Insight and Opinion

Thoughts, research and market commentary 

Our property search agents explore what is really going on in the property market.

29/10/2018

The Budget - stamp duty surcharge for foreign buyers

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. 

26/10/2018

Best offers - the buyer's nightmare

It may seem strange, in this lacklustre market, to be writing about that ultimate nightmare for buyers of being asked for a 'best offer', a favourite tool of selling agents where they ask all interested parties to submit in writing by a closing date their best and final bid.

04/10/2018

Why a property tax on foreign buyers is an own goal

Those of us who think that the stamp duty system is already broken will be dismayed by the government’s announcement that it is to 'consult' on the idea of levying an additional 3 per cent stamp duty on any foreign person buying property in the UK.

24/09/2018

Escape to the country - one year on

Remarkably, a year has flown by since we uprooted the family and moved from London to Hampshire.