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The West Sussex Property Blog

2011 and what the future holds...

Guy Leonard & Company's blog - Market Comment: a round up of 2011 and a look at what 2012 holds
 

Best Small Estate Agent in the South East

Best Small Estate Agent in the South East
 

An Auction and a Christmas Bazaar!

Auctions and a Christmas Bazaar!
 

Guy Leonard & Company does Strictly!

This week we have learnt all about speed awareness and done some dancing - as well as getting ready for Christmas!
 

London and Ascot all in one week!

London and Ascot all in one week!
 

Why Buy A House?

  Guy Leonard & Co Estate Agents blog on why buy and own a property
 

9 Skittles and ALOT of competition!

The Team at Guy Leonard & Co Estate Agents enjoy an evening of skittles and our faith in human nature is restored!
 

Warm and toasty over the Winter!

Guy Leonard Estate Agents Property Blog - a timely reminder about keeping properties safe and warm over the cold winter period
 

What's happening with the current rental market?

Guy Leonard & Co comment on the current rental market in the UK
 

Spooky Goings On at Guy Leonard & Co Horsham!

Guy Leonard & Co Estate Agents have been taking part in the Horsham Halloween Trick or Treat Competition during half term.
 

A visit to The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents

Guy Leonard & Company visit The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents in Billingshurst
 

Guy Leonard staff member is 'tagged'!

Guy Leonard staff member is 'tagged'!
 

Guy Leonard & Company enjoy some theatre!

Guy Leonard & Company enjoy some theatre both locally, in the West End and even Wembley!
 

Is confidence coming back into the property market?

Is confidence coming back into the property market?
 

Horsham 100! We did it!

Horsham 100k Charity Walk acroos the South Downs Way - we did it!
 

Guy Leonard & Company are ready to walk the South Downs in aid of charity!

Guy Leonard & Company are ready to walk the South Downs in aid of charity!
 

The summer holidays are over!

The summer holidays are over!
 

Scramble! The September Property Market

Neil Moore of Guy Leonard and Co Estate Agents posts his latest West Sussex property market comment
 

Walking on sunshine - oooh oooh!

Weekly diary blog from Guy Leonard Estate Agents in West Sussex - this week the team have been enjoying the sunshine at various local events.
 

Riots, weddings, cups and walking!

A look at what we've been up to - thinking about riots, going to a wedding, winning some cups and preparing to walk A LONG WAY!!!
 

Turning to the Autumn Property Market

Neil, Managing Director of GL&Co shares his thoughts on the Autumn property market.
 

In the news...London Riots

Following the unrest in London this week, our thoughts turn to friends and family in the area.
 

Chilli Festival and Wasp Stings!

Chilli Festival and Wasp Stings!
 

Weddings, birthdays and bugs!

Weddings, birthdays and bugs!
 

Cameras, allotments and fundraising!

Cameras, allotments and fundraising!
 

A bunch of Take That fans!

Guy Leonard & Co go to Wembley!
 

West Chiltington is a village of delightful cottages, winding tree lined lanes and friendly shops and pubs.  It is its unique charm that makes the village so special. West Chiltington was mentioned in the Doomsday Book with its beautiful little church, which stands centre stage in the midst of the village.  In those days the village was sparsely populated and much of the development that has taken place has been since the 1930’s when Reginald Fairfax Wells built his now well renowned “Wells” cottages. These were designed and built for wealthy Londoners as weekend homes. Although the occasional Londoner heads this way for the weekend today, most of these homes have been enlarged and improved to create fine family homes.

West Chiltington has now become a more densely populated area but still retains a semi-rural atmosphere with a village heart. Some fine houses currently on the market in West Chiltington include original “Wells” houses such as Little Trodgers in Westward Lane, which is a fine four bedroom detached property providing three bathrooms, with double garaging. It is set in a large plot with a beautiful southerly aspect in this quiet leafy lane.  Larchill is situated in a single track lane in a third of an acre plot within the village. The property has been extended to provide a substantial double garage with office above, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and spacious reception rooms. Both of these homes offer seclusion and tranquillity.

Also for sale in West Chiltington is The Roundabout Hotel, originally built in 1933 by Reginald Wells and is now on the market at £1,550,000. It currently comprises of twenty-five bedrooms. Sadly closed for over a year, the property offers an excellent commercial opportunity in an affluent location.

 Many of the properties in West Chiltington that have been built since the 1970’s such as Yeomans Cottage in Monkmead Lane, built approximately eleven years ago have been designed and constructed in keeping with the surrounding area. Yeomans Cottage has a beautiful thatched roof and timber and stone elevations together with all the convenience of modern living but with the style of a period home.

 A charming Grade II Listed period property known as Stile House built around 1500 would have perhaps been a home that Reginald Wells would have admired when arriving in West Chiltington all those years ago. Originally thatch with eye brow window, the property now offers modernised and charming accommodation with inglenook fireplace and exposed timbering. It benefits from a detached annexe and double garaging and is set in a garden that was re-designed a number of years ago by Anthony Archer Wills. It is a beautiful family home being offered for sale around £1million.

Neil Moore, Managing Director of Guy Leonard & Company has been selling properties in the West Chiltington area in West Sussex for some twenty-nine years and has sold a large majority of the homes in the area during that time. Neil commented  “West Chiltington is considered by potential buyers as one of the most popular areas to live and is convenient for the larger villages of Storrington and Pulborough and is within easy access of the larger towns of Horsham, Worthing and Chichester.  Buyers can enjoy the rural ideal having the convenience of village life but within a short driving distance to wider amenities. As a company we are delighted to offer some of the most sumptuous homes in West Chiltington.  For further information on these properties and many more on the market in and around the area, please contact us on 01903 742354 or have a look at the homes for sale in West Chiltington on our website.

 

Neil Moore of Guy Leonard & Company looks at just who your friends are when it comes to selling property.

One expert says that house prices will rise next year and then continue to do so for some years to come.  Another says that house prices are 30% overvalued and will fall.  Meanwhile prices are soaring in central London, are stable in other places and still losing ground in a few more.

But should we care so much about what is going on in general across the UK?  And how useful are their comments in helping to keep the wheels of the property market turning?  Certainly I don’t think we need to heed these market pundits too much when they are commenting on such a broad basis.  What I am fairly certain of is that many of these people often don’t fully understand what is happening in West Sussex right now. There is a big difference between the media experts who talk about the market and the estate agents who actually have to deal with it.  It is easy for the media to make grand over-arching pronouncements and predictions but estate agents have to move people whatever the market conditions.

And estate agents know how to do this because they are dealing with these matters every day.  We understand how national, regional and even local financial issues affect our own local market and we work constantly to find ways of dealing with these conditions - whatever they may be.

Prior to 2007, when the market was storming away, it was much easier for owners and estate agents to sell property – of course it was.  But now it is not.  Yet despite this there is an active market bubbling under the lugubrious surface.  There are always buyers about whatever the market.  It is just that now there aren’t so many of them they can afford to be choosy and are often in no rush - all most frustrating and difficult for sellers.

But well-located property, in good order and at a sensible market price, will find a buyer – it always does.  The skill here is in getting the best price.  For other property, perhaps where the years haven’t been so kind, which is less pleasing on the eye or not in quite such a sought-after location, things get a little more tricky - but far from impossible.

Personal circumstances do not dance to the tune of the property market.  It is when the chips are down and one really has to sell and move on - even in an adverse market - that sellers find out who their real friends are.  A market commentator in those circumstances won’t be a lot of use.  On the other hand an effective estate agent could - surprise, surprise - become a very good friend indeed. 

 

Summer concerts, Storrington Village Day and Steyning School Prom!

Summer concerts, Storrington Village Day and Steyning School Prom!
 

Peter Hossack - your local 24 hour property expert!

  Peter Hossack - your local 24 hour property expert!
 

We are now seeing more and more people accessing our website using their iphones, so we have put together a list of apps to make your house move and search easier because as the saying goes…’there’s an app for that’!

Our top 5 are:

  • Rightmove
  • Mortgage Toolkit
  • listentotaxman.com
  • Crime Map UK
  • Around Me

If you are searching for property to buy, our top of the house hunting apps is Rightmove –  you can type in the area you are interested in, for example, Storrington’ to generate a list of houses for sale locally and then refine your search. Alternatively, if you are standing in say Horsham, you can hit ‘find my current location’ and the app will give you a list of all the flats and houses for sale around where you are in Horsham. This provides pictures and information on the property together with the selling agents details. As this shows properties from all the estate agents on Rightmove, it’s a one stop shop for your property search. Other property portal apps to try out include Zoopla and FindaProperty.com.

Mortgage Toolkit is a great little app if you are sorting out the finance for your property purchase. It includes a mortgage calculator and also very handy guides to buying and selling properties. You can review the best buy mortgage list (although we found this a little restrictive, and request a callback from a mortgage advisor as well. Mortgage Assistant also provides you with a best buy list and this one includes deals from all the high street banks and big mortgage lenders. There is also a useful blog feature with lots of mortgage news and updates.

Whilst sorting out your mortgage you may need to some budgeting and calculations relating to your salary, and there is an app for that - listentotaxman.com works out your tax payments and you can add in other deductions as well to work out exactly where you stand each month. It updates in line with budget changes so in theory should always give you the most up to date picture (providing you download the updates!). UK Salary Calculator does a similar job so may also be worth a look.

If you are reviewing the area you are looking to move to, Crime Map UK locates where you are with your phone and then shows a map with pins indicating all the crimes locally – you can then touch to see the type of crime committed. There is a neighbourhood overview, and a camera feature although this costs extra. We’ve have been checking out our local areas of Horsham, Storrington and Pulbrough and its quite enlightening to see what has been going on.

AroundMe is a very informative app to discover what facilities there are locally. Using GPS, the app provides a list of services you may be looking for, from cashpoints to petrol stations to hospitals. You select which service you are looking for to get a list of them together with how close they are to you and exact location. This also covers restaurants, taxis, theatres and the weather – a very comprehensive app. Once you’ve moved in to your dream home, vouchercloud is a similar app, but lists businesses close to you offering deals and discounts using your iphone.

After all that, if you’d like some down time from property searching you could have a go at being an estate agent using the game app Build-a-lot where you have to buy plots, build houses and keep them in good repair and then sell them at a profit – lots of fun and quite addictive! 

 

Goodwood Breakfast Club and 999 calls from Guy Leonard & Company

Goodwood Breakfast Club and 999 calls from Guy Leonard & Company
 

Sussex Community Foundation and the joy of having some rain!

Sussex Community Foundation and the joy of having some rain!
 

Neil Moore - latest Market Comment

Neil Moore of Guy Leonard & Co comments on the property market and relates it to football which he openly admits he know very little about!
 

A diverse range of hobbies and a new trend called dithering!

A diverse range of hobbies and a new trend called dithering!
 

A celebration for Angie and a birthday for Marion.

A celebration for Angie and a birthday for Marion.
 

Busy days, new staff, hot coals and a little dancing update!

The sales offices of Guy Leonard & Company had an incredibly busy week last week. This was partly due to some staff shortages but was also the level of activity and the number of people wanting to look at properties as well as having their properties valued.
 

Busy, busy days!

Well the Royal Wedding came and went, however we must follow the example set by the new Duke of Cambridge and get back to work!
 

Springwatch

Now that spring is in full swing Neil Moore of Guy Leonard & Company comments on how the property market is responding to the warmer weather.
 

Guy Leonard prepare for the Royal Wedding

Guy Leonard prepare for the Royal Wedding
 

A successful staff training day at Itchenor!

A successful staff training day at Itchenor!
 

‘Oak before ash, in for a splash, Ash before oak, in for a soak.’

‘Oak before ash, in for a splash, Ash before oak, in for a soak.’
 

Guy Leonard & Company celebrate Mother's Day with plenty to eat!

Guy Leonard & Company celebrate Mother's Day with plenty to eat!
 

Neil Moore comments on how the landscape of property purchase is changing in the post-recession period, and how the spring Budget will bring some cheer to some hard-hit first time buyers.

Neil Moore comments on how the landscape of property purchase is changing in the post-recession period, and how the spring Budget will bring some cheer to some hard-hit first time buyers.
 

The Guy Leonard Gardeners! A mid life crisis and a 50th Birthday!

The Guy Leonard Gardeners! A mid life crisis and a 50th Birthday!
 

No Monday morning blues just sunshine, wedding plans and yet more dancing!

No Monday morning blues just sunshine, wedding plans and yet more dancing!
 

A 90th birthday celebration, more dancing and a bingo report!

A 90th birthday celebration, more dancing and a report on the bingo evening!
 

Guy Leonard Diary Blog - Spring, Colds, Bingo and a little bit of Dancing!

A Guy Leonard Diary Blog - Spring sunshine, colds, bingo and a little bit of dancing!
 

So what IS the press saying? Is there good news out there?

Here at Guy Leonard & Co we make sure we keep up with all the property news – so is there any good news out there?
 

Property and Prejudice the continued reticence of the banks to offer sensible mortgages

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single family in possession of a good mortgage must be in want of a house.
 

With romance in the air this February we take a loving look at how we can often fall head over heels with...a house.

With romance in the air this February we take a loving look at how we can often fall head over heels with…a house.
 

Sweet Smelling Selling Success

For many people the New Year will mean a new home and even a new start. It is an exciting prospect, even if it is a little daunting. Moving home is a big step. Plus this year both buyers and sellers will have to contend with a market that is still suffering from the recessional hangover and austerity measures
 

A modern rental property in pulborough - new to market

Well Christmas, the New Year and hopefully the snow are all behind us now - back to work and looking forward to a busy Spring. 
 
 

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