Musings of a London Property Search Agent
The Land Registry House Price Index was released today with a mixed bag of news for property search agents, homeowners, buyers and sellers across the UK.
Prices continued to drop in January, according to the index to 15.1% less than a year ago, 14.1% less for London residents. Prices in the Royal borough have dropped 10.1%. Jemima Khan has removed her £26million Chelsea pad from the market, we understand, and Hugh Grant has a budget of £20million. Lucky him – we hope he is no just relying on his estate agent, who will be working for their Clients, the VENDORS, for advice! Hugh – if you are reading, our number is 020 7923 7564 and we know we are one of the hardest working London Home Search Agents around!
There are still a few London boroughs where average drops are yet to hit double figures, with Westminster and Greeenwich leading the way on -6.4% and -6.9% respectively. Definitely a reason to use a good London property search Agent if ever I heard one. We do a substantial proportion of our business in the borough of Westminster, which covers Mayfair, Marylebone, Notting Hill, St James and Bayswater and I don’t know when we last agreed a sale with as low a discount as -6.4%. In fact we would be pretty embarrassed to negotiate such a measly saving. We have to save our savvy Clients at least 10% before we get any reward at all!!
Richmond prices have dropped the most: -15.4% apparently, and that’s without the traditional flooding giving buyers the jitters.
Good news for Hackney vendors: average prices rose 0.1% in Hackney in January, helped no doubt by the transport improvements which are only a year away now. Trendy Stokey is traditionally a favourite of bohemian media luvvies: could the news that the Olympic Media Centre is to be a permanent structure providing a legacy for the young people of Hackney also be a factor?
Other London Property Search Agents may have different experience, but only our investors and developers are interested in Hackney at present.
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