What's on in Seaford this July

For more details of these events go to www.seafordtown.co.uk/Whatson 

Seaford Art Club Annual Exhibition 2014
Date: Saturday 28 June 2014 - Thursday 03 July 2014 
Time: 10:30am 
Where: Art@theCrypt, 23 Church Street, BN25 1HE 

Drawing for Beginners
Date: Monday 30 June 2014 - Monday 14 July 2014 
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: Clinton Centre, Clinton Place 

Love Heart Community Cafe
Date: Thursday 03 July 2014 
Time: 10:30am - 12:15pm
Where: Clinton Centre, Clinton Place 

Seaford Community Cinema present: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN
Date: Friday 04 July 2014 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 

The Seaford Community Garden - in the Crouch
Date: Saturday 05 July 2014 
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Crouch Gardens, East Street 

Lifeboat and Helicopter display
Date: Sunday 06 July 2014 
Time: 10:30am 
Where: Seaford Beach 

The Seaford Community Garden - in the Crouch
Date: Wednesday 09 July 2014 
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Crouch Gardens, East Street 

RNLI Open Garden Evening Event
Date: Friday 11 July 2014 
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Driftwood Garden, 4 Marine Drive, Bishopstone, BN25 2RS 
Town: Seaford 

The Seaford Community Garden - in the Crouch
Date: Saturday 12 July 2014 
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Crouch Gardens, East Street 

Seaford Cricket Club v. Iden CC 1st XI (League Match)
Date: Saturday 12 July 2014 
Time: 1:30pm 
Where: Salts Cricket Pavilion, Richmond Road, BN25 1DR 

The Merry Wives of Windsor
Date: (Starts) Saturday 12 July 2014 - Sunday 13 July 2014 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: The Crouch Gardens 

Seaford Rotary Club. Boot, Craft & Produce Fair
Date: Sunday 13 July 2014 
Time: 9:00am 
Where: Martello Field 

Seaford Town Planning and Highways Committee meeting
Date: Thursday 17 July 2014 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: Seaford Town Hall 37 Church Street 

Seaford Town Planning and Highways Committee meeting
Date: Thursday 17 July 2014 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: Seaford Town Hall 37 Church Street 

Friends of Tide Mills Beach clean session
Date: Sunday 20 July 2014 
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 Noon
Where: Tide Mills 

Sam Jones 'One Night Only'
Date: Sunday 20 July 2014 
Time: 5:30pm 
Where: Barn Theatre Saxon Lane 

Seaford Town Council Community Services Committee meeting
Date: Thursday 24 July 2014 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: Seaford Town Hall 37 Church Street 

Make a change4life
Date: Thursday 24 July 2014 
Time: 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Where: Downs Leisure Centre Sutton Road 

Seaford Little Theatre presents Portrait of Murder
Date: (Starts) Friday 25 July 2014 - Saturday 02 August 2014 
Time: 7:45pm 
Where: Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Road 

What's on Newhaven and Peacehaven this July

In Newhaven... 

RNLI Newhaven Lifeboat Summer Fete
Date: Saturday 05 July 2014 
Time: 12:00 Noon 
Where: Huggets Green, West Quay
Town: Newhaven

Swing and Jazz Evening
Date: Saturday 12 July 2014 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: The Engineer Public House, Railway Road 
Town: Newhaven

Newhaven Gardening Society Monthly meeting
Date: Thursday 17 July 2014 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Age Concern Day club, West Quay
Town: Newhaven

For details of these events go to www.newhaventown.co.uk/Whatson


And in Peacehaven...

Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A Monthly Meeting
Date: Thursday 03 July 2014 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Main Hall, Community House, Meridian Centre 

Quiz Night
Date: Friday 04 July 2014 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Main Hall, Community House, Meridian Centre 
Town: Peacehaven 

Summer Fayre
Date: Sunday 20 July 2014 
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: The Joff Field, Roderick Avenue 

Peacehaven Cinema presents 'Monuments Men'
Date: Wednesday 23 July 2014 
Time: 7:00pm 

Make a Change4life
Date: Friday 25 July 2014 
Time: 12:00 Noon - 2:00pm
Where: Peacehaven Leisure Centre 

Christianity Explored
Date: Tuesday 29 July 2014 
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Peacehaven Evangelical Free Church

For details of these events go to www.peacehaventown.co.uk/Whatson

Property market report - June 2014

If you haven’t experienced a property boom previously – this is what it’s like! More than ever it is of course considerably influenced by the London effect. Indeed, London prices, on average, rose by a whopping 17% in the past year according to HM Land registry, with an average price of £435,034. This fact that the number of £1m+ sales has risen by 65% over the past year also contributes! 

Nationally, the picture is more subdued, nevertheless having risen by a healthy 6.7% with an average sale price of £172,069. 

HMLR also reports that prices overall were up 1.5% last month, yet the previous month they reported a fall of 0.4%. This is most likely to be a lag effect as what is actually selling today is the most important consideration for buyers and sellers alike.  

Whilst sales remain strong, there is considerable pressure both from the EU and the IMF to rein in house prices. IMF MD, Christine Lagarde has warned that “households are gradually becoming more vulnerable to income and interest rate shocks.” As interest rates remain at their historic low, based on a BOE Base Rate of just 0.5% where it has remained for over five years, there is only on way it can, eventually, go – up! Indeed, a recent report by Experian suggests that mortgage payments for first time buyers could actually rise to 60% more than they can afford, should mortgage rates default to an expected 5.5% at the end of a typical two-year fixed deal. 

The IMF also says the government should put a limit on the proportion of high loan-to-income mortgages which lenders could issue and that the Help to Buy scheme, which offers mortgage guarantees and loans for those struggling to find a deposit, may need to be closed ahead of schedule. 

So where do we, as estate agents, stand? Whilst we do not have any influence over the wider market, our job is to understand it, then predict and harness every opportunity for the benefit of our clients. We are seeing some great results – even ahead of reported market conditions! So if you’re thinking of selling why not contact Phillip Mann Estate Agents today for some straight-talking confidential advice? You might be pleasantly surprised! 

 

Some nice words...

 

"Hi Phillip

I promised to write this short note of appreciation. I’m hard to please so Sam had better count himself lucky it’s even a short one. It’s also rare for me to praise anything online at all. I don’t waste time on twitter or facebook and the like, so please realise that this is an important and rare thank you. This young man needs special praise. 

Having taken our cash offer an empty property, this must have seemed a very simple sale indeed. Far from it.

The estate management company handling the sale were impossible. They took for ever to respond to any query and eventually even refused to answer the standard seller’s questionnaire, at which point our lawyer advised us to drop out of the purchase. All along Sam was a calming influence, and so against the advice of a senior partner at the solicitors, we pressed on. Finally we reached an agreed completion date. 

Surprise, surprise, the date arrived nothing happened as were told that one member of the inheriting family had not given permission to sell. No keys were released and the same thing happened the next day. Sam had taken a day off work at this point and was upset upon his return to see no further action had taken place.

Whilst everyone’s lawyers on £250 per hour were happy to see nothing happen for days on end, while they all waited for each other to provide the prompt for a next move, Sam got on the social network sites in his own time to trace the selling family through his personal knowledge of their younger relatives. It turned out that the person holding things up was unaware of the problem she was causing, simply because she had asked to be called on a different number, and no one had done so. She was sorry for the inconvenience and the sale went ahead the next day (Friday).

If this had been unresolved the following week, at great annoyance after such a long wait, I would have cut my losses and pulled out. It is only because of the highly impressive diligence of Sam that we left as happy customers. I’m sure the same can be said for the vendors too. Without his efforts above and beyond the call of duty this sale would never have happened. It may have only been a small one at little profit to yourselves, but that makes Sam’s efforts all the more remarkable in my eyes. 

Thank you

Mr & Mrs L

P.S. My son has bought and sold with you in recent times through your Peacehaven office, as well as ourselves and I have to say that all the staff we have met have been lovely genuine people and it’s no wonder to me that all the boards I see between Peacehaven and Seaford are blue or orange. In my opinion you are head and shoulders ahead of all your competition."

 

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