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Special New Year Offer

The beginning of the year is time for New Year resolutions – and ours is to give you two freebies, each of which will help you sell your home for the best possible price if you decide to in 2015. Firstly we’ll give you a free valuation with a local House Doctor (worth £120) which will ensure that you know how to present your home at its very best to potential buyers. The second is a Premium Listing on Rightmove (worth £125) which will make your home stand out from the competition on the UK’s biggest web site. All you have to do is instruct BigBlackHen.com before March 1st – so please call to book a free valuation and find out more about our fresh approach to selling homes.

New Year Predictions – What will the property market do in 2015?

2014 has been an extraordinary year for the property market with prices jumping 10% for properties up to around the £700,000 mark and only slightly less for the higher end houses over £1million.

All the pundits have now made their predictions for 2015 and it seems that there are some consistent themes developing:

LONDON IS SLOWING
After a very strong 12 months where London prices are thought to have risen around 18% all the major estate agencies and mortgage companies see a slowing in demand and prices in 2015. The price increases predicted by most range from 1.5% to around 3% which is less than inflation. The reason is two fold. Less foreign buyers are expected to be buying next year due to global economic issues and the dreaded Mansion Tax which Labour say they will bring in if elected. Which brings me to the second reason: THE ELECTION. The housing market…

Here’s to another great and successful year!

Another amazing year for Bobbie and I at BigBlackHen.com with record sales and really good feedback from the people that have bought and sold through us. Thanks to everyone for supporting us these last four years and a special thanks to all of your recommendations. We now get more business from recommendations from happy customers than anything else. Have a very happy Christmas and wishing you all the very best and  most successful New Year!Christmas Clarissa without name

 

 

Our innovative use of video gets recognised!

This week’s Estate Agency Today magazine features us in an article about how new innovative estate agents are using video to promote their client’s properties. It’s always nice to be recognised for doing things differently and exploring new exciting ways to sell ourselves and our client’s homes.

http://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1740:new-entrants-to-industry-use-video-to-make-a-mark&Itemid=583

 

Budget Latest – New Stamp Duty Thresholds Great News for Housing Market!

Great news today from George Osbourne who has revised the dreadful stamp duty thresholds brought in by none other than Gordon Brown. The new rules mean that the percentage stamp duty does not apply to the whole sum as in the old system, but is progressive, so avoiding the huge jumps in stamp duty that used to occur at the £250,000 and £500,000 marks. The new levels are:

– Nothing up to £125,000.

– 2% on the additional sum from £125,001 up to £250,000. (So if the house is £250,000, you pay 2% of £125,000 – £2,500)

– 5% on the additional sum from £250,001 to £925,000. (So if the house is £350,000 you pay the £2,500 above plus 5% of the extra £100,000, which is £5,000. Add the two together and you pay £7,500 in total.)

– 10% on the extra sum from £925,001 to £1.5 million.

– 12 % on the extra sum…