Ditch the compass - Navigating the property maze

Brambles Estate Agents, with twenty years’ experience in the local property market, point the right way through the new year property market maze.

There are areas of the British Isles, such as loftier parts of the Isle of Skye, where a compass doesn’t work. This anomaly is due to the local geology – a hard, abrasive, magnetic rock called gabbro. Not being able to trust one’s compass is always unnerving - and potentially dangerous.
At the moment the property market is like an untrustworthy compass. The needle should point accurately; instead it is going round and round, making the public uncertain about the correct way to go. Many people are faced with the rotating needle of conflicting information from the press and social media. Some commentators point to falling values, while others disagree. Headlines scream that higher mortgage rates will make it difficult for first time buyers, buy-to-let investors will be selling up en masse, or that in a few short months we will be in a pre-banking crisis, pre-Brexit and pre-pandemic property market Utopia.
It’s challenging for most to know which way to go. Should one hold off buying or selling in the hope of a better market? But buyers and sellers will be piling in by then, which could mean losing the advantage of bold action now.
The answer to all these questions is to ignore the confused media compass and find a more reliable pathfinder. Enter us, Brambles Estate Agents. You might be astonished to know how much a good and experienced estate agent understands about their local property market. After all, our activities are seen in the main to consist of social media posts, newspaper ads and For Sale and Sold boards. But we are like icebergs: ninety per cent of what’s going on is unseen.
Author, Malcolm Gladwell, suggested it takes 10,000 hours (or approximately ten years) of deliberate practice to become an expert in anything. Over ten years Brambles Estate Agents (and another ten, as we are celebrating our twenty-year anniversary this year) have marketed, agreed the sales and seen through to completion thousands of property deals through markets good and bad, economies booming and busting, in spring, summer, autumn and winter. We have also helped families move during the good and the not so good times in their lives. Over 10,000 hours, and many thousands more, Brambles Estate Agents have learnt what to do whatever the market, and they know what to do now.
So, if you want to know what direction is best for you in the prevailing property market, don’t trust a compass; ask us. Please call either our Warsash office on 01489 581452, or our Bursledon office on 02380 408200.

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