Are homes still our castles?

How many people do you think own a home in Portsmouth? According to figures in our latest Portsmouth Property News bulletin, the number of people who own a property is 5,900. That works out at 75.6 per cent of the total 7,800 properties in the city. Interestingly, this...


We did it - £944 raised for Children in Need!

Thanks very much to everyone who supported our Children in Need rickshaw challenge and helped us raise an absolutely incredible £944! Our team donned fancy dress and took it in turns to take part in a 'virtual' 250mile ride on a static bike - complete with rickshaw...


How much was your home worth in 2000?

Our latest Portsmouth Property News for November 2018 is hot off the press. It gives valuable insights into the local residential property market, including a look at how house prices have changed over the past two decades. According to the latest figures, the average price of...


Chinneck Shaw in the saddle for Children in Need

We're all set to go the distance for Children in Need with a sponsored cycle on Friday November 16. Members of our team will hit a static bike outside our office to ‘virtually’ cycle around all of the rented properties we manage across Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight...


We're supporting Gas Safety Week

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2018, taking place on 17 th – 23 rd September. Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the...


On track to solve knotty problem

We’ve touched on the blight of Japanese knotweed before and the major problems it can pose to homes. The menace can spread quickly, especially from areas such as wasteland and railway embankments. Now householders have new hope in tackling the plant if it has encroached...


What does the interest rate rise mean for you?

As well all now know, the Bank of England has increased interest rates to 0.75 per cent. It has been a long time coming, representing only the second increase in a decade. As a rule of thumb, a rise is often seen as good for the UK's 45 million savers and bad for borrowers &...


Floody hell – don’t forget the insurance!

One couple’s flooding nightmare is a salutary lesson for anyone moving home. James and Daisy Callahan faced a £50,000 bill after a frozen pipe burst in their new house in the period between ‘exchange’ and ‘completion’. The Brighton couple are...


New call to help young on to housing ladder

An influential body has called for the Government to bankroll a pioneering initiative to lift more young people onto the housing ladder. The Housing & Finance Institute (HFI) says loans should be offered to first time buyers to help them pay the deposit on a property. ...


Damping down expectations

Tobacco smells, pet odours, outdated décor, old wiring and poor maintenance – they all feature in a new list of the pet hates which put prospective buyers off a property. Unsurprisingly, damp was top of the list with 69 per cent of those questioned saying stains on...


Every second counts…

Timing can be everything when it comes to the housing market.  Our latest Portsmouth Property News report features some valuable insights into trends in the area, including sales by type and occupancy rates which help show why now could be the right time to move. Recent...


Draw on architectural excellence

New research has shown that well-designed homes command a 12 per cent premium on average over their neighbours. Specialist agency The Modern Houses also found that the higher the price, the larger the premium; homes selling for more than £1m fetched 19 per cent more than...


What price Love Island villa?

Have you been watching Love Island? While many of us have been transfixed by the World Cup, contestants on the reality show have been playing out their own little games. The hit ITV2 programme follows the journey of good-looking young singletons in their bid to find love in a...


Casting new light on mortgage lending

Some mortgage lenders are easing affordability restrictions to attract more borrowers, according to recent reports. Coventry Building Society, Skipton Building Society, Tesco Bank, Santander and Virgin Money are among those to remove various different conditions from their...


Be open to ‘broken-plan’ living

After open-plan living, loft conversions and basement extensions, ‘broken-plan’ is the latest trend to hit the property market. According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, it’s not so much about adding space as making more of what you have. For example...


Playing the waiting game

So you’ve placed your home on the market. You’ve cleared away the clutter so it looks lovely and tidy. You’ve had a flurry of initial viewings. And then it’s all gone quiet…and you wonder what has gone wrong. In short, there may nothing amiss at...


House music hits right note

There seems to be a soundtrack for every occasion these days – so why not ‘moving day’? Trade body Propertymark has drawn up its own playlist of moving themed tracks to get you going on moving day. Having some top tunes – whether it is in the car, while...


Are you an ‘accidental’ landlord?

‘Accidents will happen’, as seventies and eighties pop star Elvis Costello once sang – although he probably didn’t have the private rented sector in mind at the time. However, it can be very easy to fall in to letting out property; perhaps after moving in...


Pick a number…

When is the best time to move? Do I need redecorate before going on the market? Is it easier and cheaper to do it all online? How much can I borrow? Can I afford to move up the ladder? All commonly asked questions when selling your home. And perhaps more than any other…...


What would interest rate rises mean for Portsmouth?

Interest rates can sometimes seem like a national obsession. We’ve enjoyed record low rates for some time now, which have helped homeowners with mortgages and businesses with investment following the worst recession in living memory.  Firstly, let’s be clear we...


Cool tips to hot up your property

Giving your home a stylish look needn’t cost the earth – especially if you are looking to freshen up your house ready to go on the market or have just moved in and money is short. A recent article by homes blogger Maxine Brady lists her top tips for eye-catching...


Steady as she goes…housing market on even keel

House prices are holding steady with a slight increase in May, according to latest figures from the Halifax. The banking giant and mortgage lender recorded a 1.5 per cent upturn in prices compared with the month of April and a 1.9 per cent increase on May of last year. It marks...


Mark out stamp duty at the start

Stamp duty hit the headlines back in 2017 when the Government announced that it would be axed for first time buyers on homes up to £300,000. So far so good, even for those moving up the property ladder there is no stamp duty on the first £125,000 of a purchase. This...


How to best increase the value of your home?

It’s the perennial question – what steps can you take to increase the value of your home on the property market? Much of a property’s re-sale value will depend on what’s happening in the local Portsmouth market as a whole. Our May 2018 Residential...


From first to last

You’ve heard of first time buyers, but what about last time buyers? According to insurance giant Legal & General, there is a whole generation of older people struggling to make their final property move. These ‘last time buyers’ are increasingly remaining...


Living the dream at home

Designing and building a perfect home from scratch may be some people’s dream but it has become reality for Richard and Helen Anderson. The couple have told in a recent story in the Daily Telegraph how they built their property from scratch and have watched it rise in...


Is take home pay the key?

New figures show housing affordability improving across England and Wales. Affordability is basically the ratio of annual wages against house prices. So, it now costs the average worker in England and Wales 7.8 times their salary to purchase a house.  The new figures from...


Asking prices called into question

  A new report has shown that asking prices are being slashed by as much as £25,000 in some areas. In the Isle of Man discounts have reached £41,212, according to the property portal Zoopla, while sellers in Bradford and Doncaster are accepting offers up to &...


Sweet smell of success

How does your garden grow? Bursting with colour or in need of a little inspiration? The Chelsea Flower Show is being held later this month – on May 22 to 26 – with stunning garden designs and spectacular blooms. Held at Chelsea’s Royal Hospital, it is a chance...


Getting your house in order

First impressions count – especially when it comes to selling your home. If there was any doubt about the golden rules of preparing a property for the market, a new article on the Ideal Homes website has provided a succinct summary to help. Presenter Sarah Beeny &ndash...


Jargon buster: ‘conveyancing’

First time buyers could be forgiven for being confused with the amount of jargon involved in the property market. ‘Conveyancing’ is one of those terms which can be most misunderstood.  Essentially, conveyancing covers the legal and administrative work connected...


Creating kerb appeal for your property

Leaflets and online galleries can help bring a property to a potential buyer’s attention, but the viewing is where the real decision is made. Our friendly and professional sales advisors at Chinneck Shaw can offer great advice about how to make sure your property looks it...


Stamp duty changes making their mark

Stamp duty exemptions are beginning to make an impact, according to the NAEA Propertymark February Housing Report. Sales reached a three-year high with the proportion of sales per branch to first-time buyers (FTB) rising from 27% to 29% in January. Year on year, FTB sales were...


Taking the stress out of moving home

It seems to be a truth universally acknowledged that moving house is one of the most stressful things anyone can do. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. At Chinneck Shaw, our friendly and team aim to make the process of buying or selling as smooth as...


Is kitchen extension a recipe for success?

Clients often ask us whether it is worth getting a kitchen extension. Kitchens have become much more than a simply a place to cook food these day. Spacious and open kitchen-diners are still very popular, offering extended living space. For some householders a larger cooking...


Leap into action with spring clean

Are you planning a spring clean? As the dust settles after Easter, a thorough mop, scrub and tidy-up is near the top of many householders’ ‘to-do’ list. And this is even more important if you are thinking of capitalising on the ‘spring bounce’ in...


Is number up for Millennials?

The average first time buyer in 1960 was aged just 23 years of age.  Today that figure has increased to just over 30. In 1960 the average deposit was £595, the equivalent of £12,738 today whereas in 2018 the first time buyer needs a deposit of around £20,...


Taxing rules for young people

Young people are facing a ‘perfect housing storm’, according to a leading property industry group. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) issued the warning after the latest Belvoir rental index for the final quarter of 2017 was issued. The index found that &...


Look sharp for first impressions

First impressions really do count, according to a new survey. Apparently it takes just eight minutes for someone to decide if they want a home or not. And six in 10 of people will make their judgement before even stepping inside – just from the impression outside...


Cashing in on house sale

So you’ve sold your house to a cash buyer, banked the money and are renting while you find a home of your own… What do you do with the lump sum? Leave it sitting in the bank? Open an ISA? Hide it under the mattress? You want to be able to access the money as a...


Parental advice for Bank of Mum and Dad

The Bank of Mum and Dad has helped fund many first time buyer mortgages but it is worth checking for any stings in the tail. One good example is a case where a mother sought to take out a joint mortgage with her first time buyer son, as outlined in an ‘Ask the Expert&rsquo...


Is zero affordable housing the answer?

Affordable housing has become such a hot topic recently yet one council seems to have taken a novel approach – have none at all in major new developments in its city centre. Out of 15,000 homes planned in Manchester none qualify as ‘affordable’, according to a...


Fit club is all heart

Well done to the Baffins Fit Club for raising £1,500 for a lifesaving defibrillator. The kit has been fitted on the outside of the Alderman Lacey library on Tangiers Road for use by any members of the public in an emergency. It was unveiled by members of the club along...


What are your property predictions for 2018?

The Spring bounce is on its way – and the property market looks buoyant whether you are buying, selling or renting. Many commentators believe that people will be on the move, especially after the Government scrapped stamp duty for first time buyers on properties below &...


The best laid plans….

You’ve seen your dream home, except that it needs an extension. And it’s a deal breaker as you wouldn’t want to buy the property unless you are sure you can get planning permission for the extension. What should you do? You could insist on a condition that...


Is Buy to Let the answer?

There’s an excellent column on The Guardian website about an interesting scenario regarding a purchaser seeking to buy a property which has sitting tenants. He or she is a first time buyer and wishes to buy a flat to live in but the owner has agreed a new 12-month lease...


Should we postpone buying in case house prices fall?

Stick or twist – it’s the age old question for many people when it comes to buying their first home. Prospective buyers may be forgiven for treading warily in the hope of securing a cheaper property or larger property for their money by delaying any purchase in case...


How much does outside space matter in Portsmouth?

Outside space has always been a sought-after commodity, whether it’s acres of land or a balcony with pleasant views. Most property searchers have a few items on their list when looking for a new home, with some form of outside space usually near the top. But remember...


House prices 2018 - local and national picture

House prices in 2018 are set to rise by up to 3%, according to the latest Halifax house price index. The bank reported that the rate of increases in prices slowed in 2017 although the overall increase for the last three months of the years was 2.7% up compared with the same...


Get ahead in January sales

January and February can be an excellent time to place a property on the market for many reasons. Buyers at this time of year are more likely to be serious about a purchase. Furthermore, selling a house now means it is more likely to stand out – and beat the Spring rush in...


What are your resolutions?

New Year’s resolutions tend to come and go, but at this time of the year we always like to remind ourselves and our clients of our Top Ten Promises. They are: We will always give you same day viewing feedback You will always be able to contact us when you need to...


Homes England to unlock housing

  An average of 300,000 homes could be built every year by the mid-2020s if a new Government housing agency lives up to its promises. Homes England has replaced the Homes and Communities Agency, and will have new powers to secure land and support developers. The revamp is...