Hunters December Newsletter

We hope that you are ready to enjoy the festive period ahead and that it brings a time to celebrate as well as a time to relax and recharge your batteries.

Inside our Newsletter this month, you can read our market summary for 2015 as well as our predictions for the coming year and a round-up of Hunters news - it's been another very busy year as the network continues to grow; now with 170 branches throughout the country.

Don't miss the chance to browse this month's selection of properties, you can of course see all our current properties for sale and to let at plus a full list of all our branches.

Finally, we would like to wish you all a merry and bright festive season and all good wishes for the New Year.

Hunters Marketing

The Market in 2015 and a look into next year…

Confidence in future growth and the ability to borrow money are the big drivers in the property market that affects supply and demand. In the main, the numbers of properties coming to the market is fuelled by confidence in the above and that the equity in those properties has increased. Being able to borrow enough money at a favourable rate is of course also a key factor.

It’s a tick in nearly all the above boxes for 2015, however supply has been short and, because there are better mortgage products at low interest rates, demand has been high. This has resulted in a national increase in property prices of circa 7% in a year where we have also had a General Election which traditionally slows the market because of the uncertainty of a future government’s policies.

We have seen excellent activity from first and second time buyers able to take advantage of the ‘Help to Buy Scheme’ and investors new and existing have been starting and adding to the portfolios as bricks and mortar has represented a good return on investment.

Our predictions for 2016 are that similar market conditions will prevail with single digit growth and that there will be a surge in investors buying properties which represent a 5% plus return on investment, particularly in the first quarter before the new, Buy-to-Let stamp duty takes effect.

The lettings market is predicted to stay strong and we foresee that demand will continue to surpass supply as more and more people find it difficult to get onto the property ladder to buy. According to a recent survey of over 14,000 tenants conducted by HomeLet, 71% of people currently letting said they would prefer to buy, yet 66% of these people said they would not financially be able to. We are also seeing an element of a shift in demographics and attitudes towards the lettings market, with people making a lifestyle choice to rent rather than buy. As a result, properties of varying types and prices are now in high demand, such as family homes with gardens. This, of course, is more in line with housing infrastructure and attitudes seen for many years in other European countries.

The government’s commitment on further house building is long overdue and warmly welcomed but will probably not affect the market until 2017 as lead periods for planning and building may take the majority of the year.

We know that the New Year is a great time to sell or let with an increased and highly motivated audience of buyers and tenants whose circumstances may have changed, or who have taken the decision to move, over the holiday period. There is a phenomenal 70% increase in property related searches on Google between Christmas and New Year and that property sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla see record breaking visits during the first part of the year. So now is the time!

If you would like to find out how much your home is worth, contact your nearest branch to book a free, no obligation valuation or speak to one of our experienced agents about what’s happening in your market right now.

Hunters grows at rapid pace

It has certainly been another busy year for us at Hunters with several significant milestones since the business started in 1992. We were excited to launch our very first, national TV advert in January, which continues into 2016, (you can watch it here) and thrilled to become a Plc as the company listed on the London Stock Exchange in July.

Our network continues to grow with Hunters branches opening in several new locations this year including Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Folkestone, Ashford, Hackney, Forest Hill, Heswall, Warrington, Gateshead, Southampton and Oxford to name just a few. We now have 170 branches throughout the UK with plans to open in many more locations over coming years - helping more and more people move than ever before, whether through selling, buying, letting or renting.

You can find your nearest Hunters branch here.

Lettings property of the month

A beautiful property set in an idyllic location

Click here to read Lettings property of the month.

Sales property of the month

Take a look at this beautiful property which is full of character

Click here to read Sales property of the month.

Auction property of the month

Amazing development site still available, don't miss out on this rare opportunity!

Click here to read Auction property of the month.

A place in the sun

Wanting to escape the cold this winter? Why not invest overseas? 

Click here to read A place in the sun.