Buying a home within walking distance to a good local pub is still a top priority for many and depending how good the pub is, it can even uphold an area’s value.
Harry Gladwin at The Buying Solution discusses the binding force of a good local within a community and how two of his recent transactions were down to excellent pubs, which clients would use as an extension to their kitchen.
Gladwin believes: “A good village pub comes within the top three requirements
of a country-house buyer. It’s a place where everyone meets, regardless of
background. This mix of people and ideas around an open fire is what breathes
life back into many villages and – unlike village shops – can never be replaced
by Amazon… A good pub makes a good village and vice versa.”
To read the full article, pick up 11th / 18th December 2019 edition of Country Life.
This year about 70,000 deals were done
off-market. Once the preserve of celebrities and the super-rich, off-market
deals are on the rise and it’s becoming increasingly the ordinary people who
want to buy and sell their homes discreetly. Move over online property portals,
homeowners are now appointing buying agents and independent brokers to carry
out their search. Deals are down to word of mouth and their little black book
full of contacts.
The main motivation is privacy, whether it’s couples going through divorce, families relocating or business owners selling their home and wanting to avoid speculation about the state of the company. Jonathan Bramwell, says, “I recently had someone who was selling their business, but the deal hadn’t gone through yet and he didn’t want his employees to know what was about to happen”. According to Bramwell, another reason for off-market deals is exclusivity; “Sometimes people will pay a premium in the knowledge that they are the only person looking at it. For others, they want something specific and they know there will not be another opportunity like this for years, so they will pay.”