Surrey estate agent's property view: Natasha Howard at APW, Cobham

Branch manager at APW in Cobham, Natasha Howard shares her tips on the Surrey lettings market

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2011

Branch manager at APW in Cobham, Natasha Howard  shares her tips on the Surrey lettings market

Are there any key trends you expect to see in 2011?  A general lack of stock across all price ranges will no doubt be the resounding theme for 2011. This has already been demonstrated during the first half of the year and, although this is perhaps not great for tenants, it is certainly the tonic that most landlords have been patiently waiting for, as the lack of good quality stock helps edge rental prices in an upward direction.  Tell us what excites you most about the area you work in? What can I say? It’s the perfect corner of Surrey. In the latest Quality of Life survey, Cobham was chosen, once again, as the best place to live in the country and with so many celebrities moving here to enjoy our villages, Elmbridge has become more known as the Beverly Hills of Britain! Are there bargains still to be found in Surrey? There is usually a deal to be done somewhere; however, discounted properties are not so common these days given the lack of stock and strength of the summer market, which has, as usual, not let us down. The lower end of the market remains buoyant with ‘The Lettings Generation’ taking flats and cottages no sooner than they have become available. At the mid and higher levels, we find the ex-pat activity booming with lots of companies choosing to back the tenant and pay a housing allowance rather than taking a company let. Most landlords will still look at reasonable offers on their properties taking into account the merits of the individual offer and it’s our job to negotiate a deal that suits both parties. What is your favourite property related anecdote? A letting agent could tell a million tales but discretion is the name of the game so I will be keeping my anecdotes to myself I’m afraid!

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