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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

T’S hard to be­lieve that it has been a year since the Roberts Newby/Strutt & Parker merger and what a year!

This mar­riage has sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tion and has gen­uinely ex­tended our fam­ily and the re­sources we have avail­able to en­sure we can now reach a much wider net­work of buy­ers and ten­ants with to­tal com­mit­ment to un­par­al­leled client care and de­liv­er­ing value and the best re­sults for our clients.

As we en­ter the main sum­mer pe­riod there is much to con­sider with all the dis­cus­sion around Brexit and the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.Al­though our of­fices in the home coun­ties, in­clud­ing Ger­rards Cross, have ex­pe­ri­enced a drop in ac­tiv­ity, trans­ac­tions are still rel­a­tively level – prov­ing that life still goes on. So far 8.5% of our sales have been af­fected in some shape or form, al­though only very few have fallen through al­to­gether.

Stock lev­els re­main low and de­mand is still out­weigh­ing sup­ply to the ex­tent that if a sen­si­bly priced prop­erty comes onto the mar­ket par­tic­u­larly in the price bands up to £1.5m, it is sell­ing. A num­ber of lenders have al­ready cut their rates and ac­cord­ing to our col­leagues at Pri­vate Fi­nance, we are now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive mort­gage rates.

The Hal­i­fax has re­cently con­firmed that house prices con­tinue to in­crease al­beit at a slower rate but still many times above in­fla­tion.

In­ter­est­ingly, I read re­cently that over half a mil­lion peo­ple have opened Help to Buy in­di­vid­ual sav­ings ac­count (HTB Isas) since their launch in De­cem­ber.This is en­cour­ag­ing and proves that we are very much a na­tion of home own­ers.

Even the most op­ti­mistic es­tate agent re­alises that the full ef­fect of the EU ref­er­en­dum is un­cer­tain, how­ever, with home own­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions per­haps a lit­tle more re­al­is­tic and the po­ten­tial of mort­gage rates be­com­ing even lower, many of us in the prop­erty mar­ket could look back on this pe­riod as an ex­cel­lent time to buy.

On Sun­day I com­pleted the Wy­combe half marathon.Thank you to all who have spon­sored me in ad­vance of my sec­ond chal­lenge – the Mar­low half marathon in Novem­ber. I en­joyed the day and am de­lighted to be rais­ing money for the Crick In­sti­tute. (To sup­port the cause, go to www. just­giv­ing.com/strut­tand­park­erg­er­rard­scross)

Our team are highly ex­pe­ri­enced at manag­ing peo­ple’s mov­ing plans and shall be only too pleased to dis­cuss, in con­fi­dence, the best way for­ward in your cir­cum­stances.

Call 01753 891188.

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