You may remember me telling you about Sarah and her mountain climbing exploits earlier in the year. Sarah mentioned at the time that she was planning an expedition to the Pyrenees in September. I am pleased to report that she was successful!

Sarah and her lifelong friend and climbing companion Adele undertook a four day trek and climb in the beautiful Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the western part of the Pyrenees, in the community of Aragon in Spain.

It culminated in them reaching the summit of snow covered Monte Perdido, a climb of no less than 3,355m. As you can see from the picture, the views were stunning.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Sarah and Adele on such an amazing feat.


Scary I know, but there are only sixteen weeks to go till Xmas. Traditionally this is a popular time of year to move so here’s a round-up of the latest trends in the housing market:

• Sellers – properties on sale in England and Wales have increased by 10.3% in a year, according to home.co.uk, a website specialising in monitoring property transactions. If you are thinking of selling remember to de-clutter, finish off any odd jobs that need doing and be realistic on your asking price.

• Buyers – average UK prices are down 2.3% from July, or so Rightmove estimate. Sellers may be prepared to drop prices as the autumn progresses in order to get a move completed before the end of the year.

• First Time Buyers – there is currently the largest number of first time buyers since 2008. In recent months they have accounted for 51% of all purchases, taking advantage of some good finance deals.


The latest report from TwentyCi, the data and customer engagement specialists, is now available. Property & Home Mover Report Q2 2018 is the fifth edition of their quarterly reports of analysis and data from across the UK housing market.

The good news is it isn’t all doom and gloom!

Here are the report highlights:

• Market confidence is still building. New instructions are up nearly 7% on last year while house prices remain stable.


I was pleased to read that there has been a continued drop in mortgage arrears and repossessions by lenders.

UK Finance has released data for the second quarter of the year and it showed 76,740 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5% of the outstanding balance. This represents an 8% drop on the figures for the same period last year.

Out of that total, 23,190 homeowner mortgages were in arrears of 10% of the total outstanding which is an annual decrease of 4%.

A total of 1,060 homeowner mortgaged  properties were repossessed in the quarter which represents a 5% drop.


I realise that most home owners are interested in knowing what their property is worth, whether they are intending selling or not. In the past the answer would be to ask your local estate agency to pop round and provide a valuation. There is a new trend, however, when it comes to valuing property.

The rise of the online valuation has been relentless. There are now numerous websites that promise to provide you tools to give an accurate valuation of your home. But how accurate are they?

Typically these sites all use data from the Land Registry although many also incorporate information from estate agent’s own databases. Needless to say there are plenty of bells and whistles in evidence.