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Our property experts are often asked to share their extensive knowledge in the press. Below are some of our most recent mentions.

29 April 2018

Hiring a ghostbuster and only buying on the eighth floor: how beliefs and superstition can make or break a property sale (The Daily Telegraph)

Astrological concerns have been known to delay a sale. ‘I was bidding on a property for a client, and we were all ready to exchange when she called a temporary halt because the planet Mercury was moving in the wrong direction,’ says Guy Meacock of Prime Purchase. ‘While the planet was in retrograde she was of the belief that she shouldn’t sign the contract. I had to tell the selling agent we’d need to wait until it started moving in the right direction, which took several weeks.'

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21 April 2018

The impact of Somerset's new nuclear neighbour (The Daily Telegraph)

The Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is transforming the landscape and local housing in equal measure. Robin Gould, of Prime Purchase, is investigating the nearby eastern edge of Exmoor for a suitable home for a high net worth client. ‘I’m looking at the proposed pylon routes, of which there are three or four, as the power needs to be transported from Hinkley, which potentially will be a huge blight,’ he warns.

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04 April 2018

Room for improvement (Country Life)

“A conservatory is just so versatile – it could be an open-plan kitchen, a children’s playroom or a chill-out space for the family. The best examples are timber-framed morning rooms with lantern-light extensions. They can be built in a very sympathetic way to complement old buildings” say James Shaw

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23 March 2018

Go on an Easter holiday-home hunt (The Times)

Families are seeking out hideaways by the coast and in the country. Norfolk was the second home popular holiday-home destination after Cornwall. ‘Aldeburgh and Southwold remain incredibly popular, despite being incredibly expensive,’ says Sarah Broughton, a buying agent with Prime Purchase in the area. ‘A two-bedroom cottage can cost £300,000 to £400,000. It is cheaper over near Leiston, but then you are near Sizewell power station, and not everyone wants that. In Norfolk, Burnham Market is still very popular, although a cottage will cost you £500,000 - it really has become Chelsea by the sea. The nearby coast [Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea] is still desirable and people are happy to pay a premium to have sea views, although if people look a little farther east to Cromer or Sheringham, property is about a third less.'

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