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October 31, 2017

Let’s make Cleves School Fireworks Evening go with a bang!

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We took the opportunity of using our sponsorship of the Cleves School PTA as an excuse to get our newest members of the Weybridge Sales and Lettings teams out and about in their local community this week! Matthew O’Neil, Sales Negotiator, and Max Kirby, Lettings Negotiator, were tasked with putting up our newly-branded banners outside the school yesterday afternoon, in anticipation of one of the biggest events of the year that is organised by the fantastic PTA. On 5th November, thousands of people from the Weybridge community will once again congregate on the school field to watch a spectacular fireworks display that is set to music. To make sure you don’t miss out, book your tickets online in advance to receive your discount, at www.clevesfireworks.co.uk

And of course, if you would like to discuss selling or renting your property, please do get in touch with Matthew, Max or anybody else in our Weybridge office on the Queens Road, they would be delighted to help.

September 3, 2017

National estate agent rebrands as Jackson-Stops

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Jackson-Stops & Staff, the UK estate agent with 45 offices nationwide, has rebranded as Jackson-Stops dropping ‘& Staff’ from its name. The decision comes after a detailed consultation period to gauge perceptions of the brand.

Feedback from a customer survey helped to inform the final decision, which will be implemented through a phased rollout across the business. This will include changes to all brand collateral, including logos, brochures, sales boards and displays.

Nick Leeming, Chairman at Jackson-Stops, comments: “Rebranding to Jackson-Stops 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.

“The survey found that most of our clients didn’t know what ‘& Staff’ stood for, and with many already referring to us as Jackson-Stops, we thought now was the right time to make the change. Although our name has shortened we will continue to operate as we have always done with our high quality values and service at the forefront of everything we do.

“We have also taken the opportunity to refresh the look and feel of not only our logo but also the wider brand, which will be rolled out across all branches, marketing materials and social media.”

Each of Jackson-Stops’ 45 branches will adjust to the new brand name, with the new website launching mid-September, and all phases expected to be completed by mid-2018.

August 16, 2017

An amazing sensory experience…

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The Wimbledon-based Polka Children’s Theatre is one of the few venues in the UK which produces and directs work solely for kids. Opened in 1979, the Polka has two theatre spaces and is aimed at children aged 0 to 13.  If your baby does start challenging the actors for the audience’s attention during the performance, you can simply take them out of the auditorium where you can continue to watch the show on the monitor provided.

Showing from now until 27th August is Hatch which is aimed at children aged 2 to 5 years.  Hatch follows the extraordinary journey of an egg through different sensory worlds, each bursting with a mesmerising blend of sights and sounds. From flowing water and whistling winds, to the beautiful call of a bird and a voyage through the clouds, we discover new sounds in unlikely places.

Semi-Detached House for sale South Park Road, London, SW19

Join the egg and lend a helping hand, as it finally reaches its resting place, ready to hatch.

Located just 0.2 miles from The Polka Children’s Theatre and 0.4 miles from Haydons Road Station, Jackson-Stops & Staff is currently marketing this beautiful, fully refurbished, five bedroom house with the benefit of a garden studio/playroom, perfect for a growing family 

Don’t miss out on either of these great opportunities! 

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


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 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.


April 7, 2017

Wimbledon Village is named as one of the best villages to live in Britain by The Sunday Times.

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Wimbledon Village has long been attracting families, young professionals and many celebrities such as June Whitfield, the actress and Darcy Bussell, the former ballerina, who can now be seen as a judge on the hugely popular show, Strictly Come Dancing.

With over 1,000 acres of Wimbledon Common to explore (where you might just spot a “Womble”), an abundance of good schools and the charming High Street lined with boutiques, chic shops, restaurants and traditional pubs, the Village has started to attract increasing numbers of international buyers in recent years. It’s no surprise when you consider that Waterloo Station is just 17 minutes away by train. Quite simply, Wimbledon Village offers the perfect balance of town and country living.

As well as hosting the most famous tennis championships in the world every year, the Village also hosts one of London’s largest free outdoor events. The annual Wimbledon Guild Village Fair on Wimbledon Common is a landmark in the local social calendar and attracts more than 35,000 people to Wimbledon Common each summer.

Wimbledon Village really is a great place to be…but don’t just take our word for it…iconic brand, The Ivy Café, clearly agreed with us when they decided to open their newest restaurant in the Village last year, bringing a touch of glamour to the Village.

Church Road, Wimbledon Village

If you’d like to live in one of the best Villages in Britain why not pay a visit to our branch and we’d be delighted to show you what we have on offer. We are currently marketing this delightful maisonette in the heart of Wimbledon Village, just a stone’s throw away from all the action.

This is just one of a range of properties on offer, please do register with us so we can stay in touch and help you make the perfect move.

February 10, 2017

Actions speak louder than words

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Tim Firth, Sales Director

Here at Jackson-Stops & Staff we work hard to stay true to our values of trust and service. These are values that are often talked about, but they are themes that run through all levels of our business and the importance of them is engrained into every member of staff on a regular basis. So naturally we were delighted when Tim Firth, Sales Director of our Weybridge office, received this wonderful email from a client recently, extolling the virtues of the service he had received throughout the complex sale of his property:

‘’Tim, you have convinced me to stay with the deal, you have been very candid with me. I have stuck with this deal because I think the price is good, I think highly of you, and I think that you have been clever in looking for unusual ways to keep the deal alive, and fundamentally I trust you. I thought your creativity was worthy of me writing to your superiors, if you have any, or your peers, in their absence, to share my praise of your abstract thinking, and patience.’’

Do get in touch with your local Jackson-Stops & Staff office if you would like to discussing your property requirements, we would be delighted to be of service.

August 26, 2016

‘A Word From’ Harry Buchanan, Director, Pimlico Sales

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Harry Buchanan, Director, Pimlico Sales

Good afternoon and HAPPY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND, I hope the sun is shining where you are!

I thought I would just send you a quick update about some recent happenings in the local area. The property market has continued to feature heavily in the headlines, but it will not come as a surprise to learn that most of what I hear and read is not wildly accurate, or indeed relevant, to our little micro-climate, otherwise known as Pimlico and Westminster!

Since Brexit we have heard all sorts of different ideas, suggestions and predictions about what the future holds, but the truth of it is, nobody knows at this early stage of the proceedings. It is also fair to say that Brexit happened in June, a time when our market traditionally begins to slow down ahead of the summer break. Comment suggesting that the market has slowed already as a direct result of the (rather surprising) outcome of the vote simply does not ring true; from our point of view, any signs of a ‘slowdown’ do not reflect anything more than the usual seasonal ebb and flow of a year in agency.

What we have witnessed over the last two or three months, however, is a change in the type of buyer. By this, I mean we have focused heavily on making sure that the people we spend time with are not mere window shoppers or speculators but are genuine buyers who have tangible, pressing reasons to move. No seller deserves anything but a fully committed buyer and in uncertain times it is even more important that they, to quote Kipling, ‘keep their head when all round are losing theirs.’ This approach, combined with consistent evidence-based pricing/appraisals has begun to reap real rewards. It has not been an overnight turnaround and I will admit we have enjoyed easier June and July trading in previous years; however, looking back on the last few weeks, the results speak for themselves – this August has seen a four-fold increase of agreed deals compared with June and July. We now expect this trend to continue into the autumn months, which is traditionally our busiest period of the year.

If there is anything you might wish to discuss then please do not hesitate to get in contact.


August 5, 2016

Happiness in Holland Park

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Holland ParkAs many a disgruntled W11 resident will be aware, Holland Park Tube station has been closed since the beginning of the year. However, to the delight of local commuters, the station has just re-opened with a shiny new lift replacement!

The new and improved station also features a new ticket hall, passenger help points on both platforms and increased CCTV coverage. Keen to remain eco-friendly, the station has energy efficient lighting and has also improved passenger accessibility.

Holland Park residents, we are delighted that your travel plans have just been simplified and improved! And for those living further afield, why not take the opportunity to visit this beautiful part of London and pop in to meet our friendly Holland Park Sales & Lettings team; our office is located on Portland Road, just a short stroll around the corner from the tube station.


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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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

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

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

March 1, 2016

Sold on Chelsea

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We are delighted to welcome the newest members of our Chelsea Sales team, Toby Whittome and Judy Wykeham, who will be working alongside our successful Lettings team, Stephen Pamnani and Chloe Cooper, at our Cadogan Street office. Toby and Judy have worked together for many years and bring with them a wealth of Sales experience within the Chelsea property market.

Introducing Toby Whittome, Sales Director, Jackson-Stops & Staff Chelsea:

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Toby Whittome, Sales Director

Toby has worked in Prime Central London for nearly 20 years and has a superb knowledge of the local area, specialising in Chelsea and Belgravia. Toby’s experience includes acting for clients at all levels for both the sale and acquisition of London properties. Before joining Jackson-Stops & Staff, Toby was a Partner at another major Central London firm where he became well known for his very personal approach and careful attention to his clients’ requirements as well as his in-depth knowledge of property, the market and ability to achieve the very best prices for his clients.

After studying ancient history and philosophy at university, Toby went on to develop his love of sailing. Indeed, this particular passion has seen him sail approximately 6,000 miles across the Pacific from French Polynesia to Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Borneo and across to Singapore; he has also sailed across the Mediterranean. Toby lives with his wife Emma and two daughters, Millicent and Eva, on the same farm in West Sussex where he was brought up. At the weekend he loves to spend time with his family as well as working on the farm and enjoying many of the usual country pursuits, including shooting and fly fishing. Toby himself comments that “I am extremely excited about joining Jackson-Stops & Staff – it is a highly respected brand with a long established office in Chelsea which is ideally placed to provide clients with a very personal and tailor made service.”     

Introducing Judy Wykeham, Sales Manager, Jackson-Stops & Staff Chelsea:

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Judy Wykeham, Sales Manager

Judy began her career in property about 17 years ago and witnessed many exciting changes in the prime central London property market; during that time, she learnt how certain areas attracted certain types of purchasers with varying demands and saw new build developments standing next to refurbishment projects of Victorian flats or houses – sometimes on a dizzying scale.  Judy believes it is London’s deserved reputation for being a safe, international city with strong infrastructure, great educational facilities and fabulous shops and restaurants, combined with the world renowned museums and parks, which have always made it the best city to live and work in, with the Borough of Chelsea and South Kensington being particularly desirable.

Judy brings a valuable international perspective to her role, as she hasn’t always lived in London; she was born in Singapore and grew up in Malaysia, with a sojourn of some fourteen years in the Netherlands. As an expat through and through, she believes it is this which has stood her in good stead with international clients and that being able to understand the complexities of moving house and country – and swapping into different educational systems – has proven invaluable. Besides property, Judy has a real passion for fast cars – in particular, pre-1964 sports cars, having had the privilege of racing a Cobra 289 for a number of years… she can confirm that it’s not as easy as it looks. As Judy herself says, ‘I’m hugely excited about my new role at Jackson-Stops & Staff in Chelsea and very much look forward to racing around the Borough on behalf of my clients and buyers – but never above 30 mph’.


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Charles Puxley, Sales & Acquisitions

Both Toby and Judy will be in the fortunate position of being able to call upon 37 years of estate agency experience in the form of Charles Puxley. Charles has been a highly respected, popular member of the Jackson-Stops & Staff Chelsea team for many years and is now stepping into a Consultative role within the office, where he will continue to deal with the sale and acquisition of properties within the area.

Chelsea Team

Our Cadogan Street Chelsea team




Do pop in to meet the whole Chelsea team, they would be delighted to discuss your property requirements with you; L-R: David Williams, Head of Sales; Toby Whittome, Director, Chelsea Sales; Judy Wykeham, Sales Manager; Tracey Cumming, Head of Lettings; Stephen Pamnani, Lettings Manager; Charles Puxley, Sales Consultant; Harriet Morris, Central Administrator; Chloe Cooper, Lettings Negotiator; Jordan Kennedy, Central PA


February 18, 2016

Launched and Sold in 2016

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Burwood Park, new build with large garden, circa 6,000sqft @£3.55m

Launched & Sold in 2016 Burwood Park, new build with large garden, circa 6,000sqft @£3.55m

Tim Firth, Director, Weybridge Sales writes: “Now that we are fully in the throes of 2016, I anticipate that the market will continue to rise at sustainable levels throughout the year. The national economic picture backs this up along with the desirability of the Elmbridge location, the only potential hiccups being the prohibitive stamp duty over £2m that may stall the market top down and a potential interest rate rise towards the end of the year that many of our potential ‘upsizers’ have yet to experience in their property lives. The overall picture, however, remains positive as long as the low levels of property stock do not diminish further.

That well-known saying, ‘location, location, location’, has been an overused term for buyers’ property requirements for some time but what does it really mean? In Weybridge it could easily stand for the train links, excellent schools and green space. A commuter town of the highest order, with quick, frequent and direct trains to London, a choice of quality schools for all ages and easy access to the green spaces of Surrey countryside. The mix of property also lends itself equally well to the upwardly mobile and the downsizer: from newly built mansions on the many private Estates, to Victorian and Edwardian villas on residential roads behind the high street, through to large lateral apartments offering secure and convenient living. The safety net of strong property prices is another big bonus; the last recession showed that whilst activity may have slowed prices held their own and have been moving steadily upwards for the last few years.”



February 16, 2016

History repeats itself – the Haselbury House at Herbert Road

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48801_WIM160041_IMG_01Our Wimbledon sales team is delighted to be able to bring Haselbury House to the market and we couldn’t help but smile when we saw that it was situated on Herbert Road. The name ‘Herbert’ holds particular resonance for us all at Jackson-Stops & Staff, as it is the name of our company founder, Herbert Jackson-Stops, who, in 1908, at the age of 24, opened an office practicing as an Estate Agent from the Town Hall in Towcester. Haselbury House is a wonderful detached Victorian house dating back to 1875, which means that Herbert would not have been born at the time when it was built; however, it’s interesting to48801_WIM160041_IMG_00 think that as a young boy he was perhaps himself growing up in a Victorian-styled property which might have shared some of the same beautiful period features of Haselbury House – the high ceilings, fireplaces and cornicing so beloved of the Victorians. To quote one of our favourite company mottos, ‘times change, standards endure.’ Please contact our Wimbledon Sales team for further information and to arrange a viewing of Haselbury House.

September 2, 2015

‘A Word From’ Oliver Griffiths, Richmond Sales Manager

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Oliver Griffiths BW LowResThe Richmond market has remained surprisingly steady over the summer months, with a record number of sales being agreed by us in July and August. There remains, however, a genuine shortage of stock available in the market for the strong levels of slightly frustrated buyers looking to find a property in Richmond. September is traditionally an excellent month to market your home in the Borough, as buyers are frequently highly motivated to purchase a new home in time for the Christmas festive period.


Having been the manager of our Richmond office for almost three years, I continue to feel genuinely privileged to work in such a  beautiful part of London, being able to help people find their dream home gives me a real sense of satisfaction. Buyers are most often drawn to Richmond for its excellent schools, semi-rural feel, superb transport links into central London and its family friendly environment. Of course the eyes of the world will be upon us from the 18th September once the Rugby World Cup begins, with viewers from across the globe being able to appreciate this great borough of London. I would wish England all the very best in the upcoming tournament, but as a loyal Welshman and with England being in our group, I will just leave it at that for now!


If you are considering a move this autumn please do to pop into our office on Lichfield Terrace for a coffee and a discussion, or call me to book a convenient time for an up to date appraisal of your property.

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.       

June 20, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Holland Park Sales Manager, Sebastian Anduze:

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Sebastian Anduze BWThe central London property market overall continues strongly into the summer months; following the recent General Election, property prices are expected to rise over the next 5 years by at least 25%, according to some sources. As an area, Holland Park tends to experience the perennial situation of a lack of sales stock available when compared to the immediate demand from motivated buyers.

Holland Park, Notting Hill and Kensington all prove extremely popular with not only domestic but foreign buyers seeking to park their money in either owner occupier or buy- to- let properties. This is hardly surprising, given the positive future capital appreciation of both flats and houses in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; this combines with a reasonable annual yield received from letting, averaging between 2.5%-3.0%.

I have worked in a variety of different areas within London over the last 25 years and I must admit I experience a great deal of satisfaction managing the Holland Park sales operation of Jackson-Stops from our office in Portland Road. With each passing day spent working in this part of London, it becomes increasingly clear why it has been-  and will always be – attractive to buyers from many walks of life. The area boasts close proximity to the West End and the City financial districts, a fabulous selection of schools, wonderful parks, a complete mix of ethnic cultures and a stunning range of architectural styles, in amongst an eclectic range of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Our market tends to operate largely on a seasonal basis, with the spring, early summer and autumn months tending to be our busiest sales periods. During school holidays, business tends to be understandably quiet in terms of trade activity and enquiries. However, there is always a sale to be made at the right price…like all of my colleagues across our national network of Jackson-Stops & Staff offices we are always actively looking to assist our clients in every way possible throughout the entire course of the year! Please do get in touch, I would be delighted to hear from you.

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