Budging the Problem

Tim Russ of Tim Russ & Company comments on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn budget and how it affects the property market. In the autumn budget the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond made a series of changes designed to help the housing sector. Abolishing stamp...

What’s Good for the Goose

Tim Russ of Tim Russ & Company suggests a new way of thinking when it comes to selling property. Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, thinks that we overestimate the amount of change which will happen over two years but underestimate the amount of change over ten....

The Sorting Hat

Tim Russ of Tim Russ & Company gives some timely property buying advice now that the general election is over Many of us know about the Sorting Hat at J K Rowling’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When a new student puts on the hat it tells him...

Homance

Tim Russ of Tim Russ & Company offers some timely estate agent matchmaking advice as we head towards Valentine’s Day. Hard as it might be to believe good estate agents can be perfect sweethearts.  It is always best to have someone by your side who values you, who...

Property Market Preview 2017

Tim Russ of Tim Russ & Company gazes into the property market crystal ball for 2017. The national press is fond of repeating what some estate agency firms have to say about the luxury market – especially in central London. This seems to suggest that it is an...

Hexit

Tim Russ from Tim Russ & Company takes a look at the post-Brexit property market and offers some sound advice to those selling their homes over the autumn months. Most but not all home sales occur because the seller is moving on to another property. Yet time and...

The Housing Market – Long Term View

Headlines in the press and the TV are dominated by Brexit.  I think it has become rather boring.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to step back and take a view of the property market possibly the economy generally. ‘Although house prices have improved since the...

After the Gold Rush

Tim Russ of Tim Russ & Company takes a look at the property market now the rush to avoid a higher stamp duty is over. It happens after every major budget change where extra tax costs are involved when buying a home. There is a stampede to complete purchases before...

Stamp duty surcharge and the property market

So, it is April and the dust has started to settle from a very busy time in the rush to get property transactions completed by the end of March, before the introduction of George Osbourne’s controversial 3% stamp duty surcharge that started on April 1.  The last two...

Reaction to the Budget 2016 – what does it mean for housing?

The Chancellor’s summer Budget and Autumn Statement last year gave those in the property industry plenty to ponder and get enraged about, but his latest Budget last week – the eighth since Osborne moved into No 11 in 2010 – was a lot less focused on property. Of...

Tim Russ’s Market Update

I look forward to March.  We all look forward to spring, warmer weather, are gardens and the countryside coming to life.  Easter is early this year, and we have already had a taste of a few warmer days – balanced by colder days, but I feel it is just around the...

Love thy neighbour (it seems not always!)

According to the latest research, for 18 million Brits, their neighbours have become a nuisance. 51% of those who have encountered a nuisance neighbour feel stressed or depressed as a result, 24% want to move to a new area, 20% no longer sleep well and a similar...