It's not over until the fat man delivers
28 October 2015
Within the property world, especially the country house market, it is widely thought that the best time to sell a house is either in the spring or in the autumn. Logically the same is true of buying one. Gardens look lovely and the dark days of winter are a distant memory. However, there are good reasons not to waste those wet and cold winter days. First, many people start planning their spring sales campaign in December or January. Getting to those houses first is part of any good buying agents work. Secondly, if you love the house when the weather’s less favourable then it bodes well for your future enjoyment of it. Thirdly, and perhaps in the current market, the main driver, is that those houses that have been on the market through all of 2015 and even a bit of 2014 must be feeling the pressure of entering another year. This can make the last quarter of the year an opportune time to pick up a good deal. Personal experience, of exchanging on a house on the 23rd December last year is still firmly in my mind. Texting at the dinner table got me a deserved, stern look from my wife but my client got the house and a great Christmas present. Any ideas that the property market stops from the beginning of December until February should be a thing of the past. Yes, there will be too many mince pies and the occasional drink but until Father Christmas unleashes the reindeer we will still be looking for that elusive deal. Brings a whole new slant on the Christmas sales.