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Appraisals, Price Changes and a Little Trick

June 9, 2017

More and more when we attend a property valuation, whether this is for lettings or for sales then then vendor or landlord has already got a figure in their head that they wish to achieve. They have usually been on Rightmove to look for similar properties, or used Zoopla’s random number generator (property valuation tool) […]

Asking Price In 3 Seconds ?

April 24, 2017

Well not quite 3 seconds, but it’s definitely getting quicker. More and more asking prices or above, are being achieved in record time. Why is this ? Looking back over the past few years of sales, the time on the market to sell has got shorter and shorter. The market has definitely got better with […]

Fee’s and Commission – Is There A Difference ? Should I use an Online Agent ?

February 24, 2017

Recently on a market appraisal a vendor asked me the question, are Purple Bricks selling houses for free, how are they making any money ? The vendor cannot really be criticised for asking this question after watching their latest round of ‘commisery’ adverts, where they push the point, over and over that you do not […]

Price Comparison With An Online Agent

January 31, 2017

Are online agents really better value than traditional high street agents ? I’m biased in this article, as I work for a high street agent, but I was surprised at the charges some of the online agents fail to shout about in their advertising. It seems like there are a lot of similarities with airline style pricing – […]

Fudge at Christmas – Portal Juggling

December 16, 2016

So it’s the time of year when the e-mails with numbers or percentages are sent out from all estate agents, claiming that the statistics show they performed the best over the year, generally claiming that they sold the most in 2016. In fact I received one such e-mail yesterday evening from a competitor, exclaiming that Zoopla […]

Stamp Duty, Tax Changes, Letting Fee’s Ban, A Truly Memorable 2016.

December 2, 2016

In his Autumn statement the chancellor decided to make a surprise announcement that he will be banning fee’s that prospective tenants currently have to pay to letting agencies prior to moving into a property. This follows on from the stamp duty changes, and also the changes in tax, coming in from next spring, so what does all […]

Repossessions and Making an Offer

November 1, 2016

With a trickle of repossession properties still coming to the market, and the sales market still going strong, here is our guide on repossession properties. What is a repossession property ? This may sound obvious, but it is a property where somebody has failed to keep up with payments for the property, such as their […]

Did I Sell Too Cheap ?

July 26, 2016

  As an owner of a property, you will want an estate agent to get you the best possible price for your apartment. You want to feel like the person buying your property has paid the most that anyone in the world would have ever paid. How is this achieved ? Going back only 17 years, […]

How To Secure A Rental Property ? Top Tips

June 28, 2016

If you are starting the search for a property to rent in Manchester City Centre then a lot of you will know that now is the time that it starts to get tricky. Why does it get tricky ? Because it gets busy, not just a little busy, very busy. As we move towards October […]

Castlefield Properties For Summer !!

June 2, 2016

Suttons City Living have recently been instructed on three superb properties in the Castlefield area of Manchester city centre. All three of these apartments are on the first floor or above, they all come with a parking space, and all have two double bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Why not book a viewing to see all […]

Automatic Valuations – How ? Why ?

February 19, 2016

It now seems that anyone can go online, pop in their postcode and the results a website returns can make your day, or make you cry. These are website claiming to give you an instant valuation for your property. The main site claiming to do this is Zoopla, but there are many more on the […]

Buy Now, Quick, ……… Or Wait ?

February 18, 2016

After 31st March this year there will be a 3% extra stamp duty levy on all second homes. In real terms if you are completing on a property before 31st March which is costing £125,000 then the stamp duty will be zero. If you complete after 31st March then the stamp duty will be £3750.00. Quite a […]

Estate Agents Application Fee – Scaring Away Good Tenants

March 31, 2015

Estate agents in general are getting a lot of criticism over their fee’s lately, not the fee to landlords, but the fee that we charge prospective tenants, the application fee. When an agencies application fee that they are charging the tenant becomes more than the amount they are charging the owner, does it mean that they […]

New Property Search Website ? –

January 22, 2015

There is a new property search website being launched at the end of this month, . This new website  is squaring up against the two well established giants, Rightmove and Zoopla. The difference with is that it is 100% owned and run by estate agents rather than shareholders. This new website is also only […]

How Do You to Price Your Property To Sell ?

January 8, 2015

It’s the start of the new year and many people will be thinking about putting their property onto the market to sell. If you are serious about to selling, what is the very best pricing strategy ? Should you price it low in order to get more interest ? Or should you start at a high figure in a the […]

Manchester City Centre to Benefit From Cheaper Bus Fares

November 30, 2012

Travellers in Manchester and Oldham are set to benefit from cheaper bus fares, according to the First transport group. First Bus staff promoted the new fares system with a mock “protest” in Manchester city centre this week. Brandishing placards, the “power to the people” protesters handed out vouchers for free travel cards in order to […]

Plans Approved to Move Manchester City Centre Cenotaph

November 23, 2012

The Cenotaph is to be moved to a different part of Manchester City Centre, it emerged this week. The Manchester Cenotaph, currently in St Peter’s Square, will be moved to a new site near to the town hall, according to plans that the city council approved earlier in the week. English Heritage had previously objected […]

Olympian Cyclist Gives Thumbs-Up to New Manchester City Centre Bike Hub

October 31, 2012

Olympian cyclist Steven Burke gave his personal endorsement to a major new development for cyclists in Manchester city centre last weekend – the City Tower Cycle Hub in Piccadilly Gardens. The new development is a first for the city of Manchester and has everything that a commuting cyclist may need, since it is designed to […]

Manchester City Centre Party to Honour Olympians

October 24, 2012

photo credit: Nick J Webb Olympian heroes will receive the thanks of Mancunians on Friday at a massive celebration in Manchester city centre. Over 60 Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners, including Sir Chris Hoy, will attend Friday’s public party in Albert Square. City centre locations such as the Manchester Velodrome were instrumental in Team […]

Education and Office Space Fuels Manchester City Centre Construction Boom

October 4, 2012

photo credit: acme A new survey has revealed a boost to property development in Manchester city centre. The latest Drivers Jonas Deloitte Crane Survey showed a significant increase in construction work in educational establishments, hotels and the office sector from July 2011 to July 2012. Researchers found that there had been a particularly large rise […]

Manchester Allotments and Food Gardens Open to the Public

September 7, 2012

photo credit: Jim Linwood Manchester city centre is rightly considered one of the great urban centres of the UK, but that does not mean that there’s not plenty of opportunities for people with green fingers as well. City centre estate agents can show you many properties with ample gardens and yards – and there are […]

Planning Permission Granted for Manchester City Centre Development

August 24, 2012

photo credit: Smabs Sputzer Developers have received planning permission for the next step of an ambitious scheme to regenerate the northern quarter of Manchester city centre – the so-called Smithfield Project. Manchester City Council approved developer Muse’s plans as part of its wider Northern Quarter regeneration scheme. As part of the Smithfield Project, Muse will […]

HMV to Sell Two Manchester Music Venues

August 10, 2012

photo credit: Grey World Music and electronics retailer HMV said this week that it is considering selling two live music venues in Manchester city centre. HMV told the Manchester Evening News that it was in “preliminary discussions” over the sale of the Ritz and the GAY nightclub, after already concluding a deal to divest itself […]

New BID Proposed for Manchester City Centre

July 19, 2012

photo credit: Alex Parks photos Manchester city centre management company Cityco has been working with the city council’s corporate and regeneration officers on plans to create a city centre business improvement district (BID). The BID would be located in the retail core area of Manchester city centre and would be a specific area where businesses […]

Deansgate Development Finally Underway in Manchester City Centre

July 11, 2012

photo credit: Smabs Sputzer Manchester city centre will soon be feeling the benefits of a new major development on Deansgate, with city centre estate agents taking note of the possible knock-on benefits for properties in the area. Plans to redevelop the former county court building on the site have been in place since 2000, and […]

Demand Grows for Manchester Office Space

June 14, 2012

Manchester property analysts have predicted this week that office rents in the city are going to become lucrative business as the desirability of a city centre location continues to grow. The Manchester Evening News reported that rents for city centre offices had increased by more than twice the inflation rate over the past 12 months, […]

Eden Hazard Wooed by Man City on Tour of Manchester Property Scene

May 8, 2012

photo credit: avlxyz Reports emerged at the end of last week that Manchester City football club have taken their primary summer transfer prospect Eden Hazard on a tour of the Manchester property market to stop him defecting to their arch-rivals Manchester United. Man City are very keen to add the 21-year-old Lille player to their […]

Yorkshire Businessman Loses Case Over Manchester Property Snatch

May 3, 2012

The High Court rejected claims by a Yorkshire developer this week that he was “robbed” of a Manchester property site by a business rival. Controversial property developer Trevor Guy claimed that he was left millions of pounds out of pocket when the Manchester brownfield site was “fraudulently transferred” to a company in Gibraltar by lawyers […]

Altrincham and Hale Property Market Praised by Guardian

April 21, 2012

The Guardian newspaper gave a boost to the Manchester property market yesterday when the weekend’s “Let’s Move To…” section focused on the “ general swankiness and astonishingly good schools” of Altrincham and Hale. The feature noted the recent influx of BBC employees, thanks to the opening of the MediaCityUK development at Trafford Docks, and claimed […]

Italian Restauranteur Invests in Manchester Property Scene

April 18, 2012

photo credit: Adam B. Further evidence of the vibrancy and profitability of the Manchester property sector emerged this week with the news that Italian restaurant owner Bo Khan has opened his first 100-head eatery in the city. Mr Khan, is also taking advantage of the positive situation to get a foot in the door with […]

Manchester Property Investment Draws Envious Gazes from London’s Authorities

April 11, 2012

photo credit: Gene Hunt Reports this week showed that other cities are seeking to emulate Manchester’s innovative approach to investment, with London particularly interested in the success of the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund. The fund is the key tool in the investment programme of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) – a pool of […]

MMU to Sell-Off Several Campus Sites

March 30, 2012 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is creating opportunities in the Manchester property sector following its decision to sell off some five campus sites throughout the city. The university has around 35,000 students, many of who are housed at the seven or so campus sites owned by MMU. Its administrators, however, have decided to concentrate its […]

Man U Seeks to Expand Manchester Property Portfolio

March 26, 2012 International footballing juggernaut Manchester United could soon be moving more squarely into the Manchester property scene, if reports out this week are anything to go by. The club is apparently considering buying properties on the Trafford Park industrial estate, which is close to the team’s iconic ground. The Manchester property portfolio that Man U […]

Manchester Property Movers and Shakers Attend MIPIM 2012 in Cannes

March 23, 2012

Hundreds of Manchester property professionals flew to the south of France at the start of this month for this year’s MIPIM (Marché International des Professionnels d’Immobilier) property convention. Described as the “market for international property trade”, the convention in Cannes aimed to showcase property development, conferences and investment opportunities, while giving plenty of opportunities for […]

Manchester Property Boom on Back of ‘Airport City’?

March 15, 2012 A massive revitalisation of the Wythenshawe area is helping to fuel a miniature Manchester property boom, reports this week revealed. A £650 million development around Manchester Airport, known as Airport City, is taking place, following a government announcement at the start of the year that the area was now an “enterprise zone” with fast-track […]

Manchester’s Architectural Heritage – the Video Tour

March 1, 2012

Take a trip through the fascinating history of the Manchester property scene with knowledgeable city tour guide Ed Glinert. Ed has been taking groups around Manchester for years, and knows the city’s most buildings literally inside out. In this video, he uses the examples of famous Manchester property landmarks such as the Beetham Tower, Lee […]

The BBC’s MediaCityUK Helps Boost Manchester Property Sector

February 22, 2012

New developments in Manchester, such as the BBC’s “MediaCityUK” have been nothing less than a major boost to the Manchester property sector, according to one international specialist in business insurance. The short video report, by QBE, explains that such developments are not only boosting trade and commerce in the city, as professionals and other workers […]

Manchester Property Market Set for Slow Recovery

February 16, 2012

The directors of a leading financial advice company have said that the Manchester property market is on the road to recovery – although the process may be a slow one. This week, bosses at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) gave their predictions for the housing market up until 2017, during an industry seminar being held in […]

Council Unveils Plan for ‘Manchester Mortgages’ to Encourage House-Buying

February 8, 2012

              The Manchester property market may be set to get a boost, it emerged this week. Council bosses have announced plans to help first-time buyers with a so-called “Manchester mortgage,” using £25 million currently lying dormant in the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to build new affordable homes. Manchester City […]

Manchester’s 10 Tallest Buildings

February 3, 2012

The Manchester property sector has many impressive buildings to boast of and the city itself is an impressive sight, combining the grandeur of the industrial age with the thrusting glamour of the 21st century. One of the most visible aspects of this is the tall buildings of Manchester. Property developers tend to like having at […]

Manchester Property Competition Seeks New Ideas

January 30, 2012

  Anyone with an interest in the future of Manchester property now has the opportunity to display their original thinking and creativity, after a group of developers and regeneration experts launched a new competition this week. Mancunian developer Urban Splash, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and urban regeneration firm New East Manchester (NEM) are […]

Manchester’s Five Most Impressive Buildings

January 19, 2012

The Manchester property market is awash with incredible buildings and highly desirable properties in a variety of styles. This is due to the city’s great diversity of districts, its embrace of many distinct architectural styles and its industrial heritage. Here, we take a look at five of Manchester’s most impressive buildings, old and new: 1) […]

Ancoats Dispensary Spared the Wrecking Ball

January 9, 2012

One of the most eye-catching yet neglected buildings in the Manchester property sector may have been saved from an ignominious end, according to reports this week. The iconic Ancoats Dispensary building on Mill Street – a fantastic Grade II-listed Victorian structure which serves as a powerful reminder of the city’s industrial heritage – has been […]

GMLEP Warning: An Elected Mayor Would be Bad for Manchester Property Sector

January 4, 2012

Plans for an elected city mayor received a blow recently when the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP) warned that it would not be good for Manchester property sector and not in the interests of the people of Manchester either. A referendum on whether to begin directly electing mayors in some of Britain’s cities will […]

Affordable Houses in the North Add to Appeal of Manchester Property

December 30, 2011

First-time buyers could be finding a great deal of potential in Manchester property, if the latest figures from the Halifax are anything to go buy. The mortgage lender’s First-Time Buyer Review said that the affordability of residential properties is the highest it has been for eight years, with 95 per cent of the most affordable […]

Manchester Property Could Benefit From ‘Bonfire of Whitehall Controls’

December 19, 2011

photo credit: Gene Hunt Manchester property could be set for a planning and development renaissance following revelations that government proposals could see powers transferred from Whitehall to regional hubs. Under the government initiative, centres such as Manchester could gain strong new powers to direct and regulate housing, planning, transport and jobs. Deputy Prime Minister Nick […]

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