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Resident Property Experts Defends Period Properties

Robert Reed, Head of Wright Marshall’s Tarporley office, has made another appearance on BBC Breakfast News after being invited to discuss the recent figures disclosed from the House Builders Federation (HBF) on the price of restoring older period properties in comparison to new build homes.

As one of the region’s leading estate agents, Robert analysed the HBF’s figures advising that older properties could cost up to £50,000 in restoration to bring up to the quality of buying new – a statement which Robert advised was clumsy and could be misleading.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Robert Reed comments that buying a new home is a case of listening to the heart as well as the head: “Some people love older houses because of the way they look and feel and the original materials.”

When questioned about the figures presented by the HBF, Robert explained; “In my honest view, it was a bit generalised. It implied all new builds are generally perfect and all old houses need over £50,000 spending on them. There will be some older houses who need that amount spent on them, but I think it is wrong to generalise as you might get a period house that’s been renovated extremely well.”

With more than 13 years of experience, Robert is increasingly called upon by media organisations such as the BBC to offer expert advice and insight into all matters relating to property from residential sales, valuations, auctions and tenders through to planning and development as well as land and agricultural sales.

To watch the full interview with Robert, please visit the Wright Marshall Tarporley website.

Spotlight on: Knutsford

Although the beautiful town of Knutsford is located only 14 miles south-west of Manchester and a mere five miles away from Manchester Airport – making commuting and jetsetting all the easier – it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. It was home to Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, inspiring her various celebrated works such as North and South, Cranford and Mary Barton. It’s easy to see why: with its cobbled streets, quaint shops and picturesque parks, Knutsford is a town that combines the best of a village, with the most sought-after qualities a city has to offer.

Things To Do

For the young and old alike, there is plenty to do in Knutsford. The local cinema and theatre shows current and old classics; local sports societies come in all shapes and sizes, from rugby and squash to rambling and tea dances; and Princess Street and King’s Street, two attractive high streets, have plenty of independent and chain shops to provide retail therapy. Jaeger, Rohan and Fat Face are just some of the brand names you can find along the high street. When combined with the art galleries, coffee shops and antiques, you won’t even need to leave the town for an exciting, activity-filled day!

Where To Eat

Knutsford is a haven for the foodies among us: local restaurants offer dishes from every corner of the world, whether your taste is for Italian, Indian, Chinese, or the traditional gastropub food. For a night on the (small) town, you can enjoy a raspberry mojito at The Botanist, or a (large) glass of red at Corks Out, the wine bar that’s a huge hit with the locals. You don’t need to venture to the big cities to have a wonderful night out – Knutsford is also a stone’s throw away from Mobberley, where you can find charming country pubs The Bull’s Head, The Roebuck and The Church Inn, each complete with beautiful pub gardens for those warm summer evenings.

 

Knutsford’s winning and unique combination of the old and new mean it is a sought-after destination for homeowners of all walks of life. The small town life is perfect for those who wish to retire in a peaceful community, yet fun-filled enough for families and the younger generation, particularly with Manchester only a stone’s throw away. With its rich history and centuries-old traditions, yet its ability to keep well within the twenty-first century, Knutsford is a town that offers the best of both worlds.

Robert Reed Discusses Rising Property Prices With BBC

Robert Reed, Head of Wright Marshall’s Tarporley office, has made another appearance on BBC Breakfast News after being invited to discuss the record high asking houses that the property market is seeing.

 

As one of the region’s leading estate agents, Robert analysed Rightmove’s findings that although the market’s growth has slowed down, up only 2.2% since last year, house prices are at a record high. Robert advised that asking prices were only a small part of the story, and that the more important factor is the sold prices.

 

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Robert Reed, comments; “For me, the real key point is not asking prices but actual achieved prices which tell us more about the state of the market. What this survey tells us is that even though prices may not be running away in the way that they were, the number of deals is at a satisfactory level.”

 

When questioned about the effects of Brexit and the General Election might have on the property market, Robert explained; “The absolute fundamentals of any market is the demand and the availability to finance. We have these two critical points right now – levels of demand are good, particularly with first time buyers, and availability to mortgage is reasonably good – so we would anticipate that this would help us through these other major political events which might influence the market.”

 

With more than 13 years of experience, Robert is increasingly called upon by media organisations such as the BBC to offer expert advice and insight into all matters relating to property from residential sales, valuations, auctions and tenders through to planning and development as well as land and agricultural sales.