I was please to read that Gloucester house prices are up 4% on where they were a year ago and are 10% higher than 2016.

Online property site Rightmove has published data this month covering house prices in Gloucester and the immediate surrounding areas and their figures make for interesting reading.


I was very pleased to read that more than 400,000 people have been able to buy their first homes thanks to the government’s Help to Buy scheme.

A government report confirmed some 458,000 completions have taken place under the scheme. Of those 402,000 were first time buyers.

Help to Buy ISAs offer government bonuses of up to £3,000 to help first time buyers top up their savings. The statistics released show that first time buyers have taken advantage and opened up 1.2 million new accounts.


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.


It may come as no surprise to many of you that Gloucester has been voted the second best place to work in the whole of the UK according to a survey carried out by Glassdoor Economic Research.

Glassdoor’s Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In report questioned employees across the country regarding a number of factors including job prospects, salaries, job satisfaction and property prices.

Gloucester came significantly higher than any other town or city in the South West, including Bristol. In fact, Gloucester scored just 0.1 less overall than the national winner, the town of Slough in Berkshire.


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.