If we were to boldly announce some statistics, would you believe us?
Would credence and credibility be added if we were to tell you these figures came from Land Registry?
Well read on ...
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is making media noise again as a couple in Cornwall are now suing the previous owners as they claim this invasive plant has knocked 10% or £50,000 in value off their property.
That is a nightmare in anyone's books.
Like many plants, Japanese knotweed was introduced to Britain in Victorian times when it was brought to Europe from the sides of volcanoes by a German botanist. In 1847 it won the plant equivalent of the Oscars, but today it is regarded as an absolute menace to home and landowners.
This may not come as a surprise to you at all, as it's something that has been developing for years - tenants now outnumber home owners across the UK.
At Pure North Norfolk, Fakenham, we've seen this trend emerge over the past decade and we are certain that the fairly even split will, in the future, weigh even more to the side of tenants.
House prices are high across the UK and especially in our part of East Anglia.
Coupled with stricter mortgage lending criteria, a paucity of property and a lack of mobility from the first time buyer section, renting is only likely to rise as a percentage.
Julia Gooch, our Director, has her own thoughts on this development.
Read more below.
"The summer sun is fading as the year grows old,
And darker days are drawing near,
The winter winds will be much colder,
Now you're not here."
We know with temperatures still in the high teens, that winter is hardly close but there is a sense of summer ending and the cooler nights of autumn drawing in.
The team at Pure North Norfolk love this time of year as the golden russet leaves fall from deciduous trees and your garden goes into a sort of slumber.
If you're of a certain age, we're certain you'll recognise the reference in the title to The Proclaimers, who measured love over 500 miles.
Here, in north Norfolk, however, we don't have such an expanse but we do have 45 miles.
45 miles of some of the best beaches in England, if not globally.
Come now for a metaphorical walk with the Pure North Norfolk along our lustrous coastline.