PUBLISHED: 10:54 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:36 20 February 2013
Simon Childs, a Property Search Consultant, surveys the housing-market prospects in Dorset
So, Christmas is coming and will there be a sign of good cheer within the property market? If you read the national press the answer would be 'no', but take a closer look at how the market is moving in Dorset and it might be a different story.
West Dorset offers great opportunities. You need to be discerning in your choice - invest in the right property in the right places and you will not go far wrong. It is a great place to live. It is picturesque and safe, has good schooling and healthcare, and is only three hours from London. For those either brought up or who have holidayed here, the natural beauty of the countryside acts like a magnet with an indefinable pull.
But this is not a PR exercise for Dorset. Potential buyers should and must remember the old adage - location, location, location. It is as important now as it has ever been, and maybe even more so. One of the best ways of making sure you make the right choice is to appoint a property search company to do the spade work for you. For a modest registration fee they will take your brief and trawl the market. The advantage of working with this type of company is that unlike estate agents, they are working for you, the buyer.
And this is where we come in. We at RSJ know the market well, both in terms of the property availability and realistic prices. We also have our ear to the ground and get to hear of properties before they come on the market. Our knowledge is always current and in this confusing market we offer sound advice on what to buy and help strike the best deals.
We believe 2009 will offer realistic buying opportunities. Take Bridport and the surrounding villages. All have much to offer and have been more resilient to the property downturn than many other areas, possibly due in part to the lack of new builds, which has been a vulnerable sector of the market. Even now there is a scarcity of good period properties on the market, and the demand for these is high as they provide excellent family homes.
Many of our clients want to update and personalise the homes they buy and we can help through our project management service. For some we assist with planning permission and appointing quality tradesmen. All in all, we are rather like a one-stop shop, but our advice is impartial and honest, and we always discuss the downside of the argument as well as the benefits.
Good examples are these two assignments we handled. In Stoke Abbott, we acquired a village home for a family currently living abroad, a holiday regular in Dorset. The owner had lived there for 30 years and wished to downsize. We heard about Puckhams (pictured above) as it came on the market and managed to negotiate the purchase for our client. Now updated to a very high standard with the help of RSJ, it now features on the lettings for Rural Retreats. In another case we helped a client, renting because he could not find a suitable house to buy, locate and purchase a family home in Loders (pictured top) where he can raise his family in comfort and safety.
So, back to Christmas. Will it be a cup of good cheer? Put simply, follow the rule of investing in good-quality property, prospects for 2009 are looking good.
To contact Simon Childs at RSJ Property Search:
(01308 867877) (mob (07803 727266) or