Will Feng Shui Help You Sell Your Home?

When it comes to selling your home, it is natural to do whatever it takes to connect with buyers. At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we help homeowners present their house in a way that enhances its look, and makes it easier for buyers to connect with the property.

In recent times, there has been a focus on ways for homeowners to steal an edge in the market, and for some, Feng Shui has been mentioned!

What is Feng Shui?

1. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging your home to promote good luck and abundance

2. It was originally used in homes, but can be applied to other places like offices or even cars

3. The goal of Feng Shui is to create a space that promotes happiness, health, and prosperity for its inhabitants

4. There are 3 main principles behind Feng Shui – Chi (energy), Yin Yang (opposites) and Ba gua (8 trigrams)

5. The way you arrange furniture in your living room should take into account these three principles so it’s balanced with the outside world

6. For example, a couch on one side of the room against a wall will block chi from flowing freely through the front door

Are you ready to change the look and layout of your home?

Research carried out by Manor Interiors suggest that 86% of property buyers said the initial layout and design of a property is important to them. Other findings include:

  • 70% of respondents said this influenced their most recent property purchase.
  • 38% of respondents said they made further changes to their new home as soon as they moved in.
  • 72% of respondents said they paid more for their home because they liked the design and layout.
  • On current market values, Manor Interiors believes a Feng Shui premium could add as much as £19,743 to a property value, based on the current average value being £256,405.
  • They also believe a negative Feng Shui state could reduce the property value by as much as £25,641
  • Manor Interiors state the difference between good Feng Shui and bad Feng Shui in a home as being as much as £45,384

Separate analysis from the International Journal of Housing Market and Analysis states positive Feng Shui could add as much as 7.7% value to a home, while poor Feng Shui could lower property value by 10%.

Farhan Malik, CEO of Manor Interiors, commented: “While you may or may not be completely convinced by Feng Shui, there’s no doubt that many of us will relate to the core principle of perfecting the design and layout of our home if only to suit our own personal tastes. Doing so can transform how we think and feel about our home and so it can certainly make for a happier home life and a greater appreciation for our property. It’s also understandable that this plays a role when looking to buy, both in terms of the homes we opt for and the price we’re willing to pay and research shows that positive Feng Shui really can have a substantial impact on property market values.”

Farhan Malik also said; “Whether you buy into it or not, it’s a particular focus of many housebuilders who market new build developments to foreign buyers where Feng Shui is deep-rooted within the culture of their native country. When furnishing these developments, we often have to consider how the furniture and layout of an apartment or house will not only impact the Feng Shui but also how we can maximise positive energy to increase appeal once it does go up for sale or let.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Asking Prices Are Rising

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to keep you informed with every important aspect of the housing market. This is something we are proud of, and if you have any questions, please get in touch.

We appreciate it has been a challenging time in the property market, and it has never been more important to make informed decisions. We are here to ensure you make informed decisions at all times.

Do you know how the Petersfield housing market is performing?

As of June 2021, Rightmove describes the Petersfield housing market as such;

Properties in Petersfield had an overall average price of £466,239 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Petersfield during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £649,979. Terraced properties sold for an average of £368,139, with semi-detached properties fetching £465,688.

Overall, sold prices in Petersfield over the last year were 5% up on the previous year and 7% up on the 2018 peak of £436,809.”

These prices are interesting, as is information which states asking prices have risen.

In the latest research published by Rightmove, asking prices have risen by close to £6,000 a month (on average) in the space of a month.

We are here to assist you make a move

Some of the key headlines from the data include:

  • There has been an increase of £5,767 in the average seller asking price
  • This represents a month-on-month increase of 1.8%
  • The May 2021 average asking price was £333,365, which is a new record
  • The April 2021 average asking price was £327,797
  • There is a growing supply-demand imbalance across the country, and in some areas, this has led to a double-digit price increase
  • Some of the areas with a double-digit increase include Wales with a 13% rise, the North West, with an increase of 11.1% and Yorkshire and the Humber, which rose by 10.5%
  • In London, the average rate of price increase since pre-lockdown is 0.2%
  • On average, London property prices are 2.9 times higher than in the northern areas of Great Britain

Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s director of property data, commented: “Last year’s unexpected mini-boom is rolling on into 2021, with new price and market activity records again defying many predictions. Buyer affordability is increasingly stretched, but there’s obviously some elasticity left to stretch a bit more as many buyers are squeezing their way into higher price bands. This high demand, with both willingness and ability to pay more, has pushed the average price of property coming to market to a new all-time high of a third of a million pounds. In another twist, it is the regions of Britain further north that are leading the way, with some degree of catching up between average prices in London and the north.”

Tim Bannister continued by saying; “While the gap remains very large, with average prices in London still 2.9 times higher than those in the north, this ratio is now at its smallest since 2013. The pandemic has given a greater focus on the home, and in 2020 we saw a surge in southern coastal and rural areas. So far 2021 is proving to be the year of the northern mover, not only satisfying their pent-up housing needs, but in doing so also narrowing some of the huge price gap with London.”

Tim Bannister also said; “Family homes with three bedrooms or more are like gold dust in many areas of the country, especially in parts of the north. For example, compared to the same period in 2019 agents in the North East have 59% less available stock for sale in the ‘second-stepper’ sector made up predominantly of three-bedroom homes, while Scotland is 65% down in the “top of the ladder” four bedroom or more sector. In contrast, London’s available stock is down 20% and 24% respectively in these sectors, so while supply is still limited it is more closely matched to demand.”

Research undertaken by Rightmove amongst people looking to sell their home in the next month found an average of 84% of people in the north are keen to move locally, while only 52% of prospective London movers want to move locally.

Tim Bannister concluded by saying; “Another important factor driving the higher demand and quicker average time to sell in the north is that more of their sellers are intending to buy and stay local, whereas many Londoners are looking to move out. The pandemic has changed many aspects of what people want from their homes, and the pricing pendulum is swinging away from London towards the north.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Know What House Buyers Need In 2021

If you are looking to sell your home, it is always helpful to know what buyers are looking for. With this knowledge, you can position your home in the most effective manner, boosting the chances of selling your home.

At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we have helped many local vendors connect with buyers. We know the local market well, and we look to bring people together.

Through our knowledge of the local market, and our studies of what is happening across the market, we are here to help you know what house buyers need in 2021.

White Goods and Existing Heating Systems

The boiler and heating system is one of the most important factors that buyers consider. You can improve your chances of connecting with buyers by:

  • Having your boiler reviewed by an expert to determine its condition before listing your home
  • If it is in your budget, upgrade the boiler or at least carry out improvements
  • Make sure you have sufficient boiler insurance coverage in place

David Holmes is the founder of the Boiler Guide, and he believes people aren’t doing the right sort of searches when looking for a new or better boiler. Digital searches have given people more options, but this might not be the best way to find the ideal solution.

David Holmes said; “Like many other services, it really is worth putting in the time and effort to explore your options for such an important investment and in many cases, you could save hundreds of pounds simply by spending another five minutes on the phone.”

He also said; “We expect the residential heating market to become even more competitive in the next few years as both existing and emerging brands are investing in renewable alternatives such as air source heat pumps and hydrogen-ready gas boilers.”

White goods are also important if you are including them in the sale.

Some steps you can take include:

  • Investing in new kitchen appliances
  • Making sure you know which sort of appliance is best for the most likely buyer in your home
  • Have all existing appliances reviewed and if repairs must be carried out, do so
  • Consider the energy efficiency of your appliances

The Energy Efficiency Rating is crucial when selling a home

You will likely know the importance of energy efficiency, and how vital it is for vendors and buyers.

Money Super Market provides the following tips on improving the energy efficiency rating of your home:

  • Insulate your loft – This could save between £120 and £225 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust
  • Poorly insulated roofs and walls can be a major cause of energy wastage. But with decent loft insulation, you could save between £120 and £225 a year, depending on the type of property you have and where you live, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
  • Hang thick curtains and insulate your doors
  • Install an energy monitor to review your energy consumption
  • Use a water-saving showerhead
  • Install double glazing
  • Consider solar panels
  • Insulate your cavity walls – According to the Energy Savings Trust, this could save between £70 and £255 a year

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

How Long Will Housing Market Frenzy Last?

It is fair to say the end of year activity for the housing market was frantic. With the stamp duty holiday deadline looming, many people were keen to buy property before the end of the year, in the hope of enjoying the significant saving on offer.

At Williams of Petersfield, we have seen this heightened demand for ourselves in the local area. We’ve also stayed in touch with what the leading property portals are saying about the market.

Rightmove tips market activity to remain high for now

Rightmove predicts a 4% average house price growth in 2021 across the UK. The leading property portals states that in December 2020, sales were 53% higher than they were in December 2019. This is the case, even though many deals taking place at the time will not conclude before the stamp duty holiday ends.

Tim Bannister is the Rightmove’s Director of Property Data, and he said; “Our 2021 forecast of a 4.0 per cent price rise is more conservative than the unsustainable 6.6 per cent national average seen this year. There’s likely to be a lull in quarter two unless the stamp duty holiday is extended, but for many buyers its removal will not be make or break, though may lead them to reduce their offers to a degree to compensate for the higher tax, and indeed many sellers may be prepared to help to mitigate their buyer’s financial loss.”

Tim Bannister continued by saying; “First-time buyers will remain largely exempt, so in most cases will be no worse off. The maximum savings of £2,450 in Wales or £2,100 in Scotland are considerably less decisive than the £15,000 available in England for a house costing £500,000 or more, which does however only apply to a small part of the market.”

In November 2020, Rightmove said there were 650,000 sales agreed and in the pipeline. In December 2020, Rightmove states that there were still 650,000 sales agreed, and in the pipeline.

While the property portal believes there were around 130,000 completed or abandoned deals in this time, there was an additional 130,000 sales added. Therefore, moving one month closer to the deadline, there was no fall in the number of sales in the pipeline.

There will likely be a slowdown in the market

Rightmove expects the second quarter of 2021 will be slower. However, there is hope that affordable mortgage rates will allow for modest price growth.

Pandemic-related uncertainties have been around for nearly a year, and Brexit uncertainties for far longer, and record activity month after month has proved that movers are willing and able to act on their new or existing housing priorities” says Rightmove.

The property portal says demand has significantly exceeded supply in 2020. The number of properties placed onto the market for the year to early December 2020 was down by 0.6% compared to the 2019 figures.

However, the number of agreed sales rose by 8.3%. This means the number of available properties for sale in the UK is at a low level, a record-breaking low level.

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Will Help Turn Tenants Into Buyers?

The stamp duty holiday scheme has been of significant help to many people in the housing market, but not first-time buyers. Many FTBs have felt overlooked in the property market, but at their recent party conference, the Conservative Party have claimed they will usher in new assistance for first-time buyers.

Boris Johnson announced plans for a new scheme to help people arrange long-term fixed rate mortgages for up to 95% of their home’s value.

What help might be on offer?

Zoopla have classed the key points from the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference as:

  • The Prime Minister has promised to increase the availability of mortgages for buyers with small deposits
  • The government believes it will enable an additional two million people to buy a property
  • Johnson said it would represent the biggest expansion of homeownership since the 1980s

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, comments: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments today which shows a positive change in tone by promoting a generation of renters to become a generation of buyers. We encourage lenders to come on board and support this initiative to enable first time buyers to enter the property market by future proofing the financial burden many face. We want to see intent become action quickly so that first time buyers can make the most of the current stamp duty holiday and continue to stimulate the housing market.”

Industry experts have their say

Craig McKinlay, New Business Director at Kensington Mortgages, comments: “The ‘Generation Buy’ scheme will be, in effect, a replacement for Help to Buy. Only a few lenders are dipping in and out of the high LTV market at present with ‘flash sales’ due to sheer demand – so this should reassure some lenders to enter more permanently and support first-time buyers.”

Craig also said; “However, for others, the scheme could lead to further capacity issues for those being selective with their offering to manage demand. On the whole though, like the introduction of Help to Buy in 2013 helped boost confidence and ease lenders back into the small deposit market, we hope this scheme will do the same.”

James Forrester, Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, comments: “Today’s (6th October) announcement will no doubt excite a nation of aspirational homebuyers who have already been sent into a frenzy over the prospect of paying no stamp duty. However, for Boris Johnson to claim this will help fix our broken housing market is not only laughable but quite frankly an insult to those who find themselves priced out of homeownership. The cause of the dire situation we find ourselves in is the Government’s sustained failure to build enough affordable housing year in, year out.”

James also said; “The inadequate supply of housing to meet demand is one of the driving factors that has caused house prices to spiral and to continue to mask this failure by further fuelling demand is irresponsible. Instead, their time would be better spent reallocating wrongly classified green belt land so it can be utilised for housing and preventing the big housebuilders from drip-feeding housing supply in order to keep their profits up.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

 

Manage Stress When Selling Your Home

The stamp duty holiday has encouraged many buyers and vendors to be active in the market. The chance to save a considerable sum of money is enticing for many people, but it should be noted that moving home is a stressful and costly activity.

At Williams of Petersfield, we do everything we can to minimise the stress associated with moving house. We are pleased to say we have helped many local vendors in Petersfield make their next move.

Many buyers and vendors find moving stressful

A survey undertaken by Zoopla, which was answered by more than 2,600 buyers, suggests many buyers find the property purchase an emotional and stressful activity.

62% of respondents said they found previous property moves more stressful than they had expected.

One of the biggest challenges in moving home is the property chain. 18% of respondents said they lost or came close to losing their property purchase because of issues with the chain. Only 11% of respondents said the buying process, when involved with a chain, ran smoothly.

34% of respondents aimed to develop a personal connection with the buyers. This step was taken to enhance the chances of the move running smoothly.

Financial issues are problematic in property deals

Close to 40% of respondents said their most recent property move cost more than they had originally budgeted for. 29% of respondents cited additional costs which caused them difficulties during the move. Some of the additional costs listed were conveyancers and surveyors.

44% of respondents said unexpected costs added more than £500 to the cost of their house move. 30% of respondents said they paid more than an extra £1,000 when moving and 15% of house movers said they had to shell out over £1,500.

Staging your home is important

When it comes to vendors regret, 53% of homeowners said they believed they’d have sold their home for a higher price if they staged their home. However, 31% of respondents said they didn’t have the budget to afford to improve their home at this time.

The importance of staging property was reiterated by 84% of respondents who said this activity is worthwhile.

Decluttering your home is also vital, with 52% of respondents wishing they did more in preparation for their move. 28% of respondents said they were too nostalgic when getting ready to sell their home. 20% of respondents said the process took far too long, which is an indicator many vendors underestimate the level of work associated with moving home.

Tom Parker is the Consumer Spokesperson at Zoopla and he said; “Moving home is one of the biggest investments we will ever make so it’s only natural the process inspires a wide range of emotions. Finding that balance between head and heart can often be the most difficult, and this is where agents have a crucial role to play in supporting home movers in their property journey. Agents will have experienced this process hundreds of times so can help not only with finding the right property but also making the purchasing or selling experience as seamless as possible.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

What Is Driving Property Demand?

If you are looking at the property market and wondering why there is so much activity and demand for homes, we are here to help you. While the UK is in a recession, there is a significant level of demand from buyers, and there is a greater number of vendors entering the marketplace.

At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we can help you understand the housing market. We have a considerable level of knowledge and expertise in the local area, and we work closely to ensure all our clients understand, and benefit, from what is happening in the national property market.

The housing market is currently buoyant

There has been considerable activity in the housing market since it re-opened. Some experts believe this is a temporary measure, but it has lasted until September, and there is no sign of slowdown.

The stamp duty holiday has changed the market

The stamp duty holiday, in place until 31st March 2021, provides buyers with the chance to save up to £15,000. This is a significant saving for many buyers.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “This move will help to keep the nation and wider economy moving because keeping the current momentum going will help prevent destabilising falls in property prices as unemployment grows, and enable a quicker economic recovery. Lockdown prevented 175,000 would be sellers from coming to market so we hope this Stamp Duty holiday will provide the spur for those missing movers to come to market.”

We know that many people have questions about the market, and how they should progress next. If you are looking to sell your home, we can arrange a property valuation for you. We believe a property valuation is the ideal starting point for anyone looking to sell their home, and we are here to assist you connect with buyers, and make an informed decision.

Miles Shipside also said; “Home-movers will be grateful that the changes come into effect straight away so they don’t have to delay their plans, and what we could see now is people rushing to get a price agreed before some sellers put their prices up in the hope people will be able to pay more because of the tax savings.”

Some people wish to move before a second wave of the pandemic

There are fears about another wave and associated lockdown. If this was to happen, many people would prefer to be settled in their new home by this point. Therefore, a lot of people are looking to move home soon.

Jacqui Harley is the Head of Conveyancing at JMP Solicitors, and he said; “Whether you’re looking to get on the property ladder, move home, buy another property or add to your portfolio, now is a good time to get moving in the current climate as the housing market is particularly buoyant. We have compiled a list of top reasons to move now, to outline what is available in the current climate for those who act swiftly to make the most of this window of opportunity.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Demand Is Sustained In Property Market

The introduction of the stamp duty holiday has been welcomed by many people in the housing sector. There is no denying many people are considering making a move, because of the substantial saving on offer. With vendors encouraged by the number of buyers in the market, there is a great deal of activity in all aspects of the housing market.

This is something we have seen in and around Petersfield, and it is something we have noted nationally. If you are looking to sell your home in Petersfield, please get in touch. At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we have assisted many local homeowners connect with buyers.

A property valuation helps sell your home

One of the most important tasks in selling your home is arranging for a property valuation. As local agents, we are perfectly placed to ensure you connect with buyers and sell your home. If you need any guidance or assistance in selling your home, please get in touch with us today.

Information provided by the property group Andrews for July 2020 suggests:

  • Viewings rose by 29% compared to the previous months’ viewing figures
  • Physical viewings increased by 45% in comparison with the previous month
  • In July 2020, there was close to 6,000 viewings, which equates to around 200 viewings per day
  • In April 2020, the average was 20 viewings per day
  • There was a rise of 12% with respect to offers made and accepted by vendors in July 2020

David Westgate, is the Group Chief Executive at Andrews Property Group. David said; “What a difference four months makes. In April viewings and instructions across the industry fell off a cliff as the country was gripped by coronavirus and the Government asked us to stay at home. But the rebound has been swift as lockdown eased and the Chancellor’s stamp duty announcement at the start of July gave the market a timely boost.”

We can help local buyers and vendors

We know most of the focus has fallen on buyers, but the stamp duty holiday should be viewed as a positive factor for vendors too. If you need assistance in selling your Petersfield property, we are here to assist you.

David also said; “Buyers and sellers alike have shown renewed vigour in the past six weeks. With a lengthy window of opportunity to purchase before the stamp holiday comes to an end, we expect buyer activity to remain buoyant over the coming months. And we saw an immediate uplift in valuations and instructions since stamp duty was frozen, with sellers keen to take advantage of motivated buyers and more confidence to list thanks to stable house prices.”

While there will be many challenges to come in the housing market, we are here to help.

David Westgate also said; “It won’t be all plain sailing from here, but the Government has shown how important it sees a healthy and stable property market for the general wellbeing of the overall economy. And house prices have proven to be extremely resilient in the past when faced by strong economic headwinds, which suggests the market is well placed to cope with some potentially heavy bumps in the road ahead.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Vendors Must Keep In Touch With Buyer Demand

While vendors should focus on what they want to achieve when selling their home, there is a lot to be said for being aware of what buyers are looking for. If you can tailor your home or offer to better meet the needs of likely buyers, you will find it easier to connect, hopefully assisting you in the sales process.

At Williams of Petersfield, we are keen to help buyers and vendors connect. We know the local market, and we know what buyers are looking for. With our help, Petersfield vendors can connect with buyers, and enhance their chances of selling their home.

NAEA Propertymark figures offer insight into house hunters looking for homes

There has been a lot of information and statistics issued in the housing market since it re-opened after lockdown, but some bodies and organisations are more highly regarded than others. When NAEA Propertymark issues information, people listen. This is because it provides realistic information from estate agents across the country.

Some of the leading statistics revealed by the organisation include:

  • The number of house hunters registered per NAEA branch member increased by 7% between February and May
  • The number of house hunters registered per NAEA branch member rose from 322 pre-lockdown to 344 post-lockdown
  • In May, 70% of properties sold at a price that was lower than the initial asking price
  • The average number of properties available, per branch as of May 2020, was 35
  • This figure is a fall from the figure of 41 per branch recorded in May 2019
  • The supply of homes, based on year-on-year, figures fell by 15% between March 2019 and March 2020
  • Sales to first-time buyers in May stood at 32%, increasing from the 22% sales to first-time buyers in February

Mark Hayward is the Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, and he said; “It’s great to see the market up and running again, bringing some much-needed confidence back. With estate agents following new socially distanced protocols and the demand for viewings soaring, we are set for an exciting summer.”

Mark continued by saying; “It will be interesting in the coming months to see if the lifestyle changes triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on house sale locations, especially in and around commuter towns.”

More support for first-time buyers?

There have been calls from MPs for more to be done to support first-time buyers looking to step onto the property ladder. Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols said; “The Government must be proactive in ensuring that the banks assist first time buyers rather than wealthy landlords to access homes on the market. Too many young people are losing life opportunities to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this must not be another instance of that. I have written to the Secretary of State for Housing to ask what measures will be taken to support first time buyers.”

Eleanor Williams is a Finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, and she said; “First-time buyers are a vital part of keeping the mortgage market moving, and so it comes as great news that lenders are again starting to relaunch products in the higher LTV tiers. Concern has been raised about the possibility of house price falls and consequential potential negative equity situations, making lenders understandably more cautious about lending in these higher-risk circumstances.”

Eleanor continued by saying; “Lenders have also found though that they have been overwhelmed by the level of demand for these brackets of products, resulting in some needing to withdraw deals only recently relaunched in order to manage their workload. Consumer demand is clearly evident, and the re-introduction of more deals for those with a 10% deposit, or even less, by more lenders would hopefully provide prospective purchasers with the choice they need to move forwards with buying a home.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.