Well 2017 is gone and 2018 now opens up ahead of us full of hope and expectation.
There’s a wide range of speculation about what will happen to the London market this year but most of the recent property market news has focused around the budget and that cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers for properties under £500,000. It might make for a busy 2018 for first time buyers who can make savings of up to £5,000 providing a welcome boost to the market. There was also a lot of new money pledged to house building but it will take several years before it has any effect on either the sales or rental markets.
We’ve already had a bit of fun in January as Rista, who runs our Monaco office, has been featured in the Evening Standard “Diary of an Estate Agent”, click here to see what he gets up to.
Our technical development continues and we have added a Live Chat function on our website to make new visitors more comfortable. The fully trained off-site chat team are already busy helping website visitors around the site and setting up appointments. This will be joined later this year 2018 by a “Book a Viewing” button on our property pages so that busy, interested buyers can make an appointment when catching up on life in the evening or over the weekend.
Meanwhile the teams in our offices have taken a well earned break over the Christmas period and we are all fresh and ready for whatever 2018 has to offer! Later this month we’ll be looking ahead to what 2018 will be bringing to the housing market and I’ll be giving you my predictions for the coming year.