A new home for Christmas

If you’ve seen the festive movie Miracle on 34 th Street, you’ll know that a Christmas wish of one of the leading characters, six-year-old Susan, is for a house. Susan may not have needed any persuading but for many people the popular misconception persists that...


Demand set to continue into 2018

A review of the housing market in 2017 has showed sustained demand for property with February and June the busiest months. According to NAEA and ARLA Propertymark – an industry body of which we are a member – there was an average of 11 sales per branch nationwide in...


New study reveals latest property prices

THE average property took 73 days to sell in Portsmouth in 2017, according to a recent study of 20 major cities across the UK. Edinburgh was the quickest at 41 days while Belfast took the longest at 119 days. The figures were revealed in the latest City Rate of Sale report from...


A year of opportunity on Copnor property market in 2018

As one year ends and another begins, we've taken a look at the property market in Copnor in 2017 and at what 2018 is set to bring. We're expecting 2018 to be a tremendous year for everyone involved in the housing market - buyers, sellers, landlords and renters alike. Read the...


Expert View - How will the Budget affect first time buyers?

How will measures in the Government's recent Budget affect house prices and first time buyers? Our Sales Negotiator Jamie McCutcheon sets out the impact of the new policies in our latest Expert View. THE Chancellor’s measures are designed to encourage the construction of...


In a spin for Children in Need

WE DID IT! Many thanks to everyone who sponsored us on our epic cycle ride for Children in Need on Friday. With your help we absolutely smashed our £300 target and raised an incredible £667 from the fancy dress fundraiser , with more proceeds still coming in. We...


Southsea in the frame with coastal works video

Have you seen this super video about the plans for £80m of coastal protection works at Southsea? The Southsea Coastal Scheme has produced the clip with the help of the University of Portsmouth’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. It gives a lively overview...


Homes at the heart of Budget

Housebuilding and the property market look set to be at the centre of the Chancellor’s Budget on November 22. The Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid have agreed money, planning reforms and incentives for...


Rating the housing market

One of the leading mortgage lenders insists that the recent interest rate rise will not hit the housing market. The Halifax expects the increase from 0.25% to 0.5% to have a minimal impact with competitive mortgage rates and high employment likely to keep demand strong. Its...


We're in saddle for Children in Need

We're cycling to Big Ben and back for Children in Need – all without leaving the office! Our dedicated team will be donning fancy dress and taking it in turns on a stationary spinning cycle. We're aiming to complete the 159-mile challenge in 12 hours this Friday...


Rent and mortgages in the balance

A recent report has showed that the number of private rental households will outnumber mortgaged households in under a decade. The forecast from NatWest predicts that there will be more private renters than mortgaged home owners by 2025. The number of mortgaged households will...


Casting light on Autumn house sales

With the nights drawing in, October has well and truly arrived along with the traditional Autumn bounce in the housing market. At this time of year, it is important to show your property in its best light to potential buyers – quite literally. Wherever possible, ensure...


To spend or not to spend?

The conundrum about how much to spend on freshening up a property before placing it on the market comes under the spotlight in our latest Expert View, by our Sales Negotiator Diana Hayes. Q: I have a limited budget to spend on my house before putting it on the market. What...


Conquering a mountain of red tape

A new report has found that there are a staggering 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector (PRS). The study for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Foundation highlighted the mountain of red tape facing landlords and lettings agents across England, Wales, Scotland...


Tackling a knotty problem

In our latest Expert View column our Sales Manager Tim Bourne writes about the problem of Japanese Knotweed. Q: I’m selling my property and hear a lot about Japanese Knotweed – do I have it in my garden and should I be worried? A: The short answer to your question...


Southsea property market news

There have probably never been more factors at play in the UK property market than right now. The national market is pausing for breath as it reaches the end of a cycle, whilst the impact of stamp duty changes and Brexit are still being felt. It’s important to understand...


Diana’s capital fundraiser

Congratulations to our Sales Negotiator Diana Hayes for helping to raise an incredible £3,391 from the Women V Cancer’s Ride the Night extravaganza. Diana and six friends saddled up for the 100km (62 miles) fundraiser – the largest women’s only cycling...


Are you confused by all of the different house prices figures?

Read the latest Expert View by our Sales Manager Tim Bourne, who sheds some light on the sometimes confusing house price indices published by the Government and mortgage lenders. "The Halifax, Nationwide, Hometrack, the UK House Price Index (HPI), Rightmove…the list seems...


We're all under one roof

We've moved of all our staff under one roof as our business grows across the city. Our 13-strong team are now working together in our Bridge office at Copnor to better serve our customers from a single point. Staff from our nearby Pond office in Tangier Road moved to the Bridge...


What effect willa General election have on the housing market?

On Tuesday 18 April, the Prime Minister took to the rostrum outside 10 Downing Street to announce her plan to call for a general election. In a shock announcement, Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap General Election to take place later this year. Whilst the country has...


Smaller deposits raise hopes for UK first time homebuyers

Easier access to mortgages with a small deposit has offered some glimmers of hope for first-time buyers struggling to get on to Britain’s housing ladder, according to a new report. Research on the amount of time it takes to save for a down payment on a home suggests buyers...


Long dip or a blip

For those who listen to the radio regularley, you may have tuned in to Radio 4's 'The Money Box' program last week. For those who missed out, simply click the link below and listen through the BBC iplayer page.  House price data released this week from two of...


We all have that one space in the house where no matter what is there, it never looks quite right and can feel cluttered and untidy. For many of us, this space is usually ther porch or hallway. We can often be blinded and not see the potential.  Have a look at this guide...


Southsea Property Market News - May 2017

Our friends in the U.S have been chasing the ‘American Dream’ for some time now, yet we Brits don’t really have a moniker for ‘making it’ in the UK. If we were to coin our version of the ‘British Dream’, we imagine it would be celebrated...


A fresh look at property viewings

Read our latest Ask the Expert column - this time by our Manager Lizzie Burt:  Q: I’ve just placed my house on the market – what can I do to make it more attractive to potential buyers? A: Spring and early summer are always a busy time in the property market...


A successful day as the gavel falls

As some of our regular auction goers may have seen, we were recently involved with the sale of a plot of land located in Rowland's Castle. The land was sold without planning permission in partnership with our good friends at Clive Emerson in the impressive Hampshire cricket...


Happy customer = Happy business

For us, there is nothing better than finding the perfect match. No not on the dating scene but matching our buyers to their perfect home. We hear every day that finding the perfect space can be tough, particularly when there are so many places to choose. That is why many of our...


Where can I afford to live in the UK?

The BBC have produced an interesting interactive tool using house prices and rental figures from 2016. This could be a very helpful tool for the younger generations and any one who is thinking of relocating.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23234033...


Add space... Limit the budget

With space becoming more expensive, you may be considering adding space to your own home rather than selling up. If so, we recommend you read this helpful page that can hopefully inspire some creative ideas but more importantly, we hope this information can give you some inside...


Tribute paid to the historic dockyard

In the age of fighting sail, Portsmouth dockyard was responsible for building well in excess of 200 warships. This was the launch of HMS Victoria in November 1859. Like her sister ship Marlborough, she was converted to steam power. http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/heritage/tribute-...


More affordable housing promised but is it achievable?

The housing crisis is still a worrying thought for many buyers across the UK and although the whitepaper for more housing has been announced, we are still facing a huge challenge to try and get families on to the property ladder.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-...


Southsea Property Market News

New housing is a hotly debated subject in the UK. Despite the recent uptick in building rates, demand continues to outstrip supply and more affordable homes need to be built. The situation has improved over the last few years; the number of new homes started and finished in the...


7 Step guide to a successful spring clean

Spring has officially arrived which means we get (a little) more sunlight, plants have started flowering and we’ve got that niggling urge that there’s something else we should be doing! Yes, we mean cleaning! The Spring Clean is an age-old tradition that helps us...


Ask the Expert - What is the housing white paper about?

Read our latest Ask the Expert column - this time by our Sales Manager Tim Bourne Q: I’ve heard a lot about the Government’s new Housing White Paper. What exactly is this about? A: The White Paper was published by the Government to set out its views about how it...