Why do property transactions still take so long to complete?

ASK THE EXPERT Q.  Why do property transactions still take so long to complete? A. Actually, the good news is that this year transaction times have started to come down again from the level they reached during the years immediately following the property crash. However, as...


ASK THE EXPERT - GAZUMPUMPING

ASK THE EXPERT Q.  We recently had an offer accepted on a property, only to be gazumped several weeks into the   buying process. Is there any action we can take against the agent? A. The first point to make is that gazumping is not illegal – despite regular...


ASK THE AGENT Q. At the moment I can only afford to buy a flat, but these all seem to be leasehold. What does this mean, exactly, and what are the sort of issues I need to consider? A. You’re right, the vast majority of flats are indeed leasehold. That’s because...


In the run-up to the poll, buyer activity tailed off and new instructions virtually dried up. This occurred right across the board, but was particularly noticeable at the very top end of the market – both in the “moated manor house” sector and, even more...


New research into the saving and investment habits of retirees has revealed that over half of those asked would consider venturing into the buy-to-let market to fund their retirement. According to research conducted for specialist mortgage lender Kensington, more than one in...


Help to Buy ISA announced in 2015 Budget News

The chancellor, George Osborne has announced the introduction of a Help to Buy ISA, due to be launched in the Autumn. The Help-to-Buy ISA will see first time buyers given a boost by the Government increasing their savings by 25%. The Chancellor revealed that for every £...


OnTheMarket.com is launched and a new home for Gusterson Palmer & James

The much talked about new property search portal OnTheMarket.com has launched this week and we have already enjoyed a great deal of interest from our properties that our now being marketed through this clean, fresh and attractive website. Please have a look at the upcoming TV...