2017 brings a change in mood towards our homes. Reacting against the illogical fast changing state of the nation people are looking to build a safe haven to cocoon themselves away form the uncertainty but with a bold brave individualism:- Taking the old and making it new: looking to the past but making it the future....


Jason Stubbs of Phillips and Stubbs gazes into the property market crystal ball for 2017.

The national press is fond of repeating what some estate agency firms have to say about the luxury market – especially in central London. This seems to suggest that it is an important part of the property market. Well it isn’t. It is the other end of the market which is important. The lower end drives everything. So if we want to understand about the health of the property market as we move into 2017 we need to look at how first time buyers might fare not at the relatively small market of houses for the super-rich.

However, predicting anything at the moment seems pretty futile, whether it is the economy, politics, the global order, Europe, the USA or property. Yet one thing we do know: first time buyers now have a better chance of getting on the property ladder than for many years. Interest rates remain low, mortgage lenders are keen to lend and investors with cash have been rather quiet - thanks to George Osborne, who increased stamp duty for buy-to-let purchasers and stripped the mortgage tax relief advantage from the same group.

This has opened the door of opportunity a little wider for first time buyers. Yes there are areas where buying will remain a challenge – those areas of the country where prices are historically high such as in or around major cities. These are places where first time buyers may find it even harder to raise sufficient deposits despite larger than average earnings but for other areas in the country things are a little easier, especially in those places where sellers are being persuaded that the values of their homes are not necessarily what they wish them to be but are what buyers can actually afford.

So who knows what 2017 will bring? If 2016 is anything to go by there will be lots of surprises but one thing never changes - people will still want roofs over their heads. Young adults will want their independence; many will move to different parts of the country for work reasons. Inevitably there will be new relationships and young families. When these things happen a home is required. The nation is built on this cycle of life and ambition, which is why the entry level of the property market is always more important than how a relatively few very wealthy people choose to spend their money.


Properties for sale

The property is situated on The Street near the 14th Century church in the Conservation Area of the village of Wittersham on the Isle of Oxney. Dengate is an attached period cottage and formerly the village bakers and cobblers shop. Presenting part sandstone and part brick elevations beneath a pitched predominantly tiled roof and a decorative fish scale slate roof to the front. 

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For Sale

RYE  £315,000
 The property is situated within half a mile of the centre of the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye, renowned for its historical associations, medieval fortifications and fine period architecture. As well as its charm and history,

103 Military Road forms part of a terrace of houses understood to have been built in the 1960’s. The house has 3 bedrooms, a separate garage and views across the river from the rear garden.

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For Sale

PEASMARSH £325,000
The property is located within the residential village of Peasmarsh with access to local amenities including village primary school, Jempsons independent supermarket with sub post office, public house and bowls club. Within three miles to the south is the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye with its period Citadel with cobbled street and period architecture.

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For Sale

RYE, £175,000
A first floor two bedroom apartment situated within the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town close to amenities including the mainline station.

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For Sale

RYE, £625,000

Only a short walk from the centre of Rye this five bedroom semi detached river house with river frontage enjoys widespread views over adjoining farmland towards Camber Castle. The property is currently a very successful holiday let.

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TO LET £2,500 pcm

A beautifully refurbished five bedroom attached property set within the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town of Winchelsea. The property offers versatile accommodation over three floors and briefly comprises: Internal porch to hallway leading to separate kitchen with additional utility room, dining room, spacious reception with central fireplace (with wood burner) and stairs leading down to a garden room

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Whats on this month...

The meeting of Art, Antiques and 20th Century Interior design. The dealers now show their wares in room settings providing ideas and inspiration for your home....for details click more.

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Rye Art Gallery

15 January – 21 March: Gallery 6

'Other People'

An exhibition of portraits and figures including some very fine examples of painting and draftsmanship from different eras and in a variety of styles.

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The 15th Rye Bay Scallop Week is scheduled for Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th February 2017.

Rye Bay Scallop Week in Rye, East Sussex offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in seafood delights! Our restaurants will be showcasing an array of different scallop dishes. There will also be Scallop events including tasting events, cookery schools and demonstrations, live music and more!

Rye Bay scallops are served in many restaurants in the area throughout the Scallop season so if you can’t wait for Rye Bay Scallop Week, contact the restaurants on this site to see if scallops are on the menu.

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