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June 13, 2017

A Word From Tim Firth, Weybridge Sales

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Tim Firth, Director of Sales

Tim Firth, Director of our Weybridge office, takes a look the local property market and explains how wider events can affect decisions, but how there are certain things that never change:

With the general election now out of the way, Tim Firth, Director of Sales at our Weybridge office, explains why some fundamental rules of the housing market never change, whatever the political climate:

  • Firstly the residential housing market is fuelled by confidence and political instability such as an election or a referendum takes the confidence out of the market and we all become much more cautious about spending money.
  • Reducing your price to encourage a sale during the build up to the election will likely dampen the effect and you might be better advised waiting until confidence returns after the election.
  • Making sure your property is presented by your agent in the best possible light from the day after the election result. Seasonal photography, social media, premium listings on the web portals etc.
  • The housing statistics that appear in the National Press are often out of date and the real way to understand what is happening on the property coalface is talk to your agent, they can see what is happening that day and that week and advise accordingly
  • It does not matter how many properties your agent has For Sale it matters how many they have Under Offer, there is a big difference!

We are here to help, we want to help, we have experience aplenty and lots of local knowledge, we work for our sellers and are candid and open in our feedback. We have many testimonials and we work for a Nationally respected Brand. If you are thinking of selling or would like some advice we are here to help.

June 12, 2017

For an agent you can trust, look for the ARLA Propertymark logo

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Are you somebody looking to rent a property? Perhaps you are a Landlord looking to let out your valuable asset? If so, then you will want to work with an agency with membership to ARLA Propertymark.

Renting or letting a property can seem like a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time and you are unsure of the process and all that it involves, so it’s vital you work with an agent you can trust. Large sums of money, as well as a fair amount of time and paperwork are involved. It’s important, therefore, that you feel you are in safe hands with somebody who can steer you through the maze of ongoing legislation and legalities surrounding the industry.

 

If you look at the Jackson-Stops & Staff window displays across our London network of branches you will see this sign displayed:

This differentiates us from other agents who are not members, because we are:

  • Backed by the Propertymark Client Money Protection scheme
  • Experienced and trained professionals required to undertake regular training
  • Kept up-to-date with complex legislative changes and best practice
  • Adhering to a nationally recognised Code of Practice
  • Submitting independently audited accounts to Propertymark annually
  • Members of an independent redress scheme
  • Fully compliant with Professional indemnity insurance

 

So, you can walk into our offices and be confident in the knowledge that we will guide and advise you in the most professional direction, which not only benefits you and the property, but also protects you and your money. Do get in touch to find out more, or to discuss your own property requirements, we would be delighted to help.

June 9, 2017

Flower Power in TW11

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Semi-Detached House for sale Victoria Road, Teddington, TW11

Has all the recent coverage of Chelsea Flower Show left you feeling inspired and determined to put your green fingers to good use in your very own garden space this year? 

If you’re looking for an event a little more low key and local to Teddington, why not visit the eleven finalist gardens being opened to the public on Sunday 11th June, as part of the annual Teddington in Flower community event. The gardens are situated in a range of locations in and around

Terraced House to rent Cambridge Road, Teddington, TW11

Teddington, including Somerset Road and Victoria Road. If your visit to Victoria Road leaves you feeling you would like to spend more time in your own garden in that location, we at Jackson-Stops & Staff have the perfect property for you. We are currently marketing a beautiful family house to let, which features the perfect garden for families and those who enjoy entertaining alike.  We also have a characterful cottage available to let on Cambridge Road, which provides the perfect garden for children to play in, and for those lovely evening BBQs throughout the summer months.

Whilst focusing on all things green, we are just a short while away from the start of this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, which runs from 4-9th July. The event is hugely popular with both local residents and those from further afield and promises to showcase the finest in all the latest gardening and horticultural trends.

Do get in touch with our Jackson-Stops & Staff Lettings team to discuss all of your property requirements, we would be delighted to help.

 

June 2, 2017

Another tough day at the office…

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Office with a view…

Well, it was a particularly tough few days in the office last week for Annabel Smith, who heads up our Jackson-Stops & Staff International department. Annabel was given the arduous task of visiting some of our agents in Ibiza and had to ‘endure’ these views from her desk during the time she was there! In all seriousness, Annabel’s week was packed with appointments, as she met with a number of agents we work with to secure a range of stunning properties for our clients who are looking for their dream home abroad.

 

Property for sale Saline Point, Cap Estate, St. Lucia

Annabel works on behalf of a large number of clients, each of whom has their own special ‘wish list’ of what they are looking for. Their search might have started after they fell in love with a particular country after visiting on holiday, or it could be that a young, growing family is looking for the perfect bolthole during the holidays. The latter scenario is most often the case for those clients looking for a home in easily accessible places such as Spain and the Algarve; for those searching in Italy, our International department is the most prolific agent in the country, with representatives across 17 of the 20 regions. It’s this level of local, ‘on the ground’ knowledge that is crucial when people are making such an important decision and Annabel is always happy to accompany clients to places to conduct a thorough search of the area they are interested in. We also help clients who are looking for property further afield, such as the Caribbean and the USA.

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss your own requirements with Annabel, who would be delighted to help you to find your dream property in the sunshine.

 

May 31, 2017

London’s oldest bridge…

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Built around 1175, and thought to be named because of the noise of horse’s hooves as they walked across it, little known Clattern Bridge crosses the River Hogsmill, which is a tributary of the Thames, in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon-Thames.  It’s one of the oldest intact bridges in England and is a scheduled Ancient Monument.

Detached House for sale Cotswold Close, Kingston upon Thames, KT2

Interestingly, the stream in John Millais’s famous painting of Hamlet’s Ophelia is actually the Hogsmill, and the history books tell us that ‘Scolds’ (troublesome and angry women who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarrelling with their neighbours) were ducked at the bridge using a cucking stool.  This was still happening as late as 1745 when the landlady of The Queen’s Head was ducked before a large crowd!

Located just 2 miles away from this impressive bridge and 0.2 miles from Richmond Park is this large, six bedroom detached house, perfect for an extended or growing family.

Do contact Jackson-Stops & Staff in Wimbledon Village and we’d be delighted to arrange a viewing for you.

 

May 17, 2017

Proud Sponsors of Cleves School PTA Fete in the Field Event

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After some concerns about rain clouds and the possibility of showers, the Cleves School PTA needn’t have worried; instead, their hard work was rewarded with clear skies and smiling faces at their annual Fete in the Field event, which took place yesterday afternoon. Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Weybridge office is proud sponsor of this fantastic PTA and all of the fundraising events that they run. Yesterday was a chance for the school children, parents, teachers, and members of the local community to congregate together and enjoy the numerous stalls, the bouncy castle, live music, steel pans, the BBQ, and delicious home-baked cakes produced by pupils of the school. We leant our support at the drinks bar and are looking forward to hearing how much that stall, and all the others, managed to raise for the PTA during the event. Preparations are already well underway for the biggest event in the PTA’s calendar, their annual Ball, which will follow the theme of James Bond and is taking place in June at Mercedes Benz World in Brooklands, Weybridge. Members of our team are looking forward to attending on the evening and running some fun games to entertain parents and raise further funds for the PTA.

May 8, 2017

What home means to me

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Emma’s Family Home

In the next blog in our series, Emma Biddle, a surveyor with our associated company, JSS Egerton, tells us what her childhood home means to her…

In December of last year, my parents moved out of my childhood home, so writing about ‘what home means to me’ has taken on a particular poignancy in recent months. They had lived there for thirty six years and I had called it home for thirty two of those years. I have so many happy memories of the house…too many to list…and, as you can imagine, I was very sad to say goodbye. However, the new owners are a young family with two little boys who I know will have the best time growing up there and will enjoy plenty of adventures. My happy memories will be with me for life; playing rounders in the garden, building camps in the wood, collecting honey from our bees whilst wearing my PJs…the list goes on!

I was very fortunate to be able to buy a flat in London in 2012. This became known as “London Home” rather than my parents’ house, which was “Kent Home”. I suppose that I call home somewhere I love to be and treat it as if it is my own… I have been known to say to family members “shall we go home?” when I actually mean their house, not mine!

I remember completing on the purchase of my flat, running out of work to collect the keys, looking around the flat and then rushing back to work with a big grin on my face. As you can imagine I did not have a very productive afternoon! I moved in the very next day (feeling a little delicate after a celebratory tipple the previous evening, which was a bit of a struggle) and this mainly involved loading and unloading multiple Ikea bags of clothes; I had been staying with a friend nearby and it was not worth putting things in my car to drive 100 metres, so I walked it all round there. I even got stuck in the lift at one point.

By the time I moved in, all my grandparents had passed away and Mum and Dad’s garage had been storing lots of gems from their houses which they had set aside for the time I would move out of home. I also did the mandatory trip to Ikea to buy anything I was missing – a sofa, a kitchen table and some kitchen bits. It was so nice to have all my things around me and to begin creating a home of my own. My family helped me paint the flat and I would come home from work to do a bit more DIY for about six weeks after I moved in. I finally put the paintbrush down when the Olympics started and instead used my step ladder to see over the crowds as the cycle road race went down the road!

When I started looking to buy I had two criteria; two bedrooms and a garden. I looked at lots of flats but none of them felt quite right. One weekend I went to stay with my sister and on Saturday night after a glass of wine or two we settled down on the sofa to trawl Rightmove once again. Helen spotted my flat and persuaded me to look at it when I returned to London. It did not have a garden, though, which did not fit my criteria and so I was not particularly keen! However, the flat had two bedrooms of decent sizes, rather than one of them being a large cupboard, and there was plenty of living space. Although it did not have a garden it did have a green view over allotments. I walked in, looked out of the sitting room window and knew this was the flat for me.

My own experience of buying a property has shown how it can be well worth looking outside a set list of ‘must haves’ and being open to other opportunities. I love owning my own property at this stage of my life and have been creating many happy memories there with friends and family since I moved in.

February 22, 2017

Coombe: an area steeped in history…

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Coombe is an historic neighbourhood within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.  Roman coins and ancient remains have been discovered in the area and it even appears in the Domesday Book.  Nowadays, Coombe is a prestigious residential location, and house prices in the area commonly run into the millions. Located just 10.8 miles from central London and surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland, the area is also home to some stunning Grade II listed buildings such as Warren House and Cedar Court.  Notable residents, past and present, include Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, great-great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones and television personality Jimmy Tarbuck.

 

The area also boasts one of England’s most highly rated and traditional golf courses.  Coombe Hill Golf Club opened on 30th May 1911.  The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill, then Home Secretary, was an early member of the Club, and he was known to have played the occasional round of golf with Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister at the time.

Detached House for sale Henley Drive

If the idea of residing in an area with such a rich history appeals to you, then you need look no further: these stunning, newly-built, detached family homes are set on a private, tree-lined road in Coombe. They have been designed meticulously for the modern family and provide light and airy living spaces, striking fixtures and fittings, all with a superb quality finish.

Why not pop into Jackson-Stops & Staff in Wimbledon Village and we’d be delighted to show you round the properties and answer any questions you may have.

 

 

 

 

December 19, 2016

Strictly provides all the right moves!

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dancing-929818_1920This weekend saw the sparkling finale of Strictly Come Dancing on our television screens – a race, or rather, a quick step, between Danny Mac, Ore Oduba and Louise Redknapp. The hot-footed winner, Ore, was the dancer who lifted the coveted Glitterball Trophy and described his win afterwards as being the ‘most unexpected moment of my life’.

Has the hard work of the contestants left you feeling inspired to learn the difference between the Rumba and the American Smooth? Wanting to dance the Maypole or the triple step?

If so, why not enquire at Kelly’s Dance Studios on Park Road in Hampton Wick, located nearby to our Teddington office on the High Street. The Studios were established 35 years ago and provide the opportunity to take your first steps in many different dance styles.

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Detached House to rent Park Road

Our Teddington Lettings team is currently marketing a wonderful seven bedroom house on Park Road,  just a few short (dance) steps from the Studio. The property was originally formed of two dwellings and now boasts c.4,400 sq ft of accommodation. With a reception room measuring c.40ft by c.23ft you could transform it into your very own private dance space.

The property enjoys a wonderfully creative past and previous residents have included Joan Armatrading, the legendary, three times Grammy nominated British singer and songwriter.

Why not waltz on down to our Jackson-Stops & Staff Teddington Team, we would be delighted to quick step you over to the property in double time.

 

July 15, 2016

Three weeks on: how the London market has reacted to the EU Referendum vote

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Ref graphicOur London Research Department assesses the reaction within the property market following the vote to leave the European Union, as at 15th July 2016.

The result of the Referendum was announced three weeks ago and although it is too early to gauge any marked trend in the property market, the immediate response evidenced by our offices appears relatively moderate.

Caution among buyers, sellers and EU tenants stemming from the uncertain economic and political position of withdrawing from the EU, which was very obvious in the months leading up to the vote, still resonates in the Press. However, looking at new demand for residential property from applicants registering their interest in buying or renting across our London offices, we have not detected any notable downturn in demand following 23 June.

The graph below shows the weekly average for the past three months of applicant registrations including the three week period following the Referendum.

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Among our London network of offices, there has been no significant fall in demand in the sales market which is relatively stable, just below its three month average. Demand for rental property started to gain momentum in the weeks leading up to the vote and has continued to increase since 23rd June.

The Sales Market

To help gauge pressure on house prices, we compare the proportion of those new entrants into the market registering interest to buy against those interested in selling. Our offices have seen a fairly steady ratio of three applicants to every seller over the past six months.

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However, despite relatively steady demand, transaction numbers have fallen and the market is likely to see a continuation of the lower number of sales across London in 2016 compared with last year. That has and will continue to be most pronounced at the high end, which has a greater degree of price sensitivity with the market still adjusting to the Stamp Duty reforms. In the prime central regions where overseas demand is more significant, the value of the Pound Sterling has made buying UK property cheaper. For example, for the Indian Rupee or the United States Dollar, the Pound is currently 13% lower than on the day of the Referendum. This ‘discount’ should attract investors and those looking to buy in London, especially those holding a medium to long term view. Despite the uncertainty over the future of Britain’s trading position, London is still likely to retain its ‘safe haven’ status. It is seen as one of the world’s leading Capital cities where its history, diverse architecture, quality of life and overall appeal to the international community is unique. Significantly, London’s resilience to previous major economic downturns has been proven.

In the lower value and peripheral areas of London where demand for housing is more heavily influenced by mortgage markets, the fact that the base interest rate has just been held at its record low of 0.5% and may be reduced in due course will support buyers’ ability to purchase. This bodes well for those re-mortgaging or new entrants to the housing market. Lenders may be rigid in passing on lower rates and still be strict on loan to value ratios but the historic low cost of borrowing will continue to underwrite demand and thus support prices.

However, what we are likely to see in London is greater price sensitivity and thus lower capital growth. In May, the Chancellor suggested that property values in the UK could be 10-18% under their expected trend by mid-2018 because of a short term economic shock following our withdrawal from EU membership. London is arguably most at risk due to being the least affordable region in the UK but the very constrained supply, low interest rates and our Capital’s institutional factors will help support prices. The Nationwide House Prices Index recorded London prices had grown 10% in the 12 months to July 2016. Therefore even with a fall in demand, it would need to be significant to stop annualised capital growth.

We have seen certain purchasers seeking to take advantage of the uncertainty by making offers well below asking prices and some vendors have agreed to discounts. However, we have also seen some record and full asking prices achieved which indicates that some purchasers are taking a longer term view over the value of properties they are purchasing.

The Lettings Market

Not unsurprisingly the lettings market has shown greater resilience than the sales market to the uncertainty leading up to the Referendum and continues to do so. On average, we have witnessed an increase in activity for those looking to rent a property. Comparing the ratio of prospective tenants to landlords, there has been some variation over the past six months but in the last three months there have been progressively more tenants seeking rented property across our London network. However this does mask some regional variations where those offices more reliant on European and corporate tenants have not seen such resilience.

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Summary

Although both sales and rental demand appear to be stable following the vote to leave, Britain has not begun the negotiations of withdrawing from the EU and until the mechanics of re-establishing our trading positions have taken hold we will not know the extent of any adverse consequences. However we now have greater political stability with the rapid succession of our new Prime Minister and the swift appointment of a new Cabinet. The FTSE 350, which is more representative of British commerce, is at a higher level than before the Referendum as is the FTSE 100. The Bank of England is strategically ready to counter any downturn in economic activity through quantitative easing, relaxing commercial lending criteria and reducing the base interest rate. The Treasury may also implement fiscal measures such as reducing corporation tax to encourage more investment. The new Chancellor has already announced that he will aim to ‘scale back austerity’ and has pledged to ‘protect the City’. This improved political and economic position will encourage greater confidence and should help support prices.

Rob JSSS issue - CroppedRobert Butterworth
Head of London Research Department
robertbutterworth@jackson-stops.com

Disclaimer: Any figures, commentary and opinion published in this report is for general information only and in no way intended as financial advice and should not be relied upon in any way. Jackson-Stops & Staff assumes no responsibility for any loss from the use of any material in this report.

July 13, 2016

The Lure of London and Super Surrey

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Tim Firth, Director Weybridge Sales

Tim Firth, Director of Sales for Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Weybridge branch, comments:

  1. What sort of person makes this return to London – is it all about empty nesters, early retirees, or younger people just fed up of being away from London and sitting on the drain? Who are the archetypal returners?

Over the past six months we have noticed a real increase in the number of retirees and grandparents in particular that are moving back to the London suburbs. They are looking to downsize and favour locations such as Wimbledon and Battersea, which are still very residential but close enough to the city to offer easy access to all amenities.

  1. What are the key reasons they want to move back to London? What do they tell you about why they feel they’ve had enough of the Home counties and commuting?

The primary reason for the move among this demographic is to look after grandchildren. Very often, there is real comfort is moving to be closer to their family, particularly if a partner has passed away and they are now living alone. For the younger family, with childcare costs in London at such high levels, this is often a great solution which ensures that the grandparent is now a closer part of the family unit.

  1. What sort of property are they typically selling – a large country house, family home in a town, flat …

Typically, they are moving from large family homes they have lived in for around 20 years.

  1.  What sort of property do they want to buy? And why?

They now want to live in relatively spacious, modern lateral apartments, which also benefit from great views. Something that is low maintenance but which appeals to their lifestyle is key.

  1. What locations do they seem to prefer, and why?        

Their preference appears to be prime South West London, which is generally where their children live. This area also offers fantastic housing stock and is well served by transport links so it is often a relatively easy decision on where to locate themselves.

  1. If I assume that most will end up with smaller properties is this simply because the equity they have won’t stretch as far in London? Or is it a positive choice to have a lower maintenance, cheaper to run home? Or a bit of both?

In our experience, they often want to move to smaller properties not only because they are more manageable but chiefly for future financial planning. Smaller properties cost less which frees up capital, ensuring that they have enough equity later on in life. At present, it is usual to purchase at around 50% of the value in which they are selling.

  1. Do you think this sort of mover is increasing/decreasing? and if so, why.

The migration of retirees back to London is certainly increasing as grandparents play a more important role in their grandchildren’s lives. In addition, increases to house prices over the past few decades means that many are now relatively cash rich if they sell so there is an appeal to moving back to London and being able to enjoy all of the cultural amenities available.

Tim can be contacted on 01932 821160 in our Weybridge branch for more information

July 8, 2016

A Word from Catherine Hanley

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Catherine Hanley, Lettings Manager

Catherine Hanley, our Lettings Manager in Holland Park, tells us about her month:

What has been the most challenging aspect of your month?
Obviously we have to mention the Brexit! Prior to the vote, a number of our Landlords were asking about how the market would be affected if we stayed in or left the EU, and there was a palpable sense of nervousness. However, despite all the uncertainty we have had one of our busiest months ever and have agreed a large number of lets. Many of these have been agreed at asking price, with new Tenants moving in quickly, thus avoiding lengthy void periods for the Landlord.

What has been the most surprising thing to happen to you?
I went to value a property recently with a colleague of mine. I was asked by the Landlord whether I had any objections to birds, as they had a parrot; as an animal lover, I had no issue at all, but that was until I realised that the parrot in question was quite vocal. Instead of coming out with the usual ‘pretty Polly’ phrases, it had learnt much more colourful language (more colourful than the parrot itself) that left both my colleague and me blushing.

What has been the most unusual question or request you’ve received from a client?
We had an applicant register recently who wanted to rent a property which would cater for their extensive wine collection – 1,002 bottles to be precise!

Do get in touch with Catherine to discuss your own letting or renting requirements, she would be delighted to help.

June 15, 2016

When to market your property…..

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Property sells throughout the year and not always when you expect. I often have discussions with home owners as to the best time to bring a property to the market, is there one? The key to all house sales, whoever you are selling to, is to make sure your property is presented to the full spectrum of buyers looking at that particular time.

board-928378_1920There are three times of the year when new applicant registrations go up noticeably, these are after the major school holidays and once a new school term has settled into its routine. So late January, after Easter and mid September and statistically these spikes of activity last for a couple of months. However these are also the times when most property comes to the market so the supply and demand equation does not necessarily work in your favour.

Many property sellers ‘want to wait until the Spring when the garden looks it best’ – what should be remembered is that so does everyone else’s and buyers have more choice at that time of year.

On the flip side, launching your property in the middle of August or middle of December can ruin the initial flurry of activity but there will still be a few ‘possibly perfect’ buyers looking.

In summary then there is no perfect time so long as you sell when you want to not when you need to.  Tim Firth, Weybridge Sales, timfirth@jackson-stops.com 01932 821160

November 18, 2015

Making the “Rightmove” in December

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RED HOUSEAs the end of 2015 approaches, our Jackson-Stops & Staff offices across London and Surrey are reflecting upon another successful year. But the year is not over yet…in fact, December could be the very best time of year to market your property and here’s why:

Internet activity increases dramatically over the festive period – on Christmas Day in 2014 there were almost 14,000,000* page views on property portal Rightmove, with over 10,000 people taking time out from the festivities to email agents.

Boxing Day was even busier, with page views jumping to over 25,000,000*, up 21% on 2012 levels. Total views peaked on New Year’s Day, with over 38,000,000* page views.

Those who unwrapped new smartphones or tablets at Christmas were eager to begin house hunting, too – there were over 26,000* downloads of the Rightmove app across the various platforms between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day alone.

So, if you are thinking of making your move in the New Year, then this side of the festive season could be an excellent time to begin marketing your property. And if the thought of preparing to Sell or Let your home appears daunting at this busy time of year, we can discuss ways of running a tailored campaign to launch your property with viewings beginning in 2016.

Please do not hesitate to contact your local office to discuss how we can be of service.

Jackson-Stops & Staff
December 2015

*Source: Rightmove research

September 16, 2015

“Touch” Down for the Jackson-Stoppers

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Ahead of the Rugby World Cup touching down on Friday, we were delighted to attend this weekend’s ‘Festival of Rugby’ event held by Teddington Rugby Club, in our capacity as proud sponsors of the Minis section. The day was an excellent opportunity to watch the Minis in action, meet hundreds of families from the local community and to run some fun events for the children, including face painting, colouring, ‘guess the price of the house,’ candy floss and a lucky dip, which raised over £200 for the Minis and their club. In addition, staff from various offices across our London network joined forces to play as the ‘Jackson-Stoppers’ in the festival’s Touch Rugby tournament and did us all proud!

Go the Minis!

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September 15, 2015

‘A Word From’ our International Department, Annabel Smith

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Annabel Smith BWJackson-Stops & Staff International is the UK’s premier Italian property specialist, operating in 16 of the 20 regions, and probably has the broadest portfolio of Italian properties in the UK.

 

This wide ranging and exciting portfolio is backed by specialist knowledge of, and a close relationship with, all aspects of the Italian property market.

We promote over 1000 properties and have access to many more through a network of over 30 Associations across the country.

We also have a fantastic property portfolio for Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean.

 

With the Pound strong against the Euro, we have seen a huge increase in enquiries for our European properties this year, which is also reflected in our increase in sales for 2015 so far. Interestingly, the majority of our buyers are looking in Italy – they love the variety the country has to offer across its 20 regions, and are buying into the wonderful lifestyle they can enjoy there.

 

Another location to keep an eye on is Sotogrande in Spain, it seems to be ‘kicking off’ and many are getting wind of this. During my recent visit to the area last month, I could see the potential and fell in love with the location instantly…anybody who loves golf or polo cannot fail to love it too!

 

I thoroughly enjoy running the International Department, and delight in helping others to find their ideal holiday home, or retirement property in the sun!

September 4, 2015

Important new requirement on landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

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match-631729_1280We all know that we should have working smoke alarms in our homes. Yet even when you find out that you are four times more likely to die without a smoke alarm than with one and around 200 people die in house fires every year, it is one of those chores it is easy to keep putting off.

But soon landlords will no longer have the option to ‘overlook’ this safety necessity. From 1 October this year, landlords will be legally required to install and check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

The law will apply to landlords renting residential accommodation to one or more tenants who occupy the property as their home.

The key requirements are:

  1. A smoke alarm must be fitted on every floor of the property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
  2. A carbon monoxide alarm must be placed in any room where solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass. This includes open fires but does not include gas, oil or LPG.
  3. Landlords will have to make sure the alarms work at the start of every tenancy, for example by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
  4. Landlords are also required to demonstrate that the alarms are working at the start of the tenancy. To prove this, we will advise landlords to get a receipt signed by the tenant confirming that the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. Alternatively, it should be added to the inventory signed by the tenant at check-in.

A few things to note:

  1. A bathroom or toilet is classed as a room used for living accommodation.
  2. A ‘room’ includes a hall or landing, and stairways also fall within the regulations. So, if you have a flat above a shop but you enter through stairs on the ground floor, a smoke alarm will be required in the stairway.

The new rules will be enforced by local authorities who will have the right to impose a fixed penalty charge (like a parking ticket) of up to £5,000 on landlords who do not comply.

If you have any queries about the new rules or would like to find out about Jackson-Stops & Staff’s property management services, please call Simon Quinn on 020 8879 1199 or email simonquinn@jackson-stops.com

July 31, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Chelsea Sales Manager, Charles Puxley

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Charles Puxley BWLife in Chelsea has been busy since the events of the general election in May; however, the expected return of confidence has not yet materialised fully and asking prices have largely remained at the same, steady levels since May. In terms of the sales enquiries we receive at our office in Chelsea, we are finding that a large proportion of potential purchasers tend to be investors from overseas and UK developers. As a consequence of this demographic shift and in order to satisfy the demand of these purchasers we are expanding the area in which we operate. Recently, we brought to the market a large house in York Terrace East, just off Regents Park at £8,750,000, and were able find the right buyer within a short timescale.

 

Our local residents return from their traditional long August break in time for the busy September market and we are looking forward to being of service to them during that time. For a no obligation market appraisal or any advice on selling, please do get in touch or pop in to see me.

 

July 16, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Wimbledon Sales Manager, Stuart Mills:

Stuart Mills BWWith another wonderful Wimbledon Tennis championship now over, the Village returns to normal – well, Summer normal, at least. Private schools have already broken up for the holidays and the local state schools will be doing the same later this week. In terms of property, this will no doubt signal the start of a cooling of the pace within the market whilst many families enjoy sunnier climes during this period. However, period properties in particular continue to sell over the summer period and it can be a good time to buy, as there may be less competition from other buyers. Do make sure you are in regular contact with us as we frequently hold properties discreetly which may not be advertised on the open market, so relying on the internet alone could mean that you lose out.

2015 has proven to be an interesting year for the market so far. The earlier months prior to the election felt slightly jittery, with talk of mansion taxes and the prospect of a Labour government’s changing housing policies. With a convincing win for the Conservatives, it was widely predicted within the industry that the market would take off immediately. In fact, this has not proven to be the case. The market has no doubt benefitted from knowing the outcome but I think that many buyers perhaps feel they have time on their side and are therefore not rushing to make that purchase. Mortgage rates remain historically low, and with the real shortage of homes in the UK, it is in some ways rather perplexing as to why sales remain at a lower point than might be expected. This is very likely to mean that with growing, pent-up demand we will see a surge in the market, possibly not necessarily in prices but certainly in the number of sales completed.

All this means that if you are considering selling then now is a great time to get any minor works done to your property and then arrange for Jackson-Stops to give you an up-to-date market appraisal, in readiness for the Autumn market.

Some properties within our patch have been on the market for some time. If this rings true with your own home it can often be beneficial to have a reappraisal. I was looking at properties online recently and was amazed by how many still had Spring images of their garden showing…no leaves on the trees is big give away and makes you wonder how much care and attention is being given by the agent. Of course, being realistic about your own property’s value can, quite simply, mean that the move you want to make does indeed happen. We have been very successful in selling properties that have been on the market for some time with other agents; bringing enthusiasm, experience and a fresh pair of eyes to a property really can make all the difference.

My team and I would be delighted to offer advice to you, whether you are looking to sell, buy, let or rent. We are here in the Village to help in any way we can – do make that move.

July 2, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Mayfair Sales Manager, Nicholas Austin:

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Nick Austin BW

Well, celebrity homes seem to be the latest trend in our Mayfair office at the moment, having taken on two lovely properties recently with celebrity connections.  We are currently marketing a wonderful three bedroom apartment just behind Grosvenor Square that was once owned by Christina Onassis. Christina was the daughter of the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who married Jackie Kennedy in 1968 following the untimely death of her husband, President John F Kennedy. Christina lived in the apartment during the 1970’s and 1980’s up till her death in Argentina in 1988, and her parents were regular visitors. Apart from being a fabulous apartment, the property also comes with an added, extremely rare gem in Mayfair, a wonderful roof garden measuring approximately 930 sq ft.  If you are looking instead for a freehold, we also have a fantastic mews house that was once the home of champion racing driver, Stirling Moss.  The house is a technical whizz’s dream, as everything can be controlled from your iPad and also comes with its own private cinema. If you are hoping to bump into Stirling himself then this is the house for you; when he sold it, he simply moved next door to a property with a larger garage.  Mayfair is steeped in a rich history and has many secrets still to uncover.  Properties with the blue plaque factor always receive a huge amount of interest from buyers.  If you would like any more information on these properties, or indeed on Mayfair in general, then please do pop in and see me at 17 Curzon Street, I would be delighted to meet you.       

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