September property data – 2018 Bath property market update

September is the beginning of the meteorological autumn (1st) and was called Gerstmonath by the Anglo Saxons (barley month). Michaelmas Day on the 29th is traditionally the last day of the harvest season. Our usual quota of Bath property stats can be found below, including a link to our full spreadsheet (seven sections of property… Read More



Is there still affordable housing left in Bath?

Affordable housing in Bath? On Sunday 2nd Sept,  the Guardian published an article containing research from Hamptons International suggesting 42% of all homes in Bath and north-east Somerset sold in the first half of 2018 were bought by Londoners (who paid an average of £550,000). Link to full article – https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/02/tensions-rise-in-bath-exodus-of-londoners-prices-out-local-families?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other Whilst I’d question how… Read More



Take five

Take five; Sellers – get your IPad out and save five minutes for five quick checks before estate agents valuations It’s the day you’ve booked to for all the estate agents to come round – before each one turns up, take five with a cuppa of your choice and have a whip round the five… Read More



Mailing lists evolved

One of our newest clients called today to let me know they had been chased by one of the other agents she’d had out to value. When told she did not intend to use them and had in fact appointed us, she was rather surprised at their response. Apparently the best they could come up… Read More



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



Managing expectations in estate agency

Expectations in estate agency After some difficult negotiations during sales recently, we’ve been having quite a few discussions in the office about managing expectations. Here are some of our thoughts on when and with whom do we have to manage expectations within estate agency? manage expectations 1. seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance… 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



Bath property market data – May update

A wealth of data in our Bath property market update this month, with our thanks to the devilishly clever Richard Speigal (follow him at @webunknown  on Twitter). Four graphs with BA1 and BA2 results direct from H.M Land Registry, a link to our spreadsheet (seven sections of property info tracked across eight time points between March… Read More



Could the cheapest fee actually end up costing you more?

Picking an estate agent on who has the cheapest fee isn’t often the best idea (nor on the highest price) but, after being sent the latest figures (data for BA2 in the last month) in the image below from GetAgent, we thought it would be worth a quick maths exercise to prove it The average… Read More