28 Jun

A very pleasant and prosperous place to live!

A very pleasant and prosperous place to live!

We are just about to draw a close to the first half of this very interesting and challenging year. Many predictions for the Hampshire market place fell short of expectation due to very slow start, however, the BBC have just produced a report outlining a much better performance in May and sentiment suggests that June will continue with some buoyancy and good buying signs. Last week the Daily Express even heralded a return to growth in values, but of course, upon closer inspection, we can see that it applies largely, if not entirely, to London and the South East of England.

Well Hampshire enjoys the privilege of being one of the wealthiest counties in the UK, its country house market generally bucks every trend and resilience generally across the south seems in imply that better times might be around the corner soon.It has, as we know, been a common forecast of the Bank of England, the exchequer and many other well renowned pundits that the second half of 2012 would see the start of slow growth, lower unemployment, falling inflation, stable record low interest rates and a marginal growth in property values, and for once they might be right.

Penyards are at the heart of the Country house market, whether in the Hampshire countryside and villages, the City of Winchester, over the cattle grid in to the New Forest National Park or across the water to the Isle of Wight, we have it covered. Our exposure in these markets continues to grow and expand with more offices and staff, more advertising, and increase in coverage through lifestyle magazines as well as newspaper print. With the aid of first class graduates from Winchester University we are also in a phase for the development of our social media sites, something to watch out for. But we will not rest on our laurels and more will follow in 2012 part two, so watch this space.

Incidentally apart from being the largest independent country agent in Hampshire we are also the largest estate agent in the New Forest National Park. But it is online where we boast unrivalled recognition, as we have been reliably informed that Penyards is the first country agent that appears on any google search for country house agents in Hampshire.

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