Essex property round up
PUBLISHED: 13:51 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:39 20 February 2013
keep an eye on the movers in the housing market
Savills looks forward to a decade of opportunity
Mike Shaw, head of Savills eastern region, is predicting an upturn in fortunes for the local property market. Speaking at the turn of the year, Mike explained: We have had some notable successes during 2009. Savills has benefitted from its broad spread of business sectors as well as national and international contacts. We are now looking forward to 2010 and beyond. We are about to embark upon a new decade and I think it will be a decade of hope.
John Wootton, head of Savills in Bishops Stortford, echoed these sentiments: Our New Homes team have retained their position as local market leaders in this competitive and tough market, and have enjoyed a successful year. Furthermore we have continued to win some fantastic instructions in the more traditional residential sector, with a very busy second half of the year. We are looking forward to 2010 with confidence and enthusiasm.
Eager househunters register interest
Demand for new homes in Dagenham has surprised even Persimmon Homes Essex, which launched its first Dagenham development, Evolution, recently. Interest in the new build properties has exceeded the housebuilders expectations as househunters go in search for bargains.
Neil Sykes, sales director for Persimmon Homes Essex, commented: Without even opening our marketing suite we received a great deal of interest through our hotline and the Persimmon Homes website
with more than 70 enquiries from a range of purchasing groups, especially first time buyers.
In addition to the one and two-bedroom apartments, Persimmon will also be releasing three and four-bedroom houses to suit a diverse range of purchasers.
Mullucks Wells on the move
After ten years at Gibson House on Market Hill in Saffron Walden, local estate agent Mullucks Wells is moving. The company is relocating to number 24 Church Street a property on the corner of Museum Street dating back to the 15th century, which was until recently occupied by Weavers china and glassware shop.
Residential director, David Emberson, said: Weve had our eye on this landmark building for years. It will mean that Mullucks Wells moves into one of the most famous and historic streets in Saffron Walden, opposite The Old Sun Inn. Plus theres the added advantage that we will now be fully visible from the main Market Square and by passing traffic, both on foot and by car.
The move will involve a total of 11 members of staff from the residential, commercial and lettings departments making the switch to the new office.
Essex estate agents support airport expansion
Two South Essex estate agents have united to voice their support for the proposed expansion of Southend Airport. Donna Roche from Hunt Roche and Steve Ayers from Ayers & Cruiks both agree that the airports proposals will increase the attractive-ness and prosperity of the South Essex area for businesses, which they believe is likely to lead to a boost in house and commercial property prices.
Donna commented: We are already seeing an increase in the number of people buying properties to let in the area around Southend Airport, as they have shrewdly seen an excellent investment opportunity. I know there has been some speculation that the value of peoples homes will fall if this expansion happens, but in my opinion it is exactly the opposite which will occur house prices will rise.