15th January 2021
Scientists have warned that the third lockdown may not be enough to supress the new Coronavirus variant.
12th January 2021
It is hard to believe that when I was predicting the property market for 2020 a year ago, we had just left the turbulent year of 2019 which latterly had been taken over with Brexit and the General Election. I was looking forward to 2020 and expecting a buoyant property market, and it certainly started that way until Covid-19 forced us to close our doors and adopt new ways of working whilst people in the main turned their homes into their office too. So what do I predict will happen to the property market during 2021 – when life will hopefully re-gain some sense of normality once the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out at pace.
8th January 2021
As Leeds is hit by a covering of snow today, it is important to think about feeding the birds in your garden. In winter food can be scarce, but add snow into the mix and it becomes even more difficult for wildlife and birds to find food. Hopefully the tips below will be useful.
6th January 2021
Another Covid-19 lockdown is now in place with stricter measures being introduced. The Government has though announced that people looking to buy and sell houses can continue to do so during the new lockdown in England along with associated activities. This means that companies such as removal firms and Estate Agents are still being allowed to operate as long as adhering to Covid-19 Government Guidelines. At David Phillip Estate Agents we have protocol in place when undertaking viewings and valuations in order to minimise public health risks and ensure the safety of our clients
18th December 2020
Christmas 2020 is looking to be a Christmas like no other as a result of Covid-19. At David Phillip Estate Agents we have had to change some of our Christmas Traditions - the office party won’t be until Spring (we did have a lovely afternoon tea from Betty’s in the office) there’s no visiting Castle Howard to see the beautiful Christmas decorations and the tree, and the Harewood House Experience is a lot different too with its decorations too this year. We have managed to visit RHS Harlow Carr Garden Glow though and I am looking forward to the Bolshoi Ballet Nutcracker at Everyman on Sunday! The Christmas trees in Bramhope are looking lovely this year, and everyones seem to have gone up much earlier this year too – at home ours has been up over three weeks now! So in the UK we are really making an effort to stick with the Christmas traditions that we are able to do – which had me wondering what other traditions might be taking place this Christmas around the world. Here are a few
27th November 2020
The annual sales event has arrived, and this year with shops having been closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown it likely to attract even more shoppers but this time online. Yet many people are unaware of the phenomenon’s history and unsure about the use of the name before it became associated with the shopping craze. Here are a few facts about Black Friday.
25th November 2020
The internet has brought all things to our fingertips from buying groceries, booking tickets and holidays. During this time of lockdown, people will be shopping online for many of their products as well as researching future products to buy once the lockdown restriction eases. Houses, cars and holidays are likely to be on this list. The internet though has also evolved as a place to read customer reviews, this can help people to determine the services and products they want to buy from people who have already experienced using that company, especially useful during lockdown when people are not as easily able to ‘physically see’ and buy products from shops. With more than 90% of all customers using online reviews as part of their research at a local and national level, this shows that merely informing a potential customer of the availability of a product or service is no longer enough – consumers want to hear about first hand Customer experiences.
3rd November 2020
From Thursday November 5th, England will enter a second lockdown in a bid to cease the cases of Coronavirus that are rising quickly. But what does this mean for the property market. The Countrywide Lockdown announced by Boris Johnson will last until December 2nd and include further restrictions, including closing non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure facilities as well as stricter social distancing guidelines. People should also avoid unnecessary travel, and work from home where possible. Back in March the first lockdown resulted in a temporary halt to much of the housing market activity, Estate Agents, Removal companies, solicitors and building sites ceased trading for a short while. The sector was on lockdown until nearly the end of May, at which point agents were allowed back to offices, but working in a different way fortunately aided by technology which only improved the the Customer experience. At this point the Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced the Stamp Duty holiday which has resulted in a very buoyant property market since then.
22nd October 2020
Leeds Light Night 2020 – when and where to see the laser shows in the sky this week (October 22nd – 24th from 6pm to 11pm) The Light Night festival will shine brightly with interactive rooftop laser displays in Leeds this week despite the Covid-19 restrictions. The show is composed of several laser shows that run across the City with brilliant performances by international, national and of course local artists. Using large scale projectors and interactive installations the lights can be seen for miles at this free event.
The housing market continues to benefit from the Government’s stamp duty holiday with residential transactions returning to pre-Covid levels in September, there still could be room though for strong sales growth over the next few months. The HMRC publishes the Uk’s latest Property transactions and the provisionally adjusted seasonal transactions, estimates that last month there were nearly 100,000, which is very similar to September 2019 at just 0.7% lower. David Phillip Commented “when we look at the data from last month it is clear that the upward change in the market wasn’t just an exaggerated statement. Since July alone we have sold 14 homes in Bramhope alone, and are completing quickly on these, in fact a cottage we sold on Creskeld Lane, Bramhope was instructed on July 10th and completed on September 30th – just over 2 months” So there is still plenty of time to sell before the March 31st if you do the following:-