Insight and Opinion

Thoughts, research and market commentary 

The Prime Purchase team explore what is really going on in the property market.


Online shopping threatens the rural idyll

Online shopping is certainly convenient, saving time and often money compared with getting in the car and visiting your local high street or shopping centre. But the sad fact is that online shopping is ruining the peace and tranquillity of our villages and country lanes.


Exchange in one day? Yes, it's possible

Moving house is tortuous in every way, usually not helped by the legal process, which can drag on for several months without any explanation whatsoever. It may therefore come as a surprise that it’s possible to conduct the entire process during the course of a day, without compromising either the buyer or seller’s position.


Prime Purchase wins annual Withers quiz

The Prime Purchase team stormed to victory at the prestigious Withers annual country and landed estates quiz last week. The team, comprised of Guy Meacock, James Watts, James Shaw and me, eventually won the law firm’s hotly contested quiz by just one point.


Mortgage market update

The Bank of England may have decided to raise interest rates by a quarter of a point at its November meeting – the first rate increase in a decade – but it has not heralded the end of cheap mortgage rates