News out today suggests that the property market is stagnating. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) report says that the number of people interested in buying a property – and the number of sales – was “stagnant” in March. The headline paints a somewhat gloomy picture.
But read further and the latest monthly survey shows that stock levels in the property market are at a new record low and because of the shortage of housing, prices in many parts of the UK are continuing to accelerate.
So what does all this mean? Is it a good or bad time to be thinking about selling your property and moving home?
Moving for life changing reasons
Most people move house not just because it might be a ‘good time’ for the property market, but because they need to. New babies arriving, families moving in together, people downsizing for retirement or sadly moving on due to family loss, all of these are common reasons for buying and selling property. Yet it is true also that some people can put off the idea of moving if they worry about what the market is doing and whether they will be able to get a good enough price for their home, or secure a new property for what they can afford.
Short supply can mean bigger rewards
Whatever your reason for moving, a lack of supply in the property market can actually be a good thing. It can make it the perfect time to sell. A lack of housing stock, as we face in our local area, means that prices are continuing to rise, with more buyers looking than properties available. Particularly if you have found the property you want, you may be able to capitalise on the market and get more for your property than you might expect.
At Check 4 Houses we can sell your property from as little as £599 or 0.5%+VAT. This could save you thousands when compared to standard agency fees. We offer:
- 24/7 national marketing
- Unlimited photos
- Accompanied viewings
- Personal contact from start to finish
- A price match guarantee*
Please contact us for a free, no obligation valuation on your home on 01252 819725 or email@example.com. We would be delighted to help.
*See website for full terms and conditions of our price match guarentee
With Easter being slightly later this year, there is even more reason to get out and about in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and celebrate the joys of Spring.
Egg hunts for everyone
There are plenty of outdoor egg hunts available at key National Trust sites across Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey including The Vyne in Basingstoke, Basildon Park near Reading and Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming. Easter is also lambing season and you might be lucky enough to see some being born if you head to farms such as Lockey Farm in Arborfield or Manydown Farm in Basingstoke.
In Fleet you can join the annual Ancells Farm Easter Egg Trail on Good Friday with plenty to keep children entertained. Activities include the trail itself, Easter bonnet and colouring competitions as well as an Easter raffle. There is also an Easter trail on Yateley Common on Easter Monday where you can follow the trail around the woodlands and heathlands, collect all the clues to tell the Ranger and receive an Easter Surprise.
Indoor activities to keep the kids entertained
If the weather isn’t so kind, head along to The Mall in Camberley which has free events running for two weeks from April 3rd to 15th. Activities include an egg hunt around The Mall for the chance to win a chocolate egg. as well as arts and crafts, animals, magic, storytelling and a Punch and Judy show at the Kids Camp in The Square. The Broad Street Mall in Reading are offering fun filled workshops, face-painting, an Egg trail, and the chance to win a family trip to Legoland as part of their egg-citing entertainment from April 10th – April 15th. You could even check our your local garden centre. Some are offering Easter activities including egg hunts, seed planting workshops and more.
Spring is traditionally one of the busiest times on the property market so if you feel you are ready to make your next move then please give us a call on 01252 819725 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home. Our local team has all the knowledge of a traditional high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent. We can sell your property from as little as £599 or 0.5% + VAT. This could save you thousands when compared to standard agency fees, giving you more to spend on your new home.