Happy new year!

Happy New Year! 

Welcome back and a big thank you to all of our clients and customers for their valued business in 2012, and I’ll offer a very special mention to my growing team of estate agents and back office staff for their continued hard work and dedication. We continue to grow our business and here at Horton and Garton we are proof that a good, family-owned business can flourish and prosper as long as it’s friendly and professional.

Christmas has come and gone in a flash. The only evidence that remains is a pair of suit trousers which seemed to have mysteriously shrunk at the waist. Can’t figure out why! It was a great break and a superb chance to spend some quality time with the family, but I must be getting older as Santa brought me mainly socks and jumpers. Plus I thought there was nothing decent on TV! 

The highlight for me was my five-year-old’s excitement at 3.10am Christmas morning. He thought he has spotted Santa and ran in to our bedroom to open his stocking. Negotiation skills were seriously challenged as he was allowed to open five gifts on the condition we were allowed to return to sleep until 7am!

The low point arrived later the same day after I accidentally hoovered up the adam’s apple from his new Operation set. Tears soon followed. So I had no choice but to play my very own game of operation – on the Hoover! Luckily, I found both the apple and a piece of Lego as a bonus. My wife had never seen my so handy with the Hoover… 

So with two very active young boys in a busy Horton house this Christmas I must admit that I was more than slightly looking forward to getting back to work and seeing our newly-refurbished office.

Good news for sellers

Depending on which source you are reading, local house prices continue to rise and buck the national trend. Some have it at 6 per cent – others a mighty 15 per cent (says the BBC). And with no shortage of willing and able buyers looking to buy in W6 and W12, it looks like 2013 will continue to be a strong year for sellers. Our Zone 2 area of West London is now on average the fourth most expensive borough to live in with the average property price being about £750,000 – which puts us behind only Kensington and Chelsea, Camden and Westminster in the battle of bricks and mortar. And luckily our council tax bills will continue to fall in 2013.

New Year. New Home. New Start.

Estate agents start each calendar year with a bang. It’s one of the busiest times of the year and sets the tone for the rest of the year. So if it’s your New Year’s resolution to move home or if you would like to find out more about what is happening in your area, call us or pop in to our new-look office to say hello.