Category Archives: Selling

Stamp duty will cost average homebuyer £7500 by 2016

At the current rate of house price growth (10% a year) the buyer of an average UK home will be subject to a 3% stamp duty tax rate before the end of 2016 according to a new report from haart estate agent.

An acute shortage of supply has eased as new homes for sale increased 5% annually and new buyer demand fell by 1.8%. Continue reading

CIH: Remove stamp duty to help older people downsize

The chancellor should use next month’s budget to make better use of existing homes, increase house building and encourage higher standards of housing.

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) says the government should consider removing stamp duty when older home owners who receive Pension Credit move to smaller properties, which would make downsizing more affordable for older people on low incomes and free up bigger homes for larger families. Continue reading

Estate Agent ‘removes’ one less worry from moving

London estate agent Douglas & Gordon has partnered with storage-by-the-box company, WeStore.co.uk, to offer Londoners a complimentary decluttering service.

Because they know that finding space to keep your things in London can be difficult, Douglas & Gordon are offering clients instructing them as sole agents three months of this service for free. Continue reading

Selling a cherished home? TV company is looking for you

A reputable TV production company is looking to talk to vendors with strong emotional ties to their property for a non-broadcast research project.

Wall to Wall, the production company behind hit series such as Who Do You Think You Are, Child Genius and Long Lost Family, is looking for London or home-counties based homeowners who are about to put their much-loved house or flat on the market – in the hope that it will go to a couple or family who will treat it with the love and respect it deserves.  Continue reading

London kitchens; a thing of the past?

Kitchens are shrinking dramatically in size and prominence in new London homes and conversions, according to the latest research from estate agents Marsh & Parsons.

Falling victim to the changing eating habits of modern-day Londoners, kitchens now account for a smaller proportion of the total living space in new build developments and conversions in the capital than ever before. Continue reading

Parents consider moving abroad for better life for children

According to new research from Lloyds Bank, more than a third (35%) of affluent British parents would consider leaving Britain at some point in the future.

Surveying British parents with more than £100,000 of investible assets, nearing one in two parents (45%) who have children under 18 and would consider emigrating, say that their family is the motivation behind this. Continue reading

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers

Thanks to you, Propertytalk Live! has enjoyed another hugely successful year and seen exceptional growth in the number of people visiting the site.

And that’s not all – the number following us on Twitter alone has soared past 21,000 which we think is phenomenal. Continue reading

25% of home deals fall through due to poor communication

Over the last five years, consumers  believe that almost a quarter (23%) of all home purchases or sales have fallen through due to delays caused by poor communication between lawyers lenders and estate agents, according to a survey by OnePoll, commissioned by the Conveyancing Association.

The results show that, for over half (52%) of those who have bought or sold a house since 2008, the transaction took longer than expected, with just under half (48%) saying the process involved unforeseen delays. Continue reading