Vaccinations don’t affect country move decision

Craigweil Lane, Bognor Regis, PO21 £3,600,000 | 5 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms

2020 and 2021 undoubtedly saw a large increase in enquiries and moves from urban areas to more rural ones. There were two kinds of people: Those who moved lock stock and barrel and those who bought a place in the country and retained either their home in the city or ever downsized in the city. So far, following the success of the inoculation program, we have not seen a return to the city, with many movers now settled into their new areas and successfully working from their new home office. Locations near transport have been key and as long as there is an excellent road or rail network nearby, there has been little limit to how far from the city they are prepared to go, perhaps restricted by time instead.

For example, at the time of writing we have a couple buying a beautiful mews house within stunning rural converted stables and surrounding lakes and lawns, forming part of a larger manor house, whilst they retain their home in London. They love the idea of being close to their children and grandchildren, only a few miles away, yet they can be at their London home within 45 minutes. Our mailing list has increased exponentially with buyers looking for the perfect family house away from the city and at some point this will slow down, but right now, all the evidence is for this market to continue.

Broadham Green Road, Oxted, RH8 | £2,000,000 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Most of the properties that have been taken up by this migratory force have been the larger family homes. Families with younger children through to late teens. Great schools nearby have been important, although many of the children stayed at their school, as long as they are boarding or commutable. At below £500,000 the market has been pushed along by factors such as the stamp duty holiday but also the pent-up need to move over the last year caused by working from home, births, employment etc. In prices over £1,000,000 it tends to be houses with great gardens and a good home office that have the greatest appeal and as said before, close to transport, yet away from the busy roads.

Buyers remain interested in unmodernised properties that they can renovate to their own specification and design but also, especially properties that are presented fully completed.

Properties in the commuter belt remain hot targets for buyers with a shortage of good stock and buyers waiting to pounce. A great house will sell very well and within a short period of time. Buyers are there waiting. Buyers from the UK and from international hot spots such as Hong Kong are longing to find the perfect house and if it is priced at the market value and presented well though all the mediums available, this really is a great time to sell or let your house. With the new school year fast approaching, buyers have every reason to capture the market today. Not only will they potentially save £15,000 stamp duty, they will enjoy their new gardens throughout this probable staycation summer.

Jason Corbett, Director Country Sales and Lets

Work Experience | Two-Weeks at the London Office

Upon starting my work experience at UK Sotheby’s International Realty I was unsure of what to expect. I understood that two weeks was not a particularly long period and I was keen to gain as much exposure to the Real Estate market as possible, whilst learning as much as I could in this short space of time.

I was not disappointed. From the offset I was guided me through the various marketing strategies that Sotheby’s International Realty deploys, and I quickly learnt how to use social media to maximise engagement. I learnt how to choose and position photos and create new content. I was given the ability to work independently and created a whole month’s worth of Instagram content, a task I found challenging yet fulfilling. I am very excited to see how this is received by their followers.

I was also fortunate enough to visit a variety of real estate. Exposure to these

£12,000 per week. Tilney Street, Mayfair, London, W1K

top-end addresses was extremely exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed touring around these properties. I took the opportunity to note the care with which the brokers studied the various features of these houses and took the time to understand clienteles demands and concerns.

The friendly and open nature of all the staff at the London office put me at ease and created an environment whereby I could ask numerous questions and thus learn a vast amount in a short space of time.

Following this experience, I hope to begin a career in the luxury real estate sector, and am keen to harness everything I have learnt across the past two weeks.

Reuben Barnard
Work Experience