May 2012

15 May Place Newsletter – May 2012

As you may be aware, interiors trends follow those set by the fashion industry, very closely. Predictions are made up to two years in advance, providing an insight into the key colours, designs and material directions for the seasons ahead. Don’t think I’m suggesting that you restyle your homes at the same rate as your wardrobe; I’m a firm advocate of not being a slave to fashion, or interior trends,...

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08 May One Year On ….

Innovative virtual estate agents, Place, are celebrating their first anniversary this Autumn and are also announcing plans to grow their residential lettings business. Having opened for business in 2009 Sarah Cassidy and her team have brought their distinctive pink and black branding and wide range of professional services to theSouth Bucks and surrounding area and have secured many successful deals that have left their clients and customers delighted as the growing...

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08 May New Guidelines Announced by the Property Ombudsman …

'I see what causes the most complaints when people fall out with sales and letting agents and quite often it can be over simple misunderstandings,' explains Christopher Hamer, The Property Ombudsman. 'Through these Guides I am trying to help consumers be better equipped for dealing with agents and to be aware of the specific things that they should look out for and where they should perhaps ask more questions of the...

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08 May Demand for Rentals at a Record High

Ian Potter, operations director at the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), said: “The market has bounced back in a way that no one could have predicted to levels of demand that have not been seen since the last century. “More than 70% of our agents have stated that consumers coming to their offices are being forced to rent because of the pressure exerted on potential home buyers. This is real...

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08 May What is a “Relucant Landlord”? …

The ‘reluctant landlord' - a phenomenon that emerged during the recession as homeowners were forced to let their property rather than sell it - has returned to the rental market, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). ARLA's research revealed that 34 per cent of member offices in Q3 2010 have seen an increase in the number of rental properties coming onto market because they can't be sold. This...

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08 May Crisis in New Homes …

The number of new homes built in England fell to a record low in the past year, down 23% on 2008/9. Just 128,680 net additional dwellings were provided in 2009/10 compared with around 167,000 in 2008/9. The previous record low was 130,510 in 2001/02. Numbers fell on the previous year in every English region. The North-West saw the largest annual decrease (38%), followed by the South-East (32%). The figures were...

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08 May Social Media is Selling Houses …

The days of estate agency High Street offices being full of home seekers is gone and lots of agents are left with expensive and under utilised premises that act as no more than advertising hoardings, largely ignored by the public who now want to access information in the ways and at the times that suit them. Social media is a huge phenomenon with more messages now taking place daily on Facebook...

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08 May Time to Move? …

We have a special offer, get your property valued in December and come on the market with Place Estate Agents before the New year and we will freeze the VAT.People are always curious about the value of their biggest asset so why not have a free no obligation value of your home.www.a-place.co.uk.Our customers rate our Estate Agentcy very highly why not see for your selves ....

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08 May Welcoming in the New Year …

The year started with shortages of supply in the sales market continuing from the latter part of 2009 and this helped create an urgency amongst purchasers and an upward movement of house prices. Mortgage availability was an issue, as it has remained throughout the year, and with house building at an all time low, these factors added to the low supply of property to purchase. The rental market however remained strong,...

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08 May News from the Council of Mortgage Lenders …

It says net lending is likely to be around £6 billion in 2011, down from the estimated £9 billion this year and £12 billion in 2009. Gross mortgage lending in 2011 will be very similar to this year at around £135 billion. Those figures are down from £143 billion in 2009, £253 billion in 2008 and £363 billion at the peak of the market in 2007. The CML does not think the...

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