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The holiday season is here again. Always reminds of that old Cliff Richard film, Summer Holidays, when Don, that was Cliff, and his colleagues at the bus garage took a  double-decker bus and converted it into a massive camper bus, which they drove across Europe.That was in the days when companies particularly manufacturing ones would shut down for a few weeks during the summer. Estate agency at that time was also very seasonal….. Obviously, everyone was away, nobody wanted to view properties, or put them on the market, so summer wasn’t the best time to sell.
Today it's a different story. People still want to move, they stagger their holidays, and it can, and has been, some of the busiest periods of the year. If you think about it, the summer is actually a brilliant time to market your property. The sun shines, the garden looks good, everything is at its best. If you’re not looking to sell in the summer but thinking of September or October, it's worth having your marketing photos taken in readiness to put it on the market.
What's happened to the sales market over the last three months? Everything seems to be against us….we’ve had an election and Brexit is still in everyones minds. But the market has stood well, in particular, the Thurrock market where prices have slightly increased. Here’s what’s happened in Thurrocks towns:
Chafford Hundred has faired the best with an increase of 2%. followed by Tilbury and East Tilbury with an increase of 1.19%, Stanford and Corringham up 1.16%, Aveley's up, 0.14%, Purfleet up 0.93%. Grays and Orsett have had a slight dip of 0.63% and South Ockendon is down by 0.09%, why the dips? I’d put this down to the announcement of the new Lower Thames crossing route.
Taking Thurrock as a whole, average prices are up 0.67%. Putting that into perspective, a £200,000 house is now worth £201,340.
For the months ahead?.... there's still a lot of uncertainty in the UK market, but Thurrock is a great area. It's a great area to invest in and to live in. With its fantastic road links into London, Kent and the rest of the country, good rail links, Schools, colleges, local and regional shopping. Thurrock is the place to be!

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