Don’t Panic, Mr Mainwaring
James Fearn of Keats Fearn suggests how to tackle the property market as we approach the end of lockdown and the start of summer.
Has the world gone completely mad? Indeed just lately the world of property seems as though it might have done. If the press isn’t yelling about renovations at No 10, it’s screaming about panic buying and soaring prices. How much should we believe?
With No 10, one’s view depends on which side of the fence one is sitting. And it’s the same with property. There’s the buyer’s side of the fence and the seller’s side.
Sellers are having a good time of it at the moment. In Farnham very little property is coming onto the market, which is strengthening demand and driving up prices in the town and surrounding villages.
For buyers it is another picture. Competing for every property with many other keen and proceedable buyers is not a calm or comfortable position to be in. Urgency often causes hasty decisions, a little too much compromise and disappointment.
But the property market is fickle. The pandemic, Brexit, low interest rates, looser lending criteria and the stamp duty holiday have primarily created this surge in demand. What will happen when these things, like the No 10 renovation, are only memories?
It is impossible to say for sure. But what we do know is that the Farnham property market is cyclical. What goes up usually to some extent comes down.
The first thing one should do is to remember the immortal words of Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army, “Don’t panic, Mr Mainwaring, don’t panic”. How do you decide whether to act now or wait? Well, you can leave it all to chance, or you can get some proper advice. The thing is that estate agents don’t just sell property; the best ones advise buyers and sellers wisely. When you think about it they know more about the emotional, practical and financial side of moving than anyone else, because they have seen it and done it hundreds of times for thousands of people and innumerable reasons.
So if you are wondering what and when your next step should be in the property stakes, don’t panic; talk it over with us at Keats Fearn.