You may have seen the news last week that stated quite categorically that it is now cheaper to buy a property than rent as mortgage interest rates remain at historic lows.
We've no doubt at Pure North Norfolk that buying property is a more cost effective investment than renting but in a property micro-climate that is so special like ours, in north Norfolk, does it hold true?
Read on ...
Early June is a bit of a hiatus period in north Norfolk gardens, when the spring bulbs have faded: snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils have withered, and tulips have passed their blooming best, with only irises and lilies perhaps left to put on a show. It's the same with many shrubs: lilacs are fading, clematis montana are fading those magnificent magnolias are spent and that herald of spring: the lurid Forsythia has faded into an evergreen mass.
The garden though is now receiving maximum light and will be until the end of June and it's a good time to plan ahead, whether you're planning to sell, let or stay put.
Big skies, warm sunshine, memories of the Beast from the East fading as we hope spring and summer have finally landed in north Norfolk. It's a joyous time of year and one for the Pure North Norfolk team that has even more happiness in that this year, winter has seemed interminable.
Daffodils are just fading or many are still in bloom when usually many have been and gone by March.
Spring is a time when many people choose to move and we are seeing increased activity in our Fakenham estate agency office.
You could say that we all have dreamy, rose-tinted visions of what our ideal home and location would look like. This probably won't be fixed either - your dream home at 17 may not be the same one at 47 or 87 or it may well be?
You may yearn for city centre living when you're in your 20s and 30s and who could resist the charms of say Norwich?
Later, suburbia may hold more appeal or a small market town like Fakenham may attract you.
What about rural living? With you squinting into the middle distance to see neighbours?
Or coastal on our beautiful north Norfolk coastline?
You know and we know that certain factors affect a property's value: number of bedrooms, proximity to road networks, public transport links and location, but schools close by that are good or outstanding can also impact on values.
Ofsted broadly categorises educational providers into four categories: Outstanding (Grade 1), Good (Grade 2), Requires Improvement (Grade 3) and Inadequate (Grade 4).
Whether you agree or disagree with a judgment on a school's performance is by the by, but in this post, we look at schools in and around Fakenham and see if there's a correlation between a school's grading and the neighbouring property prices.