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October 2014 – Commercial Property to Residential proving attractive

More encouraging news for Stourbridge with the RICS Commercial Market Survey for Q3 2014 reporting that the recovery in the commercial property market is becoming more balanced, with momentum building to areas outside London and across the different sectors of the market. Tenant demand in the occupier market remains firm, with the industrial sector exhibiting […]

August 2014 – Two quarters of continual growth in the commercial property market

The second quarter of 2014 has revealed some more encouraging news with market commentators reporting improvement on most sectors. Investment in the UK commercial property sector totaled £11.9bn during the second quarter of 2014 – a 10% increase on the first quarter of the year and 45% higher than in the corresponding period last year. […]

July 2014 – Real deals no taking place of “empty” market commentary

As we pass the half year a number of respected surveys are now being issued showing further signs of improved activity in the commercial market following a clear improvement in the residential sales and development market. So although the football was an unmitigated disaster this has not cooled the sentiment in the market with a […]

June 2014 – Towns fortunes set to continue

Stourbridge town centre continues to recover and more development is planned, McDonald’s and KFC are looking to open drive-thru branches on a site off Mill Race Lane on the outskirts of Stourbridge town centre. The site was formerly home to the Hayes factory and the buildings were demolished in 2010. Proposals which have been approved […]

May 2014 – Major investments in Stourbridge signify a start to real recovery

As the days lengthen and the sun shines a number of very significant investments start in Stourbridge. Following the completion of the long awaited Crown Centre development last year at a cost of c £50million two new deals have now taken place bringing jobs and a further £16.5 million pounds to the town. Construction work […]

April 2014 – More sunny days ahead

The market again seems to be picking up and confidence rising. We are seeing an increase in the level of enquiries and viewings for commercial and retail property, price and rent still are an issue but if correctly marketed and at the right values sales and letting as re being concluded. There is still a […]

March 2014 – Spring market starts to blossom

Well the weather is getting warmer, the sun is out at the moment and the daffodils are out and again the sentiment in the commercial and residential property market continues to improve. We are seeing in both commercial property and house sales a number of buyers after single properties where we are now going to […]

February 2014 – Now is the time to be positive

As the New Year picks up and despite the appalling weather we are suffering the commercial property market at last shows signs of real movement. In the Bank of England’s February report, which we are a contributor, they report the UK recovery has gained momentum and inflation has returned to the 2% target. The UK […]

January 2014 – Increase in confidence sustained

For those of us who live and work in Stourbridge the much anticipated opening of the new Crown Centre is upon us with Tesco throwing open its doors at the end of this month. Swelling the employment figure with some 400 new jobs created is a very welcome boost to the town. This has also […]

November 2013 – Do you buy NOW or 2014?

We could certainly see some light at the end of the tunnel for ‘wannabe homeowners’ who’ve spent years in the financial wilderness. The UK housing market has been pretty volatile over the last few years and both buyers and sellers have struggled to make the best of it with prices soaring and negative equity looming […]

April 2012 – A new era in Wyre Forest

Walton & Hipkiss, established in 1929 is proud of its long family history, with many people remembering our offices in Coventry Street and Bridge Street, Kidderminster around the 1950’s. Walton and Hipkiss are still successfully selling and letting homes in and around the Wyre Forest and West Midlands regions. This is made easier by the […]

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