There are so many things about property matters these days that set it apart as a career to be considered. Meeting lots of people, on the renting, buying, selling sides. Getting the job done well needs expertiese and a lot of work behind the desk. Taking lettings in Bristol for example. This is a seriously popular part of the country and always a shortage of rented property causes the price to be high at all times. Student lets are not easy to find and it takes quite a lot of firm negotation and much diplomacy on the part of the agent to get all parties happy. I know a couple who have been on an agent list for two years trying to get the right kind of property in that area. Moving out of the city is sometimes the alternative to a long sit on a waiting list.
There is such a lot about property in the news at the moment. We have the scandal of new housing developments being sold with dubious lease hold agreements that will double or treble within 10 years – this is something new to me. I have bought and sold 6 homes so far and never heard of having to buy ino a leasehold agreement on any of them. I do wonder however if sometimes the solicitor or other conveyancor has tried pointing out this arbitary issue but the buyer, dead keen to get on the property and mortgage ladder, doesn’t listen or can’t comprehend what is being spelt out to them. I am pretty sure any property legal team would make a point of bringing something as serious as a leasehold issue to the attention of their client. Ensuring each client fully understands what they are undertaking is always top of a professional legal eagle’s list of priorities.
I have several pals are in the middle of house moving. There seems to be a thing about first time buyers who think they have their mortgage in place when they start looking at your house, but when contracts start being presented in earnest, amazing complications arise. Two such couples have had this occur to them. They have got so far down the line, have somewhere super-duper to move up to, but then a hitch occurs. In the bad old days, it might have been suggested that so as not to lose the new place, they took out a bridging loan to cover until their buyers could complete. Wooh, that seemed like a pretty crazy thing to undertake with 16 to 19% mortgage and bank rates, but these days, it probably is not so mad. The bank rate is still less than 3%, but a bridging loan is still a major risk, especially if the buyer turns tail and leaves the party altogether!
So much stuff needs doing at this time of year – near year end for some businesses. There are the tenant agreements to look to, ensuring everything in each of them meets current bylaws and that any new safety regulations are catered for. Being a landlord is a much more serious matter these days. There used to be a comedy programme on tv called Man About The House, about a dishy young chap who shared a scruffy flat with two seriously cute female flatmates. The landlady has the hots for the guy and the landlord for the girls. It is a 1980s comedy, so no pc at all!
Being able to catch up with this programme on catch up also highlight the serious lack knowledge or interest in tenancy safey laws – everything was done on a shoe string and the less spent on their flat the happier the landlord was.
When I watch any daytime tv it is always the lifestyle section I go to first. My sort of default mode. I just love seeing the ones where couples or families buy up some delapidated property at an auction and during the course of the show we see snippet of progress and trah lah, at the end of their segment, there is a really amazing, gleaming and stunning property, now worth thousands more than when they scraped together that one off payment.
The posh flats in very popular cities are my favourites – seeing the dirty, scruffy, unkempt places they take on is amazing. Real dossers’ dumps most of them. One thing they don’t show is how the landlord finds out about all the legal stuff needed to rent out to tenants. Especially a house of multip occupancy. Tenant safety and comfort has to come first, whether the landlord likes it or not.
I have a couple of relatives who have lived in various parts of the uk, one being self employed contracts themselves out to various big authorities as a consultant. The kind of work they do is long term and can keep them in places for 4 or 5 year stints. For this reason they tend to be provided with accommodation for part of all of their tenure on the job.
Of all the places they have lived, outside London, it seems that the Bristol and Bath areas have been their favourites. They seem to sing the praises of the areas and had lovely flats in each. They seem to enjoy the penthouse style, at the very top of the block. So long as the management company looks after any block of flats, keeps the communal areas in good nick, and ensures fire safety regulations are adhered to, they love the feeling of space up there!
So the summer holidays are gradually coming to the point in the middle – the half glass syndrome, are they almost over or still tons of time left? The newbie student population will be frantically wanting to get their halls of residences sorted early into the hols. At least, that is what the parents want to happen, so there is no massive rush and mix up when the ‘off’ finally comes. The older students will be handing back their halls key and moving out to privately rented student digs. So much activity all to achieve the same end.
The spring holidays used to be the ones where properties would be frantically sought, inspected, decisions made on the spot lest someone else should find this most perfect of all flats. . . . . . In populr areas like Bristol and its environs, the busy time is every single day of the year – seriously popular for tenants and buyers alike.
The rush to buy houses before the interest rates rise has been interesting this time around. Bristol and its environs is still a top notch place to get property, whether buying or renting. When there are more buyers than houses, we get back to gazumping. This is a nasty practice of vendors getting near to completion and suddenly accepting a higher offer for their house, thus throwing their original buyers into a frenzy of either trying to match the new offer, or having to abandon and start again. With all the costs this involves as each mortgage application costs an arm and a leg. I know of buyers who have found at the last minute that the vendor suddenly finds reason not to complete or when accepting a firm offer, vendors refuse to take the house off the market – in case a higher offer is out there. Similar nightmares happen with rental places too. Nasty.
Ah the now rather too familiar sounds of a current general election in full swing. How do we put up with yet another lot of electioneering and canvassing! When this latest one was announced there was a comical news clip of a woman in the Bristol tv area sounding off alarmingly against the idea. The women probably expressed the bewilderment felt by most of the voting public who were still reeling from the nonsense following the Referendum! It is true to say that these campaigns are pretty tiresome and only the very keen political observer will have the stamina and determination to still be standing at the end of it. Bristol being a very big city, popular with families and young singletons alike to live – it has always had a truly diverse population and this was shown in the recent election with a big turn out.
Wherever you visit in this country, there will be lovely towns and there will be some frankly easily ignored and scooted around towns. We are a very small country in terms of space per person. This point becomes very much a factor when you visit somewhere that you really fancy and want to move to. Very often a great number of other folk have had the same idea and there’s one heck of a scramble on the property ladders and rental lists, to get any hope of securing somewhere to live.
It has always been a problem in London, to get anywhere affordable is extremely difficult, leading to all sorts of sharing offers and many families are priced out altogether. This is when signing on to a property agency can really be a very good idea. Well before you get to the point of moving with a job and then finding you have nowhere to live!