OLIVER MILES tells a heart-warming Christmas story. Scrooge had been trying to sell his house all year - but to no effect. He was fed up with cold winters and longed to move to Spain where he had found a villa at a knockdown price being sold by a motivated seller. Now it was...


• Price balance remains firmly positive • Buyer demand growth moderates but new instructions continue to fall • Impact of stamp duty change particularly notable in London The November RICS Residential Market Survey shows prices continuing to rise at a firm pace...


OLIVER MILES suggests some ways to ensure how buyers can get just what they want when buying a home. There are homebuyers who demand the best of everything in anything they purchase. They want the latest granite-surfaced kitchen with steam oven, the Philippe Starck bathroom...


OLIVER MILES looks at the Chancellor’s Autumn Spending Review and assesses the effects this may have on the property market. Are things finally going to change for the better in the world of UK housing? Chancellor George Osborne certainly says that they are. In his autumn...


OLIVER MILES reflects on the changing mood of home buyers and why now, more than ever, finding a property that fits well is important – at all stages of life. We hear so much about up-sizing and down-sizing in the property market. But, now especially, the correct thing to...


• Agreed sales rise at the fastest rate since May 2014 • Prices increase further across all parts of the UK • New buyer demand continues to outweigh fresh instructions to sell The September 2015 RICS Residential Market Survey results indicate sales growth gathered...


OLIVER MILES takes a look at what it takes to sell property today and learns a lesson from history. In 1415 the English archers were a formidable force at the battle of Agincourt - the 600th anniversary of which we commemorate on 25th October, St Crispin’s Day. It is said...


Oliver Miles of Oliver Miles Estate Agents suggests it’s not just our children who might be learning some timely lessons this autumn. Mortgage lending at its highest in seven years’, ‘House prices jump 4.3% in the three months to July - the highest quarterly...


OLIVER MILES gives some timely advice about getting ready for the autumn property market. August is traditionally a quiet time in the property market. With so many families on holiday buying and selling homes takes a back step. But for some this is a very important time. This is...


Demand sees further moderate rise while price momentum accelerates • Buyer enquiries increase moderately and across the majority of areas • Price momentum continues to rise and expectations strengthen • New instructions remain in short supply, with respondents...


OLIVER MILES explains why having good support when selling or buying a home is so important. It was two hundred years ago when Napoleon met his Waterloo – at Waterloo. Meeting one’s own Waterloo comes to all of us from time to time. I can think of many occasions in...


GENERAL RESIDENTIAL MARKET REPORT MAY 2015 Prices gain further momentum as supply tightens once more and demand picks up speed • Buyer demand increases at fastest pace since April 2014 • New instructions continue to fall with average stocks per surveyor hitting a...


TWENTY WORDS OLIVER MILES considers the property market in the aftermath of the 2015 general election and the new government’s approach to housing – or not! The Queen has never had to be too concerned about her own housing. Of course Buckingham Palace was bombed...


April 2015: Residential Markey Survey Lack of stock pushes prices up in all areas • Pick up in price momentum as supply conditions tighten further • London price balance turns positive as demand edges up slightly • Activity levels remain broadly flat as choice...


Safe as Houses OLIVER MILES gauges the effect that the Election result will have on the residential property market. For several weeks leading up to the 2015 general election houses didn’t seem as safe as they might be. Across the country, house buying and selling activity...


Oliver Miles gauges the impact housing polices have had on public opinion in the lead up to the general election. Four weeks before the 2015 general election the voters had already made their thoughts known. Or at least those who had anything to do with buying property had. The...


OLIVER MILES advises that the property market can sometimes seem a bit like the weather. Some days it is fine and sometimes it is rainy. But some days it really does not know what it is doing. The market is a bit like that at the moment. Just when it looks as if there is no...


Bottoms Up looks at the key property related feature in this year’s budget. OLIVER MILES looks at the key property related feature in this year’s budget. The property market is like a building. It is built from the bottom up. Good foundations underpin the market...


Steadier demand and tight supply push price expectations higher         Supply conditions tighten again in most areas         Demand stabilises following recent falls in buyer enquiries        Twelve month price and...


OLIVER MILES takes a very personal view on moving home in this time of political and economic uncertainty. Which way will you vote? Will you vote to move home before or after the election? All decisions have consequences. And all big decisions have big consequences...


      • Sales edge up for the second consecutive month • Rental market remains firm with supply conditions tight • Balanced national picture hides regional disparities The RICS Residential Market Survey for January shows a relatively stable...


OLIVER MILES hit the ground running in 2015 and look forward to an active property market throughout the year ahead – only punctuated by one rather important event in May. In housing market terms 2015 could be a contradictory year. In some ways the market is looking...