By Ian Harris, chairman of the Norfolk branch of the NAEA, and an agent with Watsons:
I am often asked “when is the best time to sell” by people who are often expecting the answer to be “spring”! For those with fantastic gardens this may be the right answer, but remember you’ll be competing with everyone else who has the same idea. It is true to say that the property market is far less seasonal than it used to be. Spring used to be the time when buyers came out of “winter hibernation” to view properties but with less severe winters and reliable transport nobody needs to wait. In fact, with the internet, agents floor plans & pictures now mean that buyers do not have to leave the sofa to do a lot of the initial legwork for finding a new home. Move whenever you are good and ready or just be spontaneous would be my advice. And if you are thinking that now may be a good time for you, there are still buyers who are focused on buying a property at less than £175,000 by 31 December, the stamp duty holiday deadline. Others would like to get a purchase “wrapped up” before Christmas.
*Ian’s on 01603 619916.