Tony Rimmer of Rostons is pleased to welcome Alice Kearns to the Rostons team as a Graduate Surveyor, as of the 7th September. Alice has just completed a Masters in Rural Estate and Land Management from Harper Adams University, with her Undergraduate Degree being in Agriculture.
August, a busy month for land and property sales in Cheshire
Rostons, Chartered Surveyors and Agricultural Valuers based in Cheshire, report a very busy August with various parcels of land being put on the market and also residential properties, as well as Farmhouses, buildings and land.
The interest has been strong with many viewings taking place and due to the strength of interest, a number have gone to best and final offers within 2 weeks of marketing and it has lead to pleasing results.
Location still remains a strong influencer on the demand for property and knowing the local market is even more critical than ever before.
The team, with combined experience within Cheshire and adjoining Counties, in excess of 125 years, are ideally placed to assist with any property inquiry you may have. This may be selling a residential rural home, a farm, farmland or buildings with development potential.
The Property Market Resurgence – Something to be Positive About
After the lifting of lockdown restrictions, there have been a number of significant developments in the Residential property market.
Robert Ikin FRICS, the Residential Sales Director at Rostons based just south of Chester has reported that “Estate Agents across the country have been delighted to return to their normal activity following lockdown and very pleasantly surprised by the level of activity.”
COVID has triggered the suspension of SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) on residential transactions up to £500,000 and for some, the increased desire to move to a more rural location has created a revival in the property market.
Within the first hour of the announcement on the suspension of SDLT, traffic to the Rightmove property portal jumped by 22%. Robert estimates that “90% of homes will now be exempt from stamp duty, which is tremendous news for first-time buyers and homeowners nationwide.”
Some quite staggering statistics have recently been announced by Rightmove, to include:
• Agreed property sales rising by 48% compared with the same month a year ago
• The £37 billion of agreed sales, being the highest recorded in10 years.
In Robert’s opinion, Autumn is the best time to sell a property. Villages close to Chester seem to be more popular than ever. They offer convenience for commuters due to their close proximity to the motorway network, intercity rail connections in Chester and airports in Manchester and Liverpool, but also the much-desired rural/village environment.
There has been considerable coverage in the media concerning the benefits of living in a village or rural area and in particular the advantage of a garden or being close to open space. With this in mind, Robert expects to see a further flurry of activity in the residential sector before Christmas.