Back on our door step this March is The Heatons Comedy Evening. Headed up by local celebrity and all round good bloke, Justin Moorhouse is back as the brilliant compere. Described as a ‘genuine improvisational genius’ by his peers, Micky Bartlett will be making his Heaton Moor debut on the 5th March, kicking off the start of the Manchester Irish festival.
The initial Stockport Council plans to rebuild St John’s CE Primary School have been scrapped, making way for the school to rebuild on the current site. Local residents formed a group called ‘Save the People’s Heaton Mersey Common’ and have sucsessfully over turned Stockport Councils initial decision to use the beautiful green space.
Work starts today on the exciting streetscape improvement scheme on Shaw Road. Providing wider pavements for pedestrians, the carriageway will enhance the appeal of existing shops and cafés. With an aim to create a move liveable and inviting street environment, the work is likely to last for four months with a completion set for around June time.
The Brexit vote and the falling value of the pound have led some to think sales levels might have dipped in the market. However, as the chart shows, sales levels have remained steady throughout the year, contrary to the perceived negativity in the market. We expect steady sales levels in the coming 12 months.
Whether an area is ‘up-and-coming’ or has arrived, the wealth distribution can indicate if the area has the character you are after. In The Heatons, the majority of households are ‘wealthy’ (34.5%). The corresponding figure in the region is 19.7%, whereas the national average is 22.7%.
Due to the government’s budget moving to the autumn, we are unlikely to see market activity affected by new policy changes in the short term. With market confidence strong and a positive outlook for the construction industry, we expect steady price growth. In fact, average sold prices of semis is up 28.1% in 18 months.
One of the main questions we are always asked is: when is the best time of year to sell or let a home? While there is no absolute optimum time to put your property on the market, seasonal patterns can affect buying, selling or letting habits. It is no different in SK4, with certain times of the year proving to be more fruitful than others.
Spring is often considered the season when the market picks up and hits its stride. The warmer weather and lighter evenings give people extra motivation to go on viewings, while the bright daylight can help your home look that extra bit lovelier. Your garden (if you have one) will also seem much more appealing in the spring months. It turns out that The Heatons saw 31.9% of properties sell during the months of spring.
August and early September can be a quiet time for the property market. The schools have broken up for the summer and lots of people go on holiday around this time of year. That means there are fewer people around for viewings — especially families. It is a different story in June and July though, which can be the busiest months for selling homes, with the market peaking before the schools break up. The summer months saw 24.7% of properties sold in The Heatons.
Thanks to mild weather and light evenings, the early part of autumn can still prove buoyant for property sales. Children are back at school which gives parents more time to concentrate on buying a new home, and most of the people looking on the market in the autumn will hope to find their perfect property in time for Christmas. Towards the end of autumn, the colder weather and the shorter days can lead to a slight dip in the market. The Heatons sold 22.5% of properties in the autumn months.