Don’t go near the water!

25.05.2024

Don’t go near the water! More years ago than I care to remember I learned to sail on the Thames Young Mariners (TYM) lagoon off Riverside Drive. The lake is a flooded former gravel pit – there were lots of those at one time along the riverbank here – and its connected to the Thames …

A window of opportunity !

01.04.2024

Our local housing market often starts to motor in the months from now to July, because the area looks at its most attractive and many of our movers want to synchronise with school years. And if you want to move in the summer you need to be getting a sale or purchase wrapped up in …

The Market Starts to Turn A Corner

06.02.2024

2023 wasn’t the best year for the local housing market as higher mortgage rates impacted on how much our buyers could afford to pay, – even when they really liked a property. But this trend is levelling off now and whilst we’re not seeing a major uptick yet in achieved prices, it would be fair …

LOOKING BACK – LOOKING FORWARD

19.12.2023

Its’s that time of year to review the year ending and to ponder the new one starting in January (named after Janus – the Roman god of transitions, doors and gateways who is usually depicted looking both backwards and forwards.) To use the football pundits cliché, 2023 for us has been a game of two …

The Right Property at the Right Price?

10.09.2023

There’s been lots of reports in the national press about house price falls and its only to be expected as mortgage rates have climbed to their highest for some years (although a number of major high street lenders have trimmed their rates back in the last couple of weeks). Locally it felt like we were …

WHATS IN A (ROYAL) NAME?

21.05.2023

As we recently marked the coronation of King Charles 3rd, we can reflect on how much our area was defined and coloured by the first King Charles and many other royals since. That influence is all over our locality – and all over our local names for streets and districts. The main effect Charles 1st …

Is there asbestos in my home?

24.04.2023

The short answer to this question is if you live in a flat or a house built anytime up to 2000, then possibly there’s asbestos lurking somewhere. If your home was built from the 1950s to the 1980s then it’s actually quite likely. So as much of our local housing stock falls in these categories, …

HOUSING MARKET TURNS A CORNER – OR DOES IT?

18.03.2023

For a few months now – ever since the infamous Truss/Kwarteng ‘mini budget’ last September, – housebuyers have been faced with increased costs on mortgages and have also been a bit nervous they might be purchasing in a weakening housing market. You couldn’t blame them when the media at the end of 2022 were full …

LOCAL HOUSING MARKET TURNS A CORNER

05.03.2023

For a few months now – ever since the infamous Truss/Kwarteng ‘mini budget’ last September, – housebuyers have been faced with increased costs on mortgages and have also been a bit nervous they might be purchasing in a weakening housing market. You can’t blame them when the media have been full of negative reports and …

Where is the housing market going in 2023 ?

09.12.2022

We try to avoid talking shop in this column but recently there’s only been one recurring question everyone’s been asking me – are our house prices going to drop? I realise the subject might seem tone deaf when we’re all faced with many other issues and indeed many would welcome a drop in house prices …