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Land Registry Data – Distorted Opinions?

The issue of house prices is a hot topic and close to every homeowner’s heart. Everyone has their opinion, but even that of experienced estate agents is no more accurate about the future of property prices than that of the layman. Prices are subject to micro and macro economics, employment, lending policies, political direction, taxation, the City, the Euro, the Dollar, and a whole host of tangibles and intangibles that all combine to influence the market.

Of course, a movement in the market can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy when subject to reckless or dramatic media headlines, prompted by the smallest shred of “evidence”.

Fortunately, most people have by now become somewhat immune to media hype and speculation and look to the fundamentals of the economy to try to gain an understanding of the market – which still eludes most of us!

Ironically one indicator that is often misinterpreted is the one that is usually hailed as the most reliable source of all property data – the stats provided by HM Land Registry based on completed sales. Although the media will highlight the latest released figures, any estate agent will tell you that they are seldom an accurate reflection of current market sentiment. This can really only be measured by the activity levels reported by agents on an almost daily basis.

For example, the latest HMLR figures reflect completions which happened up to three months ago, which reflect exchanges that happened up to six months ago that in turn reflect offers that were accepted up to nine months ago on properties that came to market possibly over a year ago!

When we provide homeowners with our market opinion, we take the fullest account of current buyer activity in the context of available comparable stock across the market, and find this up-to-the-minute approach helps us to secure the very highest prices the market will pay – today!  We know now home owners will look to the very best agents as the market challenges is changing and the need for a property expert with our track record will be sought, after all in a tougher market there can be no mistakes.

Why not ask us to provide you with a marketing proposal for your property if a move is going to be soon? You might be pleasantly surprised.

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