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August 31, 2018

Appetite for renovations still strong amongst Brits

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Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops, provides his insight on our latest research which shows that Britain’s aspiration for a property project is booming.

Our latest research, which analysed the views of over 1,200 people on their preferences for home ownership, found that more than eight in ten British buyers would purchase a home in need of renovation, with only 5% of Londoners prepared to purchase a home with no renovation work required at all.

It is no secret that the British public love a renovation project, but these figure could well be heightened by uncertainty around Brexit and high stamp duty costs. These factors could be encouraging buyers to purchase homes with the view to make a profit on renovation works, which would hopefully offset future stamp duty costs.

Renovation work

According to our research, just under four in ten people would purchase a home in need of a new kitchen or bathroom installation, whilst an impressive 42% would be prepared to undertake a

This five bedroom home, just a few miles from Poldark’s coast, has planning permission for an extension, which includes a luxury master bedroom suite with balcony and a large family room with access to front and rear garden.

major renovation project such as structural alterations or a large extension. A hot tip from me for those looking to undertake such a project would be to check whether previous owners have applied for planning permission for home renovations before and whether this was granted or has lapsed. Those looking to sell their home with planning permission for improvements will find this adds a significant premium to the property, as this allows the buyer to start creating their dream home from day one, which is an undeniable bonus.

The dream kitchen

Unsurprisingly, our research found that the kitchen is still the heart of the home, with nearly half of British respondents stating that having space for a family size dining table was the most important feature to include in a dream kitchen. However, turning our attention to London, where space is at a premium, buyers tend to favour integrated appliances over a spacious kitchen area – with dishwashers ranked as their most important feature.

Interestingly, an Aga ranked as Britain’s third most important feature, whilst only 2% said a breakfast bar was essential.

This five bedroom country home benefits from an open plan kitchen and breakfast room with separate dining and sitting areas.

The dream configuration

When considering the configuration of their perfect homes, more than six in ten respondents to our survey said they desired an open plan kitchen and dining area, with a lounge positioned separately.

Less than 29% of London residents said that they would want an en-suite to accompany their master bedroom. This figure rises to 43% when analysing the responses from across the country, while those looking to install kitchen gardens may want to reconsider, with only 12% stating they would prefer this garden in their dream home.

August 8, 2018

Brits love a great British break

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Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops, provides his insight on our latest research on British buyers’ dream holiday home destinations.      

With a huge variety of locations to consider, the UK’s property market offers ample opportunity to find a dream holiday home. Whether buyers are on the hunt for a cosy bolthole on the seafront, a chocolate box cottage in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a modern city centre flat, all tastes are catered for, so it is not surprising that the concept of the Great British Break is still very much alive.

Our latest research, which investigated the views of over 1,200 people, revealed that 54% of British buyers still want to buy a holiday home in the UK despite the 3% levy on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for second homes.  Whilst the SDLT continues to be a challenge for the holiday homes market, there is still a clear demand for a coastal home retreat. Sailing, surfing, swimming, and taking in the fresh sea air are all favourite British past times, which points to why one third of British buyers want a second home by the water.

Burnham Market, an area favoured by buyers from London and the peripheral Home Counties, is a prime choice for those looking for a bolthole by the sea. The quintessentially British village sits just a stone’s throw from the stunning North Norfolk coastline and offers and array of beaches, renowned restaurants and hotels.

Over a fifth of respondents referenced an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK as their top destination for a holiday home, with 5% choosing a UK town or city.

Just over a third of those surveyed would chose a holiday home in Europe, while interestingly, less than 11% of respondents desired to purchase a holiday home outside of the UK or Europe.

Those looking to rent their UK holiday home out whilst it is not in use should look to traditional holiday destinations across the UK such as the Cotswolds, historic cities and popular coastal towns. These areas are not only growing in popularity with UK holidaymakers but also with international visitors – a prime example of this is the Tour de Yorkshire bringing more international interest to York than ever before.

August 1, 2018

The appeal of the quintessentially English village home

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 10:56 am

Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops, provides his insight on the appeal of village life, and the village homes which offer the best bang for your buck.

From stately manor houses to chocolate box thatched cottages, village homes have always played a key role in the UK property landscape. Thanks to their striking and historic features, it is not hard to see how these quintessential English property types have stood the test of time, but much of the appeal can be put down to village life itself. Residents will often buy into this lifestyle and therefore want amenities such as local shops, village halls, parkland and doctor’s surgeries on their doorstep.

The Old Rectory is a Grade II listed 18th century former Georgian rectory available through our Norwich branch.

Our latest research, which analysed the price premium of five typical English village property types, found that despite standing at six times as much as the UK average house price, old rectories are the least expensive quintessentially English village home on a per square foot basis (£261 per square foot). Whilst on the opposite side of the spectrum, farmhouses prove the most expensive per square foot, despite their fairly spacious proportions. Ranking as the third most expensive village home (£1,206,578), buyers can expect to pay on average £322 per square foot, but will often benefit from extensive grounds and a private location. Although much smaller in size (more than 1,500 sq. ft. less than farm houses), chocolate box cottages aren’t far behind with an average value of £311 per square foot.

More than eight times the price of an average UK home and six times as large, manor houses continue to command the highest average sale price (£1,868,750) of each of the property types analysed. However, despite often being the apex of the village, the centre of all local life, manor houses are only £67 more than an average UK home per square foot.

From sharing gossip over a pint at the local pub, playing cricket on the village pitch or enjoying the attractions of the summer fete on the green, villages often radiate a rich community spirit which has long been forgotten in many towns and cities.

It is not surprising to see that manor houses and old rectories command the highest price premium of all English village homes we analysed. The vicar was often considered the most important individual in the village, only second to the lord or lady of the manor. Both property types offer ample proportions, however when it comes to offering best value for money the old rectory beats the manor house hands down.



May 25, 2018

Look to Wandsworth for lower council tax and commuting costs

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Homeowners may save money by staying in London rather than moving out to the Home Counties

Surrey residents have seen substantial rises to council tax bills this month, resulting in the affordability gap between London and this affluent county to close for the first time in years.

Here at Jackson-Stops, we investigated this shrinking affordability gap by analysing the average cost of council tax and annual rail fares across the local authority areas that pay the highest council tax in Surrey. This was compared against the average council tax and commuting costs of residents in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Surprisingly, we found that those choosing to relocate to the London Borough of Wandsworth, instead of commuting into London each day from Surrey, could reduce their annual outgoings for council tax and train travel by up to 73%.

Residents considering a move to Surrey Heath, in particular, could make annual savings of over £4,000 by relocating to the London Borough of Wandsworth, whilst those looking at Woking could save £3,807 each year on their council tax and commuting costs. These sizeable savings on living costs, combined with house price growth of 5% in Surrey and a reduction in house prices in some areas of inner London, mean that those keen to enjoy a more central location with a shorter commute could for the first time in years find it more affordable to live in London than in Surrey.

Less council tax for more frequent services

Lower council taxes aren’t the only perk of staying in London; residents might also enjoy access to better services provided by their Council, such as more frequent waste collection and better street lighting. It is therefore even more surprising that these country homes can be liable for a council tax bill twice the size of the equivalent sized home in the Capital.

What does this mean?

As the price gap between Surrey and London’s property market closes, we could see fewer professionals and young families moving from the Capital as they contemplate whether the lure of Surrey is as strong today as it has been previously. Train fares and council tax are just a few examples of the additional costs these residents will pay to live outside of the Capital; parking at train stations and petrol are also considerations.

Why Wandsworth?

So, “why Wandsworth?”, I hear you ask. The London Borough of Wandsworth provides a good ‘Surrey alternative’ for these buyers; with its leafy surroundings and villagey pockets such as Putney and Earlsfield, it offers many of the frequently-requested lifestyle qualities that the Prime Home County of Surrey undoubtedly continues to provide, albeit at a price that is on the rise.


May 24, 2018

Jackson-Stops puts a spotlight on stock in the country

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 2:50 pm

Our chairman, Nick Leeming, discusses our latest research that reveals the top counties to buy a home by stamp duty band.

Regardless whether a buyer is new to the market or looking for a downsizer home, purchasing a property is a big commitment, so finding the right one for the right price is a must for many. As the country continues to suffer from a chronic lack of stock locations that offer far more choice are becoming much more appealing to buyers.

Broken down by stamp duty bands, our latest data pinpoints which of the 48 English ceremonial counties currently benefit from the highest number of properties:

Properties under £125,000

Lancashire, in north-west England, currently has more than 5,700 properties on the market within this bracket, making up 10% of the market. Merseyside is proving to be a hotspot for buy-to-let landlords with the metropolitan county homing hundreds of thousands of university students.

Properties between £125,001 and £250,000

Lancashire also takes the top spot for this price bracket, with almost 6,000 homes currently on the market ranging from studios to ten-bedroom homes. The commuting hotspot of Surrey currently boasts 1,249 studio or one bed apartments within this bracket, but only benefits from 4 four bedroom homes.

Cottage Farmhouse is an attractive Grade II Listed property dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and is available through our Ipswich branch for £995,000

Properties between £250,001 and £450,000

If you want the best possible choice for a two, three or four bedroom home within this price range, the only way is Essex. The Essex property market continues to go from strength to strength and is likely to remain that way with the construction of the Elizabeth Line nearing completion, which will shorten journey times from the county to the centre of the Capital. With the East-West line set to complete in 2019, enabling direct travel from areas such as Shenfield and Brentwood to key locations such as Heathrow Airport, it will play a significant role in heightening property demand and increasing prices in those and the surrounding areas.

Currently this county accounts for more than 8% of the market within this bracket, including 4,500 three bedroom homes alone.

Properties between £450,001 and £925,000

Commuter hotspot Surrey has the most amount of stock available for asking prices between £450,001 and £925,000, with almost 3,500 properties on the market. Ideal for those looking for a first

Dating back to 1914, Far End is an excellent example of a fine early 20th century Arts and Crafts house and is available through our Dorking branch for £2,250,000

family home – almost 40% of available properties are three bedroom homes.

Surrey has always and will continue to be a popular choice for young professionals, particularly in areas such as Dorking, which benefit from fantastic transport links into London in under an hour. It is also a firm favourite with families wanting to set up camp in the scenic countryside surrounded by sought-after schools including The Ashcombe, one of the main state secondary schools in Dorking, and Holmesdale Community Infant School in Reigate.

Properties between £925,001 and £1.5 million

Surrey remains the favourite with more than 1,700 properties available in this price band, making up almost 20% of this market. Kent and Hertfordshire follow in second and third position, but with around 700 properties available, Surrey is the clear winner in terms of choice, ranging from luxury studios and one bedroom apartments for city commuters to eight bedroom family homes.

Properties above £1.5 million

Unsurprisingly, Surrey remains in prime position within this bracket. Out of the 4,600 properties available for this price, more than 1,100 are situated in Surrey. Hertfordshire takes second place, with just under 350 properties available.

Our data has shown that the top end of the market has a clear lack of properties available, which can largely be attributed to stamp duty charges. Once a property hits the £2 million mark, stamp duty charges alone stand at more than £153,000. This, coupled with significant running and renovation costs which are commonly associated with such homes, could put buyers off if sellers are not willing to compromise on price.

March 22, 2018

Chairman of Jackson-Stops calls for YIMBYism

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With our latest research showing that more than half of homeowners do not want any new homes built locally in the next year, our Chairman, Nick Leeming, calls for YIMBYism.

 Our latest analysis of the property market, which investigated the views of over 1,200 people on their feelings towards housing, reveals that the majority of UK homeowners (74%) feel it is difficult for first time buyers to get on the property ladder. Yet, 51% do not want wish to see any new homes built within their locality.

The reality is that we are suffering from an acute housing crisis and, at present, only 6% of the UK is built on. As a result, 22% of first-time buyers are turning to the Bank of Mum and Dad to raise their deposit. Many may not realise it but parental financial assistance is becoming much more widely accepted as a solution, but the welcoming of new local homes could achieve far more in the long term.

Our research found that just under half of respondents regard themselves as NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) and more than 70% claim that protecting the greenbelt is more important than building new homes. The UK population is expected to surpass 70 million in just eight years’ time, and so if we are to meet this increase in demand and ensure homes can be delivered quickly for future generations I urge the NIMBYs amongst us to challenge themselves to be more accepting of new housing plans where homes are urgently needed.

The Government has recently announced a raft of measures to stimulate housebuilding, including warning local councils that they could be stripped of planning powers if they do not achieve their targets. Local communities should therefore be encouraged to play an active role in enabling development and challenge themselves to become a YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard).

YIMBYism would allow for the swift delivery of new homes that conform to local need and architecture and would help to lessen the housing shortages the UK is facing at present.

December 28, 2017

Luton crowned as 2018 commuter hotspot

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With 2018 rail fare increases set to outstrip wage growth, our Chairman, Nick Leeming, reveals Jackson-Stops’ top commuter hotspots for the New Year:

Come 2 January, we will see rail fares increase on average by 3.4% and so those moving within the London commuter belt will be thinking very carefully about where their next home is situated. For many location is key. With poor rail services making headlines across 2017, it isn’t all about the average house price however. Many London commuters will have first-hand experience of train delays, engineering works and strikes, and so will also be reviewing the length, quality, cost of their commute and whether they can get a seat on the train in the morning.

Following an analysis of a host of considerations, including annual house price growth, train reliability and speed of journey, our latest research reveals Luton in Bedfordshire as the ‘number one’ commuter location. Dorking in Surrey came second with a comparatively low season ticket cost and exceptional annual house price growth, while Slough, Tonbridge and Weybridge all occupied a busy joint third place.

Springfield Farm is a beautiful six bedroom family home available for £2,250,000 through our Dorking branch.

Despite winning the unflattering title of ‘worst place to live in the UK’ by Reddit users last year, Luton has beaten the odds and proved its critics wrong. House prices in the town have increased 10% annually, well above the national average, and the equivalent of nearly £23,000 – an equity increase which covers the cost of the annual train season ticket from Luton to London more than fourfold.

The Bedfordshire town benefits from fast and frequent trains into the heart of London St Pancras, with the fastest trains taking just 24 minutes. The town is also set for further expansion with £1.5 billion of inward investment promised over the next couple of years, including a £110 million investment into London Luton Airport and £300 million into nearby mixed use development Napier Gateway. These ongoing projects are expected to create 18,500 new job opportunities in Luton, and a high demand for new homes.

Despite its country setting, Dorking also provides commuters with transportation into London stations in around an hour, with the quickest journey into London Waterloo during peak times taking 51 minutes. Many of the trains originate at Dorking Main, meaning commuters are almost always guaranteed a seat and many can be seen with their laptops and tablets out, delving into their emails and work for the day ahead before they hit the office.

December 13, 2017

Hull is named as Santa’s 2017 Sweet-Spot

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 2:43 pm

Our Chairman, Nick Leeming, reveals why a dense population and abundance of chimneys make the ideal homes for Santa’s deliveries:

To get you in the festive spirit, our latest research has found that homes in Hull are the most ‘Santa-friendly’. With chimney and fireplace infrastructure crucial for Father Christmas to enter a home easily, and densely populated areas allowing for Saint Nick to fly him and his reindeers between properties with ease and deliver more gifts, more quickly – it’s a case of the Goldilocks effect in practice. The perfect areas for Kris Kringle are somewhere in the middle – they have to be just right and Hull hits the sweet-spot.

The Manor House is Santa-ready, with a fireplace situated in the large living room, and a sturdy slate and tile hip roof. Call our Northampton branch on 01604 632991 for more information.

We analysed 150 local authorities across England, examining the dual factors of population density and the prevalence of fireplaces and chimneys, to reveal a country-wide ranking of local authorities that allow Santa to deliver his gifts. Hastings and Stoke-on-Trent also made it into the top three, thanks to their prevalence of period properties with chimneys, corresponding fireplaces and reasonably dense populations.

On the other end of the spectrum however, Three Rivers, Bracknell Forest, and Surrey Heath are the worst areas for Santa Clause to deliver, as they are sparsely populated and the homes situated here tend to lack chimneys and fireplaces. There are no London Boroughs in the top 10. Although homes in the Capital are densely populated, the prevalence of apartments, which naturally do not have chimneys, reduces their Santa-friendly nature.

Christmas 2017 will indeed be particularly tricky for Santa making deliveries. The completion of 183,570 new homes across 2016/2017 is good news for prospective homeowners, but Father Christmas will not doubt have noticed the lack of chimneys associated with these homes – meaning his access options are limited.

If you want to attract more than just Santa this Christmas, the winter season can be a really good time to draw in a select group of serious buyers, as many are looking to proceed quickly in order to be in their next home as close to the start of the year as possible. To get winter buyers through your door, remember the importance of accurate pricing, photography and first impressions to make your home the most welcoming and sellable it can be. New year, new start rings true in winter!

November 30, 2017

The future of the country property markets

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 3:20 pm

Our Chairman, Nick Leeming, shares his insight on what we should expect to see in the country homes property market:

Our country branches expect to experience steady growth in the middle market next year (homes valued at £500,000 to £1 million). Some branches in the West Country are predicting prices to increase around 4% across 2018, but the overall sentiment in the South East is much different, with prices already at a peak and predicted to remain stable in 2018. Those seeking a swift and smooth sale in the South East will need to set pricing at realistic levels; buyers in the current market are too savvy to pay over the odds.

The Clock Tower is a magnificent 5 bedroom Grade II listed home, available through our Burnham Market branch for a guide price of £1,600,000.

Smaller, family-friendly homes will continue to experience an increase in demand as competition between families and downsizers continues. Overall, there is strong demand from families moving out of London in 2018, reflecting the trend of a desire for a more peaceful, tranquil lifestyle in the countryside. City workers are more willing to commute longer distances three to four days a week, especially if they can get a seat on the train and work on the journey, as well as work from home once or twice a week. This is expanding the commuter belt further, beyond the traditional Home Counties, even to the villages between Cirencester, Cheltenham and Stroud.

The Cotswolds remains a hotspot for families with parents wanting to increase the amount of time they can work from home, and give their children the best possible environment to grow up in. As for the traditional commuter locations, villages in East Anglia and the South East will remain favourites among families. However, with a limited supply of homes, competition between families and downsizers, who have the same dream home in mind, will be intense.

The new homes market in the country continues to be driven by buyers looking for high quality and well-sized new homes, valued between £250,000 and £750,000. Homes that require very little maintenance are particularly sought-after by downsizers in the South West. However, there is currently a scarce supply, due to planning policy, which favours new homes in urban extensions or new towns as opposed to the country.

November 24, 2017

First-time buyers celebrate stamp duty cut – but is this enough to fix our broken housing market?

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Our Chairman, Nick Leeming, shares his insight on Chancellor Philip Hammond’s stamp duty announcement in the Autumn Budget:

It may have been a long time coming but Chancellor Philip Hammond has finally addressed the UK’s call for stamp duty reform, with the prohibitive tax abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000. To help those in London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of a £500,000 purchase by all first-time buyers will be exempt from stamp duty, with the remaining £200,000 incurring a 5% tax. For those first-time buyers who have been struggling to save enough to take their first step on the property ladder, this is a positive step in the right direction, particularly in addition to recent boosts from the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. In the most expensive parts of the country a typical first-time buyer home can attract a stamp duty land tax liability as high as £10,000, money that can now be entirely, or in large part, ploughed into a deposit or spent on making essential renovations in the vast majority of cases.

However, I do feel the Chancellor has missed a trick by failing to reduce stamp duty levels across the board and his decision to cut stamp duty for first-time buyers was more of a quick fix, as opposed to a long-term plan to help mend our broken housing market. High levels of stamp duty, particularly to the top end of the market, caused sales levels to fall by 8% in the last financial year, according to the HMRC’s Stamp Tax Statistics 2016 – 2017.

This fall in market activity can no longer be ignored and the Government must view the property market through the eye of the homeowner – particularly now The Bank of England has announced an interest rate rise. First home owners generally want to move up the ladder, to larger homes as their circumstances change and families expand. Stamp duty levels have acted as a brake across the entire market, preventing the likes of downsizers and second-steppers from making their moves. It is therefore very disappointing to have not seen a more comprehensive stamp duty reform, which would have inevitably increased overall fluidity to the benefit of all buyers.

November 15, 2017

The future of the London property market

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Toby Whittome, Sales Director at Jackson-Stops London, shares his insights on what we should expect to see from the London property market next year:

With 2018 fast approaching it’s that time of year again when we offer up our London property market predictions for the next 12 months. It will come as no surprise when I say that punitive stamp duty levels and economic and political uncertainty have taken their toll on the Capital’s property market in 2017, but as we move into 2018 we do expect house price growth to remain stable. If Chancellor Philip Hammond fails to address stamp duty reform across all levels of the market in his upcoming Autumn Budget, high-value home owners (£1 million and above) will continue to feel the strain and sales levels and average prices will remain immobile. It is worth remembering that stamp duty land tax is not just causing issues for the top end of the market. Most people aspire to move up the property ladder and if owners of larger, more expensive homes are reluctant to sell up it can really stymie upward progress.


Located on the doorstep of Harrods, this two bedroom apartment is available for £3,150 per week through our Mayfair branch

Turning our attention to the rental market, we predict prices will overall remain the same, but with a possible increase of around 1%. A ‘magpie market’ is currently affecting the London rental market, with tenants parting with more money in exchange for well-located, exceptional quality rentals. This is having a knock-on impact on the lower end of the market, with properties remaining vacant as landlords are either no longer financially able or willing to spend time renovating. With Brexit negotiations underway, we can also expect to see an increase in young professionals currently renting in London becoming hesitant about renewing their contracts, as their employers start to seriously consider relocating their staff to locations such as Dublin and Frankfurt.

In more positive news, now is a good time to be a new home purchaser in London, and we expect this trend to continue into 2018. Although there is uncertainty around Brexit negotiations and the impact of the interest rate rise, such factors are unlikely to influence the ‘man on the street’s’ decision to buy a pristine, previously unlived in, new home. In central London, we will start to see listed housebuilders dominate supply, focusing their time on acquiring new sites where resales are under £800 per square foot. This suggests we may start to see a shortage of new homes over £1 million launching to the market, with buyers having to compete to bag their dream London home.

September 15, 2017

Homebuyers do like to be beside the seaside

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 3:12 pm

Our chairman, Nick Leeming, shares his insight on our latest piece of research which reviews the price premium associated with seafront homes.

Owning a seafront home with uninterrupted waterside views or access to the beach has long been an aspiration for the British buyer. Whether it is someone’s full-time residence or a holiday home to enjoy during the summer months it is clear from our latest research that buyers are willing to go the extra mile to secure their dream home by the sea.

We analysed 30 prime seaside locations, ranging from super-prime hotspots to traditional holiday resorts, and found that buyers are paying on average 33% more for the privilege of living on the front row, compared to how much they would pay for a property just one street further back.

Aldeburgh in Suffolk boasts the highest seafront price premium out of any location analysed, with such homes selling for, on average, 89% more than homes elsewhere in the area. It is a renowned seaside hotspot and the residential property market is currently very strong here, driven by a high demand from both holiday home buyers and those looking for a full-time residence. Complete with all the amenities holiday makers desire, such as the classic east coastline, pubs, restaurants, a tennis club, a golf club and a yacht club, the only thing that would make living in such as area better is having an uninterrupted sea view.

Seafront homes in Padstow in Cornwall generate a 70% price premium and the front row homes in Torquay in Devon are available with a 69% price premium. More traditional seaside resorts also experience this trend, with seafront homes in Bournemouth 67% more expensive than other properties in the town. The price premium on seafront homes in Southend-on-Sea is 36%, while Blackpool’s is 34%.

The lifestyle benefits associated with living by the seaside means that it comes as no surprise that waterside homes generate a strong price premium, regardless of their distance from the beach. Sailing, surfing, swimming, and taking in the fresh sea air, are all favourite British past times for families and downsizers alike. Yet, there is something very special about being able to look out of your kitchen window or step outside your front door and be immediately greeted by sandy beaches and the rippling of the tide.

Top 10 seaside locations with the largest seafront house price premium.


September 1, 2017

Jackson-Stops & Staff unveils new look

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Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops, gives his insight on why now is the right time for a rebrand.

After a detailed consultation period, which included a UK-wide client survey, we have decided to rebrand as Jackson-Stops, dropping ‘& Staff’ from our name. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We have been operating under Jackson-Stops & Staff for more than a century so it was incredibly important to us that our clients, who admire our traditional values, were able to voice their opinions on the potential rebrand.

Established in 1910 by Herbert Jackson-Stops in Towcester, ‘& Staff’ was added to our name to engender true family spirit. However, our survey found that most of our clients are not aware of this historic link.

With additional feedback from the customer survey showing that many of our clients already refer to us as ‘Jackson-Stops’, it only secured as further evidence that now is the right time for a change.

As part of the rebrand, we have also taken the opportunity to refresh the look and feel of our logo and the wider brand. This will be rolled out across all of our branches, on social media and in our marketing materials, which includes brochures, sales boards and displays.

Although our name is more succinct we will continue to operate as we have always done with our high quality values and service at the forefront of everything we do.

Each of our 45 branches will adjust to the new brand name, with all phases expected to be completed by mid-2018.

August 21, 2017

The impact of noise when selling a home

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 12:47 pm

Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops & Staff, provides his insight on our latest research which examines the impact of different noise pollutants on prospective home buyers.

While many sellers are primarily focused on what their house looks like when preparing it for sale, a huge consideration to potential buyers is the surrounding noise they may encounter on viewings.

We surveyed 1,000 people across England and Wales on the impact noise would have on their decision to move, and found that, on average, 43% wouldn’t move into a property at all because of surrounding noise.

Our research showed that those selling a home may come particularly unstuck if their neighbours don’t keep noise to a minimum. Almost 70% of house hunters would be unwilling to move to their dream home if they were aware loud music with a heavy bass was played regularly next door, while almost two-thirds (63%) would not put up with neighbours engaging in noisy activities like DIY and parties at least three times a week – no matter what the discount. Interestingly, when asked if they would move in if they were able to negotiate on price, 24% of all respondents said ‘yes’ – they would be prepared to suffer through loud music, increasing to 29% when it came to noisy neighbour activities.

‘Pleasant’ noise like church bells ringing or farmyard animals are most likely to be overlooked by house hunters entirely, proving that not all noise is vexatious. Noises from these natural and spiritual neighbours are far less of an issue for sellers looking to achieve the best sale price. The sound of church bells in the morning is the most appealing to prospective buyers, with 36% happy to move straight in to a home affected by this with no discount, rising to 46% for those located in rural parts of the UK. This is followed by the sound of cockerels crowing every morning – 31% of potential buyers would happily move in next door to an animal alarm clock, without a discount on price.

Noise from party-goers leaving a nearby nightclub is far less appealing. More than 62% of respondents would refuse to move in, rising to 72% for rural homebuyers and 82% for over-55s.

Only 26% of 18 to 24 year olds wouldn’t move into a home near a lively pub or nightclub however, proving that age certainly plays a significant factor in the acceptance of different types of noise near the home.

For those struggling to sell because of a particular din, it is worth targeting the marketing of their property to specific age groups. Whatever the sound disturbance, our research shows there will likely be a buyer out there happy to accept it, which goes to show that a savvy marketing plan, supported by detailed knowledge of a home’s benefits including local amenities, is all the more important for properties impacted by noise pollution.

July 13, 2017

The great British tradition: English village living

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 12:14 pm

Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops & Staff, provides his insight on the price premium for an English village home:

Village life has always been an attractive prospect. From local pubs and quaint tea rooms, to traditional churches and independent shops, villages ooze community spirit. It is no wonder then that quintessentially English homes now come at a premium.

Our latest research shows that when it comes to typical village homes, including farmhouses, old rectories and barn conversions, the parochial property pecking order is still very much in play.

The apex of the village, the centre of all local life, is the manor house. They command the highest average sale price at £1,427,292, which is over six times greater than the average UK house price of £218,000. Manor houses benefit from both glamour and prestige, spacious living accommodation and manicured grounds, which is why they continue to boast a healthy premium on the property stage – and will do for many years to come. Despite their chunky price tags manor houses do offer the best value for money per square foot of space.













Cottages on the other hand, with their quintessentially diminutive proportions, are the least expensive with an average sale price of £607,465. However, this is still almost three times more expensive than the average UK home.

In terms of price per square foot, barn conversions were the most expensive, coming in at £325, pipping the humble chocolate box to the post by £5 per square foot. Farm houses rank in third position when comparing property types on both a square footage and overall sale price basis. This type of property is nearly six times more expensive than an average UK home, with an average sale price of £1,257,918.

Regardless of location and proportions, interest from those looking to become part of English village life is often sparked by a name alone. Properties called The Old Rectory are particularly popular and draw interest from potential buyers before they have even had a glimpse of what the home looks like.

There are currently many buyers in the market craving to move to a classic English village, and the prospect of living in a characterful property in such an area is extremely appealing. They provide buyers with the opportunity to purchase a unique piece of history, in which they can spend many years and make memories they will remember for many more.













July 3, 2017

Surprise hung parliament result fails to deter sellers and buyers

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 1:04 pm

Our chairman, Nick Leeming, provides an update on what Jackson-Stops & Staff’s national network of branches experienced on the ground two weeks on from the hung parliament result.

An analysis of the market, two weeks on from the shock General Election result, shows that home sellers and buyers remain undeterred. More than half (55%) of our branches reported no change in the level of sales instructions from 12th to 26th June compared to the two weeks prior. This would suggest to us that buyers with a long-term view of buying a home remain largely unfazed by the result.

Of course, the General Election did not bring about the strong Government that either we or Mrs May had hoped for, but fewer than 30% of our branches reported that clients have expressed any concern. Shrugging off the political result was a much more popular response, with 72% of our branches reporting that clients are continuing with the process of buying.

This Grade II listed former Vicarage is located in the historic village of East Farleigh and is available through Cranbrook branch for £1.25 million.

Some branches (7%) have actually seen an increase in the number of new instructions following the result, while our London Residential Development team said a hung parliament could lead to a softer Brexit, which would be better for business than a harder Brexit.

Overall, it is quite apparent that personal drivers, such as the need for a larger home, a shift in lifestyle or a yearning to be in a new location, is what is driving the market. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on high value properties is by far a much greater threat to the property market than the General Election result. With more than 80% of branches saying that higher levels of SDLT on £1 million plus homes is an inhibitor on their local market, we are now placing our trust in the new housing minister to address this. It should be a key priority for Alok Sharma to improve fluidity and the level of supply in the UK housing market.


June 27, 2017

Festival season is upon us – and homeowners are the true winners!

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Our Chairman, Nick Leeming, provides an overview of our latest research report, which shows how the most iconic festival towns and villages are exceeding their wider areas when it comes to property price growth.

The UK’s love of festivals has never been greater. From musical to literary, they draw in huge crowds from across the country and are often an opportune time for would-be sellers to capitalise on the associated hype. Our latest research, which analysed exclusive Rightmove asking price data, shows that festival locations are thriving when it comes to property price growth compared to their wider areas over the past seven years.

Pilton in Somerset, home of the Glastonbury festival (and an additional 200,000 people at the weekend) has seen 24% house price growth since 2010 – equivalent to £101,510. Meanwhile the average house price in the county of Somerset as a whole increased by just over £60,000.

Henley, host town of the namesake Henley Festival, has seen house prices increase by 45% over the last seven years, outperforming Oxfordshire as a whole quite significantly, which has seen growth of 31%.

Other star locations include Glyndebourne, also in Somerset, which hosts the Festival Opera, has seen incredible growth (52%) over seven years, far exceeding growth across Somerset as a whole, and Hay-On-Wye, home of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, which experienced property price growth of 36% since 2010, the equivalent of £102,080.

The inward investment festival-goers bring to an area contributes to improved infrastructure and amenities, which, along with other factors, all help add to the value of local homes. With festivals drawing people to different parts of the country many homeowners can also reap further benefits by renting out their homes during the event. It is a great way of drawing in extra income through holiday letting and can attract a significant premium over these festival weekends.

We would say that is a win-win situation, wouldn’t you?
































Table 1:  House price growth in festival locations compared to their surrounds. Source: Jackson-Stops & Staff + Rightmove

NB: figures in the body of the text on page 1 and 2 are rounded to the nearest ‘10’ for ease (but not in the table)

*As compared to the county / unitary authority they reside in.


April 28, 2017

General Election announcement fails to ruffle UK property market feathers

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 3:30 pm

Our Chairman, Nick Leeming, provides an overview of what Jackson-Stops & Staff’s national network of branches are experiencing on the ground following the General Election announcement on April 18th.

This impressive Grade II listed country house is available through our Chester branch for £1,975,000. Call 01244 328361 to arrange a viewing.

One week on from Theresa May’s surprise speech, the vast majority of our branches (93%) have reported no change in the level of sales instructions in the week from 18th to 25th April compared to the week prior. This suggests to us that sellers continue to have confidence in the UK property market and want to get on with life.

Of course, opinions are rarely unanimous. Over a third (38%) of branches reported at least one client had raised their concerns about the market and more than one in ten (16%) reported mutterings from buyers thinking of holding back from entering the market until post-General Election. Our clients in Chester for example are largely welcoming the General Election, and like many in other areas, they believe a win for Theresa May will unite our country and engender confidence in the economy.

All markets react badly to uncertainty and significant political events such as this normally do impact activity levels quite significantly; this particular snap General Election announcement is different however. With a far shorter time-frame and following a succession of referendums and elections, political uncertainty is fast becoming the norm and there is only so long that you can delay a move when needs must!

Six weeks is a blink of an eye in property market terms, so for the vast majority of buyers and sellers it’s business as usual and the personal drivers that are causing them to enter the market remain the overriding consideration.

We expect to see restraint perhaps in the week of the election as buyers and sellers await the outcome, however 84% of branches agree that a clear majority for Theresa May will actively benefit their local housing market thereafter so we look forward to moving past this temporary distraction.

April 26, 2017

Century old Waitrose signage uncovered at Pimlico branch

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 1:39 pm

Nicholas Butterworth, Chief Executive of Jackson-Stops & Staff’s London Group, explains:

Whilst recently undertaking renovations at their branch on Sussex Street, the Jackson-Stops & Staff Pimlico team removed their current signage to uncover not just one but two historic Waitrose signs which are thought to date back up to 100 years. These dates have now also been verified by Gavin Henderson, the Partnership Archivist at John Lewis.

The historic signage has been carefully removed and donated to the John Lewis Heritage Centre. The shop is one of the 10 original Waitrose stores bought by the John Lewis Partnership in 1937 when they were acquired from Wallace Waite. Waitrose first appeared on the high street in 1904 when Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor opened their shop in Acton. Today over 350 branches of Waitrose exist around the country.

I think we can all agree that it is really exciting to have revealed the history of the beautiful building and to have found such well-preserved signage. All of us at Jackson-Stops & Staff are passionate about preserving our wonderful built heritage and this is a fantastic reminder of the histories that exist in many London properties. It is also a reason why many of our clients come to us in search of a property with significant character and a story that will continue to endure for years to come.

March 9, 2017

The latest trend in the London property market

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 3:04 pm

Toby Whittome, Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Sales Director in Central London, discusses the latest trend in the London property market:

It is universally acknowledged that the best way to make a big decision is by considering long-term benefits instead of short-term ones. This advice again proves true when considering our latest analysis of London’s residential property market – reverse property price ripple effects are in full swing in London.


21 Stanhope Mews South is an extremely charming one bedroom property, set over two floors, which also has access to a roof terrace. It is on the market for £1,275,000 – please get in touch with our Chelsea branch if interested to find out more (02075815881)

I want to begin by clarifying that a ‘double reverse ripple’ is not in fact a new flavour of ice cream – it is instead the term coined for the trend in London whereby price trends have been flipped not only in terms of the high value vs. low value borough contrast, but also in terms of geography. It supports the idea that investing in high-value London boroughs is still a smart move, no matter how tempting the recent significant price growth seen in the lower value boroughs may be.

Take Kensington and Chelsea for example: the annual price increase in November 2016 was less than 1% (about £8,700), but the 10-year price increase is nearly 107% (about £673,372). In a reversal of this situation, the low-value, outer London borough of Barking and Dagenham has seen a 17% price increase in the last year, but its 10-year price increase is significantly weaker at about 68%. While the double-figured annual growth seems tempting, on a long term view growth is well behind the higher-value boroughs.


This beautiful blue terraced four bedroom house on Selwyn Avenue is just half a mile from the heart of Richmond. It is on the market for £1,900,000 – please get in touch with our Richmond branch if interested to find out more (020894506789)

Buyers and sellers need to take an important message from this: a long-term view of the property market is essential to the decision-making process. For example, between January 2008 and January 2009 (during the height of the financial crisis) Kensington and Chelsea saw average prices briefly fall by up to 17.5%, or more than £140,000, before rapidly bouncing back. However the long term trends speak for themselves, with high value London boroughs massively outperforming the rest of the UK. Annual fluctuations in prices caused by macro-economic and political issues, as we are seeing right now, should not obscure the big picture.

It is important to note as well that certain central areas are outperforming in both the short and the long term. Southwark and Lambeth especially stand out – their stellar performance is a result of an ideal central location alongside recent and rapid programmes of regeneration.

If you have the budget and desire to live in the high value London boroughs you will undoubtedly gain significant lifestyle benefits including access to the Capital’s business centres, cultural and shopping hotspots and excellent transport links. Given that prices here have been weaker recently, but have stayed strong in the long term, now is the perfect time to invest in these iconic areas of London, particularly for those buyers from abroad who can take advantage of the weaker pound sterling.


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