I was delighted to learn that the number of first-time homebuyers in 2016 was the highest since 2007.

Research in the Halifax First-Time Buyer Review has revealed that there were 335,750 first-time buyers in 2016 compared with 2007’s high of 359,900.


I think there are some real signs of optimism for first time buyers.

The government will soon unveil its Housing White Paper and experts are predicting it will be extremely positive in tone.


I sell houses. That is my job and I do it very well. My colleagues and I know our area well and are confident that we can value a property accurately enough to be able to sell it. We know the market.

That being the case, I am often surprised at the stipulations other agents insist on. Some, for instance, require a seller to sign over sole selling rights for up to sixteen weeks. Sixteen weeks! What does that say about the agent’s confidence in their ability to sell a property?


I know this is one of those times of year when people consider making changes in their lives and none come much bigger than moving home.

I am pleased to say that we have introduced a tool that can help you make that decision a little more easily.


Think you know Gloucester? I bet there is at least one thing here that you did not know:

1. Roman Retirement Home. Gloucester was founded as a market town by the Romans but by 97AD it was an established colonia. This was an area where retired soldiers could settle and farm. Gloucester’s Roman name was Colonia Nervia Glevensium or Glevum for short.