Signs are strong for buy­ers and sell­ers

Stockport Times West - - HOMES -

AS 2014 draws to a close Philip James Kennedy in Dids­bury re­flects on what has been a great year for prop­erty trans­ac­tions in the Dids­bury vil­lage and west Dids­bury ar­eas.

In­deed, the agent has com­pleted on more than £100m-worth of prop­erty.

Di­rec­tor Rob Kennedy said: “I would like to per­son­ally thank all our clients who have formed part of our suc­cess in 2014.

“With the mar­ket car­ry­ing real mo­men­tum into 2015, all the signs are that there will be high lev­els of new prop­er­ties out there in Jan­uary, with the most se­ri­ous buy­ers and sell­ers act­ing swiftly in the new year.

“I am of­ten asked by clients hop­ing to move when would be the best time to ac­tu­ally start mar­ket­ing their home to take ad­van­tage of a favourable mar­ket place.

“The an­swer is we have many tai­lored strate­gies, one of which will work for each type of home­owner.

“Dur­ing De­cem­ber we have mea­sured up 20 per cent more prop­er­ties than this time last year, in­clud­ing two sen­sa­tional man­sion homes which are bound to cre­ate an enor­mous amount of lo­cal in­ter­est.

“I have also been ad­vis­ing many clients to take ad­van­tage of the mild weather we have had, when pic­tures taken will make their homes look at their best.”

Rob added: “We have regis­tered record num­bers of buy­ers this month who are ready to move when the right prop­er­ties be­come avail­able in the new year.

“Stamp duty on home pur­chases changed from mid­night on Wed­nes­day of last week, which is a wel­come boost for many buy­ers look­ing in the highly sought after M20 post­code.

“Only clients who buy homes worth more than £937,000 will pay more in tax with the new sys­tem so this change will make it more af­ford­able for 98 per cent of our clients.

“This is bound to make mov­ing next year a more at­trac­tive propo­si­tion.”

An ex­am­ple of this is some­one buy­ing a house for £200,000 will pay noth­ing on the first £125,000, and then two per cent of the next £75,000 giv­ing them a bill of £1,500.

“Pre­vi­ously they would have paid one per cent on the to­tal pur­chase price, giv­ing them a bill of £2,000.

“Many clients re­side in highly sell­able prop­er­ties,” con­tin­ued Rob. “So a dif­fer­ent strat­egy in­volves hav­ing the par­tic­u­lars pre­pared in ad­vance for when the per­fect house be­comes avail­able; there­fore no time is lost risk­ing the pro­posed pur­chase.

“This can be a re­ally good ap­proach for clients want­ing to move but who only want to put their homes on the mar­ket when they see a prop­erty to buy.

“A con­fi­den­tial list of prop­er­ties is avail­able to all our clients and is es­pe­cially use­ful for clients mov­ing lo­cally and for buy­ers look­ing for pres­ti­gious homes.”

Another fea­ture of 2015 will be the re­de­vel­op­ment by P J Livesey of the 10-acre Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity site on Wilm­slow Road.

This will be the largest res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in Dids­bury vil­lage and cre­ate a new hub of fine de­tached fam­ily homes and apart­ments de­signed for clients want­ing a spec­tac­u­lar liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Philip James Kennedy has al­ready been in­structed by a num­ber of clients who are in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing on this de­vel­op­ment and other smaller sites which are set for re­lease in 2015.

The agent is also cur­rently an­nounc­ing the launch of its brand new web­site philip­james. co.uk which has been a year in the mak­ing and will be fully op­er­a­tional from Jan­uary. The web­site re­flects the agent’s pro­gres­sive at­ti­tude to the prop­erty in­dus­try and its on­go­ing aim to cre­ate new and in­no­va­tive ways of mar­ket­ing its clients’ prop­er­ties.

With a fu­tur­is­tic de­sign and ex­cit­ing port­fo­lios of prop­er­ties avail­able for buy­ers to con­sider, Philip James Kennedy is sure the new site will quickly be­come the first port of call for those look­ing to move into or out of the Dids­bury area.

You can email Rob at rob.kennedy@ philip­james.co.uk for more ad­vice.

Philip James Kennedy’s Dids­bury of­fice and, in­set, di­rec­tor Rob Kennedy

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