 by Neil MoorePutting your property on now whilst stock levels are lower, could pay dividends....according to an article in Property Reporter.
Posted on 13 August 2018 by Neil MooreWe have seen temperatures soaring and no doubt in a few months time we will see them tumble to near freezing, so what repairs should Landlords be considering following the heatwave and to get ready for the Winter?
Posted on 7 August 2018 by Neil MooreThe property deal is agreed but not finalised, there is a willing buyer and a willing seller. Both sides have argued their points, compromised a bit, decided on a price and appointed solicitors. The buyer has arranged finance, and a surveyor. What could possibly go wrong?
Posted on 7 August 2018 by Neil MooreAccording to figures recently released by the Government, First Time Buyers have saved millions of pounds since the stamp duty cuts last year.
Posted on 26 July 2018 by Neil MooreAccording to a recent NAEA article a survey has told us that, damp, bad smells, poor maintenance and broadband blackspots are amongst the top 20 things that put off home buyers and can be potential deal breakers!
Posted on 25 July 2018 by Neil MooreWe are in the midst of what is probably the best summer in decades, with temperatures soaring and what better way to spend time, than in your garden! A lovely looking outdoor space, whatever the size, is always appealing to buyers, so if you can spend some time and money on it whilst the sun is out, we here at GL, would highly recommend it, especially if you are considering a sale in the future.
Posted on 11 July 2018 by Neil MooreShould it be 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months? In an ideal world a freehold sale should be 6 weeks and a leasehold sale of around 8-10 weeks - but this isn't always happening.
Posted on 11 July 2018 by Peter HossackThis warm weather is set to continue, so why not consider buying a house with it's own swimming pool. Both our Storrington and Pulborough offices currently have properties for sale featuring stunning swimming pools.
Posted on 4 July 2018 by Neil MooreThe image of those retiring with little to do other than playing bridge and chatting to fellow retirees over tea in 'the lounge' of their retirement home, lingers on with some, but you'd be wrong!
Posted on 28 June 2018 by Neil MooreThis week the Government launched some new 'How to' guides for tenants and landlords, to help them understand their rights and responsibilities.
Posted on 11 June 2018 by Neil MooreBuying a property that suits you in your 60s and 70s, that will continue to meet your needs in the years beyond, is a challenge that is being faced by more and more buyers as the baby boomers come of a certain age.
Posted on 11 June 2018 by Neil MooreWith summer just around the corner, and the weather finally taking a turn for the better, the attentions of tenants and landlords begin to turn to the garden to make the most of the sunshine. But be aware, gardening can be a thorny issue when it comes to deposit disputes, says Michael Hill, an adjudicator with Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).
Posted on 6 June 2018 by Neil MooreThe Nationwide has bucked the trend of many industry organisations by insisting that the private rental market is still in good shape, despite a raft of challenges being thrown up by government.
Posted on 4 June 2018 by Neil MooreThere is a time in the course of a negotiation when the wheels sometimes come close to falling off.
Posted on 4 June 2018 by Neil MooreNew data and analysis from Key Retirement has revealed that on average, Great Britain's pensioners have gained £159k in the 23 years they have owned their home.
Posted on 31 May 2018 by Neil MooreAccording to Property Reporter, the latest data and analysis from Legal & General and Cebr, has shown that parental help equating to an eye-watering £5.7bn will be needed for quarter of housing transactions during this year.
Posted on 22 May 2018 by Neil MoorePopularity of cash back mortgages on the rise... According to an article on Property Reporter, the latest data from Moneyfacts has shown that the popularity of mortgage cashback offers continues to grow, with both the number of deals and average cashback amount both seeing increases.
Posted on 15 May 2018 by Neil MooreLandlords may be feeling the pressure of the Government’s recent buy-to-let tax clampdown, but research suggests there is still plenty of money to be made over the long term.
Posted on 14 May 2018 by Neil MooreYear-on-year house prices up 1.2% according to latest data
Posted on 9 May 2018 by Neil MooreThink tank proposes giving all 25-year-olds £10k to get on the property ladder
Posted on 30 April 2018 by Neil MooreA blog from an article about the amount of buyers after each property
Posted on 24 April 2018 by Neil MooreRental accommodation, and the profile of those who live in it, is undergoing a fundamental change in the UK. Once shunned by private landlords, pets are increasingly being welcomed into rental homes, with contemporary developments even making considerations for them as part of their design.
Posted on 12 April 2018 by Neil MooreAn article discussing who drives the property market at the moment - first time buyers or wealthy buyers.
Posted on 28 March 2018 by Neil MooreThe number of Londoners now buying outside the capital is at an all-time high. Statistics have shown that 42% of sellers leaving prime areas of London for a home elsewhere in the UK, relocation to the Home Counties remains the most popular choice.
Posted on 26 March 2018 by Neil MooreWith the property market more competitive than ever and no shortage of stock coming to the market, especially in West Sussex, how your property is taken to the market can have a huge impact in not only a sale being achieved, but the price in which is secured too.
Posted on 20 March 2018 by Neil MooreA blog talking about how important the school catchment area is when buying and selling a house.
Posted on 15 March 2018 by Neil MooreWelcome to the GL & Co blog, where we write on a regular basis to keep every reader abreast of what is going on in the property market in West Sussex. We like to include thoughts and comments from our managers and staff, based in the 3 GL & Co offices in Storrington, Horsham and Pulborough. Craig, the manager of our Storrington office, gave us his thoughts earlier this week....
Posted on 12 March 2018 by Neil MooreThe Government are damaging the private rented sector, is their policy short sighted? There are more warning signs that the assault on landlords is adversely affecting the private rented sector.
Posted on 6 March 2018 byThis weekend we will be launching three exceptional homes on this exclusive private development of only seven properties by award winning Junnell Homes.
Posted on 5 March 2018 by Neil MooreMarkets are forever in flux. That is their nature. So our handling of them must be flexible too. In the stock market we can buy, hold or sell depending on conditions. In a fruit and vegetable market we can buy the freshest produce early in the morning at the full price, or at the end of the day we can purchase what no one else has bought at a cheaper rate.
Posted on 20 February 2018 by Neil MooreIf you are starting to consider getting on to the property ladder for the first time, according to recent figures from UK Finance, you are one of many. It seems that there were 365,000 first time buyers in the UK last year, with an average age of 30 years old and an annual household income of £41,000 (individual or joint).
Posted on 13 February 2018 by Neil MooreWith 2018 in full swing our Horsham office has been incredibly busy listing some fabulous homes across the area. With applicant register levels also increasing, Tim Cattini, Manager of the Horsham Office, is expecting a busy first quarter with offers already coming in from motivated buyers looking to move before the Easter period.
Posted on 7 February 2018 by Neil MooreRadio 5 have been looking at the difference between online and traditional estate agents, Neil Moore explores the issues....
Posted on 5 February 2018 by Neil MooreNeil Moore, MD at GL & Co Estate Agents, looks at press reporting on the current property market and finds that there is more going on than the papers would have us believe. The press always have lots to say about the property market. But let’s take a look at what they aren’t saying.
Posted on 4 January 2018 by Neil MooreNeil Moore, MD at GL & Co Estate Agents, explains the all-important third phase in a property negotiation. Most, if not all, property negotiations run on similar lines. The first phase is the easy and fun bit. Both sides get to shout at each other, dig their heels in, complain how unreasonable the other side is being, bang the table and generally try to show who is boss – who is the alpha negotiator.