12th October 2020
It's fair to say that the property market has been extremely busy since lockdown measures were lifted. Lockdown made its mark in many different ways on the whole of society and gave many of us time to reflect not just on where but also how we live. So it was inevitable that during the weeks when the whole market was forced to close that a pent-up demand for a new home and a fresh start would result in a mini-boom.
On top of the usual reasons for wanting to move, such as starting a family or relocating for a new job, two main factors have been behind the surge. The Stamp Duty holiday has of course meant that the idea of moving or becoming a first time buyer has become far more affordable and at the time of writing it's reported that UK homebuyers have already saved an astounding £108m. No matter where you are on the property ladder there are savings to be made, as long as you exchange and complete before the deadline. Our handy calculator can help you to work out just how much difference it could make to you.
Gardens and Home Offices
The other main factor that we've especially noticed here in Brighton and Hove is that time spent at home during lockdown has given people a huge opportunity to re-evaluate their lives with many deciding to move away from London and its suburbs to greener and coastal locations where they can have some outside space to call their own.
Although the market is supremely active at the moment, the other thing that stands out is the fact that enquiries are coming in fairly equal amounts from both buyers and sellers. This is unusual but it does mean that on the whole prices are being kept in check.
Source Statista/ Bank of England
When it comes to mortgages, the rates remain very attractive and the good news is that more lenders have come back into the market with new deals. Mortgage approvals reached their highest rate for 13 years in August, and although the government's announcement of introducing 95% LTV mortgages to help young people become first time buyers is both interesting and encouraging we'll need to wait and see how they plan to achieve this.
Bottlenecks and Backlogs
The one side effect this surge in activity has had is the unforeseen delays in progressing sales through to completion. Sales are being agreed at a high volume and faster rate than usual resulting in a backlog of work for solicitors, surveyors and lenders, some of whom are only just returning to work from furlough.
With some mortgage valuers and surveyors not being able to visit a property for 3/4 weeks, an inevitable bottleneck is occurring meaning that it is taking longer than usual for estate agents to be able to hand over the keys.
The uptick in activity is echoed in the rental sector, and our Lettings team remains exceptionally busy. Rents remain stable, and in the same way that people are looking to buy new homes tenants are also looking to change their lifestyles, relocate and move to properties with gardens and work from home space.
The time for reflection that lockdown gave us has impacted on each level of the property market. Over the past few months the level of enquiries from people looking to relocate from London has noticeably grown, whilst at the same time many of our local clients looking to sell their homes are hoping to move to even more greener and perhaps more tranquil parts of the country such as the market towns and villages of the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Devon.
All in all, if you're thinking of moving, now is still a great time to do it and if you're quick there's a great chance that you can still benefit from the Stamp Duty holiday. For a free and confidential valuation contact us now and if you'd like independent advice on your mortgage options email Stuart for an informal chat - let us help you move on with your life.
Sharon was amazing! She kept us up to date the whole way through the process. We cannot fault Sharon or the rest of her team.
Mr & Mrs Ashley Woodingdean
The team worked very hard over a long period to ensure my sale went through - excellent service!
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Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road
Thanks David, all very professional.
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Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean
I have bought and sold 7 properties, and this was the best experience of an estate agents services I have found.
Mrs Shepherd Hertford Road
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Ms Murch & Ms Mapa Ticehurst Road
Paula's role was brilliant. Having someone office based and available was so appreciated and her promptness an impressive service - every Estate Agent...
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Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.
Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road
All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Sharon worked really hard to complete the sale.
Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens
Very impressive - professional and friendly, both Martin Timms and Paula Carter were excellent at keeping in contact with sensible advice based on...
Mrs O'Connor Hove
I was new to the area and viewed a lot of properties with a lot of different agents. Maslens were by far the best I came in contact with, so when i...
Mr & Mrs Heer Lewes Road
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I wish we had used you to sell our property! Nice to meet honest people, who are genuinely interested in helping. Very pleased.
Mrs Porter Taunton Road
A good team at Woodingdean helped us through a stressful time.
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Dr Crichton The Ridgway
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Ms Curtis The Ridgway
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Mr Edwards The Ridgway
The sale was dealt with swiftly, professionally and successfully. Thank you Maslen!
Mrs Lincoln Hove
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Mrs Hammond Hove
Excellent service from the Lewes Road branch. Martin Timms secured a quick sale & at a good price & Paula Carter worked really hard to secure...
Ms Schulte Bear Road
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Ms Windels & Mr Barham Fiveways
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Mrs Tasker Fiveways
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Ms D Edmonds Horton Road
In February 2016 I was looking to buy and sell very rapidly. Competition among buyers at the time was very high. Sharon @ the Woodingdean branch sh...
Ms Helen Lyons Woodingdean
Sharon and her team could not have done more in what was a difficult sale.
Ms Daly Woodingdean
Paul Wilkinson was extremely helpful and efficient. The only problem was the vendors solicitor and Paul warned me of this. A good transaction all r...
Mr Lavender Fiveways
Thank you. We found all the staff knowledgeable and really pleasant to deal with.
Ms Ansloos Lewes Road
Maslens as a whole were really friendly and professional. I have to thank and congratulate Paula Carter for being superb at her job and exceeding m...
Ms Warren Hove
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Ms Frederick Channel View Road
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Mr Field Ringmer Road
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It was a long, drawn out process that the people at Maslen helped me through, without the impression that it was a chore. So extremely professional...
Mr McLagan Lewes Road
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Mr T Mole Cromwell Road
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Miss Hockly Fiveways
Many thanks to Nick. It was an easy process thanks to you! I'm extremely satisfied with how the sale went, great job.
Ms Mayanobe Aymer Road
All agents at Maslen were extremely helpful and polite from the beginning to the completion of sale.
Mr Johnson Fiveways
Paula is amazing!
Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place
Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.
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Service exceeded my expectations overall at all stages of the process - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. Thanks.
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Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road
Sold within 2 weeks for asking price "excellent!"
Mr Grundy Bishops Road
Excellent communication and advice throughout. It felt very reassuring to be in good hands.
Mrs Brooker Buller Road
Quality advice about when and how to sell, which was spot on. Thank you.
Miss Coleman Buller Road
As always, an excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road
Our local office manager, Sharon Wareham was warm and friendly and kept us up to date at all times.
Mr Hope The Brow
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Many thanks to Paul, Donna, Janette and the...
Linda & Les Wigmore Close
You were amazingly helpful throughout - a real pillar of strength with a very difficult sale.
Mrs Parkin Fiveways
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Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road
Thank you Paul and Archie, you gave an excellent service, as well as Kelly. I look forward to working with you again.
Mr White Fiveways
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Mr McBlane Hove
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Ms Gray Lewes Road
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Ms Rees Ticehurst Road
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Ms A King Balfour Road
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Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road
Very pleased with the excellent service throughout. Professional, friendly, efficient and no hard sell. Achieved above asking price. Thank you!
Mr Witten Lewes Road
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Ms Lyons Woodingdean
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Mr Brown Titian Road
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