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Happy New Year

Published: 01/01/2019 By AM & BK

First things first, I’d like to wish you a belated Happy New Year and hope that you and your families had a wonderful Christmas and that 2019 brings you everything you hope it will. It’s at this time of year we traditionally take time to look ahead at what 2019 has in store for the property market.

Certainly, the only real certainty is…yes, the ongoing uncertainty. Our political masters are not doing much for the forecasters at the moment, are they? Fortunately, the economy has held-up pretty well over the last couple of years and I think that underlying strength will continue to see us through. House prices have been softening of late, but from past experience, the general trajectory will continue to be upwards, despite the odd, short-term blip.

RICS agrees - they forecast house prices will remain pretty steady for the coming year and they are not expecting any major price adjustments. Given the current political situation, that is good to hear. Of course, that does mean that if you’re looking to put your house or flat on the market, you really need to ensure it puts its best foot forward. That means fixing all those things that need fixing, painting any chipped paintwork and clearing up the garden – front and back, because those buyers are getting pickier. It also means you need to be realistic with your price expectations.

So, if you think that 2019 could be the year to make your move, now would be a good time to give us a call and let us help you get the ball rolling, because these things always take longer than you think and the spring rush is not far away.