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Welcome to the Spring edition of Dwell

  • 29 June, 2016

Welcome to the
Spring edition of Dwell, which heralds a transition into what is generally
regarded as the busiest period in the property calendar.  

It has certainly been an interesting and eventful first half of 2016, with the housing market having to adjust to some significant changes in legislation, which govern policy and practise in the property sector, coming into effect. The most recent of these is the Mortgage Credit Directive, which serves to regulate the information available to home buyers across the European Union, as well as setting a standard for advisory bodies being able to operate under an 'independent' status. It's created a pressing need for those seeking guidance about the mortgage products on offer to seek out the advice of a reputable agent while lenders reconsider their position. We go into more detail on what this means for prospective buyers on page 37. 

April also heralded the introduction of new rates of stamp duty, meaning that properties sold over the value of £125,000 are now subject to an additional 3% in fees. It's a change to legislation that has long been anticipated, and it will be interesting to see in the coming weeks and months what impact, if any, this has on the movement of the housing market. The race to market that was hotly tipped in 2015 never quite came into fruition with the market maintaining a stronghold throughout the latter part of the last quarter. If early indication is anything to go by, the current trend doesn't presently show any signs of slowing down. 

Our Country and Individual homes clients will again have the opportunity for their property to be marketed to the lucrative London audience as we embark on our second London Property Exhibition. This is just one of the new initiatives we introduced as part of the Country and Individual Homes service during 2015, and we were especially pleased with the response our portfolio received when we trialled this service for the first time last year. With the South of England within prime commuter belt territory, London is one of the key areas where the demographic of potential buyers looking to purchase unique character homes outside of the city reside. To be able to market our clients' properties directly to these prospective buyers, in a personable, face-to-face capacity, in our opinion affords the opportunity to sell their home quickly, and for the best possible price. Please speak to your local office if you have an interest in showcasing your property as part of the upcoming exhibitions for 2016. 

As always we have an eclectic and impressive selection of properties for sale in South Hampshire included in this edition of Dwell.  Read it here online or call into your local branch to pick up a copy.

You'll find property indexed by local office for your convenience, sitting alongside some great editorial content. If you have any questions regarding our Country and Individual Homes service please do visit our website countryandindividualhomes.com for more information or contact a member of the team who will be all too happy to assist you. 

Mark Gilbert

Managing Director
Pearsons Estate Agents

Towan Place Exclusive Launch Event: 14th April

  • 12 April, 2016

UPDATE AFTER SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH EVENT

Please join us at our Open Event on Saturday 23rd April from 2pm - 4pm.


You are invited to join us for a glass of bubbly at our Exclusive Development Launch at Towan Place, Westwood Road, Southampton
Thursday 14th April, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

 
Towan Place, Westwood Road is a modern development from reputed local developer Orchard Homes, ideally situated close to the City Centre, in one of Southampton's most sought-after roads.

These three bedroom / two bathroom suites are truly unique.  Each one has been planned with care to meet demands for both light and space.  The designer kitchens, bathrooms and en-suites to master bedrooms are complemented by the  luxurious standard of interior decoration throughout.  For those looking for a highly individual, contemporary home coupled with an outstanding location these suites offer an exclusive opportunity to acquire the very best of city living. 

The apartments are ready for occupation and reservations can be made on the night.

Please register your interest for the event by calling 023 8023 3288.

VIEW THE BROCHURE ONLINE

A view from the field: Hampshire

  • 8 October, 2015

Mark Gilbert, Sales Director at Pearsons Estate Agency in Fareham, gives a whistle stop tour of Hampshire’s property scene.

Hampshire is the largest county in south east England and the fifth most populated county in England as a whole. With its central south coast location and excellent transport links by road, rail, sea and air, Hampshire is the natural home of the British Army (in Andover) and the Royal Navy (in Portsmouth).

The area is a popular choice for many major employers, including NATS (National Air Traffic Control ) at Swanwick, the Ministry of Defence offices on Portsdown Hill and the Esso refinery at Fawley. There are also three prominent universities in the area – the University of Southampton, Solent University and the University of Portsmouth, which all play a huge role in attracting students, lecturers and researchers from around the world.

So what does all this mean for Hampshire’s property market?

With so many people coming into Hampshire to work or study, there is a relatively consistent demand for a wide range of properties both to buy and rent. Pearsons has a network of 12 branch offices covering the southern Hampshire region and at any given time our combined portfolio will include waterside homes with mooring facilities, historic and listed buildings, city centre town houses, detached and semi-detached houses and apartments ranging from basic studios to luxurious penthouses.

At the lower end of the market, the need for student accommodation is high because universities are accepting more students than ever before. Student flats and HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupancy) are in great demand and we have seen many parents investing in properties for their student children, as well as buy-to-let landlords looking for larger properties in easy reach of the main university sites that can be converted into HMOs.

The cost of property in Hampshire is steadily rising. In July 2015, the average price of a property was up 8.6% on the previous year, with the average price of property in each group standing at £401,744 for a detached home, £231,680 for a semi, £190,234 for a terraced and £144,209 for an apartment (visit the Land Registry index here for more information).

For comparison, at a national level, UK house prices increased by 5.7% in the year to June 2015, which included a rise of 7.7% across the South East region (please visit the ONS House Price Index here for further information and to search sold prices in Hampshire at OnTheMarket.com, click here)

The launch of the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme has really helped to raise confidence in Hampshire’s property market. There are many more new developments in progress or planned across the county by both small, independent companies and large national corporations, signalling that developers believe the demand is there.

The Hampshire property market is buoyant and looks as if it will remain so for the foreseeable future. At Pearsons we are finding it hard to keep up with the demand and new instructions are often sold within the week to people who have already registered their interest with us. If you are looking to buy or rent a property in Hampshire, please contact one of our conveniently located offices (including high street branches in Southampton, Southsea, Romsey, Winchester, Fareham).

The state of play

  • 16 July, 2015

Post-election, Pearsons Director, Lee Turner, reflects on the property market’s collective holding of breath and its anticipated lull and looks forward to where this new majority takes us next.

In the first week of May, the market was expected to be on tenterhooks, instructions were set to experience something of an interlude and property people generally would be skipping a beat. Desisting. Marking time, if you will. There would be a mover’s moratorium and no one was going anywhere until Number 10 had been assured, one way or another.

Fast-forward a few weeks and let’s go back to reality and the realisation that nothing had apparently changed at all. There was no lull, no cessation of sealed deals, no housing hiatus whatsoever. It seemed, for all intents and purposes, that it’s been business as usual all along.

In fact, Election Day, like the week leading up to it, was much like any other day – busy. Buy-to-let investors were still making many enquiries as were first-time buyers, families with a penchant for two, three and four-bedroom homes were continuing to buoy proceedings and all Pearsons branches were reporting plenty of interest, albeit in a market that was seemingly being starved of choice.

The imbalance between demand and supply is what we’ve been talking about more than our political proclivities and that issue continues to dominate the agency agenda. All in all, the market is strong and house prices are continuing to rise steadily and sensibly – there was a positive ripple following the change in stamp duty regulations that negated the artificial pricing that the tax had spurned, but back to reality and consistency, albeit with property polarity, prevails.

Houses priced between £250,000 and £500,000 represent the value in which the most acute imbalance between demand and supply lies. Above that ceiling and the difference is more measured with reduced disparity between the number of vendors and buyers. Should owners in 2015 start considering when to make their move, a valuation of a realistic, achievable price is clearly likely to be the salient factor when it comes to bolstering strength in the market by introducing more homes to a ready and very willing audience.

If you’re thinking of selling, get in touch with your local Pearsons branch for a free property valuation.

Welcome to Darren Sherridan

  • 8 June, 2015



The busy Pearsons Denmead Office are pleased to welcome Darren Sherridan to the team. Born in Portsmouth, Darren is a keen sportsman and dancer having performed at the London Palladium and Sadlers Wells.



Darren joins Pearsons from a national estate agency group and brings a wealth of experience to the office. ‘I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of this very successful office. Denmead and the surrounding area is a fantastic place to live and I am looking forward to be of service to local home owners and purchasers in their search for a new home’.    




If you are currently considering selling your property within the Denmead, Hambledon and Meon Valley area and would like expert marketing advice do not hesitate to contact Pearsons Denmead office 023 92 259151.



Pearsons Sponsor Local Cup Winning Team

  • 22 May, 2015

U14 Tyro Cup Final – Hedge End Rangers v Colden Common at Totton AFC.

Hedge End Rangers won the match 2-1. The 2 Hedge End goal scorers were: Sam Richardson and Christian Norton (who scored the 2nd and winning goal). 

An extra special treat for winners Hedge End Rangers was a team talk from Matt Le Tissier in the dressing room afterwards. The Hedge End team Manager is: Richard Matthews, Coach: David Kimber, Team Captain: Ben Kimber and their team mascot on the day was little Edward Turner (age 4). 

Copyright Laura Scottorn Photography 2015

New Pearsons team funds a new team kit

  • 5 May, 2015

Pearsons Estate Agency in West End now has a dedicated Residential Lettings Department, and the recently formed lettings team has already forged strong links in the local community by providing pupils at Berrywood School in Hedge End with a new sports kit.

Both Pearsons and Berrywood School appreciate the importance of team spirit. Last year Berrywood recruited PE teacher Nick Hutton to be their full time sports and physical development leader. Now, thanks to Nick’s hard work, pupils can enjoy netball, short tennis and multi skills in the playground, gymnastics and dance classes in the hall and after-school clubs including football, cricket, athletics, cycling and golf.

When the West End lettings team heard about Nick’s ambitions for the school – and that the pupils hope to use their sports activities to raise money for charity – they were quick to respond. Clifford Ciorra went along to present Nick with a cheque and to wish the pupils the best of luck in the many tournaments and sport festivals they will be participating in.

[Photo shows Clifford Ciorra of Pearsons Lettings West End presenting a cheque to Nick Hutton and pupils at Berrywood School].

Congratulations to Yasmine Knight

  • 1 May, 2015


Yasmine Knight, a Romsey based Lettings Manager with Pearsons has successfully passed her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Property Management.  This well respected award is not only a nationally recognised industry qualification, but is also accepted for membership of the Association of Residential Lettings Agent (ARLA) which is a professional, self regulating body specialising in raising and maintaining practise standards in the UK private rental sector.

Yasmine Knight of Pearsons said:  "I decided to start studying for my professional qualifications as I wanted to demonstrate that my knowledge of the lettings industry, gained through many years of experience  was up to standard and I could gain the credibility of being part of a well respected professional body.  I am thrilled that the hard work has paid off and I have secured a technical award.  For me, not only is it a personal achievement but evidence of our professionalism as an agency, showing our clients that they are dealing with someone who is knowledgeable and who they can trust to do a good job."

Director of Lettings, Simon Pinkney, who works alongside Yasmine Knight at Pearsons said:  "We could not be more proud of Yasmine's achievement.  We strongly believe landlords and tenants alike, benefit from using property professionals, able to provide good advice, when letting or renting a home."

Yasmine Knight is amongst the steadily growing number of agents across the UK who are working with ARLA and the NFoPP awarding body to become qualified and raise standards within their field.

David Cox, ARLA Managing Director, states:  "I heartily congratulate Yasmine Knight on her achievement and welcome her to ARLA membership.  In an industry where standards can vary greatly between member and non member agents and agencies, obtaining this Level 3 Technical Award represents not only Yasmine Knight's dedication to developing as an agent but also her commitment to working to the high industry standards which ARLA seeks to promote.  Yasmine Knight now holds a qualification which is well respected and valid within the Residential Lettings Sector.

The Launch of Pearsons Meon Valley

  • 17 April, 2015

One of Hampshire's oldest established companies is launching a new service dedicated to promoting properties in the Meon Valley.

Pearsons Meon Valley will see properties covered by five offices that surround the whole area, complemented by their associated Park Lane London office.  This is a unique service that will see every instruction received actively promoted by each Pearsons office.  The offices are all staffed by vastly experienced property professionals, from Clanfield and Denmead in the east of the region, Fareham historically known as the market town of the Meon Valley, West End to the western side and Winchester to the north.  Sales Director Mark Gilbert commented, "We are very aware that exposure to the widest audience will guarantee the best price for our clients, and that Pearsons offices are uniquely situated enabling us to offer a service that no other agent can offer.  Through our own Country & Individual Homes Department and links to the London market via The Guild of Professional Estate Agents, we believe that our marketing, steadfast commitment to an excellence in customer service and vastly experienced staff will make us a natural choice for the people of the Meon Valley when selling their most prized possession."

All properties will benefit from superior full colour sales particulars, including floor plans, advertising in all regional property publications as well as our own website pearsons.com, as well as other major portals, including the new onthemarket.com.

As Pearsons are a multi-disciplined company, all property requirements are catered for, from the sale, letting and management of residential property to surveys and valuation, property auctions, land and new homes and independent financial advice.

For all your property requirements, contact Pearsons Meon Valley on 01489 808775.

Reach the London Market

  • 10 April, 2015

The surge of London homeowners who have made the decision to cash in on rocketing property prices and seek a life in a less crowded environment away from the capital is continuing unabated.

According to a 2014 report in the Guardian, 'Londoners had bought 44,000 properties worth a total of £15bn outside the capital - the highest level in terms of both volume and value since 2007'.  Now Pearsons is reaching out to other homeowners who are keen to move to pastures new, thanks to a powerful presence in its associated London office in Park Lane.

The Pearsons' portfolio of Country & Individual Homes is often  the first stop for discerning househunters looking for properties to buy or sell in a special setting or with a distinctive character, so placing these available homes within reach of a market that is placing increasing value on lifestyle and quality of living is a logical step - as Paul Darvill, Associate Director of Pearsons, reveals.

"We often talk to prospective buyers from London," says Paul.  "Their motivation for a move away from the capital is usually the result of a lifestyle choice; parents want a better quality of life for themselves and their children with good quality schooling and traditional values and, in many cases, a rural setting that puts safety and the great outdoors first."

This is great news for vendors across the Pearsons' branch network; having a shop window that's seen by thousands of househunters in one of London's busiest and most select areas will undoubtedly secure more interest from buyers who are looking for exactly the type of properties that feature in our Country & Individual Homes selection.

Talk to Paul Darvill to find out how your property can be seen by prospective buyers across London.  01794 514516.