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Happy New Year: Will You Be Celebrating 2022 With A New Home?

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There’s nothing like a New Year to make you want to make a change in your life. From starting an exercise regime to selling a house, the 1st of January is a day full of motivation and change.

2021 has been another unconventional year, however, from the team here at Pilkington Estates we hope you’ve had a great Christmas and New Year too. We hope to see you again in January and we can’t wait to help you sell your homes in 2022.

Want to explore some reasons to sell your home in the New Year? Keep on reading to find out more!

A Fresh Start

A New Year brings resolutions and a new outlook, but will a new home be on the cards for you?

Our team is looking forward to working with you in 2022, whether you want to buy or sell a home, we’re here to make your life easier. With our premium property marketing packages and our large selection of listings, we’ve got everything needed to kickstart your year with a successful sale.

Also, getting your home onto the market ahead of the spring rush will put you in better stead of getting a high price for the sale. In January there’s less competition from other homes, plus if your home is still for sale by February it will have more exposure than those who are listing their home later in the season. January may seem too early to you – but never underestimate the time it takes to get your home ready to be sold!

What’s The Housing Market Like?

Though we often worry about the housing market during uncertain times, it’s set to be a good year in 2022. Sources state that the UK housing market will be the busiest we’ve seen since 2007.

Zoopla has noted that their House Price Index is showing a strong buyer demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has boosted the average home’s values from £200,000 to £240,000 in just five years. It’s estimated that one in 16 houses changed hands during 2021, and this trend is only set to increase in 2022.

It’s also estimated that in the past 12 months, average prices have risen by £15,500 and homes in the South West and South East have recorded an increase of £22,000. This is great news if you’ve been worried about the market, especially as overall buyer demand is about 28% above the standard five-year average.

Let Pilkington Estates Help You

If you’re ready to celebrate the new year in a new place, let the team of experienced agents at Pilkington Estates help you find a new home. The New Year is a great time to invest in property and it allows you to access a fresh start in a new area too.

Find out more about our premium property services here.

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Buying And Selling During Christmas? Here’s All You Need To Know

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For some, the idea of moving house during the Christmas period would send a shudder down their spine. This time of year can be stressful for a range of reasons, but moving house shouldn’t be one of them!

Though many want to spend the end of the year curled up at home relaxing, it’s a great time to get your home on the market and find your dream home. Real estate agencies see a boost in interest over this period, as many have more free time to look for new homes while they’re enjoying the festivities.

Keep reading to find out our best tips for buying and selling your home at Christmas time!

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The UK Property Market Is The Busiest Since 2007

The pandemic has had a range of effects on society, but one of the more surprising impacts is that buyer demand is stronger than ever in the housing market.

Over the past year, we’ve seen everyone in sixteen houses changing hands, proving the property industry has been busier than ever. In fact, the last time we saw the UK housing market this busy was 2007. This is great news for anyone looking to move home, but what trends can we expect for 2022?

2021: A Busy Year For Estate Agents

Zoopla has reported that the buyer demand is stronger than ever and homes have gone up in value by approximately £40,000 in five years. In 2016 the average value was £200,000, whereas today you can expect the average UK home to cost as much as £240,000!

We’ve even seen the average UK home price raise by £15,500 in the past year. Some areas in the South West and South East have even seen a growth of approximately £22,000. This is a record amount of growth, making us excited to see what happens in 2022.

What About 2022?

The head of research at Zoopla, Grainne Gilmore, stated: “New supply will start to rise at the turn of the year as households use the holiday period to make a decision around making a move”. Naturally, the Christmas period is sometimes quieter, however, we can look forward to a springtime boom when families are ready to move.

Gilmore also stated “In typical years, the highly seasonal supply of homes being listed for sale slows in the run-up to Christmas, but rises sharply in the new year. On average, the supply of listings at the end of January runs some 50% higher than the start of December”

Buyer demand is expected to stay strong at the start of 2022, but as we progress in the year some experts predict an increase in movers who are buyers as well as sellers in the market. This could ease any constraint in supply, however, this will also depend on the amount of demand we see too. Mortgage rates are expected to remain relatively low, even with certain interest rate rises.

Is It Your Time To Move?

The UK market is set to stay relatively stable in the future, with some positive increases too. If you’re thinking about buying or selling, 2022 is set to be a good year to make a move. Whether you’re experienced in the property market or new to the industry, our team of expert agents is always ready to help.

Are you interested in a new home? Find out more about the Pilkington Estates moving process here.

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Going Digital: Are we moving away from cities?

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From remote work to working in Covid-safe bubbles, our professional lives have been altered over the last two years. Working from home has changed the way we view our careers and it’s formed new relationships with our homes.

With a focus on digital work and Zoom calls, many are choosing to ditch the office for good. But what does this mean for those that only lived in the cities for work?

Keep reading to explore why many are choosing to leave the city in favour of quieter areas!

Goodbye Office Work!

If you haven’t experienced working from home, someone close to you has! March 2020 left many of us in uncertain positions, unsure of when we would next step into the all-important office. Though it’s not for everyone, remote working showed a new way of living and for some, this was a game-changer!

Why pay expensive rent and live in a busy city when you could log in remotely from a larger and less-expensive home further away? Not only that, but life without a commute is enough to make some never turn up to the office ever again!

We’re seeing more and more families push for a remote job position, letting them spend more time with their families and less time working away in the office. This has consequently caused an increase in home sales in areas further afield and a large number of workers fleeing from London.

Moving To Plymouth And West Devon

Plymouth is an increasingly popular area to move to, especially for young families and young professionals. With a bustling urban area, natural beauty, and an abundance of high-quality amenities, Plymouth has all you need to thrive in your personal and professional life. Plymouth house prices are still more affordable than similar properties in London and the Southeast.

Trends are showing that as many move away from the cities, coastal areas like Plymouth are becoming more popular than ever before. Plymouth was recently dubbed “Britain’s Ocean City”, so if you’re considering moving to a coastal location this could be your new home. This maritime city has impressive academic establishments, global connections, and a wealth of businesses like no other. You can also find exciting recreational activities like the aquarium, cafés, and the Plymouth Gin distillery – great options for family time and fun for grown-ups too.

And if you need to get to a meeting in London, you’re there by train in just over three hours.

Are you ready to experience an exciting city with additional ocean beauty?

Looking Ahead To 2022

As we get closer to 2022, it doesn’t look like the work from home mandates are going anywhere soon. With a new online professional culture growing, we expect more and more families to leave their capital city homes and move to different areas of the country. Why commute every day when you can log onto your laptop in your own home?

Are you looking to move to Plymouth? Let us help you find your new property. Explore our expert buying services here and find out more about Plymouth house prices.