Our local property guru Chris Hall gives us an update on what’s going on with his businesses in and around the city.

 Written by Chris Hall.

While the holiday period has been quiet, on the event front things are building for a spectacular run-up to the year end with numerous shows and awards ceremonies for home buyers and sellers both home and abroad. To mention a few: Maison & Objet, on September 8-11, is the Parisien trade show for the art of outdoor and indoor living; Place in the Sun, is on September 28-30, and with 20pc of the 22,000 overseas purchases in 2011 being British, 4,000 of which were in Spain, this event has expertise, advice and inspiration for finding your property abroad. The Property Investor Show, at Excel on October 13, is the UK’s largest property investment event with many ‘unadvertised exclusives’ that exhibiting companies reserve specifically for this event. It includes advice on tax planning, pension and legal advice, and a range of companies offering passive and ‘armchair’ investment solutions.

 Home Stagers, for home owners who have recently purchased, allows us to showcase what we do best – matching clients’ desires, wants and needs to create a home of their dreams. It offers liaison with builders to help choose fixtures and fittings, a lighting plan, fully-detailed furniture layout and a design scheme including wallpaper, paint, curtains and blinds. Home Stagers have added a bespoke soft furnishings service with professional interior design advice.

 Mortgage Advice Bureau Norwich subscribes to the latest Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending in July increased to £12.7 billion. Lending rose by 8pc from £11.7 billion in June, and was 2pc higher than the total of £12.5 billion in July 2011. This is obviously a good sign for the property market where more lending should mean more property sales. There are some very attractive rates/deals and a 95pc lending scheme is available to first time buyers although, I reiterate to borrowers, the important thing is lending criteria; affordable and safe lending, tailored to suit the borrower.

 Iconic Estate agents are confident of a good run-in to the year end after record sales and completions in July, and similarly so in August – a surprise to many.

 Any questions, about free tickets to events or home sellers experiencing difficulty in selling call Chris on 01603 700007 or email hottopics@around-the-houses.com to discuss sales strategy, presentation, target market or finance on proposed sales or purchases.

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