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First-time Buyers are on the Rise Once Again

 

In recent times, house prices have slowed considerably in comparison to previous years. While there are a number of reasons for this slow-down, the two main factors have been the continuing recovery from the credit crunch and the increasing uncertainty in regard to if and how the UK will cope with Brexit. As we’ve seen many times in the past, economic uncertainty isn’t good for the property market.

 

Here in our lovely little corner of Surrey, prices have still increased, unlike many other regions, but not as quickly as in the past. James Neave handle a great many houses for sale in Walton-on-Thames, and although the market isn’t as buoyant as it once was, there is still a discernible buzz here. A location that makes it easy to commute into London certainly helps with this.

 

One of the more interesting aspects of a slow-down has been the increase in the number of first-time buyers who have been able to finally get on the property ladder. When house prices were rising quickly, it became almost impossible for first-timers to make a purchase at all, but this seems to have changed over the last year or so. The market always offers good news for some and not so good news for others.

 

New properties constantly coming onto the market

 

In Surrey and in many other UK counties, there’s been a steady increase in the number of new properties that have been built. While governments and local authorities are still telling us more and more will need to be built, it’s refreshing to know that some new flats and houses have been constructed and put onto the market with the specific intention of attracting first-time buyers.

 

This development has been helped by the availability of cheaper, more affordable mortgages, some of which again are aimed exclusively at first-timers. While the economic future of the UK isn’t as settled and predictable as we might like, it’s refreshing to know that conditions are right at the moment for those who want to get into property purchase.

 

Once the dust has settled on what exactly will happen after Brexit is or isn’t introduced, it’s reassuring to know that the market may be in a good position to recover, even if it’s a slow process. Time will tell what happens, we at James Neave the Estate Agents eagerly await the next chapter!

 

James Neave the Estate Agents are based in Surrey, and we sell a number of houses and flats in Walton-on-Thames which are suitable for first-time buyers. Call 01932 221 331 to find out more.

 

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Five mistakes to avoid on moving day

 

They say moving house is one of the most stressful experiences we can have in our lives, but it should be noted there are ways to cut down on that stress. If you plan to move in the coming year, it can be a good idea to plan ahead, and to do all you can to avoid pressure situations. Here are five of them.

 

Label your boxes

 

It’s somewhat surprising to us that not everyone does this. On the day of the move, it can become totally chaotic when all you can see is a sea of boxes in front of you. If you label each box, listing details of what’s inside and, crucially, which room it needs to be placed in, the whole process will be smoother, more efficient and far more effortless.

 

The proper packing materials can help

 

Instead of asking a few friends if they have some old boxes you can commandeer for a few days, either buy or borrow the correct removals boxes from a specialist company. They don’t cost a fortune, and they can make a huge difference on the day. Equally, invest in some strong packaging tape and, if necessary, wrap your china, pottery and other breakables properly.

 

Remember what you’ll need first

 

Most of the things you pack won’t be necessary upon arrival, but some undoubtedly will. Make sure you know where the kettle and tea cups are, for example, and where some food might be should you or the family (or your pets!) start to feel hungry. Long before the moving day comes around, you should perhaps start making a list of what might be needed.

 

Have all the right keys close at hand

 

There are few things in life more frustrating than searching for keys when you have a lot to do, and this is even more relevant when you’re moving house. Keep the front door to your new property handy, and any other keys that might be needed, such as those for the garage, the shed and other doors around the house itself. It always pays to be organised.

 

Tell those who need to know about the move

 

When you need to move home, you need to tell so many different people and organisations, and this little task can be easily forgotten when the pressure is on. Again, make a list in advance of those who should be told, and start to tell them in the days ahead of moving day. Whether you’re moving to property in Walton-on-Thames or anywhere else, being organised is of paramount importance.

 

James Neave the Estate Agents are based in Surrey, and we sell a great many houses in Walton-on-Thames and the surrounding area. Call 01932 221 331 for more information.

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Family Days Out in Our Local Area

 

If you’re thinking about moving to Surrey, you’ll already be aware of many of the benefits that come from living here. Transport links are good, the towns are friendly, there’s plenty of attractive countryside to explore and you’ll still be pleasingly close to London. If you have young children, you may not be aware that there’s an excellent selection of family days out to enjoy. Here are some of our favourites.

 

Chessington World of Adventures

 

Once known for being the largest private zoo in England, Chessington World of Adventures is now a hugely popular theme park with plenty of white-knuckle rides for those seeking a few thrills. The zoo opened in 1931, while the theme park came into being in 1987. It’s just a 20-minute car journey from our offices in Walton-on-Thames High Street.

 

Thorpe Park Resort

 

The same distance from us but in the opposite direction, Thorpe Park is another popular theme park. Highlights include the water chute Tidal Wave, the somewhat scary Derren Brown’s Ghost Train and several impressive rollercoasters such as Colossus, Nemesis Inferno and Stealth. Thorpe Park, at one time nothing more than a gravel pit, was opened in 1979.

 

Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf

 

Golf with an exciting twist is perfect for a family day out. Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf is located in Woking, just nine miles from the centre of Walton-on-Thames. It features 18 holes of timber-shivering fun for adults and kids alike, along with plenty of parking and a bar and restaurant for some much-needed rest and recuperation after pounding the fairways.

 

RHS Garden Wisley

 

While mums and dads will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this idyllic venue, there are still plenty of things to keep the kids occupied at Wisley. The Glasshouse is home to a collection of rare and endangered plants, while some of the gardens at Battleston Hill are reminiscent of a jungle. Wisley covers an area of 240 acres, so there’s always something worth exploring here. It’s less than nine miles from our office.

 

Wizzkidz Play Centre

 

Located just a mile or so from us in Walton Lane, Wizzkidz Play Centre is perfect for the younger children. It offers so many games and activities to enjoy, and there’s an excellent café for mums and dads to enjoy while the little ones have their fun. If your youngsters like bouncy castles, ball pits and soft play, they’re going to fall in love with this place.

 

 

James Neave the Estate Agents are proud to be located in Surrey. We specialise in offering superb flats and houses for sale in Walton-on-Thames. Call 01932 221 331 for more information.

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Four tips for a sensible buy to let investment

 

The continuing increase in people who choose to rent their homes rather than buying has led to an inevitable rise in those who are considering a buy to let investment. This can prove to be a very sensible option, because it produces a regular monthly income while maintaining ownership of a property that will hopefully increase in value in the coming years.

 

Low interest rates over the past few years has made saving a less attractive proposition, so purchasing a flat or house and renting it out can seem to be a good strategy. There are many advantages to be had, but you need to careful in order to avoid potential pitfalls. Here are four tips to help you make the most of taking this route.

 

1.    Never underestimate the power of good research

 

While the benefits are there for all to see, you need to consider the disadvantages that can come with being a buy to let (BTL) investor. You will of course be responsible for ensuring the property is safe, healthy and habitable, and to be ready to tackle any maintenance issues that could arise. Always consider this when trying to work out your potential profits.

 

2.    Be sure to look for the right location

 

Because you won’t be living in the property yourself, you won’t necessarily be tied to a specific area. Having the ability to look further afield opens up more possibilities, and you will be able to think about factors such as schooling for tenant families, local amenities, commuter links and shopping facilities. Think in advance about the benefits that renters may be able to enjoy.

 

3.    Pay the best price for your property

 

As a BTL investor, you are of course not looking to live in the property, so you can afford to be extra choosy. If the place doesn’t tick all the right boxes, simply walk away and invest elsewhere. When the time comes to negotiate a price, you’ll be seen as a desirable buyer, if only because there will be no chain beyond you. Therefore, make sure you haggle for a price that suits you.

 

4.    What type of landlord will you be?

 

A great many investors use agents such as ourselves to liaise with tenants and to handle the day to day affairs of the property. Here at James Neave, we offer a great many houses and flats to buy in Walton-on-Thames, and in some cases we become the managing agent when a place is bought as a BTL investment. Like all agents, we charge a fee for our services, but in return we take many of the headaches away from the landlord.

 

 

James Neave the Estate Agents specialise in all estate agency services in Walton-on-Thames and the surrounding area. If you’re considering a BTL investment, have a chat with our friendly team today.

 

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Five good reasons to retire to wonderful Walton-on-Thames

 

Here at James Neave, we’ve always been well aware of the many benefits that come from living in Walton-on-Thames. The town offers a high standard of living to all communities, and this is one of the reasons why the location has become such a magnet for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Among many other things, we feel Walton is a wonderful place to retire to, and here are five reasons why.

 

1.    A thriving, active community

 

Retirees who live in Walton can enjoy an active lifestyle, thanks in part to a great range of amenities throughout the town. The highly rated Xcel Leisure Centre, located in Waterside Drive, is home to a swimming pool and a gym, and it offers opportunities to try your hand at a range of sports, including badminton, squash, and, for the over-50s, walking netball.

 

2.    Long walks, happy days

 

There’s nothing more invigorating than a lovely long walk in the sunshine, and here in Walton we’re lucky enough to have the picturesque River Thames right on our doorstep. There are also several wonderful parks and open spaces to be enjoyed in the area, including Elmgrove Recreation Ground, Ashley Park and Waterside Drive Open Space.

 

3.    Time to stop and smell the coffee

 

The increasing popularity of coffee shops in the UK is reflected perfectly in the area around Walton High Street. Here you’ll find some excellent examples of coffee culture, including both famous name chains and independent one-off enterprises. These friendly, welcoming establishments provide the perfect opportunity for a catch-up with friends and neighbours.

 

4.    Retail therapy at its finest

 

There are plenty of opportunities to shop till you drop in Walton-on-Thames, both in the centre of town and on the outskirts. The Heart is, well, at the heart of the place, and it brings you more than fifty stores and restaurants all in one convenient location. And if you’re looking for flats in Walton you might want to consider the properties that are part of the whole complex.

 

5.    Easy links to the city

 

Most retired people prefer not to think about the daily commute, especially perhaps those who trudged up to London on a daily basis for many years. Despite that, however, it’s still reassuring to know that the centre of the city is so easy to get to. Walton-on-Thames station is on the mainline, and it provides fast, direct links to London Waterloo.

 

The retirement community in Walton-on-Thames is a thriving one, and here at James Neave the Estate Agent we’re always happy to talk about the benefits of moving to the area.

 

 

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