RICS Survey More Pesimistic About State of Market

The latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey for October 2017 reports a softening of demand on a national level with most regions displaying a flat to negative trend in the latest results. Meanwhile, forward looking indicators are suggesting momentum is likely to remain subdued, at least in the near term.

The report goes on to say that their “respondents in London continue to report downward pressure on prices, similarly, the price gauge remains negative in the South East (albeit to a significantly lesser extent than in the capital), whilst the areas of East Anglia and the North East also returned readings below zero. Continue reading “RICS Survey More Pesimistic About State of Market”

Reactions to Bank of England Interest Rate Increase

This week we have seen the first interest rise from the Bank of England in a decade but, of course, this came as no surprise and takes us back to where we were 18 months ago. Consequently, the 0.25% increase was greeted calmly by the markets but this is will be the start of an upward trend that Savills predict will mean incremental rises of up to 2.5% over the next five years. Continue reading “Reactions to Bank of England Interest Rate Increase”

Calmez QS in American Golf Final

All the team at Calmez will be cheering on our QS, Sarah Chapman (above right), and her playing partner Rebecca O’Grady, when they compete this week in the final of the American Golf Ladies Championship.

The finals will take place on the 8th and 9th September at the prestigious Belfry Golf course, synonymous for its rich tournament history including hosting of the Ryder Cup. Continue reading “Calmez QS in American Golf Final”

House Price Growth at Lowest Rate Since May 2013

Despite many claims of a quietening property market we seem to be continuing to be very busy with demands for both mezzanine funding and stretch funding, so what is happening to the market and house price growth?

The Halifax House Price Index for July reports an easing of annual house price growth to 2.6%. Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, said: “House prices have flattened over the past three months. Overall, prices in the three months to June were marginally lower than in the preceding three months. The annual rate of growth has fallen, to 2.6%; the lowest rate since May 2013. Continue reading “House Price Growth at Lowest Rate Since May 2013”

Property Developers Registering for Help to Buy

Property Developers Registering for Help to Buy

Property developers registering for Help to Buy is proving an important marketing tool with over one million people being reported as having used this government initiative to buy a new home.

What is Help to Buy?

There are three Help to Buy schemes, namely; Help to Buy ISA which provides first-time buyers with £50 for every £200 saved and a maximum bonus on a property completion of £3,000; Help to Buy Equity Loan where 20% of the cost of a new home is provided by the scheme with the buyer having to put in a minimum of just 5% and London Help to Buy that provides an equity loan of up to 40% with buyers putting in 5%. Continue reading “Property Developers Registering for Help to Buy”

Sash window restoration for developers

Sash Window Restoration for Developers

Sensitively restoring an historic building as part of your development project can be an exciting and rewarding process, however, the works involved can have many challenges, not least sash window restoration.

Often historic buildings can have had years of neglect that have resulted in decay and deterioration to the fabric of the building and, therefore, provide plenty of hidden surprises as construction progresses.  A common issue is sash window restoration, an exercise that requires specialist skills and a sympathy for maintaining their period charm. Continue reading “Sash Window Restoration for Developers”

Development funding in 2016!

Development funding in 2016; What a year it has been!

Development funding in 2016What a year 2016 has been!  With government reforms to second home stamp duty, a shock Brexit, Donald Trump heading to the Whitehouse and then throw in Leicester City winning the Premiership and the BBC losing Bake Off (okay, latter event had less international impact), we have had an eventful 12 months!  For those of us in the property market, whether we be estate agents, developers or providing development funding, there has been much to influence trading this year. Continue reading “Development funding in 2016; What a year it has been!”