March 23, 2011
The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) goes live on 1 April 2011 when it takes up its statutory responsibility for leading and planning the future of the UK’s newest National Park.
Writes Andrew Ferrier from the Jackson Stops & Staff Midhurst office, which will be at the heart of this new National Park: “The setting up of the South Downs National Park has major implications for how we live, work and go about our leisure in West Sussex and Hampshire. The SDNPA includes several major towns and has a population of over 100,000 people. It will also be one of the largest planning authorities in the country, dealing with over 4,000 applications a year.
“As an established estate agency in West Sussex and Hampshire, Jackson Stops & Staff is well placed to advise clients on what implications this new National Park will have on buying or selling property, as well as developing sites across the region. We have experienced agents in our Midhurst, Arundel, Chichester and Winchester offices who will be happy to talk you through what are the likely ramifications of having this new planning authority.”
March 21, 2011
Writes Andrew Richardson from Jackson Stops & Staff’s Chichester office:
“The Hindhead tunnel is due to open in April this year. It has been a serious congestion problem on the A3 from London to Portsmouth and the South Coast. I moved to Hindhead myself in 1969 and they were talking about a tunnel then. It has been a major engineering feat to construct it but after 50 years it is finally open.
“I believe the implications of this new tunnel are more than just about relieving traffic congestion in Surrey. Lots of bankers and other city workers buy weekend home down here in Chichester and Midhurst, and the tunnel will easily knock half an hour off their journey time. This should lead to a good increase in weekend buyers and consequently demand for high quality weekend homes.”
This is echoed by Andrew Ferrier from Jackson Stops & Staff’s Midhurst office who adds: “When the A3M was opened, prices increased over a 12 -month period by 10%. We would expect a similar reaction once the tunnel opens in May with strong demand for properties in both West Sussex and around Hampshire.”
If you want to find out more about buying property in the Chichester area, why not give Andrew Richardson a call on 01243 786316 or click here. For those seeking property advice in Midhurst, call Andrew Ferrier on 01730 812357 or click here.
March 17, 2011
Fixed-rates have been rising since the start of 2011 in anticipation of a hike in interest rates but over the past week, some lenders have reduced their rates – good news for those looking for a little certainty.
Base-rate trackers continue to look attractive for those who can take a gamble and don’t need guaranteed monthly mortgage payments.
A third option is also growing in popularity: a mix of fix and tracker rates, or choosing a tracker with the option to move onto a fix at any time.
For more information on this subject, visit Private Finance about the various options available.
March 14, 2011
With the developing and terrifying stories and images of the tsunami which stuck the east coast of Japan at the end of last week, the first day of trading on the world money markets saw a small percentage drop .
The Japanese are only just recovering from recession and have injected £114 billion/15 trillion yen to bolster the markets. The wider effects will be felt across the globe in the coming days with risk of share prices in many Japanese goods being adversely effected.
It remains to be seen what effect this terrible disaster will have on the global economy but for now our thoughts are with the Japanese people.
March 9, 2011
Welcome to the news page for the freshly updated Jackson Stops & Staff website.
Over the course of the year, we will aim to bring you up-to-date property news, information about fantastic properties we have to sell or rent plus useful information relevant to the areas in which we have offices.
As leaders in property marketing, we are also utilising the latest in new technology and have a dedicated app, designed for iPhones, iPads, Android devices and Blackberries. These are designed for those of you who need access to information fast – wherever you may be.
We hope you enjoy our new website and we will be bringing you further innovations shortly.