This week the Government introduced the three tier system for England to help control the speed of Covid-19. Regions are now classed as medium, high or very high, which means that many people are living under different local lockdown restrictions. As I am writing, Leeds is currently on Tier 2, meaning that you can’t meet with anybody outside your household or support bubble in an indoor setting but does this mean that you are restricted to buying or selling a home at this time too? The answer is - No, you can move house during local lockdowns even if you are living in a tier 3 (very high) area, which Leeds currently isn’t.
I recently watched an Interview on Sky TV with Dame Sharon White the CEO of John Lewis which I found fascinating and very re-assuring in terms of the Customer Experience. I wrote down some of her words which are those we totally believe in at David Phillip Estate Agents:- - Be the “leanest, simplest and fastest” - “follow the customer” - “respond rapidly to how customers are wanting to shop” - “trusted brand, principles and values” - “working in partnerships where trust is at the heart of what customers want” - “fair value is never going to go out of fashion”
When selling your home, at David Phillip Estate Agents we always advise to price your home competitively but realistically, this is even more key during the stamp duty holiday when we have heard of agents overpricing properties because the potential buyer will be making a saving as a result – this potentially could give the property market a false impression around price increases.

August Bank Holiday in Leeds

28th August 2020
August Bank Holiday in Leeds Everyone is really looking forward to this Bank Holiday, many people have been in self-isolation, working from home, furloughed or been separated from family and friends as a result of Covid-19.
According to Rightmove, homes advertised as having highly coveted south facing gardens are priced at £22,695 higher on average than homes without, a 7% national asking price premium – there is a trick of course to having photos looking at its very best for pictures and viewings.
UK housing market sees busiest month in 10 years The UK housing market saw £37bn worth of property sales agreed in July, representing the busiest month for home buying since data was first tracked on Rightmove.
The generally accepted definition of a recession in the UK is when GDP falls in 2 successive quarters – the UK economy shrunk by 2.2per cent between January and March and 20.4 per cent between April and June according to the National Office of Statistics. This officially put the UK in recession for the first time since 2009. But this recession is very different to the financial one of 2009 where the Government made the decision to shut down large sections of the economy as a result of Covid-19, but were able to put measures in place such as the Furlough Scheme and Stamp Duty holiday as a result. It also means that the financial system has not frozen in the same way it did during the financial crash of 2008/9 when house prices dived.
Think of a gated community and the mind conjures up an image of a privately guarded and secluded idyll: the preserve of Premier League footballers (particularly now that Leeds United have been promoted) and A list celebrities – any property behind a pair of gates seems special somehow. Such communities exist in most cities offering all the trappings that living in an exclusive area offers There are a multitude of reasons why people choose to live in a gated community. Living in a private community has a number of benefits which make it a desirable choice of residence. Here we bring you some of the benefits which might get you to consider moving to such a place.
We monitor closely the Rightmove Houseprice index and so are interested to see that the average price of property coming to the Market in July is £320,265 up by an average of 2.4%. The price of property coming to market is an accurate early indicator of demand, evidenced by unique buyer enquiries currently being up 75% so far this month compared to the same period a year ago according to Rightmove.
A great opportunity to acquire a modern detached home of an appealing "double fronted" style which enjoys a quiet cul-de-sac type setting, located in a highly popular residential area being within easy walking distance to excellent local amenities and schools. The property has an enclosed private minimal maintenance rear garden with imitation lawn and timber decking.
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