March 19, 2015
Managing Director, David Blythman's...
The property market is like a building. It is built from the bottom up. Good foundations underpin the market just as they do a fine building.
Much nonsense is spoken about the market being driven by the wealthy. In fact it is driven by the needy – those people who simply need a roof over their head rather than desiring a better home for extra convenience or social status.
The two central piles of good property market foundations are affordability and confidence. Chancellor George Osborne sought to further strengthen these in this year’s Budget speech.
March 17, 2015
scottfraser At Home Magazine - Spring 2015
Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of our At Home magazine, featuring a selection of properties for sale and to let in your area.
Last summer’s first edition of the magazine was a great success, with sales and let agreeds on the majority of properties advertised.
We are coming into the Spring market following a fantastic start to the year and at an interesting time with the election of a new Government being decided shortly.
Whatever the political outcome, we are confident that the climate is right for the Oxfordshire sales, lettings and property investment markets to continue growing at a sensible pace.
If you are interested in capitalising on the market by selling or letting your home, or would like to take advantage of expert property advice, contact your local office or it’s easy to book a valuation on our website. We are ready to help.
March 04, 2015
scottfraser Blog: How the UK General...
David Blythman, Managing Director of scottfraser, takes a personal view on moving home in this time of political and economic uncertainty.
Which way will you vote? Will you vote to move home before or after the election?
All decisions have consequences. And all big decisions have big consequences. Buying and selling property is certainly a big decision. Answers to questions like this are best made on the basis of what you know.
February 23, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Why is scottfraser...
If you do not work within the property industry then the competition over property portals that has led to the establishment of OnTheMarket.com, has probably passed you by. However, if you are a landlord, tenant, buyer or seller – or just daydreaming about the house that the lottery might buy you – you need to know about this significant change in property searching.
February 18, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Right to Rent - Are...
The lettings industry is waiting with baited breath for the results of the “Right to Rent” trials currently taking place in the Midlands which will form part of the Immigration Act. If the trials are successful, all Landlords and Agents will be required to follow codes of practice to ascertain whether a Tenant has the Right to Rent.
Landlords will be required to check prospective tenants ID’s and visa status to determine whether they have the Right to Rent and the correct visa for their stay in the UK. The majority of prospective tenants will be British or EEA or Swiss nationals or have an unlimited Right to Rent, but Landlords must still obtain two copies of Identification such as a Passport with Driving License or a Utility Bill.
February 11, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Billions invested in...
Research from the National Landlord Association (NLA) shows that nearly £22 billion was paid in buy-to-let mortgages in 2014.
NLA chairman Carolyn Uphill stated : "These figures really hammer home just how much money private landlords put into providing much needed homes for the UK’s estimated nine million renters, especially if we consider that such a large proportion are single-property or smaller portfolio landlords. It's hard to imagine exactly where all this investment would come from if landlords weren’t financing housing to such an extent."