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.

• Downsizers – because they are often cash buyers, they are ever popular with sellers and bargains can be had.

Whatever your situation, it pays you to come and talk to us. We are Gloucestershire’s longest established independent estate agent so you can rest assured we know what we are talking about!

Give us a call today or drop into one of our four offices for a chat.

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Covid -19 Lockdown Update

We hope you are all staying well and safe in these very confusing times.

We are very pleased to say that with the impending second lockdown restrictions we are able to stay open and can fully function.  It just goes to show how important to the Government and the economy the residential property market is.

It is not yet confirmed as to whether our branches will be open to the public, but we can be contacted by telephone or email. 

In Summary this means

  • Buyers, sellers and tenants will continue to be able to move.
  • Removal firms, although busy are able to operate.
  • We can arrange valuations and do viewings on properties (subject to strict PPE being in place)
  • Surveyors and valuers for mortgage purposes will continue to work.

In the meantime, we will continue to follow the covid-19 safety guidelines:

  • Face coverings to be worn on all viewings.
  • Hand sanistiser to be used before entering a property.
  • Avoid touching any surfaces.
  • Viewing time is limited to 15 minutes inside the property.
  • No more than two households inside the property at any one time. This includes the agent accompanying.
  • No children permitted at viewings unless they are young enough to be carried. (Children are likely to touch surfaces).

This is good news for the property market and we will keep you updated as soon as there are any further developments.