Hunters News February Edition

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Inspirational Design Tips The Linda Barker Way...

Linda commented "When it comes to preparing a house for sale owners are often confused about just what is required but with interiors and exteriors, a little bit of work can go a long way." 

“People should understand that they need to put a bit of effort into it because it can give them the edge over anybody else. If you are in a market with a lot of very similar properties and people are going to see yours it pays to put a bit of effort in. My main tip is to keep the house tidy, let people imagine themselves living in your property and make people feel welcome in your house – give it a welcoming atmosphere.” 

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We Love Villages...

There is always a huge demand for old farmhouses, especially if they have some land, as well as the archetypal country cottage.  However, prospective purchasers are advised not to be too inflexible when it comes to property type.  There are some super barn conversions out there, many offering a great combination of modern styling and original features, as well as some great new builds which can be so much more economical to run than old properties.

People sometimes miss out on the benefits of village life by being too definite about the type of property they want. A home is what you make it. It’s the surroundings - the village schools, pubs, community spirit and so-on - that are most important.

To avoid the feelings of isolation that can be a problem for newcomers to village life, getting involved in community life is vital. Try and send your children to the village school, go to meetings and clubs in the village hall and - most importantly - get into the habit of saying ‘good morning’ to neighbours.

Hunters’ experts also advise checking-out mobile and broadband connections, public transport, plus the proximity of local pubs, shops and schools before buying.

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Predictions For The Housing Market in 2011

2010 was certainly a year of two halves  – the improvement in market activity we saw in 2009 continued until May’s general election. The World Cup and the subsequent media frenzy about spending cuts took over and the market quietened significantly in the summer; the Spending Review put paid to any chances of the usual Autumn rally.

Demand is being suppressed by housebuyers job concerns and lenders who are taking an ultra-cautious view of the market. The stance of our banks and building societies is particularly frustrating as, having fuelled the housing bubble, they now seem to take no responsibility for breathing life back into it. However, in our view, 2010 was never going to be easy and if anything it has been slightly better than we expected, particularly in the last couple of months.

On a more positive note, the rental sector is incredibly buoyant, particularly in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and York where there is strong demand from prospective tenants and in some cases rents have increased by up to 20% within the last 12 months. Consequently, returns for buy-to-let investors have grown significantly - yields are as high as 7% - as price falls have coincided with rising rents. Property investment is one area that lenders seem keen to support next year which will increase demand at the bottom end and produce a ripple effect into the rest of the market – not good news for aspiring first time buyers, but it will mean that house prices should stabilise and start to grow once again.

The last 3 years are probably the toughest the housing market has experienced in the last 60, but we believe that the worst is behind us. You only need to look at the Sunday Times Rich List to see how many fortunes have been made from long-term property investment – as for estate agency, we live in hope.

Best Wishes

Kevin Hollinrake

Managing Director

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