The Prime Purchase team explore what is really going on in the property market.
People ponder all sorts of things when buying a home but a real consideration for many is where they will put the Christmas tree. This is particularly true for those house-hunting at this time of year, when they can observe where someone else has positiioned it, but perhaps surprisingly it is also true of property searches all year round.
'London is a roost for every bird', declared Benjamin Disraeli in 1870, a statement which is no less true today.
Few would disagree that a property is shown to best advantage when the sun is shining and the weather is good. You can't beat a quintessential English country garden in the height of summer - gardens in full bloom, lush grass and wonderfully scented flowers.
Those of us who think that the stamp duty system is already broken were dismayed by the government's announcement that it is to 'consult' on the ideal of levying an additional 3 per cent stamp duty on any foreign person buying property in the UK.