0.5% Rate Rise

For the first time in more than ten years, the Bank of England have raised interest rates. But, there is no need to panic, the new rate of 0.5% still remains the second lowest rate on record. While a number of banks and building societies have already announced that they Read more…

Spooky Street Names

With Halloween upon us we reflect on some of the spookier street names across the nation. There is definitely a few street names out there that could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck on a cold and dark night (like Giants Grave Road or Coffin Read more…

How do schools affect house prices?

As the new school year gets underway, we revisit the well-oiled notion that schools are an instrumental driver of local house prices. How much more are home buyers prepared to pay to live close to an Ofsted rated outstanding school? Properties located within one mile of an outstanding secondary school Read more…

That Friday Feeling…

It is of little surprise that more properties complete on a Friday then any other day in the week. So far in 2017, nearly half of all sales (48%) completed on a Friday. Thursdays accounted for 15% of completions with 12% occurring on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. However, the variation Read more…

3% Stamp Duty

According to new data released by HMRC, 86,400 properties (or 19.5% of all transactions) have been subject to the 3% levy for additional homes since its introduction on 1st April. This has netted the Treasury a cool £670 million in additional taxation. Dan Hopkinshttp://www.handmproperties.co.uk