Teresa Brewer FNAEA MARLA
Finlay Brewer Brook Green

Season's Greetings!

Christmas, is nearly upon us. It seems like the shops have been stocking and re-stocking those shelves for months, but now time is really running out to find those last few presents to make sure everyone gets what they want when the big day arrives. How did we ever manage Christmas shopping before the internet? It really does seem, sometimes, that life will stop after Christmas Day, that everything for many weeks has been geared-up for December 25th. But then New Year’s Eve comes along and we start the whole thing again. For now, we’ll just make the most of all those jingling bells and be sure that the Christmas buzz is ringing in every ear.

Of course, most of the recent property market news has focused around the budget and that cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers for properties under £500,000. It might make for a busy 2018 for first time buyers, who can make savings of up to £5,000 providing a welcome boost to the market. There was also a lot of new money pledged to house building but it will take several years before it has any effect on either the sales or rental markets.

And amidst all the celebrations, don’t forget, at this time of year, there are always those looking to make a move early in the New Year. The “Boxing Day Bounce” starts on 26th December and is the busiest week of the year for people searching properties on Google. You’ll be surprised how many people spend time over the Christmas break looking for a new house or flat for the New Year. It’s not too late to get your property onto the market to take advantage of this but you need to get a move on.

Our technical development continues and as of this week we have added a Live Chat function on our website to make new visitors more comfortable. The fully trained off-site chat team are already busy helping website visitors around the site and setting up appointments. This will be joined in early 2018 by a “Book a Viewing” button on our property pages so that busy, interested buyers can make an appointment when catching up on life in the evening or over the weekend.

Meanwhile the teams in our offices will be taking a well earned break over the Christmas period!

In January, as usual, we’ll be looking ahead to what 2018 will be bringing to the housing market and I’ll be giving you my predictions for the coming year. For now, that just leaves me to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and I’ll look forward to seeing you again in 2018.