Archive | June, 2013

OMG!!!!!! I Am Winner Of Best Blog AND Best Blog Post! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13 Jun


Truly I am stunned!!!



Is The Liverpool Property Market An Antibubble?

12 Jun

If London is in a property “bubble” then I reckon Liverpool is a property “antibubble”.

And I didn’t just make that word up – antibubbles are real!

Unlike their bouncy, floaty bubbly brothers, antibubbles are droplets of liquid surrounded by a thin film of gas (which is the opposite to a bubble which is a thin film of liquid surrounding gas).

But, the key point about an antibubble is that it is a type of bubble which can sink.

Yes, bubbles which sink!


How To Invest Like A Queen

10 Jun

And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust

(John Deacon, Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” Lyrics)

Yep, I am feeling “Another One Bites the Dust” just about sums up my property buying situation at the moment – which is not good as “I’m Going Slightly Mad”.

But “It’s a Hard Life” being a property investor: one minute “It’s a Kind of Magic” the next you’re questioning “Was It All Worth It?”

So the house I thought I was going to buy has been sold to somebody else.  Of course, they put me “Under Pressure” to pay more, but I didn’t let a “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” get in the way.  Business is business.

But the “The Show Must Go On” and while that property may be a “Lost Opportunity”, “Let Me Entertain You”  with my Top Three Tips to stop me (and you) from going “Stone Cold Crazy” while I find the next!

1.  Be prepared, but don’t be pre-occupied

Properties come onto the market all the time.  It’s important to have “Staying Power” and alerts set up.  Check them regularly, badger the estate agents – but if nothing comes up “Hang On In There”.  You cannot make people sell their properties quicker than what they want to/ need to.  “Some Day, One Day” a property will turn up!

2. Learn to let go

It’s easy to get caught up and try and make a deal stack just because it’s the only deal on the table/ you have looked for so long to buy something.  But “Don’t Lose Your Head”.   If a property does not make financial sense you have to “Tear It Up”.  Buying a property “just because” is financial suicide and is guaranteed to give you a “Sheer Heart Attack”

3.  Occupy your time with other interests

Property is addictive and it can easily become a full-time occupation.  However, unless you have a deal on the table/ are in the midst of a project it’s important to “Spread Your Wings” and do other stuff.  “These Are The Days of Our Lives” and we have to make the most of the time we’ve got – endless property hunting is akin to “Chinese Torture” and should be avoided at all costs!

And one day, when the “Breakthru” happens (which it will) you’ll be “Doing All Right” and singing from the rooftops my most favourite Queen tune of all:

Don’t stop me now I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball don’t stop me now

(Freddie Mercury, Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now” Lyrics)

But in all seriousness, while I have over-egged the Queen puns (!) the property investment tips are still relevant…even if Queen did *sing* most of them!


Going, Going, Gone: Chocolate Box Cottages at Auction

4 Jun

Derelict, dirty and dingy are how you would describe most auction properties – which is why I was surprised to find this collection of delightful chocolate box cottages going under the hammer.  All have been refurbished and are ready to move in to.

So if you’ve ever fancied a period cottage at a knock down price take a look at these period charmers which will soon be for sale in the auction room:


The White House, Pewsey, Wiltshire

Guide: £295k

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This detached Grade II listed 2-3 bedroom cottage just oozes old worldly charm.  Dating from 1680 it is full of character with a delightful garden, garage and views to the Alton Barnes White Horse. The house has been sympathetically restored and has many period features which means you can just move in!

The cottage is well located in a pretty hamlet in Honeystreet which lies in Pewsey Vale alongside the Kennett and Avon Canal with far reaching countryside views.  The village is conveniently located about 5 miles from Pewsey and 7 miles from Devizes. Pewsey has a railway station with services to London Paddington. The M4 motorway lies to the north and A303 lies to the south.

For more information: Countrywide

The Cottage, Cuddington, Buckinghamshire

Guide: £500k

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This pretty Grade II listed two bedroom thatched cottage is steeped in history and also has the additional benefit of a one bedroom former school.  The cottage is believed to date back to the 18th century and the property has been improved by the current owners who have owned it for over 30 years.  County archaeologists have also looked into the history and there is believed to be the site of a Roman barbeque in the sitting room along with a priest hole! Adjacent to the cottage is The Penny School which is currently a one bedroom annexe with the garage to the front which also has a studio above it.

The cottage is located in Cuddington, which is a popular and sought after village on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Thame, Aylesbury and Oxford are all within easy reach and Thame and Haddenham Parkway station is are two miles away offering quick links to London.

For more information: Countrywide

Sweet Apple Cottage, Nash, Buckinghamshire

Guide: £240k

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This charming period cottage has been fully refurbished and offers good accommodation, well tended gardens and a detached garage.  The ground floor offers a triple aspect sitting room with feature fireplace, another feature fireplace in the double aspect dining room plus a newly fitted kitchen.  On the first floor there are three bedrooms along with a contemporary bathroom.

Nash is a popular north Bucks village located less than 5 miles from Milton Keynes which offers a wealth of facilities plus fast trains to London.

For more information: Auction House Beds & Bucks

Little Hawley, Axminster, Devon

Guide: £375k

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Idyllically situated in a secluded location this 3 bedroom Grade II listed detached thatched cottage is built of solid stone under a mainly thatched roof (newly thatched!). The cottage has been fully renovated by the current owners and offers a cosy home in a ‘tucked away’ setting.

Situated in a secluded rural position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hawley Bottom is a small hamlet with a scattering of individual properties in the parish of Dalwood. This village has a Church, Inn and locally run Post Office/Stores. Further amenities are available at the country town of Axminster 4 miles which also has a mainline railway station on the London Waterloo line.

For more information: Symonds & Sampson