Tue 03 Jul 2018
The combination of the glorious heatwave and the World Cup have been, not really surprisingly, proving a more attractive proposition to property hunters than looking for their new home.
But while that can be frustrating for people trying to sell (and estate agents keen to show them around) it does mean that non-football fans and those who don’t want to lie and frazzle in the garden have a competitive advantage over their fellow buyers.
While houses with gardens (who wouldn’t want one when the mercury hits 30 degrees?) are remaining popular hunting grounds, apartments are seeing fewer viewings – although the moment the temperatures dip the apartment market is likely to pick up.
ehB office manager Clive Thompson explained: “It’s something all of us do. The moment the sun comes out in our rain spattered country we want to race into the garden, forgetting that for much of the year it is either not used or requires a good deal of maintenance.
“Of course, for city dwelling Europeans, living in a house is an alien culture. Everyone has an apartment and they share outdoor space with their neighbours. We’re so unused to an extended period of heat that we go a bit bonkers when the sun comes out.
“So now could actually be a good time to look for an apartment – and possibly bag a bargain before the sun worshippers wise up to the lack of competition. It may be an unusual way of looking at it. But we like to think out of the box here at ehB.”
"Dear Josephine and all at ehB. Just a quick note to thank you for all your help and support. It has been invaluable during a very stressful time, and I cannot begin to explain how your thoughts, advice and courage has got us through. We are thrilled to begin our lives in our new home."