February has been a great month for us with enquiries up on last month. Rightmove peg this as the year of the first time buyer and with stamp duty changes taking effect in April, they might be right however, potential landlords will still benefit from rising prices.
First time buyers and new landlords traditionally opt for the same share of housing. First time buyers have struggled in the past because cash rich landlords tend to be older and have more money to play with and make higher offers. Low interest rates and access to finance means first time buyers are now in the prime place to get a great deal.
Chris Plummer says “The new stamp duty changes has been put in place to level the playing field between investors and buyers, however the current Mortgage Market Review (MMR) and the new EU rulings on Buy-to-Let mortgages that will be introduced shortly, means that it is difficult to be able to assess the impact of the stamp duty change going into the Spring/Summer market.”
Here at Tortoise our own new listings have seen an increase year on year. The breakdown of those are:
New Properties coming to market:
A four bedroom property at School Lane, Turves, Whittlesey asking for offers in excess of £320,000
A two bedroom flat over on Magistrates Road, Hampton, Peterborough with a guide price of £122,500.
A large four bedroom in Spring Avenue, Hampton, Peterborough with an asking price of £265,000.
Our marketing methods prove successful month after month, though don’t just take our word for it. We have plenty of happy customers that know our mix of smart marketing, keen pricing and a structured approach means that selling your property with Tortoise will generate quality accompanied viewings in those crucial first weeks.
We can even guide you how to stage your home to take the best possible photographs and taking a leaf out of the American market, we produce highly effective property videos that help a buyer to see the lifestyle that is available from each property.
We are a local company with great local knowledge. Each of our team members live in the area and have worked here in Peterborough for many years. We know community is important and Peterborough has this in many of its suburbs. Here you can pretty much get whatever you want from smart urban apartments to large family homes, brand new property and older character properties.
Contact us on 01733 592020 for further information on any of our properties or if you have a property to sell and see how our 12 Week Marketing Plan can work for you.
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