Autumn Newsletter

Kevin Henry Enjoy 'Post Brexit Boom'



After initial market caution following the results of the referendum, as I outlined in my previous newsletter, confidence returned and with it, sales!

As soon as we were through July the market took off, and August, which is traditionally the quiet month with people on holiday, became one of our biggest sales months of the year.

We agreed on 40 sales in August, and this September we look to agree another 30.

With this fine autumnal weather, we are very much hoping that the robust market will continue on through October, as people look to secure a property for a pre-Christmas move.

If you are thinking of selling your home, either this year or early next year, now is a good time to arrange an obligation-free market appraisal. Please give us a call, seven days a week, on 01799 513632.

Kevin Henry Acquired by Sharman Quinney – but It’s business as usual
Kevin Henry has big news: on 22 September, we were acquired by the Sharman Quinney Group, making us part of one of the largest group of estate agents in the country. 
Sharman Quinney are part of the Connells Group, which are, in turn, owned by the Skipton Building Society, so we are now a force to be reckoned with, yet will still retain our personalized service that we have provided since 1988.
This is a very positive move for Kevin Henry:  from the point of view of our customers, we have the support of a very strong, established group, and they have the comfort of knowing that Kevin Henry will grow under its existing name. We will be employing our own in-house mortgage consultant. Kevin and I are to remain as directors. It will also give a career path for our younger employees and, of course, security for our valued long-term employees.
Kevin and I are very excited about this new partnership, and the opportunities it offers for all of us.


Are House Prices Brexit Proof? Cross Your Fingers



The Guardian ran a thoughtful analysis in August about how economic data has been positive, but that we should be cautiously optimistic for 2017 - and that includes house prices.


English Housing Survey: Affordability Is the Biggest Issue for Young Buyers



According to the Gladman Group, on 21 July 2016, the government released the English Housing Survey. 

The survey shows that the average age of first time buyers has increased in the last 20 years, from 30 to 33 years old, an all-time high for those getting onto the property ladder. It also demonstrated that between 1994-1995 and 2014-2015, the proportion of first time buyers aged 16-24 years declined from 23% to 10%, while the proportion aged 35-44 years increased from 11% to 20%.

Further, the proportion of first time buyers that were single households halved to 14%, demonstrating that most first time buyers are having to buy with others in order to buy their first property. And, despite average incomes of first time buyers increasing, a higher proportion require assistance from friends and family for a deposit. According to the survey, the median household income per year of a first time buyer was £43,000 in 2014/15, compared to less than £20,000 in 1994/1995. But this has been out-stripped by the increase in the cost of getting onto the property ladder as a first time buyer. A link to the full report is here.


Six Ways to Get the Luxe Bathroom Look



In this cross post from Zoopla, interior designer Sarah Ward shares some inexpensive top tips on how to spruce up your bathroom. (Hint: Ditch the multi-coloured towels.)


Home Opens: Why They Work



At Kevin Henry we have been running home opens for a number of years and find that it’s an innovative way to allow people to leisurely look round properties that are new to the market.
Home opens normally take place on a Saturday or Sunday for around 1.5 hours.  They are normally by appointment only.
During the home open Kevin Henry take details of all viewers and ask for their comments on the property. We then share this information with the seller, and it allows us to build a very useful picture of how the property is positioned on the market, based on the opinion of motivated buyers. 
The success rate on home opens is high: we normally agree a sale on 50% of the home opens within a week of the viewing. The remaining 50% are usually sold some weeks later as a result of the feedback we receive and adjustments that are made.
If you are currently on the market and would like to consider a home open, please do contact Kevin Henry, or, if you are looking to come to the market in the near future, call us to find out more about this special marketing tool.

2 BR maisonette
Excellent first-time buyer house
Own garden, beautiful village


Saffron Walden
3 BR ex local authority
Large plot
Excellent opportunity to update and enlarge


3 BR semi detached thatched cottage
3 reception rooms
Wealth of period features


4 BR commercial property
Currently trading as shop/post office
Rear garden in excess of 250 ft


Saffron Walden
5 BR detached house
One-third of an acre of gardens
A few minutes’ walk to town centre

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