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From 1st April, all new rental leases and renewals of tenancies will be required to have an energy performance rating of at least E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). For existing tenancies, the regulations come into force on 1st April 2020.

We wondered how much tenants are prepared to pay for energy efficiency. Properties across England and Wales let in 2017 with an energy performance rating of E achieved 3.1% more per square foot than properties let with an F or G rating. On an 800 square foot property, this equates to an average of £360 per year.

The majority of landlords are well prepared, but we calculate that around 7% of properties let in 2017 still need to be brought up to the standard required. Best prepared are London landlords where just 4.9% of properties let last year were lower than an E rating, while in the South West more than 10% of properties did not meet the standard.

At the top of the scale, properties with an A or B rating achieved, on average, 31% more per square foot than F and G rated properties in 2017. On an 800 square foot property, this equates to an average premium of £3,600 per year.

January 2018

December 2017



We would like to take this opportunity to thank you

for your continued support which has made 2017

such a successful year

and we look forward to working with you

in 2018 and beyond. 




This year we have been supporting Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children UK. Every one has been getting into the swing of things with some festive cheer at both our offices in Falmouth and Penryn, raising a total of £64.70. Not bad for a small team - Well done everyone!

September 2017

After months of hard work, our new website finally went live over the weekend and is looking fantastic! Why not have a good look around and see what amazing new features and information are included.

Natalie took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life Pretty Muddy on Sunday 3rd September. It was "pretty muddy" due to the Cornish Autumn weather, but a brilliant time was had by all and Natalie raised a fantastic total of £183.00 for Cancer Research!

August 2017


Our new banner has arrived today ready for tonight, and it looks great!! We are proudly sponsoring the Pink Wig event which is part of Falmouth Week and raises funds for vital research projects, the best care for breast cancer patients in Cornwall and a safer future for the next generation.​

Brexit: The Aftermath

News & Legislation The Guild of Professional Estate Agents 11th July 2016

Two weeks on, and the world (or at least the UK) seems to be getting to grips with the implications of our historic vote. The trains and buses are running as usual, cash dispensers are still working, and some of the frankly wild speculation is dying down (remember the talk of ‘emergency budgets’?). Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild, explores the uncharted territory and some of the more intelligent predictions that are emerging.


The Bank of England have taken early action to boost liquidity, ensuring that the banks can continue to lend. It is also quite likely that interest rates will fall to historically low levels over the next few weeks as they seek to retain consumer confidence and spending levels. This may not necessarily be passed on to mortgages in the short term, but it does suggest a continued period of very competitive lending for the next 12 months.

George Osborne has also relinquished his target of balancing the budget by 2020, and this is another clear indication that the Government will continue to ‘pump prime’ the economy to help stave off any recessionary influences.


As sterling falls, exports become cheaper, providing a valuable fillip to manufacturing, maybe boosting employment. However, the costs of imports will rise so there should be a gentle upward trend in inflation, meaning the Bank of England will need to maintain a careful watch. This, in turn, may put some upward pressure on interest rates from 2017 onwards (as this is the Bank’s main lever to influence its key objective – control of inflation).

Unusually, we are experiencing both inflationary and deflationary pressures simultaneously in the UK economy, and these should balance out to provide a steady state economy for the next 18 months.


I believe that we will see very different performances for residential and commercial property.

Commercial may suffer quite significantly, as businesses look to reduce risk and costs, and delay major new ventures. This is already being highlighted by several investment houses suspending their property funds, which are mainly vehicles for pooling commercial investments. Lease costs may well fall as owners, such as pension funds, try to prevent voids or empty buildings. Owners may also have to sell property below book value to meet other commitments, which might put pressure on commercial property prices across the UK. This is unlikely to adversely affect the major banks, as they have deliberately reduced their exposure to this sector over recent years.

In the case of residential property, we can expect further price rises as demand continues to outstrip supply, although maybe moderated downwards to between 2% and 5% p.a.  If the larger developers delay some big projects (as they wait to assess future yields and construction costs rise with shortages in labour and increases in material prices), this will further restrict the number of homes and again tend to nudge prices up.

So Brexit may make the average house cheaper than otherwise might have been the case, but could also deplete the number of houses being built.

We might also expect investors to seek safe havens for their assets; the price of gold has already seen more than 25% increase, and normally residential property is also seen as a relatively secure option – another factor that might mitigate any deflationary tendencies.

London will probably fare even better, given foreign investment is attracted by sterling depreciation, the reputation of the capital, and continued attractive yields on rental properties. Already estate agents are reporting a trebling of new instructions and 10% higher sales agreed since the referendum result, as confidence starts to return.

Mortgage rates have also fallen further, with 2 year deals available at under 1%, and remarkably 5 and 10 year fixed rates at under 2.5%. If mortgagees wanted to reduce their risk, then this is an ideal time to do secure some remarkable deals!
Currently, vendors are still delaying coming to market (there are apparently many more buyers than sellers, which is not logical), but there are signs that they are becoming more realistic over offers received; higher levels of transactions would be good news as this reduced the strain on longer chains and should reduce the number of fall-throughs.

For rentals, ‘buy to let’ has already started to pick up after the Stamp Duty changes in March, and the weakening pound may attract more foreign investment. If house prices were to fall, this would increase yields and encourage more investors to the sector; but returns are expected to remain above 4% and with uncertainty in the eyes of some potential buyers, this may encourage people to continue to rent rather than buy in the short term which would sustain or even slightly increase rents. 

Consumers, businesses and investors all dislike uncertainty, and therefore it may take some time for confidence to return. However, the outlook for the UK residential property market is generally benign, given the increasing demand for housing and the remarkably low costs of borrowing.

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