The agents behind the masks

Online agents haven’t been much of a factor in the Bath property market in the past and, despite massive advertising campaigns, the biggest players in this sector still have less than 2.5% market share in the city (less than half of what they would claim in other areas of the country). Like many agents, in… Read More



Has Rightmove become the new Tinder?

Has Rightmove become the new Tinder? Are we treating property apps like dating apps? Swipe. Match. Chat. Swipe. Match. Buy? I recently met an applicant who had phoned into the office and booked to see two properties that had caught his eye. Whilst on the viewings, it transpired that these houses wouldn’t suit him at… Read More



June property data – 2018 Bath property market update

It may be time for our June property data update, Wimbledon and the Summer Solstice are fast approaching and the Romans believed June was the luckiest month for marriage but did you know that June is also Accordion Awareness Month and Adopt a Cat Month? Our usual quota of property stats can be found below,… Read More



“Sold” – what does it really mean?

When is a property sold? City investment firm Jefferies hit the headlines last week when publishing a report focussing on criticising claims made by online agent Purplebricks; Jefferies’ analysis of Purplebricks data found that it had sold 51.6pc of the homes listed in November 2016 within 10 months, versus the company’s claims that 78pc of… Read More



A Victorian January quartet

The Victorian terraces of Oldfield Park are a wonderful example of infinite variety – dating from the late 19th century Bath building boom in which private investment in speculative building financed extensive suburban housing developments, these streets are a cornucopia of different layouts, extensions and uses from house to house. Built for the people that fuelled… Read More



Brochures – how properly checking yours can really pay off

You’ve chosen your estate agent. The measuring and photos are done so I’d hope the next step is for your agent to send you the brochures to approve. Given the information below, they certainly should; Code of Practice for Residential Estate Agents Section 7 clause J – “Prior to commencement of marketing, the written details… Read More



Crystal ball gazing – Bath property market predictions for 2018

As we teeter on the edge of 2018, how about a bit of crystal ball gazing to see if we can predict what the Bath property market could do in 2018? Whilst we’ve been working over the Christmas period, we’ve been having quite a few conversations with present and future owners with this question at… Read More



Bath property market 2017 roundup

Another year draws to a close in the Bath property market and, after collecting data on a regular basis each month, we thought it might be interesting to add all our reports together in handy graphs and look for trends which may aid 2018 sellers in planning their marketing approach. Below, you’ll find a series… Read More



Estate Agents Christmas marketing

Having looked through some recently arrived estate agents Christmas leaflets at one of our clients houses, as well as several social media campaigns from national agents, I’m beginning to feel a lot like the child in Andersen’s classic tale “The Emperors New Clothes”. Yet again this year, I’m seeing various versions of the same Rightmove… Read More



November Bath property market data

November is a month packed with festivals and traditions, from All Saints Day and Armistice Day to Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving and St Andrews Day.  Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in November (1922) and two first flights took place in November (the first helicopter in 1907 and the first hot air balloon in 1783). November is also the… Read More