Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

UR fam­ily week­end visit to John Lewis, where my par­tic­i­pa­tion is nor­mally bribed by the prom­ise of a piece of Vic­to­ria sponge and a pot of tea, high­lighted the fact that Christ­mas is nearly upon us.

As such, the property mar­ket is now largely fo­cused on com­plet­ing cur­rent sales be­fore the sea­sonal fes­tiv­i­ties, with many seek­ing to use the hol­i­day pe­riod to set­tle into their new homes. Al­though the level of buy­ers’ reg­is­tra­tions and view­ings are lower than pre­vi­ous months, the ra­tio be­tween view­ing and offering is much higher, this high­lights that those who are view­ing the mar­ket are fo­cused on buy­ing.

Equally en­cour­ag­ing is that we are un­der­tak­ing many mar­ket ap­praisals for prospec­tive clients who are look­ing to move next year and, in a num­ber of cases, we are get­ting property de­tails and pho­to­graphs pre­pared in readi­ness for a New Year launch.

This raises the mil­lion dol­lar ques­tion of whether those look­ing to sell should place their property on the mar­ket

now or in the New Year. Equally, if al­ready on the mar­ket, does one with­draw from it to come on afresh in the New Year?

The an­swer of course, is very per­sonal to each in­di­vid­ual. Hon­estly, I see no rea­son to wait or rest up on the mar­ket­ing, the Christ­mas break can be a fan­tas­tic time for buy­ers to search the mar­ket, Right­move has his­tor­i­cally an­nounced that Box­ing Day is one of the busiest days for property searches.

It could also be ar­gued that Christ­mas is a tra­di­tional time for low vol­umes of avail­able prop­er­ties, there­fore those on the mar­ket will stand out more!

The rental area is al­ways faster­mov­ing in that a property placed on the mar­ket can, if the rental level is right, be let and oc­cu­pied in days rather than weeks and this con­tin­ues to be the case now. De­mand from good qual­ity ten­ants, of­ten seek­ing fully man­aged prop­er­ties where they know that any is­sues will be quickly re­solved, re­mains strong and this mar­ket is buoy­ant.

Again, the sup­ply of prop­er­ties is par­tic­u­larly low in the £900 to £3,000 per cal­en­dar month price ranges, there­fore now is a great time to come onto the mar­ket.

With any threats of in­ter­est rate rises hav­ing abated slightly in re­cent weeks and now not look­ing likely un­til mid-2016 at the ear­li­est, and with the dra­matic events in the China mar­kets now yes­ter­day’s news, the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple we speak to are con­fi­dent about the mar­ket and com­mit­ted to the moves they in­tend to make.

Our team will be pleased to dis­cuss, in con­fi­dence, your par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stances and to ad­vise on how you can max­imise a suc­cess­ful move.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Roberts Newby, now part of Strutt & Parker, on 01753 891188 (Ger­rards Cross branch). LOOK­ING AHEAD: Christ­mas can be a good time to mar­ket your home, says Si­mon Roberts.

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