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An update on evictions in the UK

At the end of August, news of even more changes which will impact the Private Rented Sector were announced; however such was the complexity of information provided, you’d be forgiven for being left rather confused about the current status of evictions in the UK. We hope this blog will help clarify the facts, and answer many of your questions. A brief history of the changes ...

Are you undecided about selling your home at the moment? You may need to think again

September has produced excellent results for homeowners looking to sell their properties, with houses boasting three or more bedrooms seeing a record high in sales, an incredibly promising result should you be considering moving. According to Rightmove’s House Price Index, figures for September detail encouraging and record-breaking selling figures for ‘second-stepper’ propert ...

Customer gives thanks to haart team for “excellent customer service”

Paul Oliver, a customer of haart Barkingside, gave his thanks to the haart team that provided “excellent customer service” while trying to move during a challenging 2020.  Mr Oliver was due to exchange contracts in March before lockdown.  haart resumed progress on the sale when safe to do so, keeping their cool and Mr Oliver didn’t feel rushed throughout the process for which h ...

Could you sell your house within seven days? Thanks to the stamp duty, you might

The housing market is currently experiencing a record high when it comes to week one property sales thanks to the implementation of the stamp duty holiday, with those looking to sell their home reaping the benefits of this favourable incentive. According to a recent study, the popularity of the scheme has meant that one in seven properties were sold within the first seven days ...

What does the new stamp duty scheme mean for me?

During his summer statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. This is part of the Government’s plan to boost the economy through the housing market and help buyers who have taken a financial hit due to the coronavirus crisis. It is important to note that the changes a ...

Our most viewed properties on Rightmove

Views for our listed properties on Rightmove have doubled in the last 7 weeks as well as surpassing the views for this time last year by 10 million! We  thought we would share some of our highest viewed properties that we have listed on Rightmove.  Here's the top 10:- 1. Proctor Drive – Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire, Offers in excess of £980,000  968,626 Rightmove views A ...

Demand for viewings up and continuing to rise

Here at haart, we have been open throughout lockdown, whilst not in the branches physically, we have been working from home.  Since the government announced that Estate Agents could reopen from the 13th May, demand for house viewings and valuations has skyrocketed and increased significantly every week.  Our network of haart branches have experienced high demand , with June vi ...

Launch of Nightingale Quarter a success

The hotly anticipated launch of one of Derby’s most dynamic developments was a resounding success on Saturday 29th February, with Nightingale Quarter seeing 40 plots sold off-plan to buyers keen to invest in the future of Derby. The site proved popular with hundreds of people attending the launch event with both First Time Buyers and Investors eager to secure their new propert ...

Landlord advice: Making post-storm checks

Storm Ciara, the first major weather event of the year passed through the UK in just two days. We saw trains, flights and even sporting fixtures cancelled and debris swirled around the sky. Then hot on Ciara’s heels came Dennis, although less severe it added to the woes of so many affected communities. But the storms may have left longer-term impacts than were immediately appa ...

A quiet start to the year? We’ve had a reshuffle, yet another new Housing Minister and some stormy weather

Finally, winter is about to make way for spring - welcome news for those of us who prefer the warmer seasons. But it’s at this time of year that we can expect to see a significant weather event - and we’ve already had two! The first storm earlier this month – although brief - was responsible for uprooting trees, caused widespread flooding, and left thousands of households wit ...

Confidence, asking prices and activity are all on the rise

Looking across the market - the industry bodies, trade groups and many property price indices are sharing their views about what’s happening to property price, rents and sentiment. Confidence indicators It seems that how the market is talked up - or down – can either provide self-perpetuating confidence… or stifle the market. Right now, the market is buoyant, and the headline ...

Rental market predictions over the next 5 years

It appears the new decade has had a positive start! As analysed in our article here– Rightmove has seen an increase in asking prices; RICS are witnessing confidence amongst its members; and the two leading mortgage providers are seeing an increase in house price values through its mortgage transaction data – and so it would appear the decisive result of the 2019 General Electi ...

What could current market conditions mean for rents?

The year appears to have started in a buoyant mood for the UK property market.  Rightmove has seen an increase in asking prices; The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors claim increased confidence amongst its members and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA Propertymark) have reported that property sales and mortgage approvals have risen.  Finally, after years of ...

Market prediction: Optimism for the 2020 rental market

If there is one thing the property market dislikes, it is uncertainty. Regardless of individual opinions about Brexit and UK politics generally, many believe the decisive result of the UK general election will lead to what some are calling a ‘Boris Bounce’. It would appear there will be no more threats of ‘dying in ditches’ from the Prime Minister: The UK will leave the EU at ...

House prices growth improves; whilst rents continue to rise

haart comments Average rents across the UK rose by 3.5% in December 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953 Rents in London increased by 2.1% in December 2019 versus in the same month of 2018; the average rent in the capital now stands at £1,630 a month When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £79 ...

Where you could invest in 2020

Property experts across the UK are predicting an increase in demand for property in the early part of this year, meaning that the somewhat cautious attitude towards buying a property may dissipate and confidence returns. Within the New Homes market, we expect to see housebuilders create some urgency within their messages to buyers, in advance of tighter rules and regional caps ...

The end of the S21 – what do you need to know

The Rented Homes Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 22 January, and now begins its passage through parliament. The next stage – which has yet to be scheduled – will be a second reading in the upper house. This is the first opportunity for peers to scrutinise and comment on the bill. The proposal will then pass through several more stages: Committee, Reports a ...

How the 2010s affected property prices

It’s safe to say the 2010s have been a difficult decade in terms of political uncertainty from the initial EU referendum to the final decision on Brexit.  This has been reflected in property price growth over the decade compared to the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s as reported by the Nationwide house price index. How have house prices changed over the decades? On average the propert ...